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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.

From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

2. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

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What people are saying about Nisyros

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 782 reviews

The trip was fantastic and for that money. You will be picked up in the morning at an agreed meeting point. This is not far from your stay and you will hear this via whats app. Here you will be returned at the end of the day. First you will have time to discover Mandraki and then you will be taken to the volcano by van. It is very hot around this time so bring a cap or hat. Drinks can also be bought at the volcano. The time you get in Mandraki is not very long but enough to see the monastery, have a lunch and then wander some streets. Tip: take enough water with you and maybe a motion sickness pill if you need it quickly. This is because of the somewhat rough ride to and from the volcano.

Super fun trip. Well organized, first received a clear text message with instructions. Picked up and returned to the hotel. A varied day, by boat, visited a typical village and then to the volcano and then sail back. The boat trip only takes about 75 minutes. The only downside we found was the encouragement to have our lunch in a certain restaurant, the other restaurants were portrayed as less good. This is not okay. We therefore went to eat at another restaurant to support the other people there and it was very tasty! Recommended!

The excursion was really well organized and explained by our guide. There is enough time for the volcano, since you can only admire and desire the volcano anyway :) The port city and the little bit on the boat were also very quiet and cute, since we felt like we had the island to ourselves.

We saw so much and I find it so reasonable to cover so much ground and learn way more than i would by renting a car and trying to Maneuver the streets and not having to worry about getting lost or in an accident.

Great excursion with impressive natural impressions and a nice stay on the island. The tour of Mandraki and the visit to the monastery were also very worthwhile. Everything was well organized. A wonderful day!