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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.

Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

2. Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

Enjoy a day of cruising and fun on this pirate style boat tour. Escape the crowds of Samos and chill as you sail along the Aegean Sea. Experience an unforgettable day as you sail to one of the most picturesque islands on the south of Samos Island, Samiopoula. This small yet enchanting island only has five people living on it. Soak up the glorious Greek weather on the white sandy beach, before you set sail to Kakorema beach. Cruise along the wild cliffs and drop anchor at a romantic bay. Cool off in the refreshing turquoise waters, if you like. Feeling hungry? No worries, indulge in a delicious BBQ lunch on the beautiful beach of Kakorema. Listen to Greek music play from the boat and participate in a sirtaki (Greek dance) on the sands of this beautiful secluded beach.

Samos: Full-Day Boat Cruise with Lunch

3. Samos: Full-Day Boat Cruise with Lunch

This full day boat trip begins at 09:30 AM from the port of Pythagorion. After sailing along the coast on a fishing boat, the captain will drop an anchor in front of a sandy beach on the small uninhabited island, Samiopoula. After hopping off the boat, you have an hour of free time to relax and swim.  Then, the boat sails to the beautiful beach of Kakorema, which is located on the southern coast of Samos. The boat crew will prepare a meal for you at about 1:30 PM while you enjoy swimming in the clear blue water and sunbathing under the sun. At around 5:00 PM, you will return to the port of Pythagorion.

Samos: Full-Day Island Bus Tour

4. Samos: Full-Day Island Bus Tour

This island tour is a fascinating excursion, which covers all the main sites in Samos. An island of legend and beauty, the birthplace of Pythagoras, and home of the beautiful goddess Hera. Samos stands apart from the islands of the blue Aegean for its unique majesty, cultural traditions, and picturesque charm.  Enter the Hera Temple and enjoy a tour around the sacred and ancient site, before visiting the Monastery of Timios Stavros or Megali Panagia with your guide. Stop in Koumaradei at a Pottery shop to watch a small demonstration on ceramics, and receive a cup as a present. Have lunch in the Potami area (not included in the rate), and get tips on how to visit the waterfalls. Take a short trip to an oil-producing factory. Stop in a winery outside the village of Kondeika to learn the secrets of Samos wine culture and have a small wine tasting at the end. Visit Kokkari, a picturesque fishing harbor, where you can walk through the village.

From Samos: Full Day Tour to Ephesus and Kusadasi

5. From Samos: Full Day Tour to Ephesus and Kusadasi

The tour departs at 07:30 AM from the port of Pythagorio or Samos Town and the boat takes you towards the east. Arrive at Kusadasi after a 1 hour and 15 minute boat journey. On arrival, take a tour of the ancient site of Ephesus, famous for the temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then you have time for lunch before returning to Kusadasi. In Kusadasi you will have time to enjoy the Turkish bazaars where you can find oriental carpets, leathers, jewelry, brass and alabaster. Later at 05:00 PM, board the boat and return to Samos at 06:15 PM.

Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

6. Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

Start the tour by stepping back in time to the Ancient Greek era with a visit to the Temple of Hera. Admire this marvelous feat of construction which dates back to ancient time. Then, head north for a guided tour of the 15th-century Monastery of Megali Panagia, an excellent example of Byzantine Greek architecture. Enjoy a short walk through the traditional mountain village of Pyrgos which is famous for its honey and ceramics for a short walk. After visiting Pyrgos, make an optional stop in the area of Koutsi – an ideal place to take panoramic photos. After this, visit a traditional winery for a chance to taste some of the famous Samian wines. Continue the tour through the varied green landscape until you reach the 2nd large town on the island called Karlovassi. Stop here for lunch and admire the beautiful neoclassical houses and mansions.  Next, set off again along the wild and romantic north coast until you reach the enchanting Valley of Nightingales. Enjoy a short walk here and a welcome coffee stop. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to the charming and picturesque fishing village of Kokkari before returning back to Samos Town and Pythagorion where the tour ends. 

From Samos: Half-Day Kasonisi Sailing Trip with Lunch

7. From Samos: Half-Day Kasonisi Sailing Trip with Lunch

Discover the untouched island of Kasonisi on a half-day sailing trip, and swim in the Icarian Sea's turquoise waters along your way. Board your boat at the charming Pythagorean Port on Samos' East Coast and set sail for Kasonisi. The water is only half a meter deep in the section between the two islands, and you can see every grain of white sand at the bottom. Hop off the boat for a cooling swim here. Then, continue your journey to the paradisiacal Posidonion Beach, where you can choose to swim or relax and sunbathe on the beach. Tuck into a tasty sandwich for lunch before returning to Samos

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What people are saying about Samos

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 696 reviews

Très beaux moments. Beau bateau, équipage agréable. Le timing est toutefois chronométré. Cela donne envie de revenir sur l’île par ses propres moyens, pour rester plus longtemps dans la ville principale, et découvrir le bord de côte volcanique. La découverte du volcan, les odeurs souffrées, et la Caldeira sont incroyables. Nous étions 5 et avons passé une formidable journée!

What a fun experience! Very relaxed boat trip, pleasant crew who do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. It could have taken longer for us....

The person in charge of the excursion was one of the best english-speaking tour guides. Well explained history and guided tour. Thank you!

Very beautiful trip. Everything was perfect, except of hot temperatures. I recommend you to go on this trip if you’re on Kos!

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