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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 Kardamena: Nisyros, St.Antonios & Yali Islands Cruise

2. From Kardamena: Nisyros, St.Antonios & Yali Islands Cruise

Our day will start from the port of Kardamena, where our Pirate boat, will depart at 10am to start this unique cruise to the 3 islands. Within the first hour, we will be arriving at the first stop which is the uninhabited island of St. Antonios. This island is a natural paradise and people can visit the church of St. Antonios to admire this point of view and the peace the place has to offer. Enjoy the rest of your time here, by swimming in the clear waters or just sunbathing under the Greek sun! During this time, our crew will have prepared a Greek bbq lunch for you in order to have your meal on board. Around noon, we will be arriving at the famous island of Nisyros. As soon as you get off the boat, you will be in Mandraki, the capital and the port of Nisyros. From here, you can optionally climb about 200 steps to reach the mountain Monastery of Panagia Spiliani. From this point, you can admire the panoramic view of Nisyros and the beautiful Orthodox Church of Panagia as it is one of the jewels of the island! If you just want to relax, explore the town with its unique atmosphere, stroll through the narrow streets, visit the souvenir shops and then go to Ilikiomeni square to enjoy a coffee, or maybe a traditional dessert! Optionally, participants have the option to visit the volcano of the island with an extra charge. Please request more information from the crew! Last but not least is the third stop at the island of Yali. Yali is a volcanic small island which belongs to the municipality of Nisyros and has only 21 inhabitats. With beautiful views of this island, spend time on the boat, sunbathe, try the best cocktails & drinks under the sun, test your diving skills and have a great fund and relaxing time! That beautiful day around tree different island, has come to an end. At 17:30 we will be back to the port of Kardamena.

From Kardamena: Nisyros Island Day Trip

3. From Kardamena: Nisyros Island Day Trip

You'll arrive at Kardamena port and get on board the 'Captain Dimitris' boat, which sets sail at 9:30 am. You'll have five hours to spend on the island of Nisyros, which, despite its small size, boasts of magnificent natural beauty and cultural heritage. Optionally (for an extra charge of 8€/person) from Mandraki Harbor, you can take a bus to the highest point of the island, 2000 feet above sea level, and get a panoramic view of the surroundings. If you wish, you can also descend into the volcanic crater and witness the moving volcano and bubbling sulfur springs, making it an unforgettable and unique experience. Our bus will then take you back to Mandraki, a 25-minute journey by road. You can climb around 200 steps to reach the mountain monastery of Panagia Spirani or relax and explore the charming town of Mandraki before returning to the boat at 3:30 pm for the journey back to Kardamena. The travel time is approximately 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions. You'll return to Kardamena at 4:30 pm, and the beautiful day comes to an end.

From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

4. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

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Rating from family with child (13 years): Great tour. A day on and by the sea. Great fun for children and parents. The pirate ship chugs across the sea and you can relax and unwind. Music - as always a matter of taste - but we found the music really suitable. The volcano is less spectacular, but not too long and therefore a good change - you can also eat ice cream on the shore leave. It's a lot of fun to jump from the ship directly into the turquoise sea. That alone is a hit. Food on board was Suvlaki skewers with bread and salad. Absolutely ok for the price. Drink prices on board were also completely reasonable. Crew nice and helpful. So it was a great, relaxed experience and a clear recommendation - we would definitely do it again. Bathing shoes/fins, swimming/diving goggles + snorkel very useful.

We enjoyed this excursion immensely. The charming village of Mandraki where we had a very delicious meal and the impressive volcano crater with a beautiful view. It was a nice mix of culture and relaxation. Because we were the last boat of the season, we were given fireworks on top as a farewell to the islanders, very nice to experience!

Michael our guide was a blast... He was super funny and explained it in German with great humor... The trip was worth it... All of that was also included: boat trip, transport to the volcano and guide :-)

Relaxed and interesting excursion. Everything was wonderfully organized. Guide competent, nice and funny. Nisyros is highly recommended. Nice little villages, white and blue, not as crowded as elsewhere.

Good service and great impressions! Transport to the port should be included again! Particularly nice guide Martin 😃