Marco Polo cruise – for explorers
The tour starts upon arrival of the group at the harbor of Kos. We walk along the sea walls of the Castle of Neratzia build by the Knights Hospitalier in conjunction with the Castle Petronium in Bodrum, Turkey with the solemn reason to control the Straits of Kos. First stop of the tour will be the Governo, a distinguished example of Italian Colonial architectural style built in 1928 to accommodate the administrative authorities of the Italian Regime currently occupying the island at the time.
A well-known landmark of Kos by now, surrounded by the old Ottoman Baths (Hamam) and of course the infamous Plane Tree of Hippocrates, one of the oldest surviving trees in Europe located just behind in in the Lotzia square, also an entrance to the Castle of Neratzia itself.
Overshadowing the Tree from the South side of the square, is the mosque of HajiHasan built in 1786 by the namesake a high ranked ottoman naval officer (Grand Admiral) and vizier for a sort term of the Ottoman Empire.
More to the south extends the Ancient Agora (forum), once the center of the ancient city, long lost if not for the great earthquake of 1933 which leveled the living quarters on top, and gave the opportunity to the Italian regime to excavate the site extensively. The trip continues through the “Haluvazia” the only surviving part of the old town and leads to the top of the hill, entrance to the western archeological zone with the roman public baths, the Xyston a Hellenistic period gym and the magnificent examples of mosaics such as the “Abduction of Europe” and the “Nine Muses”.
The tour peaks at the “ODEON” a small well reserved Roman Amphitheatre used for musical and poetical contests during the antiquity. From there we make our way down to the seafront for a taste of a famous Greek delicacy the Gyros at the Dionysos restaurant where the tour ends .
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Price: 250 euros. Including English speaking Guide