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Rhodes Itinerary: A week sailing in the Dodecanese Islands

10 March 2022

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Rhodes Itinerary: A week sailing in the Dodecanese Islands

This unforgettable cruise in the Aegean Sea will take you to historical sites, paradisiacal beaches and traditional villages. You will never forget this holiday sailing in the Dodecanese Islands, the best islands of Greece.  

route for sailing in the Dodecanese Islands

DAY 1: Rhodes

boats in Rhodes

Rhodes is the most important island of the Dodecanese. Famous for its medieval town and its knights’ quarter, Rhodes is an excellent starting point for a yacht charter in Greece. Of course, don’t forget to spend some time ashore, visiting this large hilly island and strolling through the old town. Then hoist the sails and let the white houses slowly drift away. 

DAY 2: Rhodes→Symi

22 nautical miles, 4 hours 20 minutes

Symi will capture you immediately. As you approach the coast, you will see the picturesque little harbour with its colourful houses and the fishermen’s boats and the mountains in the background. This stunning island is known for its secluded beaches and coves. It will give you unforgettable memories!

DAY 3: Symi→ Nisyros

23 nautical miles, 4.5 hours of sailing

Sailing to Nisyros

Set course for a volcanic island unspoilt by mass tourism. With its landscapes, volcanic plains and black sand beaches, Nisyros has been voted one of the most beautiful islands in the Dodecanese. It has a small harbour called Mandraki, with pastel-coloured houses and tavernas. Don’t leave without visiting the village of Nikia. From there, you have a 360° view of the island. 

For an overnight stay, we advise you to dock at the port of Pali to stay more sheltered. 

DAY 4: Nisyros→ Tilos

17 nautical miles, 3 hours 20 minutes

Sailing in Tilos

Tilos is known for its friendliness and authenticity like many of the islands in the region. The island’s population has decided to opt for gentle tourism, respecting nature and heritage. If you want to spend a dream holiday away from the stress of busy modern life, you will enjoy your stay here. 

DAY 5: Tilos→ Chalki

21 nautical miles, 4 hours of sailing

Boats at anchore in Chalki

On this fifth day of sailing, we highly suggest you visit the island of Chalki. For nature lovers, this relaxing and wild island offers a multitude of secluded beaches. It has several medieval ruins and churches, which can be reached by pleasant hiking trails. Designated by UNESCO as the ‘Island of Peace and Friendship’, favour Emborios Bay or Potamos if there is a Meltem fort. 

DAY 6: Chalki → Aliminias

6 nautical miles, 1 hour of sailing  

Take the time to wander around and then linger in its charming bay, it is home to the remains of a WWII aircraft. Grab your masks and snorkels to enjoy the sea!

Day 7: Alimia → Rhodes

35 nautical miles, 7 hours of sailing

sailing in the Dodecanese Islands

On the 7th and final day of the cruise, it’s time to head to Rhodes marina. Once you have departed, you will enjoy the crystal-clear waters and the paradise that is Greece for the last time.

If you enjoy sailing in the Dodecanese Islands, we advise you to check all our itineraries in Greece.