XGI HIKING THE GREEK ISLES TOURSEARCH TOUR
Tinos • Naxos • Amorgos • Santorini
Hikes through fertile olive groves, mountains scenery, picturesque villages; Guided Athens city walking tour; Quiet, authentic Tinos; Spectacular Santorini; Amorgos -- 'The Soul of Greece'
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 04 May 2019||Fri 17 May 2019||$3220 USD|
|Sat 07 Sep 2019||Fri 20 Sep 2019||$3220 USD|
|Sat 02 May 2020||Fri 15 May 2020||$3220 USD|
|Sat 05 Sep 2020||Fri 18 Sep 2020||$3220 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $547 USD (number of singles limited).
Our Greek Isles tours begin and end in the iconic capital of Athens, a city steeped in ancient history, and serving as the perfect hub to transport between the idyllics Greek Islands. Once immersed in the sun-drenched islands of Greece, it is easy to get lost in the spellbounding blue of the Aegean Sea and the postcard perfect viewpoints that arrive around every corner.
But, for those who yearn for history and culture to complement their activity days, you’ll be rewarded with a country that is both multifaceted and utterly interesting.
Much of Greece is timeless and enduring, and our Greek Isles tours highlight this. From the early days of a walking tour around Athens, we’ll explore the foundations of a city that began in the 5th century BC with ideas on democracy, philosophy, architecture, and arts that were cultivated and thrived to the point of being exported to the world.
Our Greek Isles tours will discover where the great works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed while exploring the Dionysus Theatre. From the classical age of Greece, to the Roman and Byzantine times, Athens has been the centre of it all for thousands of years.
By ferrying to the outer islands, our Greek Isles tours will leave behind the hustle and bustle of the capital in favour of a serene and picturesque countryside. Scattered churches and pleasant beaches are found across the island of Amorgos, where stunning sunsets cast long shadows across the plentiful olive groves.
Ancient trails are drenched in panoramic views, where valleys and villages emerge beneath rocky hillside vantage points. Ruined windmills rest on craggy ridgelines, while dazzling white monasteries stand above stunning sea cliffs.
Our Greek Isles tours focus on hikes across Amorgos that feature remote and impressive wilderness with a mix of ancient towns and rural lifestyle that allow visitors to feel the years of history the island retains.
From Amorgos we venture to Naxos, a green and fertile island that happens to be the Cyclades largest. Our city tour of Chora will include Venetian inspired architecture, the theatre of Apollo, and Byzantine chapels which will clearly demonstrate its long heritage of influencers.
While hiking the Greek countryside, we’ll encounter ancient statues dating back to the 6th century BC, as well as folklore rich villages found dotted along the green hillsides.
Our Greek Isles tours will also stop in Santorini, famous for its spellbinding beauty and whitewashed villages found around the ancient caldera. Also known as the island of churches, wine, and donkeys, our strolls along the caldera rim will be full of fascinating stops and scenic vistas.
Thought of as the location of a bronze age Pompeii, history buffs will revel in a tour of the 16th century BC Minoan site that has been wonderfully preserved.
Our hiking destinations end on Tinos, an important pilgrimage centre for Greek Orthodox members, but beyond the churches are Venetian palaces and stunning views of the blue Aegean Sea.
With a stop in a local taverna, and a chance to taste local homemade cheeses, honey and sausages, our Greek Isles tours comes to an end alongside broad smiles and many miles under our feet.
Carol S. (San Diego, US)
Hiking in the Greek Isles was one of my best vacations ever!I really liked the local guides! They were very knowledgeable, able to answer all our questions, and showed us why they loved their individual islands, or their area of expertise. My tour leader gave each person special attention. She was always up-beat, had a great sense of humor and handled situations with great flexibility and diplomacy.
Janet G. (Calgary, AB, CA)
I really enjoyed the local guides at each spot. They were knowledgable about the islands and the attractions. I found the special sites to be extremely interesting and our guide Lindsay was excellent at explaining their significance. I would definitely take another tour with Lindsay. She made the entire experience excellent.
Lindsey M. (Spring Hill, FL, US)
I enjoyed seeing all of the non-tourist sights and seeing the real Greek islands and villages. The concert in Naxos was fun! Lindsay went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we asked for. The hotels were really nice compaired to other European hotels I have stayed in in the past.
Sally R. (Tigard, US)
I will have many fond memories of my Greek Hiking tour adventure. Combining hiking with learning about the culture, history and sights of Greece and islands as well as its people is a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys hiking, is physically fit, and open to an interesting, memorable adventure!I appreciated how the time hiking and sight seeing attractions were balanced.I especially enjoyed seeing life in the small villages. Our tour leader did an excellent job of introducing us to a vast variety of the local cusine. She ordered several dishes to be shared. There was always plenty of choices and more than enough food for all of us. The food was outstandingly delicious!!
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis
Divani Palace Acropolis enjoys a priceless location right by the world-famous Acropolis, the perfect place to savour Athens fascinating history. ... beautiful hotel offers elegant rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with bar, and delicious dining including our summer Roof Garden restaurant with enchanting views of the ancient heritage. Top-notch meeting rooms and romantic banquet rooms make our hotel ideal for business meetings or a truly memorable event.
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Naxos Palace Hotel
Naxos Palace Hotel was built in 2004 and offers guests luxurious resort accommodation, peaceful and family environment and exceptional service. ... hotel has 77 fully equipped rooms and suites with A/C, telephone, satellite TV, mini bar, private bathroom, hair dryer, safe box and private balcony.
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The Aegialis Hotel & Spa is situated in Aegiali at the north part of Amorgos island. This family owned and ... hotel is positioned on the hillside in order to take advantage of the stunning views over the bay and the surrounded villages and islands.
The hotel is arranged in six blue and white buildings set into the hillside, so that they all benefit from the dramatic views over the bay. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, hair dryer, safe, refrigerator and direct telephone line.
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Santorini Palace is an A' Class Hotel in Fira, the island's capitol. It is within walking distance from the breathtaking ... fine restaurants, and the main shopping center. With a total of 106 impeccably furnished rooms and suites, fully air-conditioned, an outdoor 300 sq meters swimming pool, a deluxe restaurant, main bar and pool bar.
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Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily. All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for restaurant staff, porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving/departing on tour dates.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance and single supplements fees. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered in spring and late summer/early fall when temperatures are relatively mild (summers are very hot, though cooled by sea breezes). Spring is popular for green landscapes and wildflowers; late summer is popular for warm seas and locally harvested produce. Showers are possible in spring but less in summer and fall.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Local ferries between mainland/islands can range from hydrofoils to large vehicular vessels--all bookings in economy class. Greek ferry schedules tend to change without notice; some itinerary adjustments may be necessary at the discretion of your Tour Leader.
Land transport (island touring, port transfers) by private bus, public bus, and taxi.
Our hikes: We generally walk at an average pace of about 3 kilometers (2 miles) per hour, assuming it’s a venue that does not involve commentary by our Tour Leader/guide. Travellers should be comfortable walking UP TO 10 kilometers/6 miles (each day will be different) of flat, level trail in about 2.5 hours. In most cases, we are not "strolling." We are walking at the relaxed but steady pace listed above, plus allowing time for commentary by our Tour Leader/guide, picture-taking, or washroom stops. Enjoyment of this travel experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that travellers make a priority of "training" beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. See detailed itinerary for day-by-day summaries.
Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range hotels (3-star) throughout. Island hotels are smaller properties (3-4 story) that will likely not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only. A special note about Santorini, which is primarily a luxury tourism destination and, while we can confidently promise our visit will be fulfilling and rewarding, one's hotel expectations must be in line with our overall purpose, which is sightseeing and cultural experience and not focused on the "hotel experience" per se.
Porter service is rarely available on the islands (see 'inclusions'); you MUST be independent with your luggage, especially getting on / off ferries. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins. Many hotels have swimming pools and / or beach access.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, local guides at some locales.
Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader
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