Naxos & the Small Cyclades walking holiday
"Discover Naxos and the unspoilt Small Cyclades, a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture…"
Our most popular Cyclades walking holiday will start from the island of Naxos and will continue with island hopping around the islands of the Small Cyclades.
Naxos is the largest, richest and most multifaceted island of the Cyclades. You will experience lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves, picturesque villages, Byzantine chapels, Venetian towers, kouros statues, ancient sites, endemic wildlife, unique customs and cultural happenings… as well the longest sandy beaches in the Aegean…
South of Naxos there is a group of small islands called the Small Cyclades; Amorgos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Pano & Kato Koufonissi and Donoussa. Until recently, these islands were very isolated so they still remain unspoilt… a small heaven of peace, Greek hospitality and traditional culture.
Here is an example of what you will experience during our Naxos and the Small Cyclades walking holiday:
Join our walking holiday in Naxos & the Small Cyclades and you will:
Explore an infinite network of traditional marble-paved mule-tracks and hidden valley paths,
Experience traditional Greek countryside, orchards, gardens, dramatic coastlines,
Visit monasteries, Byzantine chapels with rare frescoes, ancient monuments…
Reach and swim at remote solitary beaches and coves with crystal clear waters,
Walk to the highest mountain of the Cyclades, Mount Zas, where Olympian god Zeus grew to manhood,
Walk to magical parts of the islands that you would never discover on your own,
Learn about the local herbs and plants, birds and other members of the animal kingdom, above and under the water!
Sample organic, home-made food locally produced wherever you eat,
Experience customs and traditions, cultural happenings, local feasts with Cycladic music and dance,
Stay at traditional family-run guesthouses,
7-day, 10-day or 14 day walking holiday adapted to fit your schedule… possibility to combine this walking holiday with visiting other islands such as Santorini, Paros, Syros, Tinos.
The carefully chosen walks during our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades are graded as easy to moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 5-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.
Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Cyclades. 7, 10 and 14 day itineraries are offered as well as a self-guided option.
We have reserved for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very central location. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.
The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of her residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.
Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.
We organise our walking holiday in Naxos and the Small Cyclades all year round apart from July and August when it’s too hot.
The best time to visit:
- March: blossom is out.
- April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
- September to end of November: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAXOS AND SMALL CYCLADES WALKING HOLIDAY FEES
7-day or 10-day walking holiday staying at traditional family-run guesthouses:
All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.
- 7 nights – Low Season EUR 682 High Season EUR 737
- 10 nights – Low Season EUR 974 High Season EUR 1,052
Supplement for single rooms:
- 7 nights – Low Season EUR 90 High Season EUR 90
- 10 nights – Low Season EUR 129 High Season EUR 129
We offer group and special offers at our Naxos and Small Cyclades walking holiday. Please contact us for further information…
The Naxos and Small Cyclades walking holiday fees include:
- 5 or 8 guided walks at the islands of Naxos & the Small Cyclades
- 24% VAT
- Transfer to the accommodation at the island of Naxos & the Small Cyclades
- Transfers to and from our starting and ending walking points
- Client’s information brief by e-mail
- An arrival briefing on the island of Naxos & the Small Cyclades
- Presentations on the Aegean biodiversity, local flora and fauna and underwater world
- 24 hour support on the island for any troubleshooting or advise
- Transfer from the accommodation to the ship on departure
Book your walking holiday at Naxos and Small Cyclades…
The path continues through impressive landscapes and rock formations towards the villages of Kaloxylos and Chalki. Kaloxylos is one of Naxos’ most picturesque villages, situated in an area lush with olive, plane and oak trees, well-known for its pretty houses and especially for the rare flowers in their courtyards. We’ll finally continue towards another beautiful village, Chalki, where we’ll end the day with a delicious supper that the owners prepare with their own organic ingredients.
On the way back we’ll explore the biggest cave on the island which will impress you with its stalagmite structures. We’ll then continue to a shady spot by the famous water spring of Argion, which is an ideal spot for a picnic and enjoying the peace and quiet of nature.
You’ll next explore an area of great archaeological significance because of the old aqueduct of Flerio, the abandoned ancient Kouroi (male statues) and the ancient marble quarries. This is the ideal place to stop for a rest and a snack.
Take the path towards the village of Myloi enjoying a remarkable fertile land, full of lemon trees, orange trees, almond and olive trees, basins with water and then continue to the village of Kouronohori, one of the most picturesque villages whose main attraction is the Tower of Fragopoulos and the colourful courtyards. End the walk at the village of Melanes, one of the oldest villages in Naxos which got its name by the dark color of the soil.
We’ll walk along the spine of the island, pass medieval hotels, deserted villages, breathtaking landscapes till we reach the bay of Aegiali… our favourite walk in the island. You will be rewarded with a delicious supper at one of the oldest taverns of the island.
“We wanted to convey to you and your team, the wonderful time we had on our recent hiking trip to Naxos and Amorgos! Anna really made the walks so interesting and challenging. The islands are stunning in their scenery and natural beauty. We three feel so invigorated after the trip and hope to return soon.”
Anne & Michael, Ireland
“Dear Annie & Nikos, thanks for the wonderful holiday. I have had a great time and it has been the highlight of my trip away (I will not forget it for a long time). Everything about it was excellent – the organisation, the type and variety of hikes, the accommodation, the helpfulness and knowledge of the guides, […]
Charlie, New Zealand
“My holiday with nofootprint has to be one of the most memorable holidays I have ever had! Right from the beginning meeting Annie our tour guide and Dimitria (biologist) we were all made to feel at ease and had utter confidence in both. We were shown so many different types of walks to show off the Cyclades at their best. Mountains valley trails… villages architecture… history and wonderful information on indigenous species plants and village life. What a wonderful experience! We were also introduced to the wonderful food... I will be back…”
Ann Tector, UK
“Annie, once again, you’ve managed to give us a unique experience of Greece and a wonderful walking holiday. It wouldn’t be anything like this special without your professional care and great attention to our well being. Thank you. If it were possible I would make it a seven star holiday on tripadvisor.”