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THE CYCLADES ISLANDS AND THE DODECANESE

Map of Kyklades Islands & Dodecanese Itinerary

Brief Presentation

DAY DESTINATION MILES
1 Athens - Kea 50
2 Kea – Andros 27
3 Andros – Chios 62
4 Chios – Samos 66
5 Samos – Fournoi 59
6 Fournoi – Patmos 25
7 Patmos -  Lipsi - Leros 22
8 Leros - Kalymnos 14
9 Kalymnos – Koufonisia Naxos 88
10 Naxos - Paros 20
11 Paros - Sifnos 30
12 Sifnos - Serifos 17
13 Serifos - Kythnos 25
14 Kythnos - Poros 45
15 Poros – Athens 31

Details of Kyklades Islands & Dodecanese Itinerary

Kea
An exceptionally picturesque island. On the south side of Nikolaos Bay - which was a pirate stronghold in the 13th c. - is the little port of Korissia, built on the side of ancient Korissia. There are remains of the ancient town walls and a Sanctuary of Apollo. The famous lion - carved from the native rock in the 6th c. BCE - can be seen just north-east of Kea town. Another highlight is the beautiful anchorage of Poleis.  Vourkari is a small bay with many traditional taverns, small shops and bars and is certainly worth a visit

Andros
The greenest island of the Cyclades. Andros is a very attractive island with some traditional and very picturesque villages. The fortified capital of the island is a real jewel which combines Venetian and Cycladic architecture, narrow stone paved alleys, arcades ....

Chios
A beautiful island known to have been settled at least by the Early Bronze Age but it only enters the main-stream of the Aegean history when the Ionians settle here from about 1100 BC. It has been generally accepted that Homer was a native of Chios in the 8th century BC. Chios is the only place in the world where a special type of lentisk resin is produced by the mastic tree. Modern Chios has overgrown the site of the ancient city, but only a few remains - of walls and the theatre - are to be seen. Much more impressive are the remains of the medieval fortress on the northern edge of town; originally a Byzantine fort, it was greatly enlarged by the Genoese in the 14th century. The second most popular excursion is to the Medieval Villages: Avgonima, Mesta, Pyrgi, Anavatos. Chios has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean Sea.

Samos
A gorgeous, verdant place, which at one point is no more than 2 km. far from the coast of Asia Minor. It is covered with pure white sand beaches, picturesque villages, fishing harbours and it is famous for the production and the quality of its wine. The essential beauty of the nature, the historical sites that are spread all over the island and the charming mountainous landscape of Samos create a unique atmosphere which enchants the visitors and carry them in another era. In an era of myths, heroes and philosophers. it is believed that it was inhabited as far as back as the Neolithic years (3rd millennium BC). Historians say that the first colonists of the island were Phoenicians, Leleges and Carians and also mention the Pelasgians, who brought to the island the worship of the goddess Hera.

Fourni
The Fourni-archipelago sits in a triangle shaped by Ikaria, Samos and Patmos. The islands' cliffs, overgrown with macchia, divide into fiord-like bays, providing picture postcard views that we invite you to enjoy here. Visitors take time to find their bearings in the maze of rocks and water, soon realising why Fourni was a pirates' retreat.

Patmos
The "Jerusalem of the Aegean". It has a strong religious past because it is where Saint John the Divine had its revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. Patmos used to be an important place of pilgrimage and belonged to the Church. From this unique past, the impressive Monastery of Saint John and signs prohibiting nude bathing and topless are remaining. Patmos has many beauties to offer to visitors. Above the port, there are cube like houses which spill down its flanks. Interspersed among them are miniscule churches and grand sea captains' mansions, separated from each other by narrow lanes, high walls and small squares opening onto breath-catching views over the Aegean.

Lipsi
Lipsi, is an island in the Northern Dodecanese, south of Samos, north of Leros, east of Patmos, with just about 700 residents. It is a quite island where people still live a traditional lifestyle and farmers still ride on their donkeys, mules or horses to the fields. Much of the land on Lipsi was owned by the Monastery of St John the Baptist, on Patmos. Today, you can see small, white, blue domed churches dotted all over the island's rolling hills, which gently slope down to meet the sparkling sea. Lipsi's coastline consists of a number of small bays, sheltered coves & beaches with shallow crystal clear waters. Relax away your day at the beach or at sea, to one of the other nearby islands and then enjoy the evening at a tavern in the village harbour.

 


Leros
It is said that ARTEMIS, the ancient goddess of hunt, chose Leros to set up her throne. Leros, like most of the Greek islands, is an island of small fertile valleys sandwiched between rolling green hills, deep coves and pretty beaches. Its topography has given rise to many villages with neoclassical buildings and narrow alleyways. In the old traditional buildings in Agia Marina, Platano and Lakki the three traditional markets of the island you will find fresh vegetables and fish, taverns, tourist shops, gold shops and boutiques.

 

Kalymnos
One of the most beautiful places for Climping! A place where people, a smile, a kind word still matter, where strangers fast become friends. This island is the home to sponge divers of the Aegean since the days of Ancient Greece.  The sponge factory and the monastery of the mountain are must see places. The sponges are the trademarks of Kalymnos as they are the main occupation of most of its residents. Surrounded by other smaller islets-of which, however, only Pserimos & Telendos are inhabited- Kalymnos adorns the Nothern part of Dodecanese islands with its mountains landscape.

 

Koufonisia
Situated to the south east of its more illustrious neighbour Naxos. Koufonisia are two islands separated by a 200 metres straight. The upper populated island is one of the smallest islands in Cyclades. In spite of its size, Koufonisia does have several tavernas and cafes together with some local art shops. You will find the meals in local hostelries of a high standard, with fish in plentiful supply courtesy of the home fleet. The island is small enough to walk around in the morning. Beaches are the big plus of Koufonisia.

 

Naxos
One of the biggest islands of Cyclades. The old town – market, the Venetian castle, the church of Panagia Mirtidiotissa are only few of the many things that Naxos have to offer to the visitors. It is an island with impressive mountainous landscapes with many isolated traditional villages and some of Europe’s most beautiful golden sandy beaches.

 

Paros
Considered as one of the most beautiful island of the Cyclades. Three bays cut deep inland - in the west the sheltered Paroikia Bay, with the island's capital that serves as the main sailing port. In the north the bay which shelters the little town of Naoussa, which in Roman times was the island's main port for the shipment of Lychnites marble; and in the east the flat Marmara bay.
Paros is also known in Greece for its ideal weather conditions for windsurfing.

 

Sifnos
The principal port on Sifnos is Kamares, which is very well sheltered. From there roads lead to the must-see places along the coasts and indeed these also proof beautiful anchorages and should really be visited by boat.
The medieval village of Kastro - with remnants of its ancient walls - but also the bays of Faros, Vathi and Platis Gialos are absolutely worth exploring: ranslucent turquoise water, combined with good taverns. However, the best restaurants can be found in Apollonia.

 

Serifos
Serifos is an island renowned for its excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. Most of the anchorages in the south are now used by fish farms. Moreover, apart from Livadi and the Monastery of the Taxiarchs in the north, there is much to be seen. Its highest point is Mount Tourlos with 483 m. The island's main sources of income are its modest agriculture and its open-cast iron mines, which have been worked since ancient times.

 

Kythnos
An unspoiled island.  The coast is much indented - with many beautiful anchorages and ports - and for the most part falls steeply down to the sea. The two charming inland villages, Chora (Kythnos town) and the lively little Dryopis, can best be visited by scooter or bike. The two main ports are Mericha and Loutra. Mericha - only minutes sailing away from the oddly shaped Sandbar Bay - is the smaller of the two. Loutra on the north-east nowadays even has a new harbour with new moles providing the best protection from the Meltemi on the island.

 

Poros
A beautiful green island, laying at the southwest the Saronic Gulf and opposite to Argolid in Peloponnese. Poros consists of two smaller islands, connected by a bridge, Sferia, a small rocky island and Kalavria, a larger and lusher island with green hills and beautiful coastlines. Its main town and port of the island is built in amphitheatre form on the slopes of a hill. Along the port there are a lot of cafeterias, restaurants, tourist shops and many bars with foreign or Greek music. At the center of the town is worth visiting the Archaeological museum and the island’s trademark the "clock-tower". Do visit the famous lemon forest which stands opposite on the coast of the Peloponnese and the temple of Poseidon.

 

Athens
The Capital of Greece. Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon (the most eminet monument of the ancient Greek archtitecture) duilt. Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mt. Lycabettus, which the goddness Athena was said to have dropped from the heavens as a bulwark to defend the city. The suburbs have covered the barren plain in all directions and the city is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.

 

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