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Naxos – the largest and greenest of the Cycladic islands
Cycladic architecture – white houses with flower filled court yards, blue-domed churches, picturesque cobble streets
Beautiful landscapes - Stunning beaches, lush gorges, fertile valleys and high mountains
Naxos is the largest of the beautiful Cycladic islands but, with neighbours like Mykonos and Santorini, it is one of the lesser known of the Cycladics, which means it has not been saturated with tourism and very much holds on to its authenticity and natural beauty. The islands capital, Chora, is incredibly picturesque, with typically white-washed Cycladic architecture and a labyrinth of attractive cobbled alleyways. Graced with high mountains the island is exceptionally fertile and green and dotted with many authentic white-washed villages. And a plethora of wonderful walking trails display so many lovely aspects of this delightful island, which ensures this island is a joy for exploring on foot.
Level of Walking
The length of walks on this tour will be between 6 and 9kms per day with an average walking time of around 4 hours per day. The maximum ascent is approximately 600 metres.
Your guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in SW France, his adopted home for more than 20 years, and also Greece. His tours in Greece have proved enormously popular and our expanded range of tours in France and Greece have been tried and tested by him for many years – his philosophy remains the same wherever he guides: to introduce the visitor to the unspoilt, beautiful nature of a region, and its authentic culture.
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Departing: 05th May 2022 at 08:05
Returning: 12th May 2022 at 14:30
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Departing: 14th September 2022 at 08:05
Returning: 21st September 2022 at 14:30
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Mykonos
Transfer to the port to catch the boat to Naxos (approx. 1 hour). On arrival in Naxos transfer to the Hotel Galini for a seven-night stay. There will be time to relax before meeting in the early evening for a welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2: Exploring Xilokastro Hill
A gentle start to our tour with a circular walk following a route just outside of Naxos town. The walk takes us into the foothills behind the town where we are assured of fantastic views towards the beautiful blue Aegean Sea and the southern tip of Naxos. On completing our walk, we will enjoy a late lunch in a taverna in Naxos town (not included).
Day 3: Halki, Moni, Halki circular walk
The pretty village of Halki, once the capital of the island, is situated in heart of the island amidst the biggest olive cultivating region of Naxos. Beginning at Halki we follow wonderful cobbled footpaths that meander between walls, through olive groves, and past several important Byzantine chapels to the village of Moni, situated on the slope of a low hill and surrounded by lush greenery and olive trees. Moni has a rich tradition of textiles, which the local women continue today. Our walk finishes back at Halki where we enjoy lunch before returning to our hotel.
Day 4: Kourounoxori to the Potamia villages
This is a beautiful walk that begins in the village of Kourounochori, a tiny inland village situated just 8 kms from the island’s capital, Chora. On cobbled footpaths our walk encounters wonderful scenery as well as some impressive pre-Christian Kouros statues, pretty Byzantine chapels, and some ‘off the beaten track’ villages. Our walk culminates at the lovely village of Potamia perched on a hillside and surrounded by the island’s green nature. In the past the village was very prosperous, which can be seen by the many Venetian towers and the water mills. We will enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of our walk.
Day 5: Day at leisure
Plenty of possibilities for those who wish to explore the island further, perhaps take a boat to Paros for the day, or just relax, swim or shop and browse in Naxos town.
Day 6: Kinidros to Égarés
A short drive from Chora brings us to the village of Kinidros, situated almost in the centre of the island. This area once mined for marble and we will see the remains of some of these ancient quarries during our walk. The path we follow descends through a beautiful gorge to the village of Engares. Enroute we will pass a beautiful river, encounter various churches and see the imposing Tower of Prantounas. Lunch will be taken in Engares.
Day 7: Filoti circular walk.
Today will be one of two walks depending on how energetic the group feel. We drive to Filoti village situated in a beautifully verdant valley close to the mountain of Zas. From here we will either walk up to the peak of Zas, which is the highest peak in the Cyclades and the mythical seat of Zeus, and back, or we will do a slightly less energetic walk that will take us from Filoti to Apiranthos via the fantastic views of the monastery of Fotoditis, and enjoy the peak of Zas from afar!
Day 8: Catch the early morning boat to Mykonos and connect with the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
Galini Hotel, Chora, Naxos
Situated on the edge of the beautiful and atmospheric town of Chora and just 30 metres from the beautiful sandy beach of Saint George, the recently renovated Galini Hotel offers comfortable rooms in the traditional blue and white style of the Cycladic Islands and a warm family-run hospitality. Rooms include balcony, TV, fridge, air-conditioning and private bathroom.
There was an air of apprehension in the group because it was the first trip for most of us post lockdown. Jane sent us a step by step guide to cover all the administration and that worked well. Jonathan met us at Mykonos and we all breathed a sigh of relief that we would soon be on the ferry to Naxos to enjoy the Greek hospitality and countryside. The family friendly hotel was delightful, delicious breakfasts, comfortable rooms with lashings of hot water. I even had a small garden with my personal olive tree, seats, outside tap, washing line and resident cat. There was a tiled area street tap opposite the hotel to fill up our water bottles and a supermarket and post office within five minutes. The adjacent beach offered tavernas and desirable swims after the walks. It was very hot at the beginning of the holiday and Jonathan changed and adjusted the walks accordingly. He advised me to pour water in my hat and wear a wet scarf on one particularly occasion. We walked by farms and small holdings and one day a party of goats joined in with our picnic. Jonathan is a sympathetic and caring leader and sensitive to everyone in the diverse group. We enjoyed great lunches and evening suppers. Naxos town was close by and offered entertainment, boat trips and archeology. I was happy that I was able to sit on a blue chair looking out to sea eating a Greek salad, at last.
Review by Wiles who travelled 16-September-2021
Once again our trip was made extra special by Jonathan's care, attention and expertise - and his skill at adapting the itinerary according to the weather conditions (unusually hot for the time of year!) and the capabilities of the guests. His patience was admirable, be it dealing with one or two guests not quite up to the "challenging" level of walking described in the brochure, or having to repeat information when guests were enjoying chatting amongst themselves. We especially enjoyed the fabulous home-made breakfasts at the Galini Hotel - really special. We also appreciated the care that both Jonathan and Jane took to provide us with up-to-date information before the start of the trip to help ensure we were prepared and everything ran smoothly. Also, we found flying BA from Heathrow a much more pleasant experience than Gatwick!
Review by Wilson who travelled 16-September-2021
I enjoyed this Naxos holiday with a friendly group of fellow walkers and our excellent guide Jonathan.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-September-2021
Another very enjoyable week with our walking tour guide Jonathan, and an extremely friendly and sociable group of fellow walkers. To add to the interesting walks, Jonathan continues to find excellent tavernas for lunch even in the most remote village locations.
Review by Wellfair who travelled 16-September-2021
Such joy to be in Greece again under a cloudless blue sky, and a further joy to experience the glorious walks which Jonathan and Myriam had sought and sampled for us. Passing by olive groves, along rivers, wending through villages with ancient Venetian houses and finding little Byzantine churches nestled down on wooded hillsides. Naxos town was fun, and food and local wines excellent.
Review by McNulty who travelled 16-September-2021
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