Dodecanese flotillas

Flotilla sailing for the sailing enthusiast. The Dodecanese flotillas offer a chance to get off the beaten track in this stunning corner of Greece. You’ll get a warm welcome from the locals as you explore the many beautiful islands.

The one week routes, the Kalymnos flotilla and the Symi flotilla, give one way cruises from Kos to Rhodes (or the reverse direction depending on your travel date). The two week Kos flotilla and Rhodes flotilla offer round trips from Kos and Rhodes.

As well as great sailing there’s loads to see and do; sandy beaches, caves, museums, watersports and even a volcano! Dodecanese flotilla sailing is not for beginners – these are some of the windier flotillas on offer. However, for those unafraid of reefing these Dodecanese flotillas are not to be missed.

Take your pick from

View the Kalymnos flotilla - 1 week **NEW ROUTE FOR 2017**
  • Kalymnos flotilla – 1 week

    Route

    Difficulty: Windy          Departs: Saturdays from Kos           Nearest airport: Kos

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from May to October.

    RouteMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Kalymnos from Kos13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th14th
    View the Kalymnos flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Dodecanese gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average25You will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in
    • Kos Town Kos is an ancient settlement, originally founded on agriculture and fishing, with one of the largest market places in the ancient world, and known for its wines and silk. The home of Hippocates, the island still shows much evidence of past glories but today the main industry is tourism. There’s plenty to do and see whether ... Read more
    2: Sun17
    • Kalymnos / Kalimnos / Pothia Once the centre of the Greek sponge trade, Kalymnos Town, also know as Pothia, sits in a lush valley at the foot of two hills. These form a natural amphitheatre around the large harbour. The town has plenty to occupy visitors, with beaches, caves, museums, ruins and a wide choice of eateries all close by. Harvesting of ... Read more
    3: Mon18
    • Lakki / Porto Lago (Leros) A superb natural harbour, Lakki is a town unlike any other in the Dodecanese. Art Deco and futuristic buildings line the wide buildings with little sign of the narrow alleys and traditional buildings one would expect. The buildings date from the Italian occupation, when the bay was a  major Italian Naval Base.  Some are now falling in ... Read more
    4: Tue35
    • Kefalos (Kos) The long sandy beach stretching around this wide bay is the obvious attraction at Kefalos. The Beach Club ashore offers the chance to try your hand at dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. Alternatively, take a swim on the pool, lounge on the beach or take a drink at the beach bar. If you fancy ... Read more
    5: Wed25It's Beach Party night somewhere on Tilos:
    • BBQ / Beach Party Your Lead Crew will direct you to a hitherto secret location for a Beach Party with BBQ or cold buffet (depending on the current state of fire regulations), games, and a chance to perform your party piece. I’m afraid I can’t tell you more or they’ll have to shoot me. And no pictures of course! SORRY, ... Read more
    6: Thu20Free sailing. Why not try
    • Emborios / Chalki (Halki) It my be only 5 miles from Rhodes but Chalki is a world away from the busy holiday resorts like Faliraki. It’s a pretty place, its pastel coloured buildings contrasting with the barren hillsides. As you approach you’ll see windmills on the hill tops, and a large castle, testament to a long history. The island has been inhabited ... Read more
    or
    • Panormitis (Symi) Sailors stopping the night get to see Panormitis at it’s best. This bay, on the south west of Symi, is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of Symi Town, but only once the plethora of trip boats have left for the day. The central attraction is the Greek Orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael which dominates the ... Read more
    7: Fri34
    • Rhodes Town If you’re hoping to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, I’m afraid it collapsed in an earthquake around 226 BC, having stood for only just over 50 years. No matter, Rhodes has plenty to offer, including copious Roman ruins, one of the best preserved walled Medieval cities, the Italian ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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View the Symi flotilla - 1 week **NEW ROUTE FOR 2017**
  • Symi flotilla – 1 week

    Route

    Difficulty: Windy          Departs: Saturdays from Rhodes       Finishes: Saturdays in Kos

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from April to October.

    RouteMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Symi from Rhodes20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd7th 21st
    View the Symi flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Dodecanese gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average18You will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in
    • Rhodes Town If you’re hoping to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, I’m afraid it collapsed in an earthquake around 226 BC, having stood for only just over 50 years. No matter, Rhodes has plenty to offer, including copious Roman ruins, one of the best preserved walled Medieval cities, the Italian ... Read more
    2: Sun22
    • Panormitis (Symi) Sailors stopping the night get to see Panormitis at it’s best. This bay, on the south west of Symi, is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of Symi Town, but only once the plethora of trip boats have left for the day. The central attraction is the Greek Orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael which dominates the ... Read more
    3: Mon8
    • Symi Town Once a major shipbuilding and sponge fishing centre, Symi is now primarily a tourist destination. The island has had a chequered history but after much restoration (heavily controlled by the authorities) its multi coloured buildings now make a spectacular sight. The harbour of Symi town (also called Yialos) includes a small nautical museum and is connected ... Read more
    4: Tue20
    • Livadia (Tilos) The little harbour at Livadia is actually the main port for the island. Once populated by miniature elephants, remains of which have been found on one of the caves, Tilos is now a bird sanctuary. There are plenty of traditional buildings in Livadia, with the main concession to tourism being the many restaurants. There’s a good ... Read more
    5: Wed16
    • Mandraki (Nisyros) The island of Nisyros is essentially a volcano, which is still technically active. Mandraki, home to the majority of the island’s 1000 strong population is on the north west corner. The village is a maze of pebbled streets and alleys, between the whitewashed and natural stone buildings with their wooden balconies. Amongst these and particularly around the ... Read more
    6: Thu26Free sailing: I suggest
    • Mastichari (Kos) It’s nice to find somewhere on Kos that seems to have escaped the ravages of mass tourism. The small fishing village of Mastichari welcomes the quieter kind of visitor. There’s a good sized beach with much of the water based activities wind powered and kept to one end. A short walk inland there’s the ruin of ... Read more
    or
    • Pserimos This is one of the smallest inhabited Greek islands with a declining population now thought to be down to double figures. There are no cars as there are no roads. Provisions not sourced locally arrive by boat. As do the tourists. The arrival of the trip boats multiplies the population for a few hours. But after a ... Read more
    7: Fri13
    • Kos Town Kos is an ancient settlement, originally founded on agriculture and fishing, with one of the largest market places in the ancient world, and known for its wines and silk. The home of Hippocates, the island still shows much evidence of past glories but today the main industry is tourism. There’s plenty to do and see whether ... Read more
    8: Sat0Check out and disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week.Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

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View the Kos flotilla - 2 weeks **NEW ROUTE FOR 2017**
  • Kos flotilla – 2 weeks

    Kos Flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Windy          Departs: Saturdays from Kos           Nearest airport: Kos

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from May to October.

    RouteMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Kos - 2 weeks13th 27th10th 24th8th 22nd5th 19th2nd 16th 30th14th
    View the Kos flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Dodecanese gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Kos Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average21You will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in
    • Kos Town Kos is an ancient settlement, originally founded on agriculture and fishing, with one of the largest market places in the ancient world, and known for its wines and silk. The home of Hippocates, the island still shows much evidence of past glories but today the main industry is tourism. There’s plenty to do and see whether ... Read more
    2: Sun17
    • Kalymnos / Kalimnos / Pothia Once the centre of the Greek sponge trade, Kalymnos Town, also know as Pothia, sits in a lush valley at the foot of two hills. These form a natural amphitheatre around the large harbour. The town has plenty to occupy visitors, with beaches, caves, museums, ruins and a wide choice of eateries all close by. Harvesting of ... Read more
    3: Mon18
    • Lakki / Porto Lago (Leros) A superb natural harbour, Lakki is a town unlike any other in the Dodecanese. Art Deco and futuristic buildings line the wide buildings with little sign of the narrow alleys and traditional buildings one would expect. The buildings date from the Italian occupation, when the bay was a  major Italian Naval Base.  Some are now falling in ... Read more
    4: Tue35
    • Kefalos (Kos) The long sandy beach stretching around this wide bay is the obvious attraction at Kefalos. The Beach Club ashore offers the chance to try your hand at dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. Alternatively, take a swim on the pool, lounge on the beach or take a drink at the beach bar. If you fancy ... Read more
    5: Wed25It's Beach Party night somewhere on Tilos:
    • BBQ / Beach Party Your Lead Crew will direct you to a hitherto secret location for a Beach Party with BBQ or cold buffet (depending on the current state of fire regulations), games, and a chance to perform your party piece. I’m afraid I can’t tell you more or they’ll have to shoot me. And no pictures of course! SORRY, ... Read more
    6: Thu20Free Sailing. Why not try
    • Emborios / Chalki (Halki) It my be only 5 miles from Rhodes but Chalki is a world away from the busy holiday resorts like Faliraki. It’s a pretty place, its pastel coloured buildings contrasting with the barren hillsides. As you approach you’ll see windmills on the hill tops, and a large castle, testament to a long history. The island has been inhabited ... Read more
    or for a longer sail
    • Diafani (Karpathos) The village’s own website sums the place up quite nicely when it says the locals’ main activity is watching the boats arrive! Many of the boats come to deliver visitors to Olymbos, about 10km inland, and reputedly one of the prettiest villages in Greece, a claim that in itself leaves me fearing disappointment. The village has a ... Read more
    7: Fri34Free Sailing. You shouldn't miss Rhodes
    • Rhodes Town If you’re hoping to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, I’m afraid it collapsed in an earthquake around 226 BC, having stood for only just over 50 years. No matter, Rhodes has plenty to offer, including copious Roman ruins, one of the best preserved walled Medieval cities, the Italian ... Read more
    or for a quiet night try
    • Emporios / Nimborio (Symi) Once a commercial harbour, Emporios is now just an anchorage. There’s a beach, rated by some as the best on Symi, a taverna or two and just up from the beach some catacombs, the Dodeka Spilia. If you don’t fancy leaving your yacht here, it’s only about 45 minutes walk from Symi Town, or you can ... Read more
    8: Sat9Free Sailing. How about a night at
    • Ladiko (Rhodes) This well sheltered anchorage is only a couple of miles south of Faliraki so don’t expect a quiet uninhabited bay! However, once the sun bathers have gone home it’s a fairly peaceful spot, albeit strewn with sun loungers and umbrellas. The beach is sandy but with plenty of rocks so watch your toes. There are several cafes ... Read more
    9: Sun31
    • Panormitis (Symi) Sailors stopping the night get to see Panormitis at it’s best. This bay, on the south west of Symi, is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of Symi Town, but only once the plethora of trip boats have left for the day. The central attraction is the Greek Orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael which dominates the ... Read more
    10: Mon8
    • Symi Town Once a major shipbuilding and sponge fishing centre, Symi is now primarily a tourist destination. The island has had a chequered history but after much restoration (heavily controlled by the authorities) its multi coloured buildings now make a spectacular sight. The harbour of Symi town (also called Yialos) includes a small nautical museum and is connected ... Read more
    11: Tue20
    • Mandraki (Nisyros) The island of Nisyros is essentially a volcano, which is still technically active. Mandraki, home to the majority of the island’s 1000 strong population is on the north west corner. The village is a maze of pebbled streets and alleys, between the whitewashed and natural stone buildings with their wooden balconies. Amongst these and particularly around the ... Read more
    12: Wed16
    • Mandraki (Nisyros) The island of Nisyros is essentially a volcano, which is still technically active. Mandraki, home to the majority of the island’s 1000 strong population is on the north west corner. The village is a maze of pebbled streets and alleys, between the whitewashed and natural stone buildings with their wooden balconies. Amongst these and particularly around the ... Read more
    13: Thu26Free sailing: I suggest
    • Mastichari (Kos) It’s nice to find somewhere on Kos that seems to have escaped the ravages of mass tourism. The small fishing village of Mastichari welcomes the quieter kind of visitor. There’s a good sized beach with much of the water based activities wind powered and kept to one end. A short walk inland there’s the ruin of ... Read more
    or
    • Pserimos This is one of the smallest inhabited Greek islands with a declining population now thought to be down to double figures. There are no cars as there are no roads. Provisions not sourced locally arrive by boat. As do the tourists. The arrival of the trip boats multiplies the population for a few hours. But after a ... Read more
    14: Fri13
    • Kos Town Kos is an ancient settlement, originally founded on agriculture and fishing, with one of the largest market places in the ancient world, and known for its wines and silk. The home of Hippocates, the island still shows much evidence of past glories but today the main industry is tourism. There’s plenty to do and see whether ... Read more
    15: Sat0Check out and depart
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator

Close the flotilla above
View the Rhodes flotilla - 2 weeks **NEW ROUTE FOR 2017**
  • Rhodes flotilla – 2 weeks

    Rhodes flotilla Route

    Difficulty: Windy          Departs: Saturdays from Kos           Nearest airport: Kos

    Operates: Alternate Saturdays from April to October.

    RouteMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
    Rhodes - 2 weeks20th3rd 17th1st 15th 29th12th 26th9th 23rd7th
    View the Rhodes flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Dodecanese gallery. For details of what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination
    Average24You will do more miles than this!
    1: Sat0Check in
    • Rhodes Town If you’re hoping to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, I’m afraid it collapsed in an earthquake around 226 BC, having stood for only just over 50 years. No matter, Rhodes has plenty to offer, including copious Roman ruins, one of the best preserved walled Medieval cities, the Italian ... Read more
    2: Sun17
    • Panormitis (Symi) Sailors stopping the night get to see Panormitis at it’s best. This bay, on the south west of Symi, is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of Symi Town, but only once the plethora of trip boats have left for the day. The central attraction is the Greek Orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael which dominates the ... Read more
    3: Mon18
    • Symi Town Once a major shipbuilding and sponge fishing centre, Symi is now primarily a tourist destination. The island has had a chequered history but after much restoration (heavily controlled by the authorities) its multi coloured buildings now make a spectacular sight. The harbour of Symi town (also called Yialos) includes a small nautical museum and is connected ... Read more
    4: Tue35
    • Livadia (Tilos) The little harbour at Livadia is actually the main port for the island. Once populated by miniature elephants, remains of which have been found on one of the caves, Tilos is now a bird sanctuary. There are plenty of traditional buildings in Livadia, with the main concession to tourism being the many restaurants. There’s a good ... Read more
    5: Wed25
    • Mandraki (Nisyros) The island of Nisyros is essentially a volcano, which is still technically active. Mandraki, home to the majority of the island’s 1000 strong population is on the north west corner. The village is a maze of pebbled streets and alleys, between the whitewashed and natural stone buildings with their wooden balconies. Amongst these and particularly around the ... Read more
    6: Thu23Free sailing: I suggest the bustle of
    • Kos Town Kos is an ancient settlement, originally founded on agriculture and fishing, with one of the largest market places in the ancient world, and known for its wines and silk. The home of Hippocates, the island still shows much evidence of past glories but today the main industry is tourism. There’s plenty to do and see whether ... Read more
    or a quiet night in
    • Pserimos This is one of the smallest inhabited Greek islands with a declining population now thought to be down to double figures. There are no cars as there are no roads. Provisions not sourced locally arrive by boat. As do the tourists. The arrival of the trip boats multiplies the population for a few hours. But after a ... Read more
    7: Fri36Free sailing: I suggest
    • Lipsi With it’s whitewashed buildings and blue domes, Lipsi is like a miniature version of Santorini, but at a lower altitude, and with better beaches and fewer tourists! It’s a great place to relax with virtually no traffic and everything within walking distance. Indeed, the island is small enough you could walk from one end to another. There ... Read more
    or
    • Emporios / Emborios (Kalymnos) The most northerly village on Kalymnos – the town at the end of the road – Emporios is a cluster of whitewashed houses separated by narrow alleys, on the edge of a beach lined bay. Beyond the maintained trees and holiday properties on the beach edge, the surroundings are more barren than at Pothia and Vathi, ... Read more
    8: Sat10Free sailing: I suggest
    • Panteli / Pandeli (Leros) This traditional Greek fishing village is clearly identified by the line of windmills on the hilltop. It lives an odd double life, with fishing boats moored up just feet from large yachts. So far it’s holding it’s own; you’ll still find fishermen sewing their nets and be greeted by the locals as a welcome guests rather ... Read more
    or
    • Mastichari (Kos) It’s nice to find somewhere on Kos that seems to have escaped the ravages of mass tourism. The small fishing village of Mastichari welcomes the quieter kind of visitor. There’s a good sized beach with much of the water based activities wind powered and kept to one end. A short walk inland there’s the ruin of ... Read more
    9: Sun22
    • Kalymnos / Kalimnos / Pothia Once the centre of the Greek sponge trade, Kalymnos Town, also know as Pothia, sits in a lush valley at the foot of two hills. These form a natural amphitheatre around the large harbour. The town has plenty to occupy visitors, with beaches, caves, museums, ruins and a wide choice of eateries all close by. Harvesting of ... Read more
    10: Mon18
    • Lakki / Porto Lago (Leros) A superb natural harbour, Lakki is a town unlike any other in the Dodecanese. Art Deco and futuristic buildings line the wide buildings with little sign of the narrow alleys and traditional buildings one would expect. The buildings date from the Italian occupation, when the bay was a  major Italian Naval Base.  Some are now falling in ... Read more
    11: Tue35
    • Kefalos (Kos) The long sandy beach stretching around this wide bay is the obvious attraction at Kefalos. The Beach Club ashore offers the chance to try your hand at dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. Alternatively, take a swim on the pool, lounge on the beach or take a drink at the beach bar. If you fancy ... Read more
    12: Wed25It's Beach Party night somewhere on Tilos:
    • BBQ / Beach Party Your Lead Crew will direct you to a hitherto secret location for a Beach Party with BBQ or cold buffet (depending on the current state of fire regulations), games, and a chance to perform your party piece. I’m afraid I can’t tell you more or they’ll have to shoot me. And no pictures of course! SORRY, ... Read more
    13: Thu20Free sailing. Why not try
    • Emborios / Chalki (Halki) It my be only 5 miles from Rhodes but Chalki is a world away from the busy holiday resorts like Faliraki. It’s a pretty place, its pastel coloured buildings contrasting with the barren hillsides. As you approach you’ll see windmills on the hill tops, and a large castle, testament to a long history. The island has been inhabited ... Read more
    or
    • Panormitis (Symi) Sailors stopping the night get to see Panormitis at it’s best. This bay, on the south west of Symi, is a tranquil contrast to the bustle of Symi Town, but only once the plethora of trip boats have left for the day. The central attraction is the Greek Orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael which dominates the ... Read more
    14: Fri34
    • Rhodes Town If you’re hoping to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Colossus of Rhodes, I’m afraid it collapsed in an earthquake around 226 BC, having stood for only just over 50 years. No matter, Rhodes has plenty to offer, including copious Roman ruins, one of the best preserved walled Medieval cities, the Italian ... Read more
    15: Sat0Check out and disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Route names may differ from those used by the operator.

Close the flotilla above

More about the Dodecanese Flotillas

The Dodecanese flotillas depart from Kos and Rhodes on alternate weeks. The two week flotillas comprise the two one week routes back to back. The Kos flotilla offers opportunities to further explore the islands north of Kos. The Rhodes flotilla gives you more time further south.

Winds are typically force 3 to 6, sometimes stronger during July and August when the Meltemi wind blows. Temperatures range from low to mid 20’s in the early and late season to over 30° in July and August. So if you get a few splashes over the bow you’ll soon dry off!

Both Kos and Rhodes have direct flights from a number of UK airports and there are internal flights from Athens. If you’re doing a one week flotilla there are also ferries between Rhodes and Kos, enabling you to take a return flight to one or the other. This sometimes works out cheaper than buying a flight on to one island and home from the other.

For those who fancy seeing two countries in one trip, there are also ferries to Turkey. From Kos these run to Bodrum, and from Rhodes to Marmaris.

The Dodecanese flotillas are available as a flight inclusive package, though it works out cheaper if you buy your own flights. If you do so, the operator offers optional airport transfers (included in the flight inclusive packages). The transfer time between Rhodes airport and the yacht base is about 15-20 minutes. For Kos, it’s about 30 minutes.