RHODES, PATMOS, SAMOS : BEAUTIES IN THE DODECANESE
This itinerary goes through the following steps:
Day 1 - 5: Rhodes
Day 6 - 8: Patmos
Day 9 - 11: Samos
Day 8 : End of the trip
A trip to three mythical islands in the Dodecanese archipelago and in the northern Aegean Sea
These are the islands that best sum up the specific character of these islands stationed like European sentry facing Asia. Each one of them is different: Rhodes is characterised by its beaches and old town centre, Patmos for its exceptional architectural heritage and Samos for its beaches and natural landscape. This multi-island trip is also an opportunity to go for a cruise on the Aegean Sea.
N.B : Contact our greek specialists so they can customize this itinerary and adapt it to your needs and wishes.
Here is the list of hotels for your travel in Greece:
Charming local hotel
Built on the site of the ancient Agora, St. Nikolis is a charming little local hotel located in a pretty district of the old medieval town. It offers tourists the unique opportunity to live in a wonderfully restored age-old hotel. The inner patio is full of bougainvillea which bring freshness and colour to the sandstone surroundings. The main building is made up of twelve double rooms, some of which can be turned into triple rooms. Each room is air-conditioned, has a private bathroom, hairdryer, refrigerator, satellite TV, telephone with direct line. Some rooms have a veranda / patio and some have a balcony. Four very nice apartments with a fully-equipped kitchen. A sophisticated restaurant offers a variety of home-made Greek dishes. Breakfast is served on the hotel terrace, where you can take in the view over the old town. Minimum stay is limited to three days.
Excellent value for money
This is the ideal spot for those who love beach holidays at a fair price. This pool complex is nestled in a ten-hectare pine forest next to the sea. It has everything for those looking for some rest and relaxation. A large sea-water swimming pool, a covered freshwater swimming pool, a children’s pool, bars and restaurants, a night club, a supermarket, internet access, organised evening parties, car hire, etc. Room capacity ranges from one to four people and they have air-conditioning, satellite TV, large balconies. Studio apartments complete with kitchenette are also available. It is located at Ixia, 200 metres from the beach and 3 kilometres from the old town of Rhodes. Can be accessed by bus.
PORTO SCOUTARI HOTEL
Charming local hotel
One of the few charming local hotels on the island. This peaceful oasis, located in a park planted with 8000m² of trees, is just a few minutes’ walk from the sandy Meloi beach and the old town of Skala, the island’s harbour. Porto Scoutari hotel has been listed among the 100 most romantic hotels in the world. The four two-floor buildings have been built around the swimming pool and are in keeping with the island’s traditions. Each of the 31 rooms is individually decorated and designed with care and attention to detail. A canopied four-poster bed, sofa, minibar, satellite TV, telephone, air conditioning, kitchenette. Most of them have balconies or terraces. Having breakfast on the shady terrace is a delightful experience. One kilometre from the Skala harbour.
Ideal hotel for those looking for accommodation with good services at a good price. The Asteri hotel, built in 1995 in line with the island’s architectural style, is located in the northern district of the Skala harbour, on the narrowest part of the island. Skala harbour is 250 metres away and the cave where St John wrote the Book of Revelation just 50 metres away. The hotel has 37 rooms with private bathroom, mini bar, TV, air-conditioning, balcony with sea view.
Breakfast is served on a terrace covered with bougainvillea, facing the sea. Car-park.
DORYSSA SEA SIDE RESORT
5-star Luxury hotel
This hotel is in keeping with the architecture of a traditional Greek village and provides top-of-the-range services. Located close to the village of Pythagorion along a beautiful pebble beach.
The rooms are spread across several stylishly decorated bungalows with roofs made from bamboo sticks painted white. The beds are decked out in linen, and a small terrace looks out over the gardens. The bathrooms are also very uncluttered with shiny concrete floors, wooden furniture, marble basins, and a spa bath. They are all equipped with TV, telephone, safe, wi-fi internet access, mini bar, hairdryer, plug for electric razors and air-conditioning. You can choose between three restaurants: The “Village Restaurant” facing the sea for breakfast. “Veranda Restaurant Hotel” outside, facing the sea. The “Coffee House” a traditional café, on the square. There is a range of watersports available as well as a spa.
Good value for money
Located in the centre of Vathi, the old town of Samos, this neoclassical style hotel provides quality accommodation at an attractive price. It is a reasonable-sized hotel in the town centre, open all year round, located a stone’s throw away from the harbour and 800 metres from the nearest beach. Its fifty rooms are basic but comfortable and spread over four floors. They are all equipped with TV, air-conditioning, heating, mini-fridge, bathrooms with hairdryers, and have a small balcony facing the sea. On the roof, there is a small swimming pool with a spa bath. Watching the sunset from the terrace as the fishing boats return to the harbour is an absolute delight.
Estimated price per person: 600 euros
- 11-night “luxury” stay: From 600 to 1000 Euros
- 11-night “best value” stay: From 850 to 1150Euros
Price set according to the number of people and the season.
- 11 nights in double room (5 in Rhodes, 3 in Patmos and Samos)
- Ferry transfers
- Harbour - hotel transfers
What's not included
- Your international flights
- Flights transfer
- Car rental
These islands are quite difficult to get to. The ferry timetables and rota system can vary throughout the course of the year. That said, going on this original and extremely varied trip makes up for this drawback.
The best way to get the most out of this multi-island trip is to get to Rhodes by plane, take the Rhodes-Patmos and Patmos-Samos crossings and then leave by plane from Samos. Or the other way round.
- By ferry: 13 to 22 hours depending on the company.
- By plane from Athens: 4 to 12 per day depending on the season. 1-hour flight
- By ferry: 6 to 9 hours depending on the company. Practically 1 per day in high season
- By hovercraft: 5-hour crossing, almost daily in high season
Patmos – Samos Crossing (Pythagorion harbour)
- By ferry: Around 3 hours 30 minutes, frequency varies depending on the season
- By hovercraft: 1-hour daily crossing in high season
Samos - Piraeus Crossing
- By ferry: 10-hour crossing, 0 to 2 per day depending on the season.
No hovercraft available
- By plane from Athens: 5 planes per day, 1-hour flight.
Highlights of the travel in Greece:
- This holiday is available all year round
- A 7/7 assistance during your trip
Our advices for this travel in Greece:
- Discover the magnificent medieval city of Rhodes, built by the crusaders and registered as a World Heritage Site.
- On the east coast, visit the medieval citadel at Lindos. Small traditional village that can only be accessed on foot or by donkey.
- Take advantage of its numerous beaches, dotted all around the island. A regular bus service provides access to the majority of them. The most beautiful ones are located on the east coast and they are well sheltered from the wind.
- Immerse yourself in the buzzing nightlife in high season. If you like a bit of peace and tranquillity, aim to come off-peak. The very pleasant climate means you can holiday all year round. December and January are however the months with most rain...
- Go to Kamiros, on the north coast, to visit a temple dating from the 3rd century BC. An archaeological site located in a beautiful natural setting.
- There are many museums worthy of a visit. In particular, the archaeological museum with its magnificent sculpture of Aphrodite.
- Hire a scooter for a day to travel the length and breadth of this little island.
- Visit the medieval monastery of Saint John which looks over Skala and the south of the island. It is an impressive monument that contains treasures of Byzantine art.
- Explore this small mountainous island on foot, with its coast featuring several small inlets. Its size and good road conditions mean it is ideal for discovering on a scooter.
- Take a stroll in Skala, the island's main town and harbour. Narrow streets, large mansions and cliff-top views over the Aegean Sea.
- Visit the cave where St John is thought to have written the Book of Revelation.
- Go to Psili Ammos, the island’s most beautiful beach which can only be accessed by boat or on foot at the end of a stunning hike along a coastal path from Diakofti on the southern tip.
- Sample Samos' Muscat wine and think of the mathematician Pythagora and the philosopher Epicurus, who both hail from the island.
- On the northern side, Samos is covered in lush vegetation and thick forest. It is therefore ideal for walking and hiking.
- Discover the most beautiful beaches on the northern coast, the most hilly part of the island.
- Stroll through the old town of Vathi which has held onto its character with its old mansions, pastel-coloured walls and houses dating back to the Ottoman era.
- In Pithagorio, the local beach stretches from the Logotheti castle on the town’s western side over several kilometres to Potokaki.
- Visit the monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, perched at the summit of Cape Prasso. Opportunity to go for a beautiful walk with stunning views towards nearby Turkey.
- Visit the archaeology museum to see its amazing collections.
Have an amazing experience in Greece!