Sitting peaceably in the east Aegean, the Dodecanese islands each have their own distinct culture, traditions and way of life which lend them perfectly to fascinating exploration. We have selected our favourite three for this tour - Rhodes, Symi and Leros. Starting in Rhodes, experience its rich medieval history and captivating Old Town, before cruising to Symi, notable for its rocky cliffs and isolated coves, which we explore on one of four included excursions. Finally we travel to Leros, a smaller and remote island with lovely character and an altogether slower pace of life. Greece has long attracted visitors from the UK, and this tour provides a wonderful combination of island experiences in specially chosen hotels, balanced perfectly with time at leisure.
14 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your scheduled Aegean Airlines flight to Rhodes, via Athens. On arrival we transfer you to the Electra Palace Hotel (4T+) for the next four nights on an all-inclusive basis.
Day 2 Rhodes
We travel the short distance to the UNESCO-protected medieval city of Rhodes, one of the most important in Europe. Our included walking tour with local guide will explore the gates, towers, squares and churches, as well as the Castle of Knights, encased within a 4km wall. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Rhodes
Today, join an included excursion to Lindos, a beautiful city in the south of the island overlooked by the Acropolis, from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding harbours and coastline.
Day 4 Rhodes
You might choose to simply relax and enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities today; or perhaps return to the city of Rhodes to enjoy its shady squares and tavernas. You may wish to join an optional tour of some of the rural villages on the island.
Day 5 Rhodes - Symi
Travel by catamaran to Symi, with the rest of the day at leisure at Pedi Beach Hotel (3T), where we stay for three nights.
Day 6 Symi
Today, we enjoy a full-day tour of the island by private boat, travelling along the dramatic jagged coastline, continuing south across the island to Panormitis. Here we visit the famous 18th century monastery of Taxiarchis Michael Panormitis, perhaps one of the most interesting churches on the island. We conclude our tour with a short cruise to the tiny islet of Sesklia, where the Athenians sought refuge from the Spartans during the Peloponnese War. On our return journey we stop in the beautiful natural bay of St George’s to enjoy the superb scenery and tranquil atmosphere.
Day 7 Symi
Spend today at leisure.
Day 8 Symi - Leros
We depart our hotel and journey, by catamaran, to the remote and peaceful island of Leros, adorned with white-washed villages, fertile valleys and green hills. Our hotel is the Crithoni Paradise Hotel (4T), where we stay for four nights on a half-board basis.
Day 9 Leros
We have included a full-day tour of the island today, exploring some of its historical sites and scenic offerings. We visit the Franco-Byzantine fort, which overlooks the capital town of Platanos, and the Byzantine castle on Mount Kasteli. Continue to the picturesque old Greek port of Agia Marina, with its pretty waterfront and old windmill.
Days 10-11 Leros
Two days to enjoy the pleasant surroundings of your hotel, or perhaps book an excursion to visit the island of Patmos, where St John is said to have written the Book of Revelation while in exile.
Day 12 Leros - Rhodes
We take the catamaran back to Rhodes for a final three nights at the Electra Palace Hotel (4T+).
Days 13-14 Rhodes
You are at leisure for the final two days of your Greek odyssey.
Day 15 Rhodes - London
Depart the hotel for your Aegean Airlines flight to London Heathrow Airport, via Athens. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.