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Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese Overview

This trip brings together the best experiences this area can offer: the elegant and laid-back pleasure of a gulet cruise, the thrill of walking through an array of wonderful landscapes, the region’s fascinating multi-faceted history, the joy of swimming in the blue waters of the Aegean and the delights of fresh local cuisine.

The islands of the North Dodecanese are the emergent tips of a sub-sea mountain range that stretches across the Aegean sea. Each one has a subtly different feel from its neighbours, a variety expressed in their cuisines and their architecture, but above all in their landscapes and vivid histories. Viewing them from the deck of your gulet as you cruise between these islands with a perfectly chilled glass of wine in hand, it’s easy to marvel at the geological forces that shaped them, but to appreciate their true grandeur walk their undulating valleys, over their rugged hills, and rise to the very tops of their breath-taking summits.

This trip brings together the best experiences this area can offer: the elegant and laid-back pleasure of a gulet cruise, the thrill of walking through an array of wonderful landscapes, the region’s fascinating multi-faceted history, the joy of swimming in the blue waters of the Aegean and the delights of fresh local cuisine, enjoyed both on and off the gulet. It is a unique opportunity to explore these island landscapes on foot and to discover superb archaeological sites far from the beaten track.

The combination of the islands you will visit and the walks we have prepared on each will offer you a panoramic insight – literally and metaphorically – into a region of enormous historical depth, and one that conceals a great wealth of hidden beauties rarely noticed by visitors. Accompanied by our expert guides, you will gain an intimate understanding of each island, its landscape, its past and present, and its individual character.

On Kalymnos, a long and peaceful valley unfolds an archaeological timeline from Classical Greece to the Byzantine era and beyond, as one site after another lines-up along the border between lush agricultural land and the island’s characteristically rocky uplands. On Leros, a seemingly serene mountaintop holds a fascinating array of mementos of the island’s turbulent role in the Second World War. On tiny, rarely-visited Telendos, we walk a route through a remarkable collection of Byzantine monuments, including the wild clifftop stronghold of Agios Konstantinos, a place that is truly out of this world. In Kos, we will explore the hidden remains of a barely-excavated ancient Greek city and ascend to the pinnacle of a soaring crusader castle that commands fantastic views of the neighbouring islands. Nisyros sees us walk the bucolically fertile slopes of an enormous volcanic caldera and enter a spectacularly-located ancient Greek fortress. Step by step and story by story, this remarkable voyage will unfold the layers of history, combining into an unforgettable experience of riveting tales, stupendous vistas and the sheer natural beauty of each island.
Walking & Cruising the Dodecanese

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Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Digger Jeff, 14 Nov 2018
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Several months ago, I returned from a Peter Sommer guided tour. Normally, I do not like guided tours, as I find that many ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by BB, 9 Oct 2018
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On the gulet trip with Peter Sommer Travels I found a combination of unpacking once, the complete relaxation on the gulet, ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Ms R B 17, 23 Oct 2017
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This was my first tour with Peter Sommers and also the first time I have gone on a cruise. Cruising on a Turkish gulet really ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by JT, 18 Oct 2017
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A well thought out itinerary which provided an informative and enjoyable experience no matter how much you already knew ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Barry, 15 Oct 2017
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Excellent tour all around. Wonderful guides, boat, crew. Well planned, organized and carried out. A very insightful educat... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by EDG, 5 Jul 2016
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I had a wonderful relaxing time Cruising the Dodecanese with Peter Sommer Travels. It was extremely well organised with ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Mrs C M 16, 30 Jun 2016
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An expert led cruise on a Turkish gulet in the Dodecanese islands (Greece) read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Mr J C 16, 27 Jun 2016
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We spent two week cruising the Dodecanese islands, from Patmos in the north to Rhodes in the south, with a visit to Samos ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Prof B T 16, 26 Jun 2016
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Excellent read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by JW, 10 Oct 2015
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Our holiday was perfect. We enjoyed, cruising, swimming good food, expert guidance and good company. read more

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Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by Digger Jeff, 14 Nov 2018
Traveller rating:

Several months ago, I returned from a Peter Sommer guided tour. Normally, I do not like guided tours, as I find that many ... read more

Walking/Cruising the Dodecanese by BB, 9 Oct 2018
Traveller rating:

On the gulet trip with Peter Sommer Travels I found a combination of unpacking once, the complete relaxation on the gulet, ... read more