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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 an 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 have flights to Kos from Gatwick, Stansted, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle.

    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.

    Transfers

    The transfer time from Kos airport to the marina is approximately 30 minutes. We can often arrange transfers in advance with the base and costs vary depending on time of day and number of guests. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "

Athens Flotilla 2016 - A.O.

Dodecanese Yacht Charter prices

Fleet1 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 41020213229523857419050004190385729522476
Bavaria Cruiser 4120173223333000357141433571300023331905
Hanse 458 (3 cab)202032 1 shower34764667547664295476466734762810

Fleet2 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 380202232246731433810448551144485381031432467
Sun Odyssey 410202332264833714086481054864810408633712648
Sun Odyssey 410202132244831143781445350764453378131142448

Fleet1 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Hanse 505201563 2+140005238585767625857523840003238
Sun Odyssey 44020184234764429523859525238442934762714
Oceanis 46.1 (5/3)20205336195000566767145667500036193238
Hanse 588202044 3+183819857114761323811476985783817190
Hanse 45820204234764667547664295476466734762810
Jeanneau 54 A/C & GEN20165453816762800089528000676253814000
Hanse 508201964 (3+1)46195952671480486714595246193619
Oceanis 40.120214231434095452453814524409531432476
Oceanis 46.120204436195000566767145667500036193238
Sun Odyssey 49020206346195714657175716571571446193619

Fleet2 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 440202142282936004371513958575139437136002829
Jeanneau 54202264 (3 +1 WC in forepeak cabin )4381656279719372106869372797165625152
Sun Odyssey 519 - 5 cabs202053388649436000706380487063600049433886
Sun Odyssey 490 4 cabins202044358145525524650374106503552445523581
Sun Odyssey 490 4 cabins202144358145525524650374106503552445523581
Sun Odyssey 490 4 cabins201944358145525524650374106503552445523581
Sun Odyssey 519 - 5 cabs202053388649436000706380487063600049433886
Sun Odyssey 440202142282936004371513958575139437136002829
Jeanneau 54202064 (3 +1 WC in forepeak cabin )438160767381867898958678738160764771

Fleet1 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Lagoon 50 A/C & GEN & WM201985 (4+1)9381119521361916143136191195293817381
Bali 4.120196450956190766793817667619050954095
Excess 12202065 (4+1)48105952719085247190595248103857
Lagoon 42 A/C & GEN.202065 (4+1)590572388619103338619723859054524
Bali 4.6 A/C & GEN & WM202175 4+174769190109051309510905919074765714
Lagoon 46 A/C & GEN & WM202265 (4+1)71438714103811242910381871471435476
Lagoon 450 Fly A/C & GEN202065 (4+1)652482389667116199667823865245095

Fleet2 Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Lagoon 42 (4 dbl / 1 single )201944 (+1 in the starboard side bow)451457436971820198388201697157434514
Lagoon 450F201944 (+ 1 in the bow)5371683882959763117149763829568385371
Lagoon 40 (12)202144400050866181726787247267618150864000
Lagoon 46/12202344 (4 internal + 1 WC in each bow)598176109248108761304810876924876105981

Yachts from Kos - Fleet 1

FREE outboard

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2000 - €4000. Non refundable deposit on request
COMPULSORY 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, 44-47' €250, 48-50' €300 (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. SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1330/week + food and drink + own cabin


Yachts from Kos - Fleet 2

FREE outboard. Bed linen and towels included.

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2000 -€5000. Non refundable deposit on request.
COMPULSORY EXTRAS:

End cleaning: Monohulls 32'-35' €90, 36'-42' €130, 43'-48' €170, 49' €210, 50' and above €250

End cleaning: Catamarans 38'-40' €210, 41'-46' €260, 47' and above €300

Fuel used (fill up on return)

Optional extras (i.e. SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1330/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). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. 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.