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Dodecanese islands Flotilla Sailing

Dodecanese islands flotillaWhy Choose a Dodecanese Flotilla Holiday?

  • Ideal for more experienced crews
  • Beautiful area with varied ports of call
  • Good sailing winds almost guaranteed
  • Opportunity to combine calls in Greece & Turkey
  • An area rich in history & culture
  • Great sail & stay options available

This beautiful and historic area has for a long time been the preserve of savvy bareboat clients, who have already discovered the tremendous amount the area has to offer. The combination of some of the better known and more cosmopolitan Greek Islands such Kos, with its noted ancient sites and great beaches, with some of the smaller and lesser known gems of the Dodecanese such as Nysiros, Halki or Symi, make this an irresistible proposition for more experienced sailors.

You can be virtually assured of some fresh winds, so you will be doing plenty of sailing, with more than enough to keep you occupied ashore in between. Join in Kos and choose from our north itinerary featuring Kalymnos and Patmos or alternatively for our southern route, visiting Symi, Tilos and Nysiros before returning to Kos.

2018 FLOTILLA ITINERARIES
Alternating weekly routes in the Dodecanese from Kos
From 12 May to 20 October


THE KALYMNOS ROUTE 2018
KOS - KOS

Embarkation dates:
12 May, 26 May; 9 June, 23 June; 7 July, 21 July; 4 August, 18 August; 1 September, 15 September, 29 September, 13 October

SATURDAYKOS
Arrivals and Departures: Fly to Kos and transfer to Kos marina for embarkation. Kos is the home of the father of modern medicine Hippocrates and the ancient ruins of the Asklepieion medical complex are a must. In Kos town you can hire a bike as the best way to explore.
SUNDAYPOTHIA, KALYMNOS (17 nm)
Known as the island of the sponge divers. The bustling harbour town boasts several museums, and a lively neoclassical sea front.
MONDAYLIPSI (30 nm)
The largest of a small group of islands to the south of Patmos, explore the local market for thyme honey and other local specialities.
TUESDAYPATMOS / ARKI (12 nm)
Depending on the weather, we will head to Patmos, for a visit to the monastery of St John or alternatively the smaller island of Arki and the quiet village of Port Augusta, a sleepy little spot with just two tavernas ashore.
WED/SDAYLEROS (21 nm)
We moor in the marina in Lakki, on the south west side of the island. Evidence of Italian occupation is obvious in the town, with a good range of facilities ashore.
THURSDAYFREE SAILING
Heading towards Kos,, you are spoilt for choices – ask the crew, and they will guide you to your perfect spot.
FRIDAYKOS (36 nm)
Back to Kos, with bustling nightlife, great beaches. If you arrive early, why not try some watersports, or head to the village of Zia in the mountains, with breathtaking views across the waters to Turkey.
SATURDAYDeparture in the morning. New arrivals for a new week.

The Kalymnos Route

The Kalymnos route


THE SYMI ROUTE 2018
KOS - KOS

Embarkation dates:
19 May; 2 June, 16 June; 30 June, 14 July, 28 July; 11 August, 25 August; 8 September, 22 September; 6 October, 20 October

SATURDAYKOS
Arrivals and Departures: Fly to Kos and transfer to Kos marina for embarkation. Kos is the home of the father of modern medicine Hippocrates and the ancient ruins of the Asklepieion medical complex are a must. In Kos town you can hire a bike as the best way to explore.
SUNDAY

KARDAMINA, KOS (18 nm)
A few hours sail along the protected southern side of Kos, a great chance to get to know your yacht and enjoy a swim stop along the way. Kardamena is a lively destination, great for a punch party and the first group meal.

MONDAY

NYSIROS (10 nm)
A short sail south to the island of Nysiros – perfect if you wish to take advantage of an afternoon exploring the still active volcano. A visit to the monastery in the afternoon, with a choice of superb seafood tavernas to finish.

TUESDAYTILOS (20 nm)
The epitome of a traditional Greek Island with nice beaches and a friendly ‘far from the madding crowd’ feel. Tilos also hosts an internationally protected bird sanctuary.
WED/SDAYSYMI (24 nm)
The stunning harbour of Symi is a great place to sail into. The amphitheatre town retains its’ traditional character and charm having been much renovated over recent years. Be sure to climb the steps to the church for a superb panoramic view.
THURSDAYFREE SAILING
If you didn’t make it to the volcano, then Nysiros may be a good choice, alternatively your crew will give you the best recommendations based on the weather and your preferences.
FRIDAYKOS (25 nm)
Hire a bike to explore this attractive resort town and nearby beaches. Farewell evening ashore in lively Kos town
SATURDAYDeparture in the morning. New arrivals for second week.

The Symi Route

The Symi Route

TWO WEEK FLOTILLA– Combine the Symi route with the Kalymnos route for a two week flotilla holiday


Dodecanese flotilla crew
Together Mark and Kasia are responsible for the yachts and the safety of the crews aboard. They will ensure that you have a fantastic flotilla adventure and make your holiday a great one.

The Weather

This area is blessed with warm sunshine over 300 days a year. Temperatures from early May range from the low to mid 20s in early and late season, up to the high 30s between June and September. Sailing conditions are variable ranging from moderate to fresh force 3 – 6+, the latter being especially during the Meltmi season from late July through to late August, so we generally recommend this area for more experienced sailors.

The Dodecanese is a more challenging sailing area and as such the route is weather dependant. During the summer Meltemi season (normally July and August) a revised itinerary will operate, taking into account the prevailing wind patterns.

AVAILABLE YACHTS

The list of yachts available on the flotilla varies, but in general we offer:
HARMONY 34
OCEANIS 34
BAVARIA 37
OCEANIS 38.1
DUFOUR 382
BAVARIA 41
OCEANIS 41
SUN ODYSSEY 449
SUN ODYSSEY 469
OCEANIS 48
LAGOON 400 (CATAMARAN)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE A FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?
You will be in charge of your own chartered yacht as part of a flotilla fleet of not more than twelve yachts. Your professional lead crew will be on hand to assist and guide you through the beautiful waters, organising social events along the way. The crew’s aim is to make this a personal experience for you, and their local knowledge will help to make your holiday a very special one.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN MY FLOTILLA HOLIDAY?

  • Fully equipped charter yacht
  • Dinghy with outboard engine
  • A welcome punch party
  • A beach party (14 night flotilla holidays only)
  • End cleaning of your flotilla yacht
  • The services of an experienced lead crew and the support of the local base team / local agents
  • One full tank of diesel, full water tank(s) and cooking gas
  • Welcome pack of provisions and cleaning products to get you started
  • Bed linen, shower towels & tea towels.
    (On request and subject to availability we can offer return flights from the UK plus overseas airport transfers with ATOL Protection (on flight inclusive packages)
    Note: Mooring charges (except at flotilla base) extra fuel or water; food, drink and items of a personal nature such as laundry are excluded. For those extending their holiday after the yacht charter, transfer costs from yacht base to your accommodation are usually excluded and payable locally unless you are booking a flight inclusive package.

DO I NEED A SAILING LICENCE?
Yes, each skipper on a flotilla or bareboat charter is required to possess a recognised sailing qualification, typically either an RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you have experience but not the qualification, our RYA training centres in Greece can help you to achieve this as part of your holiday.

DO I NEED A VISA FOR MY TRIP TO GREECE?
No, for Greece a tourist visa is not required. If you are planning on extending your stay you may choose to visit Turkey (exit and entry fees apply) in which case a tourist visa will be required for your entry to Turkey.

WILL I HAVE TO PAY MOORING FEES?
On our flotillas, the first and last night of your charter will be in the marina, and we cover the fees for this (excluding showers and other marina facilities). During the course of your holiday there may be one or two places that charge a small fee, but this will generally not exceed 10 euros per night. In some places you will have to pay for topping up your tanks with water. Again, this is included whilst in the marina on your first and last nights.

WHAT WIND CONDITIONS CAN I EXPECT?
Generally the prevailing wind is from the North / North West and the strength ranges from force 3 to force 6. Stronger sailing breezes can generally be expected in the afternoons, between 2 and 5pm. During the Meltemi season, which is generally late July to the end of August, the winds can be a little stronger, between force 4 to 7 at times, although much of the sailing area is protected by the island so the swell is not too exaggerated.

HOW MUCH CASH SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME?
Obviously this will depend on what your plans are, but generally you can expect to pay around 15 euro per person for an evening meal. Although most places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available at our home ports of Kos as well as many of the islands – your crew know exactly where and when you can get more and they will keep you updated as your holiday progresses. Travellers cheques are no longer readily accepted, and of course euro is the currency used in Greece.

DO I NEED TO STOCK UP WITH PROVISIONS AT THE BASE?
A few basic supplies and plenty of water is always good to have on the yacht, and the marina supermarket is close for the heavy items, however all the islands and ports have some facilities and shops (although sometimes quite basic!). Half the fun of your flotilla holiday is exploring the harbours and villages, and of course there are plenty of restaurants for your evening meals ashore.

HOW FAR IS THE BASE FROM THE AIRPORT?
Our base in Kos Marina is approximately 30 minutes from Kos International airport.

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