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Create a custom-designed tour and explore Samos island at your own pace! Through this program, you let us know about your sightseeing preferences and we use our detailed knowledge to plan the ideal itinerary for you.

The great thing about private tour is that your complete trip is designed around your interests and budget, so you can take your time and select what suits you.
Step 1: Go ahead and make a choice out of picturesque villages, archaeological sites, old monasteries and museums!

Step 2: We will plan the ideal itinerary for you - free of charge -
Step 3: we will get you a certified guide who speaks your language and Step 4: we will offer you an unforgettable private tour experience!

 


 

EVERGREEN SITES AND PICTURESQUE VILLAGES

nightingales valley

It is found in the midnorth part of Samos island, just below the picturesque village of Manolates.
The whole valley is covered in dense, shady woodland, expecially along the steams which are flowing strongly even in late July.
The main tree species are scots pine, plane and cypress with an understorey of shrubs such as bramble and honeysuckle.
It is a great place to see, either if you go hiking or just pass through as you are ascending to Manolates village .

 

 



The three waterfalls of potami

The waterfalls of Potami are found on the northwestern part of Samos, right after the town of Karlovassi. When the heat covers the island like a blanket, this is the ideal place to visit as the waterfalls form two small lakes with crystal waters, ideal for swimming!
The access to the waterfalls is easy through an evergreen valley following a mountain path. At the end of this path you will meet the smallest of the three waterfalls. From there, you need to climb 60 wooden steps to reach the clearing offering a panoramic view of the waterfall. If you like, you can procceed in order to reach the second one. For those who love adventure, there is the option of climbing the waterfalls with ropes or even their bare hands! The largest of the waterfalls is five meters high. 

 


Pythagorion village

Pythagorion is the main tourist resort of the island - on the southeastern part of Samos. Its history goes back in the ancient times - as it was the ancient capital of Samos - and it took its name from the famous mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras! It is a picturesque village with many archaeological sites close by and points of interest. In Pythagorion, you will find many yachts and sailing boats mooring in its large harbour, as well as several bars, cafes, restaurants and taverns. 




Kokkari village

Kokkari (also seen at the top picture) is a small picturesque village of exceptional natural beauty on the north coast of Samos, which combines the mountain and the sea in one frame. It is situated between two wonderful headlands that are protecting in from the winds. It is an ideal place for windsurfing, swimming and relaxing. One may also find tasteful local restaurants and taverns, small souvenir and jewelery shops, as well as enjoy a coffee or drink by the seaside.
 

 


ano vathy village

The village of Ano Vathy is built amphitheatrically on the hill slopes, overlooking the town of Samos - two settlements which are actually connected. It is one of the oldest villages of Samos, displaying old neoclassic buildings, narrow streets, houses with common walls and hidden passages. The enchanting landscape where houses are built, creates an attractive scenery and will surely take you back in time!

 

 


vourliotes village

Vourliotes is an evergreen village on the north part of Samos. It is described as the "Asia Minor" of Samos, as it was built uphill in Mount Ampelos by migrants from Asia Minor in the end of the 16th century. You can enjoy lunch and muscat wine in the small taverns found in its picturesque square. Small houses with common walls, blue/green windows, white steps and the sweet smell of grape, are some of the distinctive attributes of the Vourliotes.



manolates village

Manolates is a mountain village on the northwest which overlooks Nightingales Valley. Its location provides an unobstructed view over the coast of Asia Minor. It is a traditional village, with well-preserved old and picturesque houses, cobblestone alleys, small pottery shops, taverns with good food, local wine and greek coffee fit for connoisseurs. 

 

 


 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

TEMPLE OF HERA (IREON)

According to tradition, the Goddess Hera was born and raised on the island of Samos. For this reason her temple in Ireon is the biggest in the whole ancient world. The most significant archaeological site of the island, includes the enormous (109m long, 55m wide and 25m high) Ionian style Temple of Hera, the big altar and the sacred road (the path leading from the village of Pythagorion to the temple).

 

 


 

roman baths

Right next to Pythagorion village, on the southern part of Samos, there are the ruins of the Thermes, that is a Roman bath comples. These baths were constructed in the 2nd century AD and included an extensive complex of public building and baths between the sanctuary of Ireon and the ancient town of Samos (currently village of Pythagorion). The remains of the baths are impressive for their mosaics, but mainly for their architecture and engineering. 
 

 


 

CASTLE OF LYKOURGOS LOGOTHETIS

The castle of Lykourgos Logothetis is situated on the southeast part of Samos - currently the village of Pythagorion - and it was built at the beginning of the 19th century,when in became a jumping-off point of resistance and attack for the fighters of the Greek Revolution in 1821. The hill of the Logothetis castle must have been the oldest acropolis in Samos, inhabited since the prehistoric period.

 

 


 

cave of pythagoras

Pythagora's cave was once home to famous mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras! It is located on Mount Kerkis of Samos Island, an extinct volcano that forms the second-highest peak in the East Aegean Sea. Pythagoras fled to these caves when he was being hunted by the infamous tyrant of Samos, Polycrates, around 400 B.C. During this time, it is believed that Pythagoras inhabited one small cave and used a nearby larger cave as his classroom.

 

 




spiliani's cave

The cave of Panagia Spiliani is found within the covent area of Panagia Spiliani Monastery, overlooking Pythagorion. Archaeologists believe that even in the ancient times this cave was a place of worship, part of an ancient temple that was found inside the cave. It is said that it was home of "The Samian Sibyl" known as Phyto - the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle near Hera's temple. It is also said that this cave might have been the hiding and teaching place of Pythagoras, the famous Samian mathematician. Moreover, in the Byzantine times, this cave was a Christian church.

 

 

Metamorphosis chappel & genovese castle ruins

The chappel of Metamorphosis in Potami area of Karlovassi, is one of the oldest samples of ecclesiastical architecture on the island. It was built in the 11th century and inside the temple you can find icons brought to Samos from other parts of Greece during the re-settlement.
During the Byzantine period, Samos, just like all islands, suffered great catastrophes by various invaders and pirates. In the time of the Crusaders, it came under Venetian rule, later it came back to the Byzantines and it eventually fell to the Genovese in 1346. Right ov
er the chappel of Metamorphosis, you will see the ruins of a Genovese castle made by the conquerors of that time.






 

Ai-giannakis church

The church of Ai-Giannakis is located in the heart of the village Ano Vathi and it overlooks the bay of Samos Town. It is a Byzantine church of exceptional architecture, built in 1799 with rare icons and murals. Once you hike to Ano Vathi, you should definately make a stop to this old church!

 

 

 

 

MUSEUMS

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF SAMOS

The Archaeological Museum of Samos is found in Samos Town and amongst other things, finds from Hera's Temple are exhibited, as well as the colossal statue of Kouros.
Kouros of Samos is an ancient sculpture created in the 6th century BC. The inscription on its left thigh reads: "Isches, son of Rhesis, set this up". It stands nearly 5.5m tall and its body is mostly intact. Originally, it was one of the several colossal statues lining the route to the sanctuary of goddess Hera on Samos. 

 

 


archaeological museum of pythagorion

The Archaeological Museum of Pythagorion houses about 3.000 items that were found in excavations in the ancient town of Samos and in other excavations around the island. These exhibits show the historical course of the island from the 5th millenium BC till the 7th century AD and depict the political importance of Samos in the ancient times. The exhibits of the museum include grave reliefs from the 6th century BC, archaic statues, Roman busts, coins, marble plaques with epitaphs, ceramic vases, jewelry and other items that show the cutural development of the island and its connection to the cities in mainlands of Greece and Asia Minor (ancient Ionia).

 

 

natural history museum

The Natural History Museum of Samos is found in Mitilinioi village due to the significant palaeontology finds in the area. During pehistoric times, the island was inhabited by Megatherions, Samotherions (enormous giraffes probably coming from Asia Minor) and by rare animal species. Their remains were found here and are exhibited in the showcases of palaeontology museums in Europe and the US. Some of them are exhibited still on the island. 
 

 

 

tannery museum of karlovassi

The Tannery Museum in the town of Karlovassi depicts the island's growing industry in leather production and trading between 1880-1930 when 50 local businesses flourished. It is housed in the newly renovated leather factory of Tampalekos-Sinadinos, a building that dates back to the start of the 20th century. The hide splitting machine is a piece of equipment found on the site, but the other exhibits have been donated by old owners.
 

 

 


samos folklore museum

Samos Folklore Museum is found within the complex of Doryssa Bay Resort in Pythagorion and is a must visit for history buffs, as well as for those who seek to understand and relive ordinary life in Samos back in the day. Among the important exhibits are: a collection of agricultural tools that were used by farmers before they were replaced by modern equipment, tools that were used for the art of making bread, instruments that were used for the purpose of extracting honey, needlework collection by local Samian women, a replica of a typical Samian house from the 1930's and so much more.
 

 


samos wine museum

Samos Wine Museum is found in Malagari area in Samos touwn and it is an incredible place which offers wine tours, a history of Samian wine tour and a wine testing area. Samos wine is produced from the grapes bearing the same name, the famous Samos Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, cultivated on the slopes of mount Ambelos. Among the interesting things here, is the size of the barrels and the ambiance, both in the industrial area and the wine tasting hall.


 

 

MONASTERIES

MONASTERY OF PANAGIA SPILIANI

Northwest of Pythagorion village in Samos, at an altitude of 125m above the sea level, lies the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, or the Virgin of the Cave. There is a small church in the monastery area that is dedicated to the presentation of the Virgin Mary and it is built inside a large cave. The church hosts a marble icon of the Virgin Mary that is considered miraculous.

 

 

 

MONASTERY OF TIMIOS STAVROS

The monastery of Timios Stavros is located 2km southeast of the village Mavratzei, on an altitude of 200m. In 1582, monk Nilos has founded a small churchand in 1604, he and his brother Dionisos expanded it. In the monastery you will find frescoes, a magnificent woodcut temple and a lot of holly ware.
 

 

 




MONASTERY OF PANAGIA VRONTIANI (OR MONI VRONTA)

Moni Vronta is Samos' oldest monastery. It was founded in 1476 and renovated many times. First in 1566 by the monks (and brothers) Iakovos and Makarios, then in 1702 and 1960. It is dedicated to the natal of Virgin Mary and it is located on the western part of Samos, near the village Vourliotes.

 

 

 

MONASTERY OF MEGALI PANAGIA

The monastery of Megali Panagia is located 2km southeast of the village of Koumaradei, in a very nice landscape with an altitude of 225m. It has a lovely view of the plain of Chora, Pythagorio and the Asia Minor. It was founded in 1586 by the monks (and brothers as well) Neilos and Dionisios and it is dedicated to Dormition of Holy Mother. It is an accurate copy of the inscribed-cross type of churches, characteristic of Mount Athos. The old marble floor tiling still survives in the interior of the church with a bas-relief composition of Adam and Eve, portrayed in full size, with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil between them and the serpent as a symbol of evil and deceit. The Monastery of Megali Panagia has been an important religious centre where the art of chanting has been taught and developed for centuries. However, it was repeatedly raided and plundered by pirates and other invaders.




MONASTERY OF ZOODOCHOS PIGI

The monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is located on Rampaidoni mountain to the northeast part of Samos, on an altitude of 300m. It was founded in 1756 by the priest-monk Dorotheos. Once you get there you will enjoy the fantastic view of the coastal coves below and your eye will get lost to the depths of Asia Minor. 
 

 

 

 

MONASTERY OF AGIA ZONI

The monastery of Agia Zoni is located to the east of Samos town, within the evergreen Vlamari plain and on an altitude of 120m. It has been founded by the priest-monk Meletios in 1695. It has fescoes dated back in the 17th century and a marvellous woodcut temple.