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Ferries to Dodecanese Islands

The Greek Dodecanese Islands are situated in the South-Eastern Aegean Sea, between the Cyclades and the coast of Turkey. Comprising of twelve large islands and numerous smaller ones, the island complex is renowned for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear sea, stunning architecture and a relaxed ambience that is steeped in history.

Each island has an individual spirit of its own. Tourists who are seeking tranquillity and relaxation will find an island to suit, whilst those preferring a more vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere will also discover a perfect holiday destination.

Getting to the islands from the mainland, other island groups and travelling between the islands themselves is inevitably by ferry and with a huge selection of ports, routes and ferry companies on offer, the journey is all but guaranteed to be a stress free experience.

The Dodecanese islands can be reached from the Greek mainland port of Piraeus, Turkey, the island of Crete and the Cyclades Islands. Approaching a Greek island from a ferry, witnessing the houses tucked into the coastline amid a shimmering turquoise sea, is a wonderful and memorable experience.

Rhodes is the largest and most populated of the Dodecanese. With a main road that runs around the outskirts of the island the pinnacle is at Rhodes Town, the capital. Here, the architecture is predominantly medieval, and the spectacular Old Town is home to the Palace of the Grand Master.

Boasting sandy beaches and lush vegetation, Kos also has a heritage of mythology and history. Hippocrates, the father of medicine was born on the island around 460 BC, and founded the Great School of Medicine of Kos.

Kalymnos has a global reputation for its sponge fishing divers. This activity has a long tradition on the island and makes a significant impact on the local economy.

Many other islands in the Dodecanese exhibit unique charms and whatever your expectations of a Greek Island vacation they will be met and exceeded in the Dodecanese Islands.

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Dodecanese Islands reviews

  • "Blue Star Ferries"

    As with all ferries in the Greek Islands it's an organised scramble getting on however it is fairly easy and straightforward. There is a space to put your cases but this is a little chaotic with everyone looking for a spot. Once inside Delis felt more like a cruise ship than any of the others I travelled with. Great facilities and food options, clean toilets and friendly staff. I travelled in Business Class, which had comfier seats, and was a little quieter. Lovely waiter service and decent food options. Food is not included in your ticket. Disembarking was hot standing in line but again quick and easy. Overall travelling on Delos was a good experience.

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  • "Piraeus to Patmos return"

    Excellent except the trip from Piraeus where we wee given a bunk bed ! Very difficult ladder to climb up and quie dangerous for mature people ! The return was very good with twin beds ,,,very clean cabin and lovely crisp sheets...clean bathroom and everything we needed !

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  • "Expirience onboard"

    Excellent experience.

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  • "Very nice"

    One of My best sealing trip on ferry. Betteer way than airplane, to see Cyclades

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