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Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros
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Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

If there's one must-visit while you're in Kos, it's the volcanic island of Nisyros. Greek legend says it was created from a stone thrown by the god Poseidon. And it's a scenic gem of an hour-long trip that takes you there. Visit Mandraki, Nikia, the Stefanos crater and more.

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Kos Sunset Cruise
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Kos Sunset Cruise

Captain Gianni and his crew invite you on board for a sunset cruise to the tip of Kos. There'll be plenty of swimming and aperitif sipping as well as a barbecue on a secluded beach. Watch the sun go down on the sand, then return with the stars above and the twinkling lights of coastal villages passing you by.

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Guided Tour of Kos Town, Asclepeion and Zia with Wine Tasting
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Guided Tour of Kos Town, Asclepeion and Zia with Wine Tasting

With some of the highlights of Kos wrapped up in one day out, this adults-only tour showcases the variety of the island. Together with your guide you'll explore Kos town, the Asclepeion ancient site and the village of Zia. A visit to a wine factory and a viewpoint round off the day. Sophia, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The Asclepeion of Kos was dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine, and it was known as a healing sanctuary in ancient times. The peaceful surroundings and the extensive gardens were soothing for patients.'Start off with a guided visit to Kos town and its eye-catching harbour with bobbing boats lined up. Next, step back in time at ancient Asclepeion, which remains one of Greece's most important archaeological sites. After you pay your entrance fee on arrival, you will have free time to explore and imagine Hippocrates, who was born on the island of Kos, undergoing his medical education at the Asclepeion. Among the attractions are the remains of the world's first hospital, where doctors learned about medicine from Hippocrates, and studied how to treat disease. You'll also visit the mountain village of Zia, which sprawls beneath Mount Dikaios and is best known for traditional architecture and wonderful views of the coast. After lunch in a typical restaurant, it's on to taste local wine at a wine factory, and at the end of the excursion, you have the chance to capture amazing photos at Kefalos village at the south part of the island.

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Kefalos & Zia Tour including Wine and Honey Tastings
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Kefalos & Zia Tour including Wine and Honey Tastings

This tour showcases the best of Kos in just one day. You'll see the archaeological site of Asclepeion and the pretty hilltop village of Zia. And if that wasn't enough, there'll be a chance to taste local wines and honey, too.

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Pirates of Kos Family Boat Trip
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Pirates of Kos Family Boat Trip

Ahoy there! Pirate Tim and his feathery first-mate, Calypso the Parrot, need your help to track down their lost treasure. But first, you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a TUI Pirate. Set sail from the port of Mastichari and cruise towards the enchanting Pserimos Island, just north of Kos. As our seasoned sea captain Markus likes to say, 'Pserimos is a little-known isle with hidden coves perfect for family fun in the sun. We'll anchor in a shallow bay that's ideal for swimming and splashing around'.You'll join our crew in search of the booty, and along the way, everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on the boat. There'll be lots of fun activities for everyone to join in with. Our lively pirates will ensure everyone gets into character with a free bandana, face painting and lots of exciting pirate-themed games. You'll learn all the swashbuckling techniques you need, from sword fighting to map reading. And don't forget, a sharp-eyed pirate is always on the lookout for clues, so stay alert for hints that lead to the hidden treasure.When we drop anchor at Pserimos, feel the cool sea breeze as you splash into the water for a swim, or join in more of the playful games and activities we have planned. With the sun shining, laughter ringing, and pirate flags waving, it's sure to be an adventure you and your family will treasure forever.

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Kos Island Tour by Land and Sea
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Kos Island Tour by Land and Sea

This tour offers different perspectives of Kos – as you'll discover its wealth of natural and cultural treasures both by land and sea. Among the top attractions are the Asclepeion, a visit to the village of Kefalos and a cruise.

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Kaiki Boat Cruise from Mastichari
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Kaiki Boat Cruise from Mastichari

Wind in your hair, sun on your face, you can catch some rays on deck as you set sail from Mastihari. Aboard a traditional Kaiki boat, it's time to relax and unwind as your captain drops anchor at secluded bays and swim spots at the neighbouring islands of Nera and Kalymnos. Eleni, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Kaiki are the colourful wooden boats that Greece is so famous for. We are a nation of boatbuilders and fishermen, and even though many Kaiki boats are now used for tourism, look out for them still being used for fishing.'Sun, sea and swimming – a trio of things that make being on holiday so special. Your journey will take you across to the tiny isle of Nera, home to a single house and a handful of deserted coves. Sailing onwards to Kalymnos island, you'll reach the shores around Vlyxadia where you'll be able to cool off in the Aegean and try your hand at snorkelling if you're in the mood. The waters here are calm and clear – and if you're lucky, you may be able to spot the dolphin and sea turtles that call the area home.You'll have free time to make the most of the great swimming spots, top up your tan on deck, or see what you can spot underwater. By lunchtime, you'll be ready for a freshly prepared lunch made with locally sourced ingredients. After tucking into local specialities and Greek favourites on-deck, there's more opportunities for swimming, before it's time for the return trip complete with great views over the water to the Kos coastline.

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Zia by Night
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Zia by Night

Leave the beach behind and head for 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.

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Kos Town by Day
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Kos Town by Day

On this half-day outing, you'll explore Kos town under your own steam. As the island's capital, it offers up plenty of stuff to see and do. You'll be picked up from your hotel and dropped off in the centre, where the time's all yours to do as you wish.

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Lido Waterpark with Transfer
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Lido Waterpark with Transfer

Whizz, swirl, whoosh and fly your way down flumes and super-fast slides on a family fun day out at one of Greece's largest waterparks – Lido. You'll need nothing more than your swimsuit, sun cream and sense of adventure as you and the kids head on down to a park where water and adrenaline go hand in hand.

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Family Day Trip to Paradise Beach
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Family Day Trip to Paradise Beach

Kos has its fair share of great beaches but Paradise Beach in the south tops them all. With its crystal clear waters and fine golden sand it is easy to see how it earned its name. Spend a day relaxing under the sun, take a dip in the shallows or, if you're feeling brave, why not try your hand at one of the optional watersports.

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Kos Town by Night
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Kos Town by Night

Squeezed in between the ancient ruins left behind by the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras, Kos Town's harbour is fronted by an outstanding medieval castle. The island's capital is both stylish and atmospheric, and comes alive after dark. On this trip, you'll have an evening to explore its lively old town and harbour area at your own pace.

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Things to do in Kos

Exploring Kos offers a blend of beach relaxation and rich cultural discovery, making it a perfect getaway. The archaeological site of Asclepieion, the picturesque village of Zia, and the soft sands of Agios Stefanos are just some of the things you can see and do in Kos. Keep reading to discover essential excursions and visits you shouldn't miss.

The six best activities and excursions in Kos:

1. Explore the ruins of Asclepieion History enthusiasts shouldn't miss the ruins of Asclepieion. This sanctuary, dedicated to the god of healing, was also one of the most significant healing centres of the ancient world and housed a medical school. During a guided tour of the archaeological site, learn more about the figure of Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine. Moreover, thanks to its hilltop location, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

2. Take a trip to the volcanic island of Nisyros The island of Nisyros, just a short boat ride from Kos, is famed for its three-crater volcano. In addition to marvelling at the spectacular landscapes of the volcanic caldera, most excursions to the island also include a stop in Mandraki, one of the most traditional villages on the island, as well as at the Panagia Spiliani monastery, built atop a cliff.

3. Get lost in the city of Kos No trip to Kos would be complete without visiting its vibrant capital, where the past and present blend seamlessly. Visit places loaded with history, such as the Ancient Agora, Roman Odeon, Neratzia Castle, and Archaeological Museum, take a selfie with the famous Hippocrates tree, or enjoy the lively atmosphere in the port area – the ideal place to grab a snack and recharge.

4. Admire the sunset in Zia There are plenty of charming villages to see in Kos, but one of the most popular is undoubtedly Zia. This delightful town located on the slopes of Mount Dikaios is the perfect place to discover the essence of Greece. Walking through its picturesque streets, you can marvel at the traditional architecture of the shops, restaurants, and houses. Another major attraction of Zia is the iconic views of the coast and the legendary sunsets.

5. Take a sunset cruise along the coast Although any time of day is good to enjoy a boat trip along the coast of Kos, sunset is a magical moment. Sailing through the Aegean Sea, many excursions offer the opportunity to have a dip in the crystal-clear waters and take in the beautiful views. This is one of the most popular activities in Kos, and there are plenty of options for all tastes. Some travellers prefer to admire the sunset from the boat, while many others opt for cruises that include a stop at a secluded beach, where they can have dinner and enjoy music before heading back.

6. Taste the local wine The winemaking tradition of Kos dates back to antiquity, so if you have the chance, take advantage of visiting a winery. In addition to tasting the delicious wines, you can learn the secrets behind production as well as the main characteristics of local varieties. For a more complete experience, choose a tour with lunch included, preferably in the vineyards.

Plan your visit to Kos

When is the best time to visit Kos?

Kos enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild temperatures during the winter and warm in summer. During the hottest months, July and August, thermometers can reach up to 35°C, and the chances of rain are really low, making it one of the preferred times for travellers looking for sun and beach. In spring and autumn, temperatures range between 18°C and 26°C, making it a good time for outdoor activities and exploring the island.

How many days do I need in Kos?

To discover Kos at a leisurely pace and have enough time to relax on the beach and visit the main attractions, it's ideal to stay at least a week. This way, in addition to sunbathing on spectacular beaches like Agios Stefanos, you can dedicate some days to visiting some of the must-see cultural attractions, such as the archaeological site of Asclepieion.

Where are the best beaches in Kos?

The coastline of Kos is dotted with extensive fine-sand beaches, washed by the clear waters of the Aegean Sea. One of the most picturesque is undoubtedly Agios Stefanos, located next to the remains of an early Christian church and overlooking the islet of Kastri. The hot springs of Thermes Beach attract many travellers curious to discover their healing properties, while Cavo Paradiso is a true haven of peace with immense natural beauty. For those looking for lively beaches with all kinds of services, Kardamena Beach and Tigaki Beach are two ideal options.