1 independent reviews for Self guided walking holiday in Santorini and Naxos, Greece

Reviews for Self guided walking holiday in Santorini and Naxos, Greece


review 6 Nov 2016

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

The personal challenge of completing the hikes myself, the isolated walks in a rugged yet serene environment, arriving at key sites all tired, hot and sweaty whilst other tourists were in pristine condition (must be those air conditioned vehicles), the locals friendliness and hospitality, the local cuisine (the wines are must-have) and of course picturesque Santorini itself with its churches and caldera. Ooops, I just couldn't choose one!

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

A few things to consider: 1. As well as the weather, do check the tides/swell of the sea especially when planning the 'Caldera to Akrotiri and Vlychada trail'. There are two parts on this trail which are on the rocky beach (the beach is narrow) and if the tide is in then your path is blocked. 2. Expect many of the remote churches to be closed...it's just how it is! 3. The app provided by nofootprint was great but make sure you keep a battery charger with you in case your mobile decides to give up. To use the app you need to have your location enabled and in my case this used up my phone battery quite quickly.

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

Absolutely. Walking through local towns/villages was great as you get to meet the locals and eat/drink in local establishments thus contributing to the local economy. The trails were a mix of well-trodden paths and 'figure-it-out yourself' paths but no flora was damaged in the process. The bus system on the island is excellent, frequent and cheap...really good local infrastructure.

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

Ah just amazing and the perfect trip...a different way to see such a beautiful island and all it has to offer! Loved it!

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