Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour

Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour

Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour

Prices

From $495USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Embark on a walking adventure on two of the volcanic Cyclades Islands

Take in the spectacular sight of the famous white houses perched atop Santorini’s dramatic cliffs.

Explore the lush landscapes and olive groves of Naxos and the vineyards of Santorini.

Experience the show-stopping views from the summit of Mount Zas and the saddle of Mount Fanari.

Relax at the beach after your walks or with a refreshing dip in the sparkling seas.

Spend 8 magical days exploring the Greek islands of Naxos and Santorini. This self-guided walking holiday takes you from the cliffs on the spectacular coastline to the ancient mountains.

You’ll love island-hopping in the famous Cyclades and taking daily walks that explore two beautiful islands. This tour will immerse you in ancient culture as you explore the towns and villages along your route. You’ll also discover fascinating volcanic formations, scenic olive groves, and the famous whitewashed houses, all within view of the gorgeous sapphire seas.

Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Take the Ferry to Naxos

Your journey today begins with a transfer from the Athens airport to the ferry port at Piraeus. You’ll take a late afternoon ferry to the island of Naxos. The boat ride is five and a half hours, so you’ll arrive in time for an evening stroll on the island.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Naxos
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Explore Central Naxos

To begin your first walk, you’ll take the public bus or a taxi to Chalki. From here, you’ll start your walk through the olive groves to the Fortress Ano Kastro. A marble quarry invites you to take a break, and later you visit an unfinished statue that dates back to the 6th century. This trail has two optional sections to prolong your hike up to 14 or 19 km.

Your walk finishes in the village of Melanes, where you can explore before catching a bus or taxi back to your hotel.
4.5 hours, 14km, 300m of ascent, 300m of descent
7 hours, 19km, 400m of ascent, 400m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Naxos
Distance
3.5 hours, 10km, 150m of ascent, 150m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Hike Mount Zas

You’ll start your day with a bus or taxi ride to the village of Filoti, which sits in the foothills of Mount Zas. As you begin your walk to its summit, you’ll follow mythological paths that include the cave where Zeus was nursed by an eagle.

Longer: 7 hours, 19 km, 900m of ascent, 900m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Naxos
Distance
Shorter: 4.5 hours, 13km, 500m of ascent, 500m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Travel to Santorini

The ferry to Santorini doesn’t usually leave until noon, so you’ll have the morning to explore the castle in Naxos or relax on the sandy beaches. The three-hour ferry to Santorini crosses over the underwater volcanic crater, and you’ll watch in awe as the boat draws you closer to the famous white buildings clinging to Santorini’s cliffs.

Spend the evening exploring Santorini.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santorini
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Walk the Ancient Roads to Akrotiri

You’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to Perissa today, where you’ll begin your walk up into the windy hills. You’ll walk to Thira, which was the ancient capital of the island during Roman times. The old path will wind through quiet vineyards and villages of the island’s interior.

The route finishes with a walk along the black sand beach at Akrotiri village.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santorini
Distance
5.5 hours, 13km, 580m of ascent, 550m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Follow the Mule Path to Oia

Begin your day with a bus or taxi ride to Fira. Spend some time exploring the capital, with its bright white houses perched at the clifftops. After visiting some of the museums in town or wandering the charming streets, you’ll begin your walk in the afternoon. The trail is the famous path between Fira and Oia, a mule path that follows a spectacular ridgeline overlooking the water.

A transfer will meet you in Oia to bring you back to your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santorini
Distance
3 hours, 13km, 300m of ascent, 400m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Visit Akrotiri and Return to Athens

This morning, you’ll have free time to explore Akrotiri. You may want to stop and visit their archeological site, which preserves a settlement destroyed by the volcanic eruption in the 1600s.

A transfer will bring you to the port, where you’ll take the 8-hour ferry ride on a modern, comfortable boat to Piraeus. A transfer vehicle will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Athens.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Athens
Distance
1.5 hours, 5.5km, 135m of ascent, 120m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Final Day in Athens

Your tour officially ends after breakfast when you check out of your hotel. If you have time today, explore the city and visit the Acropolis before you leave Athens.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour of Santorini and Naxos is always run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel, and the room type you prefer.

Prices below are per person:

Departures from April 11th to June 9th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €995EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): €875EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): €695EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): €650EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): €625EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): €495EUR

Departures from June 10th to 28th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €1,050EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): €950EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): €725EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): €625EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): €525EUR

Departures from June 29th to April 31st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €1,225EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): €1,125EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): €1,095EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): €775EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): €775EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): €725EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): €550EUR

Departures from September 1st to 25th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €1,050EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): €950EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): €725EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): €625EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): €525EUR

Departures from September 26th to October 24th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €995EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travellers): €875EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travellers): €695EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travellers): €675EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travellers): €650EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travellers): €625EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travellers): €495EUR
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Accommodation on the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour

This tour is based in simple 3-star hotels. The hotels offer basic accommodations at locally operated hotels in great locations.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotel Anixis in Naxos

Spend the night at this great hotel next to the Naxos Castle. Most of the simple and welcoming rooms have a lovely sea view.

Kalimera Hotel in Santorini

You’ll receive a warm welcome at this simple family-run hotel. The rooms are basic, and the hotel has a beautiful garden with a pool to relax by.

Acropolis Hill Hotel in Athens

This modern hotel has small but comfortable rooms. It is in a lovely green space within walking distance to the Acropolis.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Athens are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included starting with pickup from Athens Airport and ending in Athens. This includes 3 ferry transfers and 8 road transfers. Please note, that there are also several public transport or taxi transfers (as indicated in the itinerary) that are not included. The services end in Athens and if you require a transfer to the airport for your departure, it is available as an optional extra.

Also Included

  • Roundtrip transfers on Naxos and Santorini
  • Ferry tickets as outlined in the itinerary in tourist class
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance
  • Route guide and maps
  • Walking map of Naxos and Santorini
  • Taxi transfer between Athens airport or hotel and Piraeus
  • Round trip transfers on Naxos and Santorini
  • Taxi transfer from Akrotiri to Perissa and return from Oia to Akrotiri
  • Taxi transfer between Piraeus and Athens hotel

Not included

  • Tourism tax to be paid locally at each hotel (normally no more than 3 EUR per traveller per night)
  • Departure transfer
  • Public transportation or taxi costs, where indicated on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Accommodations in Athens before or after the tour
  • Single room supplements

Frequenty Asked Questions about Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour

How hard is the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour is best suited for people who are comfortable walking for about 5 hours per day. The trail surfaces are predominantly unpaved walking trails with the occasional cobblestone mule path and paved roadway.

Do I need a visa to travel to Greece?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Are meals included on the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Athens to start this tour?

You can fly to Athens International Airport (ATH). You will be picked up from the airport.

Is the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will be provided with route maps and a destination guide in English.

Where does the Island Walking on Naxos and Santorini Tour end?

This tour ends at your hotel in Athens. Your departure transfers are not included.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Greece?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Greece?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Greece for this tour?

The best time to travel to Greece for walking is during the warmest months of the year (May-September) but know that it can get very hot mid-summer. This tour is available from April to October.

S-Cape Travel Greece is a Greek outdoor company, established in 1994 and member of the S-Cape Group of companies since 2010.

At S-Cape Greece you find a varied portfolio of active and adventure trips that offer you a hands-on experience of Greece, having time to slowing down and appreciate the details: view the sites and landscapes, savor the specialties, meet and mingle with the locals and learn about the culture.

All our trips and itineraries are developed by our team of professional walkers and cyclists who have a keen eye for great trails, exciting itineraries, breath-taking scenery and good quality accommodation that share our vision on sustainable travel.

If you travel on one of our self-guided trips, you receive a Destination Manual with information on the country and a state-of-the-art Road Book with detailed route description, turn by turn diagrams of each crossing and explanatory text. On top, you can navigate the route in your own smartphone via our excellent S-Cape Travel App.

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Prices

From $495USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour is best suited for people who are comfortable walking for about 5 hours per day. The trail surfaces are predominantly unpaved walking trails with the occasional cobblestone mule path and paved roadway.

Local guide

Maria

Athens, Greece

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