HighlightsAthens | Paros | Lefkes | Prodromos | Marpissa | Pisso Livadhi | Ekatontapiliani Cathedral | Santorini | Thira | Oia | Naxos | Tragea Valley | Acrotiri | Filoti | Apiranthos | volcanic calderas | picturesque seaside villages | olive and citrus groves | sandy beaches |
Description of Cyclades walking holidays in GreeceStep foot onto the islands of Greece on a Cyclades holiday and you'll instantly be transported to an ethereal world of myths, legends and white-washed buildings juxtaposed against clear blue skies and the white tipped waves of the Aegean.
As you'd hope on Cyclades holidays, walking is one of the best ways to fill your day with a range of cultural, archaeological and naturally beautiful treasures combining to stunning effect.
This particular one week walking holiday in the Cyclades features many of the region's most iconic islands with Paros, Santorini and Naxos all to be found a short ferry journey from Athens and the mainland.
Santorini on foot is an absolute highlight of any Cyclades holiday with caldera trails and volcanic foothills providing a rugged backdrop to what is quintessentially thought of as one of the most breathtaking islands in the Mediterranean.
Island hopping in Greece simply doesn't get any better with a good choice of lazy walks through fertile valleys from one small village to the next providing ample exercise prior to afternoons spent at the beach or enjoying fish suppers at sunset.
Our top tip: Temperatures can rise, especially in the summer months, with little or no shade or breeze. Pack accordingly with sun block, floppy hats and day sacks for carrying plenty of water. Trip type: Small group. Maximum size 18. Minimum age 16. Activity level: Leisurely. Island hopping and 3-4hrs walking per day. Accomm: Small family-run hotels with en-suite facilities. Included: Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader. Meals: All breakfasts. Lunch and dinner at different local venues. Solos: Independent walkers welcome. Single room supps apply.
|Day 1:||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*|
|Day 2:||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 hours Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 3:||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 hours Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 4:||Today there is a free morning to explore Naxos. In the early afternoon, we take the ferry to Santorini (approximately 2.5 hrs). Santorini 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 hours Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 5:||Leaving Thira 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 Thira. 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 hours Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 6:||In the morning we walk down the 600 steps to the old harbour and take a boat for a trip in the Caldera around the volcanic black lava islands, enjoying stunning views of Santorini and the nearby islands. We travel back to Santorini and on to Thira. Leaving Santorini in the afternoon, we board the ferry to Paros. Our ferry departs at 3:30pm, and the journey is approximately 3.5 hours. Walk: Distance 1km Ascent 0m Descent 300m Time: 0.5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 7:||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 hours Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 8:||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.|