City Tour

Duration Approx. 3,5 – 4 hours. It can be done in the morning or in the afternoon
Includes - A/C coach from and to the hotel
- Official guide
Does not include - Entrance fee to the Asklepion, which is 4,00 p.p. (for season 2010)
Essential items - Comfortable clothing
- Comfortable shoes
- Hat / Shade

 

The guided tour of the city of Kos and its monuments starts with the visit in Asklepion, the ancient temple dedicated to the God of health, Asklepios. The Asklepion of Kos was the best and the most important “Asklepion” of the Antiquity. Situated 4km from the city centre on a hill surrounded by a forest with cypress trees and divided into three levels each totally different from the other, with a magnificent view of the golf of Kerameikos and the Middle East coasts. The tour around Asklepion and the “trip” in the World of Hippocrates takes about one hour and there then follows the tour to the “ West excavation zone”. There are the foundations of the ancient gymnastic ground “ Xysto”, so named because the athletes coated themselves with olive oil before the games and scraped it off afterwards. The “Thermes”, the roman public baths, the “Early Christian Basilica”. The “Nymphaion” a “Vespasiani” of 3rd century BC, with a yard full of mosaics and a Corinthian colonnade, and the roman house with the magnificent mosaic of “Europe’s Abduction” and the mosaic with the “Nine Mousses”. Just opposite the “Xysto”, is the ancient “Odeon”, a well-constructed Roman theatre.

Walking through the small streets of the old town, we reach the Liberty’s square, the central square of the city, which is surrounded from Italian buildings such as the Museum (the Italian Palace of 1936), the Agora (the Market) and the Library.

Passing through   the “Toll Gate” entrance, the central gate of the ancient city Wall, this leads, through the ancient “agora” to the square of Hippokrates’ Plane Tree, the oldest tree in Europe. The bridge, which crosses the Palm Trees Avenue, join the square with the Medieval Castle of Neratzia, which was built by the Knights of St. John in 1478, which dominates the port .The Platanos Square, is rich in monuments of all the occupation’s periods of the Island. The mosque of Loggia, built in 1786, is the monument of the Turkish occupation.

Here, under the shadow of the Hippokrates Plane Tree, the three hours trip in the history of Kos finishes.

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