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Cyclades Islands Hopping

From £1856 pp

Greece

9 Days/8 Nights

Join a Group or Go Private

Cyclades Islands Hopping

What You'll Do

Explore the places few tourists visit by boat, bike, sea kayak and on foot, and get under the skin of the beautiful Cyclades Islands, a collection of white-sand beaches, quaint fishing villages and stunning local experiences just waiting to be discovered.

Cyclades Islands Hopping is an unforgettable active exploration of the famous Greek islands.

The iconic Cycladic Islands are what Greece is all about. Traditional fishing villages, whitewashed flat-roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of beautiful little chapels, rugged, sun-drenched landscapes contrasting with the deep blue sea, and spectacular bays with powdery white sand beaches.

On this 9 days adventure exploring the stunning islands, travel to where few visitors ever do by boat, bike, on foot, or sea kayak.

Discover Cycladic’s island’s best spots, traditions, cultural treats, and take a peek at the everyday life of its people in some of the most naturally beautiful parts of Greece

This Islands Hopping tour will take you to Paros, Naxos, and Santorini.

Paros is renowned for its superb sandy beaches, great beach bars, and the lovely town of Naousa.

Naxos, the biggest and greenest of the Cycladic islands, has some amazing inland villages and important cultural sites like the impressive Portara and the kouros statues, which you can visit on spectacular hikes.

Last but not least, Santorini, the princess of the Greek islands, is where you can enjoy hiking and paddling to experience the authentic and less touristy side of this truly unique island landscape.

Experience
Highlights

Get off the beaten track and visit hidden corners of the Greek Islands known only to the locals

Enjoy cycling, snorkelling, sea kayaking and wild swimming in stunning locations

Discover top class Greek cuisine at every small village or secluded taverna you visit

Your Local Host:

The Hellas Team

We organize outdoor activities in classic Greek destinations (eg. Santorini, Athens, Crete, Rhodes ) as well as in less known regions of Greece (Tzoumerka, Karpenisi ), but they are all off the beaten path, and we aim to support local communities and contribute to their more sustainable development. The concept of meaningful and respectful travel lies in the heart of our endeavors. We strongly embrace and implement a socially and environmentally responsible policy by promoting the protection of nature and environmental awareness. We strive to educate and make a positive impact in this corner of the world, whilst ensuring that you experience the real Greece and make life long memories and friends on the way!

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Your trip begins when your host meets you in Paros.

You can arrive in Paros either by plane or by ferry. Depending on the season, there are different boat itineraries from Athens available. The boat ride lasts from 3 hours – 5 hours. Short transfer to your hotel in the picturesque and authentic seaside town of Naousa.

Overnight in Paros.

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Paros you will stay in either the Kalypso Hotel or the Senia Hotel.

Kalypso Hotel:

double room in a hotel in paros greece

Byzantine Trek in Paros

Your first day starts with a short transfer and a stroll in the traditional village of Lefkes. From here we will start our hike in the Byzantine trail enjoying the scents and aromas of herbs and plants and the views of olive trees and vineyards. The hike is easygoing and ends on the beautiful beach of Logaras where we can enjoy a swim.

Overnight in Paros.

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Paros you will stay in either the Kalypso Hotel or the Senia Hotel.

Senia Hotel:

room with a sea view in paros greece

Explore the Paros Coast

A great day full of fun and swimming on a traditional boat awaits you. Our captain will welcome you onto his boat and depending on the weather, you will either sail to the tiny islet of Antiparos or to the south coast of Paros. Your day will be full of swimming, cliff jumping, as well as visiting caves and remote beaches to eat freshly made Greek food and cold drinks. A day to be remembered!

Overnight in Paros

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Paros you will stay in either the Kalypso Hotel or the Senia Hotel.

Kalypso Hotel:

hotel exterior in paros greece

Transfer to Naxos

After breakfast, take a short transfer from the hotel to Paroikia and embark on the ferry to Naxos. Arrival in Naxos, the biggest and most lush of the Cycladic islands. Transfer and settle in your hotel, take a stroll around the town and drink in the atmosphere of this lovely island.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Naxos.

 

 

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Naxos you will stay in either Princess of Naxos or Porto Naxos

Princess of Naxos:

double room in a hotel in naxos greece

Incredible Hiking in Naxos

After breakfast today’s hike starts from the Kouros statues. These larger-than-life statues of young men, which were sculpted to hold on to a temple roof, were abandoned incomplete by the ancient sculptors when they discovered faults in the marble. Follow the path to the picturesque village of Ano Potamia. After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle), to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Naxos town, port, and the surrounding villages. Continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki, where you visit Valindras, a small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos).

Afternoon at leisure

Overnight in Naxos.

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Naxos you will stay in either Princess of Naxos or Porto Naxos

Porto Naxos:

double room in porto naxos greece

 

Naxos Cycling

Today you will cycle on streets and paths devoid of traffic through typical Naxian villages, while drinking in the beautiful views this Cycladic Island has to offer. Small tracks lead through farmland where you can enjoy beautiful views over mountains and some of the best coastlines in the Cyclades. Cycling along little stony roads, reach the beautiful beach of Mikri Vigla, with its stretch of finest white sand and blue sea. There, stop to swim or enjoy a small bite or drink. Return along stretches of sandy beach to your base.

Overnight in Naxos.

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Naxos you will stay in either Princess of Naxos or Porto Naxos

Porto Naxos:

view from a balcony at a hotel in naxos greece

Ferry to Santorini

After breakfast, relax and enjoy swimming or strolling in the picturesque port of Naxos. Around mid-day, take the boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini. The breathtaking view, upon arrival with the boat, will give you an idea of this volcanic island’s spectacular beauty. Arrive in port and transfer to the hotel. After you’ve got comfortable, depart for a walk that takes you from the town of Fira to Oia along the spectacular caldera.

Overnight in Santorini.

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Santorini you will stay in either Alisaxni Resort or Belvedere Suites

Alisaxni Resort:

double room in a hotel in santorini greece

Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling

After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of today’s activity. Enjoy a morning of sea-kayaking, exploring the south coast of the island. Soak up views of the spectacular rock formations, crystal waters, and the beautiful beaches in the south part of the island. En route, there is even a chance to stop for snorkelling in the refreshing turquoise water.

Overnight in Santorini.

 

 

Accommodation

3* accommodation if joining a group, 3* or 4* accommodation if going private.

In Santorini you will stay in either Alisaxni Resort or Belvedere Suites

Belvedere Suites:

room with a sea view in santorini greece

Departure Day

Your trip ends here and you can arrange your transport to nearby islands, to Athens or fly directly home.

We hope you’ve had an incredible time exploring the beautiful Cyclades Islands, and have created memories as you’ve explored the white-sand beaches, the secluded villages and the beautiful hillsides, that will last a lifetime.

Location Information

Your Greek Island adventure starts in Paros, where you will be met by your host either at the airport or ferry terminal (depending on how you travel to the island).

Once there, you will explore the islands of Paros, Naxos and Santorini, getting off the beaten track to some of the most beautiful spots in the entire country, led by your local guide. The Cyclades Islands lie southeast off the coast from Athens, in between the Greek and Turkish mainland.

The tour ends in beautiful Santorini, where you can either head straight back home or continue your Greek adventure.

  • English Speaking tour leader throughout the trip
  • Accommodation sharing double rooms with breakfast
  • All ferry tickets (air seats) as per program starting in Paros and ending in Santorini, ie : Paros to Naxos & Naxos to Santorini
  • Hike on the byzantine trail in Paros
  • Day cruise to Antiparos with lunch & drinks
  • Hike the Kouros Statues in Naxos
  • Bike ride in Naxos
  • Hike the Caldera Trail in Santorini
  • Sea Kayaking in Santorini with lunch
  • All necessary transfers for the operation of the itinerary, ie: Transfers from ports to hotels and hotels to all meeting points for the activities
  • Meals full board starting with dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 8

FAQs

Please try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your entire luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also, remember you unpack and repack on most nights. If this adventure is part of a longer holiday for you and you arrive into Athens, you can leave any luggage that you don’t need on this tour, at your hotel in Athens or in our offices.

Large rucksack or holdall to contain all your luggage; waterproof liner recommended
Good waterproof top (Gore-Tex recommended or similar) with hood.
Thick socks for walking
Spare shoes for the evenings (optional
Daypack (small rucksack, 20-40 liters) to carry picnic lunch, water bottle, cold/wet weather gear, camera, etc; straps should be strong, not too narrow and preferably padded. In wet weather, belongings should be packed in waterproof plastic bags inside the pack
Warm clothes for the evening including spare trousers and top (fleece jackets/pullovers are warm yet light), for April and October
Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with collar and long sleeves (against sunburn)
Your own personal water bottle(at least 1 litre). As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.

From April to November