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Dodecanese Greek Islands Offer Many Choices for Turkish Gulet Charters

As neighbors, both Turkey and the Greek Islands in the Dodecanese offers the most choice in route combinations, as well as gulets. If you have planned on hiring a Turkish gulet (motorsailer), your selection increases more for this island group than any other for the islands in Greece. Since Rhodes is only a few hours sail away from the Turkish harbor of Marmaris; boats from Turkey can check-in guests in Rhodes. Similarly the island of Kos is a mere hours’ sail; hence gulets based in Bodrum harbor could check-in guests from Kos and explore the North or South Dodecanese islands.

Kalymnos Island in the Dodecanese, Greece
Kalymnos Island in the Dodecanese, Greece

While this is possible, there are just a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a gulet charter in Turkey – for the Greek Islands only. Booking schedules are an important factor in determining if the gulet you have hired can offer embarkation and disembarkation in either Rhodes or Kos. Where the gulet ends the previous trip and where it has to start the next trip might not be able to provide this change in harbor. Since Bodrum is closer to Kos than Rhodes is to Marmaris; this may prove more possible – but not impossible. Consulting with your agent, will present which boats can accommodate with this arrangement – the choices can be plenty with luxury, deluxe, ultra deluxe and vip gulets.

Dodecanese Greek Islands
Dodecanese Greek Islands

For groups larger than 12, most Turkish gulets cannot carry passengers from Turkey to Greece above 12. Only a select choice are insured for a higher capacity such as the new 2014 build Kaptan Mehmet Bugra gulet. She is a Lloyd class Deluxe standard 16 passenger gulet and can also check-in and check-out guests in Rhodes and possibly Kos Island.  If you have holiday plans for only the Greek Islands, then this capacity restriction is not affected. It’s only when you have a combined route including Turkey with the Greek Islands.

Kaptan Mehmet Bugra gulet charter carries 16 passengers in both Turkey and Greece
Kaptan Mehmet Bugra gulet charter carries 16 passengers in both Turkey and Greece

The Dodecanese island routes can be chosen from the following islands such as Rhodes, Kos, Symi, Halki, Nisiros, Kalymnos, Patmos, Lipsi, Tilos, Leros, and Pserimos by Nisiros Island. The one week trips can either combine a few islands from the North and a few from the South. Alternatively you can simply explore the Southern islands only.

Meltemi Winds
Meltemi Winds

The time of year you choose to travel these beautiful waters is important as well when planning your itinerary. The Meltemi winds are more stronger in the Northern part of the Dodecanese then it is in the southern part of this island group. The larger gulets are more equipped to handle these strong winds which blow from the north to the south and west.

So if you are seeking a gulet to charter for your next holidays in the Eastern Mediterranean, you will have the most choices from Turkey, but still enjoy the Greek Islands only.

Rhodes Acropolis of Lindos panoramic - facing south over Mesogeios Thalassa
Rhodes Acropolis of Lindos panoramic – facing south over Mesogeios Thalassa

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