Greece Luxury Yacht Charter

Greece is one of the most popular charter destination and one of the most varied and beautiful sailing areas worldwide. The best way to visit the Greek Islands and the coast of mainland Greece is on board of a beautiful Gulet.

The Greek Islands offers an almost countless variety of island-hopping itineraries – the coastline of more than 13,500 km with more than 3000 islands, perfect for sailing vacations in the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

Due to the diversity of the Greek island world, the various island-hopping sailing cruise offers you the opportunity to discover new impressions, spectacular landscapes, picturesque fishing villages with idyllic tavern’s, attractive harbors, beautiful bays and ancient historical sights every day.

The islands are usually close together at moderate distances. Experience the warmth, generosity, hospitality, and island life of the Greeks with traditional vines, meze, and delicious food.

Greece is the cradle of Western civilization; medicine, art, philosophy, sports spirit and trade had its origin here. There are also islands that are part of the Party and Jet-Set Hotspots.

Explore the Greek Islands with a tailor-made charter that suits you and your dreams on board of a luxurious Gulet..

Gulet holidays; aboard gives you the opportunity to explore islands, bays, deserted shores, and beaches in a way that land-based vacations can never give. The Greek islands provide the best sailing condition in the various sailing areas.

Aegean North,
Aegean South,
Argolic Gulf,
Gulf of Corinth,
Gulf of Patras,
Ionian Sea,
Peloppones and
Saronic Gulf.

Aegean North

The Sailing reef in the north-east of Greece is also known as “Sporades” by many sailors and yachting enthusiasts. Since ancient times, the Greek islands, which did not belong to the circle of the islands around Delos in the Cyclades were called the scattered islands, the Sporades. The Northern Sporades, also known as the Magnesian Islands, comprise of 135 islands and rocky shores east of the Greek mainland in the Aegean Sea. As a rule, they are characterized by sparse vegetation, and there are only a few bays with a beach. The Northern Aegean, the East Aegean Islands as well as the Sporades include:

North Aegean Islands: Agios Efstratios, Agios Minas, Ammouliani, Ayvalık Islands, Büyük Ada, Chios, Chryse, Cunda, Foça Islands, Fournoi Korseon, Icaria, Imbros, Koukonesi, Lemnos, Lesbos, Metalik Ada, Nisiopi, Oinousses, Pasas, Psara, Samiopoula, Samos, Samothrace, Tenedos, Thasos, Thymaina, Uzunada, Zourafa

Aegean South

South of the main Ionian sites the southern Aegean begins with reminders of another ancient civilization, the Carians. Historically, the central and southern Aegean coasts were crossroads for ancient trade routes. Civilization evolved out of the convergence of Eastern and Western cultures;

The South Aegean Sea includes the island groups of the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, and the Southern Sporades. The Southern Sporades cover over 170 islands, 30 of which are inhabited, and the Dodecanese are only a few miles off the Turkish coast. The Dodecanes stretch in a crescent-shaped chain from Patmos to the island of Kasos. They sail on the traces of ancient times, combined with traditional Greek life. You will experience a unique cruise between Orient and Occident.

South Aegean islands: Andros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kea-Kythnos, Kos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Syros. Thira – Santorini, Tinos

Cyclades

These are the ring islands around Delos – a challenge for sporty sailors who are very popular. Dreamlike landscapes, crystal clear water and a mostly sporty sailing wind for an active sailing trip await you in the 220 islands Cyclades. Beautiful islands with golden stalls, antiques, historic ruins, narrow streets and traditional white houses are on your sailing route.

Major Cyclades islands: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira or Santoríni. There are also many minor islands including Donousa, Eschati, Gyaros, Irakleia, Koufonisia, Makronisos and Schoinousa.

Dodecanese islands :

The Dodecanese islands are located in the southeast part of the Aegean Sea and consist of twelve major islands and a number of smaller islands. Some of those Greek Islands are located at the border to Turkey. They have everything to offer to the visitors: whitewashed houses, beautiful beaches with crystal waters, charming villages, exciting nightlife and more The most historically important and well-known is Rhodes, which has been the area’s dominant island since Antiquity. Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically the more important;

The 12 major islands are: Astypalaia, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo (Megisti), Kos, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos

Minor Islands: Adelfoi Syrnas Islets, Agathonisi, Agioi Theodoroi Halkis, Agreloussa, Alimia, Antitilos, Anydros Patmou, Archangelos, Arefoussa, Arkoi, Armathia, Astakida, Chalavra, Chalki, Chamili, Chiliomodi Patmou, Chondros, Chteni, Faradonesia, Farmakonisi, Fokionisia, Fragos, Gaidaros, Glaros Kinarou, Gyali Imia/Kardak, Kalolimnos, Kalovolos, Kamilonisi, Kandeloussa, Karavolas Rodou, Kinaros, Koubelonisi, Kouloundros, Kouloura Leipson, Kounoupoi, Koutsomytis, Leipsoi, Levitha, Makronisi Kasou, Makronisi Leipson, Makry Aspronisi Leipson, Makry Halkis, Marathos, Marmaras, Mavra Levithas, Megalo Aspronisi Leipson, Megalo Glaronisi, Megalo Sofrano, Mesonisi Seirinas, Mikro Glaronisi, Mikro Sofrano, Nimos, Pacheia Nisyrou, Pergoussa, Piganoussa, Pitta, Plati Pserimou, Plati Symis, Pontikousa, Prasonisi, Prasouda, Pserimos, Safonidi, Ro, Saria, Seirina, Sesklio, Strongyli Kritinias, Strongyli Megistis, Telendos, Tragonisi, Zaforas

Sporades

The Sporades are an Aegean archipelago outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades, located along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea. They consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.

Sporades islands: Adelfoi Islets, Agios Georgios Skopelou, Alonnisos, Argos Skiathou, Dasia, Erinia, Gioura, Grammeza, Kyra Panagia, Lekhoussa, Peristera, Piperi, Psathoura, Repi, Sarakino, Skandili, Skantzoura, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyropoula, Skyros, Tsoungria, Valaxa

There are five different Sporades groups:

Northern Sporades or Thessalian Sporades islands: Skopelos, Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skyros, Kyra Panagia, Peristera, Gioura, Skantzoura, Piperi,
Thracian Sporades islands: Thasos, Samothrace, Imbros, Lemnos and Agios Efstratios
Western Sporades islands: Salamis, Aigina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and the other islands of the Saronic Gulf and the Myrtoan Sea.
Eastern Sporades islands: eastern and northeastern Aegean, neighbouring the coast of Asia Minor : Samos, Ikaria, Lesbos, Chios, Tenedos, Psara, Oinousses and smaller island groups
Southern Sporades islands: i.e. the Dodecanese, to which group Samos and Ikaria are sometimes appended.

Argolic Gulf

The Argolic Gulf is located east of the peninsula of Peloponnese; between Argolis east, and the Arcadian-Laconic coast in the west. It is about 50 km long and 30 km wide. Its main port is Nafplio, at its northwestern end. At the entrance to the gulf is the island Spetses.This gulf and its islands are sometimes combined with the Saronic Gulf and Saronic Islands, with the result called the Argo-Saronic Gulf and the Argo-Saronic Islands. It is surrounded by two regional units: Arcadia to the southwest and Argolis to the north and east. The river Inachos drains into the Argolic Gulf near Nea Kios. The main islands in the gulf are Psili, Plateia and Bourtzi, a small island with a Venetian fortress that protects the port of Nafplio. The surrounding mountains protect it from the strong summer Meltemi wind.

The Argolic Gulf includes: Ermoni, Gerakas, Hydra, Cape Males, Kilada, Kyparissia, Leonidion, Monemvasia, Nauplia, Porto Cheli, Spetsai, Tyros.

Gulf of Corinth

The Gulf of Corinth or the Corinthian Gulf is located north of the Peloponnese and is is a deep inlet of the Ionian Sea separating the Peloponnese from western mainland Greece. It is bounded in the east by the Isthmus of Corinth which includes the shipping-designed Corinth Canal and in the west by the Strait of Rion which widens into the shorter Gulf of Patras (part of the Ionian Sea) and of which the narrowest point is crossed since 2004 by the Rio-Antirio Bridge.

Gulf of Corinth islands: Trizonia , Alkyonides Islands , Ambelos , Fonias , Prassoudi

Gulf of Patras

The Gulf of Patras stretches from the eastern part of the Ionian Sea between Oxia and Cape Araxos in the south over the Gulf of Corinth to the Rio Andirrio Bridge. The Gulf of Patras ( is a branch of the Ionian Sea. On the east, it is closed by the Strait of Rion between capes Rio, Greece and Antirrio, near the Rio-Antirio bridge, that is the entrance of the Gulf of Corinth. On the west, it is bounded by a line from Oxeia island to Cape Araxos. To the north it is bounded by the shore of Aetolia-Acarnania in continental Greece, and to the south by Achaea in the Peloponnese peninsula. The port city of Patras lies to the southeast and is the only major port on the gulf. On the northern shore Missolonghi also has a port. There are beaches in the south, the east and parts of the north. The old ports of Rio and Antirio lie east of the Gulf, and there is a ferry service which complements the traffic over the Rio-Antirio bridge.

Cities and towns: Rio, Patras, Paralia, Roitika, Monodendri, Tsoukalaiika, Alissos, Alykes, Ioniki Akti, Mavry Myti, Cape Araxos, Messolonghi, Antirrio

Ionian Sea

The Ionian Sea with the coves and beaches in the home of Odysseus are part of the Mediterranean. It is located south of the Adriatic Sea and the street of Otranto. In the east coast of the sea lie the southwestern Albania and Greece and in the north the Gulf of Tarent. The shaded greenery of the cypresses, pine trees, elms and the Italian-like red-brick houses create a unique mixture of French-Italian architecture, English taste, and Greek flair. The Ionian Sea is a varied alternative protected by strong winds, with many small bays, moorings, fishing villages and harbor stalls.

Ionian Islands: Elafonisos, Erikoussa, Ithaca, Kalamos, Kastos, Cephalonia, Corfu, Kythira, Lefkas, Mathraki, Meganisi, Othoni, Paxos, Sami, Kefalonia, Sapientza, Skorpios, Zakynthos.

Ionian mainland: Igoumenitsa, Katakolon, Kyparissia, Mesolongi, Methoni, Mytika, Palairos, Parga, Platrias, Pylos, Sivota, Vounaki Marina.

Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is a peninsula in the south of the Greek mainland. The Peloponnese is the southernmost part of the Balkan Peninsula and therefore the most extensive area in the Mediterranean. The southernmost point of the Peloponnese is Cape Tenaro. In the east, the peninsula is bordered by the Aegean Sea and in the west by the Ionian Sea.

Peloponnese ports: Gerakas, Gythion, Katakolon, Kalamata, Leonidion, Limeni, Methana, Monemvasia, Nauplia, Neapolis / Cape Maleas, Patras, Petalidi, Porto Cheli, Pylos.

Saronic Gulf

The Saronic Gulf offers an azurian sailing regency between Orient and Occident. The Yacht charter review of the Saronic Gulf shows a varied palette between fashionable city harbors, small islands, fishing villages, and bays. With short beats, in the sheltered waters and a moderate wind, magnificent bays can be reached quickly. Also, there are beautiful beaches and rich, local culture. Athens is at the gate of the Saronic Gulf. The Saronic Gulf comprises of an area whose boundaries are marked by three prominent points: the Corinth Canal in the northwest, Cape Sounion in the east, and Hydra Island in the south.

Islands and ports in the Saronic Gulf: Aegina, Alimos Kalamaki, Dokos, Hydra, Channel of Corinth, Lavrion, Methana, Nea_Epidavros, Piraeus, Poros, Spetsai, Sounion (Cape), Vouliagmeni.

Greece

Sample itinerary for luxury private yacht charter

Greece offers a wide variety of itineraries for a charter yacht vacation afloat on a luxury private fully crewed Gulet.
Let our charter experts create your personalized and tailor-made private yacht charter, which is certain to exceed your expectations

Route: Fethiye – Greek Islands – Fethiye

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Start / End: Saturday / Saturday

Yacht: Choose from our hand-picked yacht portfolio.
Luxury fully crewed private yacht charter

Highlights: Fethiye, Rhodes, Symi, Bozukkale, Ekincik – Dalyan, Tersane Bay/ Monastir Bay, Fethiye

Day 1: Fethiye

Our journey begins in the charming town of Fethiye. You will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the Gulet. Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, behind the town are the Lycian Tombs and Amphitheatre.The lively town of Fethiye,is great for shopping, sightseeing’s, good dining and great bars. The fish market is a highlight, where you can choose your own fish and it will be prepared and cooked in one of the restaurants around this place.

Fethiye offers various great excursions in the countryside, to visit Saklikent Canyon, Tilos, Xanthos, Patara, Letoonia or the deserted Greek village of Kara Koyu. One of the most historically rich sailing routes along the Eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, is the Carian and Lycian coast.

You will find more archaeological sites and ancient coastal settlements in than anywhere else on the southern coast. The Lycian civilization goes as far back as the Bronze Age and known to records in history since ancient Egypt. All throughout the turquoise coast of Turkey, travelers will find ruins from Caria and Lycia scattered both inland and along the beautiful shores of the Mediterranean..

You will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the Gulet. Then we will cruise to Kizil Island. At sunset, the sun hits the stones and turns crimson red in color, a color that resembles the island soil. The island got its name from this phenomenon.. The southern tip of the island has a lighthouse that guides maritime traffic and a great restaurant. To the north-west are the Deliktas Islands, ideal for diving and fishing. The waves off the east coast of the island wash the wide sand beach and are best suited for swimming. Then we will cruise to Aga Limani for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Rhodes Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, we will sail over to the island of Rhodes. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese .Rhodes is located at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain just off the Turkish coast.

There is so much to see and experience in Rhodes, there are so many choices for visitors, that they could never lose interest. With more than 2400 years of history & culture that left their imprints or all over the island, with impeccable natural beauty and a great variety of landscapes, with modern infrastructure and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rhodes satisfies even the most demanding visitor! We will spend one or two nights according to your itinerary. .

Rhodes is called the Crusader Isle, and is steeped in ancient history. The island is a very popular holiday destination as it has one of the best protected and the largest European Medieval cities. The mild climate of Rhodes offers warm weather almost 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been home to many civilizations, starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians – the island therefore has a unique historical harmony of each culture that occupied this beautiful island. The main port is in the Rhodes town while the other popular areas are Lindos and Kamiros. The city, which is still surrounded by 12-meter thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back in time to a medieval era, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone paved roads.

Cultures and time periods alternate with fascinating diversity as you enter the Old Town of Rhodes through the Gate of Freedom. Medieval fortress-like buildings, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses with their balconies, decorative, drinking or ablution fountains, tranquil or busy squares with shady trees, all contribute to creating an atmosphere of the past. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a mosaic and melting pot of different cultures and civilizations,

Lindos the Jewel of Rhodes with a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock. Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The traditional village, with its whitewashed houses, the mansions of the ship masters, its Byzantine churches and cobblestone streets, lie at the foot of the Acropolis. Following the path through the village or hiring a donkey from the square, one may ascend all the way up the ancient Acropolis. The Acropolis of Lindos rises imposingly on a 116-meter cliff, surrounded by powerful walls, like a podium overlooking the sea. At its top stand the ruins of the temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century B.C., the Propylaea, the great Hellenistic Stoa and the Byzantine church of St. John. At the foothill of the Acropolis, a unique relief trireme of the 2nd century BC, is engraved on the rock. During the rule of the Knights of Saint John, castle of the Acropolis of Lindos was strengthened, while the city’s maritime prosperity continued until the 19th century.

Day 3: Symi Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, it’s time to set sail for the beautiful Greek Island of Symi. Also named as the Pearl of the Dodecanes. The lovely shoreline with its neo-classical houses and the peripheral districts, is truly beautiful. All Symi houses are painted with different colors. This fact made this place fantastically beautiful. Symi offers lovely stores, quaint streets, art shops and numerous great bars and restaurants.

You will adore Symi for its pine and oak forests and unique bays, as there are Pedi bay, Nanou bay, Agioou Georgiou bay and well-protected Panormitis bay with its Monastery.

It is possible to see ruins of fortress of knights, which was constructed on the Acropolis place. In addition, on the top of mountain, the church of the Virgin Mary and fortress are located.

Day 4: Bozukkale (Loryma) – Bozburun

We sail cross the strait of Rhodes an proceed to Bozukkale. Located south of the Bozburun peninsula, it is known for its amazing panoramic views – on a clear day you will be able to see Rhodes, which is 12 miles away and anchor beneath the Hellenistic citadel of Ancient Loryma. An incomparable beautiful cove of its kind. we will spend some time here in absolute nature blended in with ancient history. The ancient name of Bozukkale was “Loryma” Bozukkale is a secluded remote bay with no road connection so is still peaceful and natural today. Three family owned restaurants with their own jetty’s, serving sailors, with traditional Turkish cuisine, Mediterranean food and homemade bread. This bay is perfect for a relaxing afternoon swimming, windsurfing or snorkeling in the crystal clear water. Take time ashore to visit the ruins of this once important bay. A spectacular view makes a climb to the acropolis well worthwhile.

In the historical city Bozukkale (Loryma), there is a castle which stretches out in a rectangle with its city walls and 9 temples. The name Bozukkale means ‘crooked castle’ and might be associated with the fact that one side of the castle is missing. Because of its geographical situation and the narrow port entrance, the port was also used as an ancient navy base and city from the Carians, who ruled the area 700-300 BC, they controlled the passage between East and west Mediterranean therefore this huge castle was built. The remains of the 2500 year old ancient Carian castle is half hour walk from our anchor place. Some walls still standing on the hill that overlooks the gulf are noteworthy as the last remains of a castle. There is also an abandoned Greek village Karamaka .Turkeys longest hiking Trail with 800 km signed way is Carian Trail, the Bozburn peninsula section goes through Bozukkale.

Loryma was used as a place to watch all the yachts in the strait of Rhodes. Its strategic geographical location and narrow port was also used by the ships sailing from the port of Athens. In 395 BC, the Athenian commander, Karori, is known to have come here. Before the Cnidus War of 305 BC, Demetrios, son of Antigonos chose this port for preparations before attacking Rhodes.

The name Loryma is believed to originate from the Luwian and Hellenic languages. Little is known about the history and culture of this city. As it sees to pass like a collar around the face, the writers, gave it the name of ‘Rhodes’. Interestingly, there is also a port by the same name. In 412 BC, the Athens navy sailing from is and of Syme (Sombeki) stayed here for a while on its way back. Antigonos’ navy also recuperated here after suffering a defeat in the battle.

Bozburun is a little picturesque village with a small harbour, several restaurants and shops. It is renowned for the thriving sponge business and Gulet boat building industry…

Day 5: Ekincik Bay, Dalyan

Heading to Ekincik to discover & explore Dalyan, an unspoiled paradise in Turkey – See it! Feel it! You will Love it!

Ekincik Bay is a beautiful bay with crystal clear water, some coves and a beaches surrounded by pine an olive trees and a small fishing village . A favorite place for sailing yachts. There a two restaurants in the village and famous “My Marina”, a beautiful and excellent restaurant with jetty where famous yachts from all over the world drop their anchor. Ekincik is an unspoiled excellent place to relax and take a break for swimming, sunbathing, excellent food and Ekincik is the best starting point for a memorable excursion visiting Dalyan delta.

Dalyan Delta is an unique area of outstanding natural beauty, historic ancient sights, healthy mud baths and hot springs, rich in wildlife surrounded by reed and pampas grass, you will love the idyllic and picturesque scenic of the unique delta, lakes, river, sandy beach and the Mediterranean sea. Once you discovered this place, it will be hard to leave.

A river boat can pick you up at your Gulet and take you on a private tour through the Dalyan Delta. The delta will be reached in about 30 min from your anchorage, your river boat captain will show you spectacular coves and caves on the way to Dalyan Delta. The rocky coastline is a snorkelers paradise. In short distance to İztuzu Beach is a beautiful cave that you can explore und swimm through. In the cave, there is lots of underwater life and fantastic colored rock formations.

In short distance you will reach İztuzu Beach at the mouth of the river delta, that is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Turkey. Best time is a start in the early in the morning, enjoy the waves of the Mediterranean sea that roll out on the fine almost white sandy beach. The beach is well known for the Caretta Caretta (Loggerhead sea turtle), an endangered species that has existed for about 45 million years. International animal protection organizations monitor and protect the turtles’ nesting grounds in Turkey. The beach is closed between 20.00 and 8:00 hours during the period that the turtles lay their eggs and hatchlings go out to sea (May to October). You need to respect and to be aware of the wooden stakes in the beach to mark nesting sites. The entire Delta is a protected National Conservation area and is home to over 200 species of birds along with no less than three varieties of turtle, including the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta, blue crabs, all kind of fish and other wildlife.

The route through Dalyan Çayı River is unique and scenic, offering views of Sülüngür Lake, ancient ruins of Caunos, king tombs carved into rocks, mud baths, hot springs, and the picturesque village of Dalyan whilst you enjoy the tour and explore the beautiful delta on a river boat . Dalyan means “fishing weir” in Turkish. Bass, Mullet and Sea Bream swim upstream from the sea to Köyceğiz Lake where another village of the region, Köyceğiz, is located. The fish spawn there, and when returning to the sea they are caught in the “dalyans”

Starting from Iztuzu beaches the river boat is driving through beds of reed, bulrushes and pampas grass, a truly breathtaking and memorable tour – Cruising on the river boats through the maze-like passages of Dalyan Delta will surely remind you of “The African Queen” movie which one had taken in Dalyan on 1951.

Set inland on the banks of the Dalyan River, the village of Dalyan is a peaceful holiday village unspoilt by mass tourism. Dalyan is a small village closed to Ortaca and in Muğla province. The village is located on the Dalyan Çayı River that connects Köyceğiz lake via the Dalyan Delta to the Mediterranean sea. Life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan Çayı River which flows past the town. The picturesque village is calm and quiet but also has a decent night life. Have a break with cay, menemen or gözleme in one of the river front restaurants whlist you can enjoy the atmosphere of Dalyan river with a view across to the above the river’s sheer cliffs weathered façades Lycian king tombs cut from rock. The ruins of the ancient trading city and port of Kaunos are a short boat trip across the river.

Kaunos offers outstanding history, it is a site that is interesting for both its archeological and ecological importance. Kaunos was a city of ancient Caria and in Anatolia, a few km west of the Dalyan Village. The Dalyan river was the border between Caria and Lycia. Kaunos was an important sea port, the history of which is supposed to date back till the 10th century BC. Because of the formation of İztuzu Beach and the silting of the former Bay of Dalyan (from approx. 200 BC onwards), Kaunos is now located about 8 km from the coast .The city had two ports, the southern port at the southeast of Küçük Kale and the inner port at its northwest (the present Sülüklü Göl, Lake of the Leeches). The southern port was used from the foundation of the city till roughly the end of the Hellenistic era, after which it became inaccessible due to its drying out. The inner or trade port could be closed by chains. The latter was used till the late days of Kaunos, but due to the silting of the delta and the ports, Kaunos had by then long lost its important function as a trade port. After Caria had been captured by Turkish tribes and the serious malaria epidemic of the 15th century AD, Kaunos was completely abandoned.

Towards the Lake of Köyceğiz, several hot springs and healty mud bathes can be be found. Dalyan’s is famous for its healty mud baths and hot springs. You might like to continue your excursion to visit the villag Köyceğiz across the lake , with a stop for swimming en route. In Köyceğiz you can explore the typical Turkish market and enjoy a traditional Turkish meal in one of the many small tavern’s. An attraction of Köyceğiz is the small village of Sultaniye, famous for its hot springs, which are reputed to be a cure for many skin ailments, arthritis and rheumatic disorders. After the hot springs, you need to try a mud bath and you will be impressed how soft your skin feels afterwards. From Sultaniye wo go strait back to İztuzu Beach so we have time to make a final stop at İztuzu Beach to enjoy a last time the Mediterranean waves and to wash off the last of the mud, before the river boat brings you back to your Gulet.

Day 6: Manastir Bay and Tersane Island

Manastir Bay : That is a fabulous bay shaded by pines that lean into the sea as if they are kissing the crystal clear waters as they stretch from water’s edge to the top of the hills. South-east of the Manastir Koyu, there are the ruins of a ancient hamam in the sea, known as Cleopatra’s Bath, A careful examination of the hill slope behind the bay, which is active in the past, this hill is a crater lake of tectonic structure and reducing water channels, clearly visible from the shore. The monastery dark, pine trees and up the hill from the shore in some places covered with carob trees. Structure of an ancient wall running parallel to the direction of the north-east coast and other small remnants of ancient Lycia reminds me that you are not far from the city. Lydia can be reached by a hiking trail approximately 1.5 hours. In the W part of Manastir Koyu is an old, long wall that runs by a restaurant called Wallbay. This wall was built to protect Lydia at the top of the isthmus and its village Arymaxa. From here it extends up to the hill and then back down to the sea again. Thusly, the peninsula was securely cut off from the mainland. When you get to the top of the hill the beautiful view of Gokgemile Koyu is going to amaze you.

Tersane Island, also known as Shipyard Island, these are the largest in the Gulf of Fethiye. A deep, 100 m long channel provides entry into these islands. There are covered and sheltered bays on the east side, which is also known as summer harbor. The western part is closed due to fierce winds.

According to historical sources Tersane Islands were called Telandria, was inhabited during ancient times. There are about a hundred ruins of ancient houses that can be seen from the land and the sea. There are ruins of two churches, one adjacent to the well and the other on the hill, as well as the graves he ancient people These islands proved to be most secure for sailors in the entire Gulf of Fethiye during the Byzantine period

7. Day: Domus Island – Bedri Rahmi Bay – Yassica Islands

After breakfast and swimming we will explore more stunning bays and islands of Göcek Gulf.

Domus Island will be our next stop. Some people name this island as Prince Island. A beautiful island surround by crystal clear water and ancient remains. Once upon a time there were a lot of wild boar here; therefore the island was named Domuz (wild boar) Island. It is a favorite place for many yachts to anchor in the protected areas of the island.

Another stop will be at Bedri Rahmi Bay. Bedri Rahmi Bay, is located just across the island. It is also known by the Lycian name of Tasyaka or ‘dark bay’, due to its natural beauty and historical significance. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu was an esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting. In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honor of the great master.

At last swimming stop will be at Yassica Island. Yassica Islands in the Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most romantic places, ideal for spending quality time with your partner and photographing gorgeous sunsets. The islands are covered with pine and olive trees, have many sheltered and shallow bays and are ideal for water sports enthusiasts. Towards the evening we return to Fethiye for the last days dinner and night on board.

8. Day: Fethiye

After breakfast on board, it is time to say goodbye to your Gulet and her lovely crew and to the beautiful Turkish Coast.

Greece

Sample itinerary for luxury private yacht charter

Greece offers a wide variety of itineraries for a charter yacht vacation afloat on a luxury private fully crewed Gulet.
Let our charter experts create your personalized and tailor-made private yacht charter, which is certain to exceed your expectations

Route: Marmaris – Greek Islands – Bodrum

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Start / End: Saturday / Saturday

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Highlights: Marmaris, Rhodes, Symi, Datca – Inceburun, Palamut Buku – Knidos, ,Kisebuku (Alakisla) – Kargili Bay , Papuc Burnu – Yaliciftlik, Bodrum

Day 1: Marmaris

Marmaris is one of the best spots to start or finish your cruise all the way along the Turkish coast and Greek Islands. Marmaris is a port city and a tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey. The long, wide, beautiful and gorgeous Marmaris Bay is surrounded by mountains and pine forests. This is also a home to hundreds of luxury yachts especially during the summer yachts. The old town is built in the shadow of the past but the small citadel is surrounded by the bazaar, shops and ship chandlers and overseeing the bay of Marmaris. Thus, you can enjoy the harbor front restaurants with varieties of excellent fine dining restaurants. This is just a step away from the charming old town and harbor front. Netsel Marina is a matchless pearl at the heart of Marmaris bay that seems as a natural lake adorned with the most special tones of turquoise. After your boarding in the Marmaris Harbor, you will be informed of the cruise itinerary and the Gulet. On the first day, our Gulet will remain anchored in Marmaris Port for dinner and stay at the port an overnight or we cruise to Cennet Island for overnight anchorage.

Day 2: Rhodes Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, we will sail to the island of Rhodes. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese . Rhodes is located at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain just off the Turkish coast. We will spend one or two nights in Rhodes according to your itinerary.

There is so much to see and experience in Rhodes, there are so many choices for visitors, that they could never lose interest. With more than 2400 years of history & culture that left their imprints or all over the island, with impeccable natural beauty and a great variety of landscapes, with modern infrastructure and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rhodes satisfies even the most demanding visitor!. Rhodes is called the Crusader Isle, and is steeped in ancient history.

The island is a very popular holiday destination as it has one of the best protected and the largest European Medieval cities. The mild climate of Rhodes offers warm weather almost 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been home to many civilizations, starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians – the island therefore has a unique historical harmony of each culture that occupied this beautiful island. The main port is in the Rhodes town while the other popular areas are Lindos and Kamiros. The city, which is still surrounded by 12-meter thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back in time to a medieval era, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone paved roads.

Cultures and time periods alternate with fascinating diversity as you enter the Old Town of Rhodes through the Gate of Freedom. Medieval fortress-like buildings, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses with their balconies, decorative, drinking or ablution fountains, tranquil or busy squares with shady trees, all contribute to creating an atmosphere of the past. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a mosaic and melting pot of different cultures and civilizations,

Lindos the Jewel of Rhodes with a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock. Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The traditional village, with its whitewashed houses, the mansions of the ship masters, its Byzantine churches and cobblestone streets, lie at the foot of the Acropolis.

Following the path through the village or hiring a donkey from the square, one may ascend all the way up the ancient Acropolis. The Acropolis of Lindos rises imposingly on a 116-meter cliff, surrounded by powerful walls, like a podium overlooking the sea. At its top stand the ruins of the temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century B.C., the Propylaea, the great Hellenistic Stoa and the Byzantine church of St. John. At the foothill of the Acropolis, a unique relief trireme of the 2nd century BC, is engraved on the rock. During the rule of the Knights of Saint John, castle of the Acropolis of Lindos was strengthened, while the city’s maritime prosperity continued until the 19th century.

Day 3: Symi Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, it’s time to set sail for the beautiful Greek Island of Symi, located in the Southern Dodecanese, north of Rhodes and close to the coast of south-west Turkey.. Also named as the Pearl of the Dodecanes. Symi has the most beautiful harbour in Greece. Symi is the Pearl of the Dodecanes. On either side of a steep-sided fjord rise tier upon tier of houses, some white, some pastel yellow, but virtually all with Neo-Classical pediments – a reminder that 100 years ago this was one of Greece’s most prosperous islands.

The island is dotted with small valleys, and its coastline alternates between rocky cliffs and beaches, and isolated coves. Its main town, located on the northeast coast, is also named Symi and consists of the lower town around the harbour, typically referred to as Yialos, and the upper town is called Horio or Ano Symi.

All Symi houses are painted with different colors. This fact made this place fantastically beautiful. There has been virtually no modern concrete construction here and now these fine old houses are being resurrected for visitors.

Symi offers lovely stores, quaint streets, art shops and numerous great bars and restaurants. You will adore Symi for its natural beauty, pine and oak forests and unique bays, as there are Pedi bay, Nanou bay, Agioou Georgiou bay and well-protected Panormitis bay with its Monastery. It is possible to see ruins of fortress of knights, which was constructed on the Acropolis place. In addition, on the top of mountain, the church of the Virgin Mary and fortress are located. A forested plateau offers with many spectacular views, can be visited by car or bike on the recently refurbished road from Symi town to Panormitis. The spirit of the island remains intact. Dinner and overnight stay at Symi Island.

Day 4: Datca and Inceburn

We will sail over to the picturesque village of Datca to complete the formalities of entering back into the Turkish Coast. Datca is a quiet fishing town with a little harbor,. Datca lies at the west end of Hisarönü Gulf.

This fascinating Mediterranean village consists of a small square and its surrounding streets. All the houses in the village are made of amber colored masonry. White garden walls are crawling with vines, shrubs, almond and olive trees. Stroll through the Old Town of Datca visiting the bazaar, art galleries, local shops, coffeehouses, bars and restaurants.. You can find various stores selling local honey, the famous Datca almonds and other specialties of the region.

Datca is located on the Datca Peninsula southwest of Marmaris where the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea meets. Datca is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The Datca Peninsula offers a natural boundary between the Aegean Sea, the Gökova Gulf on the north and the Mediterranean Sea, the Hisarönü Gulf on the south. The heaven nature, the barren coves and the very clean sea are the valuables of Datca. There are 52 wonderful coves around the peninsula.

Datca was founded by the Dorians settled in the Aegean islands and the southern coast of Ionia. This peninsula is located between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. At the end of the peninsula, at a distance of about 38 kms is the ancient Carian city of Knidos, which was described by Strabo as the city built for the most beautiful goddess, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful peninsula.

In the afternoon, we will continue our cruise to Inceburun, a beautiful remote bay, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and your Sundowner drink. We stay for dinner and overnight in Inceburun.

Day 5: Palamut Buku, Knidos (Cnidus)

Early morning, we will sail to Palamutbuku. Palamutbuku is reputed for having the best beaches in the Datca peninsula. The beaches are small but very beautiful. Surrounded by mountains and spotted with gardens, these beaches are known for their tranquility and fresh sea air that together present the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating getaway. Palamutbuku is located at the end of the peninsula and is also famed for the remains of the historic city of Knidos. Knidos, known for its bounty of fish, is located about 12 kim away.

The waters here are crystal clear, so much so that it is believed that if you take a needle at the very bottom of the sea, you can still see it! Go on a sea tour or simply bask on the beaches, watching vibrant birds take a flight there is so much to do in Palamutbuku! The people are warm and friendly. Palamutbuku epitomizes peace, tranquility and happiness. With its warm people with their smiling faces and immense natural beauty, Palamutbuku is indeed a little paradise in its own right.

Then we will cruise to Knidos. Knidos is one of the most magnificent ancient cities in Anatolia that you should visit. As the first settlement in the east of the Datca peninsula, Knidos has splendid ruins and a unique beauty. There is a theater is located right next to the harbor of the ancient city of Knidos. A short walk towards the harbor will take you to the remains of two churches built during the Byzantine period.

Knidos century has been a site of archaeological excavations since 1960. The Statue of Demeter discovered here and the lion statues that protected the harbor in ancient times now adorn the halls of the British Museum. The sacred temple of the goddess Aphrodite is a major center of attraction. The city with a huge necropolis, a double harbor and the magnificent acropolis with the temple of Aphrodite truly impresses all visitors. Dinner and overnight spend in Knidos.

Day 6: Kisebuku (Alakisla), Kargili Bay

Kise Buku, a name originating from the word ‘kilise’ (church) due to the remains of the Byzantine Monasteries found in this area. It is indispensable for all boats to anchor here at a very large cove. This bay is surrounded by mountains in the north, and western winds blow in the eastern side of the island against. At Alakisla, you will encounter the ruins of an old monastery by the name of Kise Bay. The must visit places in the Kisebuku ruins include Yalikoyu, Akarca, Fork, summerhouse, bath, cistern and the cove where the ruins of the church are found. These call for an indispensable stop during your Blue Cruise. In a few coves in the vicinity, you can find wonders like cold drinking water boiling! The silhouette of a grove of Oleander trees rolling down into the sea against the glittering sandy beaches is indeed a spectacle to behold! We will sail to Kargili Bay for dinner and anchor overnight.

Day 7: Papuc Burnu, Yaliciftlik

We will sail to Pabucburnu after breakfast and enjoy lunch here. Located 6 miles from Bodrum and resembling the shape of a nose is Pabuc Burnu, suitable for boats to dock. The unique shape covered with shrubs, the emerald colored waters and a string of pool like boat shelters with calm water are the hallmarks of Pabuc Burnu.

Tea will be served in Yaliciftlik Bay. An optional village tour can be arranged from this bay for those who are wishing to experience the local life. Then our boat will cruise back to Bodrum Port for the last day’s dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 8: Bodrum

We will set sail early in the morning towards Bodrum. After breakfast onboard, it is time to say goodbye to your boat, her lovely crew and to the beautiful Turkish Coast.

We strongly encourage you to spend some time in Bodrum perusing the seaside shops, familiarizing yourself with Turkish culture and traditions, and dining along the water’s edge at one of dozens of outstanding restaurants. Bodrum is one of the Aegean Coast’s jewels, featuring natural beauty, ancient ruins, and a thriving nightlife.

Bodrum has a history that goes back to the 12th century B.C. The city that was once called ‘Halicarnassus,’ was the birthplace of Herodotus: the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. The ‘Mausoleum’ of King Mausolus (350 B.C.), one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in this city.

The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13.000 guests and it is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Another place that you should visit when you arrive in Bodrum is the landmark of the city, the ‘Castle of Saint Peter’. It is one of the best-preserved pieces of architecture with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. ‘Myndos Gate’ through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus is another place that you should not miss to visit. Most sophisticated of the Turkish Aegean, Bodrum offers fine dining, world-class nightlife and shopping.

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Highlights: Bodrum – Kos , Pserimos – Leros, Lipsi, Patmos, Ikaria, , Mykonos Island, Paros Island, Naxos, Iraklia, Koufonisia, Amorgos, Astypalea, Kalymnos, Turgutreis, Karaincir, Bodrum

1. Day: Bodrum – Kos Island

Our blue Voyage in the the Greece islands starts in Bodrum. After welcome drinks, Gulet and Itinerary information, the captain will complete port formalities to sail to the Greece island .

Our first Greece island that we visit is the Deodecanes island Kos. Located just 2 miles from the coast of the ancient region of Caria in Turkey. The island is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. Kos Island is really well worth visiting.

Asklepieion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is “the Father of Medical Sciences” is located here. All the people from the east Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos, which is the 3rd largest island of the 12 Dodecanese islands. Kos , it is a very green island with an excellent infrastructure and large roads lined up with palm trees. An island of very mild climate and fertile lands, Kos houses, a 560-year old tree, a 211-year old fountain, a 14th century fortress and a 290 km beach. Enjoy a swim in Lambi Beach close to the Harbor and have fun in the nightlife this island has to offer. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful and full of life.

During your visit to Kos Island, you must certainly visit the ancient ruins of the city that are numerous and remarkable, the ruins of ‘Asklepieion, ;, the ‘Castle of the Knights’and the huge tree of Hippocrates (trunk diameter is 11,5 meters!). On Kos you will find some of the finest beaches in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. With many archaeological sites in and around the town, Kos is the ideal place for walking or cycling. Dinner and overnight stay at Kos Island.

2. Day: Pserimos Island – Leros Island

We will cruise to small Greece island Pserimos Island early in the morning. Pserimos is an islet located between Kos and Kalymnos, about six nautical miles north of Kos and close to the Turkish coast.

The total area is only about 15sq km and there is only a handful of permanent residents, around 100 who rely on fishing and tourism.

It is an attractive holiday destination because of its remote location. The island makes you feel free as it is very isolated and you feel yourself closer to nature. You can sunbath and relax on the beach. The sea and the view of the island is perfect and will take your breath away. The beach is wide, deep, very sandy with shallow waters well sheltered in the deep bay and lined with beachside tavern as and cafes that catch the daily trade. There is a small harbour for boat mooring. There’s not much to see beside the single sandy beach though tracks lead over the rocky treeless hills to small coves.

However, to have the feeling of being alone in a remote island is something what everyone should experience once in their life time. The life of the local people on the island is calm and easy and when you go there you have the same feeling of being relaxed.

We continue our cruise the beautiful Greece island Leros. Leros is an island with a very healthy climate ideal for a quiet holiday. Evergreen, with many inviting coves and beautiful sandy beaches, Leros relaxes the visitor with its tranquil landscape. The island is green with stunning beaches and large bays.

The main port is Aghia Marina, or Pandeli, an attractive port dominated by a huge crusader castle and six windmills on the hill. Spreading up from the port is the area known as Platanos, the social hub of the island, which sits astride the saddle of the hill and merges with the picturesque fishing harbor of Pandeli on the other side.

The setting is very pretty with white houses dotted around the bay. The port Lakki is one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in Greece. It was designed by Mussolini’s architects in 1923 and although in defiance of his wishes, the capital was subsequently moved above the village of Platanos. Leros has plenty of beaches and secluded coves. The lovely shingle beach at Vromolithos is just a twenty minute walk from Planos and is a long, gentle sweep of a bay with a small island in the middle. You need to try the famous Mylos Restaurant, better known as Taki’s for lunch or dinner, they have a sophisticated twist on the Aegean’s seafood dishes. Dinner and overnight stay at Leros Island.

3. Day: Lipsi Island

Our cruise continues in the morning after breakfast to Lipsi Island. Lipsi is an island south of Samos and to the north of Leros in Greece, it is a small group of islets at the northern part of the Dodecanese near to Patmos island and Leros. The larger Lipsi-Arkoi archipelago consists of some 37 islands and islets of which only three are larger than 1 square kilometer. Lipsi is a tiny island covered with white washed houses and little churches with blue domes. It is an island where cars are almost non-existent and where most of the local life takes place at the island’s port.

Lipsi is a very beautiful and authentic island of the Dodecanese where during the day you can watch the fishermen beat octopuses on the quays that will be served later that night in one of the tavernas, cafes and or restaurants set on the tiny port. Lipsi has a number of good anchorages.. Small churches and monasteries scatter the island, so many in fact that locals claim there is one for every family living on the islands.

We will have a swimming break in one of the many small islands in front of Lipsi. Visit the beaches of Platis or Giolos with crystal green waters. On the island, the Church of the Catopanaghia constructed in the 7th century deserves a visit, along with the Church of Panopanaghia from the 15th century.

4. Day: Patmos Island

We will cruise to Patmos early in the morning-

Patmos is a charming, serenity and tranquil island, hardly touched by the industrial outburst and tourism grow, it is still keeping its picturesqueness. Patmos has a lacy coastline, secluded beautiful beaches, charming bays and surrounding islets in the crystal clear Aegean sea.

The Monastery of St. John (Agios Ioannis Theologos), is the first thing you will see when arriving on Patmos, sitting high on the hill above Chora it is visible from every part of the island. Patmos Town is dominated by the huge castle that protects the sacred Monastery of St. John the Divine.

The most important element of Patmos is certainly its spirituality, as the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian has shaped the island’s character. St John wrote here his divinely inspired Revelation the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament.

The monastery is surrounded by walls and looks like a fortress. In the middle between Chora and Skala, the two main villages of Patmos.

The most picturesque village is the capital of Patmos Chora, built around the imposing fortified Monastery of Saint John during the 12 century with lovely whitewashed houses on narrow streets and alleyways with flourishing courtyards, paved paths and great view to the Aegean Sea. During the 16 Century beautiful mansions houses and residences were built, testifying to the wealth of the people of Patmos. An ancient donkey track built in 1794 connects Chora and Skala.

The main harbor of Patmos, Skala is the most populated town on the island but it preserves the warm island atmosphere as it would be expected from such a historic port. Charming Skala is built around the lovely port.

Skala is “the city of Patmos” offering, picturesque taverns, restaurants, a large variety of shops, Greek café houses, bars and evening entertainment. Among the many sights of Skala are the ruins of the ancient acropolis, the convent of Zoodochos Pigi, and the 17th century church of Panagia Koumana. The lovely islet of Petrokaravo is right opposite Skala.

Dinner and overnight anchorage in Patmos.

5. Day: Ikaria Island

Ikaria island is situated in the north-eastern Aegean Sea, between the islands of Samos and Patmos. The island is blessed with an imposing rugged landscape, some characteristic unkempt villages and lovely beaches, Ikaria will appeal to travelers looking for a taste of authentic Greece.

The beautiful island of Ikaria is best known for the mysterious number of people living past 100 years, but also for its therapeutic hot springs, its wine and the legend of Icarus which it was named after. It is a rocky, mountainous and green island with traditional architecture, friendly people and unspoiled beaches.

According to the Greek Mythology, Icarus, a mythical figure with wax wings, fell into the sea and was drowned, while flying close to the sun. The island was thus named after him. Ikaria island has rich past, which can be seen in the Byzantine and Roman archeological remains. The Castle of Koskina built in the 11th century A.D, during the Byzantine rule, is found on top of a mountain peak. Inside the castle is the church of Saint George. Drakano Fortress is another fine example of the island’s military past. It was built by the Athenians, during the time of Alexander the Great. This 44 foot high limestone military fortification served as observation point for traffic in the Aegean Sea. The tourists can also find the remains of a Byzantine Odeon (small theatre) in Kampos village, used by noblemen in ancient times for musical and theatrical events.

The Roman baths of Therma also deserve a visit. During the Roman times, hot spring water with curative properties flowed out and people cured themselves of their diseases by bathing in it. After an earthquake, the Therma springs of Ikaria island stopped working and the city slid under the sea. The remains are visible with snorkeling in the region. Nearby, along the tourists can follow a paved path that leads them to an active hot water spring, from which the hot water with healing properties flows out into the sea. They can bath in it to cure themselves, of any rheumatic or skin disease. In Nas, visitors can also explore the remains of an ancient temple of Goddess Artemis built around the 6th century B.C.

For nature lovers, the island is a paradise. It is covered with Pine and Oaks forests. Tourists can hike through the beautiful countryside, on stony and earthen paths to enjoy the natural splendors.

Ikaria island is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean region. The mountains, lakes, rivers and lush green forests of Ikaria island form a unique natural beauty. Ikaria has remained true to itself and to the ways of its people, it is still quite untouched by tourism, mainly because its inhabitants have resisted most attempts to develop their island to conventional tourism.

Our Gulet will arrive in the island of Ikaria in the morning to discover the island and swim in it beautiful bays.

6 Day: Mykonos Island

In the morning, our Greece Blue Voyage continues to the beautiful island Mykonos. Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. Mykonos’ nickname is The island of the winds .The sun shines for up to 300 days a year.

Mykonos is perhaps the most visited of all Greek islands. It has by far the most sophisticated and exciting nightlife in Greece.

Whitewashed Chora, the island’s main port, is a labyrinth of winding cobblestone alleys. The waterfront is filled with colorful fishing boats, and windmills spot the surrounding hilltops.

The Panagia Paraportiani is the most famous of Mykonos’ several hundred churches. It is actually four little churches united into one beautiful white, knobby, asymmetrical structure. It is a photographer’s dream. To the south beyond Ornos is Agios Ioannis and to the east is Psarou, a lovely little cove.

One of the reasons of the extreme popularity of Mykonos island is the many sandy beaches and their crystal-clear waters. The most popular beaches are the one located in the southern coast of the island; they are all fully organised and some of them (Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia, Platis Gialos, Psarou, Agios Ioannis, Agrari, Paranga, Kalo Livadi, Ftelia and others) are considered as some of the best in Greece.

Night life on the island of Mykonos is famous worldwide and it is the main reason of the islands huge popularity and high level of tourism.

The whitewashed capital Chora or Town has hundreds of crowded bars and clubs and the famous beach resorts offer huge night clubs and lively beach bars. Party and fun is lasting all night long. It is also known as being one of the best gay and lesbians spots in Europe. Whether you want to join the daytime beach parties or anchor your yacht in a quite bay, Mykonos offers an alternative for everyone. Delos is a small islet located a few miles from the Greek Island of Mykonos Greece. Delos and is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. in Antiquity, was one of the most important sanctuaries of Greece. It was considered as the mythical birth place of the gods Apollo and Artemis. In the 8th century BC, a festival in honor of Apollo was established; the oldest temples and shrines date from this era. There, you can visit some the ruins of temples, theatres and houses from one of the greatest civilization ever.

We will stay overnight in Mykonos.

7. Day: Paros Island

Paros is an attractive island in the center of the Cyclades. Three bays cut deep inland. One of the reason of the popularity of the island of Paros is the exquisite beaches it offers: authentic or organised beaches with sun beds and umbrellas, beaches for the practice of windsurfing or party beaches, all is there for you, just waiting to be visited The most famous are: Golden Beach, Kolimbithres, Parasporos, Santa Maria, Pounda and more… In the east lies the virgin beaches that make perfect anchor for our Gulet. Paros Island also has charming villages.

In the west is the sheltered Paroikia Bay, the island’s capital Parikia and the main port of Paros island. It is a charming town with many activities concentrated there. Parikia is a charming, typically Cycladic old town with a medieval 13th century Venetian kastro. . The church Panagia Ekatontapyliani also known as the Church of 100 Doors is a historic Byzantine church complex in Parikia town, which dates from 326 AD. Parikia is one of the most typical Cycladic settlements as it is distinguished by its narrow cobbled paths, the old churches, the small shops and the houses in blue and white. Parikia is today one of the most popular and busiest spot of the island, as its cafeterias and restaurants along the waterfront attract many visitors.

Parikia is also famous for its vivid nightlife, which makes it along with Naoussa village on the northern side of the island the two busiest tourist resorts of Paros. Lefkes is the island’s highest and loveliest village. In July and August it is almost enshrouded in butterflies, the sight is spectacular. Paros is famous for its nightlife, coming third in the Cyclades, in terms of entertainment, after Mykonos and Ios. Plenty of bars and night clubs can be found in Parikia, and in Naoussa. The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is located in a huge bay in the northern part of Paros that is known for its cosmopolitan life and as one of the most beautiful of Greece. Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term “Parian” to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Paros is an idyllic islands and also well known for their ideal weather conditions for wind surfing and kite surfing.

We will anchor here overnight and dine onboard.

8. Day: Naxos Island

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands. It was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture.

Naxos is a mountainous island. It has many lovely and picturesque villages with whitewashed houses, narrow bright coloured windows and doors and slate or tile roofs like: Apiranthos, Apollonas, Halki, Potamia, Koronos, Tripodes and others.

The capital of the island, Chora is a big and unique village in Greece. It has a well-preserved Venetian castle and it is full of beautiful whitewashed houses with small windows, surrounded by stone-paved narrow alleys, shops, galleries, coffeehouses, bars and restaurant .

The main villages are Filoti, Apiranthos, Vivlos, Agios Arsenios, Koronos and Glinado.

More than 98 kilometres of fine golden sandy beaches are surrounding the beautiful island of Naxos in Greece. All beaches have superb crystal-clear turquoise waters which are glimmering under the bright Mediterranean sun. Umbrellas, sun beds and water sports facilities can be found in some of those paradise-like beaches as well as many accommodations. Here are some of the most famous: Agios Prokopios, Plaka, Agia Anna, Mikri Vigla, Sahara, Saint Georgios… Some of the beaches offer perfect wind conditions for the practice of windsurfing and kite surfing. Some other are paradise for snorkeling. Naxos is considered a windy place perfect for windsurfing, as well as kitesurfing. Naxos is considered a windy place perfect for windsurfing, as well as kitesurfing.

Naxos is very ancient and has many historical places to discover, dating back to 6th Century BC.

We will anchor here overnight and dine onboard.

9. Day: Iraklia Island

Iraklia has two villages: Panagia, located in the centre of the island, and Agios Georgios, which serves as the main port. Both these villages have traditional architecture but Agios Georgios offers some shops, coffeehouse, bars and a couple of nice taverns.

Iraklia has many beautiful beaches around its coastline. The biggest caves in the Cyclades are located on Irakleia. Some of these beaches can be accessed on foot, while others are more remote, so visitors will need to take the excursion boat from the port to go and enjoy some privacy. The most famous and impressive beach on Iraklia is Livadi, a long sandy beach with crystal water on the eastern side of the island. However, the beach of Agios Georgios gets more popular due to its closeness to the port. On the island there are many mysterious rock paintings dated about 5,000 years before. The ruins of a fortress dating from the 4th-2nd century B.C. are located at Livadi on the island.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

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Highlights: Bodrum, Kos, Gyali, Nisiros, Symi, Rhodes, Palamut Buku – Knidos, Poyraz Harbour, Bodrum

1. Day: Bodrum

Bodrum is one of the most popular Turkish holiday destinations on the Aegean coastline, with its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, exciting nightlife and tempting restaurant scene.

The old harbor town has everything from highly interesting historical sights to chilling beachfront cafes and bars.

The spectacular medieval castle built by the Knights of the Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum’s dazzling blue bay where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet.

The center of Bodrum’s lively harbor, which is located in the old town, is the St. Peter’s Castle, built in the 15th century by Knights of St John. In front of the picturesque backdrop of Bodrum with its small white-washed houses and the harbour where hundreds of sailing yachts, motor yachts, Gulets and excursion boats are moored or anchored.

The bazaar which is located in the east half old town along the beach consists of a long and winding alley with countless shops, boutiques, many small seafront cafes, tavernas, restaurants and clubs, most of them have a small beach. A great place for chilling can be found for example; Beach Club “Café del Mar” with a view to the Halicarnass, the anchored yachts and the castle. There are also cocktails, snacks, lounge music, sunbathing and a relaxed public. Simply fantastic! Bodrum offers fine dining along the water’s edge at one of dozens of outstanding restaurants, world-class nightlife and excellent shopping.

The west side offers boutiques, shops, seafront bars and restaurants along the harbor on the way to the Bodrum Milta Marina Yacht Club. Bodrum is a worldwide famous, attracting a diverse population of travelers who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront as the elegant yachts crowd the harbour. It is a favorite vacation spot of the Turkish elite and bohemian meeting place for VIP’s, artists and patrons, making the city atmosphere indescribably exquisite and often hosts exhibitions, events, concerts and shows. Bodrum has developed into “Turkey´s St. Tropez”, fully living up to the name.

Bodrum is also the most famous Gulet building center in Turkey. The reputation of Bodrum’s boat yards date back to ancient times, and today, craftsmen still build the best traditional Gulets in Turkey.

The ancient city of Bodrum has a rich history that goes back to the 12th century B.C. The city that was once called ‘Halicarnassus,’ was the birthplace of Herodotus: the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. Halicarnassus was founded as the second capital of Caria – Greek state. Halicarnassus achieved its greatest prosperity in the IV century BC At this time, the city invites famous sculptors and architects of the time. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus for King Mausolus, and his sister-wife Artemisia II of Caria.

The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that it is one of his Seven Wonders. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century.

The landmark of Bodrum is the medieval crusader Castle of St Peter it dominates the waterfront and the bay beyond and overlooks the harbor and the international marina. It is an excellent Museum of Underwater Archeology and a must-see in Bodrum, you will be surprised to find such riveting blend of ancient and modern behind those imposing stone walls. The castle is one of the best-preserved pieces of architecture with a history dating back to the construction start in 1404, they used squared green volcanic stone, marble columns and reliefs from the nearby Mausoleum of Maussollos to fortify the castle. The Bodrum Amphitheatre situated on the hillside overlooking Bodrum, it is another structure accredited to the reign of King Mausolus., It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13.000 guests and it is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. It is the best spot for taking a beautiful picture postcard views over the Bodrum Castle and harbor. The ‘Myndos Gate’ through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus is another place that you should not miss to visit. Bodrum offers a wide range of cruising options. In the north, you can reach Turgutreis, Gümüslük, Yalikavak, and Turkbükü or along the route of the Blue Voyage in the green Gökova Golf with its beautiful bays or in the Greece Islands of the Dodecanes and Cyclades.

From here we are starting on a fascinating voyage in the Greece Islands of the Dodecanes.

2. Day: Kos Island

Our first Greece island that we visit is the Dodecanes island Kos. Located just 2 miles from the coast of the ancient region of Caria in Turkey. The island is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. Kos Island is really well worth visiting.

Asklepieion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is “the Father of Medical Sciences” is located here. All the people from the east Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos, which is the 3rd largest island of the 12 Dodecanese islands.

Kos is a very green island with an excellent infrastructure and large roads lined up with palm trees. An island of very mild climate and fertile lands, Kos houses, a 560-year old tree, a 211-year old fountain, a 14th century fortress and a 290 km beach. Enjoy a swim in Lambi Beach close to the Harbor and have fun in the nightlife this island has to offer. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful and full of life. During your visit to Kos Island, you must certainly visit the ancient ruins of the city that are numerous and remarkable, the ruins of ‘Asklepieion, ;, the ‘Castle of the Knights’and the huge tree of Hippocrates (trunk diameter is 11,5 meters!). On Kos you will find some of the finest beaches in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. With many archaeological sites in and around the town, Kos is the ideal place for walking or cycling.

Dinner and overnight stay at Kos Island.

3. Day: Gyali Island, Nisyros Island

We will start our trip early in the morning and drop our anchor for a swim stop to visit to the small island Agios Antonios in front the quaint stone island Gyali. The Gyali Island consists of thick layers of pumice-stone and obsidian and perlite, here is mining plant. We`ll swim to the small island Agios Antonios .

Later we continue our cruise to the volcano island Nisyros a place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions.

Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Dodecanes islands, still untouched by the tourism growth, authentic and peaceful. Mandraki and Nikia are the most picturesque villages in Nisyros Greece, with traditional architecture and great views. Mandraki It is built below the imposing rock of the Monastery of the Panagia Spiliani

The picturesque and traditional little harbor village and capital Mandraki and offers a unique atmosphere to all guests with its stunning lovely white-washed houses located at the foot and the top of the hill., charming alleyways, nice squares, small shops, coffeehouses, lively bars, taverns and many nice seafood restaurants are situated here. The nightlife is not very intense but you will surely have a good time in Mandraki. Enjoy a stroll around the exquisite pebbled narrow streets and and take a close look at the white or colored two-storied houses with wooden balconies. The houses are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice-stone.. The Castle of the knights of St. John in Mandraki, built high on a rock at an altimeter of 150 meters.

Around the traditional village of Mandraki are many attractions such as the Paleokastro the classical and Hellenistic Acropolis and the towering fortress of the knights of St.John the Castle of Spiliani whose ruins are found 4 kilometers southwest of the village. The castle stands on a fabulous location above the settlement offering breathtaking views to the sea. Behind the village, on a high rock, rises the famous monastery of Panagia Spiliani, the biggest part of the monastery is built in a cave.., is located at the top of a hill northwest of Mandraki. The cave is divided into two churches.

Nikia is a picturesque village located in a mountainous region, built at 400m altitude and it is very close to the volcano. The cobblestone paths are a labyrinthine and Porta, is the picturesque famous white-blue cobblestone main square, where you find the church of Eisodion tis Theotokou; it is one of the most gorgeous churches of Greece!

The medieval castle of Pantoniki which has a unique view. Located inside the medieval Castle of Pantoniki in Nisyros, Sterna Nisyros Residences is a traditional two-storey house that dates back to the mid 17th Century and now it is a meeting place for artists from Greece and all around the world through Art-residency and Exhibition

The main attraction of the island of Nisyros is a volcano. A scientists are saying the island was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, which is unique in Greece. This is one of the active volcanoes in Europe since 1996 volcano has become more active, and earthquakes are not uncommon. The volcano has a beautiful caldera of 15000 years old boasting six main craters. The volcanic rocks form a unique palette of colors in the fertile region of the valley of Lakki. Nisyros that has one of the world’s largest hydrothermal craters “Stefanos”, as well as its hot springs including Loutra and Pali.. Stefanos is one of the biggest and well preserved hydrothermal volcanic craters in the world with a depth of 27 m while the volcanic crater of Polyvotis is the largest volcanic crater with a depth of 30 m and a diameter of 260m. 1.5 km to the East from the capital city is located Loutra – resort, famous since ancient times for its healing springs, which are still in operation. To the East of Loutra is a picturesque fishing village Fell, immersed in the greenery of olive, fruit and trees, vineyards. The locals are mainly engaged in gardening and farming, so here you can eat natural food, grown on the fertile lands of Nisyros. The best way to get around to visit the volcano, the many monuments is a scooter. Overnight and dinner on the island.

Day 4: Symi Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, it’s time to set sail for the beautiful Greek Island of Symi, located in the Southern Dodecanese, north of Rhodes and close to the coast of south-west Turkey.

Also named as the Pearl of the Dodecanes. Symi has the most beautiful harbor in Greece. On either side of a steep-sided fjord rise tier upon tier of houses, some white, some pastel yellow, but virtually all with Neo-Classical pediments – a reminder that 100 years ago this was one of Greece’s most prosperous islands.

The island is dotted with small valleys, and its coastline alternates between rocky cliffs and beaches, and isolated coves. Its main town, located on the northeast coast, is also named Symi and consists of the lower town around the harbor, typically referred to as Yialos, and the upper town is called Horio or Ano Symi.

All Symi houses are painted with different colors. This fact made this place fantastically beautiful. There has been virtually no modern concrete construction here and now these fine old houses are being resurrected for visitors. Symi offers lovely stores, quaint streets, art shops and numerous great bars and restaurants.

You will adore Symi for its natural beauty, pine and oak forests and unique bays, as there are Pedi bay, Nanou bay, Agioou Georgiou bay and well-protected Panormitis bay with its Monastery. It is possible to see ruins of fortress of knights, which was constructed on the Acropolis place. In addition, on the top of mountain, the church of the Virgin Mary and fortress are located. A forested plateau offers with many spectacular views, can be visited by car or bike on the recently refurbished road from Symi town to Panormitis. The spirit of the island remains intact.

Dinner and overnight stay at Symi Island.

Day 5: Rhodes Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, we will sail to the island of Rhodes. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese . Rhodes is located at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain just off the Turkish coast. We will spend one or two nights in Rhodes according to your itinerary.

This is the one of that beautiful places in the world where ancient is adjacent to the civilization , the sea to the mountains , with the slow pace of temperament. Enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the castle, visit the main sights of the city of Rhodes Palace of the Grand Masters , an ancient hospital , numerous residences , street knights. You should not miss to visit the hill of Monte Smith, with a breathtaking view of the old and the new cityes , the ruins of the temple of Apollo, the ancient stadium and theater.

There is so much to see and experience in Rhodes, there are so many choices for visitors, that they could never lose interest. With more than 2400 years of history & culture that left their imprints or all over the island, with impeccable natural beauty and a great variety of landscapes, with modern infrastructure and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rhodes satisfies even the most demanding visitor!.

Rhodes is called the Crusader Isle, and is steeped in ancient history. The island is a very popular holiday destination as it has one of the best protected and the largest European Medieval cities. The mild climate of Rhodes offers warm weather almost 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been home to many civilizations, starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians – the island therefore has a unique historical harmony of each culture that occupied this beautiful island. The main port is in Rhodes town while the other popular areas are Lindos and Kamiros.

The city, which is still surrounded by 12-meter thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back in time to a medieval era, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone paved roads. Cultures and time periods alternate with fascinating diversity as you enter the Old Town of Rhodes through the Gate of Freedom. Medieval fortress-like buildings, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses with their balconies, decorative, drinking or ablution fountains, tranquil or busy squares with shady trees, all contribute to creating an atmosphere of the past. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a mosaic and melting pot of different cultures and civilizations,

Lindos, the Jewel of Rhodes with a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock. Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The traditional village, with its whitewashed houses, the mansions of the ship masters, its Byzantine churches and cobblestone streets, lie at the foot of the Acropolis.

To get the Acropolis you can either walk or riding a donkey. The road to the Acropolis is very picturesque. The Acropolis of Lindos rises imposingly on a 116-meter cliff, surrounded by powerful walls, like a podium overlooking the sea. You will meet stone fountains that still supplied with water by means of ancient aqueducts, past the white square houses with sky-blue shutters and gates. You will walk past the gardens, laden with pots and sweet taverns with magnificent flavors. Reached the top and after visiting the ancient city, do a couple of shots of cozy bay St. Peter and Lindos town aerial view. Lindos Beach is so beautiful while you are standing on top of Acropolis. Therefore, if you come to see the Acropolis you should also get acquainted with the beach . Gorgeous golden sand and all the necessary infrastructure for a rest at your disposal. And if you decided to stay for dinner at one of the local taverns , it`s magical place for to spend evening here after sunset – Acropolis decorated with special illumination

Day 6: Bozukkale – Loryma

We proceed our Blue Voyage to the beautiful remote bay Bozukkale the ancient Loryma and anchor beneath the Hellenistic citadel .

An incomparable beautiful cove of its kind. we will spend some time here in absolute nature blended in with ancient history.

The ancient name of Bozukkale was “Loryma” Bozukkale is a secluded remote bay with no road connection so is still peaceful and natural today. Three family owned restaurants with their own jetty’s, serving sailors, with traditional Turkish cuisine, Mediterranean food and homemade bread. South of the Bozburun peninsula, is known for its amazing panoramic views – on a clear day you will be able to see Rhodes, which is 12 miles away. This bay is perfect for a relaxing afternoon swimming, windsurfing or snorkeling in the crystal clear water.

Take time ashore to visit the ruins of this once important bay. A spectacular view makes a climb to the acropolis well worthwhile.

In the historical city Bozukkale (Loryma), there is a castle which stretches out in a rectangle with its city walls and 9 temples. The name Bozukkale means ‘crooked castle’ and might be associated with the fact that one side of the castle is missing. Because of its geographical situation and the narrow port entrance, the port was also used as an ancient navy base and city from the Carians, who ruled the area 700-300 BC, they controlled the passage between East and west Mediterranean therefore this huge castle was built. The remains of the 2500 year old ancient Carian castle is half hour walk from our anchor place. Some walls still standing on the hill that overlooks the gulf are noteworthy as the last remains of a castle.

There is also an abandoned Greek village Karamaka . Turkeys longest hiking Trail with 800 km signed way is Carian Trail, the Bozburn peninsula section goes through Bozukkale.

Loryma was used as a place to watch all the yachts in the strait of Rhodes Its strategic geographical location and narrow port was also used by the ships sailing from the port of Athens. In 395 BC, the Athenian commander, Karori, is known to have come here. Before the Cnidus War of 305 BC, Demetrios, son of Antigonos chose this port for preparations before attacking Rhodes. The name Loryma is believed to originate from the Luwian and Hellenic languages. Little is known about the history and culture of this city. As it sees to pass like a collar around the face, the writers, gave it the name of ‘Rhodes’. Interestingly, there is also a port by the same name. In 412 BC, the Athens navy sailing from is and of Syme (Sombeki) stayed here for a while on its way back. Antigonos’ navy also recuperated here after suffering a defeat in the battle.

Day 7 & 8: Knidos, Orak Adasi, Bodrum

In the early morning we will leave for the mythic city of Knidos so that you can explore these ancient ruins best accessed by sea. Knidos is one of the most magnificent ancient Carian cities, rich with history and artifacts, where one can discover the preserved remnants of an outdoor amphitheater and an Acropolis and ancient temple built in honor of Aphrodite, the Greek God of Love. Here stands the famed statue of Aphrodite. It is said that in ancient times, pilgrims would travel thousands of miles to pay homage to Aphrodite in her temple. This city has built on the most beautiful place of the peninsula for honor of the goddess Aphrodite. In the IV century it was known as the culture and art center. In Knidos the medical academy second in the history under the leadership of the doctor Eurikhon together with the pupils was created. The mathematician Eudoksus made here discovery of a sundial which and now remained in vicinities of ruins. Knidos has two harbors one the Mediterranean coast and one on Aegean. There is an avenue in the form of the heart, framed with marble columns, and the Statue Aphrodite decorated all this with her beauty. In this place very beautiful magnificent landscapes.

There lived known scientists, such as, the doctor Eurikhon, the artist Polignotus, the mathematician Eudoksus and the architect Sostratos who constructed the Aleksandrovsky beacon. As the first settlement in the east of the Datca peninsula, Knidos has splendid ruins and a unique beauty. There is a theater is located right next to the harbor of the ancient city of Knidos. A short walk towards the harbor will take you to the remains of two churches built during the Byzantine period. Knidos century has been a site of archaeological excavations since 1960. The Statue of Demeter discovered here and the lion statues that protected the harbor in ancient times now adorn the halls of the British Museum. The sacred temple of the goddess Aphrodite is a major center of attraction. The city with a huge necropolis, a double harbor and the magnificent acropolis with the temple of Aphrodite truly impresses all visitors.

We will spend some hours here enjoying the magical ancient site, the sunshine and the crystal clear waters and later we continue our way back to Bodrum.

After crossing the Gulf of Gökova, we will have a last relaxing swimming stop at Orak Adasi surrounded by crystal clear sea and pine trees reaching almost in the sea before our Gulet will cruise back we return to Bodrum harbor for our last night dinner on board.an overnight stay.

Upon agreement, after breakfast it is time to say good bye to your Gulet and your lovely crew. We strongly recommend you, to spend some extra time to discover and explore Bodrum town and the Bodrum peninsula.

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Highlights: Marmaris – Paradise Island, Rhodes, Symi, Nisiros – Gyali – Kos, Pserimos – Kalymnos – Leros, Samos, Kusadasi

1. Day: Marmaris

Marmaris is one of the best spots to start or finish your cruise all the way along the Turkish coast and Greek Islands. Marmaris is a port city and a tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey. The long, wide, beautiful and gorgeous Marmaris Bay is surrounded by mountains and pine forests. This is also a home to hundreds of luxury yachts especially during the summer yachts. The old town is built in the shadow of the past but the small citadel is surrounded by the bazaar, shops and ship chandlers and overseeing the bay of Marmaris. Thus, you can enjoy the harbor front restaurants with varieties of excellent fine dining restaurants. This is just a step away from the charming old town and harbor front. Netsel Marina is a matchless pearl at the heart of Marmaris bay that seems as a natural lake adorned with the most special tones of turquoise. After your boarding in the Marmaris Harbor, you will be informed of the cruise itinerary and the Gulet. On the first day, our Gulet will remain anchored in Marmaris Port for dinner and stay at the port an overnight or we cruise to Cennet Island, Amos, Kumlubük or Kadirga for overnight anchorage. The ancient ruins of Amos are close to Marmaris northwest of Kumlubuk Bay and date back to Hellenistic times. There is a hillside amphitheatre which remains in good condition having a seating area, side walls and stage with three chambers. Other ruins include a temple with statue podiums and the surrounding ramparts date from the same time period.

2. Day: Rhodes Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, we will sail to the island of Rhodes. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese . Rhodes is located at the southern end of the Dodecanese island chain just off the Turkish coast. There is so much to see and experience in Rhodes, there are so many choices for visitors, that they could never lose interest. With more than 2400 years of history & culture that left their imprints or all over the island, with impeccable natural beauty and a great variety of landscapes, with modern infrastructure and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rhodes satisfies even the most demanding visitor! Rhodes is called the Crusader Isle, and is steeped in ancient history. The island is a very popular holiday destination as it has one of the best protected and the largest European Medieval cities. The mild climate of Rhodes offers warm weather almost 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been home to many civilizations, starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians – the island therefore has a unique historical harmony of each culture that occupied this beautiful island. The main port is in the Rhodes town while the other popular areas are Lindos and Kamiros.

The city, which is still surrounded by 12-meter thick city-walls, gives you the feeling of travelling back in time to a medieval era, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone paved roads. Cultures and time periods alternate with fascinating diversity as you enter the Old Town of Rhodes through the Gate of Freedom. Medieval fortress-like buildings, narrow alleys, minarets, old houses with their balconies, decorative, drinking or ablution fountains, tranquil or busy squares with shady trees, all contribute to creating an atmosphere of the past. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is a mosaic and melting pot of different cultures and civilizations.

Lindos the Jewel of Rhodes with a magnificent acropolis on a imposing rock. Nestling at the foot of a steep rock and beautifully surrounded by the sea lies the traditional settlement of Líndos; on the top of the same rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The traditional village, with its whitewashed houses, the mansions of the ship masters, its Byzantine churches and cobblestone streets, lie at the foot of the Acropolis. Following the path through the village or hiring a donkey from the square, one may ascend all the way up the ancient Acropolis. The Acropolis of Lindos rises imposingly on a 116-meter cliff, surrounded by powerful walls, like a podium overlooking the sea. At its top stand the ruins of the temple of Athena Lindia of the 4th century B.C., the Propylaea, the great Hellenistic Stoa and the Byzantine church of St. John. At the foothill of the Acropolis, a unique relief trireme of the 2nd century BC, is engraved on the rock. During the rule of the Knights of Saint John, castle of the Acropolis of Lindos was strengthened, while the city’s maritime prosperity continued until the 19th century.

3. Day: Symi Island

After breakfast and a morning swim, it’s time to set sail for the beautiful Greek Island of Symi, located in the Southern Dodecanese, north of Rhodes and close to the coast of south-west Turkey.. Also named as the Pearl of the Dodecanes.

Symi has the most beautiful harbor in Greece.. On either side of a steep-sided fjord rise tier upon tier of houses, some white, some pastel yellow, but virtually all with Neo-Classical pediments – a reminder that 100 years ago this was one of Greece’s most prosperous islands.

The island is dotted with small valleys, and its coastline alternates between rocky cliffs and beaches, and isolated coves. Its main town, located on the northeast coast, is also named Symi and consists of the lower town around the harbor, typically referred to as Yialos, and the upper town is called Horio or Ano Symi.

All Symi houses are painted with different colors. This fact made this place fantastically beautiful. There has been virtually no modern concrete construction here and now these fine old houses are being resurrected for visitors. Symi offers lovely stores, quaint streets, art shops and numerous great bars and restaurants.

You will adore Symi for its natural beauty, pine and oak forests and unique bays, as there are Pedi bay, Nanou bay, Agioou Georgiou bay and well-protected Panormitis bay with its Monastery. It is possible to see ruins of fortress of knights, which was constructed on the Acropolis place. In addition, on the top of mountain, the church of the Virgin Mary and fortress are located. A forested plateau offers with many spectacular views, can be visited by car or bike on the recently refurbished road from Symi town to Panormitis. The spirit of the island remains intact.

Dinner and overnight stay at Symi Island.

4. Day: Nisyros Island, Gyali Island, – Kos

We will start our trip early in the morning to sail to the volcano island Nisyros a place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions.

Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Dodecanes islands, still untouched by the tourism growth, authentic and peaceful. Mandraki and Nikia are the most picturesque villages in Nisyros Greece, with traditional architecture and great views. Mandraki It is built below the imposing rock of the Monastery of the Panagia Spiliani.

The picturesque and traditional little harbor village and capital Mandraki and offers a unique atmosphere to all guests with its stunning lovely white-washed houses located at the foot and the top of the hill., charming alleyways, nice squares, small shops, coffeehouses, lively bars, taverns and many nice seafood restaurants are situated here.

Enjoy a stroll around the exquisite pebbled narrow streets and and take a close look at the white or colored two-storied houses with wooden balconies. The houses are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice-stone. The Castle of the knights of St. John in Mandraki, built high on a rock at an altimeter of 150 meters. Around the traditional village of Mandraki are many attractions such as the Paleokastro the classical and Hellenistic Acropolis and the towering fortress of the knights of St.John the Castle of Spiliani whose ruins are found 4 kilometers southwest of the village. The castle stands on a fabulous location above the settlement offering breathtaking views to the sea. Behind the village, on a high rock, rises the famous monastery of Panagia Spiliani, the biggest part of the monastery is built in a cave, is located at the top of a hill northwest of Mandraki. The cave is divided into two churches.

Nikia is a picturesque village located in a mountainous region, built at 400m altitude and it is very close to the volcano. The cobblestone paths are a labyrinthine and Porta, is the picturesque famous white-blue cobblestone main square, where you find the church of Eisodion tis Theotokou; it is one of the most gorgeous churches of Greece!

The main attraction of the island of Nisyros is a volcano. A scientists are saying the island was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, which is unique in Greece. This is one of the active volcanoes in Europe since 1996 volcano has become more active, and earthquakes are not uncommon. The volcano has a beautiful caldera of 15000 years old boasting six main craters. The volcanic rocks form a unique palette of colors in the fertile region of the valley of Lakki. Nisyros that has one of the world’s largest hydrothermal craters “Stefanos”, as well as its hot springs including Loutra and Pali. Stefanos is one of the biggest and well preserved hydrothermal volcanic craters in the world with a depth of 27 m while the volcanic crater of Polyvotis is the largest volcanic crater with a depth of 30 m and a diameter of 260m. 1.5 km to the East from the capital city is located Loutra – resort, famous since ancient times for its healing springs, which are still in operation. The best way to get around to visit the volcano, the many monuments is a scooter.

In the afternoon we continue our cruise and drop the anchor for a swim stop at the small island Agios Antonios in front the quaint stone island Gyali. Later we sail to the Dodecanes island Kos.

The island is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. Kos Island is really well worth visiting. Asklepieion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is “the Father of Medical Sciences” is located here. All the people from the east Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos, which is the 3rd largest island of the 12 Dodecanese islands. Kos , it is a very green island with an excellent infrastructure and large roads lined up with palm trees. An island of very mild climate and fertile lands, Kos houses, a 560-year old tree, a 211-year old fountain, a 14th century fortress and a 290 km beach. Enjoy a swim in Lambi Beach close to the Harbor and have fun in the nightlife this island has to offer. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful and full of life.

Dinner and overnight stay at Kos Island.

5. Day: Pserimos – Kalymnos – Leros

We will cruise to small island Pserimos Island early in the morning. Pserimos is an islet located between Kos and Kalymnos, about six nautical miles north of Kos and close to the Turkish coast. The total area is only about 15sq km and there is only a handful of permanent residents, around 100 who rely on fishing and tourism.

The sea and the view of the island is perfect and will take your breath away. The beach is wide, deep, very sandy with shallow waters well sheltered in the deep bay and lined with beachside tavern as and cafes that catch the daily trade. There is a small harbor for boat moorin..

The feeling of being alone in a remote island is something what everyone should experience once in their life time. The life of the local people on the island is calm and easy and when you go there enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Later we sail to Kalymnos. Known as the island of some of the world’s finest sponge divers. the island has a wild and dramatic beauty with high rocky mountains sweeping down to the sea, several lovely bays and beaches.

The majestic mountain slopes fragrant with thyme, sage and oregano – essential ingredients in the delicious honey for which the island is famous Giant vertical rocks; enchanting caves; wonderful beaches picturesque island settlements surrounded by quiet islets in the crystal clear turquoise Aegean sea. It is a terrific island for those who want to do more than just lie on a beach all day. Pothia is the capital and the main port of Kalymnos. The picturesque settlement is built amphitheatrically around the port, on the slopes of two hills whereas a small part of it lies in the beautiful verdant valley. It is more of a working town than a place for tourists, although Kalymnos is a developing tourist center, you can still see the sponge fishermen at work even today and you can still experience the islanders’ traditional way of life. People here live off fishing and selling sponges, tourism and some farming: fruits, olives and vegetables are grown in the valleys.

The island that boasts such a long tradition in sponge diving could not be less than the ultimate scuba diving paradise as well! The seabed of the island offers a unique diving experience, where beauty takes the form of forbidding underwater cape slopes, shipwrecks, underwater caves, and reefs of vibrant color and thriving aquatic life. The castle of Chrysocheria was built in the 15th century by the Knights of St John who ruled the island from the 14th to the 16th century. It is located on top of a hill overlooking Chorio village, the ancient capital of Kalymnos. On its foot lies the trademark of the island: The three stone-built windmills are the trademark of the island, they are located just below the Chrysocheria castle and they are certainly distinctive landmarks as they stand out and can be seen from most of Pothia and of course Chora castle which is situated directly opposite. When your stroll through the narrow Lilliputian streets of Pothia comes to an end and after having enjoyed the panoramic breathtaking view from Agios Savvas church, head to the promenade, pick one of its cute waterfront taverns’ and taste delicious local seafood and other specialties. The nightlife on Kalymnos is quite good and varied. Most bars, restaurants and cafeterias are in Pothia, Myrties and Masouri. Did you know that the island has its own fjord? The fjord Vathy is the most attractive part of the island is the deep fertile valley of Vathy. Vathy town is located at the end of the deep fjord of Vathy.

It is a charming little anchorage and our anchorage for the night. The authentic village of Vathy hidden in a beautiful green valley. Rina, a picturesque harbor in the village fjord Vathys. Rina offers many taverns, renowned for their fresh fish, squids and delicious octopus. High and steep cliffs dominate to the right and to the left of the port, between which lies the tranquil sea. In such a special landscape, anchoring and swimming is a unique experience. More stunning anchorages are around the cave of Kefalas and the islet of Nera with a monastery. On the western side of the island lie the villages of Myrties and Massouri and the very much quieter hamlets of Arginondas, Skalia and Emporios. On the northeast coast is the wild and beautiful bay of Palionisou where it feels as if life has stood still for a very long time. The wonderful sunsets over the tiny island Telendos should not to be missed! The nightlife on Kalymnos is quite good and varied. Most bars, restaurants and cafeterias are in Pothia, Myrties and Masouri. There are many restaurants along the promenade of the port in Kalymnos. Taverns with local specialties you will find as well in Horio. Mirmizeli and Mytzithra are local specialties worth a try! In the bakeries of Kalymnos you will find many sweets like Baklavas and Galaktoboureko. The small island is offering more than you can imagine! Kalymnos is a destination also known for offering alternative vacations and activities such as climbing, scuba diving, mountain hiking and spelunking, a true paradise for passionate action-lovers! Due to its mountainous landscape, Kalymnos is also one of the best places to practice mountain climbing! Kalymnos offers a variety of interests and activities for each category of visitor from beautiful and clean beaches, impressive rocks, rich and magical seabed for the lovers of the underwater explorations and abundance of archaeological sites and monuments. Kalymnos guarantees a quality escape from everyday life and a memorable stay in the ‘Island of the sponge catchers’.

We continue our cruise the beautiful Greece island Leros. Leros is an island with a very healthy climate ideal for a quiet holiday. Evergreen, with many inviting coves and beautiful sandy beaches. Leros relaxes the visitor with its tranquil landscape. The island is green with stunning beaches and large bays. The main port is Aghia Marina, or Pandeli, an attractive port dominated by a huge crusader castle and six windmills on the hill. Spreading up from the port is the area known as Platanos, the social hub of the island, which sits astride the saddle of the hill and merges with the picturesque fishing harbor of Pandeli on the other side. The setting is very pretty with white houses dotted around the bay. The port Lakki is one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in Greece. It was designed by Mussolini’s architects in 1923 and although in defiance of his wishes, the capital was subsequently moved above the village of Platanos. Leros has plenty of beaches and secluded coves. Dinner and overnight stay at Leros Island.

6. Day: Lipsi Island, Patmos Island

After breakfast and a swim stop e sail to the very beautiful and authentic island Lipsi.

The larger Lipsi-Arkoi archipelago consists of some 37 islands and islets of which only three are larger than 1 square kilometer. Lipsi is a tiny island covered with white washed houses and little churches with blue domes, take a an evening stroll through the narrow streets of Hora or Chora and enjoy the sunset from Kastelli hill.

It is an island where cars are almost not exist and most of the local life takes place at the island’s port. Watch the fishermen beat octopuses on the quays that will be served later that night in one of the many cafes set on the tiny port Known as the Jerusalem of the Aegean. Small churches and monasteries scatter the island, so many in fact that locals claim there is one for every family living on the islands.

We will have a swimming break in one of the many small islands in front of Lipsi before we set sails to continue our cruise to Patmos.

Patmos is a charming, serenity and tranquil island, hardly touched by the industrial outburst and tourism grow, it is still keeping its picturesqueness. Patmos has a lacy coastline, secluded beautiful beaches, charming bays and surrounding islets in the crystal clear Aegean sea.. The Monastery of St. John (Agios Ioannis Theologos), is the first thing you will see when arriving on Patmos, sitting high on the hill above Chora it is visible from every part of the island. Patmos Town is dominated by the huge castle that protects the sacred Monastery of St. John the Divine.

The most important element of Patmos is certainly its spirituality, as the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian has shaped the island’s character. St John wrote here his divinely inspired Revelation the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament. This monastery is surrounded by walls and looks like a fortress. In the middle way between Chora and Skala, the two main villages of Patmos,

The most picturesque village is the capital of Patmos Chora, built around the imposing fortified Monastery of Saint John during the 12 century with lovely whitewashed houses on narrow streets and alleyways with flourishing courtyards, paved paths and great view to the Aegean Sea. During the 16 Century beautiful mansions houses and residences were built, testifying to the wealth of the people of Patmos. An ancient donkey track built in 1794 connects Chora and Skala. The main harbor of Patmos, Skala is the most populated town on the island but it preserves the warm island atmosphere as it would be expected from such a historic port. Charming Skala is built around the lovely port. Skala is “the city of Patmos” offering, picturesque taverns, restaurants, a large variety of shops, Greek café houses, bars and evening entertainment. Among the many sights of Skala are the ruins of the ancient acropolis, the convent of Zoodochos Pigi, and the 17th century church of Panagia Koumana.

Dinner and overnight anchorage at Patmos Island.

7. Day: Samos Island

After breakfast, we sail to Samos the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. Samos is blessed with secluded coves, beautiful beaches with their white sand and crystalline waters which are still unspoiled and left to their natural beauty. It is an island with green mountains, endless vineyards, which produce the famous Samiotiko wine and a place of overwhelming vegetation.

Samos is a stunning island with exceptional natural beauties, including waterfalls, wetlands, with green mountains, endless vineyards, authentic villages and amazing coasts, but it also boasts incredible attractions, a wine museum and a age-long history. Samos is famous for its excellent sweet wines, illustrated by the many vineyards that thrive on the fertile hills among lush vegetation. The island capital is Vathi, the city with maze streets, houses in neoclassical architecture, historical churches. In ancient times Samos was an especially rich and powerful city-state, particularly known for its vineyards and wine production. The most interesting place to visit is the Heraion, the biggest archeological site on the island. According to the legend, here was born and lived Hera, the mother of Olympic Gods. Visit the ruins of the Imvrassia Hera – one of the largest temples of the ancient world. Near the exotic village of Seintania, there is an area where there are waterfalls and a beautiful habitat of streams and lakes. We will anchor in Samos overnight spending the day at your leisure swimming in one of its beautiful bays.

In the late afternoon we sail to Kusadasi for the last day’s dinner and an overnight stay.

8. Day: Kusadasi

After our last breakfast on board, it is time to say “Good Bye” to your Gulet and the lovely crew.

We encourage you, to take some time to discover and explore Kusadasi and the ancient sights around. Kusadasi on the Aegean coast is a diverse and fascinating destination for both Turkish nationals and the visitors from abroad that flock there.

The mix of beaches, ancient Ottoman architecture, bazaars, traditional culture and British and American influences combine to produce a unique atmosphere. Kusadasi, is reputed for one of the most attractive city of the Aegean, as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma, Priene, Miletos-the principals of ancient times, and ideal for sightseers.

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Highlights: Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Astypalea, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Kalymnos, Kos

1. Day: Kos Island

Our blue Voyage in the Greece islands starts in the Dodecanes island Kos. Kos is the first island of our fascinating adventure. After welcome drinks, your captain will provide information about the Gulet and Itinerary.

The island is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. Kos Island is really well worth visiting. During your visit to Kos Island, you must certainly visit the ancient ruins of the city that are numerous and remarkable, the ruins of ‘Asclepion, ;, the ‘Castle of the Knights’ and the huge tree of Hippocrates (trunk diameter is 11,5 meters!). On Kos you will find some of the finest beaches in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. With many archaeological sites in and around the town, Kos is the ideal place for walking or cycling. You`ll get great pleasure from walking in its wide streets, green parks and blossoming gardens.

The huge ancient (XV Century) castle of knights will meet the sea-travelers on the entrance of harbor. Near the port is an extensive archaeological area with ruins of buildings of the Hellenistic and Roman eras – Gimnasia, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules, Roman baths and Roman villas with mosaic fragments. Aqueduct joins castle with a small area on which stands the ancient sycamore, according to legend, planted by Hippocrates.In the central square Elevterias (Liberty) is the Archaeological Museum, which gathered interesting exposition artifacts that illustrate the rich history of the island. One of the most interesting attractions of the Kos are the ruins of an ancient temple Asclepion. -. Having reached Asclepion bypassing the shady alley, a majestic view of the ancient complex opens in front of you. Asclepion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is “the Father of Medical Sciences” is located here. All the people from the east Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos, which is the 3rd largest island of the 12 Dodecanese islands. The Ruins of a temple Asclepion are in short distance from the capital of the island. Towards the inland you will find the town Asfendiu and from the mountain Dikteo a will have spectacular panorama of the island , its beaches and the neighboring islands. Kefalos is famous about beautiful beaches of Kamari and Paradise Beach, the ruins of the ancient city, the monastery of St. John. Another attraction of the island is Thermal Baths Agios Fokas; . Kos , it is a very green island with an excellent infrastructure and large roads lined up with palm trees. An island of very mild climate and fertile lands, Kos houses, a 560-year old tree, a 211-year old fountain, a 14th century fortress and a 290 km beach. Enjoy a swim in Lambi Beach close to the Harbor and have fun in the nightlife this island has to offer. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful and full of life. The atmosphere of the Kos are very warm and comfortable. Dinner and overnight anchorage on Kos Island.

2. Day: Gyali Island, Nisyros Island

We will start our trip early in the morning and drop our anchor for a swim stop to visit to the small island Agios Antonios in front the quaint stone island Gyali. The Gyali Island consists of thick layers of pumice-stone and obsidian and perlite, here is mining plant. We`ll swim to the small island Agios Antonios.

Later we continue our cruise to the volcano island Nisyros a place of wild beauty, as Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Dodecanes islands, still untouched by the tourism growth, authentic and peaceful. Mandraki and Nikia are the most picturesque villages in Nisyros Greece, with traditional architecture and great views. Mandraki It is built below the imposing rock of the Monastery of the Panagia Spiliani.

The picturesque and traditional little harbor village and capital Mandraki and offers a unique atmosphere to all guests with its stunning lovely white-washed houses located at the foot and the top of the hill., charming alleyways, nice squares, small shops, coffeehouses, lively bars, taverns and many nice seafood restaurants are situated here. The nightlife is not very intense but you will surely have a good time in Mandraki. Enjoy a stroll around the exquisite pebbled narrow streets and and take a close look at the white or colored two-storied houses with wooden balconies. The houses are made of volcano rocks and insulated with pumice-stone..

The Castle of the knights of St. John in Mandraki, built high on a rock at an altimeter of 150 meters.Around the traditional village of Mandraki are many attractions such as the Paleokastro the classical and Hellenistic Acropolis and the towering fortress of the knights of St.John the Castle of Spiliani whose ruins are found 4 kilometers southwest of the village. The castle stands on a fabulous location above the settlement offering breathtaking views to the sea. Behind the village, on a high rock, rises the famous monastery of Panagia Spiliani, the biggest part of the monastery is built in a cave.., is located at the top of a hill northwest of Mandraki. The cave is divided into two churches.

Nikia is a picturesque village located in a mountainous region, built at 400m altitude and it is very close to the volcano. The cobblestone paths are a labyrinthine and Porta, is the picturesque famous white-blue cobblestone main square, where you find the church of Eisodion tis Theotokou; it is one of the most gorgeous churches of Greece! The medieval castle of Pantoniki which has a unique view. Located inside the medieval Castle of Pantoniki in Nisyros, Sterna Nisyros Residences is a traditional two-storey house that dates back to the mid 17th Century and now it is a meeting place for artists from Greece and all around the world through Art-residency and Exhibition.

The main attraction of the island of Nisyros is a volcano. A scientists are saying the island was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, which is unique in Greece. This is one of the active volcanoes in Europe since 1996 volcano has become more active, and earthquakes are not uncommon. The volcano has a beautiful caldera of 15000 years old boasting six main craters. The volcanic rocks form a unique palette of colors in the fertile region of the valley of Lakki. Nisyros that has one of the world’s largest hydrothermal craters “Stefanos”, as well as its hot springs including Loutra and Pali.. Stefanos is one of the biggest and well preserved hydrothermal volcanic craters in the world with a depth of 27 m while the volcanic crater of Polyvotis is the largest volcanic crater with a depth of 30 m and a diameter of 260m. 1.5 km to the East from the capital city is located Loutra – resort, famous since ancient times for its healing springs, which are still in operation. To the East of Loutra is a picturesque fishing village Fell, immersed in the greenery of olive, fruit and trees, vineyards. The locals are mainly engaged in gardening and farming, so here you can eat natural food, grown on the fertile lands of Nisyros. The best way to get around to visit the volcano, the many monuments is a scooter.

Overnight and dinner on the island.

3. Day : Tilos

Tilos is a tiny island of Dodecanese,. far away from mass tourism, The spectacular beauty of Tilos boasts mountainous and rocky landscapes blessed with verdant hills and an abundant variety of plants of almond trees, bluebells, orchids, oaks and shamrocks that create a colorful patchwork of fragrances.

The island Tilos has six mountains reaching 654 meters in height which are dotted with seven ancient medieval castels, a Byzantine monastery, two hundred charming churches, the cave of the dwarf elephants, the abandoned medieval village of Mikro Horio, with nineteen beaches, a cave full of natural discoveries, , inhabited by numerous species of rare birds, hundreds of wild flowers and herbs. Tilos is the island of four villages, one of which uninhabited.

Livadia is the largest village of Tilos and the main port of the island. There are other 2 villages Agios Antonios and Megalo Chorio. Tilos with 350 residents and its 16 uninhabited islets are gifted with an abundance as well as diversity of wildlife and flora species living within 16 different biotopes that warranted its registration as an EU Special Protection Area. The capital of the island, Megalo Chorio is 7 kilometers nw of the port on the top of the hill. Megalo Chorio is a beautiful and chaming village that has kept intact its traditional character.

Whitewashed stone houses, flowery courtyards and cobblestone alleys are built on the slopes of Agios Stefanos hill and spread around the traces of the ancient town and of the medieval castle that rise over the village. It stands framed in the background by the hill with the remains of the ancient fortress, the Castle of the Knights. This is the site of the original capital of the island in medieval times, and you can view the remains of fortress walls, houses, chapels, and the church of the Archangel built on the ruins of a temple. The church has some frescoes still visible, and the view from the top of the fortress is outstanding. Close to Megalo Chorio you find the abandoned Byzantine Monastery of Aghios Panteleimonas , the saint protector of Tilos, it lies in between giant cypresses and plane-trees and has a beautiful pebble courtyard, known for its miraculous spring. The Monastery is located approximately 450 meters above the sea and offers an incredibly beautiful panoramic view.

In ancient times, Tilos was famous for its herbs and became really prosperous during the classic period. The zenith of the island was reached during the Middle Ages when the Byzantine monastery of St. Panteleimonas was built in 1470, ancient castles and fortresses were built by the Knights of St. John and Tilos thrived as an ancient trading center, specializing in herbal oils and medicines for which the island became well known. In Greek mythology, Tilos island derived its name from Tilos, the son of the sun god Apollo and Alia.

Dinner and dinner on Tilos.

4. Day: Astypalea Island

Astypalea the “Butterfly” of Aegean. Astypalea is an butterfly-shaped idyll island, the westernmost island of the Dodecanes, located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades .

A small band of land of roughly 126 meters wide almost separates the island in two sections at Stern. .The rocky coasts of Astypalaia has wonderful island landscapes with at least 20 beautiful and deserted beaches which are scattered all around the island!

Astypalea is a hospitable island combines a centuries-old history, whitewashed villages, wind mills and sun-drenched beaches, , sea, wild beauty, attractions, entertainment and deep blue .

The island was named after Astypalaia, the daughter of Phoenix and Perimede. Chora is the island’s capital town that is built amphitheatrically down to the port of Skala. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean, perched on a rock that advances into the sea, forming two bays.

On the top, you will see the most important archaeological site of Astypalea, Chora’s Venetian Guerini Castle (13th c) with its two whitewashed churches, towering over the town with the strikingly white domes of Evangelistria and Agios Georgios churches, visible over the walls. The venetian castle that looks like it is magical at night when light up. The pale blue dome of the Church of Euaggelistria raises its stature to the high castle houses which stand side by side and their walls form the surrounding wall of the castle! In the main square of Chora, you will find the eight traditional windmills. Around the castle lie Chora’s houses with whitewashed walls traditional houses of the Cycladic type, blue doors and windows, and wooden balcony rails in the labyrinth of paved alleys. In the surrounding alleys and in the main square and you will find plenty of different options for dining and relaxation, but also for your night ventures! Try the delicious taste some of the local cuisine and traditional desserts.

Astypalea is one of those secret islands that receive few foreign visitors but is popular with Greeks. On this gorgeous island of Astypalea of the Dodecanese, is an island where local traditions are still alive.

Dinner and overnight anchorage in Astypalea.

5. Day: Santorini Island

Looking out over the tranquil expanse of cobalt water that fills Santorini’s caldera, it’s easy to forget that what you’re really seeing is the result of one of the most violent volcanic eruptions in history.

Now a small circular archipelago of islands known as the “Jewel of the Aegean,” Santorini was a volcanic cone that erupted 3,600 years ago, causing the landmass to sink and fill with water. What remains is a ring of islands that surround the caldera, forming one of the most striking panoramas in the world. The largest of the remaining islands is the crescent-shaped Santorini (Thira) and borders the caldera to the east. Santorini is a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni, the whole complex is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea.

Discover and explore Santorini’s seaside treasures and enjoy deep blue waters and beaches with white, red or black sand or volcanic pebbles, spectacular rock formations and impressive lunar landscapes.

Do you know about the connection between Thira and mythical Atlantis? Jules Verne made Santorini famous with its books “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” and “The mysterious island” where captain Nemo and his crew watch the volcano eruption. He was one of the visitors and scientists that came to Thira during the eruptions of 1866 – 1870 and wrote the well known book just after it. The unique caldera, the energy and the beauty of the island are the most important reasons for being ranked as the top island in Europe and one of the once in a life time must see destinations of the world.

Santorini is considered to be the most romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely crystal clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active submerged volcano and a caldera in the middle of the sea combined with beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, ancient sites, amazing restaurants and some of the world’s best wine. A visit to Santorini is the ultimate gastronomic experience, as the island is a true culinary paradise! Try the taste of some famous traditional products and of the wines produced from grapes grown in the volcanic soil of the island!

Santorini is one of the Mediterranean’s most dramatic islands: a flooded caldera with a long, steep, multicolored arc of cliffs, thrusting up a thousand feet above sea level and it is world famous for the spectacular breathtaking romantic sunset every day. Take the opportunity to actually see the islets, the volcano and all of its wonders with fascinating rock formations and colors. Enjoy and relax the hot springs and the natural mud baths that have therapeutic properties due to their high levels of sulphur, a by effect of the volcano.

Take some time to discover and explore the villages on the island, as there are, Akrotíri and Méssa Vounó, with their famous archaeological sites, Karterádes, Emporió, Ammoúdi, Finikiá, Perívolos, , Messariá and Monólithos: some of the villages are cosmopolitan some more peaceful; they are surrounded by vast vineyards; whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles affording amazing views out over the Aegean. Soaking up the villages’ distinctive traditional Greek atmosphere is a very rewarding experience.

Firá, together with Oia, Imerovígli and Firostefáni located high above on a cliff, make up the so-called “Caldera’s eyebrow”, the balcony of Santorini, which offers an amazing view of the volcano.

Firá is the picturesque capital of the island; perched high up on the edge of the Caldera, it looks like a marvellous painting. Fira town is full of small whitewashed houses of traditional Cycladic architecture, blue domed churches and stepped streets filled with all kinds of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.As the busiest touristic area of Santorini Island, Fira offers the largest choice for shopping, restaurants, bars, clubs and features many museums and sites to visit.

Oia
Oia village is one of the most photographed places in the world; its beauty is beyond imagination, with picturesque architecture with cave houses carved in the Cliffside called Iposkafa, medieval Venetian houses called the Captain houses, thousands of blue domed churches and color splashes of ochre, early red, oyster pink, green and fuchsia. Oia is also famous for its magical sunsets,

Imerovigli
Imerovigli village is built 300 meters over the sea at the highest point of the Caldera offering privileged views over the Aegean Sea and the volcano. Located north of Fira and south of Oia, Imerovigli is a quiet traditional village, featuring the famous huge rock called Skaros, which was the most important fortified settlement of Santorini.

Megalochori
Megalochori, located southeast of Fira, is an unspoiled authentic traditional village that combines Cycladic architecture and neoclassical mansions. The picturesque village is famous for its vineyards and wineries; make sure you visit Boutari, Antoniou and Gavala, amongst the most renowned wineries on Santorini.

Pyrgos
Pyrgos is located at the highest point of Santorini Island, offering panoramic views of the whole Island. Featuring neoclassical mansions, small whitewashed houses, churches and beautiful narrow paths, Pyrgos amazes travelers with its unique atmosphere of a forgotten era and entices visitors to visit the famous medieval fortress Kasteli and the Profitis Ilias Monastery.

Perissa
Perissa is famous for its incredible black sand beach which includes many beach bars, but more importantly, it is the place where you cannot miss to visit the remnants of the Byzantine Period, such as the Church of Agia Irini or Santa Irini which gave the actual name Santorini to the Island, the Church of Timiou Stavrou, one of the largest churches on the Island and the Museum of Minerals and Fossils where you will discover splendid minerals and fossils from Thira and the rest of Greece.

Kamari
Kamari is situated on the southeast side of Santorini and is mostly appreciated and preferred for its beautiful and famous long beach with crystal clear waters and its natural green environment. In Kamari, you should absolutely visit the church of Panaghia Episkopi, built in 1100 and the church Panagia Myrtidiotissa.

Ancient Thira
The archaeological site of Ancient Thira is located on top of a cliff above Kamari, offering, beside unique historical vestiges Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, incredible views over the eastern coast of Santorini. Make sure to visit the Sanctuary of Artemidoros, the Agora, the Theatre, the Temple of Dionysos, the Sanctuary of Appolo Karneios and the Necropolis of ancient Thera.

Dinner and overnight anchorage in Santorini.

6. Day: Paros Island

Paros is considered as one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades, located in the south western part of the Saronic Gulf, between the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.

The highest mountain of the island – Profitis Ilias ( 771 m) rises in the center of Paros and the hills goes down to the coast with flat beaches.

Unrivalled natural beauty, beaches with crystal clear waters, ancient Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes make Páros, located at the heart of the Cyclades, one of the best loved holiday destinations in Greece.

Paros Island has several attractive villages in the traditional Cycladic style , Parikia (the main town), Naoussa, Lefkes, Marpissa, Piso Livadi and other.

Whitewashed little churches, chapels and monasteries are the characteristic feature of the landscape all over Paros. They were built mainly in the 16th – 17th centuries, when the Church of Paros was at its peak. The island’s capital, Paroikia, is a charming town with many activities concentrated there. The second most important village of the island is Naoussa which is known for its cosmopolitan life and as one of the most beautiful of Greece.

Paros is famous for its nightlife, coming third in the Cyclades, in terms of entertainment, after Mykonos and Ios. Plenty of bars and night clubs can be found in Paroikia, and in Naoussa. Whether you prefer quiet, peaceful holidays enjoying the beautiful nature and traditional Greek atmosphere, an active or educational one, or you would just like to party and fun, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for, Paros has it all!

Paros has many beautiful sandy beaches for all tastes. Some are hidden, tiny little bays, enclosed by extraordinarily “sculptured” rocks (“Kolimbithres”), others are long and wide. The typical countryside with its gentle, terraced hills and magnificent rock formations, endless vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees is overwhelming. In the spring, the island is completely green, with flowers growing everywhere! Paros is a favorite destination for fans of windsurfing. In the area of Golden Beach and adjacent bays are several stations. One of them ( in Nea Chrisi Akti ) annual international competition for surfers who come from all around the world. Paros also has an incredible amount of picturesque churches, chapels, monasteries and windmills, and you find remains of the ancient times wherever you go. The history of Paros island goes to back centuries. Once it was the centre of an ancient Cycladic civilization . In ancient times, the island was famous as a place of production excellent Parian marble which became a popular material for sculptors and architects throughout antiquity. On the island are many picturesque secluded chapels and monasteries , as well as two medieval Venetian fortress.

Paroikia – Hora, is the harbour and the capital and of the island. It is one of the most picturesque cities of the Cyclades, On the entrance of the port, a superb whitewashed windmill welcomes you. Paroikia is built amphitheatrically around the port and has a typical Cycladic architecture, characterized by the white houses with colored windows, doors and balconies, flowering gardens, flowering gardens, old mansions, separated by narrow whitewashed paved alleys forming a labyrinth and many beautiful chapels. Numerous of restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars and night clubs are located the waterfront and nearby. Paroika is well known for a great nightlife.

The heart of the settlement is clustered around the hill of the well preserved 13th century Venetian castle (Kastro) that stands proudly on a hill at the centre of the village offering an amazing view of Paroikia. In Hora you will find the church of the Madonna of Panagia Ekatontapyliani one of the more important Byzantine monuments in Greece, Sacred Asklipiou and Pythiou Apollo, the ancient cemetery and the archaeological museum.

Naoussa

The picturesque harbor of Naoussa is one of the most beautiful in the Aegean, known for its cosmopolitan life and is the centre of the night life on the island. The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is located in a huge sheltered bay .

It used to be a simple fishing village but it has now evolved into a first-rate holiday destination with excellent accommodation, classy shops, smart boutiques, fashionable cafes, sophisticated bars, taverns and gourmet restaurants.

Naoussa has managed to maintain its traditional, authentic character and charm, characterized by the white houses with colored windows, doors and balconies, flowering gardens, flowering gardens, old mansions, surrounded by a maze of narrow, stone paved streets.

The lovely village is built amphitheatrically around a small picturesque harbor where small fishing boats anchor. Little taverns, coffeehouses and ouzeries are located around the tiny the port, from where you can see the remains of a Venetian castle. Paros is also famous for its numerous beautiful golden beaches, around Naoussa are many of the most popular beaches on the island such as Piperi, Monastiri, Santa Maria and Agios Anargyri. Kolymbithres beaches stands out for its beauty bordered by high cliffs of unusual shape.

Once it was the centre of an ancient Cycladic civilization . In antiquity, the island was famous as a place of production excellent Parian marble which became a popular material for sculptors and architects throughout antiquity.

Dinner and overnight anchorage in Paros.

7. Day: Mykonos Island

In the morning, our Greece Blue Voyage continues to the beautiful island Mykonos. Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. Mykonos’ nickname is “The island of the winds”. The sun shines for up to 300 days a year. Mykonos is perhaps the most visited of all Greek islands.

It has by far the most sophisticated and exciting nightlife in Greece. Whitewashed Chora, the island’s main port, is a labyrinth of winding cobblestone alleys. The waterfront is filled with colorful fishing boats, and windmills spot the surrounding hilltops. The Panagia Paraportiani is the most famous of Mykonos’ several hundred churches. It is actually four little churches united into one beautiful white, knobby, asymmetrical structure. It is a photographer’s dream.

To the south beyond Ornos is Agios Ioannis and to the east is Psarou, a lovely little cove. One of the reasons of the extreme popularity of Mykonos island is the many sandy beaches and their crystal-clear waters.

The most popular beaches are the one located in the southern coast of the island; they are all fully organised and some of them (Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia, Platis Gialos, Psarou, Agios Ioannis, Agrari, Paranga, Kalo Livadi, Ftelia and others) are considered as some of the best in Greece.

Night life on the island of Mykonos is famous worldwide and it is the main reason of the islands huge popularity and high level of tourism. The whitewashed capital Chora or Town has hundreds of crowded bars and clubs and the famous beach resorts offer huge night clubs and lively beach bars. Party and fun is lasting all night long. It is also known as being one of the best gay and lesbians spots in Europe.

Whether you want to join the daytime beach parties or anchor your yacht in a quite bay, Mykonos offers an alternative for everyone.

Delos is a small islet located a few miles from the Greek Island of Mykonos Greece. Delos and is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. in Antiquity, was one of the most important sanctuaries of Greece. It was considered as the mythical birth place of the gods Apollo and Artemis. In the 8th century BC, a festival in honor of Apollo was established; the oldest temples and shrines date from this era. There, you can visit some the ruins of temples, theatres and houses from one of the greatest civilization ever.

Dinner and overnight anchorage in Mykonos.

7. Day: Kalymnos and Kos

Kalymnos is known as the island of some of the world’s finest sponge divers. The island has a wild and dramatic beauty with high rocky mountains sweeping down to the sea, several lovely bays and beaches.

The majestic mountain slopes fragrant with thyme, sage and oregano – essential ingredients in the delicious honey for which the island is famous Giant vertical rocks; enchanting caves; wonderful beaches picturesque island settlements surrounded by quiet islets in the crystal clear turquoise Aegean sea. It is a terrific island for those who want to do more than just lie on a beach all day.

Pothia is the capital and the main port of Kalymnos. The picturesque settlement is built amphitheatrically around the port, on the slopes of two hills whereas a small part of it lies in the beautiful verdant valley. It is more of a working town than a place for tourists, although Kalymnos is a developing tourist center, you can still see the sponge fishermen at work even today and you can still experience the islanders’ traditional way of life. People here live off fishing and selling sponges, tourism and some farming: fruits, olives and vegetables are grown in the valleys.

The island that boasts such a long tradition in sponge diving could not be less than the ultimate scuba diving paradise as well! The seabed of the island offers a unique diving experience, where beauty takes the form of forbidding underwater cape slopes, shipwrecks, underwater caves, and reefs of vibrant color and thriving aquatic life.

The castle of Chrysocheria was built in the 15th century by the Knights of St John who ruled the island from the 14th to the 16th century. It is located on top of a hill overlooking Chorio village, the ancient capital of Kalymnos. On its foot lies the trademark of the island: The three stone-built windmills are the trademark of the island, they are located just below the Chrysocheria castle and they are certainly distinctive landmarks as they stand out and can be seen from most of Pothia and of course Chora castle which is situated directly opposite.

When your stroll through the narrow Lilliputian streets of Pothia comes to an end and after having enjoyed the panoramic breathtaking view from Agios Savvas church, head to the promenade, pick one of its cute waterfront taverns’ and taste delicious local seafood and other specialties. The nightlife on Kalymnos is quite good and varied. Most bars, restaurants and cafeterias are in Pothia, Myrties and Masouri.

Did you know that the island has its own fjord? The fjord Vathy is the most attractive part of the island is the deep fertile valley of Vathy. Vathy town is located at the end of the deep fjord of Vathy. It is a charming little anchorage and our anchorage for the night. The authentic village of Vathy hidden in a beautiful green valley. Rina, a picturesque harbor in the village fjord Vathys. Rina offers many taverns, renowned for their fresh fish, squids and delicious octopus. High and steep cliffs dominate to the right and to the left of the port, between which lies the tranquil sea. In such a special landscape, anchoring and swimming is a unique experience.

More stunning anchorages are around the cave of Kefalas and the islet of Nera with a monastery. On the western side of the island lie the villages of Myrties and Massouri and the very much quieter hamlets of Arginondas, Skalia and Emporios.

On the northeast coast is the wild and beautiful bay of Palionisou where it feels as if life has stood still for a very long time. The wonderful sunsets over the tiny island Telendos should not to be missed! The nightlife on Kalymnos is quite good and varied. Most bars, restaurants and cafeterias are in Pothia, Myrties and Masouri. There are many restaurants along the promenade of the port in Kalymnos. Taverns with local specialties you will find as well in Horio. Mirmizeli and Mytzithra are local specialties worth a try! In the bakeries of Kalymnos you will find many sweets like Baklavas and Galaktoboureko. The small island is offering more than you can imagine!

Kalymnos is a destination also known for offering alternative vacations and activities such as climbing, scuba diving, mountain hiking and spelunking, a true paradise for passionate action-lovers! Due to its mountainous landscape, Kalymnos is also one of the best places to practice mountain climbing!

Kalymnos offers a variety of interests and activities for each category of visitor from beautiful and clean beaches, impressive rocks, rich and magical seabed for the lovers of the underwater explorations and abundance of archaeological sites and monuments.

Kalymnos guarantees a quality escape from everyday life and a memorable stay in the ‘Island of the sponge catchers’.

In the afternoon, we continue our cruise and sail back to Kos.

Dinner and our last overnight anchorage in Kos.

Day 8: Kos Island

After breakfast onboard, it is time to say goodbye to your boat, her lovely crew and to the beautiful Greece Islands of the Dodecanes and Cyclades..

We strongly enchourage you, to spend some time in Kos or one of your favorite Greek Islands.