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  • Location: Greece
  • Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
  • Departing from: Bodrum, Turkey, 1 p.m. Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Bodrum, Turkey, morning Day 8
  • Departures 2020: Oct. 3, as well as private departures
  • Price 2020: Euro €3,650 per person for minimum 6 participants (max 10 per boat). Single supplement Euro €600. Two guides accompany departures of 9 or more people. Note: our Guaranteed Departure and Small Group Fee policies do not apply to this tour.
  • Departures 2021: May 8 & Oct. 2, as well as private departures
  • Price 2021: Euro €3,650 per person for minimum 6 participants (max 10 per boat). Single supplement Euro €600. Two guides accompany departures of 9 or more people. Note: our Guaranteed Departure and Small Group Fee policies do not apply to this tour.

The Dodecanese are a group of 12 large Greek islands (plus 150 smaller ones) in the Aegean Sea. They are criss-crossed with ancient walking trails and adorned with Byzantine churches, medieval castles, and charming whitewashed villages. The Dodecanese islands provide the ideal setting for our style of guided walking tour: a mix of glorious land and seascapes, little-used walking trails, friendly people, wonderful cuisine, and the luxury and romance of traveling by private yacht. And what a yacht! We have a gorgeous 32-meter (103 feet), all-wood, two-masted gulet with a crew of four to look after your every need. You’ll have plenty of time to relax on board and enjoy the warm waters of the Aegean as we sail from Bodrum (Turkey) to explore the nearby Greek islands of Kós, Nisyros, Chalki, Tilos, and Symi.

Greece Southern Dodecanese Island Cruise & Walk Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights on a luxury gulet. All cabins have en suite flush toilets (not electric), stand-up shower stalls, hot and cold water, marble sink, hairdryer
  • Gulet Charter: an 80 - 100 ft. all-wood gulet with crew of captain, steward/s, and cook
  • Charter expenses: all customs and harbour fees, electricity, fuel, and water
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 7 lunches. Meals are either on board or in local tavernas, according to the itinerary.
  • Luggage: Bags are transferred to and from the gulet
  • Special events: Cooking class with local family, entrance to volcanic caldera on Nisyros
  • Transport: All private van transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Active days: 6 days of guided hiking
  • Guides: At least 1 bilingual Customwalks guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people; 2 guides accompany departures of 9 or more people
  • Max group size: Tours are capped at 10 people

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Greece Dodecanese (South) Islands Hiking Tour & Bodrum itinerary Request full itinerary

Saturday Day 1: Independent arrival Bodrum (Turkey) and departure for Knidos

Arrive independently in fabulous, exotic, Bodrum, Turkey, which has frequent air connections to Istanbul and other European hubs. You can also arrive via ferry this morning from the adjacent Greek island of Kos which has frequent air connections to Athens and other European cities (see the pre-departure information about getting to and from the tour). If you want to arrive a couple of days early, either in Bodrum or Kos, let us know and we can give you some hotel recommendations and make bookings for you. We can also arrange airport pick-ups. Bodrum is a lovely town with a fascinating history and it is well worth a day or two to visit.  We meet today at 1 p.m. for lunch in town, and then board the boat. After a pleasant 3.5 to 4 hour cruise we arrive in the ancient harbour of Antique Knidos in time for sunset. Located at the head of the Datca peninsula, Knidos has Greek, Roman, and Byzantine remains. The ruins of a Greek theatre and temples, Roman sarcophagi, and lone Doric pillars scatter the hillside and remind us that this Hellenic ghost town was once a thriving port 2,500 years ago. Indeed, we are moored even where bronze age vessels sheltered during their voyages. Dinner on board. Overnight Knidos. Lunch and dinner included.

Sunday Day 2: Symi Island

Dive straight into the inviting turquoise water before breakfast on the aft deck. We disembark for a 1.5 hour hike amongst the ruins of Knidos and out to the lighthouse which overlooks the meeting of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. A scenic cruise along the Turkish coast brings us to the town of Datca where we clear Turkish customs. From there it's only a short trip across to Symi Island. Hello Greece! Our agents look after the customs proceedings while you are free to explore charming Symi village. We then embark on a late afternoon hike up through the staircases of Symi town, past crumbling and restored 19th century mansions to eventually exit the village on a flag-stone pathway that dates back centuries. We are rewarded with immense views over the jumble of pastel coloured buildings of Symi village. Our path drops down to the coast and we end the hike with a pleasant walk along the seashore to stop at a charming and traditional home that belongs to our friend Smeragda. She and her mother give us a cooking lesson and we enjoy eating what we have prepared together for dinner. You’ll never skimp on olive oil again after you see how much they lavish on their stuffed grape leaves! After dinner we say “kalispera” (good night) and walk down to the seashore and transfer by dinghy to our gulet which is moored just off shore. Overnight Symi island. All meals included.

Monday Day 3: Symi Island

Wake up with a morning swim and a hearty breakfast before heading out for today’s spectacular traverse across the island to colorful Symi town. This is our most challenging, but perhaps most rewarding, walk as we crest a high ridge and then gradually descend into town, which was once a stylish and wealthy seaport famous for its sponge-divers. We have a fabulous seafood lunch at a local taverna before re-joining our yacht to relax, have a swim, or do some shopping at the many boutiques in town. The Walk: 3 hours. Ascend on a narrow, rocky trail then descend on an ancient flagstone path then stairs down to the sea. Dinner on board, then you’re free to wander into town tonight to check out the scene since we’ll be moored in the port. Overnight Symi town. All meals included.

Tuesday Day 4: Chalki Island

A short pre-breakfast cruise takes us to a magnificent bay on the east side of the island. Only accessible by boat, we moor beneath sweeping limestone cliffs and under the watchful eye of a tiny white-washed chapel. This is the perfect place for a swim followed by breakfast. We then get dropped off at the start of the day’s first  walk which takes us through a fragrant pine forest to the Agios Georgios monastery. Visit the historical chapel dedicated to Saint Michael before getting picked up by our gulet at the monastery jetty. We stop for a swim and lunch in a secluded anchorage before cruising over to idyllic Chalki island. One of the smallest of the inhabited Greek Islands it is also one of the most charming. We tie up at the jetty in front of the cheerful, pale yellow, pink, blue, and green painted cafes and tavernas that line the port. We get off the boat to  walk through colorful Chalki town and then climb up to the imposing ruins of a castle built by the Knights of Saint John. From this vantage point you can see the massive bulk of Rhodes, and you may also catch a glimpse of your yacht as it cruises around to a quiet cove to pick us up after our descent from the castle. We cruise back to Chalki village and have dinner in one of the lively local tavernas in the main square beneath the boughs of a majestic carob tree. Overnight Chalki island. All meals included.

Wednesday Day 5: Tilos Island

Enjoy breakfast on board while the crew pulls up the anchor and we set out for Tilos island. During this morning cruise keep a look out for sea turtles and dolphins. We drop anchor, have a swim, and have lunch on the leeside of Tilos before heading off for a 3-hour walk along the coast and then inland to Mikro Chorio, an eerie village that was abandoned in the 1950’s. We walk amongst the ancient terraces of olive, walnut, and carob trees. Loop back down to Tilos town to re-join our yacht and then a short motor to a sheltered, isolated cove for the night. We dine on board, beneath a canopy of twinkling stars. Overnight Tilos island. All meals included.

Thursday Day 6: Nisyros Island volcano walk

Weigh anchor this morning and cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros. Upon arrival, we have a van transfer to the floor of the 4-km wide caldera, which provides a surreal landscape of smoking fumaroles and yellow sulphur-tinged vents. The last eruption was in 1888 and you can still feel the volcano pulsing beneath your feet. Walk down into the caldera itself and have a look around before departing on foot up to the whitewashed village of Nikia, which is perched overlooking the crater rim. Enjoy a frothy iced-coffee in the picture-postcard square then shuttle to a local taverna with delicious home-made food and sweeping views over the crater below. After lunch, transfer back to the town of Mandraki where you can explore the town or re-join the boat. Dine tonight at a waterfront restaurant before returning to your floating home. Overnight Mandraki harbor, Nisyros island. All meals included. 

Friday Day 7: Nisyros, Kos, Bodrum

Disembark this morning for a walk through the narrow and colorful streets of town, past white-washed houses with brightly painted balconies and shutters. We gradually climb up to the massive walls of a 7th century BC Doric fortress with dominating views over the town below. Return to the yacht for a short cruise over to the tiny and uninhabited island of Gyali, which has been mined for its pumice for centuries. We moor here for lunch and a swim before continuing on to  Kos harbour where our agents will clear us of Greek customs. While they do that, we can get off the boat and take in a sampling of the island’s rich history that is reflected in its architecture and historic monuments. The harbor is guarded by the imposing castle of the Knights of St. John, while 17th century Ottoman mosques and buildings stand next to austere Italian public buildings built during the Fascist period. We say Goodbye to Greece and have an hour’s motor back to the bustling port of Bodrum. Once through Turkish customs you are free to head into town for some last shopping or a snack of honey-laced baclava. Our gulet is tied up in the shadow of Bodrum’s majestic 12th century crusader castle which provides an impressive setting for our farewell meal on board. Overnight Bodrum harbour. All meals included.

Saturday Day 8: departure from Bodrum

Disembark this morning for flights from Bodrum airport, or the ferry to Kos. We have to be off the gulet by 09:00.  Early breakfast on board included.

Note on Itinerary: Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, such as weather.

Turkey vs. Greece: For those of you who have done our Turkish gulet tour, I can tell you that this is similar but very different. On both tours we travel by gulet, which is a fabulous way of getting around. The food is fantastic, and the comfort of lazing on deck, cold drink in hand and watching the sunset, is hard to beat, as is diving into the warm waters of the Aegean before breakfast. On this tour we often moor in little Greek villages because they are so delightful. Also, we want you to get a taste of Greek culture, both literally and figuratively. We will have several lunches and dinners in tavernas and the food is really excellent.The crew are always professional and yet friendly and obliging.
The walks are similar to those in Turkey in that we usually drop off from the boat, hike, and we are then picked up again at the end of our walk.
It is different from our Turkish tour because:

  1. One of the great features of the Greek islands are its beautiful villages and ports, while in Turkey it’s not the towns themselves that are the draw. The Greek villages have a rich patrimony and their own colorful architectural style.
  2. We thus spend more time in villages, both to enjoy their charm but also because there are fewer secluded bays than in Turkey. We will have two nights out of seven in secluded anchorages, and five nights in charming harbors.
  3. Dinners: we eat off the boat more often for dinner. Firstly, because we use a Turkish gulet and crew so we went to make sure you get a taste of the local cuisine. Secondly, it’s always fun to get out at night and mingle with the locals we meet along the way.

I can assure you that they are both fabulous tours.

Activity Level 2 + = Easy to Moderate Plus:
In general: This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and a little challenging but do-able for not-so-fit hikers.
Terrain: Flat to gently rolling terrain but with some rocky, rugged terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 30 minutes of sustained ascents or descents. The walks are shorter in distance than those found on a 3 rated tour. 
Actual walking time: Between 2-4 hours per day, mostly in the morning but sometimes also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 7 and 10 kms/4.5 and 6 miles. Max distance is 12 kms/7 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of mostly compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and on occasion rocky and uneven trails. .
Footing: Good, but on occasion you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: Flat to rolling terrain but often on uneven, rocky trails. Daily activity between 2-4 hours per day, mostly in the morning. Max distance 10 km (6 mi.). Note: a typical day starts with a drop-off from the boat and a morning walk of a few hours with a stop along the way. We often end the morning walk at a beach or cove where we are picked up by the boat. Then we have lunch, cruise to our next destination, and sometimes have a short afternoon walk. This tour can become very easy if you choose to skip some of the walks and enjoy relaxing on the boat!
Hiking Poles: Not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful.  
Compared to the Cinque Terre: This tour is significantly easier than the hikes in the Cinque Terre.
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit, first-time hikers who enjoy walking and have good balance. 
Easy to Moderate Plus Tours: in this category are all of our boat–based tours in Turkey, Croatia, and Greece if you decide to do all of the walks on offer. On these trips, we usually do a walk in the morning, return to the boat for a swim and then lunch, then cruise, then sometimes drop off for another late afternoon hike, which you could skip and just relax on the boat. Your guides of course can advise you of the difficulty level and the terrain and footing of each walk. Other Easy to Moderate Plus tours are: Tuscany Val d’Orcia & Maremma Walk and Provence Walk

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Getting There: The tour starts from Bodrum, Turkey. Bodrum has frequent air connections to Istanbul and other European hubs. Flight time from Istanbul is 1 hour and from Munich it's 2.5 hrs, to give you an idea. You can also arrive via ferry the morning of departure from the adjacent Greek island of Kos which has frequent air connections to Athens and other European hubs (See the  pre- departure information about getting to and from the tour). We can also arrange airport pick-ups. You must be in Bodrum harbor no later than 1 p.m. There is a place to store your luggage if you arrive early in the morning.

Air: The closest airport to the start of the tour is Bodrum's "Milas" airport, which is well connected to Istanbul or other European hubs. You could also fly io the nearby Greek island of Kos from Athens (or other European hubs), but you would need to arrive on Kos the day before departure, stay the night on Kos, and then catch the ferry the next morning to Bodrum. Aegean and Olympic airlines fly to Kos, as well low-cost flights from Paris, London and Amsterdam with companies like Ryan Air, Easy Jet and Transavia. Pegasus airlines is a Turkish low cost airline that flies to Bodrum through SAW Istanbul airport from various European hubs such as Rome.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: The trip ends in Bodrum at 8 a.m. You can also disembark earlier for early morning flights. Alternatively, you can take the morning ferry to Kos and continue with your vacation in Greece.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to and from the trip, and of course you can e-mail us with any questions.

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Average ratings
4.8
Guides
4.7
Quality of itinerary
4.2
Food quality & variety
4.3
Value for money
4.8
Right amount of activity
4.8
Overall satisfaction

Reviews
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by Gib J
Posted Apr 01, 2019

Gwen and I thoroughly enjoyed our greek island cruise walk in spite of a less than stellar week of weather. Hurricane and wind. Claire and Nefeli, our guides were terrific, adjusting to the weather on the fly. The hiking was a spectacular way to enjoy the islands especially when combined with the mornings and evenings on the sailboat and interacting with island natives.

4.6
by MG from Richmond
Posted Nov 08, 2018

A great trip with plenty of unforgettable moment and highlights. The trip was made by the like-mindedness of fellow travellers and the enthusiasm of our guides. The choice of restaurants and eateries showcased the best of local cuisine. Possibly the activity level on some days was closer to a 3/5 than a 2/5 but that is to quibble because the views at the top always were worth the extra effort. We have unhesitantly recommended the trip and Customwalks to our friends

4.8
by R. Boas from Atlanta, GA --USA
Posted Jul 07, 2016

This was an outstanding trip in all respects--- the boat, the itinerary, the guides, the food, and the walks/hikes. We cannot recommend it highly enough. This was our third trip with Claire as our guide, and it will not be our last!

5
by P Allumbaugh from Atlanta Georgia
Posted Jul 05, 2016

What an awesome week in the Dodecanese Islands! I looked forward to this trip because of our wonderful trip to Turkey on a similar boat almost 10 years ago. Our group was very fun and easy and up for adventures each day. Our leader Claire was joined by Nefeli from Athens and provided insight and historical relevance to each of our hikes and the islands we visited. Our gullet was so much bigger than one for our Turkey sail - it felt luxurious and spacious. Houssain was a wonderful cook and each meal was beautiful and delicious -no telling how many photos we have of our meals! The hikes were strenuous and the views almost magical. For me there is nothing like hiking up to the top and looking down into another bay with our boat waiting on us! Thank you Claire, Nefeli, and Custom Walks for our wonderful vacation...for me a Bucket List trip!

4.6
by J&Y from Tokyo Japan
Posted Jul 05, 2016

It was one of the best tours in my life. Our group from Atlanta, Cape Cod and Tokyo was great with our best guides and a chef. We will do another trip to Sicily soon! P.S. If we could have laundry service on the boat, it would be the best.

4.3
by P&S from Bedford, Canada
Posted Feb 16, 2015

A unique experience. Highlights of the tour for us were the beautiful islands; meeting our fellow tour mates and our boat. The accomodations were comfortable, the food was excellent and the crew was friendly and helpful. Brett and Yorgos did a great job as guides. Parts of some of the walks would challenge the weekend hiker but overall they were enjoyable. We had fun.

4.5
by Bruce and Linda from USA Arlington Heights
Posted Feb 11, 2015

Our second walk and sail and we loved it!

4.8
by S Lane from Crawley, UK
Posted Feb 09, 2015

We have loved all the Walk and Sail tours, we are doing another one this year. The combination of scenic walks, wonderful swimming locations, living on a boat and eating and drinking well, is hard to beat. There was a good variety of walks on this tour, some very pretty villages, the most beautiful bay I have ever swum in, excellent guides. If you haven't tried one of the walk and sail tours, what are you waiting for?

4.6
by K.Gould from Bodrum, Turkey
Posted Feb 03, 2015

Such a great combination - walking and cruising, looking forward to great food and company aboard our gulet after glorious days exploring these picturesque Greek islands. No mean feat to co-ordinate walks and boats between islands but Brett and Yorgos did this with aplomb and plenty of humour.

4.6
by T Woodall from Atlanta, Georgia USA
Posted Feb 03, 2015

Sail and walk tours are great fun with lots of different challenges each day. Claire and Brett provided their usual high degree of professionalism along with a heavy dose of laughter and fun. Greece is simply magnificent.



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Gwen and I thoroughly enjoyed our greek island cruise walk in spite of a less than stellar week of weather. Hurricane and wind. Claire and Nefeli, our guides were terrific, adjusting to the weather on the fly. The hiking was a spectacular way to enjoy the islands especially when combined with the mornings and evenings on the sailboat and interacting with island natives.
by Gib J


A great trip with plenty of unforgettable moment and highlights. The trip was made by the like-mindedness of fellow travellers and the enthusiasm of our guides. The choice of restaurants and eateries showcased the best of local cuisine. Possibly the activity level on some days was closer to a 3/5 than a 2/5 but that is to quibble because the views at the top always were worth the extra effort. We have unhesitantly recommended the trip and Customwalks to our friends
by MG from Richmond


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