Dodecanese 7 Day Itinerary - Rhodes
Day 1 - Rhodes Marina
The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is abundant in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you seek the buzz of nightlife and beaches, diving in crystal-clear water or a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, it’s all here. The atmospheric and UNESCO listed old town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets spiriting you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.
Day 2 - Ano Symi (Symi Island)
Symi is another quiet relaxing island which provides a chance to explore the natural paths, and fatastic landscapes this region of Greece has to offer. In Ano Symi you'll find a couple of bars and tavernas offering delicious traditional meals. We'd also recommend that ou sample some of the local wine.
Day 3 - Mandraki (Nisiros Island)
Mandraki is the main port of Nisiros and is one of the biggest settlements on the island. Its lovely traditional layout and whitewashed houses give it a very characteristic Greek feel. Around the village you'll find a variety of historical sites including the Paleokastro, an old fortress and an the remains of an ancient city which dates back to the 4th century BC. Alongside all of the historical sites you'll find a wide choice of tavernas and lively bars.
Day 4 - Kos Town (Kos Island)
Kos is the third largest island in the group, and the second most popular, after Rhodes. Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. The marina is purposed built and shouldn't be confused with the ferry port which is a few minutes north of the marina.
Day 5 - Livadia (Tilos Island)
Livadia is a beautiful little settlement with 300 inhabitants most of whom are involved with farming and tourism. The port is located seven kilometers south east of Megalo Chorio which is the capital of the island. The locals are very religious which is enforced by the number of churches surrounding the village. If you feel like being more adventurous you will be able to track down ruins of ancient castles dotted around.
Day 6 - Chalki (Halki Island)
Chalki has avoided a great deal of development through tourism and so is perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. There are a number of fantastic beaches, some of which are totally secluded. The only town is a beautiful little place that surrounds the port. The beach promenade is lined with a variety of cafes and tavernas which should cater for most tastes.
Day 7 - Rhodes Town (Rhodes Island)
If you didn't get a chance on your first night we strongly recommend you take the time to explore the city of Rhodes. This stunning place is divided into two parts, the 'old city' and the 'new city'. The old city is surrounded by huge walls and is ones of the biggest and best preserved medieval settlements in Europe. Some of the highlights include the Palace of the Grand Master, the hospital of the knights and the inns used by the knights are all well worth a visit. If that isn't you cup of tea then the new city has a massive choice of lively bars and renowned night clubs.