Hidden Trails and Golden Beaches of the Cyclades

Overview

Greece casts a bewitching spell, and in the stunning beauty of the Cyclades, an archipelago named for the circle it forms around the sacred island of Delos, our hiking adventure brings 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 whitewashed 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

Days 1-3
Athens / Tinos

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

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Days 4-5
Sacred Delos / Mykonos / Tinos

On Delos, discover a vast open-air archaeological museum of ruins, then explore cosmopolitan Mykonos, with its winding alleys, windmills, and picturesque whitewashed villages.

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Days 6-7
Naxos / Chora / Mt. Zas

Crossing the Aegean to Naxos, an island graced with 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.

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Days 8-11
Amorgos

Our hikes on gorgeous Amorgos lead along a lovely footpath to Chosoviotissa, a gleaming 11th century monastery clinging to a towering cliff, and to sunny beaches where warm, crystal-clear waters beckon for swims in the sea.

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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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Highlights

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 freshly caught seafood and kopanisti, a soft and peppery goat cheese

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $4795  
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, 4-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike)