Sailing and Hiking the Dodecanese Islands

Highlights

  • Explore secret bays, beautiful beaches and off the beaten track islands by sailboat
  • Stride out on incredible hikes across the lush Greek islands
  • Immerse yourself in Greek Island culture and cuisine and learn to cook like a local
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What you'll do

Overview

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Embark on a wonderful week's sailing, calling at beautiful unspoilt islands, travelling across the deep blue Adriatic sea. The Dodecanese Islands are the ideal sailing destination, with perfect weather conditions throughout the Summer. So with the meltemia (Northern winds) in your favour, you'll sail on your own chartered boat from Kos to Rhodes, exploring four different islands and countless picturesque secluded bays on your way. Every island has a unique character and your guide will ensure ...Read All

Arrival Day

Once you arrive in the beautiful island of Kos, you will stay the night at a boutique hotel. Here, you will meet with your guide for a briefing about the week ahead. You will be able to discuss the itinerary for the week with your guide and ask any questions you have about the activities planned.

Depending on what time you arrive in Kos, you will have some free time to wander around the medieval castle of Kos and through the streets of the new town.

Spend the evening exploring t...Read All

Sailing and Volcano Hiking

After a delicious breakfast to set you up for the day, it’s time to meet the crew who warmly welcome you on board the sailing boat and your home for the next few days.

After they give you all the information you need to know, it’s time to set off for the first of your exciting adventures – sailing & hiking the Dodecanese Islands.

The first stop on your sailing and hiking tour is the magical island of Gyali, close to Nisiros. Both islands belong to the volcanic arch of ...Read All

Abandoned Villages and Green Islands

After breakfast, you will set sail to your next destination, Tilos, an island that has recently been given an award and the title of the Greenest Island in the Mediterranean, as its energy derives entirely from solar and wind power.

After swimming stops in the middle of the Aegean Sea and a wonderful refreshing lunch on board, you reach the main port of Tilos, picturesque Livadia.

Today’s hike combines all you have ever thought of Greece. Starting from Livadia, the trail leads...Read All

Off The Beaten Track Islands

The fourth day of your sailing and hiking tour takes you to the deserted island of Alimia, before visiting the quaint island of Halki, once declared the Island of Peace and Friendship.

You’ll discover its first wide bay, where the main town once stood. This village was declared a protected settlement in 1978. There, disembark in order to hike among its untouched treasures. You’ll find yourselves wandering along forgotten trails as the island has been uninhabited since the S...Read All

Cook with the Flavours of Greece

Today you’ll start early in the morning. Your destination is Symi, the most cosmopolitan but also the most remote of the Dodecanese Islands. On your way you’ll stop at several bays to enjoy the emerald green colours of the water at spots like Sesklia.

From there, you’ll have a delicious lunch on board, before you reach the port of Symi early in the afternoon. Once anchored in Symi town, you’ll walk to Pedi, a calm bay near the town. At St Nicolas taverna it’s ...Read All

Rhodes Old Town

On the last day of your sailing and hiking tour, you’ll sail to Rhodes. Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese and boasts a rich history. On your way to Rhodes, you will have the opportunity to swim in some more bays, like St George Disalonas (on Symi Island) and enjoy a delicious lunch on board, before reaching Mandraki harbour.

Entering the harbour is a truly unique experience due to stunning views of the walls that surround the Old Town and which date back to medieval ...Read All

Departure Day

Unless you have decided to extend your trip further, today you will be transferred to the airport. We’re sure you’ll have enjoyed you’re week as much as we’ve enjoyed hosting your amazing experience.

Although we’ll be sad to see you go, we’re sure you will be back to join us soon on another trip of a lifetime!

What's included

Included

  • Sailing boat (HANSE, 37 feet) – Bathroom and Showering facilities (Hot and cold water) or similar
  • Professional Skippers and crew
  • All necessary port fees and fuel
  • Hikes (Days 3, 4, 5)
  • Town walks on days 2 and 6
  • Cooking class (Day 5)
  • Breakfast daily (Days 2 to 7)
  • Lunches and drinks on board (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Dinners in tavernas (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Local transfers in Kos, Nisiros and Rhodes
  • Two nights in boutique hotels (Kos and Rhodes)
  • Four nights on board in double cabins
  • Professional English speaking Guide
Your local host

The Hellas Team

We organize outdoor activities in classic Greek destinations (eg. Santorini, Athens, Crete, Rhodes ) as well as in less known regions of Greece (Tzoumerka, Karpenisi ), but they are all off the beaten path, and we aim to support local communities and contribute to their more sustainable development. The concept of meaningful and respectful travel lies in the heart of our endeavors. We strongly embrace and implement a socially and environmentally responsible policy by promoting the protection of nature and environmental awareness. We strive to educate and make a positive impact in this corner of the world, whilst ensuring that you experience the real Greece and make life long memories and friends on the way!

We organize outdoor activities in classic Greek destinations (eg. Santorini, Athens, Crete, Rhodes ) as well as in less known regions of Greece (Tzoumerka, Karpenisi ), but they are all off the beaten path, and we aim to support local communities and contribute to their more sustainable development. The concept of meaningful and respectful travel lies in the heart of our endeavors. We strongly embrace and implement a socially and environmentally responsible policy by promoting the protection of nature and environmental awareness. We strive to educate and make a positive impact in this corner of the world, whilst ensuring that you experience the real Greece and make life long memories and friends on the way!

Location

Your sailing and hiking adventure begins in Kos, a Greek island near to the coast of Turkey. From there, you’ll visit islands such as Alimia, Tilos and Nisiros, before finishing in Rhodes.

Your first night will be spent on Kos and your last night in Rhodes , throughout your island hopping tour you will stay on a sailboat, you can select either Armida Sailboat or the more premium Magic Irwin Sailboat (or similar).

FAQs

What should I bring?

Luggage

Duffel bag or rolling luggage
Day pack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Luggage locks and tags

Outerwear

Mid-weight polar fleece sweater
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

Clothing

Hiking shorts
Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
T-shirts
Long-sleeve shirt
Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
Underwear
Swimsuit

Clothing Accessories

Sun hat or baseball cap

Footwear

Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
Beach sandals
Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

Accessories

Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses and retainer strap
Beach towel

Optional Accessories

Security pouch or money belt
Trekking poles or walking staff
Camera, memory and batteries
Reading and writing materials
Watch with alarm or travel alarm
Travel pillow
Motion sickness remedies
Personal first-aid kit
Insect repellent (lowrisk)
Electrical adapter plug/converter

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