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Cruising the Dodecanese

Cruising the Dodecanese

Cruising the Dodecanese Overview

A spectacular expert-led gulet cruise from the famous island of Samos south through the entire Dodecanese chain, including eleven of the most beautiful and evocative of the Greek islands and no less than three UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites.

The islands’ strategic location, between the open Aegean and the mainland of Asia Minor, has made them a well-connected cultural interface throughout history. Carians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, the Crusader Knights of St. John, Ottomans and Italians visited or settled them, leaving behind a rich legacy of grandiose ancient sanctuaries, mighty castles, serene monasteries and traditional villages, all set within an ever-changing maritime scenery.

The sites you see on this itinerary include world-famous relics, like the Asklepieion of Kos, the extraordinary archaeological museum of Samos, or the medieval fortifications of Rhodes, each among the best of their kind. On the smaller, off-the-beaten-track islands you gain a more intimate view of traditional Greek island life, with their picturesque harbours, village squares adorned with pebble mosaics, and beautiful domestic architecture. These islands are also rich in diverse landscapes: craggy hilltops, strange volcanic formations, and of course coastlines featuring a succession of bays and islets. Another highlight of the cruise is the series of you will meals enjoy at selected venues throughout the islands, ranging from homecooked local cuisine in family-run tavernas to real gourmet food, the finest the region has to offer.

Sightseeing aside, your stylish gulet will moor in secluded coves, allowing you to bathe in azure seas, admire the pristine scenery, or simply relax. From fabulous food to epic history, this is a fascinating journey through Greek culture, past and present. Don’t miss it!

Dodecanese gulet holiday

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Cruising the Dodecanese by Deb, 27 Nov 2018
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A 14-day tour of eight Dodecanese Greek Islands (Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki and Rhodes) and Samos, ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Gav, 27 Nov 2018
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Cruising the Dodecanese 22nd September, 2018 – 6th October, 2018 This 14-day tour took in eight Dodecanese Greek Islands ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Patsy & Christopher, 3 Nov 2018
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The holiday was a conducted cruise on a gulet, our two ‘experts’ were both outstanding in every respect and wore their ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Barbara Fields, 29 Oct 2018
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This was our second trip with Peter Sommer and was every bit as wonderful as our first. Led by our dynamic expert archaeologist, ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Lin Twin, 12 Oct 2018
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Avoiding high winds from unexpected storms, we sailed to nine different Greek islands, learned about their historical and ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by A_Grimwade, 12 Oct 2018
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Our two week gulet cruise round the Dodecanese Islands with Peter Sommer Travel was a wonderful experience. Our boat was ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Gary, 9 Oct 2018
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The trip, Cruising the Dodecanese, was great--educational, fun, interesting people and great food. There was plenty of time ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by ACL, 9 Oct 2018
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Cruising the Dodecanese was an extraordinary adventure. Every day we visited astounding archeological sites, swam in the ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by PJL, 9 Oct 2018
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Aboard a Turkish gulet we departed Bodrum and visited nine islands including Leros, Samos, Rhodes, Symi, Chalki, Kalymnos, ... read more

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Cruising the Dodecanese by Deb, 27 Nov 2018
Traveller rating:

A 14-day tour of eight Dodecanese Greek Islands (Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Chalki and Rhodes) and Samos, ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Gav, 27 Nov 2018
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Cruising the Dodecanese 22nd September, 2018 – 6th October, 2018 This 14-day tour took in eight Dodecanese Greek Islands ... read more