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Greek Islands to visit arriving and departing from Izmir for 14 nights in September

We have tried to plan our journey but having some problems finding direct ferry links. We would love to visit Amorgos and possibly Mykonos. We would like to do a loop if possible avoiding visiting the same island twice. Last year we visited Naxos, Santorini and Milos . Does anyone have any suggestions?
This is our plan so far but which as you can see involves quite a lot of traveling
1. Kusadasi to Vathi
2. Pythmagaro to Patmos
3. Patmos to Kos
4. Kos to Amorgos (Katapola)
5. Amorgos (Aegiali) to Paros
6. Paros to Mykonos
7. Mykonos to Karlovassi
8. Vathi to Kusadasi
I would really appreciate your help. Thanks

Posted by
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I'm impressed that you have figured out the best loop route between all these islands, congrats!

Assuming you have the time needed to take this route at a leisurely-enough pace to enjoy each island I see no reason to offer any changes or deletions. Not all island connections will be available on a daily basis. Ferry schedule information can be found here once it's "official": You can also use this same website to determine which ferry companies are the ones you'll be using. Once you have that information you can book directly from their websites or use the booking function on the GTP website. All tickets will have to be booked separately to be picked up at port ticket offices as you go.

Posted by
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Travel to another island chain, such as from the Dodecanese to Cylades, is a longer trip and connects through hubs like Kos and Paros. Kos is not without things to see, but having spent several weeks there with my fiancé, I don't recommend it a primary destination. Smaller islands that I have enjoyed in the Dodecanese include Agathonisi (population about 160 residents), Lipsi, and Patmos. If you do spend more time exploring the islands close to Turkey, then you can return to Turkey from Kos to Bodrum. Pegasus airlines flies from Bodrum to Istanbul, if that was your destination after Izmir.

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I would also recommend that you take a closer look at the islands near Turkey. From Samos we visited Ikaria (wild, beautiful, few tourists). We stopped at the tiny Fourni islands on the way back from Ikaria to Patmos and wished we had time to stop there. We enjoyed Patmos, and Leros. Further south in the Dodecanese we loved Nisyros (a tiny island with an active but not erupting volcano you can walk around inside). You can visit Nisyros as a day trip from Kos but I'd recommend staying the night. We enjoyed Tilos, and Rhodes. We LOVED tiny Kastellorizo, south of Rhodes, one of the most picturesque Greek islands. From Rhodes or Kos you can easily ferry back to Turkey to continue your trip.

Posted by
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Thanks for your help above. We ended up staying 5 nights in Kokkari in Samos. It was pure paradise . Would definitely recommend a visit. Arrived in Patmos yesterday evening. Planning on spending four nights here then back to Samos.

Posted by
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Glad to hear that some other Americans are appreciating Samos ... I've visited 3x, twice as a "pass-through" link, and once as the "switching center" for quick trips to Ephesus, Patmos AND Chios. If you are going back there to make a connection from Vathy, I recommend the simple hotel about 400 meters along the water from the quay - Hotel Pythagoras. Balconies on the bay. A restaurant next door (can't recall its name!) with tables only feet above the water, and stunning view of sunset in mouth of Vathy Bay. If your ferry schedule means you'll stay a day in Vathy, its museum is the best in the N.E. Aegean. Of course its kouros is famous as the Largest in the World (they built a room for the headless statue, then had to put in a raised skylight when they found the head!). But don't overlook the side room full of small beautiful offerings found at excavation of Temple of Hera.

Also think u will enjoy Amorgos. I found Katapola to lack much charm, but loved Aegali ... the beach there is sandy & nice and relatively noncommercial (half a dozen years ago, NO sunbed rental, and beyond a low stone wall, grazing donkeys!). A good budget place just off the beach -- the simple lodgings Askas Pension. Askas also has a campground in a wooded area adjacent, but not noticeable off-season, I found. Aegali very small, best taverna is called Katerina's by the locals, don't know if that's its official name, it's under a big flowering tree, always has customers. Above Aegali are 2 lovely mountain villages -- you can take a bus up to one then walk from one to the other. The one to the right (facing the mountain) has a super taverna called Nikolas'... I treasure a sunset picture of us at table, background, down mountain to beach & sea. Be sure to catch last bus 9pm, no fun to wals down road in dark. Island Bus service very limited ... we caught a bus up to Chora (GORGEOUS), wandered around, then decided to walk down to the church by the water... had to cross steep downhill grazing-grounds of goats, finally gave up short of our goal because we stupidly tried to do this in heat of the day. Better to rent a car, or get a taxi to church; I believe busses stop down there every couple of hours. Scenery is Spectacular! I've been on 25 islands, can't recall many as dramatic ... peaks, abysses, the winding road from Aegali to Katapola has u holding your breath.

If you do stop in Mykonos to make a connnection, and don't plan on a posh hotel with pool, you might enjoy a night's stay at a quiet convenient spot in town, uphill just a bit from the nightlife, at a quiet place run by an American ex-pat artist ... Angela's Rooms ... a rose-decked building in a garden, just behind Hotel Despotika. about 100 yards along the road uphill from the main Bus Square, inland from the port. balconies, fridges, a/c, good beds, the usual -- but ALSO the best showers/bathrooms in a budget place you probably will encounter on your trip (she's from US after all).

It sounds as if you're being flexible with your itinerary, which did not mention total time-frame. As I'm sure you have found, there is no need to book ahead on ferries in this season. Enjoy the rest of your adventure!