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Walking on the Greek Islands

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Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.

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  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Walking on the Greek Islands.

The Greek islands have much more to offer than most would think: archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Our week starts on the beautiful island of Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros. Exploring the irresistible island of Santorini on foot will certainly be the highlight of our week. Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.
Eating and Drinking
Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. For lunch and dinner we will generaally go to different local tavernas and restaurants (at times picnic lunches using locally sourced food will be suggested for lunch instead), where we can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables and much more.
Weather
The Cyclades enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers. March and November: cooler daytime temperatures 10-15C night time 5-8C, a chance of some rain.
April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22C night time 5-13C, a chance of some rain. June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35C, night time 15-20C; very dry.
In July and August the temperature can get hot (normally 35-36C) but there is always a sea breeze.

  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive Rafina

    The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel in Rafina. Customers organising their own flights should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a short meeting to discuss the plan for the following day, to give advice on the local area and to answer any questions.

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Naxos 2km

    In the early morning, we catch the ferry to Naxos. The ferry will leave the port at 7.25am and takes about 5.5 hours. On board the ferry there is a selection of restaurants and cafes which will serve food and drinks throughout the journey. After checking in at our hotel, we will take a walk to explore the main town, Hora, a Venetian Castello town. The market area is a delight to wander through, with its craft shops, chapels and quaint restaurants. On the islet of Palatia stands the impressive Portara, ancient marble gateway, the entrance to the remains of the temple of Apollo.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Halki to Melanes 8km

    Today we trek the lush valley of Tragea, famous for its ancient olive and citrus groves. It is a great opportunity to discover the most authentic part of Naxos, where picturesque villages and churches punctuate our walk. We will wander along the ancient path in the middle of the Naxian marble quarries until we reach Kouros, the gigantic statue from the 5th century B.C. which was damaged during transportation and then abandoned ever since, lying under trees in the Melanes Valley.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Ferry to Santorini and explore Fira 2km

    Today there is a free morning to explore Naxos. In the early afternoon, we take the ferry to Santorini (approximately 2.5 hrs). Santorini (locally known as Thira) is one of the most famous islands in the world. Known mainly for its beautiful beaches, it is a remnant of a volcanic cone whose top was blown off. A huge eruption (estimated 1450 BC) gave it its crescent shape and many speculate that it was the location of the legendary lost Atlantis. This beautiful island has a lot to offer to walkers, including magnificent views of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon, we will have a walk around the town of Fira to enjoy the stunning views of the caldera.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Walk along the caldera from Oia to Fira 10km

    Leaving Fira behind we transfer to Oia, a pretty village of narrow winding streets, whitewashed houses, boutiques, galleries and cafes; there is time to explore, relax and soak up the culture before we walk back to Fira. The six mile ‘Cliff Trail’ is well marked, not too challenging but well worth the effort. Views out over the Aegean as far as the eye can see are virtually ever present as we wind gently up to the edge of the volcanic caldera.

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Boat trip around the volcanic islands of Kemeni and on to Paros 7km

    In the morning we walk down the 600 steps to the old harbour and take a boat for a trip in the Caldera around the volcanic black lava islands, enjoying stunning views of Santorini and the nearby islands. We travel back to Santorini and on to Thira. Leaving Santorini in the afternoon, we board the ferry to Paros. Our ferry departs at 3:30pm, and the journey is approximately 3.5 hours.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Explore Paros 7km

    In the morning we visit the cathedral of Paros, built in the 4th century A.D., a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and a relic of early Christianity. We take a bus to reach the heart of the island and the village of Lefkes, where we join the Old Byzantine path that runs all the way to the east coast of Paros. The route is believed to be about 1000 years old and used to traverse the entire island. Todays route will pass through beautiful Cycladic villages as well as mediaeval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Paros

    We take the ferry back to Pireus (approx.5hrs) and transfer to Athens airport where the trip ends. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the return flight to London. Please note: the ferry port can change depending on the season and you might return to Rafina.

Where you stay
Hotel Avra
A comfortable and friendly hotel, near to the airport as well as local beaches and attractions.
Hotel Aeolis
On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.
Hotel Sunrise
On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.
Hotel Pandrossos
On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.
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