SAILING HOLIDAY: From the buzzing port of Bodrum in Turkey to the perfect paradise island of Patmos, discover the beautiful North Dodecanese islands of Greece on this 7 night sailing trip. Swim in turquoise waters, explore idyllic island villages and relax under the warm Mediterranean sky.
Your exciting adventure through the North Dodecanese islands of Greece begins with check in on your Gulet in Bodrum Harbour from 15.30 today. After getting acclimatised with your your home for the following 7 nights you're free to explore Bodrum and it's highlights at your own pace.
Bodrum is a popular resort town with both foreign tourists and Istanbul – based weekenders. It‘s appeal mostly lies in its as yet undiscovered beauty by the masses yet this is changing with wealthy yacht owners mooring here on the way to far flung places and more tourists coming due to other areas such as Marmaris and Kusadasi becoming overcrowded. There are many watersport activities to take part in or perhaps an exploration of the incredible Castle of St Peter, built in 1406 by the Knights of St John to replace the fortress at Smyrna that had been destroyed by the Mongols. The castle is now home to the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and is well worth the visit. Be sure to be back at the boat in time for Dinner, to meet the other passengers you'll be travelling with.
This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we'll complete our customs formalities and begin our journey across the Aegean sea to Greece. Our first stop on the trip will be the beautiful island of Kos.
After we've reached Kos you'll have the opportunity to head off the boat and explore the island at your own pace. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional tour to Ascelpion & Zia village. Asclepion is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the 'Father of Medical Sciences.'
Departing Kos this morning we cruise through crystal waters to Leros Island. With it's history as a former Italian naval base during the reign of Mussolini, the Italian architectural style can still be seen to this day. Today, this laid back island is much quieter than some of it's bigger neighbours creating a relaxed atmospher.
Our first stop is the famous Xirokampos bay. You'll have time to swim in the sea, take a stroll around the beaches nearby or simply relax on the Gulet. This evening we'll continue to Panteli, in the east of the island, where we'll enjoy dinner onboard.
Location: Xirokampos Bay
Our adventure takes us to the stunning island of Patmos today. After we've anchored they'll be a chance to take a swimming break in one of the many picturesque bays around the island. Patmos, whilst not a big island, is well know as the place of exile for St John. This afternoon there will be an optional tour to visit the St. John Monastery and the Apocalypse Cave, the place where St. John is said to have received his visions that he recorded in the Book of Revelation.
We'll anchor in Patmos Harbour this evening, where we enjoy a leisurely dinner on board.
Location: Patmos Island
We make our way to Lipsi island this morning, stopping for a swim at one of the many small islands that are located off it's coast. On Lipsi Island itself we'll find beautiful sandy beaches, like Platis and Giolos, with crystal green waters. Spend your day soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on this unspoilt island.
Location: Lipsi Island
Our next incredible Greek Island is Kalymnos, this rocky island makes for some incredible landscapes and is a very popular destination for climbers. It's also historically home to some of the most prolific sponge divers, a tradition which dates back to ancient times and has been a major source of income for islands like Kalymnos. You're likely to find stalls and shops selling various sizes of natural spongeclose to waters edge.
After stopping for swimming breaks in one of the many breathtaking bays that dot the island of Kalymnos we'll head to the main Harbour of Pothia. You'll have the opportunity to explore the island at your own pace today and may wish to head to one of the secluded beaches to be found, such as Massouri, Mirties or Vlychadia.
This morning we cruise through the Aegean sea and make a return to the Turkish harbour of Bodrum. En route we'll make a stop at the famous Akvaryum (Aquarium) bay. You'll have a chance to jump into the beautiful turqoise waters here and watch as fish swim below you.
Once we've reached Bodrum, the rest of the day is at leisure before we enjoy a final farewell dinner together as a group.
Location: Return to Bodrum
Today marks the end of your journey through some of the most picturesque islands Greece has to offer. After breakfast tour arrangements draw to a close and you'll disembark the boat at 10.30am.
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