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Geo Wonderland - Island of Milos
private geo tours to discover Milos' fascinating geology and history
Vulkanische Farben der Küste (c) Tom Pfeiffer
Vulkanische Farben der Küste (c) Tom Pfeiffer
Die Bimssteinbrücke (c) Tom Pfeiffer
Die Bimssteinbrücke (c) Tom Pfeiffer

Geo Wonderland - Island of Milos

private geo tours to discover Milos' fascinating geology and history
Kurze Reisen und Exkursionen: Fotografie - Geologie & Vulkanismus - Archäologie
Leicht bis mittel
Gruppengröße: 4-10
3-4 days (customizeable)
Individuelle Termine möglich
Preis pro Person
on request
The Mediterranean island of Milos is one of the most beautiful and photogenic islands of Greece.
Known as the birthplace of Venus de Milo, one of the most famous Greek statues from the classical era, Milos is exceptionally rich in mineral deposits, boasting a particular scenic beauty that leaves visitors breathless. It also offers a great number of superb and uncrowded beaches, as well as spectacular coastal cliffs with multicolored volcanic rocks of all types on display. Luckily, its millennia-old history as an economic base in mining has prevented it from becoming a mass tourism destination. The island is ideal for both active and laidback holidays. You'll also be happy to know that traditional Greek hospitality is still very much alive here.

Geologically, Milos is a wonderland packed with picture-book volcanic features. Embark on a series of different excursions by land and sea to explore the faceted volcanic history of the island through its rocks, guided by a trained geologist. No previous knowledge of geology is required, and the excursions represent a vibrant mix of hiking, sailing, observation, and holidaymaking. Great local Aegean cuisine and good company round out this tour, which can also be combined with our study and walking tour on Santorini.
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  • Spectacularly varied scenery
  • Colorful volcanic deposits
  • Rich mining history (obsidian, perlite, kaolin, sulfur, manganese, baryte)
  • Prehistoric and Ancient Greek ruins
  • Active hydrothermal activity (fumaroles, etc.)
  • Private boat-trip around Milos
  • Delicious local cuisine
  • Competent geologist guide

3-day private tour on Milos - sample itinerary

Here's a suggested tour that reveals the best and most interesting sites of geological, natural and historical interest. It can be adapted according to weather, fitness level and personal preferences.
Tag 1: Meeting in Milos at the evening
Meet in a wonderful seaside tavern over dinner and plan the next days in detail.
Tag 2: Abandoned sulfur mine and mineral beach
Start the morning with one of the most intriguing geo-sites of the island – an abandoned sulfur mine on the western coast (spectacular scenery). Head on to the paradise-like beach of Paleochori, with its hot springs, fumaroles, and colorful rocks, that expose the pre-volcanic basement rocks covered by Roman-era volcanic deposits featuring large ancient pottery fragments.

Relax over lunch at a wonderful beach restaurant and take a swim if you feel like it. Take an afternoon walk in the area or visit other places of interest by car.
Return to the main town of Milos, Adamas, in the late afternoon and visit the interesting small Mining Museum before dinner.
Tag 3: Walk over fossilized volcanic seafloor
Take a superb half-day excursion to the spectacular north coast to visit three key geological areas: Phylakopi, the ancient obsidian trade center of the island, the sea caves of Papafrankos and white cliffs of Sarakiniko. Picnic lunch and optional swim at Sarakiniko.

In the afternoon, visit the island's fascinating medieval capital, Plaka, along with its hilltop fortress, early-Christian catacombs, and ancient acropolis with its Greek theater where the famous statue of Venus de Milo was found. Optional scenic hike back to the hotel.
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Depends on your arrival at Athens aiport. There are two possibilities how to get to Milos. You can get a direct flight to Milos airport or you can take a ferry boat from Piraeus harbour (about 4-7 h to Milos Island). It is possible to get earlier to Athens and to stay one or more nights there for sightseeing. A hotel room in Athens is about 80-120 € a double room.


Die Reise wird normalerweise entweder vom deutschen Vulkanologen Dr. Tom Pfeiffer oder dem deutschen Fotografen und Hobby-Geologen Tobias Schorr geführt. Beide kann man als Spezialisten für die aktiven, griechischen Vulkangebiete bezeichnen. Seit mehr als 20 Jahren bereisen sie regelmäßig mit ihren Reisegruppen alle 4 Vulkangebiete (Méthana, Mílos, Santoríni und Nísyro). DR.Tom Pfeiffer ist nicht nur der Entdecker des fossilen Olivenbaums, der die minoische Eruption Santorínis datieren ließ, sondern er hat auch seine Doktorarbeit über Santoríni geschrieben. Tobias Schorr hat über 10 Jahre auf der Vulkanhalbinsel Méthana gelebt und dort nicht nur den nachhaltigen Fremdenverkehr initiiert,sondern engagiert sich seit mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten für die Region. Er ist DER Kenner der Region und hat ein scharfes Auge für Details, die der normale Besucher übersieht (seltene Tiere, Pflanzen und geologische Funde). Auch die archäologischen Highlights seiner Wahlregion kennt er und hat einige bedeutende Funde gemacht.
Tom and Tobias on Santorini

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Körperliche Voraussetzungen

This tour is recommended for those who are used to walking for about 3-6 hours with normal condition. If you are used to walking and hiking for up to several hours on moderately steep and uneven terrain, it should be no problem to take part in all of our excursions.
The tours include frequent and sometimes longer breaks and the pace of walking is very relaxed. However, individual tours (i.e. the total time spent outside the hotel, including all breaks and transfers etc.) can range between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the season (longer days in May!), the weather and the program.

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