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Explore the unspoilt Dodecanese islands in the southeast Aegean, just off the coast of Turkey, on a sailing holiday from Kos.

Plan a sailing holiday in the southeast Aegean where the islands of the Dodecanese stretch along the coast of Turkey. This is a wonderful sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter and suits sailors looking for guaranteed winds and longer passages between unspoilt islands. The islands in the Dodecanese are conveniently spaced to allow a good day’s sail and they are all so varied, rich in culture and history. Between the well-known holiday islands of Kos and Rhodes lie the fascinating islands of Simi, with its beautiful Venetian harbour, Niseros with its dormant volcano and Tilos, virtually undiscovered by tourism.

North of Kos the islands have completely escaped tourism. Here you'll find traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. This sailing holiday is a great choice for keen sailors who want to explore some lesser known Greek islands. As long as you complete the official paperwork, you can also sail to Turkey - Datca and Knidos are easily reached from Simi so you can enjoy a sailing holiday in 2 countries!


Dodecanese Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Kos

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    Tilos Island

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    Symi Harbour

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    A bay in Datca, Turkey

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    Leros Island

    Sailing holidays from Kos

    • Regular flights from the UK
    • Possibility to also visit Turkey's Aegean Coast
    • Average distances of 25nm/day
    • Level 3 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 4-6
    • Great for keen sailors looking for an adventure
    • Flexible start and finish dates
    • Flotilla option
  • 1 Wk South

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Kos going south

    DAY 1 : Kos

    Embark at Kos marina in the centre of town.

    DAY 2 : Kamari, Kos (15m)

    Kamari on the south-west corner of Kos, is a pleasant spot for swimming and relaxing on the beach.

    DAY 3 : Tilos (40nm)

    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 4 : Rhodes (30nm)

    Where the ancient Colossus once stood astride the entrance. Explore the medieval walled town.

    Symi (32nm)

    Symi 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 6 : Niseros (23nm)

    Take a bus trip from the harbour to visit the dormant volcano crater. Many of you rate this as the highlight of the trip.

    DAY 7 : Kos (23nm)

    South Kos Dodecanese 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • 1 Wk North

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Kos going north

    DAY 1 : Kos Marina

    Embark at Kos marina in the centre of Kos 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)

    In 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 : Kos Marina (10nm)

    North Kos Dodecanese 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Dodecanese

    Weather conditions in the Dodecanese are very favourable for a sailing holiday from Kos. Steady afternoon breezes averaging Force 4-6 from the north-east guarantee good sailing from mid-morning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds Force 5-6, but all the islands have good shelter. Temperatures average 27-29ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters in the Dodecanese. You will preferably be Coastal Skipper standard and have plenty of skippering experience.

    For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Dodecanese flotilla holidays.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Kos

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016EasyJet have flights to Kos on Tuesdays and Saturdays as well as Thursdays from mid June. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Kos from most UK airports.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer 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.

    Transfers

    Booking your transfers from the airport to the base and vice versa could not be easier! Hoppa Transfers offer shuttles, express shuttles, minibus, private taxi and luxury private transfers depending on your needs. They serve over 7500 cities and resorts, via more than 700 airports, ports and train stations. For peace of mind, pre-book your airport transfer today. The transfer time from Kos airport to the marina is approximately 30 minutes.

    Book your Hoppa airport transfers online here >>

"Thank you all for a lovely holiday. The simplicity of the booking to the updates and ticket arrival were painless. I cannot speak more highly of your company as well as Odysseus and their flotilla leaders. So all in all another successfull holiday that will be repeated"

Ionian flotilla 2014 - T.M.

Dodecanese Yacht Charter prices

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
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2019-GR-BB-Kir/3

Istion Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 28 Apr-26 May
6-20 Oct
26 May-16 Jun
22 Sep-06 Oct
16 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-22 Sep
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ist/3

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/4

Istion Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 28 Apr-26 May
6-20 Oct
26 May-16 Jun
22 Sep-06 Oct
16 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-22 Sep
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ist/4

Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 27 Apr-25 May 25 May-22 Jun
31 Aug-28 Sep
22 Jun-3 Aug
17 - 31 Aug
3 Aug-17 Aug From 28 Sep
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2019-GR-BB-Kir/6

Istion Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

Yacht details 28 Apr-26 May
6-20 Oct
26 May-16 Jun
22 Sep-06 Oct
16 Jun-28 Jul
18 Aug-22 Sep
28 Jul-18 Aug
Model / layout Year Cabins WC

2018-GR-BB-Ist/6

Yachts from Kos - Kiriacoulis

FREE outboard on yachts 50'+

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2000 below 41', €3000 from 41' & catamarans OR Non refundable insurance €35/day up to 40' and €45/day 41'+ and catamarans
EXTRAS:
Service pack €95 for 2 & 3 cabin yachts, €115 for 4 cabin yachts & cats under 42', €135 or 5 cabin yachts & cats 42'+ (includes end cleaning, bedding & towels).
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin


Yachts from Kos - Istion Yachting

FREE outboard

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2000 -€3500 OR Non refundable insurance €250 + refundable €400 for yachts up to 44', €330 + refundable €500 for yachts 45'+,
EXTRAS:
Charter pack for yachts: 2 cabins €90, 3 cabins €130, 4 cabins €170, 5 cabins €200, 6 cabins €250 (includes welcome kit, final cleaning, bed sheets & towels (one set per person), first fill for outboard engine, spare bottle of gas).
Charter pack for catamarans: up to 39' €170, 40-43' €200, 44-50' €250 (includes welcome kit, final cleaning, bed sheets & towels (one set per person), first fill for outboard engine, spare bottle of gas).
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.