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Hiking tour on Naxos, Koufonisi and Amorgos

An endless expanse of blue on the dream-like Cyclades

Do you love hiking? Do you treasure unforgettable moments and experiences? Would you like to travel to Greece and encounter the country from its most authentic and original side?

Then this hiking tour on the Cyclades islands of Naxos, Koufonisi, and Amorgos is perfect for you! Pure island idyll, thousands of shades of blue, white cube houses, imposing cliff-side monasteries, untouched mountain worlds, island locals – all this awaits you on these dream Aegean islands.

Archaeological treasures, insider insights into the Greek Orthodox world, and unspoilt nature will leave you in awe time and time again. It is no coincidence that the Cyclades are considered the epitome of the “Greek islands” by so many. Step by step on these hikes, you will discover the secrets of the islands; true microcosms scattered in the vast Aegean Sea. Each island is a world of its own and has a little something extra!


Highlights

  • Untouched beauty: Time seems to have stood still in the mountain world of Naxos
  • Bluer than blue: Swim in the enchanting turquoise-blue bays on Koufonisi
  • Spectacular: The cliff-side monasteries of Amorgos
  • Coastal wonders: Enjoy fabulous views of the Aegean Sea
  • Total bliss: Savour the delicious tastes of the Cycladic cuisine


8 days/7 nights
May, Sep
Moderate
Naxos
Naxos
Persons: 4+
Age: 14+

Included Activities

  • Guided hiking tours on Naxos, Koufonisi, and Amorgos
  • Visit to the Kouros statues on Naxos
  • Visit to the Chozoviotisa cliff-side monastery on Amorgos
  • Swims in the turquoise sea at beautiful sandy beaches
  • Tasting of Greek specialities

Dates

  • 7-14 May 2022
  • 10-17 Sep 2022

For groups of 4+ participants, we can organise the tour on your desired dates between April and October on request.


DAY 1
Naxos (Arrival) | Individual journey to Naxos. You will be welcomed by your guide at the port or the airport and taken to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will be given a detailed briefing about the trip ahead. Afterwards, we head out on an exploration tour to discover the old town of Naxos.

In the evening, we enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional Greek taverna. Overnight stay in Naxos town.

DAY 2
Naxos: Hike from the Kouros statue to Chalki (approx. 7 km / 4.5 mi. / 3 hr) | Our hike on Naxos is like something out of a picture book. After a short transfer, we start the day’s hike at the two famous Kouroi near Melanes.

The two marble statues of young men have been lying in the ancient quarry for 2,600 years. Due to imperfections in the stone, the sculptors abandoned their work where they can still be seen today.  Our route first takes us to a large Venetian fortress. We continue through olive groves and macchia to Chalki, one of the most beautiful villages on Naxos.

Our day’s efforts are immediately rewarded with a delicious lunch in a local taverna. Afterwards we take a transfer back to Naxos town, where we spend the night again.

DAY 3
Naxos: Hike up Mount Zeus (approx. 6.5 km / 4 mi. / 4 hr) | The highest mountain in the Cyclades is on the programme for today. The mountain peak, named after Zeus, the father of the ancient gods, is a fantastic location for an incredible hike.

According to local legend, the cave on the north-western side of the mountain was Zeus’ birthplace. During the climb, we can look forward to spectacular panoramic views of the whole island and the deep blue Aegean that lies beyond the island’s shores.

Once we return to Naxos town, the afternoon is free to do with as you please. Perhaps you would like to enjoy a refreshing swim at the beautiful sandy beaches nearby or simply relax. Overnight stay in Naxos town.

DAY 4
From Naxos to Koufonisi | Our ferry to Koufonisi does not leave until early afternoon. This gives us the opportunity to explore the impressive Venetian castle in the morning, which towers above the island’s capital. There is also enough time to stroll through the winding alleys of the old town. Then it’s ‘Goodbye Naxos’.

Our ferry crossing through the island world of the Cyclades takes about 2.5 hours. Koufonisi is made up of two tiny islands separated by a strait only 200 m wide. Together, the two islets form a paradise of unspoilt beauty.

A real jewel in the middle of the Aegean! The locals claim that there are more boats than inhabitants. Cars are also practically non-existent; here most people walk or cycle. Overnight stay on Koufonisi.

DAY 5
Koufonisi: Island hike (approx. 8 km / 5 mi. / 4 hr) – Amorgos | Off we go to explore Koufonisi on foot! Today’s destination is the beautiful Pori Beach. Along the way, we marvel at countless views of the island’s rugged southern coast.

Bays after bays indent the shoreline filled with the numerous sparkling shades of the blue sea. In areas, the turquoise of the water is so spectacular you might think you were looking at a photoshopped picture were you not standing right there.

In Pori, we have time to swim before returning to the hotel. In the late afternoon, we take the ferry to Amorgos, the easternmost of all the Cycladic islands. Here our next wonderland awaits with crystal clear water and an immensely peaceful atmosphere. Overnight stay on Amorgos.

DAY 6
Amorgos: Round hike above Aegiali Bay (approx. 8 km / 5 mi. / 4 hr) | Today we look forward to an authentic island experience with wild untouched nature and breath-taking views!

After breakfast we set off on a fantastic round hike, passing the traditional villages of Langada and Tholaria and visiting the monastery of Epanochoriani. The trail leads through hilly countryside with lush vegetation, centuries-old stone walls, and numerous whitewashed churches. Experience Greece’s island idyll at its best!

Once we return to the hotel, you can relax for the rest of the afternoon. Overnight stay on Amorgos.

DAY 7
Amorgos: Hike from Chora to the cliff-side monastery of Chozoviotisa (approx. 13 km / 8 mi. / 5 hr) | There is so much to see on Amorgos! We start another eventful day with a visit to the island’s capital Chora. Located 400 m / 1,312 ft. above sea level, the town is an imposing sight, with its fortress towering over the sea of white houses.

Such beauty simply must be explored, so we have plenty of time to take a stroll along the streets and through the alleys. Afterwards, we leave Chora and head towards the oft-photographed Chozoviotisa Monastery, one of the most extraordinary Byzantine monasteries in Greece. Like an eagle’s nest, it nestles into a steep cliff high above the blue waters of the Aegean.

After visiting the monastery, we continue our hike on paved mule paths to Aegali. A transfer takes us back to the hotel and we spend the night on Amorgos.

DAY 8
From Amorgos to Naxos (Departure) | With a touch of melancholy arising as this magical journey draws to an end, we say goodbye to Amorgos and take the ferry back to Naxos.

Once in Naxos, it is time to either travel home or extend your holiday on Naxos or in Greece. If you would like to see more of the Cyclades, our 4-day extension programme ‘Best of Santorini’ is perfect for you.

Charming boutique hotels in Cycladic style

During this trip, you will be accommodated in beautiful boutique hotels, which reflect the typical charm of the Cyclades Islands in their architecture. Here, tradition meets comfort; the spacious rooms are equipped with a shower and toilet, air conditioning, and often have a balcony or terrace.

The friendly staff will ensure that you want for nothing. Every day starts with a rich and delicious breakfast. WIFI is available around the clock in the hotels.

When can I do this tour?
This tour takes place on fixed dates in May and September. Between April and October, you can request your desired dates for groups of 4 or more.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
This tour is not suitable for children due to the length and difficulty of the hikes. In our opinion, teens 14+ with very good physical fitness and hiking experience should be able to take part in this tour.

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

What meals are included in the basic tour price?
The tour price includes full board catering consisting of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This starts with dinner on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.

As is typical of Greek culture, our groups usually eat together.  This allows us to try a wider variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. However, there is no obligation to do so. If you would like to eat vegetarian or if you have food intolerances, please let us know before the start of the trip.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer vegan meals on this tour. Please also note that alcoholic drinks are not included in the price.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new and updated information and experiences. The hikes, accommodation, and visits listed are therefore subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes to the published itinerary if we believe that weather conditions warrant it or if the safety of participants can no longer be guaranteed.

How difficult is this tour?
This tour is classified as moderate and is suitable for anyone who has a good level of physical fitness. Although the daily distances are not particularly far, the elevation gain is fairly considerable. Participants should also be prepared for steeper passages.

The trip includes town and village tours as well as five days of moderate hikes of 3-5 hours. Although the trails are fairly well maintained, the terrain is often very rocky and stony. We mainly follow hiking trails, mountain paths, and small asphalted roads.

How do I get to Naxos?
You can get to Naxos either by direct flight or by changing planes in Athens. Of course, you can also take the ferry from Athens (Piraeus) to Naxos. To find and book ferries yourself visit: www.greekferries.gr

What should I pack for this tour?
Greece has a temperate climate. It is a good idea to dress in layers so that you can always take something off or put something on if it is too warm/cold.

We also recommend packing as light as possible, as heavy luggage can quickly become a burden. Here is a small list of things we recommend bringing with you on the tour.

This is only a guideline, and you can always modify it to suit your own needs.

Official papers:

Valid passport
Airline tickets

Luggage:

40L backpack for carrying clothes, climbing gear, camera, water bottle, snacks, etc.

Outdoor clothing:

Fleece jumper
Rain jacket
Possibly rain trousers / poncho

Clothes:

Hiking shorts
Quick-drying synthetic T-shirts
Casual clothing made from light fabric
Hiking trousers
Comfortable underwear
Swimming gear

Footwear:

Good hiking boots / walking shoes (preferably with ankle support)
Comfortable shoes for the evening

Accessories:

Sun protection (cream, hat, glasses etc.)
Headlamp
Personal hygiene items

Optional accessories:

Safety bag or money belt
Trekking poles
Camera
Personal 1st aid kit
Travel pillow
Insect repellent
Electric adapter

BASIC TOUR PRICE

2,070 € per person in a double room

Single rooms can be booked on request for an extra fee.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 8-day hiking tour on Naxos, Koufonisi, and Amorgos
  • 7 nights in carefully selected boutique hotels (double room)
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Full board: 7 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 7 x dinner
  • Ferry tickets Naxos – Koufonisi, Koufonisi – Amorgos, Amorgos – Naxos
  • Transfers and luggage transport during the trip
  • Guided hikes and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide during the entire tour

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to/from Naxos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Entrance to sights visited individually
  • Tips for guide and transfer driver

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Single room, for an extra fee on request
  • Transfers between airport or hotel in Athens and Piraeus: price on request
  • Additional nights in Athens or on Naxos: prices on request

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