Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary Kos Route

Discover the Dodecanese Islands in the Southeastern Aegean Sea

Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary Kos Route

Enjoy The Greek Dodecanese Islands

Our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route is ideal for families and friends to enjoy together, while also discovering what the Dodecanese islands have to offer. 

We have prepared our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route to showcase the best islands, nicest beaches and the most interesting sites. 

Our Guide to the Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary Kos Route

The Dodecanese islands consist of 15 larger islands and over 150 smaller islands, located in the Southeastern Aegean Sea. Within this collection of islands, only 26 are inhabited. The Dodecanese islands cover an area of 1,048 square miles.

During our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route you will discover why these islands are often referred to as the ‘sunniest corner of Greece’, thanks to their crystal clear turquoise waters, sandy and rocky beaches, stunning archaeological landmarks and traditional settlements. There are also unique Byzantine and medieval monuments that cover a large number of the islands.

Our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route offers two unique and wonderful routes, one starting from Rhodes and the other starting from Kos. Both itineraries cover a number of the same islands as well as different ones. The Dodecanese sailing tinerary Kos route that begins from Kos offers a journey around the quieter more peaceful islands, while the Dodecanese sailing itinerary showcases the well known established islands.

  • Getting There

    Depending on which Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route you choose there are different airports you should fly into. For the Itinerary beginning in Kos, Kos Island International airport should be where you arrive into. This airport has a large number of daily flights from all around Europe including Greece, the UK, and Germany. The airport is a short 15 miles or 30-minute transfer to Kos Marina which is the beginning of our Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary Kos route for the Kos route. Rhodes International airport also has daily flights arriving from all over Europe and is the best place to fly into for our itinerary beginning in Rhodes. The airport is a 14 mile or 25-minute drive from Rhodes Marina and the start of our Rhodes Itinerary.

  • Weather

    Τhe Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route is the perfect itinerary for the summer months. The islands have a predominately Mediterranean climate, which consists of mild and rainy winters where the temperate averages between 7 and 15 degrees celsius, and hot and sunny summers where the temperates averaged between 22 and 30 degrees celsius. In the summer the winds arrive predominately from the north, making the Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route the perfect itinerary for everyone.

  • Mooring

    Our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route has a variety of mooring and anchorage options available, in either marinas, harbors or in well-protected anchorages.

Dodecanese Sailing Itinerary

Explore the Dodecanese Islands with our 7-day Itinerary From Kos

Day 1


Our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route departing from Kos begins from the Kos Marina. The Kos Marina is a lively and beautiful place to explore ancient ruins and white sandy beaches with crystal clear water.

Kos has a thriving nightlife scene along with world-class restaurants and traditional culture.

Overnight Anchorage: Kos Marina, Georgi Avenue, Papandreou, Kos, 85300, Greece, VHF 77, +30 22420 44150 

Day 2

Kos → Vathi (Kalymnos Island) 11NM

Vathi is located on the island of Kalymnos and is a fishing port filled with traditional fishing boats, bars, and taverns. The fishing village is a popular port stop with a large number of boats arriving and departing daily from the port. The rest of the island is mountainous with the village sloping with two hills at the edge.

Overnight Anchorage: Stern-to mooring is available in the short mole, on the east side of the island, which has a sandy and weedy sea bed. 

Day 3

Vathi (Kalymnos Island) → Lakki (Leros Island) 21NM

Lakki is an ideal place to stop over on our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route, with its neoclassic whitewashed houses, pine-lined streets and a pure peaceful environment. Lakki is one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean, which gives it a large number of things to do and explore. Leros Island is the perfect place to scuba dive with shipwrecks from WWII within the Azure Seas. The Italian architecture of the Ayia Marina is a must-see.

Overnight Anchorage: Mooring is available in Pandeli Barbour which is quite and a good shelter from the wind.

Day 4

Lakki (Leros Island) → Astipalea (Astypalaia Island) 43NM

Day four of our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route departing from Kos brings us to the island of Astypalaia. The island has strong Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, blue doors, wooden balconies and nine windmills that follow the curve of the island. This island is also the point in which the Dodecanese Islands meet the Cyclades.

Overnight Anchorage: Skala or Perigialos is a harbor with room for 6 to 8 medium boats moored in the quay, with access to water and electricity. Alternatively mooring stern to or alongside the quay is a good alternative.

Day 5

Astipalea (Astypalaia Island) → Pali (Nisiros Island) 38NM

The fishing village of Pali is one of the Dodecanese’s oldest settlements and the village surrounded by the natural bay is a beautiful place to moor up to swim or relax with great views. The island has some incredible and picturesque beaches, therapeutic baths, coves to explore and southeast of the village there are large dunes.

Overnight Anchorage: Mooring is available at the northern breakwater or in the southern quay close to the village. Moorings in med with an anchor. 

Day 6

Pali (Nisiros Island) → Livadia (Tilos Island) 18NM

Livadia is located on the 300 people inhabited island of Tilos, the islands main income is received from agriculture and tourism. The island’s capital Megalo Chorio is located 7 km southeast of the port, which has churches and castle ruins dotted around the island. The island is also home to rare birds, an ecological park, mountainous forests and over 4,000 species of flowers and fauna.

Overnight Anchorage: The small town of Emborio provides overnight shelter on a T- shaped pontoon with a sea depth of between 12 and 15 meters. 

Day 7

Livadia (Tilos Island) → Kos 35NM

The last day of our Dodecanese sailing itinerary Kos route ends back on the island of Kos with its white sandy beaches, turquoise water, lush vegetation as well as ancient monuments. Kos has a large number of places to explore and sites to see, as well as simply swimming or sailing around the island- an ideal way to spend your last day of the itinerary.

Recommended Activities: Beaches, Swimming, Exploring, History, Discovering Neratzia Castle, Platanou Square, Eleftheria Square, Zia Scenic Village and Cedar Forest.

Overnight Anchorage: Kos Marina, Georgi Avenue, Papandreou, Kos, 85300, Greece, VHF 77, +30 22420 44150 

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