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    Start Athens; overnight.

    The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions. Accommodation: Jason Inn or similar

  • 2

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

    In the early morning, we transfer to Piraeus Port and 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 good 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

  • 3

    Walk through the mountainous heart of the island, from Filoti to Apiranthos, a mediaeval village on Naxos' high plateau.

    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. Walk: Distance 8km Ascent 200m Descent 200m Time: 4 hours Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar

  • 4

    Morning ferry to Santorini; afternoon explore the caldera in Thira.

    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 0m Descent 0m Time: 2 hours Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar

  • 5

    Walk along the caldera from Thira to Oia.

    Leaving Thira behind we trek along the 'Cliff Trail' to Oia. The six mile 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. Reaching 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. Walk: Distance 10km Ascent 200m Descent 200m Max Time: 5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar

  • 6

    Morning walk to the volcano in Santorini. Afternoon ferry to Paros.

    In the morning we walk down the steps to the old harbour and take a boat to the island of Kameni in the middle of the Caldera. We will walk to the crater of the volcano amongst lava and pumice stones, enjoying panoramic views of Santorini and the nearby islands. We travel back to Santorini and on to Fira. 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 100m Descent 100m Time: 1.5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar

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    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 take a bus to reach the heart of the island and the village of Lefkes, here 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 traverses the entire island from Parikia to Piso Livadhi. We will walk through the white marble quarries which have been made famous by many Greek masterpieces including the Venus de Milo which was made from Parian marble. Today’s route will also pass through many mediaeval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia. Walk: Distance 9km Ascent 0m Descent 350m Time: 5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar

  • 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.

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