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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.

Kardamaina: 3-Bay Pirate Boat Cruise with BBQ Lunch

4. Kardamaina: 3-Bay Pirate Boat Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Your cruise departs at 10am from Kardamena port and heads to your first destination, Kefalos Beach at northwest of the island. The boat will arrive at the shore and you can disembark here and enjoy 1.5 hours of free time. Walk across Kefalos Beach and be amazed by its waters and small bays, enjoy some free time to explore the entire beach at your leisure. On your return to the boat, enjoy a Greek Bbq aboard the Maria Magdalini and taste Greek flavors such as a Greek salad and souvlaki. Next, stop at Camel Bay, another deserted beach which took this name as it has a shape of a camel. Spend half an hour there to admire its clear waters take some pictures and enjoy swimming while diving from the boat. Last stop will be at the Bubble Beach (or Paradise Beach) where you will spend 2 hours. This beach has veins of the Nisyros volcano, and due to this the water is warm. You can dive from the boat or if you wish you can swim to the shore and visit its beach which is organized with bars and water activities. This beautiful day has come to an end, and will be back to the port of Kardamena at 16:30.

Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

5. Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Our day begins from Kos heading towards the chapel of Profitis Ilias and mount Dikaios through unpaved mountain routes. Our 7 seated premium off-road vehicles driven by experienced driver-escorts will help you explore the true essence of Kos on a semi-private premium safari tour. Unpaved off-road routes, wild and dense vegetation, non-tourist places, unique panoramic views, photo stops and traditional local flavours are only some of the experiences you will gain during that incredible 5 - 6 hours premium safari tour. After picking you up from your hotel we follow an off-road route to the inland of Mount Dikaios. Following off-road explorations in the Mount Dikaios of Kos, we enjoy the best panoramic view of the island from above and we learn about local cultures and histories. We discover hidden chapels in the forest and we enjoy the most scenic views of the Aegean Sea and the islands of Nisiros, Kalimnos, Pserimos and Bodrum. Continuing our road trip to the peaks of mount Dikaios full of amazing sights and historical treasures, we reach a traditional local tavern in Zia village where traditional mousaka and salad and will be served for lunch. After our lunch stop our day continues to the Aliki wetland where you can take some great pictures and during autumn or spring enjoy the flamingos. Our day comes to an end driving back to our hotels full of memories, exciting adventures, breathtaking panoramic views of Kos from above and insight information about the island.

From Kos: Nissyros guided island tour and volcano

6. From Kos: Nissyros guided island tour and volcano

Begin the day taking a ferry from Kardamena port enjoying your mini cruise on Mediterranean Sea. Once you have arrived get on a bus accompanied by experience guide and drive to Volcano crater. During the ride listen to history of the island, customs and everyday life of domestic people. Walk up the hill to explore volcanic crater and feel cosmic atmosphere around you. Return to the port of Mandraki and stroll in its charming little streets. Buy souvenirs made of black lava in small local shops located around the port. Optional visit a monastery of Panagia Spiliani with breathtaking views of the island and its Bay. Take a ferry back in the afternoon to Kos feeling exited and full of memories!

Kos: Guided 4x4 Off-Road Tour to Kefalos & Tavern Lunch

7. Kos: Guided 4x4 Off-Road Tour to Kefalos & Tavern Lunch

Discover the untouched purity of Southwest Kos. Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Kefalos, uncover the island's authentic character, and embark on a thrilling off-road journey. Navigate through unexplored routes in a premium 4x4, guided by a local insider. From village to village, experience Kefalos through the eyes of a resident, unveiling hidden chapels, secluded beaches, and ancient forests. Our adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel, following an asphalt route to Plaka forest. Marvel at the pine forest and peacocks. Continuing to Kefalos, enjoy panoramic views, learning about local cultures. Discover the Chapel of Agios Theologos with its secluded beach and crystal-clear waters. Our exploration follows a unique coastline, leading to Agios Mamas Chapel for breathtaking views. Conclude the day with a local tavern lunch in Kefalos Village. Return to your hotel through asphalt roads, enriched with memories, insights, and the beauty of non-touristic Kefalos.

Kos : Off the Beaten Track Tour in Kefalos & Cavo Paradiso

8. Kos : Off the Beaten Track Tour in Kefalos & Cavo Paradiso

There still exists a purity of experiences in this world, and you can find it here in Southwest Kos. Experience the scenic beauty of Kefalos, discover the authentic island character and explore uncharted routes on this heart-pumping off-road excursion. Have the inside track from the top local insider unearthing gateways to an unseen world by the comfort of premium 4x4 chauffeured vehicle at your disposal. Venture from backroads from village to village to see the Kefalos through the eyes of a local. Get off the beaten track and follow archaic trails in the Island of Hippocrates embraced by ancient forests, wild vegetation and immaculate beaches. Our day begins after picking you up from your hotel we follow an asphalt route to Plaka forest, where our first stop will take place admiring the pine forest and the fabulous peacocks. Continuing our day escape and heading towards Kefalos, we visit a honey factory for tour and tasting. We continue our day exploration through a unique uncharted route with many surprises and breathtaking views until we reach the Saint Ioannis Chapel, where the views are breathtaking and its the ideal spot for panoramic pictures of Kefalos. Our day continues following an off road route around Kefalos and enjoy the best panoramic view of the island from above and we learn about local cultures and histories. We discover hidden routes, secluded bays and beaches, we admire wild vegetation and we enjoy the most scenic views of the Aegean Sea and the islands of Nisiros, Kalimnos, Giali and Astypalaia. Continuing our road trip to untouched by tourism areas we reach the Chapel of Agios Theologos with the unique secluded non organised sandy beach and the amazing crystal clear waters. A short stop for photos and relaxation in the area around will follow. After a route full of memories, adventures and unique non touristic places that only a 4x4 drive vehicle can approach we reach Limnionas Village for our lunch stop in a local tavern by the sea. Local dishes and Greek flavours accompanied by the renewed Greek hospitality fulfil our day escape. After our lunch stop our day comes to an end driving back to our hotels through an asphalt route full of memories, exciting adventures, breathtaking panoramic views of non touristic Kefalos and insight information about the island.

Kos: Explore More in Kos

9. Kos: Explore More in Kos

Explore the true essence of Kos on a semi-private safari tour in a 6 seater premium off road vehicle, with an experienced driver-escort. Discover the chapel of Profitis Ilias and mount Dikaios through unpaved mountain routes. Travel through wild and dense vegetation, non-tourist places, get unique panoramic views with photo stops, and taste traditional local flavors. Follow an off road route to the inland of Mount Dikaios. Explore Mount Dikaio of Kos, enjoy the best panoramic view off the island from above, and learn about local cultures and histories. Discover hidden chapels in the forest and enjoy the most scenic views of the Aegean sea and the islands of Nisiros, Kalimnos, Pserimos and Bodrum. Continue to the peaks of mount Dikaios, full of amazing sights and historical treasures. Reach a traditional local tavern in Zia village to fill your appetite. Be served a dish with salad and traditional Mousaka for lunch, accompanied by bread and water. Go to the Aliki wetland, where you can take some great pictures and enjoy the flamingos during Spring and Autumn. End the day with a drive back to your hotel full of memories, breathtaking panoramic views and insight information about the island.

Kos: Sunset safari with driver and dinner

10. Kos: Sunset safari with driver and dinner

Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with our Sunset Safari tour in Kos! If you find daytime jeep safaris too tame, get ready for a thrill-packed adventure that will leave you breathless. Our Sunset Safari combines the excitement of off-road exploration with the stunning beauty of a Kos sunset. As the day draws to a close, our Land Rovers will take you on a journey to Mount Dikaios, where you'll uncover hidden paths and experience the rush of adrenaline as you traverse rugged terrain. From high vantage points, gaze upon the breathtaking vistas of Kos city, Turkey, Nisiros, and Kalimnos, capturing the perfect sunset snapshots along the way. As twilight descends, our expert guides will lead you through a mesmerizing forest with dense vegetation, immersing you in nature's embrace and pushing your adrenaline to its limits. But the adventure doesn't end there. After your exhilarating sunset excursion, tantalize your taste buds with a delicious dinner featuring authentic local Greek cuisine, served individually to satisfy every palate. With satisfied appetites and unforgettable memories, our smooth ride will transport you back to your hotels under the cover of night, concluding a 4-5 hour journey (depending on your hotel location) that promises thrills, beauty, and the magic of a Kos sunset.

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What people are saying about Nisyros Volcano

Overall rating

4.3
(719 reviews)

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 😃