From € 420.- / 5 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
Would you like to explore one of the renowned Greek islands, but you wish to avoid the tourist masses? The secluded island of Kythnos is your perfect choice!
Although it is one of the first islands to be reached by ferry from Athens, the island of Kythnos has remained an unexplored paradise, a truly gem of the Cyclades islands. Traditional villages with Cycladic architecture, a superb coastline with more than 90 beaches, a significant history dating back to the Mesolithic era, agricultural fields, hot springs, numerous hiking trails, one of the largest caves in Greece and the delicious local cuisine will undoubtedly offer you the best authentic active holidays on a Greek island.
If you are looking for tranquility, simplicity and authenticity, yet at the same time you wish to combine your summer holidays with some walking, hiking and interesting cultural encounters, this is the right exploration for you! Plus, you can combine it with a visit to the surrounding Cyclades islands or as an ideal getaway from your stay in Athens.
Located at the West Cyclades, Kythnos is easily accessible by ferry either from the port of Piraeus (3 hours) or from Lavrio (1:40 hours). You can decide on your departure port depending on your holiday’s schedule. What we can assure you of is that you will enjoy a truly authentic, active and fun vacation!
Reaching the port of Merichas you look at the family traditional guest house Kontseta. Its located at the end of Merichas village and just 50 meters away from the Martinakia beach.
The Cycladic architecture studios are fully equipped with private balconies over the Aegean sea and sunset. The studios have paved floors, kitchen, A/C, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.
Arriving at Kythnow, the port of Merichas is the first sight of Kythnos to the visitor. Merichas is the main port of Kythnos, a natural and leeward port that accommodates the pier that docks ships arriving from the ports of Piraeus and Lavrio. Travelling to Kythnos from the Cape of Kavo D’Oro towards the south and west Cyclades, the ports of Merichas and Loutra are among the first you will see.
Kythnos has all those characteristics that make it a unique hiking experience. Walking through Kythnos trails, you will have the opportunity to discover the history, the natural beauty and its local customs. Traditional villages, unique beaches, old orthodox churches, windmills, threshing floors and virgin sights are some of the few you will meet during your walk.
Kythnos is equipped with a rich network of hiking and walking trails. Some of them are accompanied with signs while the rest are yours to discover.
The routes differ in their level of difficulty due to the terrains surface. Some follow old farmers paths, cross steams and end up on beaches. Others end up at breathtaking views and archaeological sights.
Day 1: Athens – Kythnos
On the first day, you will take the ferry either from Piraeus or from Lavrio port and within 3:10 or 1:40 hours respectively you will reach the beautiful island of Kythnos. After check in at your hotel in Merichas (the port of Kythnos), you will have the day free* to relax by the sea, stroll around the village’s narrow alleys and shops or enjoy the sunset from your balcony!
In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour leader and your fellow travel companions, having a first taste of the local cuisine and discussing your program of the coming days.
*The program of this day is free of activities, since we don’t know your exact arrival time (depending on the ferry schedule). We can, however, organize a hike or other activities, if you arrive early in the morning.
Day 2: Ancient trail: Hiking to Vryokastro – Apokrousi – Kolona & Pottery Lesson
Our hiking trail today will takes us to the island’s ancient capital, Vryokastro, and then to the probably most stunning beach of the island, Kolona! Starting right from your hotel in Merichas, our first stop will be at the beach of Episkopi. We’ll then hike up the hill of Vryokastro, a currently abandoned archaeological site and one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. Archaeological research has brought to light findings dating back to the Mesolithic Age. According to the findings and underwater excavations, that town was constantly inhabited from the 10th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D.
Afterwards, we’ll descend to the white sandy beach of Apokrousi, where we’ll make a stop to relax and swim. Next comes one of the island’s highlights, the unique beach of Kolona. It is actually a strip of sand joining Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas, creating a landscape of unparallel beauty! Once there, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as lunch at the only tavern on the beach. You will later be transferred by water taxi back to your hotel in Merichas. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a pottery lesson by a local artisan in Chora. Create your own pottery clay and take it back home as a souvenir!
A farewell dinner with the entire group together will compliment your last night in Kythnos Island.
Day 3: Medieval trail: Hiking Loutra – Castle of Oria & the Thermal Springs
Today’s breathtaking hike will offer you amazing views and authentic encounters with the island’s history! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the north part of the island and specifically to the village of Loutra, a popular stop over for sailing yachts. Once there, we will follow an ascending path in order to reach the striking Castle of Oria, located on a steep hill at the northernmost tip of the island. This fortified acropolis that overlooks the Aegean Sea was the capital of the island during the Byzantine times and the Latin occupation; but it seems that it had already been inhabited since prehistoric times. 100 chapels flourished there during the Venetian Rule, of which only two still stand today.
You will have time to relax, enjoy the panoramic views and take some wonderful photos, before we return back to Loutra from the same path. You will have the afternoon free to relax at the Thermal Springs of Loutra, known for their therapeutic qualities. You can also enjoy your lunch and/or coffee in one of the seaside restaurants/cafes.
Later on, a short hiking trail will take us from Loutra to Chora, the island’s capital. Chora is a fine example of traditional Cycladic architecture, with white-washed houses, stone-paved mule paths and arcades which will drive you to endless walks in narrow alleys ending to small squares and churches. Early in the evening, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 4: Iron trail: Hiking Dryopida – Kalo Livadi – Kanala & Dryopida cave exploration
Enjoy a good breakfast today, as we will explore hiking the best of Central and Southeast part of the island! You will be transferred to Dryopida village, one of the most picturesque and traditional settlements of Kythnos. where another surprise is waiting for you! Get ready to explore Katafiki cave, one of the largest caves in Greece, most of which remains unexplored to date. Located at the edge of Dryopida village, at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level, the cave maintains a constant temperature of 17 degrees and is considered to cover an area of 3.500 sq.m.
Once there, we will follow a hiking trail that will soon take us to the beautiful beach of Lefkes. We’ll have a stop to relax by the sea and during the summer months also enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea!
Once we explore this hidden gem, you will participate in a cooking class and learn how to prepare some traditional local delicacies, such as “sfougata”, the local “thermiotiki” cheese pie, “strapatsada” and much more. House-made wine will compliment your dinner that will have been prepared by your hands, under the guidance of local ladies!
Day 5: Departures – Kythnos to Piraeus / Lavrio
Today you are free to enjoy your last morning on the island the way you wish, before boarding the ferry back to Athens (or other nearby islands).
Low season (15/03 - 15/06 and 15/09 -30/10) - 5 days/4 nights - € 420.- per person for a double room with sea view
Low season (15/03 - 15/06 and 15/09 -30/10) - 5 days/4 nights - € 460.- per person for a single room with sea view
High season (16/06 - 14/09) - 5 days/4 nights - € 509.- per person for a double room with sea view
High season (16/06 - 14/09) - 5 days/4 nights - € 540.- per person for a single room with sea view
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Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
From € 420.- / 5 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
- 4 nights accommodation in a family run guest house,
- 5 traditional Greek breakfast,
- 2 meals at Kythnos best local restaurants,
- pick up from the port,
- range of prepared walking routes on Kythnos ancient trails,
- GPS tracks,
- ferry tickets,
- local guides,
- transportation on the island.
All other costs, including personal costs.
March - June
September - November
Kontseta Guest House
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