Sail the Dodecanese Islands of Greece
The suggested itinerary is intended to give you an idea of the places we could visit on the cruise. For more information on the area read about The Dodecanese

Suggested Itinerary
Sailing cruises in the Dodecanese Islands start and finish at our base on the Island of Kos. Transfers to Kos from Athens are by regular internal flights.

A 12 Day Cruise gives the opportunity to comfortably sail most of the Dodecanese Island group.


A 6 day cruise would include the islands to the north or south of Kos.

See our Maps of Greece to see the cruising area in more detail.

The itineraries are suggestions and we aim to tailor the cruise to your interests.

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The Dodecanese
The Dodecanese Islands are the south eastern most areas of Greece and are nearer to Turkey than the Greek mainland and that influence can still be seen. The islands had a varied past, being conquered and ruled by various powers including the Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and eventually united with Greece in 1948.
Samos is separated from the Turkish mainland by the 1.3 km wide Mycale Strait. Samos has a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering. Pythagoras was born in Samos as well as the astronomer Aristarchus, the first person to suggest that the Earth revolves around the sun. Samian wine was well-known in antiquity, and it is still a major industry on the island.
Gaidharos is a tiny island off the beaten track. Called Tragia by the Romans, it was where the young Caesar was captured by pirates in 76BC. George's restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood.
Arki is an even smaller island with only 60 houses and a fishing quay. From the tiny church on top of the hill you can see for miles in all directions. The Blue Lagoon is a fabulous anchorage for lunch and a snorkel. Enjoy Manoli's mum's cooking at his home taverna.
Patmos is a very small island where Saint John the Divine had his revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. Today, the cave where he had the revelations and the monastery are World Heritage sites.
Lipsos is another tiny island off the beaten track. The harbour is surrounded by tavernas and a short walk up to the old town reveals a maze of charming old streets leading to the wood fired bakery and town square. Enjoy a cold retsina or ouzo with the locals at the harbour front ouzeria. There are some beautiful lunch time anchorages around the island.
Leros is a small and picturesque island which had a famous sanctuary to the goddess Artemis. The anchorage in Pandeli under the castle and windmills is our overnight mooring. Great for snorkeling before dinner ashore at one of the quay side tavernas.
Kalimnos the Sponge Island, known for sponge diving and boat building. The sponges are known as Kalimnos gold. The fjord like bay of Palionisos with the sheer steep sides makes a spectacular night anchorage.
Kos had a colourful past including links to Cleopatra and Herod. At the entrance to the harbour there is a 14th century fortress erected by The Knights of Saint John of Rhodes. The ancient physician Hippocrates is thought to have been born on Kos, and in the centre of the town is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates.
Nisyros In Mandraki life revolves around the cafeteria on the quay and this higgledy-piggledy town has retained its charm. Further along the coast is Pali or Palon, a lovely fishing village with wonderful quay side restaurants. Near Mandraki itself you can explore some ancient 500BC walls which were part of the acropolis of the island. You can visit the volcano in the centre of the island.
Tilos is one of the best-kept secrets in the Dodecanese, with friendly people and wonderful walking country. It shelters groves of figs, almonds, walnuts, pomegranates and olives, all watered by fresh springs. Near Livadia, the island's port, are the ruins of a Venetian Castle and the Kharkadio Cave, in which the bones of prehistoric dwarf elephants were found.
Symi is a beautiful gem of an island. Once a wealthy boat building and sponge diving centre, the main port of Symi town boasts handsome 18 and 19 c mansions. The colourful port is a hive of activity with a wonderful choice of tavernas ranging from simple family to excellent water front seafood restaurants. On the west coast of the island , at Panormitis, is a wonderful anchorage overlooked by a working monastery.
Lagoon 500 catamaran in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece
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Patmos Dodecanese Island Greece

Symi Dodecanese Island Greece

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