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Almonds, olives and Volcanoes

- 8-days walking & study tour on the volcanic islands of Nisyros & Cos, Greece -

"Dear Tobias and staff,
Many thanks for the excellent tour on the Best Kept Secret, Nisyros island. The volcano was of course a vivid memory and just one of the higlights to the tour." Eleana, V. April 2010
Sunset over the island of NisyrosThe ancient acropolis Paliocastro Acid drops on a hot fumaroleThe village EmporioThe hydrothermal crater stefanos and the caldera of NisyrosSpring flowers on NisyrosGarnet from NisyrosThe entrance to the ancient market of CosThe watermill café at Zia on Cos island
Tour code: NIS_UGV
Tour type: Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - archaeology
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 8 days


4-11 Oct 2014

Price (p.p.): 1240 €  ? 


  • 3 nights accommodation on Cos island
  • 4 nights accommodation on Nisyros
  • Half-board (breakfast & dinner)
  • All transfers on Nisyros and on Cos
  • Entry fees in Cos and on Nisyros
  • Experienced tour guide (English, German & Greek speaking)

Tour guide:

Tobias Schorr

The place where the ancient doctor Hippocrates was teaching on Cos islandAncient columns of the Asclepion of Cos
Discover the island of Cos with its beautiful ancient town centre, its Venetian castle and the sanctuary of Asclepios! It is also a good starting point to our main target, Nisyros island. The small volcanic island of Nisyros, in the shadow of neighbouring Cos Island, is one of the most fascinating of Greece. It's well worth spending more than just a brief visit: formed entirely by colourful volcanic rocks, it is green, lush and not overcrowded by tourism. On this tour, we walk on century-old trails and see spectacular evidence of young volcanic activity, ancient ruins, endemic plants and animals. We will discover prehistoric sanctuaries and unknown ancient sites.
  • The highlights of Athens (Acropolis, etc.)
  • The beautiful ancient town center of Cos
  • Unspoiled nature and spectacular scenery
  • Active craters and fumaroles on Nisyros volcano
  • Beautiful villages & ancient places
  • Romantic atmosphere
  • Greek hospitality and island life

8-days itinerary (click on the photos to enlarge them!)

Day 1: Flight to Cos island
Flight to Cos island
Acc.: : hotel near the old port of Cos town
Day 2: Discovering Cos
Discovering Cos town and the island
Acc.: : hotel near the old port of Cos town
Day 3: Sailing to Nisyros
Sailing to Nisyros and a first round walk on Nisyros
Acc.: : Hotel in the harbour at Mandraki
Day 4: Walking to the active craters of the Caldera
A visit of the active volcanoes in the middle of the island
Acc.: : Hotel in Mandraki
Day 5: The hanging garden of Nisyros "Diavatis"
The highest tops of Nisyros volcanoes
Acc.: : Hotel in Mandraki
Day 6: Round trip on Nisyros
Today we discover the island by car. We discover the villages, the Liés beach and may discover rare minerals.
Acc.: : family hotel at Mandraki port
Day 7: Return to Cos island
Transfer to Kos island by ship
Acc.: : Hotel near the ancient harbour of Kos
Day 8: Departure from Cos
Flight back to your country
Acc.: : No other accommodation

Arrival info:

Arrival at Cos KGS airport and transfer by airport bus to the hotel in Cos town centre. Your tour guide, Tobias Schorr will welcome you at the airport and will drive together with you to your hotel.


Hotel Three Brothers at the harbour of Mandraki
Hotel Three Brothers at the harbour of Mandraki
One of the rooms
One of the rooms

We will stay in a family run hotel near the old port of Cos and on Nisyros we will stay at a small family-run hotel near the harbour of Mandraki. Its simple but nice rooms are equipped with AC/WC/shower.


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