Self guided walking holiday in Santorini and Naxos, Greece
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Inc: 7 self-guided walks at Santorini & Naxos, 2 bonus walks, mobile navigation app, detailed info pack, breakfast, local support, ferry & hotel transfers.
Description of Self guided walking holiday in Santorini and Naxos, Greece
This week long self-guided walking holiday in Santorini & Naxos will fascinate you. Santorini is one of Greece’s finest volcanic islands, part of a group of islands of the same name, overlooking a sapphire blue submerged caldera, visible from different viewpoints during our recommended walks. Walking with a carefully crafted itinerary, created by our local experts, you will take on magnificent hikes. Such as hiking along the rim of the caldera to the village of Oia. Sauntering through ancient villages with Venetian influences and traditionally Cycladic narrow streets and stone houses. Hiking through volcanic terrain, you will come across a town that was uncovered from the ashes of the past, you will drink wine made from grapes grown in the ashes of the present, and you will bathe at black and red sand beaches, the volcanic rock eroded by years of these crystal clear waters lapping onto the island’s shores.
You'll then contintue to Naxos, the largest and most mulfi-faceted island in the Cyclades which offers ancient trails, through mountainous quaint villages, venetian towers, olive groves and incredible landscapes. Walk and explore the old fortified ‘Kastro’ reservation, ancient temples, abandoned kouros statues, solitary bays and experience the unique Greek hospitality and island culture. Finish with a walk at the top of Mt. Zas, the highest peak of the Cyclades, where Zeus was given the thunder to conquer Mt. Olympus.
Our information package not only gives details of wonderful walks, but also cultural and natural heritage sites to see en route, some perfect places to rest your feet as well as our favourite tavernas and cafes. Although some spots in Santorini and Naxos can be busy in July and August, it is always possible to get off the beaten track, although they are the warmest months. If you hike here in spring or autumn, however, you will have the trails and tracks to yourself, the temperatures will be perfect and the local people will be delighted to welcome you.
6 Reviews of Self guided walking holiday in Santorini and Naxos, Greece
Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by Robert WilliamsVisiting the ancient site of Akrotiri and the archaeological museum of Thera were the most memorable parts of the trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by Eileen MouradianWe had a very nice time. This was our first time using Responsible Travel. We now have another company to use for trips in the future. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by Brenda VarnamI enjoyed exploring the island on ancient trails that have been used for centuries by local people but have never been written down on a paper map until this century. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2018 by Trevor RowlattThe highlight was the culture and people of Naxos. Excellent holiday highly recommended. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018 by Joy CornforthWe much preferred Naxos to Santorini much more relaxed. Best walks were Mount Zas and Caldera rim walk from Fira to Oia, both fabulous views. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2016 by Neena KumarAh just amazing and the perfect trip...a different way to see such a beautiful island and all it has to offer! Loved it! Read full review
PlanetThis walking trail holiday in the islands of Santorini & Naxos, has a primary eco-focus. We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity holidays, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people. This is mainly done by respecting the natural environment of the places we visit and by concentrating on an alternative way of travelling, mostly out of the heavy burdened touristic summer season.
We try to support the No Footprint idea by exploring in small group numbers and as much as possible getting around on foot or by public transport. Our walking holidays after all, leave nothing but footprints behind! We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind, while we also gather up any that we see on our way. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week, or tree planting initiatives in these dry and arid Greek islands. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear or shape them back.
Most of our paths are part of larger protected areas or National parks and Natural reserves, such as the vast Natura 2000 network. This way, we encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the islands of Santorini & Naxos. We find it to be important to encourage and develop a passion for wildlife and wild places amongst our customers. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to observe them or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Of course, it is important to emphasize that all wildlife sightings are a bonus; none are guaranteed! We practice Responsible Wildlife Viewing principles by not disturbing or threatening the behaviour of any wild animal by no means. We ask our guests to never remove a specimen – whether plant, seed or animal – from its natural environment. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do themselves to minimise them.
We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain to our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper
PeopleWe have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Cycladic island lifestyle with our guests. Your guides are all local, sharing with you their ideas and love for their land. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We take our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other local celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.
Through our walking trail holidays in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our holidays take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in the high touristic summer months. In many villages, we visit local craftswomen who make their own handmade traditional products and by selling them, support their families.
All the products used in our picnics are bought locally, by small family-owned shops, supporting a low carbon diet and respecting the seasonal produces, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local, Greek and Mediterranean dishes, usually with products from their own personal gardens.
We opt for local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.
In general, with all walking holidays in Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travellers to approach places they visit with greater understanding and respect.