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From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

1. From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

Depart from the port of Kardamena in Kos and take a 1-hour cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros. Upon arrival, transfer to a waiting bus that’ll take you on a short drive to the volcano. Listen to an informative guide along the way. Get information about the volcano and the history of the island. Then, feel the force of the lava rumbling deep beneath your feet as you enter the volcanic crater. See the bubbling mud pools and steam geysers, and imagine that you have landed on the moon. Return to the port and get the chance to wander around the town of Mandraki. After a short walk through the narrow streets of blue and white painted houses, visit the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, considered one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Greek Islands. Make your way back to town for some free time for lunch (own expense) or do some shopping before boarding the boat back to Kos at 4:00 PM.

Rhodes: Private Day Trip to Lindos Village & Acropolis

2. Rhodes: Private Day Trip to Lindos Village & Acropolis

Village of Lindos: Visit Lindos village full of picturesque alleys, traditional aromas and cosmopolitan attitude forms a unique puzzle no one can resist. Above the modern village of Lindos rises the acropolis of Lindos. You will reach there through a short steep-stepped footpath climbs the rocky 116m-high. The Ancient Acropolis of Lindos is a natural citadel which was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Knights of St John, and the Ottomans. From here the panoramic view of the city and the sea is breathtaking! Filerimos Hill: We will also visit the Byzantine Monastery of Our Lady of Filerimos situated at Filerimos hill. The monastery was built in the 15th century by the Knights of Saint John, who had conquered the island that time. The monastery is dedicated to Virgin Mary the Life-Giving Source (Zoodochos Pighi) and its architecture is much different than the usual monasteries in Greece. Acropolis of Rhodes: We continue to visit the Acropolis stood on the hill now known as Monte Smith and consists of the Temple of Apollo (the remains of the temple of Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus) the archaeological park that contains the Hellenistic stadium, built in the 3rd century BC, where the athletic events of the Alioi Games took place. Stroll at the Medieval Town: We return back to the old Medieval town of Rhodes which is listed in the World Heritage Sites List of UNESCO, one of the best preserved medieval settlements in the world. We stroll in its meandering streets with the most famous of all, the Street of Knights. At the highest point in this road we will see the grandiose castle, the Palace of the Grand Masters, with its enormous towers and now a wonderful museum. It is worth exploring the large Hall of the Council, the Knights’ Dining Hall and the private chambers of the Grand Master. You will admire the mosaics and the decorated floors dating from the Early Christian times.

Private Tour in The Jewish Quarter & Grand Master's Palace

3. Private Tour in The Jewish Quarter & Grand Master's Palace

The medieval city of Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known throughout the world. Less well known, however, is the Jewish Quarter that once flourished within its walls. This exclusive half-day tour introduces you to the fascinating Jewish heritage of Rhodes Old Town, before taking you back in time to its medieval origins. Start with a stroll through La Juderia, the Jewish Quarter, wandering along the narrow, winding lanes, learning from a local knowledgeable guide as they bring to life the history of La Juderia and the Jewish people who made Rhodes their home.  Along the way, visit notable Jewish landmarks including Alhadeff Park and Alhadeff Street, named after a prominent Jewish family, the Square of the Martyred Jews and its seahorse fountain, and the Holocaust Memorial. You’ll also visit the Kahal Kadosh Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Greece, and the Jewish Museum of Rhodes.  Next, take a journey back in time to the medieval period. The guide will describe how the battles and sieges fought by the Knights of St. John shaped the town we see today. Admire medieval monuments and walk along the famous Street of the Knights, the best-preserved medieval street in Europe. The tour concludes at the 14th century Palace of the Grand Master, once home to the leader of the Knights of St. John of Rhodes. Today it’s a museum housing medieval furniture, elaborate mosaics, and archaeological exhibits from Rhodes. 

Rhodes: Jewish History and Sightseeing Walking Tour

4. Rhodes: Jewish History and Sightseeing Walking Tour

Meet your guide outside the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage listed medieval castle built in the 7th century. Head inside to discover the secrets of Rhodes’ medieval period and imagine what life might have been like during the era. Later, wander around the charming Old Town district, boasting yet more impressive medieval architecture. After a tour of the Jewish Quarter, visit La Juderia, the Jewish Museum of Rhodes, and learn about the history and heritage of the island’s Jewish community. Other highlights to the tour include Kahal Kadosh Synagogue, Alhadeff Park, Alhadeff Street, Square of the Martyred Jews, and the Seahorse Fountain.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 122 reviews

It was a wonderful trip to the volcanic island that was 100% organized from start to finish. You can get all the information when booking or you will be informed in good time via Whatsapp. We were picked up punctually at 8.10 a.m. from our pick-up location by bus and driven to our boat in Kardamaina. In front of the boat we were split up and the Germans got a German-speaking guide and the others in English. Arrived at the harbor at 10.30 a.m. after a one-hour boat trip, we went straight through the village to a place with a nice tavern where you could have lunch if you wanted. There we were also informed that we would all meet again at 1:30 p.m. at the port on the bus to drive to the volcano. The trip (approx. 20 minutes) to the volcano also started on time, where we then had 45 minutes at our disposal before we took the boat back at 3.30 p.m. Conclusion: A little more time would have been nice.

Punctual pick-up via bus at the hotel, the ferry was also as planned after 1 hour on the volcanic island. Great and unique experience at the crater. After that we were able to explore two towns on the island. Of course with given time windows, but well planned. Then we went back to Kos via ferry and to the hotel via bus. Overall a very well organized tour that we can recommend.

It's worth it! Great mix of volcano and village visit. We found the time allocation perfect and entertaining. We had booked the English tour and luckily we were able to spontaneously switch to the German group on site. Our tour guide Kiki was enthusiastic and great!

Very friendly tour guide. Everything totally easy and understandable. Strict time table but well organized. We're happy we participated!

It was a very interesting excursion to the beautiful island of Nisyros. I can recommend this excursion.