Dodecanese

Island hopping Dodecanese

Destination airport (From many European airports from April to October)
Kos – usually Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.
combimix with all islands (not with Chalky) and sailing.
Rhodes – usually Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
combimix with all islands (except Nysiros and Patmos)

On the tracks of the lifestyle with lively traditions on endless beaches

Create your own tour without obligations: By island hopping learn picturesque and traditional islands around Rhodes and Kos. Decide what suites you the best and mix the desired hotels with days for relaxation, swimming and events on Dodecanese.

Individual island hopping

IMPORTANT: Before clicking on Request below, please read some important tips that will help you mix your tour:

  • By clicking on Request the travel request form will open
  • After entering the travel period, a list with the approximate prices will appear
  • You will learn about possible island combinations, by clicking on the red markers on the map
  • The blue question marks will provide you with further information about island and hotel selection
  • Hotel selection is only possible after having chosen an island

In case you are not yet familiar with Dodecanese or mix island hopping for the first time:

  • Click on Popular island combinations above
  • Read the information given there and proceed by clicking on Request

Create your own tour: Get more information about ‘Popular island combinations’ or directly click on ‘Request’ to mix your personal tour.

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Popular island combinations


If you cannot yet answer the following questions:

Which islands to choose? Which beaches? Which regions?

Take a look at the most popular and recommendable combinations for 14 days:

Outbound flight to Kos, after to Kalymnos, Symi with return flight from Rhodes
(and vice versa)

  • Wide sandy beaches with evidence of an eventful history that is worth seeing
  • Regional living culture, vivid traditions & kind islanders
  • A multifaceted island world with varied coasts

Outbound flight to Kos, after to Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos with return flight from Kos

  • Almost untouched coasts and lush mountain formations
  • Extraordinary sandy beaches and Mediterranean evenings on 4 islands
  • Apocalypse and impressive fortresses on Patmos

Outbound flight to Rhodes, after Symi, Tilos, Chalki with return flight from Rhodes

  • Natural beauty on Tilos and the picturesque scenery of Symi
  • Mediterranean zest of life on Chalki far away from the tourists
  • Combine discovering the historic centre of Rhodes with nice bathing days

Outbound and return flight from Kos with sail week, Kalymnos and/or Kos

  • Experience a great contrast of landscapes, cultures and people
  • Start with sailing and then discover one or more islands
  • From April until November, always from Saturday

Choose, what is important to you: Please click on Request to start mixing your personal tour.

Offers Islandhopping greece dodecanese islands


What offer islands of Dodecanese?

(For information about each island, please, click on each picture or numeration down.)

Dodecanese Islands

Dodecanese Islands
Dodecanese Islands

Background

In the South East of the Aegean, the sunniest part of Greece, is located the island group of Dodecanese. It consists of 12 main islands and numerous smaller islands. Each of them has its own unmistakable character. For island hopping there are charming sand beaches, hidden bays, excavation sites of big historical importance, gorgeous Byzantine and medieval monuments, traditional settlements and architectural memorials from the time of Italian mastery. All of these made Dodecanese one of the most popular travel destinations in Mediterranean area. The two biggest islands Rhodes and Kos are at the same time the most well-known, whereas Patmos, Leros, Simi and Kalimnos have preserved its traditional character, despite the increasing number of tourists. The rich history of Dodecanese begins many centuries ago. The pirate attacks, reign of St. John, Turks and Italians and finally the reunion with Greece in 1948.

Culture

A trip to Dodecanese is like a hike through the history, myths and legends that are alive until today. Walk on Ritter Street in the medieval city center in Rhodes. You will be overtaken by the feeling as if you suddenly met a knight. During a trip to Kos you can meet Asclepius, the God of medicine. The neoclassical settlements on Simi and Chalky remind living paintings, just like on Castellorizo, which is at the border of Europe. Every island is the expression of architectural inspiration. Culture plays a leading role on each island with many festivals and cultural events that are held on the highest level and can satisfy the most demanding guests. We are pleased to welcome our guests. You will get to know very valuable cultural traditions which appeared from a mixture of different civilizations that met on these islands.

Religion

The visitors of Dodecanese are seized with views and special impressions and would like to get to know and investigate inestimable value of culture and history of the islands. Everyone who would like to discover and follow the traces of Apostle Paulus can gain here experience for life. You can see the secret magic of the Revelation of St. John, “Jerusalem of the Mediterranean”. Also you can admire the Bell Tower, as an example of big architectural mastery, which is located on the main square of the village. Because of impressive appearance, the churches are promoted to be the cultural heritage. Near the Orthodox Church, there are Catholic Church and further the Muslim mosque and Jewish synagogue. A little bit high in the mountain slopes of the island are located the chapels, so that the melodies of Byzantine music could be heard, as in religious tradition. A wandering visitor, who is looking for special and beautiful places with thousand year’s old history, will find here hospitable and attractive surroundings.

Sport

The Dodecanese welcome brave explorers who are dreaming to combine vacation with breathtaking adventures. The wild beauty of the rocks in Dodecanese and the mysterious depth of the sea are a real challenge for travelers. Climbing the sharp mountains, diving in depth of the sea with long forgotten wrecks and by the north wind strengthened waves motivates visitors of our island to challenge and conquer the power of nature. The organized climbing and diving facilities together with endless beaches attract followers of these sports from all over the world. On the other side of our islands there is more “action”, where you can find new friends. The islands of Dodecanese are a place of unique beauty and hidden secrets that are waiting for romantic and brave visitors.

Products and handicraft

This field can be proud for its folk culture that is obvious on every island and in every village in Dodecanese. The wealth of the island is produced masterfully and passionately by artists. The passion for art can be seen in paved valleys of medieval city on Rhodes, where every paving stone (called “chochlaki”) is artfully fitted in. In the same way are our traditional settlements on small islands artfully restored and well-kept on Chalky, Castellorizo and Simi as well as manor houses on Kalimnos, Patmos and Karpathos. Even now by building “modern” houses a bricklayer becomes a folk artist and carves stones to preserve the architectural local character. Despite the modern time and new technology, some shipbuilders, bell makers, icon painters and leather molders still exist and pass on their knowledge of art to young colleagues. The textile and ceramics items in the household of our islands are small works of arts for our visitors, and also memories of our traditional life. Our folksy culture is alive and, as a part of our modern everyday life, represents authentic and permanent identity of our islands in the Aegean.

The Dodecanese islands in Greece are: Rhodes, Kos, Kalimnos, Karpathos, Leros, Patmos, Simi, Tilos, Nisiros, Chalki, Kassos, Astipalea, Castellorizo, Lipsi, Agathonisi.