Hidden Trails and Golden Beaches of the Cyclades

Overview

Greece casts a spell, with its honey-colored isles fragrant with frangipani and encircled by azure seas. We invite you to experience these stunning islands the Wilderness Travel way! In the Cyclades, named for the circle the archipelago forms around the sacred island of Delos, we hike on Tinos, Naxos, and rugged Amorgos, each island a realm of bougainvillea-draped villages above the sparkling Aegean. As we hike past blue-domed churches, up to cliff-perched monasteries, and through tiny whitewashed villages, the good life of sunny Greece envelops 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, extend your journey to legendary Santorini.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Athens / Tinos

From Athens, we ferry to Tinos, an island of beautiful beaches and traditional whitewashed hamlets. We hike Tinos’ cobblestone paths to picturesque villages, up the old Roman road to the great Venetian fortress of Exombourgo, and from the charming town of Falatados, we hike to the beach at Livada, with a stop to swim in crystal-clear waters. One of our hikes brings us to lovely Pyrgos, renowned since ancient times for its marble artisans (the Parthenon’s sculptures were carved here). The village’s churches, fountains, and doorways are fine examples of the art.

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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 (3,000'), the highest point in the Cyclades and site of a sacred cave. On Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, we explore this open-air archaeological museum of wildflower-covered ruins and return to Naxos via glamorous Mykonos Island.

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Days 9-13
Amorgos

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

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike village to village on island pathways of Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos
Visit sacred Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, and cosmopolitan Mykonos Island
Enjoy charming hotels, incredible farm-to-fork cuisine unique to the islands, and delicious wines
Exuberant Greek Trip Leaders who share their passion for their country with grace and style

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4595  
Arrive: Athens, Greece
Depart: Athens, Greece
Lodging: 12 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
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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