The Dodecanese translates as “the twelve islands”, a cluster of twelve islands in the southeastern edge of the Aegean, jewels decorating the big blue sea. The Dodecanese form a bridge between Europe and the East and everywhere you’ll see traces of peoples and cultures that made their mark over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and Italians. Each island has a character all its own and all offer a plethora of opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing, adventures and gastronomical pleasure – with a backdrop of stunningly beautiful beaches.

Whether travelling with your children, your sweetheart or a big group of friends, you’ll find the island that’s right for you. Some are extremely popular, like Rhodes and Kos, and others have a virgin charm, like Kalymnos, Symi, volcanic Nisyros, Kastelorizo and Kasos, Karpathos, Astypalea, Halki, and Lipsi. And then there’s Patmos, a sui generis destination, famous as the holy island of the St John’s Book of Revelation, the ‘Jerusalem of the Aegean’.

The journey begins: set sail for the Dodecanese, discover these islands’ beaches and cultures. They will never cease to surprise you. Your holidays here will be a montage of beautiful imagery and exciting, unforgettable experiences.

 archeological museum of rhodesBeach on ChalkiThe elegant abodes of Symi

The harbor of ChalkiThe harbor of LipsiTopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 1Kalymnos

TopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 3OlymposKarpathosTopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 4TilosTopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 6Nisyros

TopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 7KosTopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 9KastelorizoTopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 10Astypalaia

TopTenRegions5 Dodecanese 11Patmos

Ionio Cruises is a Greek yacht chartering company born from passion for the sea and deeply committed to its guests. With over 20 years of presence in the Greek seas, offices and bases in Athens and the Ionian Sea, we can assist in yacht charters all over Greece and throughout Mediterranean Sea.