From € 535.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
Our week long self-guided walking holiday at Volcanic Santorini and Naxos gives you the chance to explore the most fascinating islands of the Cyclades.
Our walks in Santorini have been carefully designed so that you:
You’ll then continue to the largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos, known for its varied natural beauties, island culture and unique Greek hospitality! Naxos combines imposing mountain massifs with fertile valleys, springs and the longest sandy coastline in the Aegean. So many beautiful paths connect quaint villages, venetian towers, olive groves and farms, ancient temples and solitary bays. Finish with a walk at the top of Mt. Zas, the highest peak of the Cyclades, where Zeus was given the thunder to conquer Mt. Olympus.
We have chosen for you lovely authentic family-run guesthouses at very central locations. In Santorini our chosen accommodation are based at the main town of Fira and at Naxos, the old town of Naxos, below the castle.
All accommodations are centrally located so you can explore the whole island using public transport. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.
Single supplements available.
Option for upgrade.
Our recommended walks during this self-guided walking holiday in Santorini & Naxos are graded as easy to moderate. Flexible itineraries and options for longer or shorter walks are available based on the needs and wishes of our guests.
You will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.
Our walks are designed in such a way that you will explore the islands' nature, culture and history. All walks can be accessed by bus. Options are available for taxi transfers and/or rented car.
We'll provide you with a SelfGuide mobile application which can be downloaded on your mobile and will provides active navigation and step-by-step guidance while you walk a certain path.
This is our recommended itinerary although more options are available:
Day 1 - Welcome to Santorini and transfer to your accommodation at the main town of Fira, located at the caldera cliffs opposite the volcano. Our hike starts from Fira and guides you along the rim of the caldera towards the picturesque villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli till you reach Oia to watch Santorini’s famous sunset! You will enjoy astonishing views of the caldera, the volcanic islands Nea & Old Kameni from different perspectives.
Distance: 10 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops to rest and admire the view)
Day 2 - Our walk today starts with a visit and exploration of the beautiful village of Emborio, once a fortified Venetian settlement. As you leave the village you'll follow an ancient path through agricultural land. You'll enjoy unique landscapes with vineyards till you reach the 567m peak of Profitis Ilias, the highest point on Santorini. Descend through a magnificent mountainous path towards Ancient Thera which offers stunning views! Walk through time as you explore the excavation of the ancient city. Take the short path which leads to the ‘black’ beach of Perissa where you can plunge into its crystal clear waters and enjoy a delicious supper!
Distance: 9.4 km, Time: 5-6 hours (with stops and a visit to Ancient Thera)
Day 3 - Today we’ll guide you through a special path that runs parallel to the steep cliffs of the caldera towards Palos beach where you’ll appreciate the contrast of the landscape with the deep blue sea. You'll continue to the fortified Venetian settlement of Akrotiri before you take the old path to the most important Aegean prehistoric settlement, the Akrotiri excavation. The three-storey sophisticated buildings, the elaborate drainage system, magnificent wall paintings, furniture and vessels of this ancient city buried under volcanic ash will fascinate you. End the day with a short walk and swim at the famous Red beach. Ferry to Naxos and transfer to your accommodation at the Old Town below the Venetian Castle.
Distance: 4.3 km, Time: 3.30-4 hours (with stops and visit to Akrotiri excavation)
Day 4 - Start your walk from the picturesque village of Apiranthos, known for its Venetian towers, pretty architecture, marble paved alleys and squares. Take the trail to the peak of Fanari to admire the panoramic view of the Aegean sea and surrounding islands. Descend through impressive rock formations and landscapes to the mountainous, unspoilt village of Moni. Stop at the village’s kafenio for a drink and lunch and get a taste of their delicious local products as well as the slow pace of island life. Take the ‘Byzantine’ path, as it is often called due to the number of Byzantine churches on the way, towards one of the most picturesque villages of Naxos, Chalki. You'll find it amidst farms with orange, citrus, olive, plane and oak trees. End the day with a visit to the local distillery and try the local kitro liqueur!
Distance: 10 km, Time: 5-6 hours (including stops to rest and have lunch)
Day 5 - Today you will aim for the highest peak of the Cyclades, Mt. Zas, which stands at an impressive 1,004m. The magnificent Zas mountain takes its name from the ancient Greek God Zeus, who according to myth spent his early life on Naxos. You'll start your circular walk from the agricultural village of Filoti. Your first stop is the fountain of Arion, an ideal spot to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and rest before beginning to ascend. Next stop will be the cave of Zas, the biggest cave on the island which will impress you with its stalagmite structures. When you reach the peak, you will enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding land, islands and the deep blue of the Aegean sea. Zas is an important hideout and nesting place for many migratory and resident birds such as the Griffon vulture which you will have the chance to observe! Take a different downhill path to reach the village of Filoti where you can enjoy a delicious lunch at its picturesque square.
Distance: 12 km, Time: 5-6 hours (with stops to rest and admire the view)
Day 6 - Take the short path towards to the Byzantine church of Agios Mamas, patron saint of shepherds and one of the oldest on the island. Walk through the rustic villages of Potamia, which constitute a verdant oasis throughout the year due to the springs and old watermills. Stop at Flerio, an area of great archaeological significance because of the old aqueduct, the abandoned ancient Kouros male statues and the ancient marble quarries. Take the trail towards Kouronohori, one of the most picturesque villages whose main attraction is the Tower of Fragopoulos and the colourful courtyards. Your final stop will the village of Melanes where you can reward yourself with a meal at one of the most famous traditional taverns of the island.
Distance: 9 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops to rest and explore)
Day 7 - Our hike today begins from the remote ’emery’ villages of Skados and Koronos. As you walk through the villages and 'enter' into ordinary people’s lives, it will seem as time has stopped. You’ll then take a beautiful path through a very solitary area with stunning nature and mountain landscapes. The smell of local herbs and wild flowers, especially in spring, will accompany you till you reach the beautiful pebble beach of Lionas. Reward yourself with a refreshing swim at its crystal clear waters followed by a delicious supper at one of the most authentic taverns of the island.
Distance: 7.5 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops & a swim)
Day 8 - Departure day. A transfer to the ferry port.
This holiday is available throughout the year but the best time for walking is spring (March till June) and autumn (September till November) as the weather is cooler.
All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room, staying at a traditional family-run guesthouse:
Low season (1 Oct – 30 April) - from € 535.- per person
Mid Season (1 May – 30 June) - from € 576.- per person
High Season (1 July – 31 August) - from € 643.- per person
Supplement for single rooms, 7 nights:
- Low Season from € 150.-
- Mid Season from €180.-
- High Season from € 210.-
Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
From € 535.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
- Our choice of the best self-guided walks at the islands of Santorini and Naxos,
-Bonus navigation walks at volcanic Nea Kameni island and at the old town of Naxos,
- Pioneering mobile application with active nagivation and step-by-step guidance,
- A detailed info pack with recommended routes, points of interest and photos,
- Introduction to our unique flora, fauna, history and culture,
- 7 nights accommodation at traditional guesthouses (options available),
- 7 delicious breakfasts
- Suggestions for lunch/supper/excursions/beaches and archeological sites to visit,
- Local support from our representative 24 hours/day,
- Transfers from the port or airport to the accommodation and vice versa,
- Emergency support in the event of a problem,
- Ferry transfer between Santorini & Naxos.
All other costs, including travel costs to Greece.
March - June
September - November
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