Bodrum and the Greek Islands
8 Day / 7 Nights
Day 1: BODRUM | Boarding starts at 3:30pm from Bodrum Harbour. On the first day, our boat will be anchored at Bodrum Port for dinner and overnight stay. Bodrum has a history that goes back to the 12th century B.C. The city which was called ‘Halicarnassus’, was the birthplace of Herodotus; the ‘Father of History’ who lived in the 5th century B.C. The ‘Mausoleum’ of King Mausolus (350 B.C.) which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is in this city. The only structure that survived from the Classical Era is the Amphitheater. It is one of the oldest theatres in Anatolia with a capacity of 13,000 guests, and is still hosting many shows and concerts for the art-lovers of Bodrum. Another place that you should visit whilst in Bodrum, is the landmark of the city, the ‘Castle of Saint Peter’. It is one of the best preserved pieces of architecture with a history dating back to the middle ages. ‘Minds Gate’ through which Alexander the Great entered Halicarnassus, is another place that you should not miss.
Day 2: COS | After breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. After the customs formalities are completed, we will cruise to Kos Island. Asclepion, known to be the birth place of Hippocrates, who is ‘the Father of Medical Sciences’, is located here. All the people from the eastern Mediterranean with health problems were treated in Kos. Kos is the second largest island of the 12 islands (Dodecanese islands) and has a very mild climate and very fertile lands. The island houses a 560-year-old tree, a 211-year-old fountain and a 290 km long
beach. You may take a quick swim in Lambi Beach which is very close to Kos Harbor. Kos is one of the islands with the best night life. Nafklirou, a street full of bars, is always crowded, colorful, and full of life.
Day 3: NISYROS – SYMI | Early in the morning we will cruise to Nisyros Island and will have a swimming break. The volcano on Nisyros Island erupted in 1422 and is still active. Nikea village is located on the side of the crater is constituted with white streets and a mosaic-style square. You can take an optional bus tour to the crater (volcano) which is still active and you will see the gases coming from underground. We will anchor at Symi Port late in the afternoon. You can see the shoreline with its neo-classical houses and the peripheral districts. You are going to adore Symi Island for its pine and oak forests and unique bays.
Day 4: RHODES | We will cruise to Rhodes early in the morning. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and is quite a popular holiday destination as it has
one of the best-preserved and the largest European Medieval cities and has warm weather for 300 days of the year. Rhodes has been the cradle of many civilizations; starting with the knights of St. John in the Middle Ages, then Ottomans and Italians. Thus, the island has a unique historical harmony and beauty. Here you can join our optional old city tour. The main port of Rhodes is Rhodes City which bears the same name as the island. The other very touristic areas of Rhodes island are; Lindos and Kamiros. Here there will be another optional Lindos Tour. This city, which is still surrounded by a 12 meter thick city-wall, gives you the feeling of traveling back to Medieval times, especially when you walk around its narrow, stone-paved roads. After dinner, we highly recommend you to enjoy a Rhodes Town night out.
Day 5: DATCA – KARGI | We return to Turkey via Datca. Datca was founded by the Dorians who came from Aegean Sea to the southern coast of Ionia in the 7th century B.C. The island has no humidity at all and has fresh air with plenty of oxygen. The historian Strabon was right when he remarked of Datca’s weather: “God would send his beloved servants to Datca to live longer”. According to a myth while the Spanish pirates were passing by the coast of Datca, they disembarked people with Hansen’s disease in Sariliman Bay and these abandoned people recovered from their disease with the help of the clean weather of Datca. You may take a walk in Datca Harbor. Our last stop will be Kargı Bay.
Day 6: INCEBURUN – PALAMUTBUKU – KNIDOS | We will start to sail towards Inceburun. The breakfast and a swimming break will take place here. After that we will cruise to Palamutbükü for lunch and a swimming break. We will cruise to Cnidus for dinner and an overnight stay. Cnidus was a developed city in science, art and architecture. Eudoxos, a very popular astronomer and maths professor; Dr. Euryphon; Polygontos, a popular painter; Skopas and Bryaksis of Faros, the most famous sculptors of the era; Sostrates, the architect of Alexandrian light house -one
of the seven wonders of the World- and Ktesias the doctor, who saved the life of a Presian king from a disaster, lived on this island. Dr. Euryphon and his students founded the second biggest medical science school in Cnidus. The island also hosts the largest sun clock of its time which was erected by Eudoksos. Knidos was the home for Aphrodite’s monument and in those times the city was famous for brothels and became popular for sailors and Arabic tradesmen. You may take a walk on the shore to see the ruins.
Day 7: BLACK ISLAND (Poyraz Harbour – Meteor Bay) – BODRUM | We will cruise to Bodrum for customs formalities. Afterwards, a swimming break will take place and lunch will be served at Poyraz Bay which is located on the northern side of Karaada (Black Island). This is such a nice bay with its turquoise-blue waters. We will be anchoring at Meteor Bay for tea time which is located on the southern side of the island. There is a meteor hole here and this is how the bay got its name. Here you may jump over the platform into the deep water. You may also take a walk through the underwater caves which are very near to Meteor Bay for a small local fee. We will dock at Bodrum Harbour for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 8: BODRUM | The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30am, after breakfast.
Sunday departures: Every Saturday between May15th and October 09th inclusive
Guaranteed departure dates: Sunday
LOW SEASON April 29th – May 19th / October 07th – 20th
May 20th – June 9th / Sept 23rd – Oct 06th
une 10th – 23rd / 09th - 22nd September
June 24th – August 04th
August 05th - September 08th