Kos Shore Excursions 2017

kos shore excursions

Code: KOS - 01

Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Asklepion, Zia and the Platane of Hippocrates (KOS - 01), Half day

We start this excursion just outside Kos Town with a visit to the Asklepion, a health and healing center and a temple to Asklepios, son of Apollo and the god of healing – built in the 4th century BC, its Doric temple dates to the 2nd century BC. This is where Hippocrates, the father of medicine, developed and practiced many of the healing methods we still use today.

We depart from the Asklepion for the lovely mountain village of Zia, where a spectacular panoramic view of Kos and a number of traditional cafes and tavernas await you. Zia is fast becoming popular with local artists and craftspeople, and you’ll find unique, handmade art and crafts on sale throughout the village. This is also a great place to try the diverse local herbs grown near Zia and used in Greek gastronomy, and thyme honey! While strolling about the village, make sure to visit its picturesque cathedral.

After Zia we to drive to Kos Town to visit the Odeon, the Roman theater which was discovered in 1929 and subsequently excavated. The theater, built during the second and third centuries, still retains its original seating. Across from the Odeon is another important archaeological site, the Nymphaeum (the Roman baths) and the Xysto (the Gymnasium), where we’ll tour Roman and Hellenistic ruins.

We walk through Kos Town and stop at the Plane (Platanos) tree of Hippocrates, near the Knights’ Castle on the harbor. It is said Hippocrates instructed his students under this very tree more than 2500 years ago. We walk through Kos Town to its main square where you have free time until you return to the ship.

kos shore excursions

Code: KOS - 06

Approx Duration: 6 hrs

Kos "Lazy Day" Cruise (KOS - 06), Full Day

You’ll board our “caico” boat in Kos Harbor and set sail for the island of Pserimos, a trip of about 45 minutes on beautiful blue seas. We will dock close to Vathy Beach, where you’ll have time to swim and relax in its warm, clear waters. We leave Vathy Beach and sail to Vasiliki Beach for more swimming, followed by our arrival at Pserimos Central Beach, one of the true gems of the island’s coastline – the deep blue of its waters will astonish you. While you enjoy your third splendid swim of the day, our crew will be busy preparing a mouthwatering buffet lunch. After lunch, and a bit of time to digest, we board the caico for a relaxing return cruise to Kos harbor.

kos shore excursions

Code: KOS - 07

Approx Duration: 4 hrs

A Taste of Tradition with Zia (KOS - 07), Half day

Our "Taste of Tradition in Zia" tour is an excellent way to get to know the traditional side of Kos. We leave the harbor via air conditioned bus for our first stop, a family-run winery built on some of the island’s most fertile land, at the foot of Mt. Dikeos. You’ll have a chance to learn about winemaking and to sample some of the winery’s outstanding wines, which are made from some of the finest local and international varieties of green and red grapes. Our next stop is the village of Kefalos, the most south-western village on Kos. At Kefalos we’ll visit a family of beekeepers, where you’ll learn how Greek honey is produced. You’ll also have a chance to taste thyme honey, traditional "loukoumades" (mini honey donuts) and raki flavoured with honey.

After the beekeepers we climb to the lovely mountain village of Zia, where a spectacular panoramic view of Kos and a number of traditional cafes and tavernas await you. Zia is fast becoming popular with local artists and craftspeople, and you’ll find unique, handmade art and crafts on sale throughout the village. This is also a great place to try the diverse local herbs grown near Zia and used in Greek gastronomy. While strolling about the village, make sure to visit its picturesque cathedral.