Walking on the Greek Islands

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Trip code: 
TEJA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walks on Santorini, Paros and Naxos

The Greek islands have much more to offer than most would think: archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Our week starts on the beautiful island of Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros. Exploring the irresistible island of Santorini on foot will certainly be the highlight of our week. Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Discover the three islands of Naxos, Santorini and Paros
  • Gentle walks amid idyllic scenery and remote villages
  • Enjoy delicious local Greek cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 3 full days and 3 half days walking on 3 islands
  • Travel by public transport, boat/ferry and coach
  • Low altitude throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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3 full days walking and 3 half days exploration on foot

Pace:

Approximately 3-4hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 22.0km/1.0miles
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 42.0km/1.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 61.0km/0.55miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Athens; to Rafina and overnight

    The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel in Rafina. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a short meeting to discuss the plan for the following day, to give advice on the local area and to answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Avra Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

     

  • Day 2

    Morning ferry to Naxos; afternoon explore the town and visit the Temple of Apollo.

    In the early morning, we catch the ferry to Naxos. The ferry will leave the port at 7.25am and takes about 5.5 hours. On board the ferry there is a selection of restaurants and cafes which will serve food and drinks throughout the journey. After checking in at our hotel, we will take a walk to explore the main town, Hora, a Venetian Castello town. The market area is a delight to wander through, with its craft shops, chapels and quaint restaurants. On the islet of Palatia stands the impressive Portara, ancient marble gateway, the entrance to the remains of the temple of Apollo.

    Walk: Distance 2km Ascent 50m Descent 50m Time: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Walk through the Tragea Valley in the heart of the island, from Halki to Melanes, visiting the ancient statue of Kouros.

    Today we trek the lush valley of Tragea, famous for its ancient olive and citrus groves. It is a great opportunity to discover the most authentic part of Naxos, where picturesque villages and churches punctuate our walk.  We will wander along the ancient path in the middle of the Naxian marble quarries until we reach Kouros, the gigantic statue from the 5th century B.C. which was damaged during transportation and then abandoned ever since, lying under trees in the Melanes Valley.

    Walk: Distance 8km Ascent 200m Descent 200m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning ferry to Santorini; afternoon explore the caldera in Thira.

    Today there is a free morning to explore Naxos. In the early afternoon, we take the ferry to Santorini (approximately 2.5 hrs). Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the world. Known mainly for its beautiful beaches, it is a remnant of a volcanic cone whose top was blown off. A huge eruption (estimated 1450 BC) gave it its crescent shape and many speculate that it was the location of the legendary lost Atlantis. This beautiful island has a lot to offer to walkers, including magnificent views of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon, we will have a walk around the town of Fira to enjoy the stunning views of the caldera.

    Walk: Distance 2 km Ascent 100m Descent 100m Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Walk along the caldera from Oia to Thira

    Leaving Thira behind we transfer to Oia, a pretty village of narrow winding streets, whitewashed houses, boutiques, galleries and cafes; there is time to explore, relax and soak up the culture before we walk back to Thira. The six mile 'Cliff Trail' is well marked, not too challenging but well worth the effort. Views out over the Aegean as far as the eye can see are virtually ever present as we wind gently up to the edge of the volcanic caldera.

    Walk: Distance 10km Ascent 300m Descent 300m Max Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning boat trip around the volcanic islands of Kameni. Afternoon ferry to Paros

    In the morning we walk down the 600 steps to the old harbour and take a boat for a trip in the Caldera around the volcanic black lava islands, enjoying stunning views of Santorini and the nearby islands. We travel back to Santorini and on to Thira. Leaving Santorini in the afternoon, we board the ferry to Paros. Our ferry departs at 3:30pm, and the journey is approximately 3.5 hours.

    Walk: Distance 1km Ascent 0m Descent 300m Time: 0.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Walk the ancient paths in the heart of Paros, from Lefkes to Prodromos and the coastal villages of Marpissa and Pisso Livadhi.

    In the morning we visit the cathedral of Paros, built in the 4th century A.D., a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and a relic of early Christianity.  We take a bus to reach the heart of the island and the village of Lefkes, where we join the Old Byzantine path that runs all the way to the east coast of Paros. The route is believed to be about 1000 years old and used to traverse the entire island. Today’s route will pass through beautiful Cycladic villages as well as mediaeval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia.

    Walk: Distance 7km Ascent 100m Descent 350m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Ferry transfer to Piraeus; end Athens.

    We take the ferry back to Pireus (approx.5hrs) and transfer to Athens airport where the trip ends. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the return flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Greece

British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Vaccinations

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. For lunch and dinner we will generaally go to different local tavernas and restaurants (at times picnic lunches using locally sourced food will be suggested for lunch instead), where we can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables and much more.

Weather

The Cyclades enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers.

March and November: cooler daytime temperatures 10-15º night time 5-8º, a chance of some rain.

April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22º night time 5-13º, a chance of some rain.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35º, night time 15-20º; very dry.

In July and August the temperature can get hot (normally 35-36º) but there is always a sea breeze.

Athens

Is this trip for you?

Grade: 1 (Leisurely)

This trip offers the chance to discover three wonderful islands and enjoy some gentle walks. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on each island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with some sloped ascents and descents (walking poles can be useful).
There are 3 day walks in our itinerary and 3 half days exploring on foot. Walking time is between 2 and 5 hours including lunch breaks, and an average level of fitness is required. All walks are optional.

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Accommodation

Hotels

7 nights in 3* hotels with en suite rooms. On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open June to October).

We also have one night in a standard hotel in Rafina.

Single Accommodation is available for a supplement.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2017
    Clare Jaques

    Walking the Greek islands

    A fabulous way to see the islands, largely unspoilt fortunately despite their popularity. We were transported outside of the “tourist” area to ancient walking paths and walked through mediaeval villages. Our excellent Greek guide was able to fill us in with very interesting historical/local information to really get a picture of life in these islands.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the iconic spot in OIA for photo of the blue chapel domes. But many “wow’ moments

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A passionate Greek man, very sociable, conscientious with a great sense of humour. Very easy going if you did not want to join in the evening meal, which we did once so we could try out a specific taverna we had heard of.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking pole useful for the trip I felt for safety.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was very pleased we spent a few days in Athens prior to the trip. Could this be included to make the tour 10 days? Just a thought. I would add that one to the highlights for me for this trip in total was going to the Acropolis and the amazing Acropolis museum.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Kavita Chandra

    Walking the Greek Isles

    Really enjoyable vacation. Cecile was a wonderful tour guide and all the three islands that we visited on the trip were lovely. I liked Paros the most but only by a hair. Naxos and Santorini were beautiful and was happy that we got to visit Akrotiri in Santorini. All very scenic and relaxed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the metal charms that one could buy in Paros and make wish at the church from the 4th century. The wooden windmill bar by our hotel in Paros was beautiful and we had a lovely dinner at Levantis in Paros. All spectacular.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would stay an extra day in Paros.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Sharon Chollet

    Walking the Greek Islands in JuneS

    A very enjoyable week visiting Naxos, Santorini and Paros with a great group of people. Leisurely walking amongst stunning scenery, refreshment stops at pretty villages and excellent meals at local tavernas. Accommodation was generally better than I expected and as always with Exodus the whole week was well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk along the Byzantine path and all the beautiful sunsets, particularly the last night in Paros

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having met Cécile on the Evia trip 2 years ago, I knew we would be in safe hands. She manages to be both professional and friendly, has a great knowledge of the Islands and always chose great tavernas for our group meals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As previous review, pack light and obviously be prepared for walking in high temperatures if you go in June. This is a good trip if you have a non walking friend or partner, plenty for them to do whilst the group walks. Books or music are useful for the longer ferry journeys

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love Greece and want a bit of exercise to counteract the wonderful food and drink then I thoroughly recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Joyce Perkins

    Excellent way to sample the islands

    This was my first Exodus holiday and was a marvelous experience. I found the balance between organized walks, free time and traveling to be perfect. The group was friendly and diverse so I enjoyed the whole week. Our guide - Cécile- was good. She really knows the islands and how to beat the crowds. I especially enjoyed using local busses and ferries and staying in small individual hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Byzantine trail on Paros. The sage, rosemary and aniseed growing beside us made it a feast for the senses and the idea of using a path that was so old made it really special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - she worked hard and made it look easy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light - you have plenty of chances to do washing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt the hotel Sunrise on Santorini was below par The rooms are dark and dingy and the breakfast was mediocre.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Marilynn Reid

    Walking the Greek Islands

    I loved this trip! I have taken hiking/walking trips with other travel companies, but this was by far the best one yet. It was so well organized - everything went smoothly. The trip leader was well versed in the history of each island - and his enthusiasm for the country was contagious. We got to see parts of the islands that most tourists would never see. If you love the outdoors and love to hike, this trip is for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, it was our last hike on Noxos. It was a bit of a challenge. It was rocky going up and very rocky going down. I wasn't sure I wanted to make the last stretch of it, but others encouraged me and I did it all the way to the top and down. Afterwards, I felt healthy and invigorated.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I think that our leader, Thanos, really made the trip special. He keep everything running smoothly. He was a wealth of interesting information about the islands and their history. I really enjoyed listening to him. His love for these places was evident in his enthusiasm. Also he accompanied us to almost all of our dinners and had great recommendations.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are going in the fall season, be sure to have extra layers that you can remove as the weather changes depending on the elevations. I thought it would be warmer, but it was chilly in the mornings and evenings.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think I have said it all.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Charles Trimingham

    Greek islands

    Excellent choice of islands. Very friendly group and leader

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing the rock at Skaros point on Santorini. The walk out to the point is pretty easy but do not climb up onto the rock unless you are a competent scrambler.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was excellent. Maybe she could have explained a bit more history/geology/geography She was very organised and efficient. Very friendly

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will want to return to Naxos which was the best of the three islands.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bring reading material for the lengthy (but enjoyable) ferry trips.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Lesley Modi

    Walking in the Greek Islands

    Overall a very enjoyable trip. Visiting 3 islands made the week seem longer and more varied. The walks were generally leisurely but there were a couple of hills which we climbed in the hottest part of the day, but that could not be avoided. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Santorini walk from Fira to Oia. Walking on the volcanic island. Plus the beautiful walk on Naxos through olive groves and in the hills.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was wonderful; she got things just right, and was good company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some walkers found the hills, and loose scree a little challenging. Some had poles which helped. So maybe consider taking poles if you are unsure.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip offers an additional walking trip on Evia.; but number of my group thought an additional 3/4 days on Naxos at the end of the trip would have been really attractive. Maybe Exodus could think about this for the future.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Richard Davies

    Stroll around some Greek islands

    A great Introduction to activity holidays as the walking was not hard and the scenery was stunning. Lots of travel but a great way to get a feel for 3 different islands. Will treasure the memory of glorious sunsets whilst sipping cocktails beachside for a long time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the Greek "Pompeii" on santorini. Stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was a great leader, organised everything very well and was the right mix of being part of the group and leaving the group to itself.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Bernice Hird

    Walking on the Greek Islands

    If you want a lovely, leisurely, sunny trip with a great mixture of scenery, culture and gentle walks this is great. There were only 9 people which was perfect. Plenty of flexibility for free time and eating with the group or choosing to wander off on your own or in smaller groups. In June the weather was lovely, it started to get too warm for walking at the end of the week, so I skipped the last day to enjoy on the beach in Naxos. Hotels were good standard, with pools. The ferries can be slightly tedious, but an experience. Great mix of 3 islands, of course whilst Santorini is touristy it is absolutely stunning.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The 11km walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia on Santorini. Definitely the Wow factor, and I'm glad I learnt how to take panoramic photos as the views are gorgeous. Watching the sun go down over the sea in Naxos the last 2 evenings was lovely. The old towns on Naxos and Paros are delightful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecille was a warm, caring, sunny and relaxed leader. She was informative without being pushy, and just wanted us to enjoy our holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If like me you have spent years doing long haul, adventurous travel and more challenging treks, then this is the perfect tonic for a different kind of European break. Surprisingly nice wine too, especially the (more expensive as is everything) white in Santorini from Assyrtiko grape. The last day travelling back is long, so if you wanted to extend a couple of nights in Naxos for beach, you might like to consider flying back from there to Athens to connect with onward flights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    loved it!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Nigel Collier

    Walking on the Greek Islands

    My first group walking experience and I thoroughly enjoyed joining a group of like-minded people for a very well organised holiday. The islands were beautiful, the weather kind and the balance of walking, sight-seeing and relaxing just about right.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Santorini delivered spectacular jaw-dropping scenery but I loved Naxos. I thought the hinterland of Naxos was so beautiful and Naxos Town very interesting. This was the place I want to return to.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was great - his knowledge of Greek History and Religion was very impressive. He knew everyone and was obviously very much at home on the islands. Best of all was his choice of restaurants and bars in the evenings - they just got better and better. A good leader who also knows when to fade into the background.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found the stony paths quite challenging so, if you have knee or ankle issues, good walking boots are advisable. The ferry rides are a bit tedious so a good book is essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was on my own but had a really enjoyable 8 day holiday.

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