Hidden Trails and Golden Beaches of the Cyclades


Greece casts a bewitching spell, with its honey-colored isles fragrant with frangipani and encircled by azure seas. In the stunning beauty of the Cyclades, the archipelago named for the circle it forms around the sacred island of Delos, we’ve created a hiking journey that explores Tinos, Naxos, and rugged Amorgos, each island a tranquil realm of bougainvillea-draped villages set above the gleaming Aegean. As we hike on ancient stone paths, past blue-domed churches, up to cliff-perched monasteries, and through tiny whitewashed villages, the good life of sunny Greece surrounds us, with picnics on wildflower-covered hills, swims in the sea, and delightful local cuisine and wine al fresco on the verandas of tavernas. At trip’s end, enjoy our extension to legendary Santorini, with its white villages clinging to the cliffs.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Athens / Tinos

From Athens, we ferry to Tinos, an island of beautiful beaches and traditional hamlets. We hike the kalderimias, or cobbled mule paths, to picturesque villages, up the old Roman road to the great Venetian fortress of Exombourgo, and from the charming town of Falatados to the beach at Livada, with a stop to swim in inviting crystal-clear waters.

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Days 6-8
Naxos / Delos / Mykonos

Crossing the blue Aegean to Naxos, Lord Byron’s favorite Greek island, we explore the twisting lanes of Chora, the main town, and hike up Mount Zas (Zeus) to a sacred cave with a marvelous view. In Greek mythology, this cave is where the mighty god Zeus was born. On Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, we’ll stroll in a vast open-air archaeological museum of wildflower-covered ruins and return to Naxos via glamorous Mykonos Island.

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Days 9-13

Easternmost of the Cyclades, Amorgos is a gorgeous island of dramatic mountain scenery. We hike traditional stone-paved paths between villages, past frescoed churches, and along spectacular coasts. One ramble leads us to the 11th century monastery of Chosoviotissa, set high above the Aegean. Depart on Day 13, or extend to Santorini Island.

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Hike village to village on ancient pathways of Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos
Visit sacred Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, and cosmopolitan Mykonos Island
Charming hotels, delightful Greek cuisine, from grilled octopus to ratatouille of fresh summer vegetables
Optional extension to breathtaking Santorini


Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4395  
Arrive: Athens, Greece
Depart: Athens, Greece
Lodging: 12 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners and 1 lunch
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 4-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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