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|Day 1||Sat||11 nm||Kos, leaving kos marina for Pserimos anchorage (or Kalymos/Vathi port on Kalymnos).|
|Day 2||Sun||21 nm||Leros, Leros Lakki or Ay marina.|
|Day 3||Mon||43 nm||Cross towards Astypalea, long day sailing.|
|Day 4||Tue||38 nm||Palon or Mandraki port on Nisyros (visit the fumaroles) - another real crossing.|
|Day 5||Wed||18 nm||Tilos, off the beaten track.|
|Day 6||Thu||35 nm||Symi, visit Symi port as well as the anchorages south of Pethi.|
|Day 7||Fri||56 nm||Kos, explore town and castle.|
|Day 1||Sat||15 nm||Leaving Kos marina for Kalymnos/Vathi port on Kalymnos island (or Pserimos anchorage).|
|Day 2||Sun||16 nm||Leros - Ayia Marina|
|Day 3||Mon||19 nm||Agathonisi - also known as Gaidaros (Donkey), since seemingly shaped like one. Visit Agios Georgios port.|
|Day 4||Tue||23 nm||Arki - Marathos (Marathi) islet and Augusta port (13 nm) - and Patmos island - Skala port (a further 10 nm).|
|Day 5||Wed||26 nm||Telendos or Emborios on Kalymnos island - good stopover at Lakki Marina|
|Day 6||Thu||35 nm||Past the west cape of Kos island to Palon or Mandraki port on Nisyros, visit those mephitic fumaroles.|
|Day 7||Fri||23 nm||Kos, explore town and castle|
🡱 Itineraries out of Kos or adjacent Bodrum, Turkey (here for clarity drawn only out of Kos)
Approximate distances in nautical miles.
The , usually sailed counter-clockwise.
2 typical short-cuts ( )
• Leros (or Kalymnos) – Levitha islet – Amorgos
• Patmos – Amorgos
The is a drastic short-cut: only up to Patmos and instead of crossing to Amorgos or Astypalaia, south via Leros - Lakki, Nisyros, (Symi), Knidos and back to Kos/Bodrum.
Another indicates the extra loop to Didyma marina which allows you to visit the archaeological sites of Didyma, Priene and Miletus
The , also possible to start at Rhodes or Marmaris, Turkey.
Kasos and Karpathos are worth the extra mileage but often substituted for either Amorgos or the Gökova Gulf.
The northern route is preferred 2 weeks itinerary and if too long best to skip Ikaria and Fournoi but include Amorgos and Astypalea.
Note that the open stretch of water between the Dodecanese and Amorgos/Astypalaia can get very windy. Also because of the long fetch the waves can be much higher here. See stepping stones between Cyclades and Dodecanese.
Second best is the or the yellow route.
Third is the Turquoise coastal route: both the Hirsarönü and Gökova Gulfs with Symi, Nisyros.
The night before returning to the Kos or Bodrum homeport:
• From the south: either Knidos or the Mersincik anchorage
• From the north: either Kalymnos port or Pserimos
The farther east – and between the Turkish promontories – the better the shelter (lowest winds/waves). Also much shorter distances between ports/anchorages within the Turkish Gulfs. Also means that there are lots of picturesque ports/ along the Turkish coasts not indicated on this map.
To include Amorgos and/or Astypalaia makes for an advanced itinerary!
1 week Kos or Bodrum :
• Hirsarönü Gulf plus Simi, Tilos, Nisyros shown by and
• The plus Nisyros or Kalymnos
|Day 1||Sat||23 nm||Leaving Rhodes for Symi - the three southernmost anchorages along the east coast and Simi port|
|Day 2||Sun||38 nm||Nisyros - Palon (more shelter) & Mandraki ports, a visit to the caldera and try to anchor at the many volcanic beaches.|
|Day 3||Mon||31 nm||Kalymnos - The main port of Pothia, with its Italianate style of architecture. Anchor at Telendos or much more secluded in Emborios.|
|Day 4||Tue||34 nm||Lipsi (Leipsoi) - Churches of Panagia/Virgin Mary and the nearest blue cupola Ioannis Theologos/John Evangelist. Anchorages at the northwest and south - lots of reefs!|
|Day 5||Wed||11 nm||Patmos - Rent bikes/scooters from Skala.|
|Day 6||Thu||10 nm||Arki - Port Augusta and Marathos islet (Marathi)|
|Day 7||Fri||31 nm||Samos - Marathakambos (27 nm) or Pythagorion (31 nm) ports, Pythagorio fortress and the tunnel of Eupalinos.|
|Day 8||Sat||17 nm||Agathonisi (Gaidaros) - Ay. Georgiou port and the narrow anchorage 1.3 nm to the east.|
|Day 9||Sun||19 nm||Leros - Alindas bay and the Venetian castle, or the more peaceful and lush Pandeli bay further south.|
|Day 10||Mon||23 nm||Pserimos - The small hamlet of Pserimos is delightful after the tripperboats have returned elsewhere in the end of the afternoon.|
|Day 11||Tue||11 nm||Kos - Kardamena has one of the best beaches in Greece, yet only visit well after the season due to the overwhelming amount of tourists. Normally just visit Kos port and discover the wonderful town.|
|Day 12||Wed||34 nm||Tilos - Lidavia port|
|Day 13||Thu||20 nm||Chalki (Halki)- The main port Emborio, and the castle on the adjacent island of Alimia (Alimnia).|
|Day 14||Fri||37 nm||Rhodes|
Kos to Kos - 14 days - Advanced & 362 nm
|Day 1||Sat||15 nm||Kalymnos|
|Day 2||Sun||17 nm||Leros|
|Day 3||Mon||21 nm||Patmos|
|Day 4||Tue||22 nm||Levitha|
|Day 5||Wed||35 nm||Amorgos|
|Day 6||Thu||-- nm||Amorgos|
|Day 7||Fri||49 nm||Astypalaia|
|Day 8||Sat||20 nm||Ay Ioannis|
|Day 9||Sun||56 nm||Kasos|
|Day 10||Mon||24 nm||Karpathos|
|Day 11||Tue||23 nm||Chalki|
|Day 12||Wed||19 nm||Symi|
|Day 13||Thu||38 nm||Nisyros|
|Day 14||Fri||23 nm||Kos|
Samos to Rhodes - 14 days & 257 nm
|Day 1||Sat||15 nm||Samos Maratakambos|
|Day 2||Sun||22 nm||Ikaria|
|Day 3||Mon||34 nm||Agathonisi|
|Day 4||Tue||13 nm||Arki|
|Day 5||Wed||10 nm||Patmos|
|Day 6||Thu||21 nm||Leros|
|Day 7||Fri||-- nm||Leros|
|Day 8||Sat||20 nm||Kalymnos|
|Day 9||Sun||18 nm||Kos|
|Day 10||Mon||23 nm||Nisyros|
|Day 11||Tue||18 nm||Tilos|
|Day 12||Wed||20 nm||Chalki|
|Day 13||Thu||19 nm||Symi|
|Day 14||Fri||24 nm||Rhodes|
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