The Twelve Islands where Stunning Scenery and History Await
The Dodecanese sailing region is ideally suited to a yacht charter holiday. This string of Islands situated just off the Turkish coast is a part of Greece somewhat removed from the well-beaten tourist path. This is timeless Greece as every traveller yearns to experience, its sailing waters centered around Kos, the area's main charter base.
Protected from the stronger Meltimi winds by the Turkish landmass, the Dodecanese provide some of the best charter yacht sailing around. Your course will zig-zag from Island to island to provide a most satisfying sense of pleasure in the variety experienced at each port of call.
There are some two dozen Islands in the Dodecanese Group that offer relaxation and shelter for the charter sailor. Some we recommend more than others, but all taken together they deliver Greek Island sailing holiday at its best.
Some of the Dodecanese Islands are so close to Turkey that you may contemplate a charter taking in both countries. Our advice is to treat them as two quite separate adventures, taking the time to appreciate the culture of one or the other. If you do have the time and want to do both regions in one trip, it works better from the Turkish base of Fethiye.
However if it is the Greek Islands of the Dodecanese you have come to see, set out from Kos along a route put together with our help - one that ensures you will get the very best out of your time and travel arrangements.
Our client reviews about charter sailing in Greece
Rating: 5 / 5 The Lagoon 46 was the best catamaran we have chartered. There was plenty of deck and seating space and all the bedrooms/ensuites were a good size.
Preveza was a great starting point and we enjoyed travelling south to Ithaki and north to Paxi. Kalamos was a highlight we tied up to a pier next to a taverna for the night and it was a lovely spot.
We had very good service from Robert and Sue at Yachting Holidays and dealing with an NZ company gave us peace of mind. The service from Fyly in Greece was also excellent. We really appreciated being able to board the boat early and our skipper was also very friendly and easy to get along with.
Our skipper Adrian Dimitru was keen to get away on Saturday afternoon so we headed south and got a day ahead which was great. .he cruise was excellent and Adrian got us to some of his favourite spots so we were very lucky.
Ithaki not to be missed. Craig, New Zealand, Oct 18th, 2023
Rating: 5 / 5 Dear Sue, we would like to thank you and Robert for all the work you put in to make our charter run so smoothly from your end. We absolutely loved the Greek Islands, they were everything we had ever imagined. Jill and Pip, New Zealand , Oct 9th, 2019
Good breezes that provided just the right level of challenge. Not super crowded - no troubles berthing / mooring / eating / etc. Fairly chilled - at least compared to Croatia. Patmos was very good. John, Australia, Aug 17th, 2019
Had a great time. The wind was terrific - good fun, but nothing too hairy - exactly what we were looking for to take it up a notch or two from Croatia last year. And the Dodecanese were really good - nice ports, not too crowded (esp compared to Croatia) - just felt a bit more out of the way. DYC were fine - a little bit more on the 'smell of an oily rag' end of things compared to the very efficient German-run scene at Trogir, but it all worked and no real issues. Excellent recommendation Robert - boat and destination - you nailed it!
John, Australia, Jul 31st, 2019
The Lucky Clover was fantastic. We travelled around the Saronic Islands which were beautiful. A new adventure every day. One day we hired scooters and explored the islands. Great service thank you. 10 out of 10, a trip of a lifetime! Deborah, New Zealand, Aug 1st, 2017