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Dodecanese cruise route

 

DAY    DESTINATION MILES
1 Kos – Pserimos    50
2 Pserimos – Leros    50
3 Leros – Kalymnos    31
4 Kalimnos – Patmos    44
5 Patmos – Lipsi    30
6 Lipsi – Arki    59
7 Arki – Kos    44
8 Kos    54

 

View of Patmos island from Chora, town of Skala, the main port

 

Patmos
The “Jerusalem of the Aegean”. It has a strong religious past because it is where Saint John the Divine had its revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. Patmos used to be an important place of pilgrimage and belonged to the Church. From this unique past, the impressive Monastery of Saint John and signs prohibiting nude bathing and topless are remaining. Patmos has many beauties to offer to visitors. Above the port, there is cube like houses which spill down its flanks. Interspersed among them are minuscule churches and grand sea captains’ mansions, separated from each other by narrow lanes, high walls and small squares opening onto breath-catching views over the Aegean.

LIPSI, GREECE - Main village of Lipsi island in Dodecanese, Greece

Lipsi
Lipsi is an island in the Northern Dodecanese, south of Samos, north of Leros, east of Patmos, with just about 700 residents. It is a quite island where people still live a traditional lifestyle and farmers still ride on their donkeys, mules or horses to the fields. Much of the land on Lipsi was owned by the Monastery of St John the Baptist, on Patmos. Today, you can see small, white, blue domed churches dotted all over the island’s rolling hills, which gently slope down to meet the sparkling sea. Lipsi’s coastline consists of a number of small bays, sheltered coves & beaches with shallow crystal clear waters. Relax away your day at the beach or at sea, to one of the other nearby islands and then enjoy the evening at a tavern in the village harbour.

 Leros

 

Leros
It is said that ARTEMIS, the ancient goddess of the hunt, chose Leros to set up her throne. Leros, like most of the Greek islands, is an island of small fertile valleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves, and pretty beaches. Its topography has given rise to many villages with neoclassical buildings and narrow alleyways. In the old traditional buildings in Agia Marina, Platano and Lakki the three traditional markets of the island you will find fresh vegetables and fish, taverns, tourist shops, gold shops and boutiques.

 

 Kalymnos island in Dodecanse archipelago in eastern Aegean

 

Kalymnos
One of the most beautiful places for Climbing! A place where people, a smile, a kind word still matter, where strangers fast become friends. This island is the home to sponge divers of the Aegean since the days of Ancient Greece.  The sponge factory and the monastery of the mountain are must see places. The sponges are the trademarks of Kalymnos as they are the main occupation of most of its residents. Surrounded by other smaller islets-of which, however, only Pserimos & Telendos are inhabited- Kalymnos adorns the Nothern part of Dodecanese islands with its mountains landscape.

 Greece Dodecanese Rhodes view on the sea from the Acropoli of the Lindos village

 

Rhodes
The beautiful island of Knights. The superb capital of Rhodes lies outside and within the walls of a very well preserved Venetian castle, built by the Knights of Saint John, which is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture.
Rhodes is also known for The Colossus of Rhodes, a gigantic statue who had each leg on the two sides of the harbour and it among the seven wonders of the ancient world.  The statue stood at the harbour entrance until a strong earthquake hit Rhodes about 226 BC. The beauty of its capital, its interesting sites, its many Byzantine churches together with its night life, the famous.

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