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Island Hopping in the Cyclades


1585€, 9 days/ 8 nights, 15-23/5/2011, 11-19/9/2011

Trek on three beautiful islands, all with their unique characteristic. Mykonos for its postcard white and blue ice cube like buildings and Delos, Santorini for its famous breath taken views and Naxos for its picturesque villages!

This program is designed for travelers who wish to explore the Greek islands but at the same time be able to enjoy the pleasures of their accommodation and be able to sit back and sample Greek delicacies at local taverns. The Cycladic complex of islands is the most representative of the archetypical Greek style. Fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea and bays with powdery white sandy beaches. The aim of the tour is to take you to the best spots as well as to the interior of the islands where you will discover the culture and habits of the islanders.

Relatively easy walks (3 –4 hours per day), good start for a first trekking holiday. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well – constructed stone mule paths.
Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy trekking, even going up steep hills. We expect participants to be in good physical condition. We typically walk along either dirt roads or stony footpaths, some of which can be irregular underfoot. In Santorini there are some optional short stretches of footpath, which, although not dangerous, may be uncomfortable for vertigo-sufferers. On the coast we also walk on sand and shingle for short stretches. Some days involve altitude gains of 500m. A stick may be useful.

Available Dates 2011: 15-23/5/2011, 11-19/9/2011 and any other day upon request


Day by day program

Day 1     Arrival in Athens, Greece                              
Arrive to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and transfer on your own to the hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of city. Settle to the hotel. In the evening meet with your guide for a short walking tour of Athens and enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens, in Plaka, overlooking the Acropolis.
Your Hotel: PHILIPOS HOTEL: http://www.philipposhotel.gr/
the family owned Philippos Hotel is the most ideally located in the heart of the old city district, only a two minutes walk from the Acropolis, the Plaka, the Herodus Atticus ancient theater and the new museum of the Acropolis. The Metro Station Acropolis is a few steps away from the hotel as well as the tramway station, only one stop away from the main shopping and business areas.

Day 2 Athens-Mykonos, Greece                           
After breakfast, with an experienced professional guide you will visit the world famous Acropolis, a UNESCO WOLD HERITAGE SITE. Early in the afternoon (between 14.00 and 16.00 o’clock), by high-speed catamaran we go to the island of Mykonos. (Duration of trip approximately 3, 5 hours). Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a walk in the picturesque town of this cosmopolitan Greek island.
Your Hotel: PETASOS TOWN HOTEL:  http://www.petasostown.gr
exceptionally situated in the center of Mykonos, on the town's most priviliged spot. Ideal for those who want to combine their vacations with the well-known night life of Mykonos. Built in the traditional Mykonian style.

Day 3 Mykonos, Greece                               
After an early breakfast, we go to the port to catch the small boat to the historical Greek island of Delos.
The island of Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.  Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Time will be spent on the island discovering its ancient ruins. Picnic lunch will be on Delos before the return short journey to Mykonos.  Enjoy an evening walk in the internationally acclaimed Mykonos town. Walk amongst its small winding streets and sugar – cube like buildings- the archetypal postcard image of the Cyclades.
(Please note that sometimes the boat transfer times may not permit the crossing to the island of Delos due to weather conditions, in this case our guide will take you on either on a walk on the town of Mykonos or for a swim in one of the beautiful sandy beaches of the island).
Your Hotel: PETASOS TOWN HOTEL:  http://www.petasostown.gr

Day 4 Naxos, Greece                                     
In the morning, transfer by ferry boat to Naxos  (via Paros Island), the biggest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. We settle to the hotel and transfer to our hike’s starting point. Today’s hike starts from the remarkable and majestic Greek Kouros statues. Visit Kouros of Melanes, that lies under the pleasant shadows of trees, on the backyard of a Greek family, and then continue onwards to Kouros of Potamia. Then we will follow the path to the picturesque village Ano Potamia. After a short refreshing stop at the village’s spring, we will hike to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle). Built on a strategic position, provides panoramic view of Naxos town, port and the surrounding villages. Continue onwards via Tsikalario little village to Halki. In Halki village, will visit Valindras small distillery that produces Kitron (the local alcohol drink of Naxos).
Your Hotel: NAXOS BEACH 1 HOTEL http://www.naxosbeach1.com/
Hotel Naxos Beach 1 is situated in the south of Naxos city only a few meters behind the golden sandy St.George's beach (Agios Georgios) and only a ten minute walk away from the lively old town of Naxos, Chora, with its nice taverns, lovely cafes and good restaurants.
The hotel offers comfortable and tastefully furnished rooms with private balcony or terrace. Besides each room is equipped with satellite television, air condition, mosquito net and refrigerator.

Day 5 Naxos, Greece                                   
After breakfast, we go by taxis or bus to Ag. Marina, where our walk starts. We walk towards the highest peak of Mt. Zas (1004 meters altitude) and then we continue downhill on dirt road till the village of Filoti. Duration of trekking, approximately 4-5 hours and then descend from the asphalt road (not traffic) back to Filoti village, where we may rest and optionally enjoy a refreshment or a Greek coffee before catching our taxi-bus back to our hotel. Rest of the day free.
Your Hotel: NAXOS BEACH 1 HOTEL http://www.naxosbeach1.com/

Day 6 Santorini, Greece                                    
After breakfast, we take the high-speed boat to the fairest island of the Cyclades, Santorini.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from Oia town, the strange white aubergine (eggplant), the town of Thira and naturally its very own active volcano. We arrive early in the afternoon, around 15.00 o’clock and settle to our hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to admire the breathtaking view of the volcano.
Your Hotel: ASTIR THIRA - http://www.astirthira.gr/
In Fira, the capital of Santorini, a few meters from the main square, is the astir Thira hotel.
It is a newly-built hotel with a spectacular view to volcano and the beautiful sunset.
All rooms are equipped with private bath and balcony, telephone, channels of music, mini fridge, colour television with Greek and satellite channels, air-conditioning, hair dryer and safe deposit box.
The hotel also offers a breakfast area, a salon with TV as well as a relaxing swimming pool for your enjoyment. The warm, friendly and family atmospheres as well as our helpful staff guarantee a fantastic and unforgettable vacation.

Day 7 Santorini, Greece                                  
After breakfast, we start our trek from the main town of Fira. The path starts from the cable car station. For the first 40 minutes, it’s a stone-path, which then turns into a footpath. We end up to the village of Oia, the most famous village for its sunset. (Approximate duration of trek, 3 hours) Then we return back to Fira, either on foot or by bus. Rest of the day free to explore the island, either visit one of its famous wineries or the Greek archaeological site of Akrotiri.
Your Hotel: ASTIR THIRA - http://www.astirthira.gr/

Day 8 Santorini-Athens, Greece                          
Free day for swimming at the black beach of Perissa or optional excursion to then still active volcano!
Lunch and early in the afternoon transfer to the port of Santorini to catch the ferry back to Athens. Transfer to your hotel in Athens.
Your Hotel: PHILIPOS HOTEL: http://www.philipposhotel.gr/

Day 9 Day of Departure from Greece  
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In 3* Hotels: 1585€/person (for 4 - 16 participants)
Single supplement: 290€

9 days/8 nights in double room in B/B basis
English speaking Trekking Hellas expert tour leader.
Trekking activities mentioned in the program.
Half board (breakfast at hotels and picnic lunches)
Dinner on Day 1
All transfers by buses and/or taxis depending on group size
Professional guide at Acropolis
Entrance fee to Acropolis
Visit to Delos island on an organized tour
All boat tickets to the islands (our priority is to book high speed ferries but as ferry schedules vary according to weather conditions this may alter)
All transfers from the port to the hotels on the islands
All transfers from the hotels to the ports on the islands
Transfers from/to Athens Airport to the hotel (days 1 & 9)
Personal expenses
Dinners (except on Day 1)
Drinks, beverages
Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff.
Travel Insurance - Anything not mentioned above

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