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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.

Submarine Cruise with Underwater Views from Rhodes

2. Submarine Cruise with Underwater Views from Rhodes

Enjoy the opportunity to see the most famous and beautiful places in the City of Rhodes from Submarine Poseidon. Depart from Mandraki Harbor, located in the center of Rhodes Island and experience the magic of Rhodes from the water.  See a few of the best-known sights including the place where Colossos of Rhodes stood, the port Mandraki, the Elli beach, the Tourist Harbor and the walls of the Old Town.  Sitting in an air-conditioned comfort cabin below the surface, and gaze out of the huge windows which offer you a 360° panoramic view of the stunning eco-systems of the Aegean Sea. Be sure to have your cameras ready when our diver enters the water and begins to feed the hundreds of multi-colored fish right in front of your window. This is a great experience for nature lovers of all ages and the the expert crew will take care everything.  The vessel remains above sea level at all times, while its hull, the underwater observatory, is 2.5 meters below the surface. Have the option to relax surrounded by the under water world or leave the cabin and walk on the deck and enjoy the ocean breeze.

From Faliraki: Direct High Speed Boat to Symi

3. From Faliraki: Direct High Speed Boat to Symi

Take a high-speed boat cruise to Symi, of the Dodecanese's most beautiful islands set amid the brilliant blue sea. Enjoy a fast boat service that gives you more time to explore the island. On the way, stop for swimming at Saint George’s bay. Begin your high-speed cruise directly from our 4 stops in Faliraki Beach without having to board a bus and set sail for Symi (with a 10-minute stop in Mandraki Harbour, to disembark and embark people). On arrival, admire the turquoise water of the fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings that frame the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. Disembark at Symi and enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the fishing town on your own. Have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas (at your expense) or swim in the glittering waters. Depart Symi and admire the coastal views as you sail through Saint George’s Bay. Stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sunshine on deck before making your way back to Rhodes.

From Kardamena: Nisyros, St.Antonios & Yali Islands Cruise

4. 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

5. 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.

Rhodes: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

6. Rhodes: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

Explore Rhodes, the island of the Knights. Discover the long history and significant culture which has developed  throughout the years. The island has a rich collection of historical sites and monuments that represent the Greek history and which are worth visiting.  Benefit from this truly unique opportunity to visit the city of Rhodes and become acquainted with several of its sights and points of interest, both within the city and along the trajectory from site to site.  Have the opportunity to stop at the Aquarium, the port of Mandraki, the Government buildings, the New Market, the Old Town with the Palace of the Great Magister, the New Marina, the hill of Monte Smith with the Acropolis of the Ancient city of Rhodes, the Temple of God Apollonas, the Ancient Theatre and the Ancient Stadium. The audio guides on the bus are available in 9 languages, Greek, English, German Italian, Spanish, Russian, French, Turkish and Hebrew.

From Kos: Nissyros guided island tour and volcano

7. 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!

Rhodes: Bay to Bay Swimming Cruise, Greek Buffet included

8. Rhodes: Bay to Bay Swimming Cruise, Greek Buffet included

From 9:45am onward, We welcome you on board Romantika Dreams and help you get settled on one of our decks. Get comfortable, relax. At 10:15, as we leave the historic Mandraki old port and cruise along the East Coastline, be ready to admire significant attractions and landmarks such as St. Nicholas Fortress, The Medieval old city, the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Fontana Grande, Rams Rock etc. First, we drop anchor in Kalithea Bay that features the famous Kalithea Springs, a magnificent seaside Monument, that offers visitors a unique combination of nature, architecture and history. We stay long enough for you to take it all in and swim, snorkel, dive, take pictures or simply enjoy the deck and the music. Three horns by the Captain signify departure and we continue cruising further to the South past Faliraki towards Afandou, our next stop, a 4 km stretch of beach featuring the Caves of Traganou. Again you will have plenty of time to swim, walk on the beach, explore the caves, jump off the rocks or the boat’s high or lower decks and build an appetite, while we set up our lunch buffet freshly prepared on board. Our menu includes traditional Greek recipes, as well as vegetarian dishes! Enjoy Happy Hour at the Bar with half price on already great value delicious cocktails and drinks! Three horns and back on board to enjoy the delicious lunch and cruise next to huge imposing rock formations that lead to the landmark bay named after the actor Anthony Quinn (He fell in love and bought the land while filming “Guns of Navarone” which was reclaimed by the Greek Government in 1984). Last stop to enjoy the natural beauty of the miniature bay, the water activities or the Happy hour at the Bar. Depending on the mood and vibes, you can find yourself singing and dancing or learning the Greek Zorba dance… Time to head back to Mandraki port (arrival 4:15pm). Full of new experiences, beautiful images, good food and drinks and perhaps new friends we say Thank you for sailing with us and Goodbye!

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What people are saying about Mandraki

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(709 reviews)

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 😃

It was outstanding and worth the price for those looking for a short activity to kill some time.