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This private blue cruise will take you through some of the most idyllic islands and beaches on the North Dodecanese. Sailing through two countries, savor the best of beautiful white beaches on sun-drenched coasts in the carefully designed cruise.
Deluxe & Master
Bodrum, Kos, Pserimos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Turgutreis, Aspat, Akvaryum
If you ever wanted to experience life on breathtaking islands, this private blue cruise is the perfect chance to do so. With lots of interests and activities, the cruise is tailored to reveal every stop’s charming side along the way. When not exploring quiet streets with adorable houses, you’ll be swimming in turquoise waters, relaxing on a beautiful beach, or taking a scenic hike inland.
Your yacht will be waiting for you at the shores of this ancient port city. After checking in, you will have some free time, which you should use well as there is a lot to do in Bodrum. First, explore the town’s marina and admire beautiful yachts before relaxing on one of Bodrum’s stunning beaches while basking in the warm coastal sun. Along the coasts are seaside restaurants serving fantastic seafood while offering incredible views of the blue sea.
There are also a couple of magnificent historic sites in Bodrum. First, visit the 15th century Bodrum Castle, an extraordinary architectural feat of four countries. Other historical attractions in the ancient city include the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the stunning theatre of Halicarnassus, the Maritime Museum, Zeki Muren Arts Museum, and a lot more.
As you follow the town’s cobbled streets, enjoy gorgeous surroundings of beautiful whitewashed houses. Next, you can enter one of the restaurants in the city for a taste of delicious local cuisines. Finally, in the evening, visit one of the numerous cool bars and clubs in the town and experience Bodrum’s irresistible nightlife.
Afterward, return to the yacht for dinner.
Enjoy breakfast and set sail for Kos Island in Greece. It may be the third-largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands, but it’s arguably the most charming. It has an irresistible allure that has made it one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the area. After completing some immigration formalities, yachts sail to Kos for a day on its long sandy beaches, balmy climate, and lively atmosphere.
Once we’re there, spend some hours on its breathtaking beaches and swim or dive in the clear waters of the sea while participating in thrilling watersports. The island is also a treasure of exploring possibilities, with a stunning town full of adorable houses alongside a few historical attractions. Therefore, pay a visit to the Venetian Castle and the Fortress of Antimachia.
Other historical sites on the island include the stunning Asklepieion, which is a must-see, and the Tree of Hippocrates. You can also rent a bike and cycle around town.
Today, the yacht sails to another one of the Dodecanese Islands, Pserimos. Unlike Kos, the island isn’t always filled with tourists, making it an excellent destination for those wishing to avoid crowds. In addition, people enjoy some seclusion on the remote beaches of Panaghis Grafiotissa, Vathis, and Marathons.
While at Pserimos, savor the relative peace in one of its fine beaches as you enjoy some swimming in the shallow waters. Head over to the bay for a short walk and visit one of the beachside cafes and tavernas.
Afterward, board the yacht and cruise to the mythical Leros island. Despite having stunning beaches, tavernas, magnificent ruins, and an extraordinary Italian touch, it has mostly slipped under the tourist radar. This makes it one of the best places to enjoy a laid-back Dodecanese experience. Spend your evening on one of its sandy beaches before returning to your yacht for dinner.
The fourth day takes you on a tour of the island where John predicted the world’s end, Patmos Island. This Dodecanese island is of incredible religious significance as it is where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation. Therefore, it has been an island of pilgrimage for Orthodox and Catholic Christians. The Greek government formally declared it a Holy Island in 1983.
Away from its religious importance, the island is loved for its stunning beauty and serenity. It has crystal-clear bays that are fun to swim in and small coves with pebble beaches for the sun lovers to chill in. Inland, the villages are dominated by idyllic whitewashed houses, some with colored doors and shutters. Local restaurants serve delicious Greek cuisines, which should keep you full as you explore the majestic Byzantine monastery of St. John.
Between Patmos and Leros, an archipelago of beautiful islands called Lipsi. This little paradise offers the perfect balance between past and present, giving visitors an authentic and straightforward Greek experience found nowhere else in the region.
You will only appreciate the beauty of Lipsi after dropping anchor on its beautiful harbor. The town’s cute streets are covered with beautiful whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. There are no cars here, allowing you noise and pollution-free atmosphere as you explore the town and enjoy hospitality from friendly locals.
The local lifestyle involves fishing, delicious cuisines, and regular local festivals and cultural traditions that bring the island to life. Spend time on the beach or take simple walks on the narrow streets, and don’t miss the chance to grab a tasty meal at a café or join in a local festival.
The sixth day takes us to the small Greek island of Kalymnos. In Kalymnos, experience the traditional islander life while engaging in various other exciting activities. The sea around the island makes for an excellent diving experience, and the beaches have water sports facilities for those looking to take it extreme.
The island has a rugged landscape characterized by dramatic mountains, making it a paradise for mountain climbers. Those who make it to the top in its western flank enjoy spectacular views of the dazzling blue waters below.
Evening, watch the sunset over the islet of Telendos and return to your yacht for a delicious meal.
Sail back to Turkey, with the first stop being the seaside town of Turgutreis. Here, enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore the beach, local bars, shops, and restaurants before heading to Aspat for a bit of hiking and exploration. Tour the interesting ruins sitting at the local hill’s summit before sailing for Akvaryum Bay to spend the night.
Early morning cruise to Bodrum, where you will end your cruise. Check out, say goodbye to the crew, and transfer to the airport for your flight home or plan the next adventure.
We prefer to book domestic air tickets to have better control over connections and embarkation & disembarkation times. However, if you choose to book on your own, please let us know to suggest the best possible options.
Exactly! And that is the best way to enjoy the closeby sites once you are there as Turkey offers numerous experiences to enjoy.
Yacht rental fee: Avg. an ok gulet starts from 18,000+ EUR total, including all meals for a couple or a family of four. However, once you select this route and advise the travel dates, we will check the availability of different gulets (ranging up to 180,000 EUR total for a week for the most luxurious options) and send you all the detailed info on these available yachts.
Article 136 & port tax: according to the new regulation voted on Nov. 23, 2017, starting the cruise on a Greek island with Turkish or other flagged gulets that are not under a Greek charter license is not allowed. Instead, it is allowed to embark the gulet at any Turkish ports (Bodrum, Marmaris, Gocek, etc.) and sail to Greek islands, but finally, return to a Turkish port. Thus, the daily port tax might be more than 2000 EUR just on the Greece side.
Beverages: while you can bring your favorites, we will send you a shopping list for drinks as well. The crew will do the shopping on your behalf and hand you the supermarket receipt on arrival. The idea is all about the time of cooling it all and getting your cold drinks ready before arrival.
Watersports & Equipment: Flippers, snorkels, fishing tackle, cards, and board games available onboard. Some gulets even come with kayaks, or Ringo, too. However, if you would like to enjoy one of the days with more watersports such as jet-skis, bananas, etc., it is also available at an extra charge.
Tipping: the best judgment is always all yours, and we do recommend %7 to %10 of the total yacht rental fee.
Availability: gulets are chartered Saturday – Saturday, and if your travel calendar doesn’t match, we will still plan the best possible options.
Route: the recommended itinerary above is just a sample, and depending on the weather conditions or crowds, the captain will pick different alternatives. Again, once you are on board, you can discuss and ask for other reasonable options for sure.