Island Hopping Naxos & Santorini

Self Guided Tour - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore two beautiful Greek islands in one amazing walking holiday.
Stunning Santorini is probably Greece’s most photographed island. The whitewashed towns of Thira and Oia are spectacularly sited on cliff tops high above the crystal clear shimmering blue sea. On Naxos explore the highest mountain of the area, Zas then discover lively towns, glorious beaches and traditional countryside.

Enjoy the warmth of Greek hospitality in these idyllic islands. The fine cuisine is based on fresh produce – stiffado, goat stew, moussaka, stuffed tomatoes, feta cheese, Greek salads and wonderful seafood. Travel between the two islands is by ferry.

Your Journey

Day 1: Arrive Santorini.

Be awed by the steep coloured cliffs topped by white-washed villages. 

Day 2: Perissa to Akrotiri  (13 km, 5.5 hrs, ascent 580m)

Start from Perissa and follow and an old path to a windy saddle then on to the ancient capital of Thira.  Descend to the quiet inner area of the island then through vineyards and past picturesque villages to Akrotiri village.

Day 3: Fira to Oia  (10.3 km, 3 hrs)

Explore the narrow alleys of the white-washed town of  Fira, the capital of Santorini then walk a fabulous coastal path with spectacular sheer cliffs to Oia.

Day 4: Circuit walk from Akrotiri  (5.2 km, 1.5 hrs)

Walk to the fascinating archaeological site dating back to the Minoan Bronze Age.  A settlement buried by the Theran eruption around 1627 BC and buried in volcanic ash,  has been masterfully excavated and displayed under cover showing life as it was at that time.  It is known as the Greek Pompeii.

Day 5  Santorini To Naxos

Morning free.  Take the afternoon ferry to the island of Naxos (2.5 hrs)

Day 6  Chalki to Melanes  (10 / 14 /19 kms, 3.5, 4.5, 7 hrs)

Your walk starts from Chalki located on the Tragea Plain, the  fertile centre of Naxos.  Walk on cobbled paths through the countryside past the crumbling Venetian fortress of Ano Kastro to an ancient marble quarry where the unfinished, 10m high statue of Kouros lies.  End in the village of Melanes then return to Chora.

Day 7  Mt Zas  (13 or 19 kms, 5 or 7 hrs, ascent 500m or 900m)

Start from Filoti village built at the foothills of Mt Zas, then climb to the summit of this legendary mountain.  You can visit the cave where, according to legend, Zeus was nursed by an eagle.  Option to extend and walk to Apiranthos and via the saddle of Mt Fanari for breathtaking views.

Day 8

Visit the castle and museum in Chora or relax at the sandy beach of Agios Georgios.  Afternoon ferry to Santorini then transfer to the airport for your flight.

This week can be combined with Western Crete by taking a ferry from Santorini to Heraklion.

Terrain

Moderate to energetic day walks, 4-7 hrs per day (excluding breaks) on hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths - gravel tracks, cobbled mule-paths and footpaths.

Meals

Breakfast daily.

Schedule

2018: Start any day 1 April to 25 October.  July and August are very hot!

Price - 2018

Please note that pricing is per person in Euros.

  29 Mar - 7 Jun, 21 Sep - 25 Oct 8 Jun - 14 Jul, 1 – 20 Sep 15 Jul – 31 Aug
Share twin €635 €750 €870
Share triple €585 €685 €790
Single room supplement €180 €285 €430

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