XGI 14 Day Hiking Greek Island Tour

Tinos, Naxos, Amorgos & Santorini

14 Day Greek Island Tour

Hikes through fertile olive groves, mountains scenery, picturesque villages; Guided Athens city walking tour; Quiet, authentic Tinos; Spectacular Santorini; Amorgos--'The Soul of Greece'


Dates & Prices

Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.

How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Fri 13 May 2022Thu 26 May 2022 $3420 USD
Sat 03 Sep 2022Fri 16 Sep 2022 $3420 USD
Fri 05 May 2023Thu 18 May 2023 $3520 USD
Sat 02 Sep 2023Fri 15 Sep 2023 $3520 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $547 USD (number of singles limited).

Tour Overview

Our Hiking the Greek Isles tour begins and end in the iconic capital of Athens, a city steeped in ancient history, and serving as the perfect hub to transport between the idyllic Greek Islands.

Much of Greece is timeless and enduring, and our tour highlights this. From the early days of a walking tour around Athens, we will 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.

By ferrying to the outer islands,* we 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.

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, and Byzantine chapels which will clearly demonstrate its long heritage.

While hiking the Greek countryside, we will encounter ancient statues dating back to the 6th century BC, as well as folklore rich villages found dotted along the green hillsides.

Our tour also stops 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.

Our trip ends 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.

* The final order of islands may vary depending on season and ferry schedules.

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Greece


(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.

(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.

(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.

(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!!

What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Athens
Today we arrive in Athens, off-and-on the capital of Greece in its many incarnations over several thousand years. Athens pulses with the eclectic, restless--and sometimes chaotic--life of a southeastern European capital. The city’s diverse neighbourhoods are vibrant places with lively squares, shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes, many new and thriving businesses, artistic and theatrical happenings.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Athens: Walking Tour
The best way to explore a city is on foot, and this is especially true of Athens, which has a number of sites located in close proximity to each other. From our hotel we will enter Plaka, the old town of Athens. Standing on a small square is the Lysicrates Monument, a cyclical tower from the 4th century BC. From here, it is just a brief walk along Dionysiou Areopagitou Street to the southern slope of the Acropolis -- the site of the Dionysos Theatre. Constructed in the 6th century BC, it is one of the world's oldest theatres and the place where the great works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes were first performed. Walking down the street towards the entrance of the Acropolis, we will come across a more recent theatre, the Odeon of Herod Atticus from the second century AD, which is still used for concerts and performances.

The highlight of this tour is the ascent to the Acropolis with its architectural masterpieces dating back to the 5th century BC. We reach the top of this hill by entering through the monumental Propylea in order to admire the magnificent Parthenon and the graceful Caryatid statues at the Erechthion Temple.

Turning right at the exit of the Acropolis, we will come to Arios Pagos -- a small hill or a large rock, depending on how you look at it -- which was used as the seat of court during the 5th century BC. This is the place were the Apostle Paul preached to the citizens of Athens 2,000 years ago. The stairs next to the Arios Pagos take us down to the Ancient Agora marketplace. Among the numerous sights in this archaeological park is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos and the reconstructed Stoa Attalou. A short stroll away is the more recent Roman Agora from the first century BC and the landmark Tower of the Winds.

The balance of the day is yours to explore independently. Although it is not included on our morning walking tour of central Athens, we recommend a visit to the Acropolis Museum on your own this afternoon, which is located quite close to where we will end our guided walking tour at lunchtime.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Athens - Ferry to Tinos
Today we travel by ferry to the island of Tinos.* On arrival, we can have a leisurely stroll about Tinos town, taking in the Panagia Church, Greece's most important pilgrimage centre for Orthodox pilgrims. Note the carpeted strip along the main road leading to the church, put in place for pilgrims who demonstrate their piety by crawling the distance from the main waterfront square, up the hill to the church.

According to mythology, Tinos was the home of Aeolus, God of the Winds. The Ionians came to Tinos around 1000 BC; in the 6th century BC Tinos was ruled by Eretria, while in 490 BC the island was seized by the Persians, regaining its freedom after the battle of Marathon. In 1207 Tinos was conquered by the Venetians. Venetian rule in Tinos island lasted longer than on any other island of the Cyclades. In 1715, Tinos was taken by the Turks, to be liberated by the Greeks in the War of Independence of 1821. The year 1822 was an important one for Tinos, for it was then that the famous icon of the Blessed Virgin was discovered, after a nun in the Kechrovouni convent saw it in a dream.

* Due to frequently changing ferry schedules, the actual order of islands visited may vary from this itinerary. If given ample warning, we will update the version specific to your chosen date of departure.

Overnight on Tinos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Tinos: Volax & Agapi
After breakfast we go by taxi to the village of Falatados where our hiking starts*.

We head uphill to the ruined fortress of Exombourgo to admire a stunning view of the Aegean. Mt Exombourgo is a steep-sided granite cone 553m (1,814 ft) high that features a ruined Venetian castle and the remains of three churches and a fountain-house. This was the medieval capital of the island of Tinos until the town was devastated by the Turks.

We continue to the village of Koumaros where we can make a short break and try a traditional Greek coffee before continuing to the village of Volax, almost hidden in the middle of rounded, granite boulders, a geological phenomenon that sets it apart from the rest of Greece. Volax is also noted for its traditional handmade woven baskets. A footpath winds down the valley to Agapi, the finishing point of today's hike. Look for examples of the island's famous "dovecotes," built long ago for pigeons but today considered works of art. In the old times pigeons were sold to seafarers who came to the island to stock up with supplies.

This evening we have a chance to sample the local cuisine in a typical taverna; Tinos is known for homemade cheeses, honey, and local sausages.

DAY SUMMARY: 3-4 hours leisurely walking over 12km/7.5 mi on undulating, mostly unshaded terrain with uneven cobbled surfaces.

* Our hikes: Our hikes: Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only. In the meantime, however, we can advise that, generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in.

Overnight on Tinos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Ferry to Naxos: Chora Walking Tour
This morning we travel by ferry to the island of Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades Islands. Green, fertile, largely self-sufficient Naxos has not needed to go all out to attract tourists. This wealthy agricultural island exports an abundant harvest of olives, grapes, and potatoes throughout the Aegean, and only recently has begun to cater to tourists.

On arrival we will have a walking tour of Naxos Chora, the main town and capital of the island. On our stroll you will note the architecture of Naxos, distinct from that of any other Cycladic isle. The Venetians ruled this island from 1207 until the island fell to the Turks in 1566. Some descendants of the Venetians still live here and the influence of Venetian architecture is obvious in the Kastro and the fortified Venetian towers. Also specific to Naxos is the remarkable abundance of small Byzantine chapels, many of which contain exceptional frescoes dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries.

Our walk ends at the Portara, the big marble gate that stands high on the island of "Bacchus" and is the remains of the ancient temple of Apollo. The ruins of the temple are called "Palace" implying the palaces of Ligdami the ancient tyrant of Naxos (6th century BC). The legend says that Theseus abandoned Ariadne there when he passed through Naxos after he slew the mythical minotaur on Crete.

While in town you should purchase picnic items for tomorrow's hike, though we should be able to acquire refreshments in the villages we visit.

Overnight on Naxos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Naxos: The Kouroi & Potamia
Today's hike not only combines a few highlights of the island, such as the kouroi (ancient statues) and the green valley of Potamia.

We begin with a taxi ride to Melanes from where a narrow and nicely paved trail leads to the Kouros of Melanes, or Flerio. This statue dates from the 1st half of the 6th century BC and it was never finished because of a crack in the material. Through a little gate on the left we can get to the gardens of the Kondili-family; the land where the statue is situated actually belongs to this family.

Next we encounter the Kouros of Potamia, amidst the remnants of an old stone quarry. Local farmers offer some explanations on the statue and tell us that we are actually dealing with a "kore", the statue of a girl.

You get a beautiful view on the site of Agios Mamas and after a couple of minutes we'll take a left into the valley. This road describes a couple of bends and thus meanders to the church of Kato Potamia. In front of the church you find a truly beautiful front yard with a large eucalyptus tree.

From here we can take the local bus back to Chora (if our timing is right) or reconnect with our taxis.

DAY SUMMARY: Altogether this makes 2h 50 minutes of actual walking time; taking into account all of the breaks and a picnic, we expect to hike for about 5 hours over 8-10km/5-6 mi.

Overnight on Naxos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Naxos: Apiranthos - Fanari - Chalki
We begin the day by driving up into the mountains where we will set out on our first hike today at the village of Apiranthos in its main square. We ascend by foot for about an hour on a narrow mountain footpath from the top of the village to the peak of Mount Fanari and the little church of the Panagia Fanariou located there. From here we have expansive views towards Mount Zas, the island’s highest peak, as well as down into the valley of Tragea, where we will be hiking later on today. From Mount Fanari, we return on foot to Apiranthos for a lunch break in the main pedestrian square.

After lunch, our bus takes us to the village of Moni, where we stop at the ancient church of the Panagia Drosiani, the Virgin of Cool Breezes. We begin our second hike of the day from here. It takes us on an undulating, often shady, path through olive groves where there are numerous trees with trunks of impressive girth, which are hundreds of years old. Approximately an hour and a half after we begin this route, we arrive at the village of Chalki, at the bottom of the valley.

Undulating terrain and cobbled can be expect today. There will be some shade but, as is typical of the isles, large trees are few and far between. Exact distances and timing are difficult to guess today; as your Tour Leader will know by now your abilities, please consult with him/her if you are concerned about your suitability for today's activity.

Overnight on Naxos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Naxos - Ferry to Amorgos
Today we ferry to the island of Amorgos.

Amorgos's timeless monastery, scattered churches, and pleasant beaches offer both respite from tourists on the other islands and a taste of traditional Greece. For many, Amorgos has become the highlight of the tour, accurately described as "the soul of Greece." The locals are extremely friendly, the mountains surrounding the port majestic, and the sunsets stunning. It has been the location of several movies and is a super place for walks through idyllic olive groves.

Overnight on Amorgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Amorgos: Tholaria & Langada
This hike is one of the most beautiful on Amorgos. The whole route involves magnificent ancient trails through the paleis above Aegiali. The panoramic views and the villages make this day an unforgettable experience. Aegiali is an area consisting of three traditional villages: Langada, Tholaria, and Potamos, which sit on the slope of the highest mountain on Amorgos, Krikellos (821m/2,709 ft). They are built above a deep valley and the harbour of Aegiali where a beautiful sandy beach spans the gentle curve of the bay.

We begin this morning’s hike at the mountain village of Tholaria. Our way is a cobbled donkey path that connected the surrounding villages before there were any paved roads in the area. This first stretch is a traverse that affords spectacular views of the steep slopes and wide well-watered valley of Aegiali, spreading to the sweeping sandy bay beneath Mount Krikellos, the island’s highest peak at 823 metres (2,716 feet). Our route takes us to the gorge of
Araklos, and the nearby church of the Panagia Epanohoriani, the area’s most important place of worship and annual festival.

From here we descend towards the white village of Langada, passing the half-ruined settlement of Stroumbos, where in recent years foreigners have restored several of the old stone houses. This village has no road and no electricity. In Langada, we pause for refreshment at a local cafe, exploring the pretty village streets along the way.

Descending from Langada towards the coast, we make a brief ascent to the tiny cliff-side church of Agia Triada, once a stronghold to which to retreat when pirates threatened. Our morning’s hike ends at the water-side settlement of Aegiali, where there are several good restaurants for lunch. (We suggest packing a bathing suit and towel today, so as to be able to enjoy a swim after lunch at the long curving stretch of sandy beach nearby.) After a break by the water, there is a choice to return to our hotel in the village of Tholaria either by foot or by local bus.

This evening (or possibility another time at the discretion of your Tour Leader) we enjoy a Greek cooking class, with emphasis on traditional, family-style island dishes.

DAY SUMMARY: The hike takes a little over four hours (real walking time - walking distance +/- 6.5 kms/4 miles). Terrain is undulating with loose stones and cobbled surfaces. While we make efforts to accurately estimate empirical distances in kilometres and miles, accurate measure is difficult, and this statistic might not mean as much as the variations in route incline/decline, quality, and directness.

Overnight on Amorgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Amorgos: Chora & Chozoviotissa Monastery (to Aegiali)
Early this morning we travel by road to Chora, the capital of the island. We will pause here to stroll about the village, set high above the sea protected from pirates of bygone days. We leave the village and follow a magnificent staircase going down to the Monastery of Chozoviotissa. The monastery is home to the revered icon of the Virgin from the Holy Land. The dazzling white building, founded in the year AD 1099, clings precariously to a cliff face. The icon was found in the sea below the monastery, having arrived here unaided from either Asia Minor, Cyprus or Jerusalem. We will enter the monastery and climb into its snug interior. Hopefully the docent will be available to show us around and provide access to the tiny but fascinating museum.

After our visit to the monastery, we commence our hike.* This is definitely one of the most fabulous hikes in the Cyclades, and the longest and most difficult of our trip. We follow the spine of the island and discover some unique landscapes and flora and, of course, some stupendous views. Leaving the monastery, we climb a staircase into an impressive landscape; the silence is overwhelming. High above us towers a huge cliff and on the right you see the deep blue sea below. Twenty minutes after the monastery we get to a platform with remnants of stable walls -- behind you, the highest top of the monastery is just disappearing.

We continue through impressive and rocky wilderness; soon we reach a kind of saddle with the two coasts of Amorgos both before and behind us. Soon we come to the Xenodochio, the remnants of a kind of medieval hotel on the road from Chora to Aegiali. Gradually we get a great view on the elongated offshore islet of Nikouria. At Exo Meria, situated on a rocky plateau, we find some deserted houses and the ruins of two windmills. It is hard to imagine how difficult and lonely life must have been on this desolate spot.

The trail now continues like a magnificent balcony: far away you can already distinguish the village of Tholaria and all of a sudden you get a great view on the bay of Aegiali where our hike ends at a lovely beach where you can cool off and relax until dinner.

DAY SUMMARY: Approx 4-5 hours (actual walking, longer with stops) over 16.5km/10 mi on uneven, undulating terrain. The path is quite well worn at first, though in places the route becomes quite vague. Expect loose stones and gravel. There is no shade along the route and one can expect a chill wind, especially in the spring (thought the stupendous wildflowers make up for this!).

* Some travellers choose to visit Chora and the monastery ONLY and forgo today's hike, the longest on the tour. Please confer with your Tour Leader who, by this point, will have a good sense of your suitability for today's plans.

Overnight in Amorgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Amorgos - Ferry to Santorini
Today we ferry to the island of Santorini, also known as Thira.

Vast geological upheavals have given this island its unique form resulting in the nickname, "Pre-Historic Pompeii." The effect of terracing makes this unlike any other island, Greece's most visually stunning. Santorini is also the island of churches, wine, and donkeys! From as early as 3000 BC the island developed as an outpost of Minoan civilization until around 1500 BC when the volcano erupted. At this point the island's history became linked with the legend of Atlantis.

This afternoon (ferry timing permitting), you may be interested to do a hike to the site of Ancient Thira, located 400m / 1,320 ft above the beach on the southeast coast of the island. Here we find the ruins of an 11th century BC Dorian settlement excavated by a German expedition in the 1860s. Here we can see remains from the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. The ruins are limited, but you can see evidence of temples, houses with mosaic floors, an agora, gymnasium, and a theatre with stunning and sheer views to the sea. Alternatively you can stay behind and enjoy one of Santorini's finest black sand beaches.

DAY SUMMARY: 1.5 hours round trip, paved surface (switchback road).

Overnight on Santorini.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Santorini: Akrotiri & the Caldera Rim to Oia
This morning we visit the site of Akrotiri, where excavations have revealed a complete prehistoric Minoan city with squares, streets and two-storey houses which contained marvellous frescoes. The buildings date to the late 16th century BC. No skeletons or treasures have been found in Akrotiri, so historians think that the inhabitants were forewarned of the eruption and were able to escape. The excavations have yielded evidence what has revolutionized our knowledge of the Late Bronze Age; indeed the town has been called a "bronze-age Pompeii."

We then travel by bus to Fira, the main town on Santorini. Our 3.5 hour hike takes us through the town's narrow walkways northward through the sister villages of Fira -- Firostefani and Imerovigli -- along the caldera rim to Oia ("Ee-ah") via a truly magnificent route. This is the most obvious hike on Santorini and offers many changing views of the deep blue sea, distant snow-white villages, and multi-hued caldera cliffs. Built on a steep slope of the caldera, many of Oia's dwellings nestle in the niches hewn in the volcanic rock. It was once a major fishing port but is principally known these days as probably the most dramatically situated town in the whole of Greece.

Overnight on Santorini.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Santorini - Fly to Athens
Today we'll fly back to Athens, aiming to have some free time in the city for some last minute shopping and/or sightseeing and our farewell dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: Our end in and flight from Santorini is provisional assuming that this will be the final order of the islands, which can change due to ever-changing ferry schedules. If we end up finishing with a different island, we will attempt to fly; however, if it is an island without an airport, we may ferry back to Athens instead.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure from Athens
Departure from Athens.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

Hotel List

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

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Athens
Country: Greece

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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Favie Suzanne Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Tinos
Country: Greece

Set across from a park, this relaxed hotel is 2 km from the Agios Fokas Beach along the Aegean Sea.
... Tinos ferry terminal is a 10-minute walk away. Understated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, TVs and minifridges.
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Naxos Palace Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Naxos
Country: Greece

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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Vigla Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Amorgos
Country: Greece

This upscale hotel is 2 km from both Aegiali ferry terminal and Aegiali Beach, and 8 km from Agios Pavlos
... The bright, relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, TVs and mini-fridges, along with private balconies or terraces.
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Santorini Palace

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Santorini
Country: Greece

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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Trip Information


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.

Generally-speaking, our walks are leisurely on well-trodden pathways over undulating terrain (some walks are downhill), 2-5 hours in overall duration with plenty of breaks for refreshment, photos, and taking it all in. Please note that some surfaces feature loose material (ie stones, gravel, sand etc) which can be slippery. Good footwear/tread and walking poles will help to steady you and support your knees.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our walks/hikes that go beyond town/city walking tours on pavement or cobblestones, to hiking on "natural" surfaces (ie gravel) and pathways that feature some elevation gain/loss as opposed to mostly flat terrain. Such hikes are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way, but they can be of a greater duration than our cultural tours that under category #2. We also rate this as a #3 due to the nature of some trails, whose surfaces can be very undulating and uneven with loose rocks and gravel.

While hiking activity does not occur every day, even when not on a "hike," we will be on foot quite a lot with town walking tours, site visits, and plenty of places with uneven surfaces and stairs. Participants should be fit and active and accustomed to trail walking, possibly in some remote locations, and be prepared to engage in a conditioning regimen prior to the trip. Because some hikes can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only.

This is a hotel-based tour with no camping, and you are required to only carry what you need for the day.

For daily summary of our hiking activities, please refer to the tour itinerary.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

How might Covid-19 impact this tour and your booking? To review our safety protocols, passenger responsibilites, frequently asked questions, and terms governing your reservation, click here.

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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.

Group Size

Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader





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