Brightly-colored and original Greek islands of Kos, Nisyros, Symi and Rhodes as well as the old city of Knidos in seven-day cruise from Bodrum.
Day 1: Bodrum - Kos (12 NM)
The route starts in wonderful Bodrum. After a short walk over the city, go to the marina in order to discuss all the details of the voyage with the base manager. You’ll have enough time left to check up all equipment and buy any required food.
Day 2: Kos - Gyali (30 NM)
The island of Gyali lies to the south of the popular Kos, and two nautical miles to the north of Nisyros. Its shape is reminiscent of an hourglass lying on its side; the two sides are joined in the middle by a narrow causeway, flanked by a charming beach. The island has volcanic origins, much like many of its neighbours in the Dodecanese. Gyali is often referred to as the “island made from pumice,” as the material is mined here.
Day 3: Gyali - Nisyros (5 NM)
Nisyros, a satellite-island of Kos, can be seen in a single day. You can comfortably visit all three populated towns and two uninhabited ones, stroll the local beaches, dine at seafood restaurants, and even visit the mineral springs and steam cave. Nisyros has one particularly unique attraction that draws tourists to its shores--it’s home to an active volcano. Well, to be more precise, not an active but a dormant one. The last time the volcano “woke up” was in the early 21st century. Now the island’s guests are taking enthusiastic advantage of the opportunity to see with their own eyes all five of its craters, the largest and most famous of which is Stefanos. The two coastal towns, Mandraki and Pali, are suitable for a visit while in Nisyros. Yachtsmen tend to prefer Pali for its strong winds and powerful waves, and prefer Mandraki for its multiple ferries.
Day 4: Nisyros - Symi (45 NM)
To the north of bustling and crowded Rhodes lies the charming little island of Symi. Just one glance at the island’s contours is enough to inspire yachtsmen to add the stop to their route. Firstly, the municipality of Symi includes the nearby, uninhabited islands of Ninos, Khondros, Diavates, and others. Secondly, you’re unlikely to find a place with such a high concentration of secluded coves, bays, and small beaches as Symi anywhere else in the world. Third, the port in Ano Symi, the island’s biggest city, is sometimes deemed the best in all of Greece. But don’t take our word for it—decide for yourself during your next trip to Symi. The island has plenty to see: an archaeological, folklore, and maritime museum, roughly 200 monasteries and chapels, the most famous of which is Panormitis Monastery in the south of the island, and the Kali Strata staircase, connecting the upper and lower parts of Ano Symi – Yialos and Chorio. The city itself is an architectural wonder; brightly coloured neoclassical manors ring the turquoise harbour like an amphitheater, narrow streets trail up into the mountains like a labyrinth, and the capital’s skyline is crowned by the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in 1838.
Day 5: Symi - Rhodes (27 NM)
Rhodes is rightly considered one of the most beautiful islands in all of Greece. Here, almost year-round the sun shines, a fresh breeze blows, pine-dotted cliffs rise up from the shores of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and the beaches are sprinkled with soft sand. According to ancient myth, Helios, the Sun God himself took a shine to the island, and its name derives from that of his wife, the nymph Rhodes. Day after day, yachts come to call in the old port of Mandraki, where a magnificent Colossus once stood. To the southeast lies the fabulous and very modern Rhodes marina. Yacht schools, restaurants, and a customs office are all in the vicinity. From here, it’s convenient to start exploring Rhodes – one of the most magnificent gems in all of the Mediterranean. The capital’s old town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason. Here, you’ll find splendidly preserved buildings and landmarks from different eras, from antiquity to the Middle Ages. Visit the Palace of the Great Masters, Knights’ Row, the Olympic stadium, and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. What’s more, the island itself boasts a whole smattering of enchanting ancient towns and popular resorts: Lindos, Kameiros, Faliraki, Ialysos, and Ixia. There are also beaches to suit any taste – pebbly in the west and sandy in the east. The miniature isthmus between Rhodes and the little island of Prasonisi is considered the most romantic and picturesque. Why? It enchants visitors with the tranquil, warm Mediterranean waters, and the bright and blustery Aegean converging in a blue wonderland. The list of unique locales definitely includes Petaludes Valley, where thousands of butterflies flock beginning in late May, as well as the Seven Sources wilderness park.
Day 8: Knidos - Poyraz Bay - Bodrum (28 NM)
Bodrum will be the final destination of the cruise. Much like Day 1, your final day will be devoted to matters of handing over the yacht. You should take time in advance to clean everything on board and ensure the equipment is in working order. The smoother the transfer, the more time you’ll have for a walk in the city.