Excursions in Kos
Stretch out on a deck drenched in warm sunshine. Dive into the cool Aegean. And visit three lovely islands off Kos. Thats the deal on this cruise.
Sailing in a traditional wooden caïque sailboat youÂ´ll call at the neighbouring trio of Pserimos, Kalymnos and Plati.
First off, youÂ´ll drop anchor at Pserimos for time to swim or snorkel in its waters. Then, cruise to the larger, sponge diving island of Kalymnos. Snap up some of its great-value, natural sponges, in the port of Vathi, before sailing to Plati - a tiny isle thatÂ´s home to just two people.
Here, youÂ´ll enjoy a barbecue lunch on board before exploring the island, swimming in the sea or enjoying some sunbathing. And before returing to Kos, youÂ´ll call at Pserimos again - docking in a bay so you can laze on its beach or take a stroll. A great day out for all the family.
Discover the best of Kos, from its popular seaside resorts to its rustic mountain villages, with this fascinating excursion accompanied by a guide revealing snippets of its history along the way.
Visit one of Greeces most important archeological sites, the Askleipion, where crumbled temples stand on a pine-covered hillside, the remains of the worldÂ´s first hospital. Snap the views and explore the ruins, itÂ´s where doctors first practiced the teaching of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine.
Then its on to the mountain village of Zia, which is surrounded by a dense cedar forest. Browse for handicrafts or admire from its homely rooftop tavernas the spectacular views out on to Turkey.
Afterwards, weÂ´re off to Pyli, famous for its hilltop Byzantine castle and natural springs. Refill your water bottle here but take care what spring you chose - theyÂ´re said to bring either eternal youth or fertility!
Then we will head down to Kefalos, a picturesque seaside resort for some free time on the beach or a tasty lunch in a taverna. brbr The tour will end on a high, with a visit to the historic village of Antimachia to see its little museum and the last remaining working windmill in the island. The town is also home to a 14th century crusader castle and the ruins of an early Christian basilica.
Why settle for just seeing Greece while you're here? Turkey is just a short distance away and this trip is a great taster of its culture and sights.
The adventure begins with a short ride across the Aegean to one of its livliest resorts, Bodrum. Hugging two bays which are divided by a crusader castle, it is straight from a postcard. On arrival, there's a guided tour of the main landmarks and best viewpoints, letting you take photos of the town and yacht-filled harbour from above.
Then, it's onto a gold centre to learn about Turkish gold and maybe buy a few pieces. The next stop is the old town, where you'll have free time to look around the lanes and browse the bazaars.
You'll be spoilt for choice shopping wise, too. We've timed the excursion for market day, so every street is doubly loaded with shops and stalls selling spices, carpets, leather and copycat designer goods. Haggle your heart out, sip on Turkish coffee and soak up the sights and sounds before reboarding your boat back.
Join us on a trip to the cosmopolitan capital of the island. A perfect opportunity for you to explore the many sides of this pretty town. Whether its history and culture you enjoy or exploring the boutiques Kos Town has something for everybody. Why not take a stroll around the old town or sample an iced coffee in the square as you watch the world go by.
Kos has its fair share of beaches, but Paradise Beach on the southwest coast tops the lot. The most popular on the island, it's sandy with bright blue seas and rocks towards one end. So how about spending the day here? We'll drop you here late morning and leave you to enjoy it all afternoon. You'll find plenty of facilities here too. Things like sunbeds, umbrellas, tavernas and watersports. Laze on the sands in the shade or the sun. Splash about in the waters - they're wonderfully shallow so ideal for games, kids and learner swimmers. Or just set off with a snorkel. An inflatable waterpark pops up here sometimes too. And the sea's a bit special as well. The locals call the beach "Bubble Bay" for a reason. In certain places, volcanic bubbles gurgle up from the seabed, creating natural jacuzzis. Imagine swimming in fizzy lemonade and you've got the idea.
Good visibIlity and loads of fish makes the sea around Kos perfect for diving, so if you fancy giving diving a whirl, this is your chance. Its a bite- sized taster that doesnt tie you down to a fully fledged course. First things first, youÂ´ll be given a brief classrooom session introducing you to the sport. Then youÂ´ll zip on your wetsuit and get to grips with your facemask and airtanks in some shallow water. And after that, its time for your first dive. Accompanied by an instructor, youÂ´ll head for a local diving site where youÂ´ll get aquainted with the underwater world and swim through shoals of tiny fish. You may even spot bigger critters like Moray eels, bream and octupus too. Its a great way to get started, if youÂ´re an experienced diver meanwhile, we can arrange more advanced PADI packages and diving trips to suit you - just ask for details.
ThereÂ´s nothing like a traditional Greek night when it comes to fun. And this taverna night hits the spot. Your evening begins when we drive you up to the mountain village of Zia. Once youre here, youÂ´ll have time to potter around and take photoÂ´s of the sunset and views. Then its on to one of the tavernas in the village. Sit down to a delicous meze, a main course and desert washed down with unlimited wine and soft drinks. After a while a bouzouki band and costumed dancers will take to the floor and before the night is over join in the fun, forming a circle to dance the famous Sirtaki, where the music speeds up...and up. You wont have to worry about getting home either, weÂ´ll be there to pick you up and drive you back.
Leave the beach behind and head into the hills to the mountain village of Zia for the evening. Sitting high in pine-forested Mount Dikaios, it's bagged itself gorgeous views of the island's North coast and across the Aegean to Turkey. And from up here, the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular. Once you're dropped off, you'll have plenty of free time to wander around and admire the scenery. Bring your camera and find yourself the best view point as the sun sinks behind the hills. And bag some locally made goodies like a lace tablecloths or some olive oil or sticky honey in the souvenir shops and roadside stalls. You could check out the village's Byzantine church as well. Later, as darkness falls, pull up a pew in one of Zias tavernas for dinner. Some have roof topped terraces where you can soak up the view, while you eat dinner, just as the stars come out.
Splashy slides. Twisty tubes, and swimming pools to mess around in. They all await you at one of Greece's largest waterparks - the lido in Mastachari. And we'll take you there and back, with lots of time in between to throw yourself into the thrills and spills. If you're yearning for the burn, plunge down the pitch dark black hole or scream inducing Kamikaze. Race the kids down the super fast slides of the Multi Lane or brave the six different types of rollers at the Wave Pool. If you fancy taking things easier, meanwhile, you can float down the Lazy River, pamper yourself in the bubbly jacuzzi or just laze on the sun terraces enjoying drinks and snacks from the restaurants and bars. The younger ones are well catered for too, with especially designed pool filled with mini-slides, games and fountains. A cracking day out for the whole family!
If thereÂ´s one must see while Kos, its the volcanic island of Nisyros.
This scenic gem can be visited thanks to this afternoon and evening cruise.
On arrival at the capital, Mandraki, weÂ´ll begin an island tour. The first stop is Nikia, an old village offering birdÂ´s-eye views over its huge volcanic crater, formed by a massive erruption in the 15th century. Sip coffees or soumada, the local almond liqueur, in the cute square, taking in the atmosphere. Then, head down to the craterÂ´s edge, as your guide explains NisyrosÂ´ geology and mythology - legend says the island was created from a stone thrown by the god, Poseidon.
You can then stroll around the crater or head for the top, sniffing the sulphur fumes and experiencing the steam and heat.
Afterwards, head back to Mandraki where thereÂ´s times to admire the balconied houses, have dinner in a taverna or see its cliffside monastery before returning to Kos.