Active Cyclades

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Period of operation :From April to October
Price :
  • 2630€/person - Guided mode for min 4 participants in 3 star charming hotels (for less or more participants and hotel upgrades please contact us)
  • 1620€/person - Semi-guided mode for min 4 participants  in 3 star charming hotels (for less or more participants and hotel upgrades please contact us)

 

Duration :10 Days/ 9 Nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :Relatively easy hikes and activities for beginners (3 –4 hours per day), good start for a first outdoor holiday. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well – constructed stone mule paths. Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy energetic days. We expect participants to be in good physical condition.

An active exploration of the famous Greek islands.

The Cycladic islands are the most representative of the archetypical Greek style.

Fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea and bays with powdery white sandy beaches.

Travel to where few visitors do by horse, bike, on foot, or sea kayak and taste the best of Greece in cooking classes and delicious picnics.

Discover Cycladic’s islands best spots, tradition, culture and everyday life of its people.

Day 1: Arrival in Paros island

Our trip starts in Paros.

You can arrive in Paros either by airplane or by ferry. Depending on season, there are different boat itineraries from Athens available: the boat ride lasts from 3 hours - 5 hours. Short transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Paros

Day 2: Paros Cooking and Horse Riding

We participate in a morning 4hour cooking class: we learn about the traditional cooking methods and recipes of Paros and Greece and prepare our own meal.

We transfer to riding centre, for a 2 hours horse riding tour: A unique opportunity to visit hidden places accessible only by horse or on foot.

We enjoy Paros’ beautiful landscape riding on a horseback.

Overnight in Paros

Day 3: Paros Hiking Lefkes - Alyki (Estimated walking time: 5 hours with stops, approx. 15 km)

After breakfast, we depart for the village of Lefkes, for an interesting hike through the interior of Paros island.

We go through Agios Ioannis (St. John), Agios Georgios (St. George), Aneratza and Kamari.

We end up in the ideal spot: Alyki beach, where we can swim, to cool off, in the clear waters of Aegean Sea. We enjoy lunch in a tavern by the sea.

Return to the hotel at around 16:00 and downtime

Early in the evening, around 18:00, we visit Naoussa, with its very picturesque fishing port, full of traditional fishing boats, surrounded by restaurants and cafes. After dinner, transfer back from Naoussa to the hotel. Overnight in Paros

Day 4 : Paros to Naxos

After breakfast, short transfer from the hotel to Paroikia. We have around 1.5 hours to enjoy Paros sightseeing, including the famous Byzantine Church of Ekantotapiliani. In the scheduled time we take the ferry from Paros to Naxos. Arrival in Naxos, transfer and settle to your hotel. Overnight in Naxos

Day 5: Naxos hiking & cultural tour (2 1/2 hours trekking, 4 hours duration with stops for rest and lunch)

Today’ s hike starts from Kouros statues.

These larger-than-life statues of young men, predestined to hold on to a temple roof, were abandoned incomplete by the ancient sculptors, when they discovered faults in the marble. 

Then we follow the path to Ano Potamia picturesque village.

After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, we hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle), to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Naxos town, port and the surrounding villages.

We continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki, where we visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos). Overnight in Naxos

Day 6: Naxos Biking Duration: 4-5 hours (altitude upwards 600 meters)

We cycle on streets and paths without traffic through typical Naxian villages, while experiencing the rich vegetation this Cycladic Island has to offer.

Small tracks lead us through farmland, to enjoy beautiful views over mountains and some of the best coastline in the Cyclades.

Through little stony roads, we reach the beautiful beach of Mikri Vigla, with its stretch of finest white sand and blue sea. There we stop to swim or enjoy a small food bite or drink. We return along stretches of sandy beach to our base. Overnight in Naxos

Day 7: Naxos to Santorini - Santorini Hiking Fira - Oia (Estimated walking time: 4 hours with stops, approx. 11 km)

After breakfast, we relax and enjoy swimming or strolling in the picturesque port of Naxos. Around mid-day we take the boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini. The breathtaking view, upon arrival with the boat, will give us an idea of this volcanic island’s spectacular beauty. We arrive in port and transfer to the hotel. After we settle down, we depart for a walk that takes us from the town of Fira to Oia. Overnight in Santorini

Day 8: Sea Kayaking in Santorini

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of today’s activity. We enjoy a morning of sea-kayaking, exploring the South coast of the island. We enjoy views of the spectacular rock formations, crystal waters, and the beautiful beaches in the south part of the island. En route we stop for snorkelling. (Approximate duration of sea-kayaking activity, 3 hours). 

After lunch, we return to hotel and have a free afternoon to visit the archaeological museum and shop. Overnight in Santorini

Day 9: Santorini experience sailing tour

Today we explore Santorini from the water!

We depart from Vlihada Marina (10:00am) and sail past the Ancient City of Akrotiri to the Red and White Beaches. We sail past the Indian Head Mountain and Venetian Lighthouse into the picturesque Caldera. We visit private bays for swimming and snorkelling. After the Hot Springs, a delicious bbq lunch is prepared in a beautiful secluded bay. After lunch, we sail past the Volcanic Islands and Aspronisi to Vlihada Marina.  We return to hotel and in the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner with unique Caldera view. Overnight in Santorini

Day 10: Free day in Santorini (Optional Wine tasting)

In our last day on this beautiful island, we have a free day to shop, stroll around its marvellous alleys, swim or seduce our senses with a wine tasting. Santo Wines Oenotourism Center is situated on the top of the caldera cliff, with a magnificent view of Santorini volcano and the Aegean Sea.Transfer to airport or port for your next destination. 

  • Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis
  • Trekking Hellas English speaking guide (guided mode)
  • Local guides for Paros and Naxos hikes (semi-guided mode)
  • Meals full board in guided mode
  • All ferry tickets (economy seats) as per program starting in Paros and ending in Santorini
  • Activities: Cooking, Horse Riding, Biking, Sea Kayaking with picnic lunch, Sailing experience with lunch
  • Hiking tours as described
  • All local transfers

Not included:

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Arrival transport to Paros and from Santorini

Indicative accommodations

Please try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your entire luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also remember you unpack and repack on most nights. You can leave the luggage that you don’t need on the trek, at the hotel in Athens or in our offices.

  • Large rucksack or hold all to contain all your luggage; waterproof liner recommended
  • Good waterproof top (Gore-Tex recommended or similar) with hood.
  • Thick socks for walking
  • Spare shoes for the evenings (optional
  • Daypack (small rucksack, 20-40 liters) to carry picnic lunch, water bottle, cold/wet weather gear, camera, etc; straps should be strong, not too narrow and preferably padded. In wet weather, belongings should be packed in waterproof plastic bags inside the pack
  • Warm clothes for the evening including spare trousers and top (fleece jackets/pullovers are warm yet light); plus optionally thermal underwear, for April  and October
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with collar and long sleeves (against sun-burn)
  • Water bottle or plastic bottle (at least 1 liter)

 

Climate

The Cycladic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 18-19 C. The winters are mild and the summers – by Greek standards- cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as the “meltemia ”.

Flora-fauna

Cycladic islands in summer with the naked rocks, the see plants and the total lack of vegetation combined with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and the typical architectural style of the all-white houses, hide skillfully the wonderful secret of Greek nature: one of the richest floras in Europe and a large number of rare endemic plants, that will be found on the edge of rocks, on the most steep places surviving for centuries, unique, separated, isolated. Campanula laciniata, Muscari cycladicum, Campanula santorii, Centaurea oliveriana, the rare Fibigia lunaroides are only a few of endemic plants that can be found on Cycladic Islands.

Cyclades flora is not only rich in endemic plants but also in aromatic species. It is very easy for someone to find them, since these perfumes together with the blue and white are purely Greece.

It’ s the perfume of thyme, sage, mint, summer savory, lavender, rosemary; it’ s the perfume of Greece.