Dodacanese

GREECE

rhodos

The wonderful island of Rhodes. This island offers something for everyone and will be one of the biggest highlights of your journey.
Rhodes is the capital and largest island of the Dodecanese Islands. Its famous Colossus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The perfectly intact medieval old town has four kilometers of sand-colored walls, decorated with battlements, turrets and towers, and encircles narrow cobble-stoned lanes leading to the street of the Knights and the magnificent Grand Masters Palace
You will need another day to explore this magical island. This day is at your leisure.  hire a car and drive around the island with a group of friends. Stop along the way at all the sights like amazing Lindos with all it’s history and walk amongst the city ruins.  Stop and have a swim and meet the locals.


kos

Greek island of Kos. Home of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, which is a large island full of contrasts. Rich in history, with many ancient ruins, as well as modern, lively towns, Kos is most enjoyable. Lunch and dinner are served on the boat in the harbour. Guests are welcome to explore Kos. Stay overnight in Kos.


symi

Symi is a tiny Greek island directly hugging the Turkish Coast. The scenic natural landscape consists of jagged coastline with sheer cliffs, narrow fjords, private coves and high mountains. It is different than the other Dodecanese islands, remaining refined with an aristocratic charm, seen in the carefully restored neo-Classical homes, painted in numerous shades of pastel colours. We will spend the day in a remote cove surrounded by enormous cliffs and wild goats scaling the cliff walls. You can swim until your heart’s content. In the afternoon, we move to the main harbour port and bustling village town of Symi. Dinner on land tonight at your leisure. Overnight in Symi Panormitis Monastery is a special highlight for those who would like to take the local transport over the hill to visit. Panormitis dates back at least to the 15th century and is dedicated to the archangel Michael, the patron saint of seafarers Here we will enjoy the rest of our day and evening. Overnight in the harbour. Tonight is yours to enjoy the local delicacies in one of the many restaurants & tavernas.


nysiros

Nisyros Island. An extinct volcanic crater. The island itself is almost square. The soil is very rich therefore the island is rich in vegetation. Lunch will be served at the island upon arrival. A trip can be arranged to go up to the crater which spans 2 ½ miles across. The view is spectacular. Enjoy the island at your leisure. Overnight in the harbor.


tilos

Tilos is an island with nineteen beaches, twelve mountains, seven medieval castles, a Byzantine monastery and two hundred churches, a cave full of natural discoveries, a village that is a declared cultural monument, a hundred bird species, hundreds of wild flowers and herbs, and five hundred residents. Many travellers return to Tilos Island time after time to experience her unique friendly atmosphere and breathtaking natural beauty. Study the exhibition of the remains of the pygmy elephants discovered near Megalo Horio, explore the mountainous terrain of the island which has an abundance of plant and wildlife, and together with the magnificent views, makes this island a haven for walkers and indeed anyone who appreciates nature in general.

There are two villages on the island, supported by a population of around 300. Livadia, the principle port on Tilos,. The island’s capital, Megalo Chorio, some 6km inland, nestles at the foot of a Byzantine castle, with breathtaking views along fertile valleys out to Eristos Bay


halki

Halki is a very picturesque and serene island, which provides visitors with splendid landscapes and very interesting architecture. It is truly an ideal destination for peaceful and relaxing holidays. The islands name, Halki, is taken from the copper (Halkos) mines that were in operation here many years ago. Situated opposite the west coast of Rhodes, the 2001 census showed a population of 313 inhabitants, making it the smallest municipality in Greece The beautiful central harbour is dotted with traditional family taverna’s and local bars for your enjoyment. Upon arrival, visitors feel as though they are looking at a painting, with a scattering of old churches, the monastery of Agios Ioannis on top of the hill, and the charming buildings creating the wonderful landscape. The only village on the island is the main town, which is also known as "Niborio". You can count the vehicles on the island on one hand, one taxi and mini bus is your local transportation. .There is several places of interest in Halki. If you have the chance, you should try and pay a visit to the charming castle and the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. The beaches are crystal clear and true turquoise in colour. It is understandable why so many never want to leave …


Kalymnos

The first thing that comes to mind when one talks about Kalymnos is the sponges. The island has been known for these for about 500 years now, and is a must when it comes to buying souvenirs. Every spring, the fishermen would leave the island after festivities, and after five months they return, which again is a reason for great celebrations. The sponges today however are taken from the coast of North Africa. People here live off fishing and selling sponges, tourism and some farming: fruits, olives and vegetables are grown in the valleys. There are also beekeepers here and Kalymnos honey is known in all of Greece. The people of Kalymnos have a different and strong dialect from the other inhabitants of the Dodecanese. The Turks ruled from the 16th century (when the sponge fishing started) until 1912. The island then fell under Italian rule, and in 1943 Kalymnos was occupied by the Germans for two years until it finally was given back to Greece like the rest of the Dodecanese in 1948. Kalymnos also famous for rock climbing too.


leros

Leros is a green island in contrast with the most of the Dodecanese in that most of them are rocky and dry. Small hills covered from Eucalypt, Pines and Tamarisk trees ,small beaches hidden on small bights, an absolute oasis. According to mythology, Leros was first populated by the goddess Artemis. She had sent the Calydonian Boar to Aetolia, where the king's son Meleagros managed to kill it. Having angered the goddess, he was killed, and his sisters were struck with grief. Artemis then turned them into hens and put them on Leros which was so fertile they would always have food. According to another myth. The first king of Leros was Thessalos, son of Heracles. The men of Leros fought hard during the war of Independence that broke out in 1821. For a few years it was free, but the Protocol of London then turned it back to the Turks in 1830. The Italians ruled the island from 1912 and Leros was not given back to Greece until 1948. It was during this Italian occupation when many of today's


lipsi

Lipsi is very traditional with its white and blue houses, friendly people and nice little beaches. The island is quite green and the beaches are shallow and waters calm and clean. On this small island people still live off farming and fishing, and the few tourists that come every summer. The life here is laidback and when you come here it will not be hard to relax and do the same ….. Lipsi, during the Middle Ages it was tormented by pirates, and belonged to the monastery of Patmos for almost 600 years. It was then conquered by the Turks in the 16th century, but they never actually settled here


patmos

For a truly sacred travel experience, Patmos (Jerusalem of the Aegean) is a must. It was on this island that St John wrote his divinely inspired Revelation the Apocalypse, the last book of the New Testament. Today it is a place of pilgrimage for both Orthodox and western Christians, as well as the more profane sun and sand worshippers. Patmos is a charming, picturesque and tranquil island. It has a very salubrious climate and a clear atmosphere. Vegetation is rather limited but this in no way diminishes the picturesqueness of the island with its lacy coastline, its charming bays and its surrounding islets.