Things to do in South Aegean, Greece

Our most recommended things to do in South Aegean

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

1. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

2. Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

Treat yourselves to a fun and informative wine tour in Santorini, followed by a culinary feast filled with Santorini flavors and traditional Greek delights. The day starts with a visit to volcanic vineyard. Stroll past the unique basket vines and learn everything about the local viticulture that makes Santorini's vine-growing unique. During your tour, visit 2 traditional wineries and sample the island's delicious wines including  Assyrtiko, Nykteri and Vinsanto. Learn how to cook like a Greek under the guidance of a local chef at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy plenty of Greek appetizers along the way, and come away with some classic Greek recipes to impress your friends back home with. Of course, you'll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of your cooking lesson.

Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

3. Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

Enjoy a day of cruising and fun on this pirate style boat tour. Escape the crowds of Samos and chill as you sail along the Aegean Sea. Experience an unforgettable day as you sail to one of the most picturesque islands on the south of Samos Island, Samiopoula. This small yet enchanting island only has five people living on it. Soak up the glorious Greek weather on the white sandy beach, before you set sail to Kakorema beach. Cruise along the wild cliffs and drop anchor at a romantic bay. Cool off in the refreshing turquoise waters, if you like. Feeling hungry? No worries, indulge in a delicious BBQ lunch on the beautiful beach of Kakorema. Listen to Greek music play from the boat and participate in a sirtaki (Greek dance) on the sands of this beautiful secluded beach.

Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

4. 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.

Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

5. Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

Start the tour by stepping back in time to the Ancient Greek era with a visit to the Temple of Hera. Admire this marvelous feat of construction which dates back to ancient time. Then, head north for a guided tour of the 15th-century Monastery of Megali Panagia, an excellent example of Byzantine Greek architecture. Enjoy a short walk through the traditional mountain village of Pyrgos which is famous for its honey and ceramics for a short walk. After visiting Pyrgos, make an optional stop in the area of Koutsi – an ideal place to take panoramic photos. After this, visit a traditional winery for a chance to taste some of the famous Samian wines. Continue the tour through the varied green landscape until you reach the 2nd large town on the island called Karlovassi. Stop here for lunch and admire the beautiful neoclassical houses and mansions.  Next, set off again along the wild and romantic north coast until you reach the enchanting Valley of Nightingales. Enjoy a short walk here and a welcome coffee stop. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to the charming and picturesque fishing village of Kokkari before returning back to Samos Town and Pythagorion where the tour ends. 

Rhodes: Glystra Beach to Ipseni Guided Hike with Swimming

6. Rhodes: Glystra Beach to Ipseni Guided Hike with Swimming

Starting on one of the island’s most beautiful sandy bays, we walk along an easy path dotted with maritime pines to the convent of Ipseni, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Assumption, one of the island’s oldest convents. Almost two centuries after its foundation, it was converted from convent to monastery and restored. A new church is now being completed next to it, with a “Via Crucis” culminating in panoramic views over the whole area. From Ipseni, we descend gently toward Glystra, accompanied by enchanting views and opportunities to spot the famous Dama-Dama deer that are the symbol of the island. After 13 km we come back to our starting point in Glystra Bay for a well-earned swim in the crystal-clear water.

From Naxos: Antiparos Boat Tour

7. From Naxos: Antiparos Boat Tour

Explore Antiparos Island on a boat trip from Naxos. Visit the islands of Panteronisi, Tigani, Despotiko and Strogyli and go swimming in pristine waters. Board your motorized yacht at the port of Naxos and set off toward the island of Antiparos. It takes about 60 minutes to get there, depending on the weather. When you arrive, go on a stroll through the town of Antiparos. Get a taste of local cuisine at one of the traditional taverns (not included), tour the island, or go for a swim at one of its idyllic beaches. Visit the nearby islands of Panteronisi, Tigani, Despotiko and Strogyli. While on Despotiko, see the Ancient Sanctuary. Spend a day with seaside taverns, Cycladic architecture, and unspoiled scenery. Decide where you'd like to go and tailor the itinerary to your liking.

From Naxos: Private Donoussa Island Boat Tour with Snacks

8. From Naxos: Private Donoussa Island Boat Tour with Snacks

Take a private boat tour to Donoussa. Select between different boat models and set sail from Naxos. Find yourself on one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades. Spend your time hiking to the caves of Fokospilia or relax on white sand beaches. Meet your guide and board your private boat to Donoussa. Enjoy traditional snacks, ouzo, raki, beer, or wine while at sea. Feel the breeze as you make your way to the idyllic island with whitewashed homes and family taverns. When you arrive in Donoussa, see how its seclusion has helped preserve its serene beauty. While on the island, explore it at your leisure. Take hiking trails to the sea cave of Fokospilia, a sanctuary for the Mediterranean seal, and check out the stalactites at Tihos. Relax on the island's tranquil beaches and choose to visit Livadi (a nudist beach), Stavros (suggested for small children), or Kedros beach. After spending the day on the island, head to the port to cruise back to Naxos.

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I recommend sea kayaking activity. Very nice, friendly and helpful crew. The route is not demanding and should be managed by every healthy person. During the trip, about 50 minutes break for diving and refreshments in the cave. Rhodes city pickup and return without problems. I recommend Trekking Hellas Rhodes.

The experience was perfect right from the pickup and all through the introduction, the kayaking, the history anecdotes, the snorkeling and swimming, the lovely homemade lunch, and the photos received after getting back. It was a perfect treat while being a great workout.

My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much! The tour guides and our driver were super friendly and everything was well organized. The picnic was delicious! The kayaking on the crystal clear water was amazing and this will be day we will always remember.

An unforgettable experience, a beautiful tour with great pictures of the coast. Enjoyed a break at a beautiful spot with the opportunity for snorkeling and cliff jumping. Supplemented by some nice Rhodes stories. Kudos to Yannick and Kay! Many Thanks

Everyone has said it, the day was a Joy! I had my reservations but by the end of the day, and by how quickly the day went, it was just so much fun. Highly recommended.