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Greece: Hiking & Kayaking the Cyclades Islands

From $5,395

  • Join the only North American adventure travel company to offer active trips deep into the secluded Small Cyclades!
  • Kayak and swim between hidden beaches, explore ancient ruins, and enjoy delicious regional specialties
  • In the cradle of civilization, take in custom guided visits of Athens and the sacred and mythical Delos

Greece’s Cyclades Islands are the stuff of legends. Remote and adorned with secluded beaches, azure waters, ancient ruins, whitewashed cubist houses, pine forests, and olive groves, you’ll enjoy island life at a relaxed pace far from the crowds! MTS gets you into the heart of the small Cyclades. Our itinerary is relaxed but full of options. Boating from island to island, you’ll kayak, hike, swim, go horseback riding on a beach, sample wines, learn traditional Greek cuisine, and take in guided visits of Athens and Delos. After slow-paced days taking in the spectacular scenery, ancient history and regional delicacies, you can toast to a fabulous sunset over a glass of ouzo. Fantastikós!

Day 1: Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Athens, the iconic capital of Greece! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our elegant and well-appointed hotel to relax and refresh yourself after a long trip. This evening, we'll meet with our guide for a short walking tour of Athens followed by a welcome dinner at a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens overlooking the Acropolis.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel

Day 2: Athens – Iraklia island

After breakfast, before embarking on a morning guided tour of the most important sites of Athens. We'll visit the Acropolis, the greatest monument in the Western world; the Parthenon; the Panathinaikon Stadium, the stadium where the first Olympic games were held in 1896; and the impressive New Acropolis museum.

After an enjoyable lunch in Athens, we'll transfer to Pireaus where we'll catch our ferry to Iraklia Island. This is a late night ferry, but we'll have comfortable cabins to allow us some rest along the way. Departing at approximately 5:30pm, we'll arrive in Iraklia just after midnight. NOTE: Ferry schedules are subject to change without our notice.  In the event s morning ferry becomes available, we will transfer the sightseeing tour of Athens tothe last day (day 9).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The Speires Hotel

Day 3: Kayak to Schinoussa

We'll have our first kayak crossing today, leaving behind the most mountainous of the Small Cyclades, Iraklia, and heading to Schoinousa.  Schoinousa is gaining more and more “fans” annually, but still maintains its small, local character. Still peaceful, but with a variety of attractive cafes and restaurants, Schoinousa is a “must stop” for luxurious boats who want a taste of Greek seafood, and is home to 15 beautiful beaches.  (7-8 miles paddling approximately.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Lioliou Beach Hotel

Day 4: Kayak to Koufonissi

Today we'll kayak to the most popular of the Small Cycladic islands, Koufonissi. Koufonissia was once a popular destination Greek people seeking a remote and quiet vacation.  Now the “Mykonos” of the Small Cyclades, Koufonissia is flooded with vacationers in the hottest month of August, but sleepy and unspoiled at other times. An island of unique beauty, Koufonissia is a cosmopolitan paradise with local charm.  We'll have numerous opportunities to relax or swim on our way.  Upon arrival in Koufonissi, we'll settle into our hotel, rest, and then enjoy a wonderful dinner of local seafood. (7-8 miles paddling approximately.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Portes Houses

Day 5: Koufonissi – Naxos – Tinos

Today we leave the Small Cyclades, and venture back to the larger Cyclades Islands – the Greek Islands of everybody's dreams! We'll enjoy a scenic ferry ride back to Naxos, from where we will stop for lunch before boarding a second ferry to Tinos.  Tinos Island is a place of worship for Greek Orthodox pilgrims, but is also known to the few travelers who go off the beaten path for its beautiful villages, lovely beaches and delicious, local cuisine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 6: Hiking in Tinos – Cooking Class – Marble Sculptures

Today’s hike starts from the town of Tinos on the eastern side of the island. We'll visit Our Lady Church, one of the Greece’s most important Churches of Greece, where we’ll see the "miracle-working icon," and then continue upwards to the picturesque village of Tripotamos where we'll join Mrs. Nikoleta for a very special cooking class. Mrs. Nikoleta will teach us the secrets of Greek cuisine and guide us in making a delicious lunch from local ingredients.  After enjoying our lunch, we'll walk down to Kionia Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, for a refreshing swim. This afternoon, we'll return to our hotel for some downtime, and then head to the village of Pyrgos in the early evening. We'll wonder wander along picturesque paths, discover the art of Pyrgos' marble sculptures, visit the Museum of Marble Crafts, and then follow another lovely path down to Panormos Bay for dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 7: Delos

This morning, we’ll take a ferry to Mykonos Island, and from there to the Island of Delos where our guide will explain the many  antiquities for which Delos the island is famous. Delos is a small island situated in the center of the Cyclades, a few miles southwest of Mykonos. During ancient times, Delos was considered to be the most important Pan-Hellenic sanctuary. Between 900 BC and AD 100, sacred Delos was a major cult center. According to Greek mythology, Delos was the birth place of Apollo, the God of light, and Artemis, the Goddess of hunting (both children of Leto and Zeus). According to myth, when Zeus impregnated his mistress, Leto was pregnant by Zeus and the jealous Hera, Zeus’s legitimate wife, chased her husband’s mistress away and forbade her all places on Earth so that she could not find where to give birth to her children. Leto finally found a small island to give birth. The island was called Delos, which means “revealed” because it was revealed from the waves. Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece, and is an UNESCO World Heritage site. At the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, we'll see the famous Lion Avenue, the Three Temples of Poseidon, the stadium, and the old gymnasium; and we'll see artifacts from the 6th century BC in the Archeological Museum of Delos. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 8: Hiking the Villages of Tinos (Falatados – Volax – Agapi) – Athens

After breakfast, we'll transfer by motor coach or taxi to the village of Falatados, where our hike begins.  From here, we'll hike up to an overlook behind a monastery, with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.  We'll then continue hiking on trails through small villages where we can stop for a Greek coffee on the way to the village of Volax, nearly hidden amongst granite boulders.  Volax is celebrated for its traditional handmade woven baskets.  From here, a footpath winds down into the valley to Agapi, “the village of love.”  In the late afternoon, we'll have free time to enjoy another swim in the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea, before taking a ferry back to Athens, and our farewell dinner

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 9: Farewell

Bid “antío” to your fellow travelers and Greece and transfer to the airport for flights home.

NOTE:  Due to the frequency of ferry service schedule changes beyond our control, our Greek Island itineraries are subject to change on short notice.  In the event the timing of activities must be altered to accommodate the timing of ferry transfers, our expert guides are always equipped with a "Plan-B" so that no activities or highlights are skipped entirely.

  • Breakfast

May 16 - 24, 2016

Jun 13 - 21, 2016

Sep 05 - 13, 2016

pricing

2016 Prices
$5,395 (6 – 16 members)
$600 single supplement
 

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Divani Palace Acropolis — Athens

With courteous service and superior amenities a given, Divani Palace's prime draw remains the stunning views of the Acropolis from the hotel's 7 stories' worth of luxury rooms. The hotel is is walking distance to many of Athens's premier attractions.

Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel — Athens

http://www.divanis.com/acropolis/default-en.html

Hotel Porto Raphael — Tinos

Lioliou Beach Hotel — Schoinoussa

http://www.lioliou-beach.com/en/index.html

Portes Houses — Koufonissi

The Speires Hotel — Iraklia

http://www.speireshotel.gr/index_en.html

  • Join the only North American adventure travel company to offer active trips deep into the secluded Small Cyclades!
  • Kayak and swim between hidden beaches, explore ancient ruins, and enjoy delicious regional specialties
  • In the cradle of civilization, take in custom guided visits of Athens and the sacred and mythical Delos

Greece’s Cyclades Islands are the stuff of legends. Remote and adorned with secluded beaches, azure waters, ancient ruins, whitewashed cubist houses, pine forests, and olive groves, you’ll enjoy island life at a relaxed pace far from the crowds! MTS gets you into the heart of the small Cyclades. Our itinerary is relaxed but full of options. Boating from island to island, you’ll kayak, hike, swim, go horseback riding on a beach, sample wines, learn traditional Greek cuisine, and take in guided visits of Athens and Delos. After slow-paced days taking in the spectacular scenery, ancient history and regional delicacies, you can toast to a fabulous sunset over a glass of ouzo. Fantastikós!

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Athens, the iconic capital of Greece! An MTS representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our elegant and well-appointed hotel to relax and refresh yourself after a long trip. This evening, we'll meet with our guide for a short walking tour of Athens followed by a welcome dinner at a traditional Greek tavern in the old part of Athens overlooking the Acropolis.

  • Dinner
  • Accomodation:Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel

Day 2: Athens – Iraklia island

After breakfast, before embarking on a morning guided tour of the most important sites of Athens. We'll visit the Acropolis, the greatest monument in the Western world; the Parthenon; the Panathinaikon Stadium, the stadium where the first Olympic games were held in 1896; and the impressive New Acropolis museum.

After an enjoyable lunch in Athens, we'll transfer to Pireaus where we'll catch our ferry to Iraklia Island. This is a late night ferry, but we'll have comfortable cabins to allow us some rest along the way. Departing at approximately 5:30pm, we'll arrive in Iraklia just after midnight. NOTE: Ferry schedules are subject to change without our notice.  In the event s morning ferry becomes available, we will transfer the sightseeing tour of Athens tothe last day (day 9).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The Speires Hotel

Day 3: Kayak to Schinoussa

We'll have our first kayak crossing today, leaving behind the most mountainous of the Small Cyclades, Iraklia, and heading to Schoinousa.  Schoinousa is gaining more and more “fans” annually, but still maintains its small, local character. Still peaceful, but with a variety of attractive cafes and restaurants, Schoinousa is a “must stop” for luxurious boats who want a taste of Greek seafood, and is home to 15 beautiful beaches.  (7-8 miles paddling approximately.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Lioliou Beach Hotel

Day 4: Kayak to Koufonissi

Today we'll kayak to the most popular of the Small Cycladic islands, Koufonissi. Koufonissia was once a popular destination Greek people seeking a remote and quiet vacation.  Now the “Mykonos” of the Small Cyclades, Koufonissia is flooded with vacationers in the hottest month of August, but sleepy and unspoiled at other times. An island of unique beauty, Koufonissia is a cosmopolitan paradise with local charm.  We'll have numerous opportunities to relax or swim on our way.  Upon arrival in Koufonissi, we'll settle into our hotel, rest, and then enjoy a wonderful dinner of local seafood. (7-8 miles paddling approximately.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Portes Houses

Day 5: Koufonissi – Naxos – Tinos

Today we leave the Small Cyclades, and venture back to the larger Cyclades Islands – the Greek Islands of everybody's dreams! We'll enjoy a scenic ferry ride back to Naxos, from where we will stop for lunch before boarding a second ferry to Tinos.  Tinos Island is a place of worship for Greek Orthodox pilgrims, but is also known to the few travelers who go off the beaten path for its beautiful villages, lovely beaches and delicious, local cuisine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 6: Hiking in Tinos – Cooking Class – Marble Sculptures

Today’s hike starts from the town of Tinos on the eastern side of the island. We'll visit Our Lady Church, one of the Greece’s most important Churches of Greece, where we’ll see the "miracle-working icon," and then continue upwards to the picturesque village of Tripotamos where we'll join Mrs. Nikoleta for a very special cooking class. Mrs. Nikoleta will teach us the secrets of Greek cuisine and guide us in making a delicious lunch from local ingredients.  After enjoying our lunch, we'll walk down to Kionia Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, for a refreshing swim. This afternoon, we'll return to our hotel for some downtime, and then head to the village of Pyrgos in the early evening. We'll wonder wander along picturesque paths, discover the art of Pyrgos' marble sculptures, visit the Museum of Marble Crafts, and then follow another lovely path down to Panormos Bay for dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 7: Delos

This morning, we’ll take a ferry to Mykonos Island, and from there to the Island of Delos where our guide will explain the many  antiquities for which Delos the island is famous. Delos is a small island situated in the center of the Cyclades, a few miles southwest of Mykonos. During ancient times, Delos was considered to be the most important Pan-Hellenic sanctuary. Between 900 BC and AD 100, sacred Delos was a major cult center. According to Greek mythology, Delos was the birth place of Apollo, the God of light, and Artemis, the Goddess of hunting (both children of Leto and Zeus). According to myth, when Zeus impregnated his mistress, Leto was pregnant by Zeus and the jealous Hera, Zeus’s legitimate wife, chased her husband’s mistress away and forbade her all places on Earth so that she could not find where to give birth to her children. Leto finally found a small island to give birth. The island was called Delos, which means “revealed” because it was revealed from the waves. Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece, and is an UNESCO World Heritage site. At the mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, we'll see the famous Lion Avenue, the Three Temples of Poseidon, the stadium, and the old gymnasium; and we'll see artifacts from the 6th century BC in the Archeological Museum of Delos. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel Porto Raphael

Day 8: Hiking the Villages of Tinos (Falatados – Volax – Agapi) – Athens

After breakfast, we'll transfer by motor coach or taxi to the village of Falatados, where our hike begins.  From here, we'll hike up to an overlook behind a monastery, with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.  We'll then continue hiking on trails through small villages where we can stop for a Greek coffee on the way to the village of Volax, nearly hidden amongst granite boulders.  Volax is celebrated for its traditional handmade woven baskets.  From here, a footpath winds down into the valley to Agapi, “the village of love.”  In the late afternoon, we'll have free time to enjoy another swim in the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea, before taking a ferry back to Athens, and our farewell dinner

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Divani Palace Acropolis

Day 9: Farewell

Bid “antío” to your fellow travelers and Greece and transfer to the airport for flights home.

NOTE:  Due to the frequency of ferry service schedule changes beyond our control, our Greek Island itineraries are subject to change on short notice.  In the event the timing of activities must be altered to accommodate the timing of ferry transfers, our expert guides are always equipped with a "Plan-B" so that no activities or highlights are skipped entirely.

  • Breakfast

Divani Palace Acropolis — Athens

With courteous service and superior amenities a given, Divani Palace's prime draw remains the stunning views of the Acropolis from the hotel's 7 stories' worth of luxury rooms. The hotel is is walking distance to many of Athens's premier attractions.

Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel — Athens

http://www.divanis.com/acropolis/default-en.html

Hotel Porto Raphael — Tinos

Lioliou Beach Hotel — Schoinoussa

http://www.lioliou-beach.com/en/index.html

Portes Houses — Koufonissi

The Speires Hotel — Iraklia

http://www.speireshotel.gr/index_en.html

Dates and Pricing

May 16 - 24, 2016

Jun 13 - 21, 2016

Sep 05 - 13, 2016

pricing

2016 Prices
$5,395 (6 – 16 members)
$600 single supplement
 

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