Walking on the Greek Islands

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Trip code: 
TEJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walks on Santorini, Paros and Naxos

The Greek islands have much more to offer than most would think: archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Our week starts on the beautiful island of Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros. Exploring the irresistible island of Santorini on foot will certainly be the highlight of our week. Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Discover the three islands of Naxos, Santorini and Paros
  • Gentle walks amid idyllic scenery and remote villages
  • Enjoy delicious local Greek cuisine

Key information

  • 7 nights in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 3 full days and 3 half days walking on 3 islands
  • Travel by public transport, boat/ferry and coach
  • Low altitude throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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3 full days walking and 3 half days exploration on foot

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 3-4hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 22.0km/1.0miles
Day 38.0km/4.0miles
Day 42.0km/1.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 61.0km/0.55miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Athens; to Rafina and overnight

    The group flight usually arrives into Athens in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel in Rafina. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a short meeting to discuss the plan for the following day, to give advice on the local area and to answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Avra Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning ferry to Naxos; afternoon explore the town and visit the Temple of Apollo.

    In the early morning, we catch the ferry to Naxos. The ferry will leave the port at 7.25am and takes about 5.5 hours. On board the ferry there is a selection of restaurants and cafes which will serve food and drinks throughout the journey. After checking in at our hotel, we will take a walk to explore the main town, Hora, a Venetian Castello town. The market area is a delight to wander through, with its craft shops, chapels and quaint restaurants. On the islet of Palatia stands the impressive Portara, ancient marble gateway, the entrance to the remains of the temple of Apollo.

    Walk: Distance 2km Ascent 50m Descent 50m Time: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Walk through the Tragea Valley in the heart of the island, from Halki to Melanes, visiting the ancient statue of Kouros.

    Today we trek the lush valley of Tragea, famous for its ancient olive and citrus groves. It is a great opportunity to discover the most authentic part of Naxos, where picturesque villages and churches punctuate our walk.  We will wander along the ancient path in the middle of the Naxian marble quarries until we reach Kouros, the gigantic statue from the 5th century B.C. which was damaged during transportation and then abandoned ever since, lying under trees in the Melanes Valley.

    Walk: Distance 8km Ascent 200m Descent 200m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Aeolis or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Afternoon ferry to Santorini; afternoon explore Fira.

    Today there is a free morning to explore Naxos. In the early afternoon, we take the ferry to Santorini (approximately 2.5 hrs). Santorini (locally known as Thira) is one of the most famous islands in the world. Known mainly for its beautiful beaches, it is a remnant of a volcanic cone whose top was blown off. A huge eruption (estimated 1450 BC) gave it its crescent shape and many speculate that it was the location of the legendary lost Atlantis. This beautiful island has a lot to offer to walkers, including magnificent views of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon, we will have a walk around the town of Fira to enjoy the stunning views of the caldera.

    Walk: Distance 2 km Ascent 100m Descent 100m Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Walk along the caldera from Oia to Fira

    Leaving Fira behind we transfer to Oia, a pretty village of narrow winding streets, whitewashed houses, boutiques, galleries and cafes; there is time to explore, relax and soak up the culture before we walk back to Fira. The six mile 'Cliff Trail' is well marked, not too challenging but well worth the effort. Views out over the Aegean as far as the eye can see are virtually ever present as we wind gently up to the edge of the volcanic caldera.

    Walk: Distance 10km Ascent 300m Descent 300m Max Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning boat trip around the volcanic islands of Kameni. Afternoon ferry to Paros

    In the morning we walk down the 600 steps to the old harbour and take a boat for a trip in the Caldera around the volcanic black lava islands, enjoying stunning views of Santorini and the nearby islands. We travel back to Santorini and on to Thira. Leaving Santorini in the afternoon, we board the ferry to Paros. Our ferry departs at 3:30pm, and the journey is approximately 3.5 hours.

    Walk: Distance 1km Ascent 0m Descent 300m Time: 0.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Walk the ancient paths in the heart of Paros, from Lefkes to Prodromos and the coastal villages of Marpissa and Pisso Livadhi.

    In the morning we visit the cathedral of Paros, built in the 4th century A.D., a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture and a relic of early Christianity.  We take a bus to reach the heart of the island and the village of Lefkes, where we join the Old Byzantine path that runs all the way to the east coast of Paros. The route is believed to be about 1000 years old and used to traverse the entire island. Today’s route will pass through beautiful Cycladic villages as well as mediaeval villages. In the afternoon we take a bus back to Parikia.

    Walk: Distance 7km Ascent 100m Descent 350m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pandrossos or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Ferry transfer to Piraeus; fly to London.

    We take the ferry back to Pireus (approx.5hrs) and transfer to Athens airport where the trip ends. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the return flight to London.

    Please note: the ferry port can change depending on the season and you might return to Rafina. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Greece

British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Vaccinations

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. For lunch and dinner we will generaally go to different local tavernas and restaurants (at times picnic lunches using locally sourced food will be suggested for lunch instead), where we can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables and much more.

Weather

The Cyclades enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers.

March and November: cooler daytime temperatures 10-15º night time 5-8º, a chance of some rain.

April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22º night time 5-13º, a chance of some rain.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35º, night time 15-20º; very dry.

In July and August the temperature can get hot (normally 35-36º) but there is always a sea breeze.

Athens

Is this trip for you?

Grade: 1 (Leisurely)

This trip offers the chance to discover three wonderful islands and enjoy some gentle walks. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on each island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with some sloped ascents and descents (walking poles can be useful).
There are 3 day walks in our itinerary and 3 half days exploring on foot. Walking time is between 2 and 5 hours including lunch breaks, and an average level of fitness is required. All walks are optional.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels

7 nights in 3* hotels with en suite rooms. On the islands, we use family-run hotels, thus ensuring that our visit benefits the local communities. The rooms are comfortable, clean and tidy, and have private facilities, however the bathrooms can sometimes be a little small and old fashioned. All of the hotels have a swimming pool (open May to October).

We also have one night in a standard hotel in Rafina.

Single Accommodation is available for a supplement.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Experts

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Michael Townsley

    Waliking on the Greek Islands

    Excellent Guide, Scenery and organisation. Some of hotels were not of a reasonable standard.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk along the Caldera, Santorini.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent knowledge, very well organised and good personality.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat when you are walking at this time of year. Keep luggage to a minimum as there are trips between the islands where you have to manage your own luggage.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some unplanned events occurred which the guide had to deal with and she resolved the situations very professionally.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Jerry Gambs

    Vigorous.

    I rarely give ten out of ten, but this came close. The sun shone every day, I slepped well and didn't put on weight. The walks were just right, leisurely as it said, I didn't want a route march, I do enough of that. The group was assorted, what more can I say ! J

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Thanos eating my chips !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was a true professional with extensive knowledge of his job. Well educated, kind,fit, just a great guy. For me he made the holiday, such a pleasure when some one knows his job. I must thank Thanos for a happy Greek Islands Trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack half what you think you need.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The breakfasts could be a little more substantial.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    James (Jim) Clarke

    Greek Island Wanderer

    A well balanced trip that gives a taste of 3 contrasting islands. Travelling in April proved to be an ideal opportunity to see a different side to Greece - quieter, greener and a comfortable temperature for walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks in Naxos and Paros were excellent, offering the opportunity to not only experience the pace of genuine Island life but also to enjoy the many varieties of herbs and flowers that abound at this time of year. Santorini was an impressive spectacle which even the general busyness of the town could not detract from.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I have experienced many group leaders and would rate Thanos as being amongst the best of them; he anticipated the needs of individuals in the group and ensured everyone was included. It was a joy to listen to his obvious passion for all things Greek and his wish to share them, his breadth of general knowledge ensured he answered all questions and could participate in any discussions. A friendly, efficient leader who is a credit to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light using layers rather than bulky clothing in April and prepare for mosquitoes in Paros, even in April. When on Santorini do make the effort to visit both the ancient buried site of Akrotiri (easily done by public bus which leaves from close to the hotel) and the New Prehistoric Museum (also close to the hotel) to help make sense of the Bronze Age settlement of Santorini which can easily be done in a morning and offers the bonus of seeing more of the Island.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Jennifer Chalmers

    Walking in the Greek Islands

    This was a trip that stimulated all the senses, from the wonderful colours of the wildflowers on the walks and the blues and whites of the pristine villages we passed through, to the tastes and smells of freshly cooked seafood at harbour restaurants. Apart from all the experiences described in the trip notes we were lucky enough to have some added bonuses. These included a fantastic bazouki recital and Greek dancing in the old town hall at Naxos which included unlimited drinks, a trip to the astonishing excavations at Akritiri on Santorini and, as the ferry arrived early at Piraeus on the last day, a visit to the Acropolis in Athens. Our last night's meal turned into a celebration when we were surrounded by a wedding party! This was definitely a good time of the year to do this trip, a pleasant walking temperature of 19 to 25 degrees Celsius, everything looking fresh and generally not to busy (except for the main town in Santorini when the cruise ships were in). A wonderful Spring break with great company!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The dramatic caldera walk on Santorini has to be a highlight. As you passed by the whitewashed houses and looked down the steep slopes to the bay below you could only try and imagine the huge volcanic explosion that created the current landscape and the fate of the people that lived there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos our group leader couldn't do enough to make our holiday enjoyable. It was so relaxing just to leave all the arrangements in his very capable hands. He was so knowledgeable about everything we encountered including the plants, history, archaeology and geology of the islands. He chose some lovely restaurants to eat in the evening and worked out everyone's individual bill! We had the added bonus of his wife and young son along who were very interesting to talk to.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Relax and enjoy! We went for a quick swim in the sea in Paros which was very invigorating at this time of the year but did need water shoes to get passed the first strip of pebbles. I only needed my walking poles once for part of the descent in Santorini, otherwise fairly easy walking. Do try the freshly caught cuttlefish!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Along with the Amalfi Coast walking holiday, this has to be one of my favourite Exodus trips in Europe.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Kath Tordoff

    Great mix of walking, sightseeing & relaxing!

    I've been on several Exodus trips and this was definitely up there as one of my favourites. All three islands were beautiful and very different from each other, the walks were really enjoyable and there was just the right amount of free time to enjoy some sightseeing, shopping or even relax on the beach! I was concerned that the number of ferry transfers would eat into our holiday time but we spent most of those journeys out on deck in the sunshine and it all added to the experience. I'd recommend this trip to anyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the whole trip but an added bonus was an unexpected stop off at the Acropolis on our way back to Athens airport! My friend and I had been regretting not flying out a day or two earlier to explore Athens so this just made our week. Other highlights included a bouzouki concert in Naxos and gatecrashing a Greek wedding on our last night!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was a real character, had loads of knowledge about the islands to share with us, and made our trip run very smoothly. His help in navigating the ferry journeys was invaluable! He chose some great, inexpensive restaurants and tavernas for our evening meals and made sure there were no arguments over the bill!
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Vittoria Doyle

    Wonderful easy walking trip in beautiful surroundings!!

    Walking was lovely and easy with enough challenges to enjoy. Group was nice. Food was amazing. Thano our leader was brilliant. So knowledgeable and helpful. He knew his history, culture, flora, fauna and all the people we met around and about!! He cared for the environment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going on to the caldera in Santorini. As a geography student of old, i found the landscape and history fascinating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thano was amazing. So knowledgeable and helpful. Kept us trying his foods. We learnt so much history through him. He answered all questions. Really good leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you enjoy walking, its a beautiful place to do it. Take walking poles!!
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Clare Jaques

    Walking the Greek islands

    A fabulous way to see the islands, largely unspoilt fortunately despite their popularity. We were transported outside of the “tourist” area to ancient walking paths and walked through mediaeval villages. Our excellent Greek guide was able to fill us in with very interesting historical/local information to really get a picture of life in these islands.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the iconic spot in OIA for photo of the blue chapel domes. But many “wow’ moments

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A passionate Greek man, very sociable, conscientious with a great sense of humour. Very easy going if you did not want to join in the evening meal, which we did once so we could try out a specific taverna we had heard of.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking pole useful for the trip I felt for safety.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was very pleased we spent a few days in Athens prior to the trip. Could this be included to make the tour 10 days? Just a thought. I would add that one to the highlights for me for this trip in total was going to the Acropolis and the amazing Acropolis museum.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Kavita Chandra

    Walking the Greek Isles

    Really enjoyable vacation. Cecile was a wonderful tour guide and all the three islands that we visited on the trip were lovely. I liked Paros the most but only by a hair. Naxos and Santorini were beautiful and was happy that we got to visit Akrotiri in Santorini. All very scenic and relaxed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the metal charms that one could buy in Paros and make wish at the church from the 4th century. The wooden windmill bar by our hotel in Paros was beautiful and we had a lovely dinner at Levantis in Paros. All spectacular.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would stay an extra day in Paros.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Sharon Chollet

    Walking the Greek Islands in JuneS

    A very enjoyable week visiting Naxos, Santorini and Paros with a great group of people. Leisurely walking amongst stunning scenery, refreshment stops at pretty villages and excellent meals at local tavernas. Accommodation was generally better than I expected and as always with Exodus the whole week was well organised

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk along the Byzantine path and all the beautiful sunsets, particularly the last night in Paros

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having met Cécile on the Evia trip 2 years ago, I knew we would be in safe hands. She manages to be both professional and friendly, has a great knowledge of the Islands and always chose great tavernas for our group meals.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As previous review, pack light and obviously be prepared for walking in high temperatures if you go in June. This is a good trip if you have a non walking friend or partner, plenty for them to do whilst the group walks. Books or music are useful for the longer ferry journeys

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love Greece and want a bit of exercise to counteract the wonderful food and drink then I thoroughly recommend this trip.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Joyce Perkins

    Excellent way to sample the islands

    This was my first Exodus holiday and was a marvelous experience. I found the balance between organized walks, free time and traveling to be perfect. The group was friendly and diverse so I enjoyed the whole week. Our guide - Cécile- was good. She really knows the islands and how to beat the crowds. I especially enjoyed using local busses and ferries and staying in small individual hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Byzantine trail on Paros. The sage, rosemary and aniseed growing beside us made it a feast for the senses and the idea of using a path that was so old made it really special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - she worked hard and made it look easy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light - you have plenty of chances to do washing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt the hotel Sunrise on Santorini was below par The rooms are dark and dingy and the breakfast was mediocre.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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