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Hill village, Cyclades Islands

Traditional villages are one of the delights of the sun-splashed Cyclades Islands. Our coastal hikes bring us across ancient footpaths on the islands of Tinos, Amorgos, Mykonos, and Santorini.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5095  
Length: 14 days
Arrive: Athens, Greece
Depart: Santorini, Greece
Lodging: 13 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 7 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 3-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)
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Highlights

  • Hike the beautiful Cyclades Islands of Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos
  • Glorious Santorini, with its huge caldera, and sacred Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks
  • Delicious Mediterranean cuisine, including kopanisti, a soft and peppery goat cheese, and freshly caught seafood


This was absolutely one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. I loved every second of it and did not want to come home!Jenny G.—San Diego, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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In the stunning beauty of the Cyclades, an archipelago named for the circle it forms around the sacred island of Delos, our hiking adventure takes you to the tranquil realms of Tinos, Naxos, and rugged Amorgos, where bougainvillea-draped hill villages are suspended above the gleaming Aegean. Our paths lead to bright blue-domed churches, up to cliff-perched monasteries, and through tiny villages. Soak up the good life with picnics on verdant hillsides and swims in the warm azure seas. Our journey finishes on legendary Santorini, its town built atop the caldera’s rim.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Athens / Tinos

From Athens, ferry to Tinos, where our hike follows a cobbled path to picturesque villages and up to the great Venetian fortress of Santa Elena.

Days 4-5
Sacred Delos / Mykonos / Tinos

In Delos, discover a vast open-air archaeological museum of ruins, then it’s on to cosmopolitan Mykonos, to explore its windmills and white-washed villages.

Days 6-7
Naxos / Chora / Mount Zas

Crossing the Aegean to Naxos, with its vineyards and olive groves, explore the seaside pathways of Chora, the main town, and hike up Mt. Zas to a sacred cave with stunning views.

Days 8-11
Amorgos / Tholaria

Our hike on gorgeous Amorgos leads us along a lovely footpath to Chosoviotissa, a gleaming 11th century monastery clinging to a towering red cliff. In Tholaria the warm, crystal clear waters of Aigiali beach invite us for a swim.

Days 12-14
Santorini

In Phira, the sky-high capital, enjoy wine tasting and a visit to Akrotiri, a fascinating Minoan Bronze Age archaeological site with remarkably well-preserved frescoes. Depart on Day 14.

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Optional Extensions

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. Hiking times vary from 3 to 6 hours on moderate trails. Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, be prepared for steep ascents and descents and some sections that cross uneven terrain and rough or rocky trails. Some days are a full day of hiking; others involve a half day or more exploring one of the towns on foot. On some days, we taxi or take a local bus to a starting point for our hike and also use a taxi or local transport to return to our night's lodging. Travel between islands is by ferry (or high-speed catamaran, if it is available); ferry rides are likely to be an average of two to five hours. On a couple of days, ferry rides may take longer due to weather or schedule changes. We do our best to use the fastest ferries, but this is not always possible. There are many opportunities for swimming on this trip.
    
Accommodations are in small local hotels chosen for their atmosphere and location.  Although the rooms in these pensions are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. We enjoy our lunches picnic-style or at small tavernas. Our dinners also feature local food and a chance to sample traditional specialties of the Cyclades. Some evenings we dine in our pensions and other nights at local restaurants. The delicious cuisine of these islands comes straight from the land or the sea. Please note that in Greece, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 8:00 pm.

For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Daily walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
May 16-29, 2015  Katerina Vasileiou
Jun 3-16, 2015  Kostas Vasileiou
Jun 30-Jul 13, 2015  Kostas Vasileiou
Sep 2-15, 2015  Kostas Vasileiou
Sep 16-29, 2015  Kostas Vasileiou

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5095 (8-16 members)
$5295 (4-7 members)
Single supplement: $450
Forced single supplement: $225
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Extension Costs
Archaeological Sites of Classical Greece Extension
   from: $1795

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels and small comfortable inns
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Ground and boat transportation from meeting until departure as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, airfare from Santorini to Athens on Day 13, hotel transfers to/from airports other than the designated group flights, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expense of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance or passports; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25.0% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Divani Palace Acropolis

Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 1 (1 night), Athens, Greece

Exploring the ancient history of the Parthenon and the museums of Plaka is easy from the Divani Palace Acropolis. Set below the Acropolis, rooms at ...
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Hotel Voreades

Hotel Voreades

Days 2 to 5 (4 nights), Tinos, Greece

This 9-room boutique hotel is in a traditional stone-built house on the beautiful island of Tinos near the old port. The hotel has all the modern ...
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Hotel Naxos Beach 1

Hotel Naxos Beach 1

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Naxos, Greece

A 20-minute walk from Naxos town, this hotel has small but comfortable rooms spread around a garden and a fantastic location next to a nice beach. ...
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Vigla Hotel

Vigla Hotel

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Tholaria, Greece

On the beautiful, mountainous island of Amorgos, we stay at the family-run Vigla Hotel, set on a hill in the ancient whitewashed village of Tholaria ...
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Caldera's Lilium Villa

Caldera's Lilium Villa

Days 12 to 13 (2 nights), Santorini, Greece

The outstanding feature here? Undoubtedly the breathtaking Aegean views and incredible sunsets of Santorini’s spectacular caldera. Guest rooms ...
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Extension Accommodations

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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Katerina Vasileiou

Departure Dates: May 16-29, 2015

Katerina Vasileiou, the daughter of WT Trip Leader Kostas Vasileiou, grew up in a family of mountaineers, and has hiked and trekked her entire life. Her love of nature and culture led her decide on a career in travel, and since 2007 she has been an assistant leader on our Hiking in the Greek ...
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Kostas Vasileiou

Departure Dates: June 3-16, 2015, June 30-July 13, 2015, September 2-15, 2015, September 16-29, 2015

Kostas Vasileiou was born and raised in Ioannina, Greece, and now lives in the historic village of Kipi in the Vikos Gorge. He holds a professional mountain guide's licence from the Alpine Club of Greece and has also led trekking expeditions in Nepal. "Being a Trip Leader puts me in contact with ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Greece

Archaeological Sites of Classical Greece Extension

Delphi, Olympia & Beyond

Cultural Adventures
5 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

This was absolutely one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. I loved every second of it and did not want to come home! Jenny G., San Diego, CA I will never forget this experience. It was everything I had hoped for: the chance to be outdoors in nature, adventure, fun, and beyond that, an opportunity to lose myself completely in the beauty of the country and the warmth of its people. Cathy C., Sonoma, CA Your company is great to work with, as always. This was my third and favorite trip so far, and I’m not done yet! Cathy C., Sonoma, CA, I'm so glad we opted to explore the Greek isles the Wilderness Travel way rather than by luxury cruise! Wallace I., Honolulu, HI We saw wonderful parts of the Greek isles that we would never have seen on our own. Ollie H., Castle Rock, CO Lots of fun! Beautiful sites, excellent food, great company! Liz K., San Francisco, CA I describe this to my friends as a trip in which I hiked and ate my way across the Greek Islands. The food was awesome, the hiking was beautiful, and the leaders were outstanding! Gwynne W., Lebanon, NJ The trip was outstanding in so many respects: the organization and efficiency, the guides' leadership and knowledge, the choice of sites to visit and stay, and more. Al D., Twin Lakes, CO
The trip was a wonderful adventure in a beautiful corner of the world. The quality of the preparation and the skill of the guide made it a very relaxing holiday. We put our minds to rest and let our feet do the work. We loved it!
Kim O., Bellevue, WA The trip was fantastic! Kostas and Wilderness Travel allowed us to enjoy our private journey with our kids to give us memories to last a lifetime. Linda B., Madison, WI We hiked along trails blanketed with wildflowers to spectacular cliffs; explored the narrow streets, small museums, and shops of whitewashed villages perched above the sea; visited simple chapels with ancient icons and frescos; lunched on secluded beaches; explored ruins at sites that have been inhabited for 4,000 years or more. To a person, the Greeks could not have been friendlier or more welcoming to us. Niles B., Madison, WI Getting to taste 168 different Greek recipes on the trip was an adventure in itself! The trip really ought to be called 'Eating in the Greek Isles, with some hiking.' Susan J., Cochrane, Alberta A fun trip, every day was a gift. Dawn M., Hillsboro, OR Hiking the Greek Isles and swimming and boating the Aegean Sea is a trip I dreamed about—a trip that came true with this spectacular Wilderness Travel trip. Robert M., Great Falls, VA