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. Walking is one of the best ways to fill your day in the Cyclades with a range of cultural, archaeological and naturally beautiful treasures combining to stunning effect.

This one week walking holiday in the Cyclades features many of the region's most iconic islands. Paros, Santorini and Naxos are all 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. This must be 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.

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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

Responsible tourism

Cyclades walking holidays in Greece

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

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.

8 Reviews of Cyclades walking holidays in Greece

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“I really enjoyed Naxos. It is the first island we went to and I loved it. We had a lovely hotel there, which was like a boutique hotel.”

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by

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


The walk from Fia to Oia, absolutely stunning.

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


Make sure you have a good pair of walking boots!!!

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


Definitely! Our fantastic guide took us to visit all of the local tavernas and cafes.

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


A M A Z I N G! It was very well organised, nothing was too much trouble for our guide. We were able to go at our own pace when walking, which was good, as there were so many scenes to stop and photograph. All ferries and transfers were arranged for us and we met some fantastic people in our group. We are already planning our next trip through Responsible travel.

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019 by

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


The walking was lovely even in some inclement weather. Thanos the guide had an extensive knowledge of all we saw- history, culture, nature and more. His enthusiasm and energy made the trip. The other walkers were a wonderful bunch and we really did have a ball. The food and drink were outstanding and Thanos insisted we try everything! The hotel is so friendly and the breakfasts are amazing and more than make up for the slightly worn bathrooms. The area is very beautiful and fascinating to explore. The whole thing was the best bit! I would go again.

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


I found the walking was only leisurely but others on the group found it more
challenging. But there is some free time on a couple of days so you can go off and do some more if you wish. Expect to put on weight!

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


Benefited locals yes. Thanos was for ever picking up litter and he told us that money was given to a great local charity every year.

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


Excellent. I loved it.

Reviewed on 14 May 2018 by

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


Everything!! We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects and thought everything well thought out and organised. Loved the ferry journeys. So nice it was all taken care of.

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


For this trip would say to others give some thought about walking about in Santorini especially if dodgy knees and hips are in evidence!

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


Yes definitely. Thought the whole idea brilliant.

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


10 out if 10. Wished we could experience it all again. Onwards and upwards maybe try out some more walking hols!

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2018 by

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


The walks in the countryside surrounded by spring flowers and wild herbs. The three islands were very different, but each were magical in their own way.

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


Go in the spring. The islands are fairly quiet and later in the year Santorini in particular can have up to 6 cruise ships each day visiting the island. Also try and
visit Akrotiri if you are interested in archaeological sites.

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


Yes. It was very good to use local family run restaurants.

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


It was a very good group with a very enthusiastic leader and it gave me a taste of what the Greek islands can offer.

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2018 by

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


Thanos, the extremely knowledgeable guide. And the unexpected interesting-ness of Naxos! Less tourists yet much more to see.

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


Be aware alternative days largely spent travelling between islands so only one full day on each. However travelling on the ferries was part of the experience.

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


Not beyond giving them custom.

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


Enjoyable.

Reviewed on 21 May 2018 by

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


Entering the caldera on the ferry and seeing the spectacular views

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?


Yes. The tour operator used small family run hotels

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


Thannos was an excellent guide. The holiday did exactly what it said. Well planned.

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 instructions 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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