Highlights of this walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades
Walk and explore Naxos, the most fertile and multifaceted island of the Cyclades…
Discover the unspoilt islands of the Small Cyclades, a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture…
Tour Duration: 7, 10 or 14 day(s)
Group Size: Small groups
Season: March – November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Low season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 682 Euro, 10-day package: 974 Euro (check our offers)
High season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 737 Euro, 10-day package: 1,052 Euro (check our offers)
Our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades will start from the island of Naxos and will continue with island hopping around the islands of the Small Cyclades. Naxos is the largest, richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades. You will experience lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves, picturesque villages, Byzantine chapels, Venetian towers, kouros statues, ancient sites, endemic wildlife, unique customs and cultural happenings… as well the longest sandy beaches in the Aegean…
South of Naxos there is a group of small islands called the Small Cyclades; Amorgos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Pano & Kato Koufonissi and Donoussa. Until recently, these islands were very isolated so they still remain unspoilt… a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture.
Explore an infinite network of traditional marble-paved mule-tracks and hidden valley paths,
Experience traditional Greek countryside, orchards, gardens, dramatic coastlines,
Visit monasteries, Byzantine chapels with rare frescoes, ancient monuments…
Reach and swim at remote solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear waters,
Walk to the highest mountain of the Cyclades, Mount Zas, where Olympian god Zeus grew to manhood,
Walk to magical parts of the islands that you would never discover on your own,
Learn about the local herbs and plants, birds and other members of the animal kingdom, above and under the water!
Sample organic, home-made food locally produced wherever you eat,
Experience customs and traditions, cultural happenings, local feasts with Cycladic music and dance,
Stay at traditional family run guesthouses,
7-day, 10-day or 14 day walking holiday adapted to fit your schedule… possibility to combine this walking holiday with visiting other islands such as Santorini, Paros, Syros, Tinos.
Here is an example of what you will experience during our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades:
The path continues through impressive landscapes and rock formations towards the villages of Kaloxylos and Chalki. Kaloxylos is one of Naxos’ most picturesque villages, situated in an area lush with olive, plane and oak trees, well-known for its pretty houses and especially for the rare flowers in their courtyards. We’ll finally continue towards another beautiful village, Chalki, where we’ll end the day with a delicious supper that the owners prepare with their own organic ingredients.
On the way back we’ll explore the biggest cave on the island which will impress you with its stalagmite structures. We’ll then continue to a shady spot by the famous water source of Argion, which is an ideal spot for a picnic and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature.
We’ll walk along the spine of the island, pass medieval hotels, deserted villages, breathtaking landscapes till we reach the bay of Aegiali… our favourite walk in the island. You will be rewarded with a delicious supper at one of the oldest taverns of the island.
After exploring the cave we’ll continue towards a solitary bay with a wonderful beach that you can only reach by boat or on foot. We’ll have a swim, relax by the beach and enjoy a picnic. In the evening we’ll continue around the island towards the fishing port. Supper at our favourite fish tavern of the island where you’ll enjoy fresh fish caught by the owner.
The carefully chosen walks during our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades are graded as moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 5-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.
Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Cyclades. 7, 10 and 14 day itineraries are offered as well as a self-guided option.
Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.
BeST TIMe TO VISIT
We organise our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades all year round apart from mid July to the end of August when it’s too hot.
March: blossom is out.
April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
September to end of November: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests are in September-November.
We have reserved for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very central location. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.
The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of her residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.