The blue cruises in Greek islands are located in the Dodecanese island group. Are there gulet type (motorsailers) available in other Greek island groups? Yes of course. But you won’t find nearly as many gulets (the boat type that is a part of a blue cruise), anywhere else. The reason: Turkey is not only the origin of gulet blue cruise holidays but also the World Capital. There are over 500 gulets available for charter in Turkey. Most of these vessels have the permits to carry passengers in Greek waters.
Which Dodecanese islands do you visit? There is the North Dodecanese comprising of Patmos (furthest north), Kalymnos, Kos (furthest south), and Leros and Lipsi in between. The South Dodecanese islands include Rhodes, Nisiros, Tilos, Symi, and Chalki. There is also Kastollerizo, however, this island is too far away from these other ones to include in a one-week itinerary. Kastellorizo is usually visited if you choose to do the Gocek – Kekova – Gocek route.
It is not often, but some gulets also accept itineraries in the Cyclades. This region is not an original blue cruise region but rather an added route for gulets. Please note the word ‘accept’. Most gulet owners do not accept to go into the Cyclades due to harsh weather conditions during the ‘Meltemi Season’. The Meltemi is also referred to as North Winds – and not only very strong but also unpredictable. Please check with your charter consultant regarding gulets and itineraries in this area.
Blue Cruises in Greek Islands
If you have your heart set on investigating blue cruises in Greek islands, talk to one of our experts to help plan that amazing gulet holiday for you and your travel group.
Please note that as most Turkish gulets possess a Turkish flag, embarkation and disembarkation must be in Turkey. All other anchorages in between can be in Greece as long as the boat has the proper permits.