Most Visited Top 3 Greek Islands for Blue Cruises in Turkey
Planning an itinerary from Turkey presents many variations. There are standard, well established routes that have proven well and quite enjoyable during blue cruises in Turkey. While some routes will comprise of blue cruise destinations in Turkish waters, travelers can combine the nearby Greek Islands due to the proximity to Turkey. Depending on where you wish to visit and explore, a boat charter Turkey trip, can be arranged to offer the destinations accordingly. Sometimes the gulet charter is chosen first and then suitable itineraries can be drawn out from the base port of that particular gulet. Both choices suit most travelers. Then there are holidaymakers that prefer to go outside of the pre-planned routes to places further away or in the direction of more open seas. With this preference, the costs can go up as the gulets are organized to travel a maximum of 4 hours a day by cruising or cruising and sailing combined.
Should your travels attract you to the Greek Islands, the top most visited Greek Islands from Turkey are Rhodes, Symi and Kos. There are other islands in between these routes that are visited as well. This depends on whether you are embarking from Bodrum or Marmaris, Turkey. While the island of Kos is closest to Bodrum, the island of Rhodes is closer to Marmaris.
If you prefer to visit the South Dodecanese islands and the Cyclades, embarking on a gulet cruise Bodrum, is better, in order to make better time for this route.
Starting your luxury boat charter Turkey vacation from the lively city of Marmaris will offer you Rhodes as the first closest island at a 40 minutes’ distance.
The Medieval island and town of Rhodes is filled with plenty to see and do. Shopping, historical sites, beautiful beaches and nightlife entertainment is all there for travelers to enjoy. The island itself is the largest of all islands in the Dodecanese. Rhodes was world renown for the Colossus of Rhodes, as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval ‘Old Town’ of the city of Rhodes is a World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist destinations known in Europe.
Historical sites to visit on the island include the Acropolis of Lindos, the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Temple of Apollo, ancient Ialysos, ancient Kamiros, the Governor’s Palace, Rhodes Old Town, the Palace of the Grand Masters, Kahal Shalom Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Archeological Museum, the castle ruins of Monolithos, the castle of Kritinia, St. Catherine Hospice and the Rhodes Footbridge.
The island of Symi is considered one of the calmer islands with lovely Greek taverns, beautiful scenery and peaceful all around. There are charming little Greek shops to explore for gifts and souvenirs as well as other beautiful items to buy during your travels. The entrance to the harbor of Symi is simply a delight. The hills are decorated with traditional Greek houses in the many shades of pastels. Symi island is located 41 km northwest from Rhodes. The closest Turkish borders include both the Datca and Bozburun peninsulas. If you visit Symi between July through to September, you might be able to watch the Symi Festival where you will find Greek musicians, performing open air concerts in the main square of Yialo – and it’s free.
Some places of interest include the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis from the early 18th century. The Kastro, built by the Knights of St. John as an expansion of a Byzantine castle. The municipal clock tower which was built in 1880. The War memorial in the harbor called “the Dove of Peace”. There are 13 churches and many chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine period.
Kos is located very nearby to the Gulf of Gokova in and 4 kilometers from the coast of Bodrum – Caria coast. It is well known for the nighttime entertainment, particularly the Kos “Bar Street”. This island also offers plenty of shopping opportunities, Greek taverns and great seafood restaurants. Kos town has a 14th century fortress at the entrance of the harbor that was built in 1315 by the Knights of Saint John of Rhodes.
As you can see the reasons why these islands are most visited – there is plenty to see and do just between the three. However, your blue cruise holiday itinerary is not limited to these islands while there are so many more places that can be visited in between.
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