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Walking in the Cyclades Islands

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Homepage > Greece > Walking in the Cyclades Islands
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from 1st April to 26th October
  • Location: Athens and transfer to Naxos

hiking in Cyclades Islands

Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Walking holidays and our walking holidays in Greece. Our Cyclades Islands hiking vacation lets you explore Naxos and Santorini. The Cyclades Islands are a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, South-East of mainland Greece. Firstly you will set sail to the island of Naxos and climb the highest mountain in the area: Zas. From its summit, you enjoy breathtaking views of olive orchards around you that are in sharp contrast with the deep blue Aegean Sea. Naxos is an island of contrasts: on the one hand, the lively town and beaches near Naxos town offer excitement and entertainment, where on the other hand you encounter the rural countryside where life is still very traditional.

Next up is walking in Santorini; the most photogenic place of Greece. The steep cliffs with layers in all colours are the result of an explosion of the Thira volcano thousands of years ago. In de flooded “caldera” of Santorini, there is still volcanic activity, as you can see during your visit to the Kammeni Islands. Whitewashed villages on the cliffs, interesting ancient sites and excellent wines guarantee a perfect stay. And what better way to discover this unique landscape than on foot?

Starting Location

Athens and transfer to Naxos

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star equivalent hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • Transfers Athens airport-Piraeus docks, Piaeus-Athens
  • Round trip transfers on Naxos and Santorini
  • Taxi transfers Hotel-Perissa, Oia-Hotel
  • Ferry tickets in tourist class.

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Extra Nights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Season Supplements
  • City Taxes
Trip Info

Walk Characteristics

The walks are mostly unsurfaced tracks; Cobbled mule-paths, footpaths, and some tarmac roads.

Accommodation – subject to change

1 night in Athens-Acropolis Hill.
3 nights on Naxos – Hotel Anixis
3 nights on Santorini – Kalimera Hotel

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival Athens and transfer to Naxos

Arrival at Athens Airport and transfer to the port of Piraeus from where you leave on a ferry in the late afternoon to Naxos. The ferry takes 5.5 hrs and you arrive around midnight on Naxos. In case your flight does not allow travelling to Naxos on the same day, you have to book an extra night in Athens and you travel to Naxos the next day in the early morning.

Day 2Walk from Chalki to Melanes 6-11.8 miles 10-19km up/down 150-400m 3.5-7 hours walking time

You take a taxi or public bus to Chalki, located in the centre of the Tragea plain. Today you explore this fertile inner land of Naxos with olive groves and rich vegetation. There are some olive trees that are over a thousand years old! You walk on cobbled paths via the Venetian Fortress Ano Kastro to an ancient marble quarry where you find a 10m height statue of an unfinished Kouros from the 6th century BC! The walk ends in the nearby village Melanes from where you take a taxi or public bus back to the hotel.

Day 3Walk to Mt. Zas 8.1-11.8 miles  13-19km up/down500-900m

Today’s walk starts from Filoti that you reach by taxi or public bus. From this village, built at the foothills of Mt. Zas, you start your walk to the summit of this legendary mountain. You may witness the cave in which according to the legend, Zeus, the father of all the gods, was nursed by an eagle. After your descend you optionally continue the walk to Apiranthos. From Apiranthos you may walk back via the saddle of Mt. Fanari to Filoti; a beautiful walk with breathtaking views!

Day 4From Naxos to Santorini

You travel from Naxos to Santorini. The ferry usually departs around noon and arrives 3 hours later on Santorini. In the morning you may want to visit the Castle in Naxos town (Chora) and visit the museum here. Or you can relax on the sandy beach of Agios Georgios. You enter the submerged crater of this old volcano by ferry boat and this is an unforgettable experience. You will be impressed by the steep coloured cliffs and the whitewashed villages on top. It is said that the eruption, 3.600 years ago, ended the Minoan Civilization.

Day 5Walk from Perissa to Akrotiri  8.1 miles 13km up/down 580/550m 5.5 hours walking time

A transfer will take you to Perissa from where you start climbing via an old path to a windy saddle. This area is one of the very few places that exist from before the devastating volcanic eruption. You walk up to Ancient Thira, the capital of the island in Ancient and Roman times. The location is really fantastic! Then you descend via an old path to the quiet inner parts of the island. You walk through vineyards (Santorini produces top-class wines!) and passing picturesque villages. Through this landscape of volcanic ashes and along the black beach you walk back to Akrotiri village.

Day 6 Walk from Fira to Oia  6.4 miles 10.3km up/down 300/400m 3 hours walking time

You travel by public bus to Fira, the capital of Santorini. Here you can explore the narrow alleys of this whitewashed town, built on the top of the volcanic cliffs. It houses a couple of interesting museums, such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thira and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon you make the famous walk from Fira to Oia. This walk allows you fabulous views of the lagoon and the spectacular cliffs with its massive drops. Most of the walk is via a really nice wide mule-path. From Oia, you will be picked up and get a transfer back to the hotel.

Day 7Round walk from Akrotiri and travel from Santorini to Athens ã Athens 3.3 miles 5.2km up/down 135/120m 1.5 hours walking time.

A last a free morning in Akrotiri at leisure and the possibility to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri, the Greek Pompeji that opened in spring 2012 after it had been closed for many years. Then you transfer to the port from where you travel comfortably on a modern ferry to Piraeus. The journey will last around 8 hours. Upon arrival, you will have an organised transfer by taxi to your centrally located hotel in Athens.

Day 8Departure

Depending on your flight departure today, you may have time to pay a visit to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum before you travel per metro or bus to the airport. We hope you have enjoyed exploring the Cyclades Islands


How to get there

Fly to Athens airport.

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