Get acquainted with Kos on this private, half-day tour around the island. Discover the mountainside village of Zia at your own pace; drink local wine at a sun-kissed, family-run winery in the Greek hills; and explore the pretty village Pyli with your very own guide. Then, cap your tour with visits to the famous Tree of Hippocrates and the Museum of Antimacheia.
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
If – like me – you suffer from beach fatigue on vacation, take a day trip and discover Kos' village culture and heritage, instead! You’ll visit small artisan shops as well as a family-run winery, and chat with friendly locals about their work and passions.
Visit old Pyli castle ruins
Leave your Kos hotel by air-conditioned minivan, and then travel with your private guide to the quaint village of Zia on Dikaion Mountain. Enjoy some free time to walk around, admiring panoramic views of Kos and browsing the shops. Zia is popular with local artists and craftspeople, and its pretty village center is lined with stores selling handicrafts as well as natural products such as honey, herbs and soap.
Meet your guide and travel onward to a local vineyard, nestled in the heart of Kos’ fertile plains. The family-run winery boasts some of the finest local varieties of red and green grapes like malagouzia and asyritiko. Sample a few glasses of the estate’s red and white wine alongside snacks such as bread, local cheese and salami.
After relaxing in the sun, sipping on fine wine and chatting with your guide about the region’s winemaking history, travel to the ancient village of Pyli, popular for its colorful flower gardens and magnificent crusader castle ruins. See the village’s highlights on a leisurely paced stroll, admiring its stone houses – wreathed in tresses of tumbling bougainvillaea – while learning about its ancient ruins.
Hop back aboard your minivan, travel through the lively party resort of Kardamena, and then stop to admire the Castle of Antimacheia, a well-preserved 14th-century fortress, as well as a beautiful old windmill. Pose for photos while learning about the monuments, and then continue to your last visit of the day – the Tree of Hippocrates. Some 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates was said to have taught medicine to his students under the famous plane tree. Stretch your legs on a walk around, and then finish with a drop-off at your Kos hotel.