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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 12/12/2019
5/5

Walking in the Greek Islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The dramatic caldera walk on Santorini has to be a highlight. As you passed by the whitewashed houses and looked down the steep slopes to the bay below you could only try and imagine the huge volcanic explosion that created the current landscape and the fate of the people that lived there.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos our group leader couldn't do enough to make our holiday enjoyable. It was so relaxing just to leave all the arrangements in his very capable hands. He was so knowledgeable about everything we encountered including the plants, history, archaeology and geology of the islands. He chose some lovely restaurants to eat in the evening and worked out everyone's individual bill! We had the added bonus of his wife and young son along who were very interesting to talk to.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Relax and enjoy! We went for a quick swim in the sea in Paros which was very invigorating at this time of the year but did need water shoes to get passed the first strip of pebbles. I only needed my walking poles once for part of the descent in Santorini, otherwise fairly easy walking. Do try the freshly caught cuttlefish!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Along with the Amalfi Coast walking holiday, this has to be one of my favourite Exodus trips in Europe.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Wonderful easy walking trip in beautiful surroundings!!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going on to the caldera in Santorini. As a geography student of old, i found the landscape and history fascinating.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thano was amazing. So knowledgeable and helpful. Kept us trying his foods. We learnt so much history through him. He answered all questions. Really good leader.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you enjoy walking, its a beautiful place to do it. Take walking poles!!

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Walking the Greek islands

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the iconic spot in OIA for photo of the blue chapel domes. But many “wow’ moments
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    A passionate Greek man, very sociable, conscientious with a great sense of humour. Very easy going if you did not want to join in the evening meal, which we did once so we could try out a specific taverna we had heard of.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking pole useful for the trip I felt for safety.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was very pleased we spent a few days in Athens prior to the trip. Could this be included to make the tour 10 days? Just a thought. I would add that one to the highlights for me for this trip in total was going to the Acropolis and the amazing Acropolis museum.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Walking the Greek Isles

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the metal charms that one could buy in Paros and make wish at the church from the 4th century. The wooden windmill bar by our hotel in Paros was beautiful and we had a lovely dinner at Levantis in Paros. All spectacular.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would stay an extra day in Paros.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Vigorous.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Thanos eating my chips !
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was a true professional with extensive knowledge of his job. Well educated, kind,fit, just a great guy. For me he made the holiday, such a pleasure when some one knows his job. I must thank Thanos for a happy Greek Islands Trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack half what you think you need.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The breakfasts could be a little more substantial.

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