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Join this flotilla from Kos to explore some of the smaller and lesser known islands of the Dodecanese - an irresistible flotilla choice for more experienced sailors.

This sailing area in the south-east Aegean stretches along the coast of Turkey and is a wonderful sailing destination for flotilla sailing holidays. It suits sailors looking for stronger winds and longer passages between unspoilt islands.

Once you set sail you will discover islands which have completely escaped tourism - Leros, Kalymnos, Niseros, Simi and Tilos. Here you'll find traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. The swimming and snorkelling is superb in many locations and Kalymnos, once the centre of sea sponge fishing in the Med, has many interesting dive sites.

Winds are variable ranging from moderate to fresh Force 4–6, with stronger winds during the meltemi season from late July through to late August, so this flotilla is recommended for more experienced sailors.

This flotilla is run in conjunction with Seafarer Holidays.

Dodecanese Flotilla

  • Overview


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    Tilos abandoned village




    Kefalos ruins

    Dodecanese flotilla sailing holidays

    • Two 1 week itineraries - Symi route and Kalymnos route
    • Perfect for more experienced sailors
    • Visit stunning islands untouched by mainstream tourism
    • Includes end cleaning, 1 tank of fuel, bed linen & shower towels
    • Minimal mooring fees (approx. €10-€20/week)
    • Runs May to October. Operates Saturday- Saturday
    • Supermarket is located within the marina
  • Symi Route

    Symi Route on the Dodecanese Flotilla

    2023 dates : 13, 27 May | 10, 24 June | 8, 22 July | 5, 19 Aug | 2, 16, 30 Sep | 14 Oct

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Kos Marina

    Embark at Kos Marina.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Kardamena, Kos (18 nm)

    A protected port, sheltered from the northerly winds. A lively port perfect for the punch party and first group meal.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Nysiros (10 nm)

    A short sail south today to the island of Nysiros, leaving the afternoon free to explore the active volcano if you wish. A visit to the monastery is also recommended followed by dinner at one of the superb seafood tavernas.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Tilos (20 nm)

    The epitome of a traditional Greek Island with nice beaches and a friendly ‘far from the madding crowd’ feel.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Symi (24nm)

    The stunning harbour of Symi is a great place to sail into. The amphitheatre town retains its' traditional character and charm having been much renovated over recent years. Be sure to climb the steps to the church for a superb panoramic view.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Free Sailing Day

    Your lead crew will be happy to make suggestions for you.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Kos

    Two-weekers continue with independent sailing. One-weekers end their week in Kos with a farewell evening ashore in lively Kos town.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Kos Marina

    Disembark at Kos Marina.

    Routes and places may vary during the season due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Dodecanese Symi Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • Kalymnos Route

    Kalymnos Route on the Dodecanese Flotilla

    2023 dates : 20 May | 3, 17 June | 1, 15, 29 July | 12, 26 Aug | 9, 23 Sep | 7, 21 Oct

    Day 1 (Saturday) : Kos Marina

    Embark at Kos Marina and get settled onboard your yacht. Kos is a lively town with many bars and restaurants to enjoy.

    Day 2 (Sunday) : Pothia, Kalymnos (17 nm)

    Known as the island of the sponge divers. The bustling harbour town boasts several museums, and a lively neoclassical sea front.

    Day 3 (Monday) : Lipsi (30 nm)

    The largest of a small group of islands to the south of Patmos, explore the local market for thyme honey and other local specialities.

    Day 4 (Tuesday) : Patmos/Arki (12 nm)

    Weather dependent, we will either head to Patmos where you can visit the monastery of St John, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, or alternatively the smaller island of Arki and the quiet village of Port Augusta, a sleepy little spot with just two tavernas ashore.

    Day 5 (Wednesday) : Leros (21 nm)

    We moor in the marina in Lakki, on the south west side of the island. Lakki has an Italian influence that can easily be seen when walking around the town. It has a good range of facilities ashore.

    Day 6 (Thursday) : Free Sailing Day

    Explore the area at your leisure, there are an abundance of beautiful spots to choose from. The lead crew will be happy to make suggestions for you.

    Day 7 (Friday) : Kos

    Continued independent sailing for the two-weekers. One-weekers end their week in Kos for a farewell evening ashore.

    Day 8 (Saturday) : Kos

    Disembark at Kos Marina.

    Routes and places may vary during the season due to weather conditions & other factors.

    Dodecanese Kalymnos Route 1 week flotilla sailing holiday itinerary

  • What's Included

    Included on the Dodecanese flotilla

    • Assistance of the flotilla lead crew throughout your holiday
    • End cleaning
    • Bed linen
    • Shower towels
    • Dinghy with outboard engine
    • Welcome punch party
    • One full tank of fuel, full water tank and cooking gas
    • Starter pack of provisions and cleaning products

    Mooring fees are not included. These are approximately €/week. One tank of fuel is included, any extra fuel must be paid for.

  • Getting There

    Flights to Kos and Rhodes

    EasyJet, Thomson and British Airways all have flights to Kos on Saturdays. Transfer time from the airport to the marina is around 30 minutes.


    Transfers are not included on this flotilla but can be added at an additional cost. Return airport transfers cost from £40/person.

"Everything was great; the local operator was good, the boat was fantastic, their staff were all very helpful & the lead boat crew were great!"

Ionian Flotilla 2018 - A.H.

Dodecanese Flotilla prices

2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaDufour 390 (2021)Bavaria 41(2014)Oceanis 41 (2017)Oceanis 41 (2020)Oceanis 40.1 (2023)
Departure Dates3 Cabins 3 Sh/Wc3 Cabins 2 Sh/Wc3 Cabins 2 Sh/Wc3 Cabins 2 Sh/Wc3 Cabins 2 Sh/Wc
13 May2749323828073079n/a
20 May3409393534193640n/a
27 May3409393534193640n/a
03 Jun3409393534193640n/a
10 Jun3409393534193640n/a
17 Jun39754307371340414468
24 Jun39754307371340414468
01 Jul39754307371340414468
08 Jul41474492387342154660
15 Jul41474492387342154660
22 Jul41474492387342154660
29 Jul49334952428649685176
05 Aug49334952428649685176
12 Aug49334952428649685176
19 Aug45394492387442154660
26 Aug45394492387442154660
02 Sep45394492387442154660
09 Sep45394492387442154660
16 Sep41474104356737974277
23 Sept39753935341936404100
30 Sept31263238280730793335
07 Oct31263238280730793335
14 Oct25902751238124382803
21 Oct20902751238124382803
13 May5653661757176186n/a
20 May6280727862996719n/a
27 May6280727862996719n/a
03 Jun6280727862996719n/a
10 Jun6818763265787100n/a
17 Jun73567985685774808291
24 Jun73567985685774808291
01 Jul73567985685774808291
08 Jul76738329715378038648
15 Jul76738329715378038648
22 Jul84208766754585189138
29 Jul91669203793792329628
05 Aug91669203793792329628
12 Aug87928766754685189138
19 Aug84198329715478038648
26 Aug84198329715478038648
02 Sep84198329715478038648
09 Sep80467961686374068284
16 Sep76737592657170097919
23 Sept65496617571761866865
30 Sept57425955513556536139
07 Oct47585492473150445634
14 Oct37735030432644365129
2023 GB£ per yacht on flotillaOceanis 45 (2015)Bavaria 46 (2015)Sun Odyssey 509 (2012)Lagoon 42 - 2020
Departure Dates4 Cabins 2 Sh/Wc4 Cabins 3 Sh/Wc5 Cabins 3 Sh/Wc 4 cabins / 4 WC
13 May4111406754086384
20 May5058501866777770
27 May5058501866777770
03 Jun5058501866777770
10 Jun5058501866777770
17 Jun5517546873269309
24 Jun5517546873269309
01 Jul5517546873269309
08 Jul5755570376429711
15 Jul5755570376429711
22 Jul5755570376429711
29 Jul63886330851411639
05 Aug63886330851411639
12 Aug63886330851411639
19 Aug5755570376429711
26 Aug5755570376429711
02 Sep5755570376429711
09 Sep5755570376429711
16 Sep5276523569658105
23 Sept5058501866777770
30 Sept4111406754086384
07 Oct4111406754086384
14 Oct3458342245055275
21 Oct3458342245055275
13 May902989451194414013
20 May997698961321315399
27 May997698961321315399
03 Jun997698961321315399
10 Jun10435103451386316938
17 Jun10893107951451218478
24 Jun10893107951451218478
01 Jul10893107951451218478
08 Jul11363112601513819275
15 Jul11363112601513819275
22 Jul11997118881601021203
29 Jul12630125151688223132
05 Aug12630125151688223132
12 Aug11997118881601021203
19 Aug11363112601513819275
26 Aug11363112601513819275
02 Sep11363112601513819275
09 Sep10885107921446117669
16 Sep10406103231378316063
23 Sept902989451194414013
30 Sept808279941067512628
07 Oct74297349977211518
14 Oct67756704886910409
Includes: Welcome pack, welcome punch party, service of flotilla staff, end cleaning, 1 tank of fuel.
Extras payable on embarkation:


  • Refundable deposit €2000 - €3000
  • Inflatable SUP (stand up paddle board) £150 per week
  • Child safety netting (upon request) – from £200 per charter
  • Skipper – from £190 per day (+ compulsory non-refundable damage waiver of £350 per week)
  • Hostess – from 3170 per day
  • Wi-Fi (2GB) – £70

Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.