Bodrum – South Dodecanese Islands – Bodrum
1. Day :
Embarkation, welcome drink and program briefing in Bodrum harbor. Dinner and overnight stay in the harbor or at a nearby cove.
2. Day :
After breakfast in the yacht sailing to Kos. One of the best known healing centers (Asclepion) of the ancient world is here and it is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Health seekers from the entire east Mediterranean were treated at Cos. You have opportunity to see Asclepeion, Castle and Museum after lunch on board. Choice of swimming in the warm waters of Empros thermal baths on the south coast or in a nearest beach to the center. Dinner and overnight on board in the Harbor of Kos. Kos is also reputed for being one of the best party islands
3. Day :
Early morning cruising to Symi with a swimming stop in a bay of the Island. Symi is an island that has beautiful surroundings, nice taverns and wonderful waters. The people on Symi live off tourism, fishing and some farming. Like on Kalymnos, the men also collect sponges from the coasts of North Africa. According to mythology, Symi got its name from the princess of Rhodes, who eloped here with the god Glaucus since her father the king did not approve of their marriage. Dinner on and overnight in Symi Harbor.
4. Day :
From Symi early morning start and sail to Rhodes. This is one of the best known Greek islands. It is a beautiful island, but the many years of tourism has definitely taken its toll. Everywhere in Lindos and Rhodes town you will see bars, discos, and restaurants with food from all over the world. On the one hand this might take away a bit of the “Greek-ness” of the island, but on the other hand you have everything you want here. Many locals are involved with tourism in one way or the other, but there is also a lot of farmers on the island. They grow grapes and keep goats. Because it is a large island, many also have “ordinary” occupations: civil servants, shop owners, office clerks etc. There is also a large military base on the island. Rhodes used to be the sun god Helios’ island. According to mythology, he had fallen in love with the nymph Rhodes, and when he shone his light on her, she transformed into the island. The name means “rose” and the island is known since antiquity as a flowery place. Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese. Its capital city, located at its northern tip, is the capital of the Prefecture with the Medieval Town in its center. In 1988 the Medieval Town was designated as a World Heritage City. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is the result of different architectures belonging to various historic eras, predominantly those of the Knights of St. John . Optional tours may be organized for an Old Town tour. The harbor town has a charming bohemian atmosphere.
5. Day :
Departing after breakfast to the Datca, while your captain doing the port formalities you may have a walk in through the city center. Datca is a friendly lively port during the daytime offering a variety of shops and a good selection of restaurants and bars along the waterfront. Departing from Datca and have a swimming stop in a bay. Dinner and overnight would be at Palamutbuku which is a lovely fishing village.
6. Day :
Early in the morning cruise to Knidos (Cnidus), one of the six cities of Dorian Hexapolis to see ancient theaters & Temples. Long centuries ago Knidos was a major Dorian city, celebrated for its temples, theaters, statue of Aphrodite, the world’s first observatory, and medical school. The town, renowned for its history as much as for its geography, and boasting an attractive landscape, used to have two ports; one for commercial and one for military purposes. According to the historian Strabon, the military port was large enough to hold 20 warships and its entrance used to be closed off with chains when necessary; whereas the second port to the south, the commercial port, used to have a windbreaker extending out from both sides. Knidos used to be surrounded with 15-kilometer (9-mile) city walls and had three entrance gates; two on the northern and one on the eastern wall. The acropolis was located on a hill northeast of the city. As far as is understood from the surviving ruins, the town used to have two theaters, one Odeon, two temples, a stoa, an agora, and a number of other buildings. The most interesting among them was perhaps the Temple of Aphrodite. The boat will anchor for the night in Mersincik.
7. Day :
After breakfast, departure for Kara island perhaps enjoy your last swim in crystal clear water. Overnight in the bay or Harbor of Bodrum.
8. Day :
Disembarkation after breakfast in Bodrum.