Dodecanese Yacht Charter Itinerary


Dodecanese Yacht Charter

This is a sample 7-day itinerary sailing in the Dodecanese islands, based on a southbound charter starting from Kos, Greece. This scattered and wildly beautiful group of lesser-known Greek islands is brimming with hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Is it any wonder that Odysseus took 10 years to return home, when he had such splendour in front of him?

There are a great range of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts available in the Dodecanese, from both Kos and Rhodes. To build your ideal southern Aegean holiday, click below.

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7 Days Dodecanese Islands

  • Day 1 - Arrive Kos
  • Day 2 - Kos to Kalymnos (Pothia) - 16nm
  • Day 3 - Kalymnos to Nisyros (Palon) - 29nm
  • Day 4 - Nisyros to Symi (Ano Symi) - 32nm
  • Day 5 - Symi to Symi (Panormitis) -12nm
  • Day 6 - Symi to Tilos (Livadia) - 24nm
  • Day 7 - Tilos to Kos - 30nm
  • Total = 143nm

Dodecanese Yacht Charter

Kos Waterfront

Day 1

Arriving Kos

Set in the middle of the Dodecanese Islands, and only 30 minutes from the airport, Kos Marina is the perfect launchpad for voyages into the southern Aegean. Well supplied with a chandlery, supermarkets, restaurants and good facilities, the full-service marina makes it easy to get everything ready for your charter.

An intriguing mix of ancient Greek and Roman ruins, modern culture and ornate Italianate squares, Kos is a historical marvel, best known as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Well worth a stroll around the old town, to soak up the atmosphere and spot a few historical oddities, such as the Ottoman mosque.

Things to See & Do

• Take a stroll around Kos old town, and enjoy a coffee in Eleftherias Square.

• Visit the ruins of The Asklepeion, a sanctuary to the god of medicine, and enjoy views over Kos town and harbour.

Agios Savvas Monastery Kalymnos

Day 2

Kos to Kalymos

Begin your Dodecanese yacht sailing holiday with a short trip northeast, sailing into the prevailing Aegean breeze for 16nm towards the colourful town of Pothia, Kalymnos. Best-known as the home of the famous sponge divers, the area is a haven of activity, especially for climbers, with over a thousand signposted trails on the island. Culinary musts include the mououri, a dish of lamb stuffed with rice, and stuffed vine leaves, or fylla.

Things to See & Do

• Admire the many shops selling natural sponge, formerly a key export of Kalymnos.

• Don a mask and tank and enjoy a diving session in pristine waters bursting with life

• Climb up to the Agios Savvas monastry and enjoy spectacular views over Pothia and Kalymnos' south coast

Nisyros Volcano

Day 3

Kalymnos to Nisyros

Turning south-west out of Kalymnos, you'll sail around the western tip of Kos with the wind at your back, and make for the dramatic island of Nisyros, complete with dormant volcano rising dramatically from the sea. The overnight stop of Palon is a pretty harbour, surrounded by traditional, whitewashed Greek tavernas.

Things to See & Do

• Go on a trip to the Harkadio cave, where the fossils of dwarf elephants were once discovered

• Head for the three-crater volcano, or visit the Municipal baths and experience the natural hot springs, warmed by geothermal activity

Ano Symi

Day 4

Nisyros to Ano Symi

It's an early start today to cover the week's longest distance, reaching across the wonderfully open stretch of water between Nisyros and Symi, then skirting along Symi's eastern coast before arriving at the gorgeous Ano Symi, the main town on the island. A riot of colour, the town is full of terracotta-topped, pastel-hued neoclassical houses and cosy, tempting tavernas.

Things to See & Do

• Put your walking shoes on and take on the Kali Strata, a meandering stepped street that climbs a hill up to the village of Chorio. It has over 500 steps, but the slope is gentle and the panoramic views well worth the effort!

Panormitis Bay

Day 5

Ano Symi to Panormitis

From Ano Symi, plot a course along the island's jagged west coast, dotted with well-sheltered inlets to stop off for lunch. A hop around the headland takes you to the picturesque, enclosed anchorage of Panormitis, perfect for a quiet night under the stars. The bottom is sand and weed, and provides good holding. The small town has a taverna and bakery, as well as the impressive 18th-century monastery on the shore.

Livadia Tilos

Day 6

Panormitis to Tilos

Reach back across towards the unspoilt natural beauty of the island of Tilos, and the small port town of Livadia. The island's main settlement, Livadia is a small village of about 300 people, with a large sand and pebble beach just outside the harbour. The mole offers good protection from all winds, there is very good bakery, and several tavernas in the village.

Things to See & Do

• Relax on the beach just outside the marina

• Hire a scooter and go to the eerie, abandoned village of Mikro Chorio

Kos Castle

Day 7

Tilos to Kos

The last leg of the journey is a 30nm stretch from Tilos back to the marina in Kos, and a chance for one last big sailing day before the end of your charter.

  • Visit Kos Town Castle, explore the battlements and grounds, and gaze across the water to Turkey
  • Head for one of Kos' golden beaches and swim or snorkel with an array of colourful fish
  • Hire a bike for a quick and easy way to get around the town

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