Cruising The Dodecanese in September - An Archaeological & Cultural Sailing Adventure

   
 

Cruising The Dodecanese in September - An Archaeological & Cultural Sailing Adventure

BY PETER SOMMER TRAVELS
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DURATION

15 Days/14 Nights

SEASON

Sat Sep 24 - Sat Oct 8, 2016

RATES

GBP 3,795.00 per person

EXPIRES

Sep 24, 2016
Cruising The Dodecanese in September - An Archaeological & Cultural Sailing Adventure
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This spectacular gulet cruise takes you from the famous island of Samos southwards through the entire Dodecanese chain, including eleven of the most beautiful and evocative of the Greek islands and no less than three UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites.

The islands’ strategic location, between the open Aegean and the mainland of Asia Minor, has made them a well-connected cultural interface throughout history. Carians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, the Crusader Knights of St. John, Ottomans and Italians visited or settled them, leaving behind a rich legacy of grandiose ancient sanctuaries, mighty castles, serene monasteries and traditional villages, all set within an ever-changing maritime scenery.

The sites you see on this itinerary include world-famous relics, like the Asklepieion of Kos, the extraordinary archaeological museum of Samos, or the medieval fortifications of Rhodes, each among the best of their kind. On the smaller, off-the-beaten-track islands you gain a more intimate view of traditional Greek island life, with their picturesque harbours, village squares adorned with pebble mosaics, and beautiful domestic architecture. These islands are also rich in diverse landscapes: craggy hilltops, strange volcanic formations, and of course coastlines featuring a succession of bays and islets. Another highlight of the cruise is the series of you will meals enjoy at selected venues throughout the islands, ranging from home-cooked local cuisine in family-run tavernas to real gourmet food, the finest the region has to offer.

Sightseeing aside, your stylish gulet will moor in secluded coves, allowing you to bathe in azure seas, admire the pristine scenery, or simply relax. From fabulous food to epic history, this is a fascinating journey through Greek culture, past and present. Don’t miss it!

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rate is per person, based on double occupancy. The single supplement fee is £925 per person.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival
Samos, North Aegean, Greece
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Our gulet is in Kusadasi marina, about 60 minutes from Izmir airport. Welcome drinks and dinner on board.

Day 2: Sail To Samos
Samos, North Aegean, Greece
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The island of Samos. The charming port village of Pythagoreio was built on the ruins of the ancient island capital. We visit the great sanctuary of Hera, the excellent archaeological museum at Vathi and the Tunnel of Eupalinos; a 6th century BC technical marvel.

Day 3: Visit The Sacred Island Of Patmos
Patmos, Dodecanese, Greece
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Leaving Samos we cruise into the Dodecanese archipelago, to the sacred island of Patmos where St. John the divine received his vision of the revelation. Time to relax, explore and swim.

Day 4: World Heritage Site
Leros, Dodecanese, Greece
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In the morning, we visit the Cave of the Apocalypse and the mighty Byzantine monastery of St. John, a World Heritage Site, set in the attractive town of Chora. In the afternoon, we cruise for a couple of hours to Leros Island. Mooring up for the evening there is plenty of time to swim before dinner.

Day 5: Leros’ Archaeological Museum & Sailing - Kalymnos
Kalymnos, Dodecanese, Greece
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We explore the diverse collections of Leros’ archaeological museum and visit the Castle of Panteli, commanding great views and used as a citadel by the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. In the afternoon, we continue to a cove off the nearby island of Kalymnos.

Day 6: Visit Pothia
Kalymnos, Dodecanese, Greece
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A morning visit to the incredible collection of ancient sculpture in the museum at Pothia, the capital of Kalymnos, and an excursion to the early Christian basilica of Christ in Jerusalem inland. Later in the day we make a short crossing to the tiny and remote island Pserimos.

Day 7: Visit Asklepieion Of Kos
Kos, Dodecanese, Greece
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We cruise to the great island of Kos, where we visit the Asklepieion, one of the most important healing sanctuaries of antiquity. Later, we stroll through the island’s bustling main town, where 1930s Italian architecture rubs shoulders with the remains of the ancient Greek and Roman past. We enjoy dinner in a traditional taverna.

Days 8-9: Visit Nikia & Emborio
Nisyros, Dodecanese, Greece
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After a morning visit to the Knights’ castle on Kos, we continue onwards to a cove near to the Island of Nisyros. An afternoon at leisure for swimming.

In the morning, we make the crossing to the small but beautiful island of Nisyros, where we head up to the town of Emborio, set dramatically on the caldera rim and explore the active volcanic crater at Stephanos followed by a visit to the labyrinthine seaside village of Mandraki.

Days 10-11: Visit Archaeological Museum & Medieval Castle
Tilos, Dodecanese, Greece
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After a visit to the excellent archaeological museum of Nisyros, we travel onwards to a bay off the green and remote island of Tilos.

In the morning, we tour Tilos, to visit the monastery of St. Panteleimon and the tiny museum devoted to the island’s extinct species of pigmy elephant. Afterwards, we make the crossing to Chalki, a small island not far from Rhodes. There we ascend the medieval castle and ancient acropolis as the sun sets.

Day 12: Wander Through Chorio
Symi, Dodecanese, Greece
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We continue to the beautiful island of Symi with its lovely Neoclassical port town, one of the prettiest sights in the Mediterranean. We spend the afternoon wandering its winding streets, visiting the Acropolis and savouring the magnificent local architecture. In the evening a chance to a enjoy a drink and dinner at a local taverna.

Day 12: Explore Rhodes
Symi, Dodecanese, Greece
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We continue to the beautiful island of Symi with its lovely Neoclassical port town, one of the prettiest sights in the Mediterranean. We spend the afternoon wandering its winding streets, visiting the Acropolis and savouring the magnificent local architecture. In the evening a chance to a enjoy a drink and dinner at a local taverna.

Day 13: See The Medieval City Of Rhodes
Rhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
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We continue to Rhodes, the chief island of the Dodecanese. Here, we visit the extraordinarily complete medieval Old Town with its enormous ramparts, crowned by the Palace of the Grand Masters, former headquarters of the Order of the Knights of Saint John (or Knights Hospitaller).

Day 14: Visit Archaeological Museum & Farewell Dinner
Rhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
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A morning visit to the rich collections of the excellent archaeological museum, housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights. Farewell dinner on board.

Day 15: Departure
Marmaris, Turkey
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Transfers to Rhodes Airport about 30 minutes from Rhodes Harbour.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Full Board Accommodations on the Gulet
  • Airport Transfers on First and Last Day of Tour
  • All Crew Services on Gulet
  • Entrance Fees and Tips on Land
  • Cultural Excursions
  • WiFi on our Scheduled Gulet Cruises (when coverage permits)

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