Hiking in the Greek Isles

Hidden Trails and Golden Beaches of the Cyclades


Greece casts a spell, with its honey-colored isles surrounded by azure seas. In the archipelago of the Cyclades, named for the circle it forms around the sacred island of Delos, we hike on Tinos, Naxos, and rugged Amorgos, each island its own distinctive realm of bougainvillea-draped villages and cobbled pathways above the Aegean. As we hike past blue-domed churches, up to cliff-perched monasteries, to tiny whitewashed villages, and among the Doric temples at Delos, the good life of sunny Greece envelops us, and we’ll have time for delightful post-hike swims in the brilliant blue sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Athens / Tinos

From Athens, we ferry to Tinos, an island with a breathtaking landscape and a renowned pilgrimage church. We hike cobbled paths past small villages, and up an old Roman road to the great Venetian fortress of Exomvourgo. One of our hikes brings us to lovely Pyrgos, where a walk through the lanes reveals artisan marble carvers continuing a village tradition that dates to ancient Greece. From the mountain village of Falatados, we hike down to the beach at Livada, with a stop to swim in the clear waters.

Divani Palace Acropolis
Athens, Greece
Day 1 (1 night)
Herodion Hotel
Athens, Greece
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Voreades
Tinos, Greece
Days 2 to 5 (4 nights)
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 on Mount Zas (3,284'), the highest point in the Cyclades. A sacred cave on Zas is thought to be the birthplace of Zeus. Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, was the birthplace of the sun god Apollo and his twin, Artemis, goddess of the moon and the hunt. We explore this open-air archaeological museum and World Heritage Site, then ferry back to Naxos. We’ll stop en route for lunch on glamorous Mykonos Island, whose perfect beaches and Cubist architecture have long drawn jet-setters.

Alkyoni Beach Hotel
Naxos, Greece
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Days 9-13

Easternmost of the Cyclades, Amorgos is a gorgeous island of hidden coves and dramatic mountains. Traditional stone-paved paths lead us between villages, past frescoed churches, and along the spectacular coast. One ramble is up to Hozoviotissa, an 11th century monastery set high above the Aegean. Depart on Day 13 via Athens or join one of our extensions.

Vigla Hotel
Tholaria, Greece
Days 9 to 12 (4 nights)



Hike village to village along island pathways of Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos
Visit sacred Delos, holy island of the ancient Greeks, and the famous pilgrim church of Panagia Evangelistria
Savor the delightfully authentic and homemade dishes of each island
Swim in the beautiful coves of the blue Aegean
Enjoy a wonderful immersion into the culture and history of Greece with our exuberant Trip Leaders


Length: 13 days
Cost From: $4995  
Arrive: Athens, Greece
Depart: Athens, Greece
Lodging: 12 nights hotels and country inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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