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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

Reviews of this holiday

Cruising the Dodecanese by Dora , 13 Jul 2024
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My 22 year old daughter and I joined the Peter Sommer June 9 - 23, 2024 Cruising the Dodecanese tour. I can't think of a ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Dr C T 23, 6 Jul 2023
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This is the perfect balanced vacation for those who love to adventure and learn about the places they visit. On a comfortable ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by manny, 4 Jul 2023
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The gulet cruise to the Dodecanese (Greek) islands was marvelous. The boat was comfortable , the guides were very knowledge... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by LouS, 3 Jul 2023
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We cruised many of the large and small Dodecanese Islands - as well as Samos - examining both BC and AC archaeology and ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Barry, 3 Jul 2023
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Our second gulet cruise with Peter Sommers. They continue to live up to our expectations. An excellent and varied itinerary ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Dick and Jane from Houston, 22 Oct 2022
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Two-week gulet tour of the Dodecanese islands with excellent guides and great food. read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Elaine, 19 Aug 2022
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This was my second experience of a Peter Sommer small ship sailing trip with a focus on the history of ancient Greece and ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Mr/Professor J E 22, 27 Jul 2022
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My blogs on the trip can be found here, https://johnelkington.com/journal/page/2/, running backwards - from 13th June to ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by greengage summer, 27 Jul 2022
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This trip was wonderful. We saw a lot, we learned a lot about the islands and their history, we had great meals both on ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by HKW, 14 Nov 2019
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It was all I hoped it would be - a lovely mix of history, culture, food, wine, sailing and swimming. What I hadn’t imagined ... read more

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Cruising the Dodecanese by Dora , 13 Jul 2024
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My 22 year old daughter and I joined the Peter Sommer June 9 - 23, 2024 Cruising the Dodecanese tour. I can't think of a ... read more

Cruising the Dodecanese by Dr C T 23, 6 Jul 2023
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This is the perfect balanced vacation for those who love to adventure and learn about the places they visit. On a comfortable ... read more