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  Duration: 9 Days/8 nights
  Group: 5-12 people
  Departure: Athens
  Meals: Snacks and meals are included in this trip as indicated in the itinerary
  Level: Leisure

Tour Overview

When you think of Greek islands, the first thing that comes in your mind are the whitewashed houses, pure sands, crystal clear waters, Mediterranean cuisine - who doesn’t want to get away from all the noise and soak up some sun and sea?

Embark on a 9 day sea and land adventure of a lifetime around the Cyclades islands, a hiking paradise, renowned for its pristine beaches, rich history and culture, traditional cuisine, friendly locals and discover some of the secrets that this country has to offer.

A tour for total relaxation, outdoor activities, experiences and a good insight of summer in Greece. All islands, Naxos, Koufonisi, Schinousa and Amorgos have picturesque architecture, stunning beaches and relaxing atmosphere. While each has its own unique character, they all share an ideal climate, safe waters and an abundance of charm. It's no wonder that they're extremely popular among travellers from antiquity to modern day.

Ηighlights of this journey:
 
- Walk on ancient marble paths, and visit the Kouroi of Flerio
- Sea kayak in Schinousa island
- Private cruise in Amorgos
- Pottery class in Amorgos
- Visit marvelous beaches throughout the trip

ITINERARY

DAY1 Button Welcome day - Athens tour

Upon arrival in Athens International Airport, you are met and welcomed by our tear leader. Today we will explore together the city of Athens and its numerous cultural places of interest. We will visit the historical center of Athens, by walking into Monastiraki the most famous flea old market in Athens where you can find clothes, old vinyls, antiquities of all sorts, even some rare and surprising objects you would ever expect to find anywhere. We will walk through the labyrinth-like alleys of Plaka the oldest and probably the most characteristic neighborhood of modern Athens with whitewashed houses just underneath Acropolis.
We will end our day by having a dinner in a traditional tavern where with our guide we will discuss the week's ahead itinerary and answer any question

Meals included: Dinner


DAY2 Button

Arrival in Naxos - Explore Chora, the main village

Today we travel to Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades islands and, according to mythology, is where Zeus was raised. Naxos is infused with lively villages, sandy beaches, proud historical monuments, tradition, many cultural events and a full-range of outdoor activities. We will have a walking tour in the old picturesque town with its craft shops and whitewashed houses and wander through, the narrow streets.
We will visit Portara, standing at the entrance of the port, a large marble gate, the only remnant of the temple dedicated to Apollo, which dates back to the 7th century BC. We then transfer to Melanes village for dinner and relax.

Meals included: Breakfast


DAY3 ButtonHike in Naxos - Explore traditional villages and beaches

Thanks to the maintenance of the old communication pathways, Naxos is one of the most interesting islands in Cyclades from the hiker's point of view. Today we hike the lush valley of Tragea, a very nice, easy walk that will takes us through several villages and to one historical site. We will start from the village of Melanes, walk on ancient marble paths, enjoy the views along the way and visit the Kouroi of Flerio, the big statues of 6th century BC, where they are considered to express the perception of the time for the gods, who appear as anthropomorphic but at the same time much taller than ordinary mortals.
After the hiking what a better way to relax than going to a beach for a nice and refreshing swim. During the rest of the day we will visit two more traditional villages Halki and Apeiranthos maybe the most beautiful and authentic ones of the island with labyrinthine alleys with arches, cool squares under the shade of plane trees, traditional cafes and taverns serving local delicatessens..

Meals included: Breakfast


DAY4 Button  Arrive at Koufonisi island

Today tansfer to Koufonisi, the island famous for the exotic beaches and crystal clear waters. Also, the small size of the island makes transportation easy to a point where you can go anywhere on foot. As there is not any activity this day, there is plenty of time to explore on foot all the magical beaches of the island. The island offers picturesque little tavernas set up at whitewashed Cycladic courtyards on terraces, and others with seaside or alley-side tables. Although the island is small, it offers a wide range of food choices. Fish is supplied from all the Cyclades, while the meat is provided by local and regional producers.

Meals included: Breakfast


DAY 5  Arrive at Schinoussa island

After breakfast, we are ready to sail to Schinoussa, a small island in the Aegean Sea, covering approximately 9 square kilometers and located in the center of the Small Eastern Cyclades complex. Boasting an unspoiled natural setting, Schinoussa has emerged as an alternative destination for relaxing holidays, away from the bright lights and very noisy bars, while keeping its true identity. As for Schinoussa beaches, they are unspoiled, quite, clean with crystal clear waters. One of today's activities is an easy short hike that will take us to a beach accessible only by foot with clear, turquoise waters, blond sandy beach, in a quiet environment.
Later it is time for sea kayak an activity that combines fun, physical exercise and a lot of dives in the sea. Certified sea kayak guides will give a short lesson with all the necessary information for the proper use of paddles and kayak at sea. We will discover more amazing beaches while paddling on the blue waters of the island. Later at night we can relax and enjoy a drink in one of the local bars away from the hustle and the bustle.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 6  Arrive at Amorgos island

Today we travel to Amorgos, the island of Big Blue. An island that stays unforgettable, with special nature, hiking routes at altitude, breathtaking views and landscapes, beaches with crystal clear waters - thats why it has fanatical fans who choose to visit it again and again. A Wild beauty on the edge of the Cyclades. We transfer to Chora, the main village of the island where for many is one the most beautiful and traditional of the Cyclades. We wander through the cobbled streets, white houses full of pots with basil and carnations, traditional cafes and we will also visit the windmills, some of them still in use, located in a panoramic, prominent position of the village.
Dinner in a local tavern while discussing the next days program.Transfer to Chora, the main traditional village of the island

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


DAY 7  Visit Amorgos villages - Pottery class - Swimming
 
Today we visit the most important sightseeing in Amorgos,the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa,one of the oldest and most important monasteries of the Aegean. Built into the face of a cliff,and with its simple Cycladic architecture along with its amazing location it provides a breathtaking view of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean sea. We then transfer to Aigiali a seaside village. Free time for swimming and walking around.For lunch will move to Tholaria the nearby village, famous for its tasty local food. Small, white houses of traditional Cycladic architecture, arches and narrow whitewashed streets characterize the small but charming "labyrinth" of the village.
The evening’s activity is pottery class, an art lost in time. A local ceramist will introduce you to the wonderful world of ceramics, where clay becomes art, teaching you the materials and techniques of the art in her laboratory. Under her guidance, you will be able to create your own artefact, a unique souvenir to take back home!
Later we will return to Chora, for dinner and why not to taste the local traditional drink “Psimeni Raki” in one of the bars of the village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8  Private cruise around Amorgos - Return to Athens
 
What a better way to discover the hidden beauties of Amorgos than having a private cruise with a traditional caique boat !A perfect chance to admire and photograph the whole wild side of Amorgos, with its steep cliffs, beaches and unique caves. Starting our trip from the small port of Kalotaritissa, a natural gulf located to the south part of the island we will pass from Ammoudi and Mouros beaches. After the famous Agia Anna beach, we make a stop at the beach under the Monastery, as the purpose of our trip is to meet all those beaches, which cannot be reached from the land. After the boat tour ends we return to Chora and we get ready for our return in Athens. We transfer to the hotel and have a debriefing of the tour.
 
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9  Departure day
 
You are full of experiences now and pictures that you will memorize from the islands of the Aegean sea. Sadly our adventure end todays after the breakfast. For those travel back to their countries, they can get transfer independently from the hotel in Athens to the International airport for return flights home. For those who continue their holidays in Greece we are sure that they will have the greatiest time wherever they go.

Meals included: Breakfast

What is included in the price

- All transportations during the trip
- Cost of the ferry tickets
- Accomodation based on double occupancy (8 nights)
- Cost for sea kayak activity
- Cost for the pottery class
- Cost for private cruise
- All meals as indicated in the itinerary (8 breakfasts, 1 dinners, 2 lunches)
- NomadsPath english speaking guides/tour leaders throughout the trip
- Luggage transfer
- All taxes

What is not included in the price

- Booking flights to Athens
- Travel insurance
- Any meals not mentioned in the program
- Alcoholic beverages
- Additional expences as a result of leaving the tour earlier
- Additional expences as a result of staying longer
- All other services that are not listed above

Accomodation

During this journey we will stay in cozy family run hotels, ranked as 3 star. The accommodation will be based on double occupancy and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Free wifi is available in most of the hotels

Weather in Greece

The weather in Greece during May to September is characterized by warm days.

What to bring

- Swiming suit
- Towel
- Hat
- Sunscreen

Food in Greece

Greek food is absolutely excellent and very healthy. It is a huge part of Greek culture. The colourful Mediterranean diet of tasty dishes alongside a fantastic range of fresh vegetables and salads, the excellent ingredients, the lengthy procedure involved in preparing the food, the culture of sharing dishes with others, eating with friends or with the family, it is social event where you get to share a lot more than just food.

Passport and Visas

Citizens from EU and from UK do not need a visa to visit Greece.Also, USA passport holders do not require a visa.

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