Many regard chartering a yacht to the Dodecanese Islands or cruising around them on a private yacht as an absolute must. The 32 Greek islands are simply perfect for lazy sea days, exploring the historical cities, fishing in the charming villages and visiting the relatively uninhabited smaller islands.
Kick off the tour on the island of Kos – lovingly nicknamed the Green Island. In earlier times, it was on an important trade route that started in the Black Sea, went along the shoreline of Asia Minor and the islands of the Aegean and finally reached North Africa. The island today has reminders of days gone by with its forts and ancient ruins.
Move north into the smaller islands, and witness the scenery change from lush green to the relatively bare island of Kalymnos. Carry on to the quiet island of Marathi and further still onto Patmos.
The cruise continues onto the largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes. Here, you can party all night, take in cultural sites and do a spot of shopping.
Day 1: Ancient old town, beaches and ruins
Begin in the marina on the island of Kos – one of the most fertile and greenest of the Dodecanese. Explore on land and discover the picturesque old town; and pick up some shopping. There are numerous good beaches – Agios Stefanos is close to the remains of two ancient 5th century basilicas.