THE GREEK ISLANDS OF THE DODECANESE

The islands in this chain are a mere stone’s throw from the Turkish coast. We can tailor make a gulet cruise for you solely in the Dodecanese, or you can incorporate some of the islands into your yacht charter in Turkey. The largest of the Dodecanese Islands is the very green and subtropical Rhodes. It has an extensive medieval old town, a legacy of the Crusaders, with churches, impregnable walls and side streets which today are bustling with shops and cafes. Symi is the prettiest and all you imagine a Greek island to be. From each side of the fjord-like harbour, neo-classical houses painted in pastel colours rise up in tiers. There’s no traffic to speak of and typical Greek tavernas line the harbour. You can climb up through the town on time-worn steps for spectacular views of the port and Turkey beyond. Nisiros has the only active volcano in the Aegean -though not erupting- and you can actually go down into the crater where sulfurous gases issue from flower-like vents. The main harbour of Mandraki is a maze of old winding streets guarded by a castle and a hilltop monastery. Known as the Sponge Divers’ island, Kalymnos gained its wealth from the sponge trade until the 1980s when a disease destroyed them in huge numbers. Pothia harbour is still buzzing with life in spite of this and the old sponge diving culture is still very much in evidence. The unspoilt island of Patmos is where St John received visions in the Cave of the Apocalypse which inspired him to write the Book of Revelations. The Monastery of St John which dominates the island is a major pilgrimage destination.

Other islands in the Dodecanese chain are Kalki, Tilos, Lipsi and Leros. There are regular ferries from Rhodes to Marmaris and Kos to Bodrum.

Generally our gulet cruises last 7 or 14 days, but in low season we may be able to offer 4, 5, 8 or 10 days. Please enquire for details.

Local fishermen of the Dodecanese Islands

Local fishermen of the Dodecanese Islands

Typical Greek church bell tower

Typical Greek church bell tower

Moments of the Greek Dodecanese island life on private gulet charter from Turkey

Moments of the Greek Dodecanese island life on private gulet charter from Turkey

Sample the local flavours and atmosphere wining and dining off board

Sample the local flavours and atmosphere wining and dining off board

The painted Neo-Classical facades in the harbour on Tilos Island

The painted Neo-Classical facades in the harbour on Tilos Island

The Volcano crater on the Island of Nisiros

The Volcano crater on the Island of Nisiros

The painted Neo-Classical facades in the harbour of Symi Island

The painted Neo-Classical facades in the harbour of Symi Island

SJ YACHT CHARTER INCLUDES:

Tailormade itineraries

Flexibility en route

Experienced & qualified crew

Chef on board

Delicious Turkish - Mediterranean cuisine

Cruises from 4- 14 days

Economy to Super luxury Gulet yacht options

May include Greek Dodecanese Islands

Remote unspoilt bays & coves

Off board activities

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