The Blue Voyage
In The Mediterranean
Stylish & Comfortable

Turkish Coast  : Fethiye - Marmaris - Fethiye 
7 nights - 8 Days   



Day 01 Rhodes
Transfer to the boat. Depending on the time of the transfer we can include lunch ( optional not included in the price)
If the transfer is early in the morning, Sail around Rhodes Island. Dinner on board. Overnight at the harbor of Rhodes. For more info on Rhodes click here
Day 02 Chalki
Depart Rhodes after breakfast. 33 sea miles takes about 5 hours. Arrive in Halki at lunch time. Before we dock on the harbor we will have time for swimming.
Lunch on board Grand Acar. Dinner is not included since we assume the clients might like to have dinner on the island
The island is very small and extremely picturesque. Every thing you want to see on the island will be 10 minutes walk from the dock.
Khalki ( Chalki ), is a small mountainous island, of about 400 inhabitants.. Its name most probably reflects the copper (chalkos in Greek) once mined there. It has only one settlement. Emborio or Nimborio, a little harbor town consisting of 2 and 3-story Venetian style renovated mansions, overshadowed by a Byzantine bell tower and a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains guarded by 3 ruined windmills. For more info on Chalki please click here CHALKI
Day 03 Tilos
Depart after breakfast. Swim stop before we get to Tilos Island. Tilos is an Aegean island with nineteen beaches, twelve mountains, seven medieval castles, a Byzantine monastery and two hundred churches, a cave full of natural discoveries, a village that is a declared cultural monument, a hundred bird species, hundreds of wild flowers and herbs, and five hundred residents. Sail to Tilos - Greece It takes approximately 3 hours - 20 sea miles.Lunch on board Grand Acar. Dinner not included. On this Island you might want to rent a car and drive to the tiny village at the top of the mountain. the village has a very unique museum: Elephant museum. For more info please click here TILOS
Day 04 Nisyros
Depart after breakfast. Swim stop before we get to the Island of Nissiros.Nisyros is a small island in the Dodecanese complex, between Kos and Tilos. It is a quiet place, far from the tourist current other Greek islands have, that fascinates and charms visitors with its strong colorful character, the dark brown of its volcanic earth, the white of its houses and the deep blue of its sea. Nothing disturbs the silence of the island, which gives it a mysterious charm that remains with visitors who almost always fall in love with Nisyros and cherish its memories One of the natural attractions of Nisyros island is the volcano, on its central side, near the village of Nikia, on the plateau of Lakki. Sail to Nisyros - Greece 5 hours sailing lunch on board. NISYROS
Day 05 Simi
Simi- Greece 30 sea miles 4-5 hour sailing. Lunch on board. Simi is noted for peace and tranquility rather than beaches, which are in short supply. The neo-classical mansions that hang off the hills around the main port are a reminder of the rich pickings once enjoyed by the inhabitants. Since there are so many wonderful restaurants, we have not included dinner on board.
Day 06 Pedi
After breakfast leisure time for the clients to explore the wonderful Island. They can rent a car or rent a motor bike to see this wonderful Island. In the afternoon at 04:00 PM leave Simi bay and sail to Pedi Bay of the same Island. Dinner on board. SIMI
Day 07 Rhodes
Sail back to Rhodes. Lunch and dinner on board Grand Acar
Day 08
After breakfast depart for transfer to the airport/hotel.


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The net price Includes:

  •   Boat for 7 nights/8 days

  •   Meals : Please check the meal list below

  •  Tea- time snack and tea/coffee

  •  Harbor charges, dues and all official fees

  •  Water served with meals

The price does not include:

  •    Tip for the crew

  •    Car, Motor Bike rentals

  •     Transfer to and from the boat to the airport

  •     The alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks

Meal Chart

Day 01 Rhodes Not included Not included Included
Day 02 Halki Included Included Not included
Day 03 Tilos Included Included Not included
Day 04 Nisyros Included Included Not included
Day 05 Simi Included Included Not included
Day 06 Pedi Included Included Included
Day 07 Rhodes Included Included Included
Day 08 Departure Included Not Included Not included


Rhodes Island

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and one of the largest in the Aegean sea. It is situated approximately 17,7 km from the coasts of Turkey. The population is about 130.000 persons , of which approximately 60-70.000 reside in the city of Rhodes. Rhodes called from its local people the Rose of the Aegean and deserves its name because is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Rhodes has the oldest tourist history from all the islands of Greece . Rhodes town is divided to the new town and the old town from the big medieval wall. 

The beauty of Rhodes town is the old town with the medieval castles ,houses and streets. At the port the visitor will find Mandraki with its circular Market and the Cafes at the seafront ,further on are the Art Deco buildings of the Metropolis from the times of the Italian occupation. At the entrance of the port are the famous two columns with the two Deers at the place where supposed to be the colossus of Rhodes .The ancient city of Lindos is another of the main Attractions of the island.
Rhodes was inhabited at the Neolithic era. In 322BC, Rhodes was joined with the empire of Alexander the Great. After his death , Rhodes maintained in close trade with the kingdom of Ptolemy's in Egypt. In 164BC, Rhodes signed a treaty with Rome. At the first century of our era,St Paul visited the island. Between 1307 and 1522, the island was the seat of the order of Knights of St John of Jerusalem. The Knights occupied Rhodes in 1307 and completed the conquest in 1310 . They strengthened the city, leaving the Great current walls. In the low part of Rhodes, they built the palace of the Great Master . The island was a first seat in 1480, before falling to the hands from the Turks from Soleiman the Magnificent in 1522, after a five month siege. In 1912, Italy seized the island which belonged to the Turks then. The island reunited with Greece in 1948.The Colossus of Rhodes
After defeating Demetrius Poliorcetes in 305 BC, the citizens of Rhodes used their booty to erect a thank offering to their divine patron Helios. Chares of Lindos, a pupil of Lysippus, built (292-280 BC) a bronze statue of the nude young god wearing a sun-ray crown and looking out to sea. Many stories exaggerate the size of the statue; it must, however, have been approximately 36 m (120 ft) high on a base of white marble 6-7.5 m (20-25 ft) high and thus larger than any other statue. It stood beside, not over, the harbor. Although reinforced with stone and iron, the Colossus broke at the knees and fell in an earthquake 60 years later. It remained a wonder until the Arab invasion (AD 653), when it was broken up and sold for scrap metal. Nothing of it remains except very dubious copie.


The Medieval City 
During the 14th and 15th centuries the Knights of the Order of St. John extended the Byzantine city and reinforced its fortifications creating the medieval town of Rhodes. Of note is the architecture in the gothic style developed in Provence at the Papal Court of Avignon (1309-1424) with which the Knights maintained close ties.
Eleven gates provided access to the city which is divided into two parts: The Collachium, where the Knights resided - the most impressive buildings from that time are located here: the Grand Master's Palace, the Infirmary and the Langues -  and the Burgo, the main town.
The Old Town, as the locals call it, is today one of the best preserved fortified medieval towns and has been listed by UNESCO and a world cultural heritage monument. Walking down its paved streets, admiring the imposing Knightly buildings, the walls and their dry moat and the bastions, the Byzantine churches and the mosques, the squares, gardens and courtyards of houses, the visitor feels that time has stopped while at the same time discovering that this unique town is still living, full of surprises and just asking you to explore it. 

The Knights' Street (Odhos Ippoton) is 200 m long and 6 m wide. It was the main official street connecting the religious and political centre of the fortress, in other words the Catholic Cathedral (Panaghia Kastrou) and the Palace of the Grand Master. Along its length are the most important public and private buildings erected by the Knights. Here, with few exceptions, is the accommodation for the Knights, the "Langues", the national divisions of the Order of the Knights of St. John. The street is inclined and unusually for a medieval city completely straight. That is one indication that it was first marked out in antiquity. This was retained by the Knights precisely because the strict linear layout suited them and the new political importance they attached to it.

Visit the
Clock Tower built in 1851 which was once used as lookout post. It has a small collection of archaeological finds discovered there. The view of the Old Town from the tower is breathtaking. 
Panaghia Bourgou is a late gothic church dating from the 14th century. It was bombed during World War II and today the three apses of the sanctuary are what remain.
Sokratous St. ends in Ippokratous Square. It is the main commercial street in the Old Town. Around the square with its large fountain are many bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Of the many impressive mosques in the Old Town the Suleyman Mosque is truly noteworthy. The present-day building was constructed in the 19th century on the site of an older one which tradition says was erected by the town's conqueror Suleyman the Magnificent. Note the intricate marble entrance which comes from a grave monument from the time of the knights. In Dorieon Sq. lies Retzet Pasha Mosque.

New Town
The Temple of Aphrodite from the 3rd century BC. Its ruins were unearthed in the heart of the new town between Mandraki and Akandia Port in Symi Square.
Murat Reis Mosque with its elegant minaret lies near the Prefectural Building. It is built on the site of Aghios Antonios Church next to the Knight's Cemetery. The Turkish cemetery contains the tombs of exiled Turks, an admiral of Suleyman II's fleet in a round mausoleum and a poet banished by the Sultan for his sarcastic poetry. In the square around the mosque the ruins of the ancient walls have been found together with inscribed stone balls marked with their weight. They begin at 5 mnes and reach 10 talents (2 to 261 kilos approximately). From the type of letters the balls have been dated to the famed siege by Dimitris Poliorcetes.  Aghios Nikolaos lighthouse is a fortress at the end of the jetty with the same name where the deer statutes stand at the entrance to the port welcoming visitors to the island.
At the other end are three windmills. The first houses the offices of the Army Hydrographical Service where maritime maps can be purchased. The second from the 15th century operates as a museum. One can see the grinding mechanism while the third houses a travel agency. 

Aghios Stefanos Hill also known as Monte Smith after an English admiral of Napoleon who called at the island in 1802. In the well laid out and verdant archaeological park are the surviving remains of a 3rd century BC Stadium where the Alies Games were held, the largest celebration for the Ancient Rhodians in honour of the god Helios.
Next to the stadium a small, marble open-air theatre has been restored and is used for musical performances just like in antiquity.
At the peak of the hill is the temple of Apollo Pythia, protector of the city. From here the view over the town and the sea is panoramic and the sunset enchanting.
The tombs of St. John are in the central part of the extensive Rhodian necropolis. Important monuments are the large corner tomb complex with domed graves, the group of domed graves crowned by a monument with triglyphs and metopes and the tomb carved into the rock with a monumental gateway. Of most interest is the underground quarry into whose tunnels grave chambers were dug.


Lindos (46 km from Rhodes town)
The listed village of Lindos has preserved its architectural uniqueness as well as its traditional decoration. White, boxy houses with flat roofs, imposing entrances leading into courtyards filled with flowers accessed along pebbled streets are situated around a sheltered port and lead up to the acropolis. The climb is via picturesque narrow streets on foot or on Lindos 'taxi', donkeys.
The acropolis of Lindos is built on a precipitous rock soaring 116 m and dominating the village. It is a real balcony with a view over the sea. The monuments there are evidence of the power and wealth of Lindos over the ages.


Chalki Island

Khalki ( Chalki ), is a small mountainous island, of about 400 inhabitants, that covers a surface area of 28km. Its name most probably reflects the copper (chalkos in greek) once mined there. It has ony one settlement. Emborio or Nimborio,a little harbour town consisting of 2 and 3-story Venetian style renovated mansions, overshadowed by a Byzantine bell tower and a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains guarded by 3 ruined windmills (Vassilakio, Aggelakio and Andrikakio). On the main road leading to and from the harbour you can see the bust of Alexandros Diakos, the first officer to fall defending the ideals of democracy and freedom in the Dodecanese islands during WWII. Do not miss the church of St. Nicholas, built in 1861, with its magnificent bell tower whose base leans over an arch made of ancien marbles taken from a temple dedicated to Apollo, as well as the ecclesiastical museum that exists there. Furthermore, in Emborio you can see the clock tower - a donation of the expatriate Chalkian community - that stands before the Town Hall, and the building of Hiona Vouvali, once used for storing sponge supplies. Ten minutes away from Emborio is Pondamos beach, a sandy length of coastline framing crystal clear waters. But there is more undiscovered shoreline, as Chalki is surrounded by a string of pure white beaches (some within walking distance and other best reached by boat). Hire a little motor boat to take you to the beaches of Yiali, Trachia, Kania or Areta and to the islet of Alimia.

Deeper into the mainland, a ruined crusade castle, perched on a hill, guards the remains of the old capital, Chorio, now deserted. The walk to the castle is wonderful and the ruins are untouched. The Chalkian castle has a history of more than two thousand years. St. John's Knights constructed the main building on the remains of an ancient acropolis in the 14th or the 15th century. Walking up the path to the castle's entrance visitors come across ancient marbles, foundations of temples, but also the remains of walls of the Hellenistic/classical perod, Byzantine churches and bigger or smaller ancient Greek and Byzantine cisterns. It is a path of history. The views from the unguarde ramparts, over the town towards Rhodes, or out towards distant Karpathos, are sensational. At the NE of the castle, admire the church of St. Nicholas and its magnificent frescoes. Chalki is an ideal island for walkers. Take long walks to discver the approximately 360 country chapels, most of them very old and now ruined. The hospitable Chalkians will be happy to suggest you paths and trails to discover the island's unrevealed beauty. You will enjoy Chalki's hospitality at its best, however, if you are lucky enough to be there during its festivities. The whole island celebrates with a memorable passion, and everyone is more than welcome to join in. Every 29th of August, the island's biggest feast, held at the monastery of Ai Giannis, is honored by Chalkians living throughout the world coming back this particular day to celebrate. Lying just a few miles off the island of Rhodes, this tiny island has completely escaped the busyness of its larger neighbour. Once a self-sufficient island made rich by sponge diving, Chalki is now a quiet island promising relaxing, though interesting holidays...


The island supported a much larger population but following emigration in the mid twentieth century Chorio was almost completely abandoned. A ruined medieval castle of the Knights of St. John overlooks the old town and the chapel contains some of the original frescoes.

Chalki possibly got its name from the copper (in Greek chalkos) workshops that were there in ancient times. The Titans were according to Greek mythology the first inhabitants of all the surrounding islands. The Pelasgians lived here for a long time, leaving several constructions behind, before they were succeeded by the Carians, the Dorians and later the Phoenicians. Aretanassa, the illustrious queen of Halki lived here once, before being exiled in Karpathos where she committed suicide after her husband's death. Remains of three temples of the god Apollo are preseved at the location of Pefkia, today's Nimborio (along the coastline). The god was worshipped here with exceptional honours. During the flourishing period of the Athenian state, Chalki regularly paid the alliance taxes. In the 7th century it is concered by the Arabs, until 825 when it is liberated. Venetians and Genovians arrived on the island in 1204 and repaired the ancient acropolis, building at the same time a fortress on the island of Alimia. In 1523 Chalki was conquered by the Turks. It takes part in the 1821 revolution, it is conquered by the Italians in 1912 and finally is annexed to Greece along with the rest of the Dodecanese.




Ancient crusader castle, Church of St. Nicholas
Monastery of Stavros
Old monastery of Taxiarchis Michail Panormitis
Small chapel of Ai Giannis
Phoeniki with the half ruined monastery of St. Zaharias
Pefkia with Apollo's temple
The islets of Alimia and Krevati


Tilos Island

Tilos is an Aegean island with nineteen beaches, twelve mountains, seven medieval castles, a Byzantine monastery and two hundred churches, a cave full of natural discoveries, a village that is a declared cultural monument, a hundred bird species, hundreds of wild flowers and herbs, and five hundred residents. Livadia is the island’s main port Livadia was established around 1930 as a village although it had existed as a harbour before that. Most of the buildings are modern mixed with a few traditional ones. Livadia has a lovely horseshoe bay which is excellent for swimming and snorkelling, there is also shade along the beach beneath the Tamarisk trees. These trees were originally planted as a windbreak to protect the crops grown in the very fertile soil along the front. The North winds are so dry they can ‘burn’ crops. Above the village is the remains of a 15th century castle – Agriosikia and in the valleys below the old monastery Politissa


Megalo Horio

The capital of the island with just 180 full-time residents. Megalo Horio (Big Village) is much older and more traditional Greek village with winding alleyways and traditional buildings. There is one road that runs past the village but the majority is inaccessible by car. There are some beautiful churches here – the Church of Archangel Michael (Taxiarchis) opposite the Island Council Offices and Panagia on top of the village. On the summit above the village is the most complete of the seven Crusader castles on the island. It’s a steep climb up with no shade but stunning views from the top. Also here is the Elephant Museum – where finds from the Harkadio Cave are displayed – if the museum is closed, ask at the council offices (go up the stairs to the left of the museum). Vicky the guide is usually around to fill you in on all the necessary details! Also in Megalo Horio is another pharmacy/doctor’s surgery.


Mikro Horio

Mikro Horio was the original capital of the island and was once home to 1700 people. The village is now deserted – the residents either emigrated or moved down to the Livadia to be closer to the developing port. Nowadays the village is like a time-capsule a witness to a life that no longer exists. It is very atmospheric
to wander around. The bus does not go to Mikro Horio but it is not too long a walk.


On the left hand side of the road to Megalo Horio is the Harkadio Cave where the remains of dwarf elephants were discovered in 1971. The cave is not open to the public as excavations are still continuing. However, the view from outside the cave is wonderful and underneath is a small amphitheatre which is host to concerts during the summer months. Stand in the centre to experience the perfect acoustic! Nearby the entrance, you will see the construction of the new museum which will eventually contain the finds made in the cave. Some are presently on display in the small museum in Megalo Horio but the majority are in Vienna. The bones of thousands of elephants have been found in the cave and the discovery was on of the first to establish the existence of elephants in Europe - it is thought that they swam here from Africa and the dwarfism developed due to a gradual decline in the population due to hunting by man.


Nisyros Island

Nisyros is a small island in the Dodecanese complex, between Kos and Tilos. It is a quiet place, far from the tourist current other Greek islands have, that fascinates and charms visitors with its strong colourful character, the dark brown of its volcanic earth, the white of its houses and the deep blue of its sea. Nothing disturbs the silence of the island, which gives it a mysterious charm that remains with visitors who almost always fall in love with Nisyros and cherish its memories One of the natural attractions of Nisyros island is the volcano, on its central side, near the village of Nikia, on the plateau of Lakki. It's an active volcano with a large crater into which one can descend by steps. Entering the crater, one could easily believe that one was walking on the moon, were it not for the hot sun that shines above in all its glory.  The crater is layered with a hot surface (not hot enough to scold, one can easily walk on it but shoes, preferably mountain boots are most definitely required) and thick vapours, and is frequently visited by tourists from the nearby Greek islands.Nisyros also has therapeutic springs with good curative properties at Loutra, near the capital.A traditional product of Nisyros is soumada, a non-alcoholic almond-flavoured drink. The patron saint of the island is Saint Nikitas. Many Orthodox Christian churches are found on the island, as well as four monasteries which are not inhabited by monks today, although various celebrations take place in them. The largest monastery is the one of Panagia Spiliani (Blessed Virgin Mary of the cave) at Mandraki. It is built beside the medieval castle erected by the Knights Hospitaller who conquered the island in 1315.

Nisyros History

The history of Nisyros is closely linked with the volcanic eruptions that occurred in the ancient past. The first known inhabitants of the island were Karrians but recent evidence has found relics left by people from Kos, Thessaly and Rhodes during the ancient times of Greek History. According to the Greek Mythology, Nisyros was was born by a stone that Poseidon throw to the Giant Polyvoti during the fight of Gods against the Giants. 

The rock was a piece from the island of Kos and that rock created Nisyros. During the Persian wars Nisyros together with the islands of Kos and Kalymnos where under the rule of the small kingdom of Halicarnassus and her queen Artemissia one of the alliances of Xerxes in his campaign against Greece.

The history of Nissyros and its growth, because of its proximity, was linked to that of Rhodes. In modern times, the development of Nissyros is due to the investments made by ex-patriots who emigrated after the Second World War. Up until 1948 when the island unified with Greece, like all of the Dodecanese, Nisyros was an Italian colony.

Places to visit on Nisyros

Mandraki: The Old Fortress (Paleokastro) with the ruins of the ancient city lies 4 km southwest. Sections of the fortified walls dating from the 4th century BC and the gateway structure have survived. They are strongly reminiscent of similar Mycenean structures.
The ancient cemetery with finds dating from the 7th and 6th centuries BC and a grave from the 5th century BC.

Fortresses : Mandraki:
Spiliani Fortress dominates the capital and is thought to have been built by the Knights of the Order of St. John (1315). The view from this location is unique.
The ruined Venetian Fortress at the highest point in the village.


Monasteries and Churches :
The Monastery of Panaghia Spiliani. This location was the oldest centre of worship on the island. Columns and Corinthian capitals have been found here. Inside the cave are the sanctuary and the Katholikon, the monastery's central church. The monastery stands on the same hill as Spiliani Fortress. It was built around 1400 AD. The church is a basilica with a charming iconostasis from the 18th century. There is a small library with Greek books and documents. Among the relics kept are ecclesiastical vessels, crosses, gospels, portable icons and a gold dove offered by pirates. Churches in the town include Aghios Nikitas, its patron saint, Panaghia Potamitissa, Aghios Savvas, Aghios Nikolaos, the Holy Cross (Stavrou), Panormitis and the church 
jointly dedicated to Aghia Paraskevi and Aghios Athanasios.

The Evangelistria Monastery lies amid beautiful countryside 5km southeast. Note the unusual large tree outside the monastery.

Emborios: The churches of the Dormition of the Virgin (Kimiseos Theotokou) in the centre of the village and Archangel Michael in the fortress with its exceptional wall 
paintings are worthy of a visit.
The Monastery of the Virgin Our Lady (Panaghia Kyra also known as Pigi Kyra) lies 7.5 km southeast amid enchanting countryside. A guesthouse operates on the feast of the Virgin.

Nikia: The churches are those dedicated to the Virgin (Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple - Eisodia Theotokou), Aghios Theologos with its ornate bell tower just outside 
the village with a view of the volcano and Aghios Panteleimon in Avlaki.

Palli: The chapel of Panaghia Thermiani is built amid the ruins of Roman baths behind the Pantelidis Baths.


Simi  Island

SYMI or Simi is one of the smaller holiday islands in the Dodecanese group just 9km off the Turkish coast and north from Rhodes. Boat building and sponge diving once made the island rich; now tourism has taken. Symi is noted for peace and tranquillity rather than beaches, which are in short supply. Symi is also much noted for summer temperatures, which can soar to 38°C.

The neo-classical mansions that hang off the hills around the main port are a reminder of the rich pickings once enjoyed by the inhabitants.


In spite of being a small island, Simi holds a rich history that dates back to ancient times.
In fact, Homer mentioned this island in the Illiad because of its role on the Trojan War, as it was headed by the Simian King Nireas. In addition, Herodotus referred to Simi as a member of the Dorian Hexapolis –meaning ‘6 cities’. I
n fact, since 480 B.C. Simi belonged to the Athenian League However, the old island of Simi was not always known by its current name, as it was formally called: Kirki, Metapontis and Aigli. The name we use today is related to mythology, and is taken from the nymph Simi, who married Poseidon, the god of the sea and gave birth to the later leader of the island’s inhabitants, Hithonios.


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