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From Samos: Day Trip to Patmos Island

1. From Samos: Day Trip to Patmos Island

Depart Samos from the port of Pythagorion and relax on the 2.5-hour crossing to the island of Patmos, 32 miles to the south. Upon arrival, take a guided bus tour to the Cave of the Apocalypse, where John of Patmos is said to have received the visions he later recorded in the New Testament Book of Revelation. Continue to the village of Chora to explore the historic Monastery of Saint John the Theologian for 1 hour. Marvel at the fortress-like building, built by the soldier-priest John Christodoulos after the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos gifted the island to him in the 11th century. See rare texts and ancient iconostasis in the museum and get a staggering view of the island from the monastery complex at the top of the hill. Return to the town of Skala, where you can find a nice spot for lunch and explore in your own time before the return crossing to Samos in the afternoon.

From Athens: Greek Islands Private Helicopter Transfer

2. From Athens: Greek Islands Private Helicopter Transfer

Enjoy a comfortable arrival at the Greek island of your choice or other popular Greek destinations with our private Athens helicopter flight. After your hotel pickup meet our pilot at the private helicopter launch pad and soar up and away to see the Greek Islands and the Aegean Sea from the air. Within limited airborne minutes, touch down at a Greek Island or other destination of your choice. Let the logistics to our team of experts and enjoy a complimentary drop-off service to your Hotel, Villa, or destination of your choice. Our private helicopter can seat up to four travelers and is available for one-way helicopter transfers and day trips between all major Greek destinations and islands. This flight can accommodate up to 60kg of combined luggage. If you are traveling with more luggage, please contact us for a custom quote with an upgraded helicopter type. In case your group consists of more than four travelers, please contact us for a customized offer.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 6 reviews

The boat tour was beautiful. Johannes cave and monastery were definitely worth seeing. But too much time was spent in the monastery, in my opinion too much was told about pictures. Then we had lunch together (the food was delicious, the service was good and there was a small dance performance). Unfortunately we didn't have time to see Chora afterwards, if I had known that I wouldn't have gone to lunch! From the restaurant we drove about a quarter of an hour by bus on the south side of the island. In Skala we had just 30 minutes. I was very disappointed because I saw next to nothing of Chora and Skala. Next time I would forgo the guided tour of the monastery and explore Chora and Skala on my own. In my opinion, it was the guide who didn't inform us properly; in addition, he often talked too long about things that most people were not interested in.

Patmos is a beautiful island, peaceful, breathtaking views of the sea on route to the hilltop Monastery and during the return to the port. The time spent on the island was not sufficient to appreciate the museum and churches for a day trip and could easily be improved by using a ferry that is faster. There were missed opportunities to shop and get souvenirs from the Monastery and port because of time limitations. I would probably suggest a trip where you stay on the island for a full day or two. This was a good quick sampler.

Excellent day out

The coach was on time and there was no fuss at the port. The boat ride was pleasant. The cave and the monastery were interesting for us and our guide offered a further short walk and a place to eat for 13E. There was also Greek dancing. This did mean we had little time to explore Scala but it was good value.