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Adventure Combo Paros, Naxos, Santorini

Explore three famous Cyclades islands by boat, bike, kayak, and on foot!

If you are looking to experience typical Greek island life straight out of a picture book, the Cyclades are the place for you! Gleaming white houses with blue shutters, hundreds of chapels, and narrow, labyrinthine-like alleyways determine the architectural character of the island towns. The white sandy beaches nestled between the rocky landscape create striking contrasts with the brilliant blue of the sea.

Our tour leads to the islands of Paros, Naxos, and Santorini, undoubtedly three of the most famous Cycladic islands. In summer, the islands bustle with life. However, by boat, bicycle, kayak, and on foot, it is possible to reach remote areas that few tourists get to see.

Paros awaits its visitors with beautiful sandy beaches and inviting beach bars. The picturesque harbour town of Naoussa is especially worth a visit. Here, the Cycladic-style houses huddle around the colourful fishing harbour giving the island’s second-largest town a truly unique charm.

Naxos is the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands. Those passionate about culture get their money’s worth here. Explore the impressive Portara of Naxos, also known as the Great Door. This ancient entrance gate to the temple of Apollo is considered the island’s most important landmark.

Last but not least, the tour leads to Santorini – deservedly called the Queen of the Aegean. A massive volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC created the island’s truly distinctive landscape. This eventful tour combines activity, culture, adventure, fun, and variety and is therefore especially suitable for families.


Highlights

  • Postcard-perfect Greece: pure Cycladic idyll awaits you on all three islands.
  • Water paradise: Experience the islands from the sea by kayak and fishing boat!
  • Decked in white: The islands of Naxos and Paros are almost entirely made of marble.
  • Delicious delicacies: The fava puree, made from yellow beans, is a special treat.
  • Divine wines: Naxos and Santorini are home to some of the best wines in Greece.


9 days/8 nights
APR – NOV
Moderate
Paros
Santorini
Persons: 2+
Age: 14+

Included Activities

  • Spectacular hikes on Paros, Naxos, and Santorini
  • Boat trip from Paros to the neighbouring island of Antiparos incl. lunch and drinks
  • Bicycle tour on Naxos
  • Kayak tour on Santorini incl. lunch

Dates
This tour operates from April to November and requires a minimum of 2 participants.

You can start it any day and choose between a self-guided option, where you do the hikes on your own with the help of maps that we provided, or a guided option with a local guide (see services).

The other activities (bike tour, kayak tour, and boat trip) are guided in both variants.


DAY 1
Arrival on Paros | The tour starts on the island of Paros. You can reach the island by plane or ferry. The ferry and flight connections from Athens to Paros vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. The domestic flight takes about 45 minutes, the ferry takes between 3 and 5 hours.

Once you arrive on the island, you take a short transfer to your hotel which is located in the charming harbour town of Naoussa. Here you will spend the next three nights.

DAY 2
Paros: Hike along the ”Byzantine Trail” to Logaras | The day begins with a short transfer inland to Lefkes, one of the oldest settlements on the island. Here there is time to stroll through the traditional village before beginning our hike along the ‘Byzantine Trail’.

The delicious scent of wild, aromatic herbs and Mediterranean plants accompanies us on our relaxed hike past olive groves and vineyards. Once we have reached our destination, the beautiful beach of Logaras tempts us in for a refreshing swim. Afterwards, we return to the hotel in Naoussa.

DAY 3
Paros: Boat trip on board a traditional fishing vessel | Today we enjoy a day of sea air, fun, and swimming stops aboard a traditional fishing boat. The captain welcomes us on the boat and, depending on the weather, we set sail either to the tiny island of Antiparos or to the south coast of Paros.

Today brings everything from long swimming breaks and cliff jumping, visits to caves and secluded beaches to freshly prepared Greek food and cold drinks. A truly unforgettable day is guaranteed. In the evening we return to Naoussa for a final overnight stay.

DAY 4
Paros to Naxos | After breakfast, a transfer takes us to the port of Paroikia. We bid farewell to Paros and take the ferry to Naxos.

After a short crossing of about an hour, we reach Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades islands. A transfer takes us to our hotel, where we will spend the night. Once we have settled in, there is plenty of time to explore the new surroundings independently.

Naxos town captivates with its fortified citadel and a beautifully developed harbour promenade. Stunning sandy beaches are within walking distance. Enjoy the sea air and relax!

DAY 5
Naxos: Hike to Naxos cultural sites | After breakfast, a transfer brings us to Apollonia. Today’s hike starts at the Kouros statue, which stands over 10 metres tall and was once predestined to be placed in an ancient sanctuary.

However, when the sculptors discovered a flaw in the marble, the statue was left unfinished. From the impressive marble figure, we follow the path to the picturesque village of Ano Potamia. After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, we walk to Apano Kastro where we enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Naxos town, the harbour, and the surrounding villages.

We continue via the small village of Tsikalario to Chalki, where we visit the Valindras Distillery and taste Kitron. This local liqueur of protected Naxos origin is made from the leaves of the cedrat tree. Afterwards, we return to Naxos town, where we spend the night again.

DAY 6
Naxos: Bike tour through authentic Naxos | Today we hop on our bicycles and cycle along quiet roads through typical Naxian villages. The rich vegetation of the fertile island surrounds us, and we enjoy beautiful views over the mountains and coastal landscape.

We reach the dreamlike beach of Mikri Vigla with its fine white sand and the bright blue sea via small dirt roads. Here we take a break and enjoy a swim, some food, and drinks. After our time at the beach, we return to Naxos town, where we spend another night.

DAY 7
Naxos to Santorini: Hike along the Caldera Trail | After breakfast, we have time to enjoy the picturesque harbour of Naxos one more time. You are free to choose whether you would like to stroll along the promenade, wander through the town, visit the archaeological museum, or enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.

Around noon we take the ferry to the Queen of the Cyclades. As we approach Santorini from the sea, we already get an impression of the volcanic island’s beauty. Upon arrival, we head to the hotel.

Once we have settled in, we go on a four-hour hike from the town of Fira along the spectacular caldera to the picturesque village of Oia. Overnight stay on Santorini.

DAY 8
Santorini: Kayak tour along the south coast | After breakfast, we head to the starting point of today’s tour. By kayak, we explore the south coast of the island from the water.

We enjoy views of spectacular rock formations, crystal clear waters, and beautiful beaches. Along the way, we stop to snorkel and dive with plenty of time to enjoy the fascinating underwater world. We return to our hotel and spend our last night on Santorini.

DAY 9
Santorini: Departure day | Our eventful tour ends on Santorini. From here you can plan your onward journey to other islands or the return journey to Athens.

Family-friendly hotels in Cycladic style and beautiful surroundings

During this trip, you will be accommodated in wonderful family-friendly 3–4-star resorts, which architecturally reflect the typical charm of the Cyclades islands. Here, tradition meets comfort. The spacious rooms and family flats are equipped with shower/WC and air conditioning and often have a balcony or terrace.

All hotels are located near the sea and have their own pools. The friendly staff will make sure you want for nothing. Every day starts with a rich breakfast. WIFI is available around the clock in the hotels.

When can I do this tour?
This tour runs from April to November and can be started on any day.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
The tour is suitable for both children and adults. Families are therefore welcome to participate with their children aged 8 years or older.

Please note that children under the age of 14 can only take part in the sea kayak tour on Santorini together with a parent in a two-person kayak.

The bike tour on Naxos is only suitable for children over 14 but can be exchanged for a culinary tour, a catamaran cruise, or a day at the beach.

What language is the tour conducted in?
The tour is conducted exclusively in English.

What meals are included in the basic tour price?
With the self-guided tour option, you will receive a substantial breakfast every day. The guided tour option includes full board.

In addition to a rich breakfast at the hotel, you can look forward to traditional restaurants and tastings of many different island specialities for lunch and dinner. Full board begins with dinner on the first day and ends with dinner on the eighth day. Drinks are not included on both tours.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
In the event of extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to make changes to the tour itinerary. We can also tailor this tour to suit your individual wishes.

Feel free to contact us if you would rather see or experience something different on Paros, Naxos, or Santorini and we will do our best to adjust the tour itinerary to your liking.

How difficult is this tour?
This tour is relatively easy, but you will need to have good basic fitness to complete the planned activities and be sure-footed enough for the hikes.

Before the bike and kayak tour, you will receive an introduction on how to use the equipment as well as a safety briefing. If you do not wish to participate in an activity, please let us know.

How do I get from Athens to Paros and from Santorini to Athens?
Both Paros and Santorini are accessible from Athens via domestic flights. Both islands also have ferry connections to the Athens port of Piraeus. Piraeus is about 25 km from Athens airport.

Flight or ferry tickets from Piraeus to Paros and from Santorini to Piraeus are not included in the tour price. You have to book these tickets yourself. The ferry tickets from Paros to Naxos and Naxos to Santorini are included in the tour price and will be booked for you.

What should I pack for this tour?
We recommend travelling as light as possible. Even if you don’t have to carry your luggage during the hikes, you will still need to be able to carry it for short distances easily.

If you are staying longer in Greece and would like to bring more luggage, you can leave everything you don’t need for the hiking tour with us in Athens.

Things you need for the tour are as follows:

– Large backpack or travel bag for all your luggage.
– Weatherproof jacket/windbreaker with hood (Gore-Tex or similar material recommended)
– Sweatshirts or T-shirts for the activities, at least one with a collar and long sleeves (to prevent sunburn)
– Thick socks for hiking
– Daypack (20-40 litres) for snacks, water, change of clothes, camera etc.
– Warm clothes for the evening (we recommend fleece jumpers that are both warm and light, optional thermal undergarments) – the Cyclades are windy, so it can cool down considerably in the evening
– Extra pair of shoes for the evenings (optional)
– Swimming gear
– Personal sustainable water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity). We are a nature-loving company and strive to avoid plastic waste.

BASIC TOUR PRICE

Self-guided | 3-star hotels
4-6 people: 1,480€ per person
2-3 people: 1,720€ per person

Self-guided | 4-star hotels
4-6 people: 1,850€ per person
2-3 people: 1,990€ per person

Guided | 3-star hotels
4-6 people: 2,200€ per person
2-3 people: 3,075€ per person

Guided | 4-star hotels
4-6 people: 2,600€ per person
2-3 people: 3,450€ per person

Discounts are available on request for children sharing a triple or quadruple room with their parents.

INCLUDED SERVICES

Self-guided

  • 8 nights in a double room with shower/WC incl. breakfast
  • Ferry tickets (Economy Class) from Paros to Naxos and from Naxos to Santorini
  • Transfers during the tour as per itinerary
  • KMZ files for the hiking tours and digital booklet with descriptions
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
  • Boat trip to Antiparos incl. lunch and drinks
  • Guided bike tour on Naxos
  • Guided kayak tour on Santorini incl. lunch
  • Detailed guest information, which you will receive in good time before the start of your trip

Guided

  • 8 nights in a double room with shower/WC incl. breakfast
  • 7 x lunch and 8 x dinner
  • Ferry tickets (Economy Class) from Paros to Naxos and from Naxos to Santorini
  • Transfers and sightseeing during the tour as per itinerary
  • Guided walks on Paros, Naxos, and Santorini as per itinerary
  • Boat trip to Antiparos incl. lunch and drinks
  • Guided bike tour on Naxos
  • Guided kayak tour on Santorini incl. lunch
  • Hotel tax (2-3 euro/room/day)
  • Detailed guest information, which you will receive in good time before departure
  • English-speaking guide

NOT INCLUDED

Self-guided

  • Journey to Paros / from Santorini
  • Lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • Hotel tax (2-3 euro/room/day; depending on the chosen hotel category)
  • Tips for transfer driver and service staff

Guided

  • Journey to Paros / from Santorini
  • Drinks
  • Tips for transfer driver and service staff

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Single room, surcharge for 3-star hotel: 350€ / trip; 4-star hotel: 450€
  • Additional nights on Santorini: price on request
  • Transfer between your accommodation in Santorini and Santorini airport or port on departure day: price on request

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