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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: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

2. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

3. Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

Climb aboard for a scuba dive adventure in the Aegean Sea and complete all the required formalities. Fill out a medical statement, and then set sail from Kos Harbour at 10:00. Head for the small island of Pserimos, and journey between 2 countries as you explore the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Get an in-depth briefing about your dive, including how to use the equipment to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Then, dive with 2 instructors in a small group of just 4 people for maximum attention. Put on your wet suit, mask, and fins before getting help from your guide to put on the scuba diving equipment. Get into the water and swim with your group to a small beach where the sea is waist deep. Practice breathing techniques in complete safety, before getting help to breathe underwater with one of your Instructors.  Stay within the confines of the protected bay for gentle dives at a location where the water is never more than 5-6 meters deep. Benefit from the services of guides who are always on hand in the unlikely event that you need any assistance. Kokina Bay is perfect for beginner divers, with clear warm water and lots of marine life to see. Take a break to relax after your dive, and then opt to take a 2nd dive or participate in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. Alternatively, relax on the sundeck and top up your tan, or go for some gentle snorkeling and swimming adventures. If you opt for a 2nd dive, learn more advanced techniques to explore and see more of the marine life of the Eastern Mediterranean. Go for a longer and deeper dive that will allow you to experience the sensation of feeling weightless in the water. Dive without stops to get a real connection with nature. 

From Kos: Plati, Kalymnos, and Pserimos Boat Trip w/ Snorkel

4. From Kos: Plati, Kalymnos, and Pserimos Boat Trip w/ Snorkel

Discover the most beautiful sandy beaches and bays around the islands of Plati, Kalymnos and Pserimos. Sail on a boat through the crystal clear waters and visit Kalymnos, the island famous for sponge divers. If you like, visit a sponge workshop, stroll along the beautiful harbor promenade or enjoy lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. Visit the small island of Pserimos with its 130 inhabitants and beautiful sandy beach. Take advantage of some free time and relax on the beach or go for a swim. Finally go to the uninhabited rocky island of Plati and jump into the cool turquoise blue sea before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Kos: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

5. Kos: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

Do you want to learn interesting information about 10 of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(This is not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Kos? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Kos in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the much-photographed statue of Hippocrates! Visit the central Liberty Square which will bring life to your tour, while the Odeon of Kos awaits you to admire it in its ancient glory. Take a photo of the imposing exhibits of the Kos Folklore Museum, and learn about ancient Antigoras. The legend of the name and the birth of Kos will take you on a journey. Learn about the mix of architectural spectrums found in multicultural Kos. Admire the Plane Tree of Hippocrates where it is said that the father of Western Medicine used to heal. See, walk and relax at the Castle of the Knights, which with its incredible history and magnificent views will be the icing on the cake of this tour! Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

6. Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

Explore the attractive island of Kos and admire white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and idyllic mountain villages. Start above the city of Kos and visit Asklepieion. It is reported that the origins of this former temple date back to around the 4th century BC. The former temple consists of three levels and was once the place for the foundation stone of modern medicine, because there Hippocrates wrote the oath of the same name, which has survived to this day. Drive on to the small village of Antimachia and see an old windmill and a traditional farmhouse. Continue through olive groves and unspoilt countryside to the Kefalos peninsula. Admire the island's most beautiful beaches and enjoy a Greek lunch (optional) in the picturesque Kamari Bay or take advantage of the opportunity for a short refreshment in the crystal clear sea. Another highlight of the eventful day is a visit to the typical mountain village of Zia with its old houses on the slope of the imposing Dikeos mountain. Stroll through the small alleys and get to know the tranquil way of life of the Greeks. Discover the numerous spice stands and taste the typical cinnamon water.

Kos: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

7. Kos: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know the historical city of Kos at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Solve riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Become your own guide by downloading the tour app. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Kos' most important attractions on foot. Start your tour at the much-photographed statue of Hippocrates. Visit the central Liberty Square, which will bring life to your tour, while the Odeon of Kos awaits you to admire it in its ancient glory. Take a photo of the imposing exhibits of the Kos Folklore Museum, and learn about ancient Antigoras. The legend of the name and the birth of Kos will take you on a journey. Learn about the mix of architectural spectrums found in multicultural Kos. Admire the Plane Tree of Hippocrates where it is said that the father of Western Medicine used to heal. See, walk, and relax at the Castle of the Knights. Its incredible history and magnificent views will be the icing on the cake of this tour. At each stop, learn about the attraction and work on a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start playing anytime.

Kos Island: Wine Tasting & Zia Village Visit for Sunset

8. Kos Island: Wine Tasting & Zia Village Visit for Sunset

Discover the traditions of wine production on Kos as you visit a local family-run winery. Sample tasty local wines and get a sense of the Greek way of life. Start with pickup from your hotel. Travel to a winery located in beautiful surroundings. Sample some delicious wines at this quaint location and learn a bit about viticulture on Kos. After your wine tasting session, continue towards the mountain village of Zia. Enjoy a fantastic sunset from this charming mountainside village, before returning to your hotel.

Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

9. Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

Just 12 miles off the coastline of Bodrum, the Greek island of Kos is near enough for a pleasant day trip. A speedy hydrofoil departs Bodrum at 09.00 AM, taking just 20 minutes to reach the island. On this day trip you’ll have the full day to explore Kos on your own. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in historical sights and ancient ruins, including the 14th-century Castle of the Knights, numerous temples and ancient Roman ruins. The major attraction of the island is Asklepion, one of the largest and oldest healing centers of the ancient world. Kos is said to be the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and just behind the castle is the famous tree of Hippocrates. According to legend, Hippocrates taught his students the art of medicine under the shadow of this tree. Enjoy some time relaxing on a sandy beach, lapped by the calm waters of the Aegean Sea. Be sure to return to the harbor before the departure time of 4:00 PM.

Kos: Asklepieion Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

10. Kos: Asklepieion Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

Visit the sanctuary of Asklepios, built on the slopes of a low hill, overgrown with trees and with a wonderful view of the sea. From the sanctuary you'll see Asia Minor coast. Explore the famous monument of Kos with a skip-the-line ticket.See where Hippocrates studied to become the father of Western medicine. Learn why the sanctuary has served as a healing palace with priests who acted as doctors and medics. Marvel at the ruins of statues at the temple of Asklepios, Propylea, Arcades, and their Roman baths.Continue your visit with a stop at the site's museum. Take in an epigraphic collection presenting the stelae, decrets, laws and other inscriptions on stone found on site at the sanctuary.

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Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 57 reviews

I really enjoyed this activity, considering I am q first time diver it felt natural and I completed 2 dives. The assistance is always there if needed, you are never just left to your own devices. The training prior was easy to understand which involved a demonstration of how to use the equipment. You also get to snorkel as well. I did this with my brother and overall very satisfied and whets my appetite to try this again in other areas of the world.

Booking provider messaged day before to get passport details and tell you info. This is exactly as advertised, picking up tickets was easy and quick, boat was nice and ran on time. If you plan on a day trip to Bodrum then consider booking to make everything run smoothly.

We had a very enjoyable, relaxing tour of Kos Town, using the self guided website. Lots of information and easy to navigate to do at your own pace.

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

Day trip to Turkey great but pick up and drop off absolutely rubbish!!!!