Cruising The Dodecanese Sailing Adventure with Archaeological Sites - Named One of Greece's Top 10 Cultural Holidays
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One of ’Greece’s top three cultural holidays' - The Telegraph (2014)
One of the ’Top 10 Cultural Holidays in Greece for 2016‘ - The Telegraph (UK)
One of the ’50 Best Holidays in Greece for 2016‘ - The Times (UK)
This spectacular gulet cruise takes you from the famous island of Kos 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
Rate is per person, based on double occupancy. The single supplement fee is £1,175 per person.
Day 1: ArrivalKos, Dodecanese, Greece
Our gulet is in Kos harbour, about 30 minutes from Kos airport. Welcome drinks and dinner on board.
Day 2: Sail To SamosKalymnos, Dodecanese, Greece
We make an early crossing to Kalymnos. We visit to the incredible collection of ancient sculpture in the museum at Pothia, the capital of Kalymnos, and make an excursion to the early Christian basilica of Christ in Jerusalem inland.
Day 3: Visit The Sacred Island Of PatmosPatmos, Dodecanese, Greece
We make the scenic crossing to the sacred island of Patmos, where we explore the ancient Acropolis.
Day 4: World Heritage SiteLeros, Dodecanese, Greece
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 Samos Island.
Day 5: Visit PothiaLeros, Dodecanese, Greece
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 in the afternoon we cross to the island of Leros.
Day 6: Leros And LakkiLeros, Dodecanese, Greece
At Leros we visit the Castle of Panteli, commanding great views and used as a citadel by the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans, before strolling through the unusual Italian military town of Lakki. In the afternoon, we pass via the Turkish port of Turgutreis on the way to the great island of Kos.
Day 7: Visit KosKos, Dodecanese, Greece
On Kos, we visit the Crusader Castle and stroll through the island’s bustling main town, where 1930’s 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 & EmborioNisyros, Dodecanese, Greece
After a morning visit to the Asklepieion, one of the most important healing sanctuaries of antiquity, we continue onwards to a cove near to the Island of Nisyros. An afternoon at leisure for swimming.
In the morning, we make the short crossing to the small but beautiful island of Nisyros, where we visit the small but excellent archaeological museum before heading up to the town of Emborio, set dramatically on the caldera rim, to explore the active volcanic crater at Stephanos.
Days 10-11: Visit Archaeological Museum & Medieval CastleTilos, Dodecanese, Greece
After a morning walk to the mighty ancient fortification of Palaiokastro, 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, (weather permitting), a small island not far from Rhodes. There we ascend the medieval castle and ancient acropolis as the sun sets.
Day 12: Explore SymiSymi, Dodecanese, Greece
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 RhodesRhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
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 DinnerRhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
After visiting the ancient city’s acropolis with its shrines and sanctuaries, we explore the rich collections of the excellent archaeological museum, housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights. Farewell dinner on board.
Day 15: DepartureAegean, Turkey
Transfers to Rhodes Airport about 30 minutes from Rhodes Harbour.
Maximum 18 guests.
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