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Luxury Gulet Cruise to the South Dodecanese Aegean Islands
While island hopping by gulet yacht, you can anchor in some of the most secluded spots letting you really get the feel for the places that most visitors leave at sunset. On a gulet yacht you don’t have to leave. We give you a boutique version of Island hopping, discovering historical sites, tiny harbour villages, untouched beaches and bays, and a choice of great activities while making yourself at home in the spacious comfort of your private cabin. On board you enjoy the relaxed company of your fellow guests, large lounge areas and deck, an attentive and professional crew, and magical feast after feast on board each day for breakfast and lunch or dinner.

• Sail to the small island of Pserimos which takes you off the-beaten track with its tiny population and virgin beaches.

• Travel on to Nissyros, a volcanic island with a rich history and lots to see and do from great hikes and walking to a wide choice of beautiful beaches, some developed, others more remote, sites of historical and architectural interest, dramatic natural secnery and the famous thermal springs.

• Discover Tilos, a mountainous island of striking medieval castles, natural springs, verdant national parks, excellent hikes, pristine beaches, charming churches, the cave of the dwarf elephants and mysterious abandoned medieval villages.

• Sail to Rhodes, the Island of the Knights, that literally has everything; endless beaches, lush rural landscapes, mountain villages and countless cultural and historical monuments from many civilizations and eras.

• Explore the picturesque Simi Island is a much loved and truly romantic destination; the pretty harbor is characterized by the scattering of neoclassical facades painted in all different colors trickling down the hillside, cobblestone courtyards, vibrant flowers overflowing from every balcony and garden, and an enchanting atmosphere evoked by the Bridge of Love and the local ancient shipbuilding tradition.

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2019 Departure/Prices
 
Classic cabin
Master cabin
April 27th
May 4th & 11th
£945 pp £1415 pp
May 18th ,25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
£1069 pp £1599 pp
June 29th
July
6th, 13th. 20th, 27th August 3rd, 10th,17th, 24th
£1179 pp £1769 pp
August 31st
September
7th, 14th, 21st
£1069 pp £1599 pp
September 28th
October 5th,12th,19th,26th
£945 pp £1415 pp

Cabin Description:

Classic: Queen-sized beds or twin bed depending upon the ship, each cabin has generous storage space and a roomy “en suite” bathroom with toilet, shower and marble sink.

Master: King-sized bed, generous storage space and a very roomy “en suite” bathroom with toilet, shower and marble sink.


Please enquire for sole occupancy rates.

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

What's included:

5 star luxury standards
Uniformed, English-speaking crew including chef
Adjustable a/c throughout
En suite bathrooms with flush w/c & enclosed shower
Spacious cabins
Flat screen TV, DVD hook up & movie library, Stereo system/ iPOD dock
Free WiFi
Orthopedic beds & pillows
100% fine cotton linen & fluffy towels
Zodiac dinghy with H/P motor water ski, wakeboard and ringo
Paddle board
Snorkel & fishing equipment


Cuisine

A skilled chef, whose expertise ranges from haute cuisine to regional specialties, guarantees satisfaction for even the most discriminating palate. Seafood is served Mediterranean style, and organically grown fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits of the season ensure the finest flavour.

Your ship: MS Myra, Nikola, Fortuna, Flas VII

This cruise will be run on one of four very similar luxury gulets. They vary slightly in size from just 4 cabins up to 8 cabins, and 70 feet long up to 110 feet. They have all been built to similar luxury standards are are crewed by highly professional and trained staff. The vessel for your cruise will be allocated approximately 1 month before departure.

Luxury sailing gulet Myra’s antique design is integrated with spacious fore, side and aft decks, up-to-date nautical equipment, outdoor dining facilities, cushioned lounging areas, sun mattresses, tenting to protect from the sun, plus other contemporary comforts. The interior features elegant living quarters with high ceilings and wide corridors. The salon includes a stocked bar, cushioned seating, and a table for indoor dining. Accommodations consist of 4 airy cabins with queen-sized beds and 1 master cabin with a king-sized bed. Each cabin has generous storage space, and a roomy “en suite” bathroom with toilet, shower, marble sink, and vanity.

Swimming from the yacht is certainly one of the most enjoyable experiences of your voyage. Additionally, you can sail, water ski, snorkel, kayak, fish, play board games, cards, or even go on moderate to strenuous hikes with the captain. Other activities can also be arranged, such as parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, plus numerous additional water sports (at extra cost).

Naturally, relaxation is a key part of the voyage, and we offer a library of magazines and books to peruse. A DVD library and DVD player is also on board stocked with film classics, children’s, and foreign films. The stereo system has indoor and outdoor speakers and iPod connections for even more personalized listening pleasure.

Shore excursions along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are fantastic opportunities to experience sights and sites otherwise not so easily accessed. We will make the most of some lively resorts, traditional sleepy villages, authentic local cuisine, sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, and ancient site explorations. 

 
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Itinerary
Day 1. Bodrum

From Bodrum airport transfer the short drive to the bustling resort town of Bodrum and board your luxurious sailing yacht. Your captain and crew will be waiting to welcome you on board in Bodrum Harbor. Year round balmy temperatures, international marinas, elegant boutiques, chic cafés and nightclubs, and a variety of delightful dining experiences attract many to the vibrant Bodrum harbor. The 15th century Crusader castle, the world class Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, bring an important historical dimension to this resort city. Spend the first night on board in Bodrum harbor or depart for Kos.

DAY 2. Kos & Nissyros

Depart for Kos early morning and arrive in Kos Harbour, which is overlooked by the old town and the crusader Castle of the Knights of St. John. Palm-lined cobblestone streets, lush greenery, and many ancient monuments and excavations are within walking distance in every direction, not to mention the charming old town labyrinth of shopping streets, cafes and restaurants. History buffs will be thrilled with the number of ancient sites to explore on the island, most of which are concentrated in the town centrally but still remain quiet spots shaded by soaring ancient trees. Kos has a municipality train that takes you to the sites that are further out.

Cruise in the afternoon to Nissyros. The island of Nisyros has a fascinating history: it was captured from pirates, conquered from the knights and subjugated from the Turks. The landscape is hypnotizing in its contrasts; from the lunar volcanic scenery of the inland to the surrounding fertile area of dark sandy beaches and deep blue sea, from the wild verdant beauty of the many natural thermal springs to the dazzling whitewashed local houses. Evident in every little stone, the volcanic composition of Nisyros originated with massive eruptions millions of years ago, and locally many people attribute its captivating energy and distinctive charm to the vibes of the active volcano known as ‘Nisyriasi’, meaning a severe addiction to the volcanic energy of the island. Mandraki is the capital and harbor of Nisyros located on the northwest side of the island. This beautiful settlement has a traditional character with whitewashed houses and wooden balconies, cobblestone alleys and little churches. The natural thermal springs of Loutra are in the north of the town while the square of Ilikiomeni is the locals’ favorite spot and meeting point. In the wider area, one can visit the imposing Acropolis of Paleokastro, considered to be one of the best-preserved fortifications of the Aegean and is famous for its impressive cyclopean walls made from black trachyte. There is also the fortified monastery of Panagia Spiliani and the beautiful building of the municipal thermal baths. The stunning beach of Mandraki lies behind the Monastery of Spiliani. Other interesting archaeological sites include the Fortress Walls close to the Monastery of Panagia Kyra, the ruins of ancient temples and buildings in in the neighborhood of Agios Savvas.

On the south side of the island the mountain village of Nikia, offering panoramic views of the volcano, is particularly picturesque, boasting a unique architecture with white houses, tiled roofs and colorful doors and windows, and the exquisite Church of Agios Ioannis Theologos. The cobblestoned square of Porta here is celebrated as one of the best traditional squares in Europe with its ellipsoid shape and a pebbled floor designed by the famous 19th century artist, Paschalis Pashalakis. One of the oldest settlements on Nisyros spreading around a natural bay in the north is the seaside village of Pali. The village is a favourite anchorage for yachts, has a lovely beach under the natural shade of Tamarisk trees, and is an ideal place for those looking for absolute peace and quiet. Here visit the Hippocratic Baths and the Chapel of Panagia Thermiani, which is built next to the Thermal Springs of Thermiani. The Volcano of Nisyros has a beautiful caldera of 15,000 years old with 6 main craters. The volcanic rocks of Nisyros form a unique palette of colours in the fertile region of the valley of Lakki. The volcanic crater of Stefanos is one of the largest and well-preserved hydrothermal craters in the world with a depth of 27 meters, while the volcanic crater of Polyvotis is the largest volcanic crater at 30 meters deep and a diameter of 260 meters.

DAY 3. Tilos

Tilos is a historical island of striking medieval castles, imposing mountains with natural springs, pristine beaches, charming churches, the cave of the dwarf elephants and mysterious abandoned medieval villages. The beauty of Tilos lies in its mountainous and rocky landscapes, now preserved as national park area, blessed with verdant hills and abundant flora including almond trees, bluebells, orchids, ancient oaks and shamrocks. Megalo Horio is the capital of Tilos and on the north side of the island. This lovely settlement preserves its authentic character featuring traditional whitewashed houses with flowery courtyards and cobblestone alleys scattered on the mountain slopes of Agios Stefanos. According to ancient legend, Tilos was the son of Alias and Apollo, who visited the island to collect herbs to cure his mother from a serious illness. After treating her, Tilos returned to the island and built a temple in honor of Apollo and Poseidon. This is how the island got its name and became well known for its native healing herbs.

Dominating the natural fortified hill of Agios Stefanos above Megalo Horio you cannot miss the Castle of the Knights. An uphill hike leads you there but its well worth it for the incredible views. The Knights of St John built the castle on the traces of the ancient acropolis in the 15th century. Within the ramparts an entire village was built as refuge for the inhabitants from potential pirate invasions in the middle ages. The Archaeological Museum exhibits ancient statues and artifacts, sculptures and inscriptions from the Classical and Hellenistic periods found on excavation of Tilos, some from the site of the castle and acropolis before it. Tilos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. One of the most beautiful routes starts from the main road of the island towards the northeast. It is an old path that leads to the Italian-built watchtower on the peak of Prophet Elias. The moderately difficult walk is rocky with sweeping slopes and low vegetation. Another interesting trail is signposted and starts from the harbor of Livadia to the beach of Lethra and onward through a lovely valley to the village of Mikro Horio.

Located in the area of Messaria, the spellbinding Cave of Harkadio is of great paleontological importance because of the volcanic material discovered here and phosphorous compounds that resemble fossilized bones. Alongside stone tools from the Neolithic period, archaeological excavations revealed numerous bones of dwarf elephants, the last of their kind that lived in Europe. These discoveries proved that the island was actually united with the coast of Asia Minor about 6 million years ago. The Physiographic Museum of Vienna has dedicated a special section to the dwarf elephants of Tilos, and displays can be found locally at the Tilos Paleontology Museum. Another evocative spot for exploration and a wander on Tilos is the deserted village of Mikro Horio between the villages of Livadia and Megalo Horio. The village was abandoned when the inhabitants moved to Livadia and the remaining relics include the well-preserved ruins of houses, the medieval castle of the Knights, and the whitewashed church that dominates the valley. The Monastery of Agios Panteleimonas built in 1470, and dedicated to the island’s patron saint, is the focus of sacred pilgrimage in Tilos, located on the slopes of the highest mountain on Tilos. The monastery is known for its pebbled courtyard and outstanding murals, and the festival that celebrates the saint annually here on July 26.

Fringing the island with its rich history of civilization and dramatic natural features are of course the immaculate beaches. The dazzling and tranquil bays shimmering with tamarisk trees will be your windows to the island as you travel by yacht. Moor here for swimming, dining and relaxed evenings on deck beneath the stars. Amongst the many beaches to explore are Agios Antonios, a long sandy and pebbled, palm tree-lined beach on the north side of the island. Eristos, a stunningly beautiful sandy beach with emerald waters and tamarisk trees on the west side of the island; take the path to the left of the beach to discover 2 special secluded coves. The pebbled beach at Lethra in the northeast is a less visited beach accessible via a pathway from the harbor of Livadia. In the northwest is Limenari is a remote sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters. Livadia is on the southeast side of the island and the most popular beach of Tilos with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns.

DAY 4. Simi

The Island of Simi is nothing less than enchanting and a truly romantic destination. Stunning neoclassical mansions characterize the main harbor, decorating the hillside down to the waters edge with their facades painted in a variety of colors. With rich traditions rooted in mythology still thriving today, the beauty and atmosphere of Simi is truly remarkable Neoclassical mansions and abandoned captains houses, cobblestone courtyards and pebbled mosaics give an aura of nobility to the island while the bougainvillea flowers add a bright touch to the romantic atmosphere. Climb the 500 stone steps that lead to the old commercial street of the island. Stroll around the Kalderimi, the stone bridge that connects the two sides of the village, known as the Bridge of Love, and observe the famous shipbuilders of Simi at the small Harani shipyard, who uphold Simi’s ancient shipbuilding traditions. Cruise to the island’s western side and the peaceful setting of the Panormitis Monastery of the Archangel Michael with its Byzantine frescos. Enjoy a swim break at the Bay of St. George, before entering the harbour.

DAY 5. Bozburun Datca

Depart Simi Harbour and sail into the Gulf of Hisarönü re-entering Turkey at the fishing village of Bozburun. It used to be the center of sponge diving along the Turkish coast, but nowadays locals here earn their living in a much less dangerous way by building the typical broad-beamed wooden gulets. The crosswinds in this region are excellent for sailing. Cruise north to Ciftlik Bay, a hidden cove with a small sandy beach, half way up the Datca peninsula. Early evening set sail to picturesque resort of Datça. Enjoy a stroll through town, which offers some lovely cafes and shops. Renowned for its natural beauty and climate, this town provides a window into the life of rural Turkey of 50 to 100 years ago. Village life is still based on agriculture, fishing, and the building of traditional wooden gulet yachts. Pine, oak, and myrtle filled mountains plunge down to a serene beach and two natural harbours.

DAY 6. Knidos & Mersincik

Sail to the site of Knidos, the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. Knidos is famous in antiquity for the cult of Aphrodite started there. Situated at the end of the Datca peninsula, this Dorian city was built on terraces rising to the acropolis. Straddling the peninsula, it had a harbour on either side, and flourished during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site was excavated in 1857 by C. T. Newton and from 1967 by Iris Love. Famous as a center of art and culture in the 4th century BCE, Knidos was established at the same time that Halicarnassus was, as one of the 6 Dorian colonies in Asia Minor. It seems to have kept a purer Greek character, no doubt because it set its sights seaward and had little contact with the interior. Around 360 BCE, the city was rebuilt at the windblown tip of the peninsula, banking on the fact that a good harbour at the outer corner of Asia Minor would become a popular calling-port for ships on the Aegean - East Mediterranean transit routes.

The rocky island facing the shore at the new site was joined to the mainland with a causeway, creating 2 deep harbors on either side of the isthmus: one on the Aegean and the other on the Mediterranean. The island section held the residential quarters, a series of colonnaded walkways rose in tiers on the land. 2 large theaters, an odeon and 3 temples completed what must have been a striking ensemble in the midst of a desolate crag. The remains of a circular temple dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite overlook remains of the two harbours: the arcaded way was built of white marble heart - shaped columns. The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles statue, reputedly one of the most beautiful sculptures of the antiquity, once graced this temple. The city was renowned as one of the most beautiful in ancient Greece. From here, sail to Mersincik in the Gulf of Gokova; a stunning bay ringed with high mountains and woods, its clear waters and seclusion make it a favorite spot for spending the night.

DAY 7. Kisebuku Bay

Cross the Gulf of Gokova to the pine-clad Bay of Kisebuku. Take advantage of the calm morning hours sailing smoothly along the Gokova shores. Opt for a stop at Orak Island. Late afternoon come into Bodrum harbor, or continue to the attractive bay of Ada Bogazi for the night. Year round balmy temperatures, international marinas, elegant boutiques, chic cafés and nightclubs and a variety of delightful dining experiences attract many to the lively Bodrum town and harbor. The 15th century Crusader castle, the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, add an historical dimension to this resort.

DAY 8. Bodrum

Departure after breakfast in Bodrum.

Please Note: Route applies according to weather changes at the discretion of the captain.

 
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