Famous for its shimmering coastal resorts and vibrant islands, Greece has long been a destination for sun worshippers and partygoers but our walking holidays in Greece let you uncover its more authentic side. Greece is a fascinating destination and a hidden treasure in the heart of the Mediterranean where a true trekker’s paradise is waiting to be explored. Our self-guided and guided walking holidays of the Greek Islands steer you in the direction of archaeological gems, traditional whitewashed villages and tavernas where you can hang out with the locals.
If you want to avoid the summer crowds, it’s the perfect off-season destination in Europe where you can enjoy the world-famous sunset of Santorini or the authentic hospitality of the little-known island of Evia. While history buffs should head to the island of Kythnos, nature lovers will be in their element exploring the mountains.
Island hopping is one of the best ways to explore Greece as you’ll get to experience the unique charms of each one, from the irresistible scenery of Santorini and the Venetian Castello town of Hora on Naxos to the Cycladic and medieval villages of Paros. And, of course, you can sample the local food and wines along the way. Tuck into a traditional Souvlaki and baked Greek Moussaka or devour some of the ginormous olives that are dripping in olive oil. Greece is also renowned for its wonderfully fresh fish and seafood that is caught each day.
Greece Walking Holidays
8 DaysfromCAD 2,475
Guided Group (Incl. Taxes)
Discover Evia with walks through coastal paths, forests and gorges
Top 5 Islands to Explore on Walking Holidays in Greece
Kythnos: Boasting everything from ancient archaeological sites to stunning landscapes, Kythnos is a paradise for walkers. It may be one of the less popular destinations but it sure packs a punch with its incomparable scenery. Our guided walking holidays in the Greek islands also introduce you to its fabulous culture and friendly locals. Discover the most idyllic views as you follow a series of walking trails past ancient sites, along the coast and through the untamed countryside, or explore the fabulous Byzantine castle ruins that lie on top of the headland.
Evia: Although Evia is the second largest island in Greece, its beautiful mountain villages and heavenly beaches remain much less crowded than other islands. As well as taking you off the tourist paths, Evia will charm you with its picturesque landscapes that wrap around country lanes and goat trails. Discover authentic mountain villages, Byzantine churches and fascinating Roman sites, perhaps resting for a cool drink at one of the traditional Greek tavernas or ouzo-meze bars along the way. The walk through the valley of Mili is especially scenic and as you wind among citrus trees, cypress trees and olive groves, the most dramatic views across the Aegean Sea unfold.
Santorini: Arguably the most famous island in Greece, and in the world, owing to its stellar sunsets and Cycladic whitewashed houses, Santorini is every paradise seeker’s dream. It’s hard to believe that the entire island was created from a gigantic volcanic eruption circa 1650 BC, forming its distinctive crescent shape that you see today. The villages of Oia and Fira are equally as captivating and give you a glimpse into the culture and history of Santorini. You’ll also find world-class restaurants and bars on the island where you can try traditional Greek food and enjoy a drink as you look out over the Mediterranean. If you prefer to escape the busier parts of Santorini, there are plenty of secluded walking trails and ancient sites to explore.
Paros: Walk along Byzantine paths that connect the ancient villages of Paros and uncover the incredible past of this beguiling island. Its famous white marble put Paros on the map when it was used to carve the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb. The beaches of Paros are undoubtedly beautiful but it’s the historic villages and towns that really let you get under its skin. Head to the capital and port town of Paroikia where medieval and neoclassical buildings line the streets or follow the centuries-old Byzantine path from Leftkes to the east coast of Paros.
Naxos: This is the largest of the Cyclades islands and its diverse landscape plays host to pretty walking trails, ancient sites and mountain villages. The main town of Hora is made up of higgledy-piggledy streets, fortified Venetian mansions and a vibrant waterfront but if you prefer to go off grid, you won’t have to go far before you find yourself at an historic site or a remote mountain village. As you explore, you’ll also notice a blend of Classical, Venetian and Byzantium influences throughout the island. Because of its fertile landscapes, Naxos is home to some of the finest produce in the country, including olives, corn, grapes, figs and citrus fruit.
Group of 16, with 12/4 f/m split, aged late 40s to late 60s. Trip is accurately rated on the Exodus scale – so some fairly stretching treks mixed with highly enjoyable steep sections. Everybody got round with no significant difficulty. Weather in mid-March was really nice – pretty warm at times by day but mostly ideal, and chilly but nothing more dramatic than that at night even at higher camps. Lovely inclusive group chemistry with non-stop chatter. Food is terrific – really quite something for a field kitchen. Just when the idea of another tagine is becoming a little less inspirational then along comes Berber omelette with chips to die for. In general camp life is a bit cushier than the notes might suggest – toilet obviously pretty basic but you learn to adapt. Tents are snug but no trouble sleeping after days like that. And the final day has an optional hamam visit in Taroudant – do not even consider turning it down – it’s the real thing, and not the flaky tourist version elsewhere. A glorious experience.
I already submitted a review form and won’t add to the comments made there. But I realsied that I wasn’t prompted to say anything about the two hotels we stayed in (or maybe I missed that). These were: Edom Hotel (Wadi Musa / Petra). This was really excellent. Clean, efficient, well-placed and a pleasure to visit. I have no idea why it is only described as “comfortable” rather than being given a deserved 4* rating. The only minor downisde was no bottled water in rooms. Days Inn Hotel Amman. Well, at least the staff are nice and we got bottled water in the rooms! But in other respects it is poor and certainly not deserving of a 4* rating. Everything is tatty, the corridors and rooms – despite being notionally non-smoking – reek of cigarette smoke (this applied to two visits and two different rooms a week apart) and, on our second visit, the bath had not been cleaned – there was a wet pile of hair in the middle of it. I am sure that Amman can do better than this for the same money.