Cyclades (multiples adventures) *Athens, Naxos, Schinoussa, Iraklia, Santorini 8 DAYS by boat / plane
The Greek summer with its famous summer destinations. Friendly, bright, colorful, Greece offers fabulous treasures to everybody. The Greek islands offer an unforgettable experience. Your trip includes 7 nights at a hotel of your choice with breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 dinners leader, transports and local guide.
Highlights: Athens (Acropolis, Acropolis museum, Monastiraki, Thissio, Temple of Olympian Zeus, historic course in the city center), Naxos (Venetian castle, back country riding or cycling, walking in the Tragea Valley, walking in Apeiranthos and Filotas, visit the distillery), Schinoussa- Iraklia (scuba diving or kayaking), Santorini (archeological museum, visit the Wine Museum, walk in the path -Oias- Fira, visit the volcano, Akrotiri)
>Day 1: Athens - Naxos
We meet at the metro station of Acropolis, from where we’ll start our exploration. We will visit Acropolis and Parthenon, the magnificent Museum of Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, we will walk around the picturesque Plaka, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Athens and we will end up at Monastiraki and Thisio for lunch and some shopping! In the afternoon, we transfer to Piraeus and we board the ferry to Naxos island, the largest of the Cyclades islands. After check in at the hotel, you are free to either go straight to bed and relax or enjoy your first walk in Naxos old town by night.
>Day 2: Naxos welcome tour
After breakfast, we will enjoy a welcome tour in Naxos town (Chora) and we will visit the Venetian castle and the old town, while our local guide will give us a good insight on the history and culture of the island. In the afternoon, we will enjoy horseback riding or cycling.
>Day 3: Naxos island hiking
Enjoy a good breakfast today, as we will explore hiking the best of Naxos inland, with its fertile valley, olive groves, vineyards and traditional villages. Starting from the village of Moni, crossing old marble paths and the Tragea plateau, we will end up in the picturesque village of Chalki and we’ll visit the traditional citrus distillery, where will be able to sample their famous locally produced liqueurs. After lunch, we will visit the villages of Filoti and Apeiranthos, the most well – known and traditional villages of mountainous Naxos.
>Day 4: Sailing to Small Cyclades
Today we will set off on a daily sailing tour with destination Iraklia and Schinousa islands, two secluded earthly paradises in the Aegean Sea that will captivate you for their crystal clear, turquoise waters and their calmness! A day full of surprises, fun and adventure! Snorkeling, diving with a sea scooter, kayaking and much more will definitely give you an unforgettable experience!
>Day 5: Naxos - Santorini
After breakfast, you are free to enjoy your last morning in Naxos as you wish! You can relax at the hotel’s swimming pool, go to Chora for shopping or simply walk around the narrow alleys and enjoy your coffee in one of the charming cafes across the side front. In the afternoon, we will take the ferry to Santorini*. Get ready to admire for yourself this striking, magical, volcanic island and feel its unique and inspiring aura! The views from the boat once we enter the caldera are simply stunning and captivating…
>Day 6: Santorini – Hiking from Fira to Oia
In and around Fira, OiaThis morning, we will visit the monastery of Prophet Elias, located on the highest hill of Santorini, offering 360 panoramic views of the island! Later on, after we visit the Archaeological museum of Fira,we will take the hiking trail that leads from Fira to Oia, all the way along the Caldera cliff edge. It is a scenic route with no particular difficulties, offering spectacular views over the caldera. Once in the picturesque village of Oia, we will enjoy the sunset, which is considered to be one of the best sunsets worldwide! We will end our day with dinner in one of Oia’s beautiful restaurants.
>Day 7: Santorini archaeological sites
Today the day is dedicated to learning more about Santorini’s history and archaeology. In the morning, we will hike towards Ancient Thera (about 30’ walking), an ancient city, linked to the second important period of Santorini’s history. Definitely a must see! Following the downhill footpath, we will reach Perissa beach in about 30min, where we will have some rest by the sea and lunch in a local tavern. Do not forget to bring your swimming suit with you! The archaeological site of Akrotiri comes next. Our professional guide will guide you through the excavations that have revealed one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean. A stop at the Red Beach follows, before we head back to relax after a day full of history!
>Day 8: Santorini volcano tour – return to Athens
This morning we will sail inside the caldera to visit the island of Nea Kameni. There we will hike along the rim of the volcano’s crater, see the spots where steam is still rising from the crater and where we can feel the heat from the stones. Athletic shoes are necessary, since, particularly during the summer months, the soil is hot. Then our boat will take us to the next island of Palia Kameni, where we can swim in the Hot Springs. The water’s temperature is approx. 5 degrees higher than in the rest of the sea. Soon after that, we will arrive at the picturesque islet of Therassia and visit the beautiful church of Agia Irini, shining white on the hill above the port. We will enjoy local delicacies and unlimited drinks while on the boat. In the afternoon, the boat will sail along the impressive Caldera passing below Oia, dropping us off at Ammoudi. Tonight we fly back to Athens.
- 7 Days of accommodation in 3* (superior) hotels, based on double occupancy
- Trails Beyond tour leader for the whole trip
- Local guides
- Activity instructors
- 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Boat transfer from Athens to Naxos and from Naxos to Santorini
- Airplane tickets from Santorini to Athens
- Car rental for the whole trip (for groups 2-8 people) and/or all necessary car transfers (for groups 9-18 guests); fuel consumption
- Entrance fees to sites listed in the tour itinerary
- Cost for all activities included in the tour program
- All taxes
PACKAGE NOT INCLUDE
- Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price