The Dodecanese (dódeka nisiá = literally “twelve islands”), the easternmost group of islands just off the coast of Turkey, are known to be the sunniest part in Greece. They’re defined by crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches, important archaeological finds, imposing Byzantine and medieval monuments waiting to be discovered. We’ll take in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean flair of the historic towns of Rhodes and Kos, and discover the lesser-known, unspoiled destinations on the smaller islands. Every island has their own unique geography, landscape, culture and feel. And maybe we’ll see dolphins while sailing between them, if we’re lucky.
To see all the Dodecanese, north and south of Kos, you’d need at least 2 weeks. But one week is enough for a taster, and Kos is the easiest starting point from which to experience a bit of both sides: the north and the south, the well-known jewels as well as the more remote secrets. Our tentative itinerary isn’t too intense, averaging about 4-5 hours of sailing a day, and the rest, leisurely time to explore and enjoy the beauty of these unique islands.
We decided to place this route towards the end of the season in order to avoid the bulk of the tourists and charge up some sun while autumn rules the northern hemisphere. The air and sea will still be nice and warm, swimming opportunities will be plenty, and hopefully we’ll have the ports and taverns mostly to ourselves, and be able to experience the region in a more authentic light.
📆 7 nights, departures:
19th October 2019
✈️ Kos (KGS) or Rhodes (RHO) Airport
🌊 Southeastern Aegean Sea
🔵 Easy Route
1) Oceanis 45, 2015 Built, 4 cabins, 2 heads, 8 crew + skipper
Total Yachts Expected: 3
Dodecanese Sailing Highlights
What you can expect to see and do on this route.
Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary
We are true to the discoverers’ spirit and plan our adventures accordingly to the winds, the weather and your wishes. This means the order as well as some of stopovers may be different than presented below. Leave planning at home! The plan showed below is only an indicative itinerary and your trip may differ. Only the mad ones sail against the wind!