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Walking on the Greek Islands

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Discover three idyllic Greek islands

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • 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.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation (see accommodations section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport Arrival & departure transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover the three islands of Naxos, Santorini and Paros
  • Gentle walks amid idyllic scenery and remote villages
  • Enjoy delicious local Greek cuisine
  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 3 full days and 3 half days walking on 3 islands
  • Travel by public transport, boat/ferry and coach
  • Low altitude throughout
  1. Day 1 Start Athens; to Rafina and overnight.

    The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel in Rafina. Land Only clients 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.Accommodation: Avra Hotel or similar*Standard Hotel** *

  2. Day 2 Morning ferry to Naxos; afternoon explore the town and visit the Temple of Apollo.

    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.Walk: Distance 2km Ascent 50m Descent 50m Time: 3 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Walk through the Tragea Valley in the heart of the island, from Halki to Melanes, visiting the ancient statue of Kouros.

    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.Walk: Distance 8km Ascent 200m Descent 200m Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar*Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Afternoon ferry to Santorini; afternoon explore Fira.

    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.Walk: Distance 2 km Ascent 100m Descent 100m Time: 2 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar*Standard Hotel*

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

    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.Walk: Distance 10km Ascent 300m Descent 300m Max Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar*Standard Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Free time in Santorini. Afternoon ferry to Paros.

    This morning have free time in Santorini. Optional extras include a visit by bus to the buried city of Acrotiri, time at the famous black beaches of Kamari and/or a visit to the prehistoric of Thero in town. Leaving Santorini in the afternoon, we board the ferry to Paros, the journey is approximately 3 hours.Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar*Standard Hotel*

  7. Day 7 Walk the ancient paths in the heart of Paros, from Lefkes to Prodromos and the coastal villages of Marpissa and Pisso Livadhi.

    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. Today’s route will pass through beautiful Cycladic villages as well as mediaeval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia.Walk: Distance 7km Ascent 100m Descent 350m Time: 4 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar*Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Ferry transfer to Piraeus; end Athens.

    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.

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Where you stay

Hotels

7 nights in 3* hotels with en suite rooms. 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).

We also have one night in a standard hotel in Rafina.

Single Accommodation is available for a supplement.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

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.

Grade: 1 (Leisurely)

This trip offers the chance to discover three wonderful islands and enjoy some gentle walks. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on each island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with some sloped ascents and descents (walking poles can be useful).
There are 3 day walks in our itinerary and 3 half days exploring on foot. Walking time is between 2 and 5 hours including lunch breaks, and an average level of fitness is required. All walks are optional.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Perfect introduction to Greek islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too hard to pick just one; exploring the labyrinth of little streets on Naxos and Paros breathtaking sunset on Santorini and hiking along the caldera there. We are very lucky with the weather which made the ferry trips enjoyable as well , beautiful views
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos Was an excellent guide nothing was too much trouble. He was extremely knowledgeable about all three islands pointing out interesting historical and geographical features along the way.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Waliking on the Greek Islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk along the Caldera, Santorini.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent knowledge, very well organised and good personality.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat when you are walking at this time of year. Keep luggage to a minimum as there are trips between the islands where you have to manage your own luggage.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some unplanned events occurred which the guide had to deal with and she resolved the situations very professionally.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Greek Islands Unplugged

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the countryside in Naxos and Paros.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was lovely, friendly and attentive, she listened to what everyone wanted and fitted in with us and what we wanted, always available and giving advice when needed. Her knowledge and love of the Greek Islands and the Greek people clearly showed.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a small, light and comfortable rucksack, good walking boots/shoes and stick/s as you will need them, some of the hills are steep and can be slippy. Get out walking before you go as slightly harder than I had expected of a Level 1 Leasurely, although, to be fair, I have never been on a walking holiday before (hats off to anyone going on a Level 10!).
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Travel between the islands and mainland was by ferry. A time to relax, maybe sleep, or chat. Your suitcase is stored down below. Don't forget to take something warm upstairs to wear as the air conditioning can be extremely cold!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Stunning scenery and such weather!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view from the cliff top path from Fira to Ouia on Santorini - breathtaking!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos is a knowledgable, considerate and professional guide with a great sense of humour and a big personality.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is categorised as 1 but there are some quite tricky descents on some walks. The option to take the cable car down to the boat trip round the Caldera should be considered if you are not happy about a 600 step (uneven, in some places slippery) walk you share with donkeys carrying passengers up from the quayside. I know I would have preferred this, especially as I slipped and fell at one point.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Greek Islands.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The off trip visit to the Akrotiri excavation site of a buried Minoan settlement on Santorini plus the visit to the Santorini Museum of Prehistoric Thera. All the excavation finds are housed in the Museum.( I did this instead of the trip boat trip around the Santorini Caldera). Also the deliciously cooked octopus at the tarverna on Paros.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos has a wealth of knowledge of the island's history plus an extensive knowledge of flora of the islands. All of which he imparted, to the group at regular interval and was never seeming not to be able to answer the most obscure questions. He ensured the group was well catered for at the local tarverna's' that the group ate at. Plus ensure the group exited the ferries in a timely manner. All this meant that trip ran seamlessly thus providing an very enjoyable experience.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks on Paros & Naxos are on country paths with mixed under foot conditions, the same applies for part of the Santorini walk. Thus good walking foot wear is essentail plus I found walking poles usefully on the uphill and down hill sections of each walk. I noted that in 2019/2020 brochure that the Santorini boat trip has been replace by free time in Fira. I would recommend the visit to the Akrotiri excavation site, which is being classified as "The Pompeli of the Aegean". While it is not as extensive as Pompeli, it is covered by a very interesting building and can be easily reach on the local bus in 20 minutes from Fira. You will be required to get your luggage on and off the Ferries via the rear loading ramps. So you need wheel luggage that can be pulled along or travel light so you can carry your stuff. Large items of luggage are stored on the car deck of each ferry.

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