Greece

Walking on Kythnos Island

Trip code: W06KY 5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Walk amidst the remains of castles, churches, and one of Greece's largest caves, delving into the island's rich history and archaeological wonders
  • Nestle into the heart of the island with serene accommodations, savour the authentic Cycladic lifestyle, and indulge in mouthwatering delights at traditional tavernas
  • Immerse yourself in the genuine experience, where stunning beaches meet remarkable architecture
  • Upgrade to 4* accommodation on Kythnos - quote W06KP

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Guided walk of Vryokastro excavation site
  • Return private car transfers between Athens airport and ferry port, and between Kythnos ferry port and hotel
  • Return ferry between Athens (Lavrio) and Kythnos & car transfers as per the itinerary

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Kythnos has all the extraordinary beauty and charm that we associate with the Greek Islands, but without the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist spots. Certainly, one of the lesser-known Cycladic Islands, Kythnos is one of the closest to the mainland and is renowned for its striking landscapes, golden sunsets, traditional architecture, ancient archaeological sites, and of course, its joyful community of welcoming locals. Fishermen provide the island with fresh fish every day and the lands are cultivated with care and love as the community provides exquisite products like the well-known thyme honey.

Full of exceptional walking trails, this trip will take you to the most beautifully sandy beaches with clear waters, across wild countryside, and past ancient settlements with uninterrupted ocean views. You'll visit the excavation site of a 2,500-year-old ancient city, the ruins of an intriguing Byzantine castle set on a spectacular headland, and even natural hot springs by the beach.

Naturally, Kythnos, a Cycladic Island, spoils visitors with its diverse seafood offerings. Among the local delights, stuffed squid stands out as a popular specialty, perfectly paired with the island's amber lager. Kythnos also treats guests to traditional delectables like crispy cheese croquettes, best enjoyed with local red wines such as 'Mavrotragano' and 'Psarosyriko'.

Your journey concludes in the mainland port town of Lavrio, where your last night is nestled just 150 metres from a sandy beach. Here, a charming hotel awaits, complete with an inviting outdoor pool and a delightful poolside restaurant. Take time to explore the nearby treasures, including the ancient Poseidon temple, as well as the enriching Archeological and Mineralogical museums.

Your accommodation on Kythnos is authentically Cycladic with beautiful white stone walls and a central courtyard to bask in the Greek sunshine. You have the option to upgrade to superior accommodation on Kythnos with stunning views and an outdoor swimming pool, please quote W06KP for prices.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Athens and transfer to Kythnos Island

Arrive in Athens and transfer to Lavrio port for an afternoon ferry to Kythnos (approx. 2hrs). Transfer to your accommodation in Chora, the capital of Kythnos Island, where you can enjoy dinner in a traditional Greek taverna.

You stay at Hotel Filoxenia.

hotel details

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Hotel Filoxenia, Kythnos

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Located in Chora, your first 5 nights are spent in beautifully traditional Cycladic accommodation. With a central courtyard overlooking the picturesque alleys of Hora, these charming studios are family-run with excellent hospitality and facilities, many with their own balcony. Breakfast is served at the adjacent bar and dinner is available at a choice of local tavernas, all serving locally sourced, seasonal dishes.

Please see Chora Kythnos Suites for our upgrade on Kythnos - quote W06KP for prices.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Walk to Vryokastro Ancient City Excavation (11km/6.8mi)

To begin your Greek getaway, your first walk takes you from Chora to Diassela where the two popular beaches of Episkopi and Apokrousi invite you in. But first, you walk up to Vryokastro, a 2,500-year-old ancient city where excavations have uncovered temples, public buildings, and a port! Head back to Apokrousi beach for a leisurely lunch break and a swim in the clear waters - there are also sea kayaks available to rent here. There's an optional 2km walk to the iconic crescent shaped Kolona Isthmus beach should you wish to visit. Your afternoon takes you through a lush valley back to Chora.

Please note: a guide is required for the excavation tour which is included with your trip.

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Day 3: Orias Castle, Prehistoric Settlements, and Hot Springs (14km/8.7mi)

Leave your hotel in Chora and head towards Loutra port up to Orias Castle. Here you can explore the remains of a Byzantine Castle with incredible views across to Kea Island. The castle was destroyed by the Turks in 1570, though some churches remain. You pass a 10,000-year-old Neolithic prehistoric site before reaching Loutra port with its hydrotherapy centre and hot springs running onto the side of the beach. Return to your accommodation in Chora.

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Day 4: Walk to Dryopida's Katafiki Cave via washhouses to Kanala (8km/5.0mi)

Today begins with a transfer to Dryopida, the second largest village on the island. Your walk begins at Katafiki cave, one of Greece's biggest caves which contains stalagmites and stalactites as well as the remains of iron ore mining activities from the last century. Continue through the pedestrianised village to Panaghia Stou Mathia with washhouses that were used up until the 1970's. Follow the coastal path to the religious site of Kanala and a nearby beach before transferring back to Chora.

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Day 5: Aghios Ioannis & Aghios Stephanos (10km/6.2mi)

From Chora, you follow the path to an old monastery and across picturesque valleys to Aghios Ioannis beach, only accessible by foot, boat, or a 4x4 vehicle. Using a short unmarked coastal path, you can reach Aghios Stephanos for lunch, a swim, or even a snorkel. Follow a track uphill through oak trees and another valley before reaching your accommodation in Chora.

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Day 6: Walk via Flambouria beach to Kythnos port (6km/3.7mi)

Check out of your accommodation before transferring to Aghios Konstantinos towards the south of the island. Here, you can take a short walk to Flambouria beach along well-crafted stone steps built in the 1960’s for mules. From the end of the beach, you walk uphill and into the valley to Merichas port to try the island’s only professional producer’s wine. Take the ferry back to Lavrio where you’ll spend your last night in this lovely port town. You can visit the beach, have a swim, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

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You stay at Hotel Saron.

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Hotel Saron, Lavrio

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Your last night is spent in Lavrio in Mainland Greece near to Cap Sounio. Just 150m from a lovely sandy beach, Hotel Saron also has its own swimming pool for you to relax in. Their poolside restaurant serves excellent Greek cuisine for breakfast and dinner.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: Depart for home

Transfer from your hotel in Lavrio back to Athens airport.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £204.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £204.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Athens with EasyJet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
  • Upgrade to superior accommodation on Kythnos
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: EasyJet London Gatwick to Athens, then transfer to Athens (Lavrio) ferry port (1 hour). Ferry to Kythnos (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes), then transfer to accommodation (15 minutes).

Return: Transfer from accommodation to Kythnos ferry port (15 minutes), then ferry to Athens, Lavrio, (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes). Overnight Lavrio before transferring to Athens airport (1 hour), EasyJet Athens to London Gatwick.

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 4pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

All in all it was a lovely holiday and we enjoyed the walks. The island is great as it is so unspoilt and we didn't really bump into other walkers at all. We had great food and plenty of choice without eating meat.

We didn't like that the goats had their front and back legs tied together so they couldn't climb - its apparently illegal but very wide spread.

Sarah Weston, 27 May 2024

 

Excellent destination if you don’t want crowds, fabulous walks and beaches and great service from Headwater who dealt with all our pre-trip queries most professionally.

Paul Codd, 1 Oct 2023

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
twin centre

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

6 nights from £959

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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