A private customized tour is always the best way to explore magical Kos with its beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The island is famous for its great weather, beautiful landscapes and if you enjoy the nightlife, you will have a fantastic time. Enjoy exploring ancient medieval monuments, picturesque villages along with a wide variety of activities for nature lovers and adventurers alike.
Kos has had a long, illustrious history and the island has had settlements since the early Helladic period – around 2,300 BC. Evidence of these ancient civilizations can be found all over the island. On a Kos culture tour, you will visit sites such as the Asclepeion, Paleo Pyli Fortress, the ancient Agora and the Roman Odeon.
Cycling is a great way to fully explore the towns, and there are many rental facilities with a great selection of bicycles. For the more daring, take a Kos guided cycling tour through beautiful landscapes to the Volcano in Nisiros.
There are great sailing trips around the island and where you can go island hopping, enjoy the dolphins and swim in the crystal clear waters. As Kos is located only 4 miles from the Turkish coast, with boat tours Kos visitors can enjoy a day in Bodrum. Bodrum is one of the most popular cities in Turkey. It has a fantastic Marina, beautiful beaches and of course, Bodrum Castle is a must-see. Read More...
Learn About the Hippocratic Oath and Where This Great Teacher Taught With Kos Culture Tours
Internationally known as the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates is regarded as the most celebrated physician of his time. On a Kos Culture tour, you will visit Asklepion where Hippocrates practised and developed many of the healing methods that are still in use today.
The physician lived in a time where sickness was put down to superstition or the fury of the Gods. His teachings taught that all forms of illness had a natural cause, and he established the first intellectual school of medicine.
Visit the plane tree which allegedly was planted by Hippocrates and where under its branches he would instruct his students. There are two springs close to the tree with an Arabic inscription from the Ottoman era informing people that their water is the water of Hippocrates.
Every July until August the Hippocrates festival takes place in Kos Town with lots of exciting events for all you festival lovers!
Top 10 Things to Do in Kos
If you want to see Antimachia in all its glory, visit in the early evening when the sunsets and where you will have great photo opportunities as the sun radiates its warm glow over the battlements. This castle-fortress encloses an entire settlement, and once you have seen it, you will understand why it was so crucial to the Knights of St. John, to stand sentry over the entire coastline.
Otherwise known as the “Ghost Village” Haihoutes once had a population of around 450 people, however; it has long since been abandoned. Today there is a trendy tavern which sometimes has jazz or Greek music nights. Close to the inn, there is a small museum that portrays the area’s history and a small church showing photographs of how life once was in the village.
Often called bubble beach as bubbles caused by volcanic gases rise to the surface of the water. Forget your troubles as you lie in this natural phenomenon. The beach has a variety of water rides and a small bar, making for a truly relaxing day out. Near the beach, you will find a small water-park which is constructed right in the sea.
Close to the village of the same name, Palio Pyli was constructed by the Knights of St John in medieval times. The treks up to the castle may be steep, however, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views, stretching as far as The Bodrum Peninsula in Western Turkey. Of particular importance is the 14th-century church of Ypapanti, with its stunning frescoes, a superb wood-carved altarpiece and columns from an older temple of the area.
Kos Boat Tour
There are many fun and relaxing boat tours available in Kos where you can visit nearby islands and swim in crystal clear waters. Islands such as Kalymnos, or Nisyros, the amazing volcanic island where you can enter crater of the volcano and feel the lava grumbling beneath your feet. Why not visit another continent with a day trip to Bodrum on Turkey’s western coast. The first image you will see is the fantastic marina and Bodrum castle.
Asklepion of Kos
Probably the most visited attraction in Kos the Asklepion is famous for its many renowned doctors, including the most famous one of all; Hippocrates who practised medicine here. The sick came from near and far in the hope of being treated, and you can still see the patient’s rooms on the first terrace. It is not difficult to envisage the infirm that came here and would only be treated if the Priests deemed they were worthy.
Located in Kos town and dating back to the 4th century BC, this ancient Agora was once considered the most essential Agora in the world. Admire the temples and the columns, two of which are dedicated to Hercules and Aphrodite. Along with a ruined Christian basilica that was built on top of the Agora, there are also two small Byzantine chapels.
Kos Island Tour
With a Kos Private Guided Island Tour, you will really get to know the island well. Customise your tour and visit mountain villages, archaeological excavations and the tree of Hippocrates, the choice is yours as there are many places to choose from. The great feature about this tour is the personalised attention you will get from your guide.
Erected in the 2nd century AD, the auditorium today hosts a variety of musical and cultural events for you to enjoy. As you stroll through the Odeon, you will discover a gymnasium and Roman Baths which are still in good condition. Originally the auditorium was roofed with a seating capacity for about 750 people. Today it has a total number of 18 rows of seats. As there are many important sites in the area, you can visit them all on a Kos walking tour.
Situated on the seafront in Kos town, Neratzia Castle was constructed by the Knights of Templar in the 14th century. The castle looks very striking from the outside with bastions on all four corners. A drawbridge links the inner and outer boundaries over the former moat. It took over 130 years to build the castle, and on a culture tour Kos, you will see the evidence of different architectural styles.
Travel Tips for Kos
Best Time To Visit Kos
The best time to visit Kos will depend on your preferences. If you want to relax and enjoy the sun by the pool or the beach then anytime during the summer months is for you. The best time for sightseeing, hiking, and walking tours Kos offers are the months, of March, April, and October.
Typical Costs in Kos
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant should cost you around 10 Euro, and a three-course meal for two in a mid-priced restaurant will cost around 40 Euro. Local drinks are much cheaper than imported ones. There are plenty of choices, and you only have to check out a restaurant’s menu board before deciding where to dine.
Know Before Visiting Kos
The currency in Kos is the Euro and to get the best value out of your holiday; book your accommodation and tours early. Internet connection is usually good with several free WiFi spots; however; when you travel into the mountains and villages, you may not get a good connection. Remember to take care of your belonging and keep your passport and cash in a safe place.
Weather in Kos
With its Mediterranean climate, Kos has warm summers and mild winters. August is the hottest month, with temperatures reaching 290 degrees. October through to November is slightly cooler with much lower night-time temperatures. In winter the average daytime temperatures are 120 degrees.