From € 1,570.- / 10 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
This is a mixed walking / biking / horseriding holiday for travelers who want to explore the Greek islands in an active way. The focus is on walking and hiking, but there are also other activities.
You'll be visiting the islands Paros, Naxos and Santorini. The Cycladic complex of islands is the most representative of the archetypical Greek style. Fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea and bays with powdery white sandy beaches.
This tour takes you to the best spots at the coast as well as to the interior of the islands where you will discover the islander's culture and habits. By horse, bike, on foot, or sea kayak you will discover places few visitors do and you will taste the best of Greek food through cooking classes and delicious picnics.
You'll be trekking around and staying in three different 3-star hotels during this holiday. All of them are chosen for their suitable location, comfort and style.
All rooms are spacious and as a minimum offer internet WIFI access, air conditioning, cable/satellite TV, telephone, safety-box, fridge/mini-bar. The hotels also have amenities such as swimming pools, restaurants, fitness facilities, entertainment, etc.
The hikes during this walking holiday are relatively easy and the activities are at beginners level. They last 3 to 4 hours per day so that you have plenty of time to also explore on your own or do other things. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well-constructed stone mule paths.
If you're an active person who enjoys energetic days outdoors, you'll like this holiday a lot.
The Cycladic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 18-19 C. Thanks to the beneficial effects of seasonal winds, the winters are mild and the summers – by Greek standards - cool.
You might not think so at first sight, but the Cycladic islands have a very rich flora and a large number of rare endemic plants. You'll find them on the edge of rocks, on the most steep places surviving for centuries, unique, separated, isolated. Campanula laciniata, Muscari cycladicum, Campanula santorii, Centaurea oliveriana, the rare Fibigia lunaroides are only a few of endemic plants that can be found on the Cycladic Islands.
Day1: Arrival in Paros island - The trip starts in Paros where you can either fly to or arrive by ferry, depending on your schedule. Depending on season, there are different boat itineraries from Athens available: the boat ride can be from 3hours – 5 hours. Short transfer to your hotel
Day 2: Paros Cooking and Horse Riding - This morning we will have the chance to prepare our own meal by participating in a 4 hour cooking class where we will learn about the traditional cooking methods and recipes of Paros and Greece. Once the food is ready, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Transfer to riding centre, where you will enjoy a enjoy 2 hours of horse ride. See the beauty and landscape of Paros traveling on horseback. You will have the unique opportunity to visit some places accessible only by horse or on foot.
Day 3: Paros Hiking Lefkes – Alyki (Estimated walking time: 5 hours with stops, approx. 15 km) - After breakfast, depart for the village of Lefkes. This is an interesting hike through the interior of the island of Paros, starting from the village of Lefkes to Alyki. Goes through Agios Ioannis (St. John), Agios Georgios (St. George), Aneratza and Kamari before it ends in Alyki. The best part of this path is that it ends in Alyki beach, where you can cool off swimming in the clear waters of Aegean Sea. Lunch in a tavern by the sea. Return to the hotel at around 16:00 and downtime. Early in the evening around 18:00 visit Naoussa. Naoussa has a very picturesque fishing port, packed tightly with traditional fishing boats and surrounded by restaurants and cafes. After dinner transfer back from Naoussa to the hotel.
Day 4: Paros to Naxos - After breakfast, short transfer from the hotel to Paroikia. You will have around 1.5 hours sightseeing in Paros including the famous Byzantine Church of Ekantotapiliani. Next you will take the ferry from Paros to Naxos. Arrival in Naxos, transfer and settle in your hotel.
Day 5: Naxos hiking & cultural tour (2 1/2 hours trekking, 4 hours duration with stops for rest and lunch) - Today's hike starts from Kouros statues. They are conspicuous by their larger-than-life features and consist of incomplete statues of young men, predestined to hold on to a temple roof but were decidedly abandoned by the ancient sculptors due to faults in the marble that were discovered. Then we will follow the path to Ano Potamia picturesque village. After a short refreshing stop at the village's spring, we will hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle). Build on a strategic position, provides panoramic view of Naxos town, port and the surrounding villages. Continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki. In Chalki village, will visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos).
Day 6: Naxos Biking Duration: 4-5 hours (altitude upwards 600) - We will cycle on streets and paths without traffic through typical Naxian villages, while experiencing the rich vegetation this Cycladic Island has to offer. On small tracks leading us through farmland we will enjoy beautiful views over mountains and some of the best coastline in the Cyclades. Little stony roads will bring us to the beautiful beach of Mikri Vigla, with its stretch of finest white sand and blue sea. There we will stop to swim or eat and drink something small, returning along stretches of sandy beach to our base.
Day 7: Naxos to Santorini - After breakfast, relax and enjoy swimming or strolling in the picturesque port of Naxos and around mid-day we take the boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini. The view upon arrival with the boat will give us an idea of what this volcanic island is going to be like. Arrive in port and transfer to the hotel.
Day 8: Santorini Hiking Fira – Oia (Estimated walking time: 4 hours with stops, approx. 11 km) and Optional Wine Tasting - Meet with your guide after breakfast and depart for a walk that takes us from the town of Fira to Oia with spectacular views of the caldera. Downtime at the hotel. Optional - Later in the afternoon transfer to Santo Wines for Wine tasting. SantoWines Oenotourism center is situated on the top of the caldera cliff, with a magnificent view of Santorini volcano and the Aegean Sea. In the evening dinner on your own.
Day 9: Santorini Volcano Organized Boat Tour - In the morning, transfer to Athinios port where you will board your boat. Sail to the islet of Nea Kameni where you will walk an ascending soil path to approach the crater of the still active Volcano. Then back to the boat and sail to the second islet called Palea Kameni where you will find Hot Springs. Here, you will have an opportunity to swim in the green sulphur waters. Continue to the island of Thirassia. There you can explore the island or swim at the beach next to the port. Lunch and return cruise along the caldera cliffs, so you will have the chance to take wonderful photos of the amazing cliffs. Return to Hotel and farewell dinner with Caldera view.
Day 10: Sea Kayaking in Santorini (Approximate duration of sea-kayaking activity, 3 hours) - After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of today's activity. Enjoy a morning of sea-kayaking. Discover the South coast of the island. Enjoy views of the spectacular rock formations, crystal waters, and the beautiful beaches in the south part of the island. En route we will stop for snorkeling. After lunch, return to hotel and free afternoon to visit the archaeological museum and shop.
Fixed Departure date for 2015: 21-30 September - The group will run as long as there are 8 registered participants until latest 30th June 2015 when we will be able to confirm that the trip will take place.
€1570/person - 3 star hotels, Apr-Mid June & Sept-October period
€1715€/person - 4 star hotels, Apr-Mid June & Sept-October period
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Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
From € 1,570.- / 10 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis (3 or 4 star hotel choice)
Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast at hotels/ Picnic Lunches / Dinners in local taverns)
All ferry tickets (air seats) as per program starting in Paros and ending in Santorini
Activities: Cooking, Horse Riding, Biking, Sea Kayaking, Volcano Tour
Hiking tours as described
All local transfers
All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.
March - June
September - November
Trekking Hellas Cyclades
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