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Hundreds of tourists get to Chios Island, a distinctive and genuine Greek destination. But few are aware that it also makes a fantastic launching point for day trips throughout the Aegean! Below we prepared a list with 5 must-do Chios daily tours to add on our list to your itinerary for Chios.
Chios daily tour to Oinousses
A desolate group of 1 larger and 8 smaller islands called Oinousses is located 2 kilometers off the northeastern coast of Chios. The name Oinousses claimed to have come from the excellent wine, is also given to the largest of them and the only one inhabited (oinos means wine in Greek).
Seasonal variations affect the Chios to Oinousses boat schedule, however, it is often accessible every day.
Many Greek ship owners are from the tiny town of Oinousses, which has a long and vibrant maritime history. The island features red-tiled homes, paved walkways, and a lovely square with a sculpture honoring the Unknown Sailorman as examples of its traditional architecture. Make sure to visit the Maritime Museum of Oinousses!
Twenty kilometers northwest of Chios island, in the Aegean Sea, is the group of seven tiny islands known as Psara. Psara is also the name of the biggest and only inhabited one. With barely 400 inhabitants, the island is tranquil. It is perfect for people seeking a remote, nearly private Greek island. Psara is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like mountain biking and hiking.
Ferries from Volissos and Chios Town travel to Psara which makes it the perfect destination among the Chios daily tours.
Chios Daily Tours to Cesme
Chios is one of the major Greek islands located substantially closer to Turkey. Only 12 kilometers separate Chios island from the Turkish port of Cesme, located across the island’s eastern side. This offers the ideal opportunity to see a different country and culture while visiting Chios because it only takes a 20-minute ferry voyage.
Although the boat timetable varies depending on the season, there are typically 2 ferries per day going in each direction in the mornings and nights during the summer high season. The summer boat schedule is ideal for spending the entire day in the Cesme region, close-by Urla, and Izmir, before taking the nighttime ferry back to Chios. Numerous vineyards and wineries in Urla offer top-notch wine tastings, which are ideal day trip activities.
If you are opting for more days than just a Chios daily tour, you can arrange a journey to Ephesus or Pamukkale if you want to extend your trip and stay overnight. Ephesus, one of the best-preserved antique Greek cities in the Mediterranean, is about 80 kilometers south of Izmir. Nearly 200 kilometers (km) east of Izmir in Pamukkale are the remnants of the ancient city of Hierapolis and the region’s renowned warm mineral springs.
** Please be aware that some nationals may require a visa to enter Turkey. However, obtaining a visa is a simple online application and only for $15.
Chios to Samos island
Another stunning island in the North Aegean is Samos. It lies near the Turkish coast, around 100 kilometers southeast of Chios island. Samos is a desirable vacation destination because of its lush surroundings, beautiful waters, sandy beaches, and exciting history.
Samos to Chios takes 2.5 to 3 hours by ferry. Although the ferry schedule is not always particularly convenient and might begin quite early in the morning, we believe it is worth the effort, and you can always fall asleep on the ship! Seasonal fluctuations affect the schedule.
Lesvos, Greece’s third-largest island, is about 80 kilometers north of Chios. The central port city of Lesvos, Mytilene, and Chios are connected by ferry service. Ferries from Chios to Lesvos run in the morning and the evening.
It is feasible to visit Lesvos as a Chios daily tour or spend the night and travel back to Chios island the following day because the boat ride takes around two hours and forty-five minutes. The historic Greek island town beauty of Mytilene combines a pleasant hum, taverns, restaurants, and nightlife.