North Dodecanese sailing trip
Dodecanese islands lies close to the Turkish coast and are a relatively easy to sail destination. With shorter distances between islands in the north and longer in the South, it has them all, for all tastes!
Yachts of: 6-9 pers.
Period: October 2022
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Our starting point is strategically placed in the middle of archipelago, being in the same time one of the best developed marina in the whole Greece. Yes, we are talking about Kos Marina, situated just in the city of Kos.
In the Marina you will have all the facilities a modern sailor needs. From trendy pubs to ATMs, supermarket and laundry washing, you have them all in one place! And, of course, the marina is situated at walking distance from the vibrant city of Kos. Definitely worth visiting!
How to get there
Many European destinations are connected directly to Kos international airport, to mention just a few would be Amsterdam, Berlin or Rome. The good news is that the summer (June to October) many low cost company operate direct routes.
The airport is not near the city of Kos but rather 40 km away. If you are lucky enough you can catch one of the few buses that run daily to the center of Kos city, and then walk for 15 min. But more convenient would be a taxi that can drop you to the marina. And of course, for compact groups we can arrange a minivan pick-up for you
Day 1 - Arriving in Kos, boarding after 17.00 and evening in the city center
Day 2 - Sailing in the morning from Kos Marina to Vathy on Kalymnsos. Lunch break in Pserimos - 28 km
Day 3 - Going round Kalymnos we will sail to Leros island with secluded beaches in between. Evening in Lakki - 48 km
Day 4 - We sail further North to the holly island of Patmos, with its famous monasteries and hidden beaches - 37 km
Day 5 - We either take a day to explore properly the Patmos island or we head towards nearby Lepsoi island - 30 km
Day 6 - Time to head South already and so we will sail from Lepsoi/Patmos to Leros (famous for its fantastic foof, among others) - 23 km
Day 7- Is the last day on the sea so we will squeeze every drop of wind and stop of course for lunch and bathing on Pserimos. Evening in Kos Marina - 52 km
The route we are proposing here is morea of a masterplan rather than a promise. When we depend on the wind to sail, we are flexible. In otther words, we will adapt our destinations and arrival time to best use the wind direction. The Capitan will make the sail plan each evening for the next day.
The North Dodecanese islands are a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered ! With relatively short distances between each other, every island is however unique and different.
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From lively Kos to wild Kalymnos (the climber's Mecca), going to greener and quieter Leros and more North to Patmos - the island of the revelation, there is a lot to discover. Every evening will bring you to a new place, embraced by the unforgettable light shade of blue.
Because, we have to admit, no mater what we will tell you about the islands, is the Eastern Mediterranean Sea that will steal your hearth !
Evenings will always have their magic, but there is at least two kinds of magic. We either dock in a port or a marina for the evening and in this case we will have the freedom to explore ashore the true Greek cuisine and the party evenings. Or, we will set our anchor in a secluded bay where we will have time to cook by our self, swim, going ashore with our dinghy boat and party to our taste.
Where do we sleep
While with Happy Sailing, our boat will be your home for a week! With double beds cabins, few bathrooms, a small kitchen and a living room, aboard our ship you can have all the comfort you would expect from a guest house but in a narrower space. A typical sailing boat will feature one cabin in the front and two in the back haveing 1 to 3 toilets (heads). However, we will choose the boat size that is most suitable with the group )
Eating in a tavern or restaurant in a port is an experience by its own. If you have tasted Greek cuisine already, you know what I mean. And if you didn't, then expect fresh fish and sea food, expect everything to have a great taste and expect to want more.
In the same time we will cook on the boat ! In the mornings a quick breakfast, our lunches too, but also some of the evenings when we will stay at anchor. So, don't forget to bring along your cooking skills or be ready to participate in cooking together.)
Based on our experience, every boat trip have its own vibe - your vibe! It can be a party boat or a quite relaxed atmosphere, it can be the explorer boat or the story teller boat. But no mater on the vibe, the most important is that you will share with your mates a week in a closer space, and therefore, tolerance and friendship are highly valued.
Because in the end, we would hope that at the end of the week we will become more than some people that spent some time together together - we become a team !)