Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour
Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour

Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour

8 days

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Follow ancient footsteps on this walking holiday through Athens and Kea

Discover the cradle of western civilization on this self-guided walking holiday in Greece. You’ll have two days to explore the incredible sights of Athens before leaving for the tranquil shores of the island of Kea.

While in Athens, you’ll be treated to a culinary walking tour that shows off the sights and tastes of Athens. Then, cruise on a scenic drive down the coast to catch the ferry to Kea. While on the island, you’ll take beautiful walks through this quiet paradise. Each trail will reveal ancient ruins and scenic views! For a relaxing and culture-filled 8 days, look no further than the Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour.

Highlights of the Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour

Visit ancient sites like the Acropolis, the temple of Poseidon, the “smiling” lion, and Karthaia.
Walk to the summit of the Profitis Ilias mountain for amazing panoramic views.
Experience the flavours of Greece on a culinary walking tour that features the best dishes of Athens.
Immerse yourself in Greek island culture as you stay in the historic and picturesque town of Ioulida.

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Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Explore Ancient Athens

You have today free to explore the wonders of this historic city that conceived democracy. Wander the streets or visit the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and be sure to sample all the amazing local delicacies you come across!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Athens
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Walking Culinary Tour of Athens

If you didn’t visit the Acropolis Museum yesterday, be sure to stop by this morning. Your walk today begins around three in the afternoon, in time to see the changing of the guards in Syntagma Square.

You’ll then begin a progressive dining experience that takes you through the famous sites of Athens, including the Olympic Stadium, the Dionysos theater, the temple of Zeus, and the Roman and Greek Agora. Along the way, you’ll stop at designated restaurants and tavernas to enjoy a different course of traditional Greek cuisine at each stop.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Athens
Distance: 6 hours, 5km, 150m of ascent, 150m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 Take the Ferry to Kea

This morning, your driver will collect you from your hotel and drive you on the scenic coast to Cape Sounion. You’ll have some time to stop and visit the temple of Poseidon or to enjoy a coffee and magnificent views.

Then, you’ll travel to the Lavrio port and take the ferry to Kea. In the town of Ioulida, the island’s capital, no cars are allowed, so you’ll feel immediately relaxed in the quiet island atmosphere.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kea
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Walk the Ancient Paths of Kea

Today you’ll walk from Ioulida along the historical paths that used to be the only roads to navigate the island. Follow these ancient paths to the carving of a lion that dates back to 600 B.C.

Your walk will take you through hills and valleys until you reach the sandy beaches of Otzia Bay. You can decide if you want to take the public bus or a taxi back to Ioulida.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kea
Distance: 2 hours, 6.6km, 120m of ascent, 380m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Explore the Ruins at Karthaia

You’ll take a taxi to the hamlet of Stavroudaki to begin your walk today. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Greeks as you walk along the kalderimi, which are cobblestone paths built hundreds of years ago.

You’ll find your way to the secluded beach of Poles and the site of Karthaia. Here you’ll find ancient ruins including the temple of Athena and Apollo. Take some time to explore before you start the return circuit to Stavroudaki.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kea
Distance: 2.5 hours, 6.6km, 350m of ascent, 350m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Walk to Korissia

Today, you’ll be exploring the lush green valley of Mylopotamos on your way to Kea’s port. Along your route, you’ll visit the remains of ancient water mills and the well of Flea. Enjoy the downhill route and the scenic views as you arrive in Korissia.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kea
Distance: 3 hours, 9km, 350m of ascent, 600m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Follow the Kalderimi and Climb Profitis Ilias

You’ll find yourself walking the historic kalderimi again today as you begin your walk up Profitis Ilias. The views from the top of Kea’s highest mountain stretch across the water to nearby islands- worth a photo or a few!

If you like, you can take a side trip to visit the Monastery of Episkopi, where you can see the church next to the ancient remains of the original temple. When you’ve reached Ellinika, it’ll be about time to turn around and take the dirt path that leads back to Ioulida.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kea
Distance: 5 hours, 14km, 500m of ascent, 500m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Return to the Mainland

Take the ferry back to the mainland, where a driver will meet you at Lavrio port to take you to the Athens airport. Depending on flight plans, you may need to depart Kea the night before or spend an additional night near Sounion or Athens. These hotels can be added depending on your plans for onward travel.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour Price and Dates

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

Prices below are per person.

Departures from January 1st to March 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,195 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,025 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $550 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $525 USD

Departures from April 1st to 17th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,275 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $695 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $595 USD

Departures from April 18th to June 24th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $1,275 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $775 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $625 USD

Departures from June 25th to August 29th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,695 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,525 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $1,475 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $875 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $695 USD

Departures from August 30th to September 28th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,450 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,225 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $1,275 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $850 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $775 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $625 USD

Departures from September 29th to October 30th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveler): $1,275 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,125 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 3 travelers): $1,050 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 2 travelers): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 3 travelers): $695 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (min 4 travelers): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (min 3 travelers): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (min 4 travelers): $595 USD
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Accommodation on the Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels. Both hotels offer comfortable rooms with great locations. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

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 price.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

Serie Guesthouse in Kea

This cozy family-run guesthouse is a perfect choice for your stay in Kea.

What’s Included in Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 1 lunch are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Athens are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included from Athens to the Lavrio Port, and from the Lavrio Port to the Athens airport.

Also Included

  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance
  • Walk & Dine tour in Athens, includes 4 courses with each course at a separate restaurant
  • Route guide and maps
  • Ferry from Lavrio to Kea
  • Ferry from Kea to Lavrio
  • Route descriptions and maps
  • Walking map of Kea

Not included

  • Tourism tax to be paid locally at each hotel (amounts range from 0.50 to 3 Euro per room per night)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for servers and drivers if desired

Optional Extras

  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before, after or during the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Upgrade to 4-star hotels

Frequently Asked Questions about Walking Athens and Kea Island Tour

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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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour is suitable for anyone comfortable walking three or four hours a day. The trails are mostly unpaved footpaths or cobblestone tracks.

Local Guide

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Maria
Athens, Greece

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