Santorini and Naxos Island Hopping
Greece, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,245 (land only) - from $1,740 (land only)
Day 1: We rendezvous at the group hotel in Karterados. KE Land Only package services begin with a group transfer from Santorini Airport. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel pool, visit a local winery or to look around nearby Fira Town. This evening we meet our local guide and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: We drive to Pyrgos, a charming village of traditional houses, built on a hilltop around a Venetian Castle. We climb Profitis Ilias peak for wonderful views of the island and continue to Ancient Thira, a well preserved archaeological site on another hilltop. We descend to Kamari beach where we can swim and relax before returning to the hotel. 3 hours walk plus 2 hours at Pyrgos and Ancient Thira.
Day 3: From Fira we climb to Imerovigli village with its traditional white and pastel blue architecture, then walk along the cliff-top formed from an ancient caldera to Oia. Amazing views are guaranteed. The walk will take approximately 4 hours with lots of stops for photographs and after lunch in Oia (or on the boat) we will catch the ferry to Naxos (2 hours). Arriving in Naxos we check into our hotel.
Day 4: Today, we ascend Mount Zeus (1003m), the high point of the Cyclades, starting out from the chapel of Agia Marina and hiking on a scenic path to the summit. After taking in the view, we descend on a different path via the shaded spring at Aria and a picnic lunch at the 'Cave of Zeus'. We may continue to Filoti Village for a traditional Greek coffee, before returning to the hotel. 5 hours walking.
Day 5: Our hike today starts from the village of Kinidaros and takes us through a fertile valley and beside Naxos's most reliable stream, to Engares Village. Crossing the Xerotakari River on a couple of occasions, we pass an old bridge, 2 old water mills, as well as the 18th century church of Agios Artemios. From Engares, we transfer back to our hotel. 4 hours walking.
Day 6: We visit the village of Melanes to see the famous statue of Kouros which lies in the shade of an olive grove. From here, we climb uphill through a green landscape to the picturesque village of Ano Potamia where there is another huge Kouros statue. We continue to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle) and down to Halki Village, where we visit a small distillery producing Kitron. 4 hours walking.
Day 7: We have a free morning to relax at the beach or we can go with our guide to visit Naxos Castle high on a hill. After lunch we make our way to the port to catch the ferry back to Santorini (2 hours). Arriving in Santorini we transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the pool or the beach or to shop for souvenires before meeting for the farewell dinner.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. A group transfer to the nearby Santorini Airport is provided.