Naxos And Santorini Island Hopping

Naxos And Santorini Island Hopping

Greece » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Explore the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades
  • Steep cliffs, whitewashed cube-shaped houses
  • Delicious fresh seefood from the Aegean Sea
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

From 675 €

Duration (days): 8

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Discover two of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades in one trip: Santorini and Naxos. Santorini feels like no other place on earth: an ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. Here everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera.
On Naxos you explore the highest mountain of the area: Zas. From its summit you enjoy breath-taking 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 you have the lively town and beaches of Naxos town with its excitement and on the other hand there is the countryside where life is still very traditional. The steep cliffs of Santorini with layers in all colors are the result of an explosion of the Thira volcano thousands of years ago. In the flooded “caldera” of Santorini there is still volcanic activity, as you can see during your visit to the Kammeni Islands. And what better way to discover this unique landscape than on foot?

Day 1. From Athens to Naxos
Arrival at Athens Airport and transfer to the port of Piraeus from where you leave per 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 traveling 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 2. Walk from Chalki to Melanes
You take a taxi or public bus to Chalki, located in the center 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 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. 3,30hrs walking time. (10-14-19km; 150/300/400m uphill walking; 150/300/400m downhill walking)
Day 3. Walk to Mt. Zas
Todays walk starts from Filoti that you reach per 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! 4,30 or 7hrs hiking time. (13-19km; 500/900m uphill walking; 500/9000m downhill walking)
Day 4. From 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 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 submersed 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. Or was it the source of the legend of Atlantis?
Day 5. Walk from Perissa to Akrotiri
A transfer will take you to Perissa from where you start climbing via an old path to a windy saddle. This part is one of the very few places that exists from before the devastating volcanic outburst. 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 along picturesque villages. Through this landscape of volcanic ashes and along the black beach you walk back to Akrotiri village. 6hrs walking time; (13km; 580m uphill walking; 550m downhill walking)
Day 6. Walk from Fira to Oia
You travel per 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 hike 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. 3hrs hiking time. (11km; 300m uphill walking; 400m downhill walking)
Day 7. Round walk from Akrotiri and travel from Santorini to Athens
Round walk from 2 to 5 hrs from Akrotiri to the lighthouse and the red Beach or free morning. Possibility to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri: the Greek Pompeji. A last free morning in Akrotiri at leisure before you will be transferred by the hotelier to Santorini port from where you travel comfortably per modern ferry to Piraeus. The journey last around 8 hours. Upon arrival you will have an organized transfer per taxi to your centrally located hotel in Athens. 2-5hrs walking time.(5,5km; 130m uphill walking; 200m downhill walking)
Day 8. Athens and departure
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. Here you take your outbound flight.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Family-run hotels, en-suite rooms on BB (3 nights on Naxos, 3 nights on Santorini and 1 night in Athens). All necessary luggage transfers are included as per program.

>> April-May, October – 675 Euro/person (single room supplement: 200 Euro; solo traveller: 930 Euro)
>> June, September – 765 Euro/person (single room supplement: 240 Euro; solo traveller: 1085 Euro)
>> July-August – 865 Euro/person (single room supplement: 405 Euro; solo traveller: 1340 Euro)
* In case your travel period involves arrival/departure in different months, the higher rate is used as a base for the per person package price.
* reductions available for a third/fourth person staying on extra beds in double room

The price includes: 7 nights accommodation on Bed and Breakfast basis (3 nights on Naxos, 3 nights on Santorini and 1 night in Athens); Taxi transfer Athens Airport-Piraeus or Athens Hotel-Piraeus; Roundtrip transfers on Naxos and Santorini; Taxi transfer Akrotiri-Perissa and Oia-Akrotiri on Santorini; Taxi transfer Piraeus-Athens; All necessary ferry tickets in tourist class; 24-hour telephone assistance; Detailed route description and maps in English;

The price does not include: Flights; Airport arrival and airport departure transfers; Travel insurance; Admissions and entrance fees of any kind; Tips and gratuities; Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.; Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program.

Tips: The tour can start on any day of the week during the best travel period April-October. The best time to travel to the Greek islands is between April and June and September to the beginning of November. In the summer months it gets very hot. Active travellers should either go in the spring time (when nature is at its best) or after summer (when sea water is still warm). The trip is suitable for anyone in a good physical shape. The walks are mostly unsurfaced tracks; Cobbled mule-paths, footpaths, and some tarmac roads. Best arrival/departure airports: Athens. Best arrival/departure ports: Athens.