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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 holiday they will be met and exceeded in the Dodecanese Islands.

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Dodecanese Islands reviews

  • "very relaxing voyage"

    On a lovely morning in early October I sailed to Paros. The ship was bigger than I expected and the voyage was comfortable and the sea was was very calm.

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  • "Love Blue Star !"

    Friendly staff, modern facilities, good selection of food and drink on board. We were impressed by the seamanship of the captain and crew. We left Piraeus on time and arrived at Thira on time. We are looking forward to using Blue Star again soon.

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  • "Santorini to Rhodes 7 October 2016"

    We travlue Star 2 which seems to be very new and has good facilities throughout the ship. It leaves Thira conveniently at 00.50 and gets into Rhodes at 09.00. We had a two berth outside cabin. It was quiet and spotlessly clean with own bathroom. The beds were comfortable and we slept through til 07.30. Very worthwhile and I would do it again. There appears to be a very nice restuarant as well as the usual cafes and if I did this by day I think I would give it a try. The prices looked reasonable. I would recommend this ship and the cabin is well worth the extra cost.

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  • "Paros ferry"

    Travelled to Paros and back to Piraeus with blue star ferries. Most enjoyable experience. Booked stickers online. Staff at Piraeus very helpful, staff on the boat extremely polite and helpful. Ferry left dead on time on both accaisions. Well done blue star ferries!

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