The best greek island tours: Greek island hopping itineraries


 

We have done the hard work of hopping among these islands for years. Tough job, we know! And, we’ve picked three great Greek Island itineraries that we know you’ll love. You can join one of our scheduled Voyages as a solo traveler or with a small group. Or, your friends and family can book a Private Charter for the dates that work for you. In any case it will be a trip of a lifetime!

 

Kos - Rhodes

Spend a week aboard our gorgeous gulet and explores the coves and islands between Kos and Rhodes. This island hopping itinerary includes: 

  • 2 nights hotel in Rhodes or Kos, depending where the Voyage begins.

  • Free time in Kos to explore the gorgeous old town, Hippocrates tree and healing temple, sandy beaches, hot springs, and smart tavernas.

  • Free time in Rhodes to explore the well-preserved medieval town, gorgeous beaches, amazing boutiques, and renown archeological museum.

  • Elegant and whimsical Symi Island, which is always a guest favorite with its boutiques, windmills, Panormitis monastery and adorable harbor.

  • Adorable Tilos with its peaceful harbor.

  • Nisyros with its young volcano and picturesque villages.

  • A shopping excursion in Datca (Turkey) where you can enjoy a traditional hamam experience and some delicious Turkish cuisine,

This was our very first Greek Island Voyage, and we love it! The combination of Symi, Tilos and Nisyros is unparalleled. And, the ability for our guests to visit Rhodes is a treat!

Rhodes has an amazingly preserved medieval city that’s hiding a modern town.

My favorite, and everyone who’s ever been there’s favorite, is Symi. What a gem of an island. The harbor is like an amphitheater, with buildings rising up the walls of the mountains. There are iconic windmills, adorable boutiques, great hikes and generally an unmatched vibe.

Completely different than Symi is Tilos. We call it Cat Island because of all the friendly cats. The water here is crystal clear, its mesmerizing to watch the waves whisking up over the colorful pebbles. I have dreams of renting a place here for a few months and writing a novel!

And, rounding up the mix is Nisyros. There is a “young volcano” as the centerpiece of this island, and the centerpiece of our visit here. It smells like a geyser, that unmistakable smell of sulfur. And it feels a bit like we’re visiting the moon!


Kos - Kos

Spend a week aboard our gorgeous gulet and explores the coves and islands around Kos. This island hopping itinerary includes: 

  • 2 nights hotel in Kos, with free time to explore the gorgeous old town, Hippocrates tree and healing temple, sandy beaches, hot springs, and smart tavernas.

  • Kalymnos, with its challenging Italian Road hike and breathtaking Vathi harbor.

  • Unspoiled Lipsi with its natural wine vineyard, and hidden sea-side taverna.

  • Spiritual Patmos with the Cave of the Apocalypse and monastery dedicated to Saint John.

  • Lush Leros with its impressive castle.

  • A shopping excursion in Bodrum (Turkey) where you can enjoy a traditional hamam experience and some delicious Turkish cuisine.

Kos is our hub, and this Voyage makes the most of its and its surrounding isles. There are four iconic days as part of this route.

Icon 1: The Italian Road hike is no joke! The reward of a beer and calamari party is well earned. Even the guests who opt to boat to Vathi instead of hike can participate. Oh, and Vathi, gorgeous Vathi! It’s like a Norwegian fjord. The “ooo”s and “ahhh”s fun to listen to as guests see it for the first time!

Icon 2: The long climb up Patmos to two pilgrimage sites is spectacular. It is challenging, but gorgeous, lined with eucalyptus trees and full of panoramic views of the harbor below, and windmills and monastery above. The monastery is one of my favorite places to sit and enjoy the breeze. And, the shopping nearby is unparalleled.

Icon 3: The sunset hike up to the castle on Leros is many guests’ absolute favorite—not just from their time with us, but EVER. To sit in the shadow of castle from the crusades and watch the sun set over the harbor is spectacular!

Icon 4: Little lush Lipsi is such a gem. Completely different than the others, our time here is spent relaxing in a natural farm and a seaside taverna.


Kos - SAMOS

Spend a week aboard our gorgeous gulet and explores the coves and islands between Kos and Samos. This island hopping itinerary includes: 

  • 2 nights hotel in Samos or Kos, depending where the Voyage begins.

  • Free time in Kos to explore the gorgeous old town, Hippocrates tree and healing temple, sandy beaches, hot springs, and smart tavernas.

  • Free time in Samos to explore its rustic villages, fantastic beaches and emerald forests.

  • Secluded Fourni with its picturesque promenade.

  • Kalymnos, with its challenging Italian Road hike and breathtaking Vathi harbor.

  • Unspoiled Lipsi with its natural wine vineyard, and hidden sea-side taverna.

  • A shopping excursion in Kusadasi (Turkey) where you can enjoy a traditional hamam experience and some delicious Turkish cuisine.

Our latest Greek Islands route is the Samos-Kos route. It was born after we stopped doing Kos-Santorini, but wanted to keep all the highlights from that route. I know Santorini is its more famous sister, but Samos is really a striking lady in her own right!

Each island on the Voyage is unique and remarkable.

The Italian Road hike is no joke! The reward of a beer and calamari party is well earned. Even the guests who opt to boat to Vathi instead of hike can participate. Oh, and Vathi, gorgeous Vathi! It’s like a Norwegian fjord. The “ooo”s and “ahhh”s fun to listen to as guests see it for the first time!

Little lush Lipsi is such a gem. Completely different than the others, our time here is spent relaxing in a natural farm and a seaside taverna.

Fourni is the sister island to Ikaria, the home of Ikarus. It is like taking a step back in time, to the Greece of Mama Mia! What a treat!

There are lots of hidden coves and remote islands as part of this Voyage, each more beautiful than the last.


The best of turkey: turkish RIVIERA and beyond


 

Our focus is Greece these days, but our roots are in Turkey. We’d love to introduce you to the magic of the Turkish Riviera! Or, if you’re a land lover, we have the perfect option for you, too!

 
#tbt one of my absolute favorite days on one of my absolute favorite Voyage routes!!!!

THE BLUE VOYAGE

Sleep onboard our gorgeous gulet for a week as we whisk you along the Turkish Mediterranean coastline of Gocek, between the Fethiye and Marmaris marinas.

  • Hike to the ancient port city of Caunos followed by a visit to Iztuzu beach (also called “Turtle beach”, and famous for being the meeting point of fresh and salt water)

  • Crab and beer lunch in front of ancient tombs in Dalyan followed by a mud bath experience

  • Kayaköy Village visit: a ghost town with ~1500 preserved Greekstyle houses and churches. After scampering around the hillside, we rest for a scrumptious lunch of savory crepes.

  • Hike between Cleopatra’s Bath and Agalimani Bay, including a visit to a nomad family

  • Marmaris and Fethiye marinas

We started the SunFunYou with the Blue Voyage, and it is still my favorite. The Voyage goes between Marmaris and Fethiye, and skirts the lush Turkish coastline. 

Each hike on the Voyage is breathtaking and different! When I look back on the pics I find it amazing how small we are hiking through those marvelous mountains!  

A couple of the hikes are no joke! But, one of the beautiful things about hiking is that virtually any fitness level can do it. It just means altering your pace, drinking lots of water, and taking breaks as needed. I’ve been hiking at my most fit and least fit, and in both scenarios I feel accomplished after a five mile hike! And, with the Blue Voyage, the scenery is so beautiful everything seems effortless!  

One of the best days in the Blue Voyage is when we go to Dalyan. How do you top a 3.5 hour hike, a water taxi and a crab and beer party? With a mud bath!! Gotta get dirty to get clean. I love the mud, with herbs, without herbs, hot & cool. It's a gooey treat after a morning hiking and sweating through forests and a dusty ancient city! It totally reminds me of being in safari in South Africa and watching the elephants and hippos take mud baths. A couple differences of course. These aren't elephants and hippos, they're our gorgeous, adventurous, open minded, ready to try anything guests. And, this isn't South Africa, it's Dalyan, Turkey, which is famous for its mud baths (and marshes, and bird life, and turtle beach, and blue crabs).  

Another great day in the Blue Voyage is the hike through a dense forrest from a nomad's house for fresh bread, homemade honey and lavender tea to a cove for swimming in Cleopatra's Bath.  

Like most of our Voyages thought, a lot of the highlights aren’t the sites or the activities. It’s the time just being. Being with the goats and turtles and rocks and flowers and ancient ruins we hike past. Oh, and just absorbing the heart stoppingly beautiful views of the deep blue water below and our boat. It never gets old. Us and the goats. Us docked in a private cove. Us and the stars.   

I can still hear the wind whistling through the Greek ruins of the Kayakoy Ghost Town  town in Turkey. Every time we visit we have the place virtually to ourselves as we scamper around the abandoned houses, climb up to the lookout tower, walk over to the amazing view of butterfly valley and the sea below. And, knowing that a feast of savory crepes and Turkish coffee is waiting below is the icing on top of this perfect morning! Sunday brunch under an apricot tree anyone? After hiking through a deserted Greek village in Turkey, savory and sweet crepes sure hit the spot!  


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THE LYCIAN VOYAGE

Spend a week aboard our gorgeous gulet hiking the coastline between Antalya and Fethiye. 

  • Kayaköy Village – a ghost town with approximately 500 preserved, Greek-style houses and churches. After scampering around the hillside, we rest for a scrumptious lunch of savory crepes.

  • Hikes to Hisarönü, the start of the Lycian Route, a gorgeous waterfall in Butterfly Valley, through pine-tree-flanked Kabak Valley and to the turtle-nesting beach of Pataca

  • Dinner in the adorable tourist town of Kas

  • Visits of Üçağız with its Lycian tombs and sunken ancient Roman city and to Demre, the home of Saint Nicholas of Myra, the historical man later developed into Santa Claus

  • Crab and beer party by the sea in Antalya, followed by a visit to the Archeology museum


Was reminiscing last night with @eggchicago about this trip a few years ago. Sudden golf-ball sized hail storm made for an expected break in our 80-degree sun soaked days!!
#summerstorm #rollwiththepunches #weather

THE LAND VOYAGE

Visit the highlights of Istanbul and Cappadocia.

  • Hikes through the magical fairy chimneys in Cappadocia

  • Street food tour of Istanbul

  • Tours of the most important sites of Istanbul

  • Yoga on a boat in the Bosphorus, between Asia and Europe

Note: There is not a gulet in the Land Voyage. The hotels and round trip domestic airfare between Istanbul and Cappadocia are included.


 

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THE YACHT

Sail through the Mediterranean aboard our wooden, 16-passenger yacht that offers all the modern convenience of a hotel. This will be your home while you explore, feast, relax and play.

THE FOOD

Our five-star trained captain oversees a magical kitchen, and will treat you to locally sourced and inspired meals made with wholesome ingredients and cooked with traditional methods.

THE FUN

Beyond the hiking and swimming, we have certified fitness instructors aboard each Voyage that offer workouts like foundation-building strength training, muscle-recovery stretching and yoga.