Active Cyclades Guided / Semi-guided

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Period of operation :From April to October
Price :
  • 1790€/person - Guided mode, in selected accommodations, April-October (July and August prices may vary-please contact us)
  • 1310€/person - Semi-guided mode, in selected accommodations, April-October (July and August prices may vary-please contact us)

 

Duration :10 Days/ 9 Nights
Minimum attendance :8 Participants for guided mode (for less or more please request for pricing) / 2 participants for semi-guided mode
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.

This program is designed for travelers who wish to explore the Greek islands in an active way. The Cycladic complex of islands is 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. The aim of the tour is to take you to the best spots as well as to the interior of the islands where you will discover the culture and habits of the islanders. By horse, bike, on foot, or sea kayak you will discover places few visitors do and you will taste the best of Greek food through cooking classes and delicious picnics.

 

 

 

Day1: Arrival in Paros island

The trip starts in Paros where you can either fly to or arrive by ferry, depending on your schedule. Depending on season, there are different boat itineraries from Athens available: the boat ride can be from 3hours – 5 hours). Short transfer to your hotel

O/N Paros (B, L, D)

Day 2:  Paros Cooking and Horse Riding

This morning we will have the chance to prepare our own meal by participating in a 4hour cooking class where we will learn about the traditional cooking methods and recipes of Paros and Greece. Once the food is ready, enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Transfer to riding centre, where you will enjoy a enjoy 2 hours of horse ride. See the beauty and landscape of Paros traveling on horseback. You will have the unique opportunity to visit some places accessible only by horse or on foot. O/N Paros (B, L, D)

Day 3: Antiparos Hike (Estimated walking time: 5 hours with stops and swim, approx. 11 km)

After breakfast, drive to Pounta. After a 5-minute boat crossing we disembark in Antiparos town and start our hike.

We hike through rocky footpaths, low bush and dwarf cedars, while on the same time the shallow turquoise waters between the island and the Fyra islets capture our attention. As we continue past the sandy beach of Sifneikos Gyalos, we will have to scramble on an old footpath, which unwinds to the SW giving us the opportunity to discover beautiful wild beaches. We choose one for our stop, have our swim and a picnic lunch. Our hike becomes afterwards more “challenging’, with some steep hill climbing, creek crossing and fantastic coastal landscape passing!

We take our boat back to Pounta and Paros and in the evening we visit Naoussa, a very picturesque fishing port, packed tightly with traditional fishing boats and surrounded by restaurants and cafes. O/N Paros (B, L, D)

Day 4 :Paros to Naxos

After breakfast, short transfer from the hotel to Paroikia. You will have around 1.5 hours sightseeing in Paros including the famous Byzantine Church of Ekantotapiliani. Next you will take the ferry from Paros to Naxos. Arrival in Naxos, transfer and settle to your hotel. O/N Naxos (B,L,D)

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. They are conspicuous by their larger-than-life features and consist of incomplete statues of young men, predestined to hold on to a temple roof but were decidedly abandoned by the ancient sculptors due to faults in the marble that were discovered. Then we will follow the path to Ano Potamia picturesque village. After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, we will hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle). Build on a strategic position, provides panoramic view of Naxos town, port and the surrounding villages. Continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki. In Chalki village, will visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos). . O/N Naxos (B,L,D)

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

We will cycle on streets and paths without traffic through typical Naxian villages, while experiencing the rich vegetation this Cycladic Island has to offer. On small tracks leading us through farmland we will enjoy beautiful views over mountains and some of the best coastline in the Cyclades. Little stony roads will bring us to the beautiful beach of Mikri Vigla, with its stretch of finest white sand and blue sea. There we will stop to swim or eat and drink something small, returning along stretches of sandy beach to our base. O/N Naxos (B,L,D)

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

After breakfast, relax and enjoy swimming or strolling in the picturesque port of Naxos and around mid-day we take the boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini. The view upon arrival with the boat will give us an idea of what this volcanic island is going to be like. 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. O/N Santorini (B,L,D)

Day 8: Sea Kayaking in Santorini

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of today’s activity. Enjoy a morning of sea-kayaking.  Discover the South coast of the island. Enjoy views of the spectacular rock formations, crystal waters, and the beautiful beaches in the south part of the island. En route we will stop for snorkeling. (Approximate duration of sea-kayaking activity, 3 hours) After lunch, return to hotel and free afternoon to visit the archaeological museum and shop. O/N Santorini (B,L,D )

Day 9: Santorini experience sailing tour

Today we explore Santorini from the water! We depart from Vlihada Marina (10:00am) sailing past the Ancient City of Akrotiri to the Red and White Beaches. Sail past the Indian Head Mountain and Venetian Lighthouse into the picturesque Caldera. You will visit private bays for swimming and snorkeling. After the Hot Springs, a delicious bbq lunch is prepared in a beautiful secluded bay. After lunch, you then sail past the Volcanic Islands and Aspronisi to Vlihada Marina. Return to hotel and in the evening farewell dinner with Caldera view. O/N SantoriniI (B,L,D)

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

Last day on this beautiful island and we have a free day to shop, stroll around its marvelous alleys, swim or go to 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. (B)

  • Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis
  • Trekking Hellas experienced guide (guided mode)
  • Local guides for Antiparos and Naxos hikes (semi-guided mode)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast at hotels/ Picnic Lunches / Dinners in local taverns for guided mode)
  • All ferry tickets (air seats) as per program starting in Paros and ending in Santorini
  • Activities: Cooking, Horse Riding, Biking, Sea Kayaking, Sailing experience
  • Hiking tours as described
  • All local transfers

Not included:

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transfer to Paros and from Santorini

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.