our Santorini and Naxos Self-Guided walking holiday
Our week long Santorini and Naxos Self-Guided walking holiday gives you the chance to explore the two most fascinating islands of the Cyclades. Our self-guided walks have been carefully designed so that you make the most of your stay at Volcanic Santorini. You’ll observe the deep blue submerged caldera from different viewpoints while you walk along the rim of the caldera. You’ll explore hidden villages, fortified villages with Venetian castles and ruins of ancient towns buried under volcanic ash. You will taste the ‘anhydrous’ agricultural products and world renowned wines and bathe at black and red sandy beaches…
You’ll then continue to the largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos, known for its varied natural beauties, island culture and unique Greek hospitality! Naxos combines imposing mountain massifs with fertile valleys, springs and the longest sandy coastline in the Aegean. So many beautiful paths connect quaint villages, venetian towers, olive groves and farms, ancient temples and solitary bays. Finish with a walk at the top of Mt. Zas, the highest peak of the Cyclades, where Zeus was given the thunder to conquer Mt. Olympus.
Absorb the breathtaking panoramic views to the sunken Caldera,
Walk on volcanic islands,
Explore a preserved ancient town burried for years under volcanic ash,
Visit 100 years old vineyards and taste amazing volcanic wines,
Walk the ancient paths of the largest, richest and most diverse Cycladic island,
Experience traditional island life and unique customs and cultural happenings,
Stroll through picturesque mountainous villages,
Explore the Venetian castles and towers scattered around the island,
Hike to the highest peak of the Cyclades to enjoy spectacular views to the Aegean sea…
Tour Duration: 7 days
Season: All year. Recommended: spring & autumn
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Low season Per Person Price: 7-day package: from 535 Euro
High season Per Person Price: 7-day package: from 643 Euro
Distance: 10 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops to rest and admire the view)
Distance: 9.4 km, Time: 5-6 hours (with stops and a visit to Ancient Thera)
Ferry to Naxos and transfer to your accommodation at the Old Town below the Venetian Castle.
Distance: 4.3 km, Time: 3.30-4 hours (with stops and visit to Akrotiri excavation)
You will take the beautiful ‘Byzantine’ path, as it is often called due to the number of Byzantine churches on the way, towards Chalki, one of the most picturesque villages, situated in an area lush with olive, plane and oak trees. End the day with a visit to the local distillery and get a taste of the local liquers!
Distance: 10 km, Time: 5-6 hours (including stops to rest and have lunch)
When you reach the peak, you will enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the surrounding land and the deep blue of the Aegean sea. Zas is an important hideout and nesting place for many migratory and resident birds such as the Griffon vulture which you will have the chance to observe! Take the downhill path at the other side of the mountain to reach the village of Filoti where you can have lunch at its picturesque square…
Distance: 12 km, Time: 5-6 hours (with stops to rest and admire the view)
Distance: 9 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops to rest and explore)
Distance: 7.5 km, Time: 4-5 hours (including stops & a swim)
The recommended walks during our Santorini and Naxos Self-Guided walking holiday are graded as easy to moderate. Flexible itineraries and options for longer or shorter walks are available based on the needs and wishes of our guests. You will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Our Santorini and Naxos Self-Guided walking holiday is available throughout the year but the best time for walking is spring and autumn as the weather is cooler. Please contact our team for clarification and advice on the period you wish to travel.
We have chosen for you lovely authentic family-run guesthouses at very central locations. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.
Contact us to help you organise the ideal walking holiday for you!
What is included in the fee…