Cruise Port Atlas | Samos, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Samos, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Samos: Costa

Key Attractions: Archaeological Museum, Lykourgou Logotheti (avenue), Pythagoreion, Temple of Hera, Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Tunnel of Eupalinus, Logothetis Castle, Kokkari, Karlovassi, Profiti Ilia Monastery, Potokaki Beach, Heraion Beach, Tsamadou Beach, Lemonakia Beach


Vathy Cruise Terminal to Archaeological Museum - 1.4 KM, 3 minutes
Vathy Cruise Terminal to Logothetis (Avenue) - 0.3-0.8 KM, 1 minute, 3-10 minutes walking
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Vathy (the capital) and Samos (the port) are essentially the same city and form the urban and tourist center for the island. Tavernas, shops, and restaurants are clustered around the port area and along Logotheti Avenue, which starts a few blocks from the dock and ends at Pythagoras Square. It is a lively and colorful scene that even features a few nightclubs. The Archaeological Museum is considered one the of the best on a Greek island and offers artifacts from pre-historic to Roman times and is most famous for the Samos Kouros, the largest male nude sculpture from the Archaic era. There is also a small Byzantine Museum and several churches of note, including Agios Spyridon.



Photo of Samos Kouros by Adam Carr, Photo of Vathy by Pe-sa


Vathy Cruise Terminal to Pythagoreion - 13 KM, 20 minutes
Vathy Cruise Terminal to Temple of Hera - 20 KM, 33 minutes
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Along the south coast of Samos is the small fishing village of Pythagoreion, birthplace of the philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras. The town was long known as Samos, but that name is now used by the port at Vathy. In the harbor is a memorial honoring the favorite son. Two nearby historic constructions make up a UNESCO World Heritage site. The more unusual is the Tunnel of Eupalinus, which was cut through over 1 kilometer of rock to serve as an aqueduct beginning in the 6th century BCE. It was the second known tunnel of its kind in history and a testament to the engineering ambition of the early Greek inhabitants. Southwest of the town is the Heraion (Temple of Hera), which from the 8th century BCE to Roman times was the site of a succession of temples honoring Zeus' sister. A single column remains standing though the site is covered with remnants of the temples. Also within the town of Pythagoreion is the Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, with its cave church, legendary icon and 95 steps. Nearby is the Logothetis Castle, built in the 19th century along the southern coast of the island by the Revolutionaries fighting Turkish rule.



Photo of Pythagorus Memorial by Njaker, Photo of Eupalinus Aquaduct by Moumouza

Kokkari and Karlovassi

Vathy Cruise Terminal to Kokkari - 11 KM, 15 minutes
Vathy Cruise Terminal to Karlovassi - 31 KM, 36 minutes
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Besides Vathy and Pythagoreion, Samos has two other important fishing villages - the small scenic Kokkari and the larger Karlovassi. A short drive from Vathy, Kokkari is small and pretty, nestled in a small bay and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. It is the perfect place to sit at a waterfront taverna and have a glass of the local muscat wine. Karlovassi is the second largest town on the island after Vathy and has some of the richest homes and churches. The Monastery of Profiti Ilias is a short distance to the south of Karlovassi.



Photo of Karlovassi by Waldviertler, Photo of Agios Nikolaos in Karlovassi by Kramer96

Samos Beaches

Vathy Cruise Terminal to Tsamadou Beach / Lemonakia Beach - 13 KM, 16 minutes
Vathy Cruise Terminal to Potokaki Beach - 15 KM, 24 minutes
Vathy Cruise Terminal to Heraion Beach - 22 KM, 38 minutes
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Samos offers a wide range of options for beach lovers with wide commercialized beaches and isolated beaches requiring you to hike in. The fishing villages of Pythagoreion, Kokkari and Karlovassi all have beaches along their shores with tavernas, restaurants and watersports vendors. Not far from Kokkari are two beaches with some sand, unusual on Samos where most beaches have pebbles. Good for families is Lemonakia, and best for naturalists is Tsamadou Beach. Next to the island's airport and not far from Pythagoreion is Potokaki Beach, which offers water sports and has earned a blue flag for its facilities and cleanliness. Also nearby is Heraion Beach, in the vicinity of the temple, which also has watersports and tavernas.



Photo of Tsamadou Beach by Andgu

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