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Almonds, olives and Volcanoes
8-day walking & study tour on the volcanic islands of Nisyros & Cos, Greece
"Dear Tobias and staff,
Many thanks for the excellent tour on the Best Kept Secret, Nisyros island. The volcano was of course a vivid memory and just one of the higlights to the tour." Eleana, V. April 2010
The caldera of Nisyros volcano
The caldera of Nisyros volcano
Spiliani monastery
Spiliani monastery

Almonds, olives and volcanoes

8-day walking & study tour on the volcanic islands of Nisyros & Cos, Greece
Tour type
Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - archaeology
Group size: 2-10
7 nights / 8 days
no scheduled dates at present
Price per person
1490 € $£¥
Discover the island of Kos with its beautiful ancient town centre, its Venetian castle and the sanctuary of Asclepios! It is also a good starting point to our main target, Nisyros island. The small volcanic island of Nisyros, in the shadow of neighbouring Cos Island, is one of the most fascinating of Greece. It's well worth spending more than just a brief visit: formed entirely by colourful volcanic rocks, it is green, lush and not overcrowded by tourism. On this tour, we walk on century-old trails and see spectacular evidence of young volcanic activity, ancient ruins, endemic plants and animals. We will discover prehistoric sanctuaries and unknown ancient sites.
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  • The beautiful ancient town center of Kos
  • Unspoiled nature and spectacular scenery
  • Active craters and fumaroles on Nisyros volcano
  • Beautiful villages & ancient places
  • Romantic atmosphere
  • Greek hospitality and island life

8 days itinerary

Day 1: Arrival on Cos island
Welcome on Kos island and a first round trip
Day 2: Discovering Cos
Discovering Cos town
Day 3: Sailing to Nisyros
Sailing to Nisyros
Day 4: Walking to the active craters of the Caldera
A visit of the active volcanoes in the middle of the island
Day 5: The hanging garden of Nisyros "Diavatis"
The highest tops of Nisyros volcanoes
Day 6: Round trip on Nisyros
Today we discover the island by car. We discover the villages, the Liés beach and may discover rare minerals.
Day 7: Return to Cos island
Transfer to Kos island by ship
Day 8: Departure from Cos
Flight back to your country
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Arrival info:

Arrival at Cos KGS airport and transfer by airport bus / taxi to the hotel in Cos town centre. Your tour guide, Tobias Schorr will welcome you at the airport and will drive together with you to your hotel. If Tobias Schorr can´t pick you up, a taxi driver will be waiting for you!

Tour guide

The tour is normally guided either by German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or photographer and amateur geologist Tobias Schorr. Both have been traveling on the Greek volcanic areas (Methana, Milos, Santorini, Nisyros) for more than 20 years and know the islands better than even most local people do.
Tom completed his PhD studies on the topic of the great Minoan eruption of Santorini. He made the important discovery of a 3600-year-old olive tree buried alive in the pumice deposit that now can be seen in the small geological museum in Perissa.
This allowed the most precise dating of one of the most significant natural event in the Bronze age (to 1613+-13 years BC) so far.
His colleague Tobias, with whom Tom alternates on this tour, is a true specialist for Greece in general, boasting in-depth knowledge about its culture, history, people, flora, fauna and of course geology. He is known for his good eye and discoveries of rare minerals, plants, animals, or hidden archeological artifacts during the various excursions.

Additional info

Physical requirements

Some walking on smaller steep passages. You will need to have a secure step and a good feeling for balance. Walking distances of up to around 5-10 km, climbing of up to 600 m, walking times up to 4-8 hrs during a full day. For details, see section in main text. You should be able to walk over 4-8 hours (with many stops:-). It is not strolling, nor trekking or mountain climbing, but walking on paths and trails, so a good physical condition is needed.

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