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Walking on the Greek Islands

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Discover three idyllic Greek islands

  • Reviews 27 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 25/06/2020
5/5

Walking the Cyclades - Greek Islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along the rim of the Santorini caldera - spectacular views all the way.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was an excellent guide, led the walks well and more importantly skillfully organised transport through the week, ushering our group on and off numerous ferries and buses. Cecile organised a side trip "extra" to Akrotiri - this was a useful and interesting "filler" when we had a little spare time on Santorini. The group was also excellent !!!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This tour is correctly graded as leisurely - a very appropriate pace for the heat of the late Greek summer (1st week of September). The walk along the Santorini caldera rim was for us the highlight of the week, we only took the bus half way back, and picked up the path again to take in the views in the afternoon sun. Just beneath the highest point on the rim, their is a safe path that goes down to a lower mesa jutting out into the caldera for excellent views.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were not on the group flight, so had some time to explore Athens by adding an extra day on at the end; well worth doing (Acropolis, Museums, Kerameikos, Ancient Agora etc). Plenty of opportunities for island sunsets ... don't miss the sun setting through the great arch of the Temple of Apollo on Naxos !!!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

WALKING ON THE GREEK ISLANDS

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Parthenon.  Its on the a world heritage site for a reason. 
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic! Very knowledgeable, very friendly and approachable. 
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring walking/trekking gear, bring sun cream & hat. All hotels have basic facilities but they all have wifi.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Walking on three Greek Islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moments were looking at the many stunning views, the walk on Santorini was particularly beautiful once our walk took us away from the crowds in the town. The view was constant all day and the picture postcard buildings are memorable.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was outstanding, she took great care to ensure the holiday was an enjoyable experience at all times. She was well organised, very sensitive and kind and good company.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

GREEK ISLAND WALKING HOLIDAY

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks on the Island of Naxos provided a real feel for Greek life. Very little tourism to spoil the island.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent tour leader - very knowledgeable about the Islands and extremely well organised.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need walking shoes - not boots, especially if you are steady on your feet.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Walking on the Greek Islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The 11km walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia on Santorini. Definitely the Wow factor, and I'm glad I learnt how to take panoramic photos as the views are gorgeous. Watching the sun go down over the sea in Naxos the last 2 evenings was lovely. The old towns on Naxos and Paros are delightful.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecille was a warm, caring, sunny and relaxed leader. She was informative without being pushy, and just wanted us to enjoy our holiday.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If like me you have spent years doing long haul, adventurous travel and more challenging treks, then this is the perfect tonic for a different kind of European break. Surprisingly nice wine too, especially the (more expensive as is everything) white in Santorini from Assyrtiko grape. The last day travelling back is long, so if you wanted to extend a couple of nights in Naxos for beach, you might like to consider flying back from there to Athens to connect with onward flights.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    loved it!

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