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Greece Naxos & Santorini Private Adventure

From Ancient Athens to Paradise Islands of the Cyclades

 

Experience the wonders of Greece, from its ancient ruins to its idyllic islands, on this spectacular one-week private adventure! Marvel at the Acropolis and stroll through historic lanes in the heart of Athens. Feast your eyes on dazzling snow-white villages perched on rugged volcanic islands as you journey across the Aegean Sea. Discover the picturesque island of Naxos on a village-to-village trail, and savor sumptuous Greek fare and a boutique beachside stay. Then immerse yourself in the beauty of Santorini, with its iconic blue-domed chapels and azure waters, as you explore on foot and by sea kayak.

  • Live the dream on this epic Greek odyssey from Athens to the spectacular islands of Naxos and Santorini

  • Get active as you explore idyllic villages on foot, kayak to secluded sandy beaches, and tour impressive ancient ruins-including the Acropolis

  • Delight in warm Greek hospitality, relax at superb hotels, and savor delicious Mediterranean food and wine

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Arrive:

Athens, Greece

Depart:

Athens, Greece

Price: from $4,395

Duration:

8 Days

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Group Size:

2-6

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

Easy to moderate hiking on gently rolling terrain, including marble and dirt paths, for up to 4 hours per day. The 5-hour sea kayaking includes stop offs at secluded beaches. Expect some uneven paths and cobblestone streets when touring cultural sites and villages.
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  • Arrive in Athens

    Day 1

    Arrive at Athens airport and transfer to your hotel, perfectly located in the heart of the ancient city. Your guide will meet you in the evening for an orientation walk and welcome dinner in Plaka, Athens' historical neighborhood at the foot of the Acropolis.

    Accommodation: Divani Acropolis

    The Divani Palace Acropolis is an iconic hotel with breathtaking views of the world-famous monument. Its luxurious rooms combine elegance, style, and comfort with soft neutral palettes and a range of modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi. It's the perfect place to experience the city's fascinating history - and feel part of it.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Explore Ancient Athens & Fly to Naxos

    Day 2

    Rise for an expert-led tour of Athens' most cherished sights including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and Panathinaiko Stadium - the venue for the first Olympic Games. Explore the Acropolis, the impressive ancient citadel built in the 5th century BC, and the fascinating Acropolis Museum. After lunch, take a stroll in the narrow cobblestone streets of the old Plaka neighborhood. Next, it's off to Naxos! Catch an afternoon flight to the largest and lushest of the Cycladic Islands, with its marvelous array of ancient sites, hilltop forts, atmospheric villages, and stunning sandy beaches. Settle into your hotel before exploring Chora's old castle and enjoying sunset views from the ancient Portara (Temple of Apollo).

    Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel Naxos

    The pretty Galaxy Hotel is ideally situated just a few steps from the spectacular Blue Flag beach of Saint George and a short walk from the old town. Enjoy modern comforts in one of its 54 stylish rooms and sip a refreshing cocktail or coffee by the pool. Indulge in idyllic surroundings and moments of pure relaxation in beautiful Naxos.

    Transportation: 40-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Savor Flavors in Naxos with a Food Tour & Cooking Class

    Day 3

    Today you'll head to picturesque villages in the heart of Naxos to sample the island's unique tastes and flavors. Inhale the smell of bread baking in the flower-filled village of Kinidaros, where you'll have a chance to make Greek pies with a local baker. Next, take a short ride to Kaloxylos, known for its century-old olive trees, classical architecture, and cats! Enjoy a warm welcome and roll up your sleeves for a hands-on Naxian cooking experience. Savor Mediterranean culinary delights as you sample four delicious courses. Return to your hotel by the beach tonight.

    Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel Naxos

    The pretty Galaxy Hotel is ideally situated just a few steps from the spectacular Blue Flag beach of Saint George and a short walk from the old town. Enjoy modern comforts in one of its 54 stylish rooms and sip a refreshing cocktail or coffee by the pool. Indulge in idyllic surroundings and moments of pure relaxation in beautiful Naxos.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Walk the Naxos Village Trail

    Day 4

    Explore the heart of Naxos on a pretty trail that links together picturesque mountain villages. Starting at Kouros of Melanes, an age-old statue lying under trees, follow paths to Kouros of Potamia and the old village of Ano Potamia. After a refreshing stop at the village spring, hike on to Apano Kastro (Upper Castle) and enjoy panoramic views of Naxos and the surrounding villages. Continue through Tsikalario to Halki, where you'll visit a small distillery that produces Naxos' specialty citron liqueur - Kitron. End your hike in Chalkio before returning to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Galaxy Hotel Naxos

    The pretty Galaxy Hotel is ideally situated just a few steps from the spectacular Blue Flag beach of Saint George and a short walk from the old town. Enjoy modern comforts in one of its 54 stylish rooms and sip a refreshing cocktail or coffee by the pool. Indulge in idyllic surroundings and moments of pure relaxation in beautiful Naxos.

    Activity: 4 hours/4.5 miles hiking with 912' elevation gain and 666' loss

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Take a Boat Ride to Santorini & Go Wine Tasting

    Day 5

    After breakfast, embark on a boat ride to the stunning crescent-shaped island of Santorini. As you pull into port, you'll be awestruck by the spectacular beauty of this volcanic island, with its dazzling whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. After settling into your hotel, discover Santorini's legendary wineries and traditional cellars on a unique wine-tasting journey

    Accommodation: El Greco Santorini

    The El Greco Resort & Spa, located minutes from magnificent Thira, blends traditional Santorini charm with the modern elegance of a boutique hotel. Its comfortable rooms are light and airy, and equipped with all the amenities you'll need. Take a dip in one of the hotel's five swimming pools and enjoy amazing views of the Aegean Sea on a walk into town.

    Transportation: 2-hour boat transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Discover Santorini by Sea Kayak

    Day 6

    Experience the wonders of Santorini from the water on a full-day sea kayaking adventure! From the serene black-sand beach of Mesa Piglia you'll paddle along the coast passing interesting rock formations and cave houses. Enter the iconic sea caves of Black Mountain and pass the Akrotiri Lighthouse - one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece. Paddle east, passing the vibrant cliffs of White Beach and Red Beach. Take a break at secluded Kampia Beach, where you can snorkel and explore marine life in the Aegean's crystalline waters. Return to Mesa Pigadia and enjoy a delicious traditional Greek lunch at a local taverna. Gather again tonight for a special farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: El Greco Santorini

    The El Greco Resort & Spa, located minutes from magnificent Thira, blends traditional Santorini charm with the modern elegance of a boutique hotel. Its comfortable rooms are light and airy, and equipped with all the amenities you'll need. Take a dip in one of the hotel's five swimming pools and enjoy amazing views of the Aegean Sea on a walk into town.

    Activity: 5 hours/5 miles sea kayaking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike the Caldera Trail & Return to Athens

    Day 7

    Follow paths along the rim of a volcanic caldera on today's epic Caldera Trail hike. Along the way you'll pass the stunning whitewashed village of Imerovigli and the iconic Prophet Elias chapel, perched high atop a mountain. Delight in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and Mediterranean islands. Get ready for Instagram-worthy pictures as you approach Oia, a splendid village - possibly the most beautiful one on the whole island! Enjoy the 360-degree views of nearby villages and the sea as you catch a spectacular sunset.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Athens Airport

    Located directly cross from Athens International Airport, this upscale hotel is 7.5 miles the center of Athens. Guestrooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minifridges, as well as designer toiletries, walk-in showers, and tea and coffeemakers. There are 2 bars and 2 restaurants. There's also a spa area with a sauna, an exercise room, a hair salon and an indoor heated pool.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles moderate hiking

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Depart from Athens

    Day 8

    Bid farewell to Greece as you transfer back to Athens airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

Greece Naxos & Santorini Private Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been crafting unique private adventures for over 50 years, working with top local guides for an immersive experience.

Reason #02

This journey perfectly blends the ancient wonders of Athens with island-hopping and active adventures in Naxos and Santorini.

Reason #03

After days spent hiking, sea kayaking, cultural touring, cooking and wine-tasting, you'll enjoy comfortable evenings at superb hotels.

Meet your guides

Anastasia Bagourdi

Anastasia Bagourdi

Anastasia holds a degree in Tourism Management from the Technological Educational Institution in Athens. Her passion for travel and adventurous experiences has led to her all over Europe including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. When she isn't guiding, Anastasia enjoys outdoor activities like jogging, hiking and cycling. Anastasia is fluent in English and Greek, and is tremendously knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.

Archelaos Biehler

Archelaos Biehler

Archelaos grew up in Athens and his love of the outdoors, particularly plant life, eventually led him to catch the travel bug and explore the world through outdoor activities including rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking. He is fluent in Greek, English and German and keenly lists his top priority as creating safe and joyful experiences for all MT Sobek travelers on their adventures through Greece.

Alexander Giannios

Alexander Giannios

Alexander studied Cultural Management at the Department of Cultural Technology & Communication (University of the Aegean) and then specialized in film making at Prague Film School. His combined passion for nature and the Greek cultural heritage, led him to become an adventure travel guide in Greece. For the last eight years he has professionally trained and worked as a guide, and is adept at rafting, sea kayaking, river trekking and hiking. Alexander has excellent communication skills and enjoys connecting with people from around the world.

Activities

Hiking, sea kayaking, and cultural touring for 4-5 hours per day on idyllic Greek islands. Also includes Athens city tour, a hands-on cooking experience, and wine tasting.

Climate

Expect mild and sunny weather with temperatures between 55-75°F. Water temperatures are chillier in spring and warmer in fall.

Lodging

Enjoy comfortable accommodations in spectacular locations, from a luxury hotel with Acropolis views to a beachside haven in Naxos and a charming resort in Santorini.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will be met by a MT Sobek representative at the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH) on Day 1, and transferred to the hotel in Athens.

Where does the trip end?

The group will transfer to the Santorini Airport for our flight to Athens. The trip will conclude at the Athens International Airport.

Is this trip suitable for a beginner kayaker?

Sea kayaking experience is helpful, but is not mandatory. Our guides will conduct a brief demo, and assist all guests both experienced and new.

What kind of ferry will we use to transfer between islands?

The distance between Naxos and Santorini is not far, so an high-speed boat will not be necessary. Boats are spacious and equipped with comfortable seats for all passengers.

Is this trip suitable for vegetarians?

There is a wide variety of vegetarian options to enjoy in Greece. Flavorful salads, fresh cheese, and many traditional dishes made with eggplant, broad beans, tomatoes, savory pastry, and more.

Is the hiking strenuous?

No. The hikes on this tour are not strenuous. However, the terrain can be rocky and uneven at times, and therefore we highly recommend that you bring hiking poles for stability.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $5,595 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $4,595 per person double occupancy

2022 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $5,695 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $4,695 per person double occupancy

	

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on day-1
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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