Hiking tours on Cos and Nisyros

Day 1: Pickup / meeting at Cos KGS aiport

Aerial photography of the islands Yali and Nisyros
Aerial photography of the islands Yali and Nisyros
Shortly before the landing at Cos airport
Shortly before the landing at Cos airport
Aerial photo of the Kefalos peninsula
Aerial photo of the Kefalos peninsula

The start of this tour is the arriving hall of the airport Cos KGS. Depending on your arrival time,we will meet at the airport and drive to the capitol town of the island. At Cos we will accommodate at the hotel near the old port. If you arrive at a time that does not fit to the other participants, you will get the hotel address and take a taxi to Cos town & the hotel. Of course the taxi fare is included in the price and will be paid back to you by the tour guide. At the evening (or earlier) we will all meet and stroll through the lanes of the down town. We will have a tasty dinner at a local tavern.

Day 2: Round trip through the down town of Cos

Ancient columns at the platane of Hippocrates in the down town of Cos
Ancient columns at the platane of Hippocrates in the down town of Cos
View to the ancient Agorá of Cos town
View to the ancient Agorá of Cos town
The Roman odeon (music theatre) at Cos town
The Roman odeon (music theatre) at Cos town

The town of Cos has got a long history and the traces of ancient life can be discovered by strolling through the lanes of the down town. The first place to visit will be the Venetian castle with its many ancient statues and architecture fragments. Later we will find the ancient Agorá, the ancient market square with some columns and buildings. At the central square we will relax in the café of the woman´s cooperative with Greek coffee, a frapé and local sweets. The next target will be the ancient road and western archaeological area with its gymnasium or the Roman odeon (music theatre). If the archaeological museum will be reopened until this journey (it is under re-construction), we will try to visit it also.

Day 3: Sailing to Nisyros

The volcano island of Nisyros
The volcano island of Nisyros
Sailing with MS Panagia Spiliani to Nisyros island
Sailing with MS Panagia Spiliani to Nisyros island
The island of Yali is an pumice mining area
The island of Yali is an pumice mining area

Depending on which time our ship will be sailing to Nisyros island, we will have time for strolling through Cos town or we will have time after the arrival on Nisyros to do a first round trip there. The sailing itself takes about 1,5 hours with the MS Panagia Spiliani (or similar). If there is no ship from Cos, we may take taxis to Kardamena town to sail from there. On this trip we will see the volcano islands of Strongyle and Yali, where mining is going on. Our accommodation will be in the harbour of Mandraki on Nisyros.

Day 4: Visit of the volcanological museum of Nikia and a hike to the craters

The volcanological museum at Nikia village
The volcanological museum at Nikia village
View into the caldera of the active part of Nisyros volcano
View into the caldera of the active part of Nisyros volcano
Just for fun :-) Cooking eggs in a boiling mud pool at the Stefanos crater
Just for fun :-) Cooking eggs in a boiling mud pool at the Stefanos crater

Nisyros is one of the most interesting volcanoes of Greece. And the best introduction to understand how it was active is to visit the modern volcanological museum at the village Nikia. There are videos, photos and rock samples that will show us all aspects of this great volcano island and also the other Greek volcanoes. It makes it easier to discover the volcano on our hike to the hydrothermal explosion crater Stefanos in the centre of the valley. This huge caldera is one of the most scenic landscapes in Greece. At the crater bottom of Stefanos volcano we will watch the active gas exhausts (fumaroles) and boiling mud pools. We can refresh at a little café and than hike at the western part of the island back to our hotel.

Day 5: Hiking up to the highest tops of Nisyros

The prehistoric, Minoan site in the Nymphios valley
The prehistoric, Minoan site in the Nymphios valley
A barbecue at the Diavatis with Tobias Schorr and his guests
A barbecue at the Diavatis with Tobias Schorr and his guests
Rare orchids from Nisyros island
Rare orchids from Nisyros island

Nisyros is an ideal island for hiking tours and walking tours, but if you have not been up in the mountains of this island, you have seen nothing. The hike on the little paths lead us to the most scenic landscapes and to the most mysterious places. There are hidden chapels, prehistoric sites and romantic valleys. Our target will be the highest point of Nisyros and the so called „hanging garden of Diavatis“ where we will have a longer break with a barbecue. We will have a great view over the neighbour islands and into the volcanic caldera.

Day 6: Round trip on Nisyros island

On Nisyros the pigs are free
On Nisyros the pigs are free
The Strongyle volcano and in the background Cos island
The Strongyle volcano and in the background Cos island
Hiking tours in the mountains of Nisyros
Hiking tours in the mountains of Nisyros

Today we will have a minibus available and will visit the abandoned spa of Avlaki. In the area we can wander through the terraced fields and search for rare minerals such as spinel, garnet and green pyroxene. In Nikia we can refresh ourselves on the village square later. We will continue to Emporio village, where we have a great view into the caldera and can have a snack at the balcony of Nisyros (optional). Dinner in the main village Mandraki.

Day 7: Sailing back to Cos island

A typical Greek coffee at Zia village
A typical Greek coffee at Zia village
The old Turkish mosque at the Hippocrates plane
The old Turkish mosque at the Hippocrates plane
Here on Cos the Turkish and the Greek people live together in peace
Here on Cos the Turkish and the Greek people live together in peace

Early in the morning or at afternoon we will sail back to Cos island and will go back to our hotel from the first days. There will be still time to stroll through Cos down town or optional to hire cars to do another tour on the island Cos. In the evening we will meet for a last dinner.

Day 8: Departure

Funny details at the café of Zia village
Funny details at the café of Zia village
Agios Stefanos island & volcano
Agios Stefanos island & volcano
ready for the departure flight from Cos island
ready for the departure flight from Cos island

Depending on which time your flight leaves Cos airport, you may have still time to do your shopping, taking a bath (the beach is situated 5 minutes from the hotel) or doing your own program. In any case there will be a transfer by taxi around 2 hours before your departure. If you want to stay longer on Cos (or Nisyros) please tell us at your booking, so we can organize the accommodation for you.