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Cyclades Hiking Tour

Cyclades Hiking Tour

Santorini, Amorgos & Naxos

ACTIVE PERIOD
March - November
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3
DURATION
9 days
Cyclades Hiking Tour
Price from €1330
PRICE FROM € 1330 - DECLARE INTEREST

Overview

Stay away from the tourist crowds. Sense the real beauty and feel the essence of the Greek Islands in fall. Discover breathtaking views in our specially designed unique hikes. Explore the islands’ authentic cultureEnjoy your stay at charming boutique hotelsExperience the unique Greek islands, from a different angle. In this tour we are visiting three of the most representative though different cycladic islands, Santorini, Naxos and Amorgos. We have selected the most scenic routes combining also the distinct cultural elements of each island. In Santorini marvel at the unique caldera view and have fun cooking after a soft hike in relatively untouched landscapes. In Naxos hike among the gigantic Kouros statues and visit Koronos one of the most authentic villages of the island. Last in Amorgos marvel the endless big blue and visit the monastery of Hozoviotissa built on the cliffs in a dramatic setting.

Ideal for: soft adventure cultural encounters seekers, sea and food lovers!

Day 1
Arrive in Santorini & Caldera Trail Hike
Day 2
Akrotiri Archaeological site & culinary hike
Day 3
Ferry to Naxos & free time to relax and swim
Day 4
Naxos hiking & cultural tour
Day 5
Koronos Village Hike
Day 6
Ferry to Amorgos
Day 7
Aegiali to Chora - Monastery of Chozoviotissa
Day 8
Langada - Epanachoriani - Theologos – Stavros
Day 9
End of tour

Activities / Schedule

Arrive in Santorini & Caldera Trail Hike

We start from worldwide famous Santorini, which we discover through a non touristy angle.

After settling to your hotel, your guide will meet you and all together set off for one of the most spectacular hikes of the Aegean, the Caldera Trail.

We hike the old path connecting the capital Fira with the famous for its sunset Oia, over-viewing the spectacular caldera.

Along the way we pass by typical traditional island churches, we stop at panoramic viewpoints and we enjoy a light picnic with local delicacies.

In order to avoid the crowds gathering to Oia for the sunset, we do this hike in reverse: we visit beautiful Oia settlement in the beginning and then hike the opposite way, to experience the famous Santorini sunset at its full, and away from the crowds!

Overnight in Santorini.

Akrotiri Archaeological site & culinary hike 23km

We start with a super Greek breakfast for our discovery of the area of Akrotiri.

First, we visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Dorians, Venetians, and Turks occupied Santorini, but its most influential early inhabitants were Minoans. They came from Crete sometime between 2000 BC and 1600 BC and the settlement of Akrotiri, dubbed as the Greek Pompeii, dates from the peak years of their civilization.

Time for our hike exploring the gorgeous, largely untouched landscapes of Santorini and learning the secrets of unlocking the most wonderful flavors of Greek cuisine during a cooking class. A delicious lunch enjoyed with your fellow travelers completes this unique Grecian experience.

Overnight in Santorini.

Ferry to Naxos & free time to relax and swim

You are transferred to the port of Santorini and embark the ferry on a short ride to Naxos.

Arrival in Naxos, transfer and settle to your hotel.

The rest of the day relax, the Naxian way:  swim in the turquoise crystal clear Naxian sea and then walk and explore Chora, the capital town of Naxos.

Chora has an interesting mix of Venetian and Cycladic elements, and despite tourism, it has kept its authentic and traditional character.

Above the port stands the impressive Venetian castle, and in the northern part of the capital, a long paved road leads to the Temple of Apollo and the famous Portara (Big Door) which is the gate of the temple. Whilst strolling the harbor we encounter fishermen, vendors selling local produce, yachts docking, images of what Greece is all about.

Overnight in Naxos.

Naxos hiking & cultural tour

Today’ s hike starts from Kouros statues.

These larger-than-life statues of young men, predestined to hold on to a temple roof, were abandoned incomplete by the ancient sculptors when they discovered faults in the marble. Then we follow the path to Ano Potamia picturesque village. After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, we hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle), to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Naxos town, port, and the surrounding villages. We continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki, where we visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos). Overnight in Naxos.

Koronos Village Hike

A spectacular and fairly easy walk takes us to an isolated area, with stunning mountain views, leading to the beautiful beach of Liónas with its multi colored pebbles. We start the hike, a 2,5 - 3 hours downhill walk, from Koronos, an authentic and worthwhile visiting village with characteristic small and downhill narrow streets. Koronos is one of the six villages of Naxos permitted to mine emery, and its story inspired a recent documentary named “Emery tales”. We walk in a fertile valley, admiring the islands endemic flora and fauna. Several masts from the cable railway of the emery mining region can be seen. We pass through a stable where we could acquaint two men preparing the famous local cheese, the myzíthra. During the downhill route, there is a short climb where after a few minutes on an impressive number of uneven steps we arrive high above a grand gorge, on a protruding rock. The panoramic view from up here is stunning.

We then descend down to Lionas bay where in case there is no strong north wind we can swim in its crystal clear waters and afterward enjoy lunch in the one out of two fish tavernas of the settlement.

Overnight in Naxos.

Ferry to Amorgos

Today we travel to the famous Big Blue Island!

Amorgos, one of the most beautiful Greek islands was still unknown until filmmaker Luc Besson shot scenes of the movie The Big Blue in one of the islands famous beaches.

Intrigued visitors from all over the world overtook the journey to discover the crystal clear waters and dramatic landscape seen in the film; Amorgos’ name became synonymous to the Big Blue.

Overnight in Amorgos.

Aegiali to Chora - Monastery of Chozoviotissa

We enjoy one of the most popular hikes on Amorgos island, following the old path (“Palia Strata”) linking the central part of Amorgos to the area of Aegiali at the north. We start our walk descending from Chora, the capital of the island, towards the impressive Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, the patron saint and landmark of Amorgos. We visit the Monastery, have a close look at this amazing 1000-year-old structure and enjoy the magnificent views to the endless Aegean blue sea. We continue following the southern slopes of Mount Profitis Ilias, a beautiful hike amid one of the most breathtaking sceneries of the Aegean, arriving at the abandoned rural settlement of Asfontylitis.We then walk through the old village, famous for its stone engravings, continuing the path towards the area of Aegiali. After passing the saddle, we walk along the northern slopes and have a clear view of the bay of Aegiali.

Overnight in Amorgos.

Langada - Epanachoriani - Theologos – Stavros

This is one of the favorite hiking routes on Amorgos and for a good reason. The path leads to the Byzantine Convent of Agios Ioannis Theologos, crossing farmland and beautiful pastures, and continues to the chapel of Stavros through a designated Natura 2000 area. Only the sound of birds and the wind interrupt the pristine silence. Overnight in Amorgos.

End of tour

Departure

Important Info

In a glance

CURRENCY
euro (€)
TIMEZONE
UTC+02:00 (EET)

Highlights

  • In Naxos hike among the gigantic Kouros statues and visit Koronos one of the most authentic villages of the island.
  • In Amorgos marvel the endless big blue and visit the monastery of Hozoviotissa built on the cliffs in a dramatic setting.
  • Last but not least, Santorini, the princess of the Greek islands, is where we choose hiking to experience the authentic and less touristy side of this truly unique landscape!

Price

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

Price per person on semi guided mode

3-star charming hotels:

  • 1330€ per person (for 4-6 participants)
  • 1460€ per person (for 2-3 participants)

4-star boutique hotels:

  • 2130€ per person (for 4-6 participants)
  • 2300€ per person (for 2-3 participants)

 

Please contact us for guided mode

General Information

Ideal for: soft adventure cultural encounters seekers, sea and food lovers!

Our Islands Hiking tour can be totally customized with other hikes or activities according to your interests and experience. You can also combine it with some of our very popular tours in Crete.

Equipment

Please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

Luggage

  • Duffel bag or rolling luggage
  • Day pack to carry a camera, water bottle, and snacks, etc.
  • Luggage locks and tags

Outerwear

  • Mid-weight polar fleece sweater
  • Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

Clothing

  • Hiking shorts
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

Footwear

  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Beach sandals
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel

Optional Accessories

  • Security pouch or money belt
  • Trekking poles or walking staff
  • Camera, memory, and batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Travel pillow
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent (low risk)
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter
  • Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.

The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgment and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.

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Cyclades Hiking Tour

Santorini, Amorgos & Naxos

Price from €1330

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FAQs

What should I bring with me?

  • What is listed above in Equipment section

What's the meeting point & time?

Meeting Point: Your hotel

Time: TBA

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