About Samos

This large, Aegean island is a gorgeous, verdant place covered with pure white sand beaches, picturesque villages and fishing harbours. It is famous for the production and the quality of its wine. The sweet variety of Samos wine has an international reputation. The essential beauty of the nature, the historical sites that are spread all over the island and the charming mountainous landscape of Samos create a unique atmosphere which enchants all its visitors.


Shore excursions in Samos

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Pythagorion and Wine Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Discover the delights of Samos, as you explore the charming village of Pythagorion and sample the locally-produced wine.

Sit back and enjoy a short scenic drive south, to the village of Pythagorion. With your guide you’ll visit the Town Hall, which houses the Archaeological Museum. The museum boasts over 3,000 exhibits which showcase the island’s rich history. Following your visit, enjoy some free time to discover the charms of this beautiful village with its little harbour. Meander along the seafront and browse the souvenir shops, or enjoy a coffee in one of the cafés and soak up the quintessential scenes of a Greek island.

Finally, round off your tour in the town of Vathi at the co-operative winery of Samos, where the famous wines of Samos are produced. Visit the winery, where you will be regaled with the history of winemaking in Samos and its different vines and varieties. Enjoy a sample of the wines that are produced, you may even wish to purchase a few bottles to remind you of your time in Samos.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. In total, there is approximately 40 minutes of intermittent walking on this tour. Please note that the actual wine making facilities will not be visited for safety reasons as it is very much a working winery.

Samos Sail and Beach BBQ

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Relax onboard a traditional ‘caique’ and cruise to the island of Samiopoula, then tuck into a BBQ on the beach.

Embark on a short scenic drive to Pythagorion Harbour where your traditional wooden boat (caique) is waiting.

Then it’s all aboard, as you sit back and soak up the sun whilst gliding through the crystalline waters to the tiny island of Samiopoula. The fine sand and clear cooling waters make it the ideal spot for free time and swimming. Then it’s anchors away, as your Captain sets sail in search of Tsopela Beach, where a BBQ with mineral water and soft drinks will be served by the crew.

Back on dry land, take a stroll through the charming village of Pythagorion, with its picturesque harbour and numerous souvenir shops.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and sail boat.Passengers wishing to use the upper deck must negotiate approximately 10 steps. Depending on sea conditions, an alternative beach may be used. Please remember sunscreen and swimwear, if you wish to sunbathe.

The Best of Samos

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Sample the best of Samos, including the quaint Archaeological Museum, Kokkari village and the birthplace of Pythagoras.

Embark on a short drive to the compact and fascinating Archaeological Museum of Samos, where you can discover ancient artefacts from the island’s digs. The collection includes finds from the excavation of the Temple of Hera and sculptures and pottery from the Classical period.

Surrounded by pine, olive trees and vineyards, is the picture-postcard village of Kokkari. This popular seaside village is the perfect place to enjoy some free time to explore the narrow streets and alleys filled with shops, tavernas, restaurants and bars or take a paddle in the crystal clear Aegean sea.

A brief photo stop will be made to view the remains of the Heraion Temple. Unfortunately fire and other disasters have reduced the sanctuary to complete ruins and the only visible element of its former greatness is 1 single column.

Continue onto Pythagorion, a pretty town on the southern side of the island, renamed in the last century to honour of Samos’ most famous son. Explore the island’s most picturesque town during free time or enjoy a relaxing stroll along the bay.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking included at the museum and the terrain is mostly flat.

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