Day 1. From Athens to Naxos
Arrival at Athens airport and transfer to Piraeus from where you will take the ferry to Naxos, leaving in the late afternoon (approx. 5,30hrs ferry ride). In case your flight is not suitable for traveling to Naxos on the same day, you need to book an extra night in Athens and travel to Naxos on the next day early in the morning.
Day 2. Walk from Chalki to Melanes (10-19km, 3.30-7hrs, +150-400m/-150-400m)
The starting point of the first stage of your independent walking tour is in the very heart of the Tragea plain, in Chalki. It is easily accessible by taxi or public transport. You soak into the olive-tree ambiance of the inner land of Naxos today, keeping in mind that some of those trees are centuries old! You follow the cobbled path passing by the Venetian Fortress Ano Kastro and reach an ancient marble quarry holding some fascinating remains from when it was used. Today’s hiking route ends near the village of Melanes where you take a taxi or public transport back to your accommodation.
Day 3. Walk to Mt. Zas (13-19km, 4.30-7hrs, +500-900m/-500-900m)
Today’s self-guided hiking route starts from Filoti located at the foot of Mount Zas. It is easily accessible by taxi and public transport as well. Today you will attempt to conquer the highest summit on Naxos! This is one of the most famous mountains in Greece, as, according to Greek mythology, Zeus himself was nursed by an eagle in a cave hidden somewhere in Zas. On your way down from the summit, you can choose to prolong the walk to Apiranthos. From Apiranthos you can continue via the saddle of Mt. Fanari to Filoti, a truly picturesque trail!
Day 4. From Naxos to Santorini
You bid Naxos farewell and travel to Santorini. The ferry ride is 3-hours long and departure is around noon. If you are keen on an early start, you can visit the Castle in Naxos town (Chora) and the museum in the morning before departure. Or you can choose to spend a relaxing morning on the beach of Agios Georgios. This is no ordinary ferry ride, as it will take you through the underwater crater of an old volcano. An eruption is said to have caused the end of the Minoan Civilization and the legends of Atlantis.
Day 5. Walk from Perissa to Akrotiri (13km, 5.30-6hrs, +580m/-550m)
Your first independent walking day in Santorini begins with a transfer to Perissa for an ascent to a windy saddle. You then reach the ancient city of Thira, the capital of the island in ancient Greek and Roman times. The descent is in the inner part of the island where you will continue walking through vineyards and picturesque villages. The traces of ancient volcanic activity become visible in the landscape, as volcanic ashes cover the ground and you continue hiking along a black beach back to the village of Akrotiri.
Day 6. Walk from Fira to Oia (10.3km, 3hrs, +300m/-400m)
Today you explore the charming narrow alleys of Fira, the capital of Santorini (reachable by public transport). Take the time to visit the museum of prehistoric Thira and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, you make the famous picturesque walk from Fira to Oia. Contemplate the views of the lagoon, oddly-shaped cliffs and dramatic drops as you advance to the endpoint of today’s hiking tour. You will be picked up from Oia and transferred back to your hotel.
Day 7. Round walk from Akrotiri and travel from Santorini to Athens (5.2km, 1.30hrs, +135m/-120m)
You can choose between a walk from Akrotiri to the lighthouse and the red Beach and free morning for your last day. Depending on your interests, you can even visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, also known as the Greek Pompeii. You will later be transferred by your host to the Santorini port from where you disembark on an 8-hour-long journey per modern ferry to Piraeus. An organized transfer will take you from the port to a centrally-located hotel in Athens.
Day 8. Athens and departure
Depending on your onward travel plans, you may have the time to visit the Acropolis in the morning or plan on staying longer to explore the capital of Greece.
790 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (arrivals between 25/4-10/6 and 26/9-25/10)
820 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (arrivals between 11/6-29/6 and 01/9-25/9)
880 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (arrivals between 30/6-16/7 and 28/8-31/8)
920 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (arrivals between 17/7-27/8)
* Triple and quadruple rooms available upon request (please contact us for details)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 235 Euro (305 Euro between 17/7-27/8)
Solo traveler supplement: 355 Euro (445 Euro between 17/7-27/8; incl. sgl. room supplement)
Daily departures between May and the end of October. The best time to travel to the Greek islands is between May and June and September to the beginning of November. In the summer months, it gets very hot. Active travelers should either go in the springtime (when nature is at its best) or after summer (when sea water is still warm). The trip is suitable for anyone in a good physical shape. The walks are mostly unsurfaced tracks; Cobbled mule-paths, footpaths, and some tarmac roads. Best arrival/departure airports: Athens. Best arrival/departure ports: Athens.
Family-run hotels, en-suite rooms including breakfast (3 nights on Naxos, 3 nights on Santorini and 1 night in Athens).