Upon arrival in Athens, you are met and welcomed by our tour leader after checking in at your hotel. After you've settled in, it's time for a walking tour of Athens. We'll 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. Explore 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 questions.
Travel to Naxos, the largest island of Cyclades, and according to mythology, 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 recommended a walking tour in the old picturesque town with its craft shops and whitewashed houses and wander through the narrow streets. You can also visit Portara, a large marble gate, the only remnant of a temple dedicated to Apollo, which dates back to the 7th century BC. A visit to Melanes picturesque village is also recommended for dinner as the cuisine here is the best you can find on the island.
Naxos is one of the most interesting islands in Cyclades from the hiker's point of view. Hike the lush valley of Tragea, a very nice, easy walk that will take 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 from 6th century BC. After hiking, what better way to relax than going to a beach for a nice and refreshing swim. Halki and Apeiranthos villages may be 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, and are definitely worth visiting!
Catch the boat to Koufonisia, the island famous for its 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 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.
Catch the boat 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, quiet, clean with crystal clear waters. One activity is an easy short hike that will take us to a beach accessible only by foot with turquoise waters and blond sandy beach, in a quiet environment. Later it is time for sea kayaking, 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.
Today we travel to Amorgos, the island of Big Blue. With its unique nature, hiking routes at altitude, breathtaking views and landscapes, beaches with crystal clear waters - this is why it has fans who choose to visit it again and again. Chora is the main village of the island which for many is one of the most beautiful and traditional of the Cyclades. Afterwards, we strongly recommend walking through the cobbled streets with the white houses full of pots with basil and carnations and traditional cafes. You can also visit the windmills, some of them still in use, located in a panoramic, prominent position of the village.
Visit an important sight 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. From here we suggest visiting Aegiali, a seaside village, where you will have time for swimming and walking around. Our afternoon suggestion is to move on to Tholaria, a nearby village which is 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.
What better way to discover the hidden beauties of Amorgos than visiting the hidden gems? A perfect chance to admire and photograph the whole wild side of Amorgos, with its steep cliffs, and hidden beaches.
- Ammoudi Beach
- Mourakia Beach
We strongly recommend taking the boat to Nikouria island from Agios Pavlos Beach and on your return book your dinner in Asfondylitis traditional village with the most idyllic views of the island.(Dinner upon request - not included)
Travel back to Athens. You are now full of experiences and images from the islands of the Aegean sea that you will remember forever. Our adventure together is at an end.
- Welcome tour around Acropolis and dinner on the first day
- Sea kayak activity at Schoinousa island
- Economy Class Ferry Tickets for (passengers can travel either at deck seats or stay inside at the salon):