XGI HIKING THE GREEK ISLES TOUR

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Tinos • Naxos • Amorgos • Santorini

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

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

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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 DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 04 May 2019Fri 17 May 2019 $3220 USD
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019 $3220 USD
Sat 02 May 2020Fri 15 May 2020 $3220 USD
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 18 Sep 2020 $3220 USD

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


Tour Overview


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.

Regions visited: Western Europe
Countries visited: Greece


Testimonials


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.

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.

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.

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!!

Full Itinerary

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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. The city received a major facelift for the 2004 Olympics and is looking better than ever, with buildings and monuments cleaned and renovated, and recently created pedestrian areas near the Ancient Agora and Acropolis. Athens pulses with the eclectic, restless--and sometimes chaotic--life of a southeastern European capital. Greece has experienced very difficult times during the past decade of the financial crisis; generally things appear to be getting better, these days, and Athens reflects this in many ways. Difficulty has bred inspiration, creativity and resourcefulness. 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 New 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 - Amorgos
Early this moring we transfer to the port of Pireaus to catch our ferry (ferries) to the island of Amorgos.* Our journey will likely stop in a numerous islands, including Naxos where we have time for lunch and to connect with our next ferry. We arrive at Amorgos in time for dinner.

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.

* 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. With regard to Amorgos specifically, our ferry options to this island are quite limited, so if we end up on a less-than-luxurious veseel, it is because it was the only choice!

Overnight on Amorgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 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 possibily 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.

Our Hikes in General: 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 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.

Overnight on Amorgos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 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 6 Amorgos - 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 7 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 8 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 consutl with him/her if you are concerned about your suitability for today's activity.

Overnight on Naxos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Naxos - Santorini
Today we ferry to the island of Santorini, also known as Thira. Our route will likely involve a ferry connection on Naxos. We expect to arrive on Santorini mid-afternoon.

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), we can hike from our hotel 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 (Kamari Beach).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 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 marvelous 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.

This afternoon is yours to explore Oia or Fira on your own. During your time in Fira we recommend a visit to the impressive Archaeological Museum. This museum features many artifacts dating back to the time of the Cycladic Civilization. The most impressive legacies of this civilization are the statuettes carved from Parian marble -- the famous Cycladic figurines. Like statuettes of Neolithic times they depicted images of the Great Mother. Other remains include bronze and obsidian tools and weapons, gold jewelry, and stone and clay vases and pots.

DAY SUMMARY: 3 hours over 12km/6.6 mi on well-worn, undulating, gravelly path with no shade.

Overnight on Santorini (Kamari Beach).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Santorini - Tinos
Today we travel by ferry to the island of Tinos. On arrival, time permitting, 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.

Overnight on Tinos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 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.

Overnight on Tinos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Tinos - Athens
Today we travel back to Athens via ferry, which may afford some last minute free time in Athens.

Time-permitting, we recommend a visit to the Museum of Cycladic Art, devoted to the study and promotion of ancient Greek art. The main exhibit, the Cycladic Collection, contains 350 objects representative of every phase or type of artifact that Cycladic islanders have left us, be that marble sculpture, pottery, or metal ware. Among the exhibits, the marble figurines, mostly female, claim prime position. One of the most important assemblages of Cycladic art world-wide, this collection provides the opportunity to study aspects of religion, cult, warfare and every-day life on the Cyclades in the 3rd millennium BC.

*NOTE: Though it is our preference to travel by fast ferry, we may fly back to Athens depending on season and ferry availability.

Overnight in Athens.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure from Athens
Departure from Athens.

KALO TAXIDI!!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*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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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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Hotel Aegialis

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

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

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

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Inclusions

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.

Exclusions

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.

Accommodation

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