Activities & Excursions
Situated just off the coast of Turkey, Samos has an illustrious past both in mythology and history. There are a number of excursions available throughout the summer which you can book in resort, plus some pleasant places to visit for free.
Pythagorio, where philosopher Pythagoras was born, is undoubtedly one of the prettiest harbour towns in the Med. Here you can sit in a harbourside café with just a few feet of cobbled quayside between you and the fishing boats, yachts and small ferries that use this peaceful harbour. The village with all its shops and tavernas is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and becomes a popular haunt of Richmond guests in the summer.
The hotel has its own minibus which provides a free shuttle service to Pythagorio or Samos Town.
If you would like to go further afield we also have an exciting programme of excursions this summer which you can choose and book in resort.
Please see our watersports page for details of sailing dinghies, windsurfing, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Our biking centre is home to a range of mountain and hybrid bikes that you are able to use at your leisure, or on a guided bike trip. Our Bike Guide will lead regular trips to explore areas of the island you may never have known existed; with a range of routes from coffee shop tours to downhill rock-scrambling, there is something for all abilities. We have a range of helmets and ensure all the equipment is properly maintained.
Keep fit and enjoy a little light competition on our tennis courts. All equipment is provided, however, if you play regularly we would recommend bringing your own racquet. Our Activities Reps will host matches during your holiday to ensure you can make the most of this facility. We often hold tournaments for the competitive amongst you, however, if you are just starting out, our Reps would love to have a little knock about and help to get you into the swing of things!
These fun classes help improve physical fitness whilst stretching out muscles to release tension and avoid risks of injury while partaking in other sports. Our Activities Reps will lead exercise classes throughout your holiday. Some classes make use of mats and some will be pool-based for the added benefit of the water-resistance (and the cool, refreshing water!)
Turkey/Ephesus or Turkey Round Trip
Sail to Kusadasi and join a coach trip to the amazing Biblical city of ancient Ephesus. Explore the truly inspirational Greek-Roman findings. There will also be free time in Kusadasi for some sightseeing, and to visit the lively shopping areas or eat some traditional Turkish food.
A tour of the beautiful island of Samos, stopping at the Hera Temple, Efpalinos tunnel, the monastery of Megali Panagia and Kumaradei. Stop for lunch in one of the island’s most beautiful villages, Platanos, and visit a ceramics workshop and the winery at Karlovassi. Last stop is the village of Kokkari where there will be time to explore and have a coffee.
Patmos/Monastery or Patmos Round Trip
Visit this stunning island where St John received the revelation. There is a guided tour of the 11th Century Monastery of St John as well as the Cave of the Apocalypse. There is also the option to take the boat to Patmos without visiting the monastery or the cave.
Sailing in a traditional wooden boat, the captain will take you along the southern coast of Samos on the Aegean Sea, between small islands, past coves and caves. A beautiful, quiet beach awaits you that cannot be reached by road. Enjoy a swim in the crystal waters whilst the crew prepare a delicious lunch.
In addition to all the activities and excursions listed above, we run a variety of themed weeks including; walking, dancing, painting, photography, Greek culture week and weeks aimed for those in their 20s and 30s or 30s, 40s and 50s.