Leave the beach behind and head for the hills to the mountain village of Zia for the evening. Once you're dropped off, you'll have plenty of free time to wander around and admire the scenery. Bring your camera and find yourself the best viewpoint as the sun sinks behind the hills, and bag some locally made goodies like lace tablecloths, olive oil or sticky honey. You could check out the village's Byzantine church as well. Later, as darkness falls, pull up a pew in one of Zias tavernas for dinner. Some have rooftop terraces where you can soak up the view, while you eat dinner, just as the stars come out.
Kos has its fair share of great beaches but Paradise Beach in the south tops them all. With its crystal clear waters and fine golden sand it is easy to see how it earned its name. And if you just want to chill – swim in the shallow waters and notice the volcanic bubbles which rise from the seabed creating a natural hot tub. Or head for the watersports where you can try your hand at wakeboarding, take a trip out on a jet-ski or laugh as you try stay on a towed inflatable. You'll be dropped off mid-morning so you can spend the afternoon in your very own paradise before being taken back to your hotels.
How does spending a day soaking up the sunshine, swimming and perhaps a spot of lunch sound? Perfect is what we're guessing. On this Aegean cruise around northern Kos there'll be swim stops, tanning time and a visit to Vathi on Kalymnos island. A picturesque, horseshoe-shaped bay with calm waters and a pretty town, it's the ideal place for some exploring. We'll drop into a typical Kalymnos taverna for a lunch of pork souvlaki, rice, potatoes, Greek salad and tzatziki. The vegetarian option has spaghetti with tomato sauce and Greek salad. All you need to do is organize your sun lotion and a good book – bliss.
If there's one must-visit while you're in Kos, it's the volcanic island of Nisyros. Once you've docked in the harbour of Mandraki, the island's capital, you'll head to Nikia on the edge of the Stefanos crater. Lose yourself in the labyrinth of cobbled stoned lanes or find a spot near the crater's edge, where you can feel the heat. Afterwards, head back to Mandraki. Sugar-cubed houses stretch across this amphitheatre-shaped town, which is in the shadow of a medieval castle and the cliff-side monastery of Panagia Spiliani. There'll also be time to admire the town's balconied houses or have dinner in a taverna.
On this half-day outing, you'll explore Kos town under your own steam. As the island's capital, it offers up plenty of stuff to see and do. Make a beeline for the café-lined port to soak up the town's atmosphere, or visit the castle which was built by the Knights of St John back in the 14th century. Elsewhere, you've got the Roman Baths, the Odeon and Ancient Agora as well as the shops of Eleftherias Square. The recently renovated Archaeological Museum is packed with classical relics too. Hippocrates' Plane Tree is a great spot for selfie, while the pebbly beach is an ideal spot to relax. Your transfer back will be ready at 13:30.
Combining the best of island hopping, sunbathing and snorkelling, this full day adult-only Aegean cruise is the winning ticket. Setting sail into an expanse of bluer-than-blue seas, you'll soon reach the island of Pserimos where beautiful beaches are made for swimming. You can visit the church before joining your captain back on board to glide on over to the pretty port of Kalymnos for some exploring. Then it's on to an island taverna for lunch. And before we make our way back, there's one last stop in Pserimos for a swim. Expect pristine beaches, plenty of chill-out time and a healthy dose of exploration.
Whizz, swirl, whoosh and fly your way down flumes and super-fast slides on a family fun day out at one of Greece's largest waterparks – Lido. Once you arrive, you'll have an entire day of water-based adventures ahead of you. There's adrenaline-fuelled slides such as Kamikaze and Space Bowl, as well as multi-lane slides where you'll race to be the first to hit the bottom. Then there're twisting flumes and giant waves in the wave pool. But if you're after something more laid-back, there's a lazy river, whirlpool bath and sunbeds on hand. Little ones are catered for too, with an interactive slide and splash zone especially designed for kids.
Spend the day with Captain Yiannis and his crew aboard a traditional Greek boat. You'll set sail from Kefalos harbour and head just a couple of miles from the shore to explore the surrounding bays and the small Greek Island of Kastri. You'll sail to a secluded beach where there'll be time to swim and relax, too. And to top it all, the crew will fire up the grill for a tasty barbecue lunch back on board.
With all of Kos's best bits wrapped up in one VIP day out, this adults-only tour takes you to the island's most fascinating corners. In a small group, you'll start off with a guided walk around Kos town and its pretty harbour, lined with wooden boats. Next, step back in time at the ancient Asclepeion, and wander around the site where doctors studied in classical times. Then, it's on to the mountain-side village of Zia for lunch. In the afternoon, you'll get to taste some local wines, and at the end of the excursion, you'll have the chance to capture amazing photos of Kefalos village.
Squeezed in between the ancient ruins left behind by the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras, Kos Town's harbour is fronted by an outstanding medieval castle. The island's capital is both stylish and atmospheric, and comes alive after dark. Fringed by cafés and beautiful boats, you could watch the sun dip down at a harbour-side bar and then enjoy dinner in one of the town's eateries. Or why not wander through the streets of the old town, lined with pretty lanterns and colourful bougainvillea. You'll have plenty of time to explore under your own steam and browse the boutiques and gift shops that stay open late.
A spectacular sunset cruise around the coastline of Kos, this adults-only trip is all about relaxing in style. Exclusive to TUI Blue Oceanis guests, you'll board from the shores of the hotel's beachfront location and cast off to swim in the sea before catching a sunset you won't forget.Enjoying coastal views by the dozen, you can sit back, relax and catch those last few rays as you leave land behind. After a short cruise, we'll drop anchor for the chance to cool off with a swim in the sea.Dry off back on board and your skipper will position the boat in the best spot for uninterrupted views of the main event – a blazing sunset on the Aegean. Then, when the stars come out, you'll be able to enjoy drinks as you bob gently back to shore.
Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. You'll join our crew in search of the booty and along the way, the little ones will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the Pirate Team on board. They'll learn how to walk, talk and play like pirates with lots of fun activities which everyone can join in on. There'll be swashbuckling fun for the whole family to enjoy. A great family trip you don't want to miss out on.
Captain Gianni and his crew invite you on board for a sunset cruise to the tip of Kos. You'll embark at Kefalos Bay and set sail along the coast to the tip of the island. Along the way there'll be a swimming stop as you wait for the sun to do its magic and turn the skies shades of orange and pink. Then it's on to a secluded beach for an apéritif where you'll also be the only guests. Then the barbecue will be lit and a freshly sizzled dinner will be served. Wine will be flowing, the music will fill the air and the crew will invite you to take part in a traditional sirtaki dance as the sun goes down.
As far as relaxing experiences go, few come close to this adults-only sailboat cruise. Exclusively for small groups, there'll be plenty of space to spread out your towel and sunbathe as you sail across to the islands of Pserimos and Plati. It wouldn't be a cruise without swim stops, so that's part of par for the course, and there's snorkelling equipment for you to use on board too. A healthy lunch and drinks will also be served on board, then kick back, unwind and relax as you sail slowly back to Kos.
This tour showcases the best of Kos in just one day. The sands of time may have changed the ancient Asclepeion but it remains one of Greece's most important archaeological sites. Among the attractions are the remains of the world's first hospital. You'll also visit the mountain village of Zia. Here, you'll taste the local kanelada drink and have the chance to look around the craft shops. What's more, there's a tour and tasting session at a winery, alongside a visit to the seaside town of Kefalos. And to really sweeten-up your day, you'll get to sample the local speciality loukoumades – honey-soaked dough balls – at a honey factory.
This sunset safari shows off Kos in its best light. You'll get to see different parts of the island while taking in a sunset to beat all others. Set off along the coast and into the hills by 4x4 with an expert driver-guide who will tell you all about Kos's wildlife and nature. And you'll need to have your camera handy for this one as you'll be dropping by some picture-perfect spots. To complete your evening, there'll also be a traditional Greek dinner with local wine thrown in. Then hit the road once more, enjoying the sight of Kos come to life under a sky painted in orange and pink.
Exclusively for you and your party, this private tour has all of Kos's best bits wrapped up in one VIP day out. You'll visit the island's most fascinating corners with your own personal guide. Explore Kos town, the ancient Asclepeion archaeological site and the villages of Zia and Kefalos.Start off with a guided walk around Kos town and its pretty harbour, lined with wooden boats bobbing on the Aegean Sea. Next, step back in time at the ancient Asclepeion, and look around the remains of the world's first hospital where Hippocrates – the Father of Medicine – is said to have received his medical training.Then, in the mountain-side village of Zia, there'll be free time to stretch your legs. Bag some locally made goodies like lace tablecloths or some olive oil or sticky honey in the souvenir shops, or check out the Byzantine church. On the journey back, you'll have the chance to capture amazing photos of Kefalos village in the south of the island.
Kos packs in an astonishing amount of heritage for a small island. And Kos town is dripping in history, with monuments from classical antiquity all the way through the Byzantine and Ottoman periods to the rationalism of the 1930s. You'll navigate the streets that lead you to the medieval castle and soak up its melting pot of architecture and sights. Then, we'll head to the ruins of Asclepeion, at the top of a pine-clad hill boasting views over Kos town and Turkey beyond. Your guide will fill you in on this 2,500-year-old ‘temple of healing' before driving to the village of Zia for free time.
If you're ready to ramp up the adrenaline levels, then hop aboard this full day 4x4 safari. You'll explore some of the island's highlights while taking the roads less-travelled. Bump along some hillside tracks, navigate winding roads and rev to reach panoramic points. Your driver-guide will be on hand to tell you all about Kos's flora and fauna and lead you away from the tourist spots to places only locals know about. And on your return, you can freshen up with a well-earned swim stop before returning to your hotel.
Greece is renowned for its loud and lively nights out, and this one is no exception. You'll head to the village of Zia in the centre of Kos where a feast of meze, wine, dancing and music all awaits. Kids are welcome, too – the more the merrier.With its whitewashed buildings, blue-capped domes and views over the island, the village of Zia is an idyllic spot to spend the evening. And with hospitality as friendly as this, you'll not want to leave. You'll start off with a delicious meze of traditional Greek dishes to warm up your appetite and wash it down with unlimited wine.But the star turn is the dancing. Expect a whirlwind show as traditionally costumed dancers whip up the atmosphere to sweet bouzouki music. Before long, you'll be joining in, linking arms and whirling to the infectious tunes.