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Walking on the Greek Islands

Walking on the Greek Islands

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  • Holiday typeGuided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1575per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Sundays from 26 May '19 to 1 Nov '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfasts included
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Standard group transfers from your final hotel
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes, island exploring
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Walking on the Greek Islands

  • Discover the three islands of Naxos, Santorini and Paros
  • Gentle walks amid idyllic scenery and remote villages
  • Enjoy delicious local Greek cuisine
  • 3 full days and 3 half days walking on 3 islands
  • Travel by public transport, boat/ferry and coach
  • Low altitude throughout

The Greek islands have much more to offer than most would think: archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Our week starts on the beautiful island of Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros. Exploring the irresistible island of Santorini on foot will certainly be the highlight of our week. Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.

Eating and Drinking

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.

Weather

The Cyclades enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers. March and November: cooler daytime temperatures 10-15ºC night time 5-8ºC, a chance of some rain.

April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22ºC night time 5-13ºC, a chance of some rain. June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35ºC, night time 15-20ºC; very dry.

In July and August the temperature can get hot (normally 35-36ºC) but there is always a sea breeze.



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Typical holiday itinerary



Walking information

This leisurely trip offers the chance to discover three wonderful islands and enjoy some gentle walks. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on each island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with some sloped ascents and descents (walking poles can be useful). There are 3 day walks in our itinerary and 3 half days exploring on foot. Walking time is between 2 and 5 hours including lunch breaks, and an average level of fitness is required. All walks are optional.




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Day 1: Arrive Rafina

The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel in Rafina. Customers organising their own flights 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.

Day 2: Naxos 2km

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.

Day 3: Halki to Melanes 8km

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.

Day 4: Ferry to Santorini and explore Fira 2km

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.

Day 5: Walk along the caldera from Oia to Fira 10km

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.

Day 6: Boat trip around the volcanic islands of Kemeni and on to Paros 7km

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.

Day 7: Explore Paros 7km

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 medieval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia.

Day 8: Leave Paros

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.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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Hotel Avra, Rafina

A comfortable and friendly hotel, near to the airport as well as local beaches and attractions.


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Hotel Aeolis, Naxos

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On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.


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Hotel Sunrise, Santorini

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On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.


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Hotel Pandrossos, Paros

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On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October). On occasion we may use a similar, alternative hotel.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Reviews

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

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This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All breakfasts included

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Services of an experienced walking guide

Standard group transfers from your final hotel

Arrival and departure transfers

All transport and listed activities


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Departures
Selected Sundays from 26th May 2019 to 25th Oct 2020, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts included

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

If you choose to book your own flights please check with us first that your chosen departure date is definitely operating as our guided holidays are subject to minimum group sizes.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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