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"Very pleasant voyage"
We did the overnight ferry from Syros to Kos. It worked very well and was a bit of an adventure, and a wonderful experience. We stayed up late sitting at the back of the ship watching the islands disappear and staring into the wake! I woke at 4 am and watched the sunrise over the islands which was magic. We had a 4 berth cabin for 4 of us (2 adults and 2 teenagers) and it was surprisingly spacious, even with 5 large bags/suitcases and hand luggage. It all seemed very efficient. It was very punctual and they kept to the schedule very well, and we arrived exactly on time. We got an early morning call, even though we had not ordered it, as we arrived at Kos at 06.05. I recommend picking up the tickets in advance from a ticket agencey, as I understand you can do this even a few days in advance. The escalators from the ground floor to the upper decks meant we did not have to struggle with our luggage. It was remarkably easy to book on line, compared to in previous years.
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The Greek island of Syros is one of the Cyclades group of islands and lies in the Aegean Sea, around 145 km to the south east of Athens, the Greek capital. The island's history dates back to around the 3rd millennium BC, to the reign of Halandriani and Kastri. Artefacts excavated on the island show that there must have been a metalwork laboratory on the island which it is thought had a commercial relationship with Asia Minor. During the 6th century BC, the island was occupied by the Samians, when many of the island's inhabitants moved to the island. The important physician and philosopher, Pherecydis was born on the island during this period and later went to Samos and became Pythagoras' teacher.
In addition to the island's beauty, Syros has a thriving cultural scene and a love of the arts. Tourists should take the time to visit the island's museums and galleries in addition to strolling through pretty village streets or lazing on the beach.
From the island's port there are ferry services to Rafina and Piraeus by both conventional or high speed ferry. Syros is also connected to all of the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, Crete, Thessaloniki and Skiathos.
Kos is a Greek island that lies in the eastern Aegean Sea and is situated to the south of the island of Kalymnos and to the north of the island of Nisyros. The island, which is only around 3 miles off the Turkish coast and sits in the Keramiko Gulf, or the Kos Gulf, is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands. Kos is a well known and popular holiday destination where visitors go to enjoy the island's beaches. Kos was also one of the first Greek islands to recognise the benefits of tourism to its economy and as a result many hotels were built along the island's long and sandy coastline in the east and south. Cycling is a popular activity on Kos as the island's terrain is quite flat and because there are many bicycle hire outlets throughout the island along with some dedicated cycle paths between some of the larger hotels.
There are daily services between Kos and Piraeus along with services between Kos and the rest of the Dodecanese, the islands of the north eastern Aegean and Turkey. The trip by conventional ferry can take up to 13 hours, depending on the intermediate stopovers, and the trip with a high speed boat can take between 5 and 8 hours.