Cyclades walking holidays in Greece

“The Greek islands of Paros, Naxos and Santorini provide relaxed walking on good paths against an Aegean backdrop fringed with sandy beaches and white washed villages.”

Highlights

Athens | Paros | Lefkes | Prodromos | Marpissa | Pisso Livadhi | Ekatontapiliani Cathedral | Santorini | Thira | Oia | Naxos | Tragea Valley | Acrotiri | Filoti | Apiranthos | volcanic calderas | picturesque seaside villages | olive and citrus groves | sandy beaches |

Description of Cyclades walking holidays in Greece

Step foot onto the islands of Greece on a Cyclades holiday and you'll instantly be transported to an ethereal world of myths, legends and white-washed buildings juxtaposed against clear blue skies and the white tipped waves of the Aegean.

As you'd hope on Cyclades holidays, walking is one of the best ways to fill your day with a range of cultural, archaeological and naturally beautiful treasures combining to stunning effect.

This particular one week walking holiday in the Cyclades features many of the region's most iconic islands with Paros, Santorini and Naxos all to be found a short ferry journey from Athens and the mainland.

Santorini on foot is an absolute highlight of any Cyclades holiday with caldera trails and volcanic foothills providing a rugged backdrop to what is quintessentially thought of as one of the most breathtaking islands in the Mediterranean.

Island hopping in Greece simply doesn't get any better with a good choice of lazy walks through fertile valleys from one small village to the next providing ample exercise prior to afternoons spent at the beach or enjoying fish suppers at sunset.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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28 Oct 2018
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04 Nov 2018
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24 Mar 2019
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31 Mar 2019
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19 May 2019
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26 May 2019
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13 Oct 2019
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Our top tip:
Temperatures can rise, especially in the summer months, with little or no shade or breeze. Pack accordingly with sun block, floppy hats and day sacks for carrying plenty of water.
Trip type:
Small group. Maximum size 18. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Island hopping and 3-4hrs walking per day.
Accomm:
Small family-run hotels with en-suite facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
All breakfasts. Lunch and dinner at different local venues.
Solos:
Independent walkers welcome. Single room supps apply.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
“Small group walking holiday featuring 4 nights in Torres del Paine National Park, 3 domestic flights from Chile to Patagonia, and 2 weeks of hiking heaven. ”

Highlights

Santiago | Valparaíso | Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales | Patagonian Chile | Torres del Paine National Park | Lake Pehoe | the Grey Glacier | Camino de los Vientos | the French Valley | catamaran across Lake Pehoe | Cuernos del Paine viewpoint | Calama | Valle de la Luna | Quebrada del Diablo | Salar de Atacama | Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos | El Tatio Geysers |

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cyclades walking holidays in Greece

Environment

Activity:
As a walking holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Adverse effects like pollution and threatening wildlife are not an issue and although erosion on popular paths can be problematic, guides can advise pre-planned routes to avoid this. Trekking also allows for flexibility and allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. We use local transport and taxis throughout the trip, having a positive effect on infrastructure and small transfer companies. By operating consciously with a ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with local people.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week in local hotels, using family-run accommodation on the islands and therefore ensuring that our visit benefits local communities. The hotels use a range of environmental regulations to minimise impact on their surroundings e.g. solar panels provide clean energy and separation and recycling of rubbish is thorough. Produce used at the hotels is locally sourced wherever possible as there is so much on offer and this is a way to support local suppliers. Different tavernas and restaurants are also frequented throughout the trip, where clients can sample authentic Greek specialties like Evian gnocchi, rabbit stew, bean soup, olives, fresh grilled fish or meat, seasonal vegetables and regional cheeses.

Local Craft and Culture:
The Greek Islands have a rich history and culture as well as dramatic landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The week starts in the ancient city of Athens, before heading towards the beautiful islands of Naxos, Santorini and Paros. We pass through a number of coastal villages, Cathedrals, and architectural ruins. At Naxos, clients may wish to explore the market area with its small restaurants, chapels and crafts shops selling handmade ceramics and traditional woven textiles. Money spent at these various locations on souvenirs, entry fees and donations goes towards preserving local crafts, culture and heritage sites.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 20 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sea kayaking. Wanted to do it but was apprehensive. Our guide gave us all good instruction and confidence and we had a fantastic time paddling over a sunken city and seeing turtles. The coastline is stunning and colours are amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some reef shoes for kayaking and you will need walking trainers or boots. A pole is very useful too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly. We had lunch prepared by local people and ate produce from their garden and cheese and yoghurt from their goats. The
husband and wife who took us for the evening boat ride also prepared food themselves on board.
I really liked the fact that we could fill our water bottles at the large wAter cooler in the hotel. Please encourage others hotels to do
the same.
Our guide was environmentally aware and had a love of nature and animals.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable. A good programme and a pleasant group of people.
Excellent guide.
All food v good.
Hotel could be better.
Definitely a holiday to recommend

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


That walks amazing a must do

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so as ate in different local places and met many nice locals

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

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