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GREEK ISLANDS TOUR
CYCLADES ISLAND HOPPING


9 Days/8 NightsMykonos - Naxos - Santorini

ITINERARY

The Cyclades is a group of different sized islands scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Some of them are well recognized, while others remain little known and scarcely figure on the tourist scene. Taken as a whole, they make an ideal holiday destination for visitors of the most varied tastes.

Trip Highlights: Trek on three beautiful Greek islands, all with their unique characteristics: Mykonos with its white washed houses and many windmills, Santorini with its breathtaking views of the volcano and Naxos with its picturesque and traditional villages!

In brief: This program is designed for travelers who wish to explore the Greek islands but at the same time be able to enjoy the pleasures of the Greek culture, interact with the locals and sample Greek food. The Cycladic complex of islands is the most representative of the archetypical Greek style. Fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea and bays with powdery white sandy beaches. The aim of the tour is to take you to the best spots as well as to the interior of the islands where you will discover the culture and habits of the islanders.

Level Requirements
Walking
Relatively easy walks (3 - 4 hours per day), good start for a first trekking holiday The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well - constructed stone mule paths.
Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy trekking, even going up steep hills. We expect participants to be in good physical condition. We typically walk along either dirt roads or stony footpaths, some of which can be irregular underfoot. In Santorini there are some optional short stretches of footpath, which, although not dangerous, may be uncomfortable for vertigo-sufferers. On the coast we also walk on sand and shingle for short stretches. Some days involve altitude gains of 500m. A stick may be useful.

Day by day program
Day 1 Arrival in Athens, Greece

Arrive to Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" and transfer to your hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of city. In the evening meet with your guide for a short walking tour of Athens and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens, in Plaka, overlooking the Acropolis. O/N Athens

Day 2 Athens-Mykonos, Greece
After breakfast, with an experienced professional guide you will visit the world famous Acropolis, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE as well as the New Acropolis Museum (Please Note: The New Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays) Early in the afternoon (between 14.00 and 16.00 o'clock), by high-speed catamaran we go to the island of Mykonos. (Duration of trip approximately 3,5 hours). Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a walk in the picturesque town of this cosmopolitan Greek island.
O/N Mykonos

Day 3 Mykonos, Greece
After an early breakfast, we go to the port to catch the small boat to the historical Greek island of Delos. The island of Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Time will be spent on the island discovering its ancient ruins. Return to Mykonos and lunch. In the evening enjoy a walk in the internationally acclaimed Mykonos town. Walk amongst its small winding streets and sugar - cube like buildings- the archetypal postcard image of the Cyclades. (Please note that sometimes the crossing to the island of Delos may not be permitted due to weather conditions. In this case our guide will take you on either on a walk on the town of Mykonos or for a swim in one of the beautiful sandy beaches of the island.
Also Delos is closed on Mondays).
O/N Mykonos

Day 4 Naxos, Greece
In the morning, transfer by ferry boat to Naxos (via Paros Island), the biggest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. We settle to the hotel and transfer to our hike's starting point. Today's hike starts from the remarkable and majestic Greek Kouros statues. Visit Kouros of Melanes, that lies under the pleasant shadows of trees, on the backyard of a Greek family, and then continue onwards to Kouros of Potamia. Then we will follow the path to the picturesque village Ano Potamia. After a short refreshing stop at the village's spring, we will hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle). Built on a strategic position, provides panoramic view of Naxos town, port and the surrounding villages. Continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki. In Halki village, will visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos).
O/N Naxos

Day 5 Naxos, Greece
After breakfast, we go by taxis or bus to Ag. Marina, where our walk starts. We walk towards the highest peak of Mt. Zas (1004 meters altitude) and then we continue downhill on dirt road till the village of Filoti. Duration of trekking, approximately 4-5 hours and then descend from the asphalt road (not traffic) back to Filoti village, where we may rest and optionally enjoy a refreshment or a Greek coffee before catching our taxi-bus back to our hotel. Rest of the day free
O/N Naxos

Day 6 Santorini, Greece
After breakfast, we take the high-speed boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. We arrive early in the afternoon, around 15.00 o'clock and settle to our hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to admire the breathtaking view of the volcano.
O/N Santorini

Day 7 Santorini, Greece
After breakfast, we start our trek from the main town of Fira. The path starts from the cable car station. For the first 40 minutes, it's a stone-path, which then turns into a footpath. We end up to the village of Oia, the most famous village for its sunset. (Approximate duration of trek, 3 hours) Then we return back to Fira, either on foot or by bus. Rest of the day free to explore the island, either visit one of its famous wineries or the Greek archaeological site of Akrotiri.
O/N Santorini

Day 8 Santorini-Athens, Greece
Free day for swimming at the black beach of Perissa or optional excursion to then still active volcano! Lunch and early in the afternoon transfer to the port of Santorini to catch the ferry back to Athens. Transfer to your hotel in Athens.
O/N Athens

Day 9 Day of Departure from Greece


ITINERARY OVERVIEW
9 Days/8 Nights

Day by day program
Day 1 Arrival in Athens, Greece
Day 2 Athens-Mykonos, Greece
Day 3 Mykonos, Greece
Day 4 Naxos, Greece
Day 5 Naxos, Greece
Day 6 Santorini, Greece
Day 7 Santorini, Greece
Day 8 Santorini-Athens, Greece
Day 9 Day of Departure from Greece
PRICE
Our price Includes:
  • 9 days/8 nights in double room in 3* Hotels, B/B basis
  • English speaking expert tour leader.
  • Trekking activities mentioned in the program.
  • Meal Plan (breakfast at hotels, picnic or light lunch in tavern, 1 welcome dinner)
  • All transfers by buses and/or taxis depending on group size
  • Professional guide and entrance fees at Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum
  • Visit to Delos island in organized tour
  • All boat tickets to the islands (our priority is to book high speed ferries but as ferry schedules vary according to weather conditions this may alter)
  • All transfers from the port to the hotels on the islands.
  • All transfers from the hotels to the ports on the islands
Our price does not include:
  • Transfers to Athens Airport on day 9
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages
  • Dinners (except on Day 1)
  • Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned above

    Recommended 3* Hotels:
Athens: Hotel Philippos or similar
The family owned Philippos Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the old city district, only a two minutes walk from the Acropolis, Plaka, the Herodus Atticus ancient theater and the new museum of the Acropolis. The Metro Station Acropolis is a few steps away from the hotel as well as the tramway station, only one stop away from the main shopping and business areas.

Mykonos: Porto Mykonos Hotel or similar
Just a stone's throw from Mykonos Town, Porto Mykonos is located above the old port of the island, overlooking the Aegean Sea and the picturesque and vivid town of Mykonos.

Naxos: Naxos Resort or similar
Naxos Resort is located only a few yards from the endless sand beach of Ag. Georgios, with the golden sand and the shallow crystal clear blue waters. All rooms are equipped with central air-conditioning and heating, bathrooms, showers, hair dryers, mini bars, satellite television, money safes, internet and telephone.

Santorini: El Greco or similar
In Fira, the capital of Santorini, a few meters from the main square, is the El Greco.
It is a newly-built hotel with a spectacular view to volcano and the beautiful sunset.

Please note:
  • This itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions as well as boat itineraries for 2015
  • The above mentioned hotels are our first choice - in case of limited availability we provide hotels of similar category and style.
  • Our priority is to book high speed ferries but as ferry schedules vary according to weather conditions this may alter
FURTHER INFORMATION
ESTIMATED DRIVING TIMES
Please note that these are only estimated driving times and could vary upon local conditions.

From To Estimated Time
Athens Hotel Athens Airport 1 hour
Athens Hotel Port of Rafina 1.30 hours
On the islands ports/ airports To hotels on the islands 10 - 25 mins

LOCATIONS
Area
The Cyclades is a group of varying sizes islands scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Some of them are well known both to the public at large and the international jet set, while others remain little known and scarcely figure on the tourist scene. Taken as a whole, they make an ideal holiday destination for visitors of the most varied tastes.
This was the birthplace of one of the Mediterranean's most important civilizations, one that took its name from the islands: the Cycladic civilization (3000-1000 BC).

Mykonos (85 sq. km.) is world-famous. It is no coincidence that this, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, attracts so many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Here, the steep mountains to be encountered in most of the Cyclades give way to low, rocky hills, which combine with superb beaches to make up the landscape of the island.

Naxos (448 sq. km.), the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic Islands, lies almost at the center of the Aegean. Meadows running down to vast beaches, cliffs sinking suddenly into the sea, rocky mountains, side-by-side with fertile valleys, abundant springs and streams these are just some of the features of a natural environment marked for its variety.
Rich archaeological finds at Neolithic (3000-2000 BC) and Geometric (850-700 BC) sites demonstrate very early human occupation of Naxos. Perhaps the first travelers to call in here were Theseus and Ariadne, escaping from the Labyrinth of Crete; Theseus abandoned his rescuer here, whereupon the God Dionysus is supposed to have replaced him in her affections.

During the Cycladic era, at the end of the second millennium BC, the island's marble was highly prized for sculpture (although not to the extent of that of neighbor Paros) and was often exported as far field as present-day Turkey. The two "Kouroi", idealized figures of youths aspiring to the gods, which are found hewn from the living rock, were left unfinished on the island due to faults in the stone.

Santorini (96 sq. km.), one of the best-known of the Cyclades, differs from the other islands in the group thanks to its geological morphology, the result of action by a volcano now dormant Her first name was Strogili (round) because of its shape. During 2000 B.C. a remarkable civilization was developed when the eruption of the volcano submerged the central part of the island and created a huge underwater crater 83 sq. km. in extent, called Caldera  (there are only 32 Calderas in the world, the one of Santorini and of China is not inhabited.

Climate

The Cycladic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 20-22 C. The winters are mild and the summers - by Greek standards- cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as the "meltemia".

Flora-fauna

Cycladic islands in summer with the naked rocks, the see plants and the total lack of vegetation combined with the deep blue of the Aegean Sea and the typical architectural style of the all-white houses, hide skillfully the wonderful secret of Greek nature: one of the richest floras in Europe and a large number of rare endemic plants, that will be found on the edge of rocks, on the most steep places surviving for centuries, unique, separated, isolated. Campanula laciniata, Muscari cycladicum, Campanula santorii, Centaurea oliveriana, the rare Fibigia lunaroides are only a few ofendemic plants that can be found on Cycladic Islands.
Cyclades flora is not only rich in endemic plants but also in aromatic species. It is very easy for someone to find them, since these perfumes together with the blue and white are purely Greece.
It's the perfume of thyme, sage, mint, summer savory, lavender, rosemary; it's the perfume of Greece.

Equipment

Please try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your entire luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also remember you unpack and repack on most nights. You can leave the luggage that you don't need on the trek, at the hotel in Athens or in our offices.

  • Large rucksack or hold all to contain all your luggage; waterproof liner recommended
  • Good waterproof top (Gore-Tex recommended or similar) with hood.
  • Thick socks for walking
  • Spare shoes for the evenings (optional)
  • Sturdy, worn in boots. We recommend hard soles for Greece's rocky terrain; leather or fabric uppers are suitable. Many walkers find a walking stick extremely useful
  • Photographers: bring your cameras.
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic); lip salve, tweezers and cotton wool can be useful.
  • Daypack (small rucksack, 20-40 liters) to carry picnic lunch, water bottle, cold/wet weather gear, camera, etc; straps should be strong, not too narrow and preferably padded. In wet weather, belongings should be packed in waterproof plastic bags inside the pack
  • Warm clothes for the evening including spare trousers and top (fleece jackets/pullovers are warm yet light);
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with collar and long sleeves (against sun-burn)
  • Water bottle or plastic bottle (at least 1 liter)
  • Bring washing powder or liquid if you plan to wash clothes en route
  • Sunglasses, swimsuit, small towel, sun hat or cap, sun block

Accommodation

We spend all nights in comfortable selective hotels (3 star level) in triple room with private bathroom and A/C.

Transport
We travel from Athens to the islands and between the islands by high-speed boats, on the islands we travel by taxis or private and local buses (depending on the size of the group). The return journey from Santorini to Athens will be by boat. Each passenger is responsible for their possessions and to carry it on and off the boats. The trip starts and ends in Athens.
From your hotel you can either take a taxi to the airport (approx. 45€) or the metro (approx. 8€) or the bus (approx. 5)

Leadership and group size
Your tour leader will be with you throughout the week to guide you along the route, help organize and interpret in the villages and assist the group in any other way possible. Our leaders are fluent in English and Greek and often-another language, and have walked and often lived in the area before. They will try and give you a real insight into the local way of life. Although not specialists, they are interested in the area's flora and fauna and usually carry field guides. They always have maps.

Money-food.

Breakfasts, lunches, 1 dinner, accommodation and transport (as per itinerary) are included in the tour cost; personal expenses and drinks are excluded. You will not be charged for any hidden extras. We suggest that you bring a minimum of €250-€300 with you to pay for dinners, any drinks or snacks and any souvenirs or unexpected items.

Change to Itinerary: Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions. The guide may suggest alternative treks for those given in the program for the group to choose dependant on the group level. Please also note that the ferry timetables frequently change according to the weather conditions.


Client Details Required: On all of our programs we like to know all important health issues concerning our clients. Therefore, upon making your reservation kindly inform us of the guest's age and approximate level of fitness and health issues relating to guest as well as any dietary requirements (such as vegetarian meals).

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