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Food

  • All breakfasts included. Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. For lunch and dinner we will generaally go to different local tavernas and restaurants (at times picnic lunches using locally sourced food will be suggested for lunch instead), where we can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables and much more.

Activities

  • Walking & Trekking
  • Coastal Walks
  • 1

    Start Athens; to Rafina and overnight.

    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* * *

  • 2

    Morning ferry to Naxos; afternoon explore the town and visit the Temple of Apollo.

    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*

  • 3

    Walk through the Tragea Valley in the heart of the island, from Halki to Melanes, visiting the ancient statue of Kouros.

    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*

  • 4

    Afternoon ferry to Santorini; afternoon explore Fira.

    Today there is a free morning to explore Naxos. In the early afternoon, we take the ferry to Santorini (approximately 2.5 hrs). Santorini (locally known as Thira) 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*

  • 5

    Walk along the caldera from Oia to Fira.

    Leaving Fira 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 Fira. 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*

  • 6

    Morning boat trip around the volcanic islands of Kameni. Afternoon ferry to Paros.

    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*

  • 7

    Walk the ancient paths in the heart of Paros, from Lefkes to Prodromos and the coastal villages of Marpissa and Pisso Livadhi.

    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*

  • 8

    Ferry transfer to Piraeus; end Athens.

    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. Please note: the ferry port can change depending on the season and you might return to Rafina. 

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