Experience Kea Island in a Day - Full Day Bus Tour from Athens

Lavrion , Athens

ATH-0101  (Tour Code)

If you happen to be a tourist in the city of Athens who is wondering how to maximize your leisure time away from the mass city sightseeing, this daily excursion is by far the best Cycladic island experience you can get in just one day!  Join us on a full day journey to mysterious Kea, probably one of the last well kept secrets in the Cyclades!  Or, if you are already spending your vacation in Kea you can join our guided bus tour directly on the island. 

This tour was carefully designed to reveal the best of what this unique island has to offer: astonishing history, prominent monuments and museums, serene sandy beaches, natural oak paths discovery and delicious food served directly by the sea! You will be picked up from or near your hotel in Athens and transferred to Lavrion port in order to take the ferry trip to Kea (approximately 1 hour ferry trip per each way). Our guided bus tour will start from the port of Kea (second meeting point in case you prefer to join the group directly on the island), and take you to Kea’s capital, Ioulida, which is spread over three hills that offer majestic views to the Aegean sea. You will have approximately two hours to explore the beautiful traditional town with red tile roofs and arched passages, shop in its old picturesque shops and try delicious yogurt or sweets at one of the traditional cafés. We will visit the Stone Lion of Kea, the island’s trademark which lies at the edge of Ioulida and offers panoramic views of the town, stop at the Archeological Museum (optional, as it operates seasonally) or visit the remains of an old Venetian Castle.

The tour continues to the idyllic monastery of Panagia Kastriani, which stands proud on the edge of a daunting cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Afterwards you will be driven to one of Keas’ serene beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim or have lunch in one of the excellent seaside restaurants. Next, a stop near picturesque Vourkari reveals various monuments and sights of great archaeological significance, while it also gives an opportunity for photography lovers to take some amazing panoramic shots of the entire bay area of Vourkari, Gialiskari and Korissia.

Finally, before reaching the port, we will make a stop for local wine tasting and presentation of the oak trees at the acorn production farm, to find out how delicious cookies, pasta, and other local products are made; last, you can do some last minute shopping in Korissia before taking the return ferry back home.

The guided bus excursion in Kea lasts approximately 7 hours (10:00 – 17:00) and runs two/ three times a week. Please note that the tour times and itinerary may be slightly adjusted depending on the ferry schedules (timetables are seasonal) but you should estimate one extra hour for the ferry trip per each way to travel to/from the island (the ferry normally departs at 08:30 from Lavrion port, and returns at 18:00 or 18:30 from Kea). At the end of the trip you will be transferred from Lavrion port back to your starting point (either your hotel or the tour terminal).

This tour can also be arranged daily by private car or minibus (Tour Code: KEA-0102).

Low season period: 15 Apr – 30 Apr & 01 Sept - 31 Oct  (Monday, Saturday or Sunday)
High season period: 01 May – 31 Aug (every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday)

Tour includes: guided bus tour, professional guide, transportation to/from your hotel or nearby, round trip ferry tickets to/from Kea, local wine & acorn cookies tasting, water 
Tour does not include: entrance fees to the Archaeological museum (2,00 Euros in 2017, optional), meals or refreshments (optional, at extra cost), any other extras
Pick up
In Athens> Your hotel in Athens or terminal (if staying outside the city center)  
In Kea> Korissia port (tour starts from terminal) 
Drop off
In Athens> Your hotel in Athens or terminal (if staying outside the city center) 
In Kea> Korissia port (tour ends at terminal) 

This tour is organized (group) with minimum number of participants 15, or it can be arranged privately for small groups of 1 – 4 persons (by private car) or 1 – 19 persons (by private minibus).

The tour is offered in English or Greek language. Other languages (French, Italian, Spanish) are available upon request at extra cost.

Children (5 - 10 years old) and infants are welcome to participate with parental guidance. 

Please bear in mind that the tour may be unpleasant for people with walking difficulties or other medical conditions.

You are advised to carry cash for the admission to the Archaeological Museum. 

Ferry schedules are a subject to change without prior notice, in which case, your tour times may be rescheduled accordingly. All boat transfers and tours are weather permitting. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I think the trip it was amazing opportunity for a daily escape from Athens.  You can have the feeling of Greek island in just one day,  and be back in the city the same day. I liked very much the walk around the main city,  and the museum. Also the shop at the farm with the traditional products! Would gladly repeat! 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

If you've never been to the Cyclades before, it is probably the best first-time Cycladic experience you can have in just a day from Athens! Kea is so close and easy to visit, you will discover remarkable history and nature, amazing beaches and mysterios legends. An absolute MUST DO while in Greece! 

The Cycladic Adventures team


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Adults: 110€ / Children: 98€ / Infants: 0€

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Special Requirements

Entrance fees or tickets extra (payable on the spot) Bring your passport or identity card as required by the port authorities Stairs or uphill walking Wear flat, comfortable shoes Visit to monastery (appropriate cover up required) Pick up location from your hotel or nearby Meal not included Fully Guided Excursion Be Equipped for a Day in the Sun

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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