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 retuning to the hotel. 3 hours walk plus 2 hours to explore Pyrgos and 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 3 hours with lots of stops for photographs and after lunch in Oia we will catch the ferry to Naxos island (2 hours). Arriving in Naxos we check into our hotel .
Day 4: 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. Approximately 4 hours walking.
Day 5: Our walk today takes us to the highest point of the Cyclades, Mount Zeus (1003m). The climb is steep in places but a shaded spring at Aria and the 'Cave of Zeus', provide refreshment and interest along the way. After taking in the view, we descend by an alternative easier route to Filoti for a Greek coffee in the village's square, before heading back to the hotel. 4 to 5 hours of hiking.
Day 6: In the morning we catch a bus to the traditional mountain village of Keramoti where we start our walk in a fertile, pastoral landscape and end among the stark rocks and scrubby vegetation of Skeponi. Along the way, we will visit one of the few waterfalls in the dry Cyclades. Our walk today will take 3 to 4 hours and afterwards we return to our hotel.
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.