Authentic Dodecanese islands’ are full of stunning natural landscapes, preserved nature full of charm. The best way to visit these islands and Aegean coast is by sailing with gulet since you can experience so much more by island hopping. You will be able to discover some places that are only reachable by sea, historical sites, untouched beaches, and pristine bays, tiny villages and much more.
SATURDAY – BODRUM
Bodrum is a district and a port city in Muğla Province. This was once a calm small fishing village and now its famous popular destination of many. Very conveniently nearest airport is Milas Airport from where you will be transferred to Bodrum harbor to check in on your gulet. You will be welcomed by our Goolets representative who will introduce you to the crew and captain. Once you settle down you can spend afternoon and night exploring the city that offers something for everyone and is definitely one of the best starting points for gulet cruise. On this first day, your boat will remain anchored in Bodrum harbor where you and other passengers can meet up for dinner and stay at the port until the next departure in the morning. We recommend visiting eye-catching Bodrum Castle built from the 15th century, overlooking the harbor and the marina that is now as the world-class Museum of Underwater Archaeology.
Bodrum is one of the best starting points for gulet cruise.
We recommend visiting eye-catching Bodrum Castle built from the 15th century.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY – KALYMNOS
In early morning your gulet will depart for Kalymnos. However, before arriving there Captain will anchor in the hidden natural harbor of Vatahi for a swim stop and lunch on board. Before lunchtime, you can enjoy in pristine nature and tiny scattered houses of a sleepy village of Rina. This village will charm you and is well worth of exploring. We highly recommend swimming in crystal clear waters or going snorkeling. For those who are more adventurous, you can try some rock climbing. If you get hungry before lunch and want to eat something traditional but light you should try an octopus salad in some of the few local restaurants. However, after a delicious lunch on board, you will head to Kalymnos.
This is another destination ideal for food gourmands, sun worshipers, and sea lovers. The area is not spoiled with mass tourism, you will be able to enjoy an authentic Greek island feel. Explore the town, go for a swim or snorkeling and enjoy in wild nature. In the past sponge diving was a thriving trade among fisherman who would venture too deep waters. While staying at this island you should explore narrow streets of Pothia port and capital of Kalymnos and perhaps even buy small sponge as a souvenir. For those who are interested in history and want to go for a hike, you can visit the monastery of Agios Savvas located on the hill and dedicated to the patron saint of the island. Here you can enjoy not only in history but also breathtaking view. Just make sure to wear appropriate modest clothing if you want to stroll around monastery gardens.
Try out local food
Vathi bay will be your first stop of the day until…
you reach Kalymnos, an area not spoiled with mass tourism.
DAY 3 – MONDAY – TELENDOS – PATMOS
On the way to Patmos in the morning, you will visit the islet Telendos located not so far away from Kalymnos. An interesting fact is that in fact this islet and island were once one, but got separated by a strong earthquake. Now Telendos is a great island for short getaway away from crowds since there is no roads and cars. It’s worth of mentioning that this is also a great hotspot place for mountain climbing and enjoying on beaches. Enjoy in relaxing under the sun, and try out some local Greek dishes, and definitely don’t miss out a delicious moussaka! Later in the day Captain will sail to Patmos and dock at Skala port. Patmos is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway in a quiet retreat from everyday life.
The island is built around Monastery of St. John and medical fortress which is visible from almost all points of the island. You can explore and discover the history of the island, old frescoes and museum or library with rare manuscripts. Visit the village of Chora and its windmills, which grew up around the monastery and it is one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese. Even though Patmos is a traditional place you will still find diverse designer shops, restaurants and cafes, and nightlife. The International film festival takes place from July 21-27 so if you are visiting around this time you can enjoy in movies in exterior beautiful scenery and movie under the star.
Perfect relaxing getaway
Try out local food
Telendos is a great island for mountain climbing and enjoying on beaches.
Patmos is a traditional place but you will still find diverse designer shops, restaurants and cafes, and nightlife.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY – LIPSI
Like every other morning, you will be served with breakfast on board and then head to relaxing Lipsi that is one of the most preserved untouched bays and sandy beaches along the whole coast ideal for swimming and relaxing. The relaxing atmosphere you will discover there is almost therapeutic and you will discover the true meaning of total seclusion and private atmosphere in this paradise on earth. Go for a hike, walk around nature or enjoy in delicacies such as local wine, cheese, honey, and grapes. There are many small churches from which we recommend visiting Panaghia to Harou from Byzantine era. Besides this, we have to emphasize the beautiful beaches on Lipsi! By far most popular is Lientou located in town, however, if you want something more private you can go for a walk and you’ll come across Kampos, Platys Yialos or sandy beach of Papandria in the south.
Lipsi is a tiny island covered with whitewashed houses and little churches with blue domes. It is a typical Greek island by its looks, but cars are here almost non-existent so you can freely enjoy in the authentic local lifestyle. On the stunning island of the Dodecanese during the day you can watch the fishermen, enjoy on the beach, eat the most amazing Greek cuisine or simply relax on the boat. Island is popular but not overpopulated, there is always something going on and you will surely stumble across some local festivals, cultural traditions, religious ceremonies or something else. Don’t forget your camera because these moments should be captured for sure!
Try out local food
Escape the crowds …
discover Lipsi is a tiny island covered with whitewashed houses and little churches with blue domes.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY – LEROS
On the 5th day you will visit island Leros full of small valleys that lay between green hills and deep coves. Here you can enjoy in many watersport activities on a gulet or on the beach. Depending on the wind you will dock at Agia Marina that has selective local shops located in old traditional buildings or you will dock at some secluded bay of Panteli the oldest fishing village in Leros. There you will be enchanted by the landscapes, steep mountains and clear waters. For history enthusiasts but even for those who are not, we recommend visiting caste Kastro, a strong medieval fortress that has spectacular views and landscapes. This is a worthy hike that can be a bit demanding but once you reach the top you will be amazed, plus going down you can directly head to the village for a nice meal. Island offers many diverse restaurants offering rich traditional dishes. Definitely, a must try is goat cheese or tuna carpaccio. After dinner, Leros becomes lively as bars and nightclubs open. You can expect warm hospitality and a laid-back ambiance!
Island Leros is full of small valleys that lay between green hills and deep coves.
We recommend visiting caste Kastro, a strong medieval fortress that has spectacular views.
DAY 6 – THURSDAY – TURGUTREIS & ORAK ISLAND
After your breakfast, you will departure to Turkish waters and sail south to into the Gulf of Gokova. The rugged coastline has many hidden small bays and harbors with enchanting backdrop of lush forest hills and mountains. Your captain will drop anchor near Orak Island, one of the Gulf’s large islands best known for its rich sea life and crystal clear water. Due to this fact alone it is a perfect site for snorkeling and swimming. This is also a good time to relax on board, read a book, get some tan or stay active and use some watersports. Delicious dinner will be served on board by your personal chef who will make sure you are 100% satisfied.
Relax on board
After your breakfast, you will departure to Turkish waters and sail south to into the Gulf of Gokova.
Your captain will drop anchor near Orak Island, one of the Gulf’s large islands best known for its rich sea life and crystal clear water.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY – KISEBUKU (OR CIFTLIK)
This morning you’ll cruise to the gorgeous Bay of Kisebuku that offers a great combination of swimming, Byzantine ruins, interesting bays, and amazing nature. Another great day for unwinding, relaxation and taking it easy. Take advantage of the calm midday hours and enjoy under the sun or under the shade. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at lively Bodrum harbor, or continue to Ada Bogazi, another lovely anchorage for the last night on the magical cruise. Take it easy and enjoy the dinner the starry night.
Relax on board
Kisebuku that offers a great combination of swimming, interesting bays, and amazing nature.
Your cruise will end at Bodrum bay.
DAY 8 – SATURDAY
You will have to leave the gulet with precious memories by 10:00 after breakfast. If you want you can later before heading home further explore the Bodrum. Before you check-out, Goolets representative will come for one last visit on board to check how everything went and if you need any further assistance (transfers, suggestions on how to spend the day till your flight and similar).
Cabin Charter: Bodrum – North Dodecanese – Bodrum pictures
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