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CANVA - Hiker at the summit of Mount Zas on Nazos in the Cyclades Islands, Greece. Photo: Canva link: https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEI-ybH_Ho-on-top-of-mount-zas/
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Greek Island Hopping Adventure in the Cyclades

Bounce your way from Athens to the Aegean, lapping up the Cyclades islands of Tinos, Naxos and Koufonisia

Duration

7 nights

Annual Leave

1 week off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people

Season

May-Oct

Location

Greece

Meeting Point

Athens International Airport

Classic Accommodation

Hotel

Customer Reviews

This trip is brand new

Difficulty

Easy

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Dodge the crowds on these quieter islands, exploring to find ancient villages, serene swim spots, local tavernas and perfect sunsets

Hike to the summit of legendary Mount Zas, the highest point of the Cyclades archipelago, for an epic 360° panorama

Kayak the Athenian Riviera at sunset, snorkel the clear Aegean Sea and take a boat trip to the dreamy Koufonisia Islands

Soak up island life – sipping on frappes, tucking into delicious Greek dishes and indulging in an organic wine-tasting

Day 1

Set out for some sunset sea kayaking

Athens Kayaking, Greece. Photo: Canva - https://www.canva.com/photos/MAEErehWEv4-family-rejoicing-in-sea-kayaks-at-sunset/

Kayaking

2hrs · 2.5km

Meet up with your host at Athens International Airport and head downtown to settle into your hotel in a lively part of Athens. Have some free time to wander around Athens and see the sights before meeting up with your fellow adventures to head to Athens' coastline on the Saronic Gulf. Hop in a kayak and paddle along the calm waters at sunset, along what is known as the Athenian Riviera – a side of Athens often missed by visitors. Afterwards, gather for a classic Greek feast at a local taverna and have a chat about the adventures ahead.

Day 2

To the Cyclades!

Kionia beach, Tinos, Greece. Photo: Shutterstock: 2245597855

Hiking

4hr · 9km · 340m up · 340m down

Head to the port in the morning and hop on a ferry to the magical island of Tinos, an enchanting combination of traditional Greek villages, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches lapped by the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Settle into your hotel and then head out for a hike to explore the island, from Chora to the village of Ktikados, with its whitewashed houses nestled among rolling hills. Continue on to the coastal village of Kionia for a refreshing swim in the warm clear waters, before heading back to your base. Head out in search of dinner at a local taverna – your guide will be full of suggestions for the best spots.

Day 3

Hike across Tinos

Tinos Hiking Greece
Host image - Nomads Path

Hiking

4-5hrs · 9.5km · 550m up · 850m down

After your first taste of hiking yesterday you'll set off for a longer stomp across the island today, starting in the quaint village of Falatados. As you traverse the island's interior – filled with history and natural beauty, flanked by blue ocean in the distance – you'll pass by the enigmatic ruins of Eksomvourgo and the distinctive rock formations of Volakas. After stopping in a village for a leisurely lunch, you'll then hike on to the finish line at the beautiful Agapi village, where you can enjoy a sundowner before heading back for a well-earned dinner and a good night's rest.

Day 4

Hop over to Naxos

Naxos Ferry, Greece
SHUTTERSTOCK - Ferry journey to Naxos Island.  Photo: Shutterstock 1127467271

Hiking

4hrs · 7km · 380m up · 290m down

Bid farewell to Tinos as you hop over to your next Greek island, boarding the ferry to Naxos – the largest island in the Cyclades archipelago. Waste no time as you start to explore the island on foot, hiking to the imposing Kouros Statues – a group of remarkable ancient sculptures dating back to the 6th century BC, hewn from marble and believed to represent gods and heroes from ancient times. The trail meanders on to the village of Chalki, where cobblestone streets wind through historic buildings adorned with colourful facades. In this quintessential Naxos village, you'll find quaint artisan shops and traditional tavernas, amid the scent of citrus trees. Grab drinks here before dashing to take in the sunset at Portara, also known as the 'Great Door' – a massive marble doorway, part of the ancient temple of Apollo.

Day 5

Greek peak bagging, wine tasting and sunset swims

Mount Zas Naxos
Host image - Nomads Path

Hiking

4-5hrs · 7km · 530m up · 750m down

Get set for the biggest hike of the trip – to Mount Zas. This is the highest peak in the Cyclades, and one steeped in Greek mythology as the legendary birthplace of Zeus, King of the Gods. Ascend the mountain via a network of rugged trails, while hearing the ancient Greek tales that are woven into this part of Greece. Hitting the summit, you'll be rewarded with an unbroken 360-degree panorama over Naxos and the neighbouring islands. Descend from the summit then hike on to the village of Filoti, nestled at the mountain's base and a gorgeous place to wind up the hike and grab a cold drink. Your efforts are further rewarded as you head on to a local winery for a wine-tasting experience, delving into Naxos' unique wines which showcase the eco-conscious spirit of the island. Finish up an epic day by swimming in the inviting waters at Agios Prokopios beach, an idyllic stretch of coastline renowned for its soft, golden sands.

Day 6

Koufonisia boat trip

SHUTTERSTOCK - Beautiful blue and turquoise waters beach at Koufonisia Islands, Greece.
Photo: Shutterstock: 1694382061

Tuck into breakfast at the hotel before heading to the Agia Anna pier where you'll hop on a traditional wooden boat bound for the Koufonisia Islands. These two tiny, tranquil, hidden gems are nestled within the Small Cyclades, far from the bustle of the larger islands in the chain. Settle in on deck for a two-hour long cruise to Kato Koufonissi, where you'll anchor in exotic waters that wouldn't look out of place in the Caribbean. Dive in for a swim, while the crew lay out a Greek BBQ lunch for you to tuck into on board. Sail on for a further 20 minutes to Ano Koufonissi, where you'll get back on dry land to explore the coastline, beaches and quaint village on foot – maybe grab an ice-cold frappe at a local café while absorbing views of the Aegean Sea. Later in the afternoon you'll sail on to the Rina Cave – a unique spot accessible only by boat, where you can swim and snorkel directly from the boat into the cave, or brave a cliff dive. Set sail back to Naxos as the sun sets, in time to dive into a taverna for dinner after a memorable day.

Day 7

Back to Athens

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

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Soak up the last of your time on Naxos over breakfast this morning, before heading to the port to board the ferry back to Athens. Arriving around midday, you'll head back to your hotel in the Plaka district and later, head out with your guide to explore the historic centre of Athens on foot. No trip to Athens is complete without a hike up to the Acropolis – the ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city, which showcases the architecture of one of the oldest civilisations in the world. Settle into one of your host's favourite tavernas in the evening, for a farewell dinner to toast an incredible week of Greek island galavanting.

Day 8

Farewell Greece

Acropolis Athens Sunset Greece
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Your adventure ends today after breakfast as your host transfers you to Athens Airport in time for your onward flight.

Included

Guides

Expert, English–speaking guides

Accommodation

7 nights in boutique hotels

Meals

All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers, ferry journeys between the islands and everything in between

Equipment

All your gear for kayaking and snorkelling

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Food is a highlight on any trip to Greece. Sitting in a taverna overlooking the Aegean Sea after a day of exploring day with a cold bottle of Mythos, a Greek salad, fresh bread and tzatziki, grilled fish and gemista... life doesn't get much better. Breakfasts will be provided at your hotels using local, seasonal products with hot and cold options, sweets, fresh juices and coffees. Lunch on board the boat is a big Greek barbecue with pork skewers (and veggie alternatives), salad, halloumi, tzatziki, fresh bread and fruit. Your host will both welcome you and bid you farewell with dinner in one of their favourite tavernas in Athens, where you'll into a range of classic Greek dishes. In between, you are free to dine as a group for lunch and dinner anywhere you like on Tinos and Naxos – your guide will make suggestions about where the best food can be found. On the hike to Mount Zas, you'll buy a packed lunch to enjoy as a picnic part-way through the hike. For the meals which aren't included, please budget approximately €7-10 per lunch and €15-25 per dinner (drinks not included).

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Arethusa, Athens
Athens

Your time in the Greek Islands is sandwiched by a night in Athens at the beginning and end of your trip. Hotel Arethusa will be your base in the city, located in the old town which makes for a great launchpad to see some of Athens' premier sights such as the Acropolis, the Archeological Museum, Temple of Zeus, Plaka and many more. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms (couples can request a double room).

Glafki Hotel Tinos
Tinos

On the island of Tinos, you'll stay at the Glafki Hotel – a Cycladic-style property featuring a swimming pool, sun terrace with sun loungers and a poolside bar. You're within walking distance of three great beaches: Panormos, Rochari and Agia Thalassa. You'll stay in a twin-share room, unless you request a double room.

Aeolis Boutique Hotel
Naxos

On the island of Naxos, you'll stay at the Aeolis Boutique Hotel & Suites in an excellent location – just 100m from St George Beach and 200m from the town centre. It has an outdoor pool with two hydro-massagers, as well as an excellent breakfast buffet each morning. You'll stay in twin-share room with ensuite bathrooms (couples can request a double room).

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Athens International Airport

12:00 on Day 1

Ends

Athens International Airport

12:00 on Day 8

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at Athens International Airport at 12:00pm and transfer you downtown to your hotel in the Plaka district of Athens' old town. The sunset kayaking trip will set off from downtown Athens around 15:00, so if you want to do this activity please ensure you've arrived ahead of that time (either on the group transfer from the airport at 12:00, or be at the hotel by 15:00 if you are already in Athens and want to meet up with the group and your host at the accommodation instead). If you are landing in the evening, you can take a taxi from Athens Airport to the hotel in the Plaka district via the subway straight from the airport for around €8, or in a taxi which will cost around €50.

On Day 8, your host will transfer you back to Athens International Airport at 12:00 in time to catch any flights departing from 14:00 onwards. Airport transfers are included if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 8 – if you are arriving earlier or departing later, your host can arrange private airport transfers for an additional fee. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

Athens International Airport is a major international hub, with daily direct flights from airports across the UK, Europe and east coast of North America.

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What's included?

  • Snorkels and masks

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)

CLOTHES

  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear - multiple sets!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Buff or neckscarf in case of strong sun on the hikes
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking boots or trail runners (worn-in)
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Beach shoes (optional, but useful for some of the more pebbly beaches)

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre (minimum)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Double/Twin room in Athens

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin room in Athens

Per Night

Single room in Athens

Payable Before Departure

Single room in Athens

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 190kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This is an easy adventure and anyone with basic fitness, capable of walking for a few hours a day, will be fine. The hike to the summit of Mount Zas is the most strenuous part of the trip, but the going is very steady with no rush – or indeed obligation – to get to the top (though the rewards are well worth the effort!). It's by no means a requirement as most of the trip takes place on dry land – however, to enjoy this trip to the fullest, you should be happy being in the sea! The waters around Koufonisia in particular are some of the most inviting that you'll find anywhere in Europe, and there will be ample opportunity to dive in and lap up the waters from beaches, cliffs and directly from the boat.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

€5 per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

The drinking water in Greece is perfectly safe, so you'll be able to fill up at the hotels and at refill points during your days out. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle with you.

The Cyclades Islands are known for their warm and sunny weather. We run this trip in May, June, late August and September: the best times to visit this part of Greece with fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures. The average temperatures during these months are typically in the mid- to high-20s ℃ (70-80 °F) during the day and in the low- to mid-20s °C (60-70 °F) at night. The months of July and August are more crowded and the temperatures can reach uncomfortable highs, so we don't currently offer trips in the Cyclades during these months.

It's possible to leave excess luggage in Athens at the start of this trip and collect it when returning to Athens on Day 7; but please discuss this with your host in advance.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

On Greece's Athenian Riviera coastline you'll be paddling on two-person sit-in-kayaks.

The kayaks used on this trip have a maximum combined weight capacity of 550lb/250kg/39st.

You'll have one guide throughout the trip leading the tour, and you'll also have a skipper and crew on the boat trip to Koufonisia.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

May 2024

Sunday • 19th May 2024

to Sunday • 26th May 2024
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Sunday • 2nd June 2024

to Sunday • 9th June 2024
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Last Minute - 2 spots left at 10% off

Sunday • 1st September 2024

to Sunday • 8th September 2024
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Only 1 spot left at 10% off

Sunday • 22nd September 2024

to Sunday • 29th September 2024
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