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Hidden Treasures of Greece (7-10 days)


A 7 DAY NORTHWEST GREEK DODECANESE ISLAND CRUISE
Exploring small Greek Tavernas

This special Northern Dodecanese cruise is designed to take in the Greek Islands of Kos, Pserimos, Telendos, Kalymnos and Leros. The cruise begins and finishes in Bodrum, Turkey or the Greek island of Kos.


7 DAY ITINERARY

Embark on board your gulet in Bodrum in the afternoon. After your welcome meeting, safety briefing and crew introduction, refreshments will be served. We will set course for Aquarium Bay to have our evening meal and enjoy a quiet night. (D on board)

Day 2
Kos and Pserimos
After breakfast, there is a brief cruise to the main harbor in Kos. We can wander around the town. Make a visit to the Crusader Castle before lunch. This will be served on board before departing for a short cruise to the understated island of Pserimos, arriving in the late afternoon.

Pserimos island has less than 200 permanent inhabitants and is reminiscent of what Greek Islands were a few decades ago. A wander around this tiny town with its sand streets, single chapel and school is well worthwhile. The evening meal is on the beach at the Sunset Restaurant. (B/L on board)

Day 3
Kalymnos & Telendos
After breakfast it’s off to the tiny islet of Telendos on the northwest side of Kalymnos. One hundred people, a lot of goats and twenty or so tavernas are the basis of this tiny island.

Meet the fascinating one-eyed, retired sponge diver Zorba who is only too willing to entertain by playing the Greek version of bagpipes comprised of an inflated goat stomach.
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Lunch at Zorba’s is an array of different house Greek specials, including a local dried brown bread with tahini sauce, accompanied by small buckets of a very palatable house wine.

In the afternoon we’ll cruise a short way to the port of Laki on Leros, known for its Italian inspired art deco architecture and Mussolini’s villa which can be visited..
(B/D on board)

Day 4
Arkhanengelos & Pandeli
After breakfast it’s a lazy cruise north stopping for lunch in an uninhabited bay on the island of Arkhangelos where there is some excellent fishing around the rocks.

After lunch on board cruise into Partheni for an exploration of this tiny bay and then out and head south down the east coast to the overnight stop at Pandeli where the evening meal is ashore. (B/L on board)

Day 5
Taverna Paradiso
An early start today as we head off to have breakfast and a refreshing swim in the delightful inlet of Xerakambos on the southern tip of Leros.

Lunch is served on board and then we depart south east down to the startling anchorage of Palainisou.

Today we have the gem of the Greek taverna experience. After a short walk through old olive groves and the courtyard of a tiny church, you reach Paradise Taverna. Run by Nicos a retired sponge diver, teacher and musician, along with his family, it is basic but beautiful with incredible fresh seafood prepared on the spot and cooked in outside wood fired ovens or over a B.B.Q. (B/L on board)


Day 6

Kalymnos – the sponge island.

After more snorkeling and breakfast, it’s a short trip further down to Vathi, a most spectacular harbor entry. Cruising in through the narrow channel is akin to sailing up a Scandinavian fiord. Lunch can be enjoyed at either the very popular strong-willed owner of Poppies or with Rita, an ethnic Greek who returned from Australia 20 years ago to marry a local man and run taverna Galini.

In the afternoon, our gulet will enter Pothia, the commercial port of Kalymnos. Small cafes, a museum devoted to the history of sponge-diving and fishing boats line this beautiful harbor. Dinner will be on board, against the spectacular backdrop of Kalymnian architecture. (B/D on board)

Day 7
KOS – ISLAND OF HIPPOCRATES
Today, it is up anchor early and a cruise to Kos with lunch on board. The captain will finish the customs formalities during your visit to the Asclepion, the world’s first hospital founded by Hippocrates. In the evening, it’s dinner at di Costa. This little establishment has the best taziki and pork souvlaki in town, served by the friendliest smiling staff one could wish for.

Day 8
Time to say good-bye
After an early breakfast, it’s a 2 hour motor-sail back to Bodrum, and time to say good-bye to your crew as you continue on your travels.

The Greek Taverna Blue Cruise is an add-on package to a regular gulet charter offered on any of our gulets.

Aegean Sails reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary according to weather conditions, taverna availability and other circumstances.