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From Kos to Patmos

From Kos to Patmos

From Kos to Patmos Overview

The Dodecanese islands are perhaps the most ethereally beautiful part of the Aegean. Set in a sparkling topaz-blue sea, they have a rich and intricate history stretching back millennia, and a distinctive culture. From the deck of our gulet, you will cruise in comfort as the islands come to you, each with its own distinctive silhouette and story.

The Dodecanese islands are perhaps the most ethereally beautiful part of the Aegean. Set in a sparkling topaz-blue sea, they have a rich and intricate history stretching back millennia, and a distinctive culture. From the deck of our gulet, you will cruise in comfort as the islands come to you, each with its own distinctive silhouette and story: mountainous Kalymnos; Nisyros with its brooding volcanic cone; Patmos crowned by its extraordinary monastery - a World Heritage Site; and serene, secluded Pserimos. Anchoring in coves of the bluest shimmering water and harbours with bright white houses rising above you, you can relax as you wish before dining on meals freshly-prepared on board or go to specially selected tavernas on the islands themselves. In a tranquil and unhurried way, you can drink in the vistas of picturesque villages, rocky backdrops and volcanic cones as verdant headlands and glittering bays slide by.

The islands have a long history as a place where cultures met and learned from each other, or came into conflict. Our expert guides will introduce you to some of the finest traces of this long past. You will see the great columned temples of the Greeks, including the famed healing shrine of the god Asklepios on Kos, and their spectacular statues, some newly brought up from the depths of the sea. Roman imperial rule brought with it the fine houses of aristocrats, blessed with cool sheltering colonnades and intricate mosaics, and the buildings that supported their busy trading, a testament to a long era of peace. As the Roman Empire became the Christian Byzantine Empire, so we find artists’ hands turning to the intense emotion-filled icons of Orthodox Christianity, and lovingly-made manuscripts prepared in the exceptional monasteries central to their way of life.

With the fading of Byzantine power, we encounter new strands in our story: the Crusader Knights of St John, who ruled the islands and added their own military stamp to them as they strove long and hard in a doomed struggle to maintain an increasingly-isolated Christian outpost in the east. The long Ottoman years followed, adding another layer with their own characteristic architecture and culture, fountain houses and baths. From the unexpected and singular traces of Italian occupation, we reach modern times and the captivating culture of today’s islanders. From the food, sounds and atmosphere of the welcoming tavernas, to the unique local craft of sponge-diving, you will come away feeling truly immersed in this varied archipelago’s many delights.
Cruising the Aegean: From Kos to Patmos

Reviews of this holiday

From Kos to Patmos by Laurie and John Gosch, 8 Jul 2019
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We chose Peter Sommer’s Cruising the Aegean: from Kos to Patmos because of our love of the Greek Islands and classical archeo... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Skipper, 17 Oct 2018
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Cruising the Aegean: From Kos to Patmos Dates 26th May 2018 to 2nd June 2018 The trip really began several days ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Traveller416, 2 Oct 2018
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We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise of the Dodecanese Islands aboard a Turkish Gullet. The pace of on-shore tours and historical ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Minou, 21 Jun 2018
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A perfect combination of excellent descriptions of the history of the locations we visited, really interesting local restaura... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Skelly, 18 Jun 2018
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Cruise around Greek Islands with visits to museums and archaeology sites, swimming and visits to restaurants. Food on board ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Pam USA , 13 Jun 2018
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Our trip was amazing, far exceeded our wildest expectations! The crew & tour guides were so professional, accommodating ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Penny, Australia, 18 Oct 2017
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I travelled with Peter Sommer's gulet Kos to Patmos trip in September and had a wonderful week cruising around some of the ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Kimberley, 12 Oct 2017
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It was really nice to have such a structured holiday where everything was planned out for us. The crew of the ship were ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by dalliance, 1 Oct 2017
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We are repeat customers with Peter Somer Cruises. We spent a week in company with a small number of like minded travellers, ... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Susan and Bill, 17 Sep 2017
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Our first trip to Greece included a weeklong gulet cruise with Peter Sommers cruising the Dodecanese islands. With 2 guides ... read more

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From Kos to Patmos by Laurie and John Gosch, 8 Jul 2019
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We chose Peter Sommer’s Cruising the Aegean: from Kos to Patmos because of our love of the Greek Islands and classical archeo... read more

From Kos to Patmos by Skipper, 17 Oct 2018
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Cruising the Aegean: From Kos to Patmos Dates 26th May 2018 to 2nd June 2018 The trip really began several days ... read more