- The Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering
- The sanctuary of Samian Hera
- Bus rides and hikes on scenic roads and paths on Samos
- The Monastery of St. John on Patmos
- The Asclepieion, a typical Hellenistic architectural complex
- The capital of the island of Kos
Day 1: Welcome.Arrival to the island of Samos and transfer to the hotel. Depending on the time, first attempt to explore the place. 3 nights in Samos.
Day 2: Vathy: Neoclassical houses, Churches, Archaic Colossus, Wine tasting. The Straits of Mycale.Transfer to Vathy, the amphitheatrically built capital of Samos, with its neoclassical buildings. We stroll through the traditional settlement and visit the Archaeological Museum, where the priceless finds from Hera’s sanctuary are exhibited: The new museum wing was specially built to receive the archaic sculptures and particularly to accommodate the colossal young man. On the outskirts of Vathy we visit the wine museum of the cooperative of Samos wineries, where you will taste the colorful and tasteful variety of wines. Hiking opportunity from the village of Palaiokastro to Psili Ammos, at the Straits of Mycale, the narrowest point between a Greek island and Turkey, about 1.5 km.
Day 3: Island round trip and hiking opportunitiesWe will visit the Museum of Natural History of Samos with its unique geological exhibits; situated at Mytilinii village. We continue to Chora; once capital of the island. Afterwards we reach Karlovasi with its well maintained neoclassical houses and the old industrial buildings that witness the economical blossom of the past. Opportunity for a walk to the waterfalls above the bay of Potami. Eventually we visit the traditional village of Vourliotes established by refugees from Asia Minor. Hiking opportunity on the old, partially paved, pathway towards Kokkari, a beautiful village of the NE coast.
Day 4: The sanctuary of Samian Hera and the tunnels of Eupalinos. Crossing to Patmos.Traces of antiquity: During the Archaic period Samos was a blooming city-state; cultural, economic and religious centre of Ionia. We visit the Heraion of Samos, one of the most important pilgrimage sites of antiquity and the Eupalinos’ subterranean aqueduct, one of the masterpieces of ancient engineering, which used to supply the city of Samos with drinking water. On the hill above still stand parts of the imposing Acropolis wall. The modern town of Pythagorion, named after the native philosopher, mathematician and mystic Pythagoras, is located in the place of the ancient capital of Samos. From there early in the afternoon we catch the ferry to Patmos (3.5 hours). 2 nights in Patmos.
Day 5: In the shadow of the Apocalypse.Hiking from Skala to the Cave of Revelation, an important pilgrimage site for Christians, and the Monastery of St. John. We stroll through the Chora, the picturesque old capital, developed over the centuries around the fortified monastery. The ensemble belongs to the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Hiking opportunity to Grikos, a swimming area. The island is an ideal destination for both the adventurous and passionate for swimming travellers, as well as for pilgrims.
Day 6: Farewell to Patmos, passage to Kos.The morning is at leisure. Opportunity for a hike on the scenic castle hill Kasteli, where remains of the ancient acropolis are still visible. Around noon, boat trip to Kos (approx. 4 hours). 4 nights in Kos.
Day 7: Castles, churches and deserted beaches.Island tour and hiking opportunitiesDuring this island tour we will visit the ruins of the early Christian church of St. Stephanos; by the sea near Kefalos, the solitary chapel of St. John Prodromos; decorated with beautiful murals, and the famous castle of Antimachia with its medieval walls and churches, that stands well preserved almost in the center of the island. After we stroll through the extended fortifications, we will walk on a wide paved path downhill to Kardamena.
Day 8: Healing gods and physicians in the ancient world. Crusaders on KosWe visit the sanctuary of Asclepius, on a hill with view of the coastline of Asia Minor, not far from the capital of the island: It was one of the most important pilgrimage sites of antiquity. In the middle of the modern capital, remains of the ancient city, from the Greek and Roman antiquity, were excavated. We stroll past buildings out of the Italian and the Ottoman period to the Knights’ citadel. Located directly in front of the castle stands the famous Plane Tree of Hippocrates (5th century BC).
Day 9: Day excursion to Nisyros.Optional cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros: Visit of the main town of Mandraki and drive to the picturesque village of Nikia, in a panoramic location on the caldera rim, high above the volcano and the sea. For more, we can drive or hike to the active Stephanos Crater.
Day 10: Goodbye!Depending on your flight, you may enjoy your last walks in Kos or even a quick swim to the nearby beach. Transfer to the airport and farewell.
HIKING8 general easy hikes, with opportunities for further walking
ACCOMMODATIONOvernight stays in neat midle class hotels, in a quiet area, just a few minutes walking from downtown.
SERVICES- Transfers as specified in the program
- 9 overnight stays in rooms with WC and bath or shower in mid-range hotels
- 9 dinners in taverns or in the hotel
- Guided tour
- Professional liability insurance
- Excursions indicated as "optional"
- Admissions to museums and excavations
- Flights from/to Greece