Yacht Charter from Kos & Rhodes in the Dodecanese
Lying off the coast of Turkey, the 12 Dodecanese islands offer a wonderful variety for sailing holidays in Greece.
This sailing area in the south-east Aegean stretches along the coast of Turkey and is a wonderful sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter. It suits sailors looking for stronger winds and longer passages between unspoilt islands. Kos and Rhodes are popular tourist destinations but they both have smaller harbours and bays undiscovered by the masses. Don't miss the Old Town in Rhodes and the Harbour, the entry to which was once straddled by the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
Once you set sail you will discover islands which have completely escaped tourism - Lipsos, Leros, Kalymnos, Niseros, Simi and Tilos. Here you'll find traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. The swimming and snorkelling is superb in many locations and Kalymnos, once the centre of sea sponge fishing in the Med, has many interesting dive sites.
Sailing in the Dodecanese
The longer passages between the Dodecanese islands and stronger winds offer more challenging sailing itineraries for keen sailors. Start your yacht charter from the new marina at Kos and head south to Rhodes or north to the unspoilt islands of Kalymnos and Leros. Or charter from Rhodes and visit the beautiful harbour of Symi, the dormant volcano on Niseros and Tilos, relatively untouched by tourism. This sailing area is a great choice for keen sailors who want to explore some lesser known Greek islands.
DAY 1 : Embark at Rhodes, where once the ancient Colossus stood astride the entrance. Explore the medieval walled town.
DAY 2 : Symi (23nm) has one of the most beautiful, serene harbours in Greece. The day trip boats from Rhodes leave in the late afternoon and the yachtsmen have the harbour front to themselves.
DAY 3 : Niseros (21nm). Take a bus trip from the harbour to visit the dormant volcano crater. Many of you rate this as the high spot of the trip.
DAY 4 : Kos Marina (15nm) is in the centre of Kos Town. The local architecture is a mixture of Venetian, Ottoman and modern style and there is an impressive Castle at the port. Convenient market for provisioning. Home of Hippocrates and his famous Oath.
DAY 5 : Kamares (40m) on the south-west corner of Kos, is a pleasant spot for swimming and relaxing on the beach.
DAY 6 : Tilos (30nm) is an island off the tourist track. It is a small and remote island which hasn't lost its traditional and picturesque character. Livadia is the main harbour on the island.
DAY 7 : Return to Rhodes (32nm).
DAY 1 : Embark at Kos. The marina is in the centre of town.
DAY 2 : Lakki, Leros (27nm). Leros is a small island that remains untouched by mass tourism, so has an unspoiled and authentic character. Lakki is the main port of the island and one of the largest ports in Dodecanese.
DAY 3 : Lipsi (11nm). Lipsi is a small island with sandy beaches and translucent water. Lipsi Town is the only town and main harbour of the island. A lovely place with traditional architecture, this is where most activities and services are concentrated.
DAY 4 : Skala Harbour, Patmos (12nm). Skala Harbour is a lively place with white houses, flowered courtyards, tavernas and shops. Patmos is often known as 'The Jerusalem of the Aegean' and the famous monastery of St. John dates from the 11th century and houses illuminated manuscripts, rare old books and frescoes dating back to 1210.
DAY 5 : Levitha (20nm). The deep bay on the south coast affords good shelter. Only a lighthouse keeper and some fishermen inhabit the island. There is a taverna in a farmhouse 15 minutes walk up the hill from the quay.
DAY 6 : Kalimnos (27nm) is the centre of sponge-fishing in Greece since ancient time. Moor in the pleasant harbour of Kalimnos Town or overnight at the attractive fjord of Vathi with a small hamlet ashore.
DAY 7 : Return to Kos (10nm).
Steady afternoon breezes averaging Force 4-6 becoming stronger in July and August. The best times to sail here are May-June and September-October when you are less likely to be affected by the meltemi wind which blows July-August from the north at Force 5-6 and may reach Force 7-8. Experience level 3.
Yacht charter from Kos & Rhodes
Yachts are based at the new marina at Kos and Rhodes Mandaki Harbour and charters can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO RHODES:
easyJet have flights from Gatwick and Liverpool to Rhodes, including Saturdays. Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch have flights to Rhodes from most UK airports on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Transfer time to Rhodes Harbour 30 minutes.
FLIGHTS TO KOS:
easyJet have flights from Gatwick to Kos, including Saturdays. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Kos from most UK airports, including Saturdays. Transfer time to Kos Marina 30 minutes.