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10 days around Rhodes and the Dodecanese on a luxury yacht

10 days around Rhodes and the Dodecanese on a luxury yacht

Day 1

Ancient old town, beaches and ruins

kos island old town marina dodecanese islands

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.

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Day 2

Green island to rock-climbers’ delight

 Kalymnos rock climbing

Cruise north towards Kalymnos. This relatively bare limestone island is a contrast to green Kos. There are several good inlets and anchorages in which to base yourself. While away your time swimming and snorkelling – you may find some natural sponges – the collection of which used to be one of the mainstays of the local economy.

The locals also farm in the few fertile valleys, but now tourism is becoming increasingly important – especially those with a passion for rock climbing… It is said that Kalymnos has the highest concentration of sports routes anywhere in the world. Even those who don’t enjoy heights can enjoy watching the skills of the agile climbers.

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Day 3

A perfect island all to yourself

Patmos, Dodecanese

One of the advantages of travelling by yacht is you can visit beautiful out of the way places that other travellers struggle to reach. One such delight is the tiny island of Marathi. East of the larger Patmos, this island is inhabited by just a dozen or so people, and that’s in high season…

Day tripper boats do bring tourists here, but by late afternoon you’ll have the bay all to yourself, and can enjoy the catch of the day at the Emilianos family’s restaurant. This is a rare chance to enjoy the best of the Greek islands in almost complete peace and privacy.

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