Things to do in Kos

This quintessential Greek island is peppered with ancient ruins, sandy beaches, and lush vegetation.

Our most recommended things to do in Kos

From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

1. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

Explore three islands on a full-day boat trip from Kos. Enjoy lunch on board and explore the islands of Kalymnos, Plati, and Pserimos with plenty of time to swim in the paradisical water. First, arrive at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets and try local specialties. Return to the boat for a buffet lunch with pork or chicken souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and look out for wild dolphins. Continue to Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Enjoy happy hour on board with refreshing cocktails at low prices. Finally, arrive at Pserimos island. Have 1 hour to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Kos in the evening.

Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

2. Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Explore the real Kos on a 7-hour tour in a 4X4 vehicle driven by an expert local escort. Drive along unpaved, off-road routes. Continue through dense vegetation, visit places off the tourist track and take in unique panoramic views. After exploring the inland area of Kos, you’ll stop at a traditional coffee shop, where you’ll have a break and enjoy a cup of coffee. The road trip continues to the peak of Mount Dikaios, where you’ll take in some amazing views. Head to a tavern in Zia village and feast on Greek mezedes for lunch, accompanied by local wine. After lunch the tour continues to the peacock park before heading back to the starting point.

Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

3. Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

Explore the attractive island of Kos and admire white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and idyllic mountain villages. Start above the city of Kos and visit Asklepieion. It is reported that the origins of this former temple date back to around the 4th century BC. The former temple consists of three levels and was once the place for the foundation stone of modern medicine, because there Hippocrates wrote the oath of the same name, which has survived to this day. Drive on to the small village of Antimachia and see an old windmill and a traditional farmhouse. Continue through olive groves and unspoilt countryside to the Kefalos peninsula. Admire the island's most beautiful beaches and enjoy a Greek lunch (optional) in the picturesque Kamari Bay or take advantage of the opportunity for a short refreshment in the crystal clear sea. Another highlight of the eventful day is a visit to the typical mountain village of Zia with its old houses on the slope of the imposing Dikeos mountain. Stroll through the small alleys and get to know the tranquil way of life of the Greeks. Discover the numerous spice stands and taste the typical cinnamon water.

From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

4. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

Kos: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

5. Kos: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know the historical city of Kos at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Solve riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Become your own guide by downloading the tour app. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Kos' most important attractions on foot. Start your tour at the much-photographed statue of Hippocrates. Visit the central Liberty Square, which will bring life to your tour, while the Odeon of Kos awaits you to admire it in its ancient glory. Take a photo of the imposing exhibits of the Kos Folklore Museum, and learn about ancient Antigoras. The legend of the name and the birth of Kos will take you on a journey. Learn about the mix of architectural spectrums found in multicultural Kos. Admire the Plane Tree of Hippocrates where it is said that the father of Western Medicine used to heal. See, walk, and relax at the Castle of the Knights. Its incredible history and magnificent views will be the icing on the cake of this tour. At each stop, learn about the attraction and work on a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start playing anytime.

Kalymnos, Pserimos & Plati Island Cruise with Hotel Transfer

6. Kalymnos, Pserimos & Plati Island Cruise with Hotel Transfer

Discover the most beautiful sandy beaches and bays around the islands of Pláti, Kálimnos and Psérimos. Sail on a small boat through the crystal clear waters and visit Kálimnos, the island famous for sponge divers. If you like, visit a sponge workshop, stroll along the beautiful harbor promenade or enjoy lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. Visit the small island of Psérimos with its 130 inhabitants and beautiful sandy beach. Take advantage of some free time and relax on the beach or go for a swim. Finally go to the uninhabited rocky island of Pláti and jump into the cool turquoise blue sea before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Kos: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

7. Kos: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the much-photographed statue of Hippocrates! Visit the central Liberty Square which will bring life to your tour, while the Odeon of Kos awaits you to admire it in its ancient glory. Take a photo of the imposing exhibits of the Kos Folklore Museum, and learn about ancient Antigoras. The legend of the name and the birth of Kos will take you on a journey. Learn about the mix of architectural spectrums found in multicultural Kos. Admire the Plane Tree of Hippocrates where it is said that the father of Western Medicine used to heal. See, walk and relax at the Castle of the Knights, which with its incredible history and magnificent views will be the icing on the cake of this tour!

Kos Town: Self-guided Outdoor-Escape-Game

8. Kos Town: Self-guided Outdoor-Escape-Game

You will start at a location in the centre. From then on, your smartphone (our special app in German language) will guide you. You will hear about a missing person. Help the police to find him or to find out what happened to him. You will assist the local police. You will get access to all police files and to all witness reports. There must be some detail that will finally solve this mystery. The app will guide you to 15 different locations. At each location you will solve a riddle or try to solve a Blackstory. And you will get access to new information about this strange crime case. This is a fun game and is perfect for a group of up to five persons. Perfect for couples, perfect for families with kids older than 9. This is more than a basic walking trip, this is an amazing and a challenge for you as a team. Read about the background story here below. What is this crime case about, what is the story behind it? Let us provide you with some background information. This whole case is about him. He used to be a successful detective. After he retired, he started to write books which became bestsellers. His new book with short stories about the most crazy crime cases that he had to deal with during his career as detective will be released soon. But suddenly he, the author, disapeared. And also the script of his new book is missing. There are rumours about problems in his marriage and lately he also acted weird. That is what his friends are saying. Since he went missing, the media reported constantly about this case, but the police is still unable to solve this crime case. Can you find out what happened? You will go to 15 different locations to meet his friends, listen to witnesses and read or listen to police reports. And you will also find some of the weird stories that he wants to publish in his new book. A book that is supposed to become a bestseller. Work together as a team and find out what really happened, while you explore this area. This is a good workout, a fun game and an exciting and challenging task for you as a team. Special offer: if the weather suddenly is not suitable for your adventure or you want to reschedule due to other reasons: no problem. Once you booked, you can start within 48 hours after the originally booked starting time. Bonus: We included some extra tasks and riddles which you can solve at any time after you finished this event. Note: Your route is not a mainstream tourist route from one famous sight to another. There also will not be any historical or boring articles or speeches about the places that you will visit. The places that you will visit might fit to the story of the crime case, but maybe not always. You will explore the area while you concentrate on solving this tricky fictional crime case.

Greece: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

9. Greece: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your European trip hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Greece and the other 41 most visited regions in Europe. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Benefit from coverage in Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Gibraltar, Hungary, Isle of Man, Iceland, Ireland, Italy(including San Marino & Vatican), Jersey Island, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Also covered is Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator info: Greece: T-Mobile (Cosmote) / Vodafone / Wind The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

Kos: Asklepieion Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

10. Kos: Asklepieion Archaeological Site Admission Ticket

Visit the sanctuary of Asklepios, built on the slopes of a low hill, overgrown with trees and with a wonderful view of the sea. From the sanctuary you'll see Asia Minor coast. Explore the famous monument of Kos with a skip-the-line ticket.See where Hippocrates studied to become the father of Western medicine. Learn why the sanctuary has served as a healing palace with priests who acted as doctors and medics. Marvel at the ruins of statues at the temple of Asklepios, Propylea, Arcades, and their Roman baths.Continue your visit with a stop at the site's museum. Take in an epigraphic collection presenting the stelae, decrets, laws and other inscriptions on stone found on site at the sanctuary.

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What people are saying about Kos

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,032 reviews

Amazing experience. A must-do activity when visiting Kos! We arrived at the Old Port and walked along the marina until we saw the Odyssey boat and picked a great seat on the deck (we later realised this seat would be the prime splash zone while at sea but we loved it!) The crew of the Odyssey boat were so friendly, we felt like we were in safe capable hands. The captain provided some great insights about the local area and the islands we visited (all in English) and the time spent in all 3 locations was just enough. Amazing experience to swim off the boat, disappointed that the dolphins all seemed to be hiding when we sailed by the fish farms but not to be helped! Great to have lunch provided (even catered for Veg/vegan). Nice atmosphere with the music and be prepared to get up and dance with the crew before you arrive back at the port! Can’t fault the experience, we had so much fun.

Steve is a skilful driver and a very entertaining guide. He had tons of cool stories to tell about the places we visited. The tour took us to some unique and beautiful spots that we certainly wouldn‘t have seen otherwise. The car was spotless and very comfortable. Unlike on other (boat) tours we took, the lunch at a tavern was delicious! We had a fun day and can highly recommend the experience. Thanks again Steve!

Wow!☀️ Amazing sailing and good vibes! Captain and his crew is are polite and smiling people. Vegan lunch was excellent and delicious! Thank! ❤️

Very good, loved all of it. Just a warning though, if you don’t like the wind or choppy waves, it won’t be for you.

Loved it, amazing way to see the other islands and great value for money. Really worth it.