Bodrum to Kos is a popular day trip from the peninsula. Kos is only 20 kilometres across the sea from Bodrum castle port so it only takes 1 hour to get there on the ferry.
Approaching the harbour from Bodrum to Kos, you will not be able to avoid seeing the spectacular castle, known as castle of Neratzia. It is both beautiful and important in many nations histories. The Castle controlled the waters between the 2 ancient worlds during the crusades. History says the Castle of Neratzia was built by the famous Knights Templar in the late 1400’s.
Kos Islands harbour is large and curves around the north side of the island. Many keep sailors use this port as a stop off point in the Aegean because it is central to Turkey’s coast and the Greek Island.
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BODRUM TO KOS ISLAND DETAILS
|Tour Day:||Every Day|
|Tour Start Time:||approx 07:30|
|Return Time||approx 18:00|
|Concession Prices||7- 12 Year old – HALF PRICE, 0 – 6 years old – TAX ONLY|
|What you should take||Passport, Visa (if neccessary), Towel, Sun Cream, Money in Euros|
– Castle of Neratzia – during the 19th century, the Turkish commander of the army used this castle as his home and as the barracks for soldiers. And when Germany occupied the Island during the war, they used the castle as a holding centre for Greek prisoners. An accidental explosion in the 19th century ruined a large part of this castle and Italian historians have rebuilt it to it’s natural glory pre-Ottoman empire. The 1 hour ferry trip from Bodrum to Kos is worth it for history buffs.
-Tree of Hippocrates – In Legend, it is said that Hippocrates of Kos taught his students to study medicine under this tree. It’s located in the centre of Kos town, just opposite the Castle of Neratzia. The tree is about 500 years old so it’s not the original but a desendent of the original tree of Hippocrates which stood 2400 years ago.
-Platia Eleftherias (Freedom square) – is enclosed by all the monuments and historical structures that span a number of cultures. History lovers must do the day trip from Bodrum to Kos. This is because the Island has been inhabited by the Hellenistic, the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires, the Italians and the Modern Turks.
-Therma Bay – If you hire a car, you can travel 10 minutes from Kos town to reach Therma Bay. Here you can bathe in the hot, mineral rich water. You can also catch a bus here from the main town. The water is heated volcanically, and the natural pool is separated from the sea by a wall of fallen rocks. It’s quite an amazing experience to jump from the boiling thermal water into the comparable cool sea!
-Tour of Kos – there is a small train that you can board near to the marina. It takes you on a small tour of the northern part of the island. An automated information recording will be played to passengers as the train shows you the local sites.
– You MUST take your passport with you. Failure to take your passport will mean you will be refused admission to the ferry, and no refund will be given.
-Camera – so as not to miss a photo opportunity
-Bathing suit – there is a beach within walking distance of the port.
-Money – you must take Euro’s, not Turkish Lira. Anything you want to buy is not included in the price of the ticket.
Once you have your ferry ticket you will proceed through passport control and then onto the ferry. The ferry will leave promptly at the scheduled time and you’ll arrive in Kos port after 1 hour.
Once you leave the ferry at Kos port you’ll pass through passport control again and then you are free to explore Kos. You’ll be told in Kos port at what time you need to be back for the return journey.
When back in Bodrum, the buses for your return transfer will be waiting for you. You’ll be back to your hotel at around 7pm, providing there are no unforeseen traffic circumstances, road closures or mechanical vehicle issues