With their spectacular fusion of sunlight, stone, and sparkling sea, the Greek Islands have attracted people for 4000 years. Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Greek Islands number near 6000 islands scattered across hundreds of miles of sun-kissed sea. The Dodecanese Islands have the richest history of all of them…with Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture punctuating previous conquests by the Romans, Crusaders, Turks, and Venetians. We’ll wander wherever the winds lead us to explore many of the most popular spots, like Kos, Symi and Rhodes. And in true Go Get Lost fashion we’ll wander off the beaten path to islands like Tilos, Chalki and Nisiros. From the picturesque olive groves, to the whitewashed houses, to the remote bays that have nothing but a beach, rocky cliffs, and us…we’ll explore the islands in our private 130′ motorsailer yacht. Like all Go Get Lost adventures, we’ll be visiting the villages, sampling the wine, meeting the locals, enjoying the food, marveling at the incredible views, sampling the wine again, enjoying some more cuisine, and slowly easing into the pace of life in this magnificent corner of the globe!
Plus… An amazing Athens extension!!!
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NOTE: The exact tour itinerary is not yet determined. It may consist of either the North Dodecanese islands, the South Dodecanese islands, or a combination of some of both. The final itinerary will be announced in November, 2018. When exploring the Greek Islands by small boat, it's best to relax and enjoy wherever the winds lead you. There are dozens of amazing islands, and our itinerary will remain flexible to allow us to have a wonderful adventure!
Day 1 - Kos, Nisiros
Our Greek adventure starts today in the port of Kos, where we'll board the Caferoglu 7, our private 130' motor yacht, built in the traditional rustic Turkish Gulet style, and our home for our island explorations. It features 11 private air-conditioned cabins, each with its own bathroom. This is the true way to experience life in the Greek Islands! There are great amenities, also...two topside decks provide a salon, bar, and ample room for sunbathing and relaxing while we watch the island scenery drift by. Our adventure starts when we board our yacht at the port of Kos in the late morning. (You may want to arrive a day early to explore Kos and get over your jet lag before your cruise, or you can extend your stay after your cruise in Kos. We offer an early arrival hotel night in Athens or in the port of Kos, or an extension for a night in Kos.) Kos, the second largest island of the 12 islands (Dodecanese islands) has a very mild climate and very fertile lands. The island houses a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a 290 km long beach. Kos is one of the islands with the best night life. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful, and full of life. Asclepion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, the "Father of Medical Science", is located here. All the Eastern Mediterranean people with health problems were treated in Kos.
After we depart the harbor at midafternoon, we'll enjoy relaxing on deck while we journey to the picturesque island of Pserimos for a swimming break in a beautiful bay. Of course any Greek swim party calls for some local Greek wine!
Eventually we'll pull into the harbor of Mandraki, on Nisiros island. Nisiros island means 'the place with figs'- but it is better known for its volcano which erupted in 1422 and is still active. Nikea village located on the side of the crater is laced with white streets and a mosaic-style square. You can take an optional bus tour to the crater which is still active and you will see the gases coming from underground vents. Apart from being the capital of the island, Mandraki is also its harbor. It is one of the biggest villages on Nisiros, and you can enjoy a stroll around the exquisite pebbled narrow streets and squares (most typical of all being the Square of Dolphins), and take a close look at the white or colored two-story houses with wooden balconies. The houses are made of volcanic rocks and insulated with pumice-stone. The nightlife is not very intense but our group can make their own party in one of the little tavernas of Mandraki.
Tonight our cook will prepare a wonderful and authentic Greek dinner to welcome us aboard. Greek cuisine is hearty and exotic, with plenty of beef, lamb, chicken dishes cooked with spices, herbs and nuts. Vegetarians need not feel left out, as Greeks are masters of meatless dishes as well. Depending on what the local fisherman have netted, seafood may find its way onto our table as well. And of course a true Greek salad of fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, and olives topped with a slab of feta is a small piece of heaven! It's best to wash all of this wonderful food down with some of the local Greek wines on board...make sure you try both red and white. We're free to go ashore after dinner to wander and discover a local Greek taverna for drinks and relaxing. After hanging with the locals in the town square, we can head back to our comfortable private cabins on our yacht. A late-night aperitif is best enjoyed while lying on deck and watching the Mediterranean star display.
Day 2 - Tilos
Tilos is an island totally off the beaten track, with a rough, mountainous and verdant landscape, but very few people, only about 500 permanent residents. The hills and plains are home to four hundred species of flowers and herb, and are inhabited by numerous species of rare birds like Bonelli’s eagle, hawks, nightingales, goldfinches, herons, and bee-eaters. It has tiny picturesque villages and charming beaches. This is the place where the last elephants of Europe lived: The 4-5 foot tall dwarf-elephants appeared in the island 45,000 years ago and disappeared only 4,000 years ago!
The whole island constitutes a vast ecological park and is protected by international treaties. In ancient times, Tilos was famous for its herbs and became prosperous during the classic period. During that period the famous female poet, Irinna, lived on the island. We'll enjoy Tilos' unspoiled beaches and the small port of Livadia, with its assortment of shops and tavernas.
Day 3 - Chalki
A tiny, mountainous island of the Dodecanese, Chalki is a relaxing and laid-back island far from the tourist route. With only 400 inhabitants (mostly fishermen and sponge-divers) Chalki is mainly a place for boaters to stop, swim and explore the secluded beaches. The setting is delightful; pretty houses scattered around a picturesque harbourside, fishing boats at anchor, and a backdrop of rugged mountains. With its great climate and its kind people, a stop in Chalki can be considered as a vacation haven for the "body and soul" both. Chalki's only settlement, Nimborios, lies around a beautiful, natural harbor of crystal clear water. Its tall 2 and 3-story renovated mansions make it unrivalled in beauty amongst other island towns. The town of Halki has a noble air about it that reflects its past glory and prosperity. it is well worth your while to walk through its narrow and picturesque streets. While exploring the island you can wander the remnants of a medieval castle, Chorio, the island's ancient capital, which lies at the foot of the castle, and it's worth it to visit the church of Aghios Nikolaos with its magnificent bell tower built in 1861. Life on the island of Halki is simple and unhurried and you can spend happy hours just lazing under the sun and swimming just wherever you fancy. The beach promenade of Nimporio is lined up with cafes and taverns, perfect for relaxing with your boat-mates. Chalki's interior is dotted with over 360 whitewashed chapels and crumbling stone houses, giving the impression (and rightly so) of timelessness.
Day 4 - Rhodes
This morning we head for Rhodes, the Island of the Knights and capital of the Dodecanese. Rhodes is an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed adventure! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect place to spend a day. Thanks to its strategic position, Rhodes has been important since ancient times. The ancient city of Rhodes, the construction of which began in 407 BC, was designed according to the city planning system devised by the greatest city planner of antiquity, Hippodamus of Miletus. Rhodes soon developed into one of the most important seafaring and trading centers in the Eastern Mediterranean. Its golden era lasted from the 5th to the 3rd century BC. It was during this period that the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was constructed straddling the harbor. This impressive giant statue was demolished during an earthquake. When it became a province of the Roman, and later the Byzantine Empire, it initially lost its ancient glory. But in 1309 the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem conquered Rhodes. They built strong fortifications to protect the island, turning it into a thriving multinational medieval city. In 1523 Rhodes was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and the Greeks had to settle outside the city walls. During the Ottoman occupation, new buildings were erected within the Old Town, mainly mosques and baths. In 1912 Rhodes and the rest of the Dodecanese, were seized by the Italians. The new rulers embellished the city with magnificent buildings, wide roads and squares. The Palace of the Grand Master was rebuilt and the Street of the Knights was reconstructed in order to regain its medieval purity. It was not until 1948 that Rhodes officially became part of Greece. In 1988 the Medieval City of Rhodes was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5 - Symi
While approaching the port of Symi, one has the overwhelming feeling of entering a perfectly painted image of a scenic traditional village. As you glimpse the perfectly formed harbor of Symi island town for the first time you are confronted with a beautiful picture-postcard Venetian village. Wonderfully well-preserved houses huddled together as they cling to the steeply rising hills beyond. Symi has a true romantic charm enhanced by the lack of any high-rise hotel developments that can be found on other islands. As a rule, people remain agape and cannot take their eyes off the spectacular sight. Few can resist the superb spectacle of the town of Symi showing off its impeccable architecture – all of the buildings there have been listed - on the slopes of the surrounding hills. Your friends back home will think your photos of Symi have been photoshopped!
In the Byzantine years, economic activities involved shipping, ship building, commerce, sponge fishing, and viniculture. To develop the latter, the Symians had built 120 wine presses all over the island, 11 of which have been reconstructed with the use of their own stone parts; a visit to them is worthwhile as it requires a walk through the refreshing cypress forest of the area of Kourkouniotis. Symi Island is also known for the Monastry of Panormitis which is located in the southern part of Symi. It is possible to visit the Monastery and the Museum on this well-protected and peaceful bay.
Day 6 - Datca, Knidos
The spindly, 50-mile-long Datça peninsula is a dagger of pure green at the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, and is as unsullied as it gets. The ancient Greeks believed Datça to have been created personally by Zeus, so gorgeous are its rocky outcrops and aquamarine waters. The geographer Strabo said: “God sent his beloved creatures to Datça for them to live longer.” So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about craggy, pine-crested hills, endless olive groves, empty ravines, cornflower-blue coves, vast sweeping bays and deserted beaches, air scented with thyme, rosemary and sage, and sleepy villages. It’s about goats on the road and old men tinkering with their worry beads in vine-covered cafes. You'll enjoy wandering in Eski Datça, an old neighborhood with stone roads and bougainvillea-covered walls. At the western tip of the peninsula are ancient Greek ruins at Knidos. The remains of the ancient city are among the most picturesque historic attractions in the region. Perched upon a steep hilltop, looking out over its natural harbour, Knidos boasts stunning views alongside its ancient ruins. Founded by Greek settlers, Knidos was an important cultural and political centre by the 5th century BC and, with its large natural harbors, the city was also an ancient trading hub during Roman and Byzantine times. The site includes an amphitheater, a temple to the goddess Aphrodite and a 4th-century B.C. sundial.
Day 7 - Meteor Bay, Bodrum
We will start to cruise early in the morning to Karaada (Black Island). Breakfast and a swimming stop will be at Poyraz Bay which is located on the northern side of the island. This is a spectacular bay with crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters. We will be anchoring at Meteor Bay for lunch, which is located on the southern side of the island. There is a meteor hole here and this is how the bay got its name, and is an ideal swimming spot! You may also take a walk through the underwater caves which are very near to Meteor Bay for a small local fee. We will dock in Bodrum Harbor for dinner and an overnight stay.
Bodrum, known as Halicarnassus in ancient times, is a bustling resort town stretching along the shore of two crescent-shaped bays, and has for years been the haunt of the upper classes. There is an abundance of shops, bars, and restaurants, beautiful gleaming whitewashed buildings covered in bouganvillea, and magnificent vistas of the sparkling bays. We'll have a fascinating walking tour of Bodrum with a local guide today to experience the city's impressive history firsthand. Bodrum was the birthplace of Herodotus; the 'Father of History' who lived in the 5th century B.C. and is also homw to the "Mausoleum" of King Mausolus (350 B.C.) which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World is in this city. The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheatre. It is one of the oldest theaters in Anatolia with a capacity of 13.000 guests, and is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Impossible to ignore is the imposing landmark of the city, the Castle of Saint Peter. It is one of the best preserved pieces of architecture with a history that dates back to the middle Ages. And of course there is the Mydos Gate, through which a victorious Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus.
Tonight we'll enjoy a marvelous farewell dinner in one of our favorite local Bodrum restaurants! Prepare yourself for an evening of good wine, great food, and lots of laughs. We'll be reliving all of the adventures we had, exchanging addresses and photos, and planning our next vacation!
Day 8 - Kos
We'll sail early this morning, enjoying our breakfast while underway. We should arrive at Kos by mid-morning, allowing you to get a transfer to Kos airport, or you can opt for our Kos post-cruise extension, which includes an overnight stay Kos to enjoy more of its hospitality, and a private tour of the island.
- 7 Nights Double Occupancy Yacht Accommodations (All Cabins with Air Conditioning, Private Bathrooms)
- Meals as Specified: 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 3 Dinners
- Island Tours with Local Guides at Various Islands
- Guides Wine Tasting
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
- Completely escorted by a Go Get Lost Tour Leader with local guides at specified sites throughout the itinerary
- A lifetime of unforgettable memories!
What´s not Included
- Airfare package
- Departure taxes
- Gratuities for boat crew, meals, porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.