8 days Sailing Cruise exploring the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean... the Dodecanese islands, jewels of Greece... You will discover Rhodes, Alimia, Khalki, Nisyros, Tilos and Symi (the most photographed island of all the Greek islands)...
For Cabin Charter: Departures every Saturday, starting mid June till mid September.
For Private yachts: Departures every Saturday all year long.
On board of one of our yachts or Catamarans, The Greek Islands are revealed in a different and special way. You will discover our secret moorings in protected bays and islands, exceptional places where the beauty of nature rivals around lush and unique vegetation. In a sharing and friendly spirit, you will go to the meeting of cultures, within a cosmopolitan and united group, with a desire for discovery and adventure through various activities on the boat and on the islands: The visit of outstanding places, historical and archaeological sites, walks in the villages with beautiful traditional souks, tasting of local cuisine, sports activities, relaxation, evenings with rhythmic ambiences... "farniente" for those looking for moments of rest and relaxation ...
(...)* Names of Islands & Bays that remained unspoiled by the mass tourism, which I prefer to keep secret for ecological reasons.
Arrival at the mythical port of Mandraki famous for being one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world thanks to the colossus who used to guard the entrance of the port, embarkation from 17:00h. Captain’s briefing. Distribution of cabins, placing personal luggage in the cabins and provisions in the holds (foods, beverages, etc.). Discovery of Rhodes and its intact medieval intra-muros town. Each one of us will be free to visit the city at his/her own rhythm and taste. Relaxing in the cafes, admiring the medieval art works, Dinner in the best restaurant of the island where the best Greek specialties are being served in the old medieval city of Rhodes.
Breakfast on board or in town to try the typical “Frappe” the famous greek iced coffee, then sailing out of the port after the sea safety tips. The journey begins… First sailing experience (3h) and arrival to one of the most spectacular bays in the mediterranean, the bay of St Georges on Symi island with its impressive huge rocky cliff and crystal clear turquoise waters. Snorkeling in the transparent waters, relax on the beach and discovery of the small hidden church of St George. After the sunset that will turn the facing Turkish mountains into pink, we will enjoy a BBQ on our yacht under the stars.
Morning swim enjoying the luxury of being alone in this deserted heavenly place, Breakfast then sailing (2h) to the peaceful bay of (S… E…)* where a spectacular monastery is nested. hiking around, snorkeling, and Lunch on board then sailing (1h) to majestic bay of Symi. Discovery of the most photographed island in Greece. We will be berthing in the heart of Symi island, surrounded by houses perched on hills, narrow pedestrian streets and staircases encrusted with multicolored houses. An irresistible appeal for wandering around camera in hand, in an attempt to capture the magical light which bathes these architectural gems, so simple and beautiful. The island used to be very wealthy because of the sponge fishing, which was the specialty of the islanders. Today Symi lives mainly from tourism, but you can still feel the old days and you will find many dealers of natural sponges and superb shells. Dinner at the best tavern on the island (one of the Captain’s secret places :-) )
Breakfast either on our yacht or in one of the numerous cafes of Symi Harbor. Sailing (4h) to our secret shelter on the northern side of the island of Tilos, on our way we will be escorted by the dolphins who usually never miss a chance to join the yachts sailing in this area… it’s always a magical encounter to watch (and often swim) with the wild free dolphins in their natural habitat. Arrival to our hideaway (L…)* anchor in this wild setting, snorkel and lunch. Sailing (2h) towards Nisyros, an out of the beaten track island, famous for its wild beauty and its spectacular volcano. Mooring on the north coast of the island and wandering around the tiny narrow streets of Mandraki this unspoiled typical Greek village. Dinner either on board or in a taverna in Mandraki.
Visit of the Volcano… We can either hike or rent scooters or cars to drive around the island and reach the Volcano where we can discover the landscapes of the inner island and the volcano with its 10 hydrothermal craters that can be easily visited, visit of Nikia, the charming village on the heights of Nisyros overlooking the volcano and possibility to have lunch there.
Sailing (3h) to Tilos. Mooring in the small traditional port of Nivadia, the main town in the island, with its legendary fishermen. Being far from the touristic circuits, Tilos has preserved its authentic and sincere character¸ this little village and its inhabitants live in perfect harmony with nature. Time seems to stand still and it feels good to lay on the terraces. After dinner we have the possibility to take the special shuttle reaching the famous “Mikro chorio” bar. this “Haunted” “Ghost bar” is unique in the world. The whole abandoned village of Micro Chorio is now transformed into this amazing bar where you can wander in the streets between the beautifully lit ruins of the old stone houses… A true unique experience.
Morning sail (3h) towards the island of Alimia The scenery is wild and splendid, anchoring in a beautiful bay in crystal clear water next to an abandoned charming little Greek church. Swimming in a magical setting, Snorkeling. Discovery of Alimia. This small peaceful and uninhabited island was a German base during World war 2. Today we can find graffitis and paintings that German soldiers left on the walls of their bunkers during their protracted stay on this island. Nature has reclaimed the island but you can still see several military installations and bunkers. There is also a wreck of a sunken ship easily visible from the surface, we can snorkle around it and see many species of fish sheltered inside. Skin diving is possible as this wrecked ship lays on a bottom of less than 15 meters.
After lunch we will sail (1h) to the island of Halki and anchor in the small port, central nucleus of the island. Khalki is one of my favorite Greek islands; No one will resist the charm of its narrow shaded streets hiding some taverns surrounding our little harbor, which serve delicious traditional mezze. Walking around and discovery of the village. Sundowner on the terrace of a tavern watching the sunset. The variation of colors on the surrounding hills and the small port are superb. Dinner in a tavern on the ground and taste of local delicacies.
Early wake up and sailing (4h) to (N… S…)* one of our secret hideaways, a tiny island where we can anchor in white sands and swim in transparent turquoise waters. Lunch on board. Sailing (3h) to Rhodes, during this navigation we will be getting closer to the windward side of Rhodes where hundreds of wind surfers and kite surfers intersect forming a colorful ballet, then we will be sailing around the north coast of the island admiring the famous Rhodes beach then we can have a last swim before entering the harbor and mooring inside. Possible dinner and night out in town or on our yacht.
Last breakfast on board, tidying up the boat and personal luggage. Visit of Rhodes; shopping in the old town, etc. (Depending on the return flight timings of each one)