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Cyclades Naxos & Santorini walking trip (flying to Athens)
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Cyclades Naxos & Santorini walking trip (flying to Athens)

Cyclades Naxos & Santorini walking trip (flying to Athens)

Arrival to Athens airport

  • Two beautiful islands in one trip
  • Visit the iconic cliff-top villages of Santorini perched high above the breath-taking caldera
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Cyclades from summit of Mt. Zas (1001 m)
  • Marvel at the Kouros statues on Naxos, 2800 years old.
  • Follow unique cobbled paths on ancient trails across the islands
  • Visit the ancient sites of Thira and Akrotiri on Santorini
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Start: Naxos     Finish: Athens

Day 1: Arrive on Naxos
Day 2: Round walk from Chalki to Melanes (10 - 19 km / 6 - 12 mi)
Day 3: Walk to Summit of Mt. Zas (13 - 19 km / 8 - 12 mi)
Day 4: From Naxos to Santorini
Day 5: Walk from Perissa to Akrotiri (13 km / 8 mi)
Day 6: Walk from Fira to Oia (10 km / 6 mi)
Day 7: Round walk from Akrotiri and travel from Santorini to Athens (5 km / 3 mi)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive on Naxos

Arrival at Athens Airport and transfer to the port of Piraeus from where you leave by ferry, late afternoon, to Naxos. The ferry takes 5,5 hrs and you arrive in Naxos around midnight. In case your flight does not allow traveling to Naxos on the same day, you have to book an extra night in Athens and you travel to Naxos the next day in the early morning.

Day 2:    Round walk from Chalki to Melanes (10 - 19 km / 6 - 12 mi)

You take a taxi or public bus to Chalki, located in the center of the Tragea plain. Today you explore this fertile inner land with olive groves and rich vegetation. There are some olive trees that are over thousand years old! You walk on cobbled paths via the Venetian Fortress Ano Kastro onto an ancient marble quarry where you find a 10m height statue of an unfinished Kouros from the 6th century BC! The walk ends in the nearby village of Melanes, where you take a taxi or a public bus back to Naxos town.

Challenge: 3.5 / 4.5 / 7 hours, 10 - 14 - 19 km / 6 - 8,5 - 12 mi , 150 / 300 / 400 m ascent and descent

Day 3:    Walk to Summit of Mt. Zas (13 - 19 km / 8 - 12 mi)

Today´s walk starts at Filoti, a small village that you reach by taxi or public bus. From this village, built at the foothills of Mt. Zas, you start your walk to the summit of this legendary mountain. You may witness the cave in which, according the legend, Zeus -the father of all the gods- was nursed by an eagle. After your descend, you can optionally continue the walk to Apiranthos. From Apiranthos you may walk back via the saddle of Mt. Fanari to Filoti; a beautiful walk with breathtaking views!

Challenge: 4.5 / 7 hours, 13 - 19 km / 8 - 12 mi, 500 / 900 m ascent and descent

Day 4:    From Naxos to Santorini

You travel from Naxos to Santorini. The ferry usually departs around noon and arrives 3 hours later in Santorini. In the morning you may visit the Castle in Naxos (Chora) and also visit the museum. Or you can relax on the tempting sandy beach of Agios Georgios. The approach of Santorini by ferry is really unforgettable. You enter the submersed crater of this old volcano and will be impressed by the steep coloured cliffs and the whitewashed villages on top. It is said that the Minoan civilization disappeared suddenly at about the same time as the volcanic eruption, 3.600 years ago, or was this eruption the beggining for the legend of Atlantis?

Day 5:    Walk from Perissa to Akrotiri (13 km / 8 mi)

A transfer will take you to Perissa from where you start climbing via an old path to a windy saddle. This part is one of the very few places that exists from before the devastating volcanic outburst. You walk up to Ancient Thira: the capital of the island in Ancient and Roman times. The location is really fantastic! Then you descend via an old path to the  quiet inner parts of the island. You walk through vineyards (Santorini produces top class wines!) and along picturesque villages. Through this landscape of volcanic ashes and along  the black beach you walk back to Akrotiri village. 

Challenge: 5.5 hours, 13 km / 8 mi, 580 m ascent, 550 m descent

Day 6:    Walk from Fira to Oia (10 km / 6 mi)

You travel by public bus to Fira, the capital of Santorini. Here you can explore the narrow alleys of this whitewashed town, built on the top of the volcanic cliffs. It houses a couple of interesting museums, such as the museum of prehistoric Thira and the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon you make the renowned walk from Fira to Oia. Along the walk you will enjoy fabulous views of the lagoon and the spectacular cliffs, with its massive drops. Most of the walk is through a really nice wide mule-path. Sure you will make loads of photos during this walk along this scenic Santorini coastline. From Oia you have a transfer back to the hotel.

Challenge: 3 hours, 10 km / 6 mi, 300 m ascent, 400 m descent

Day 7:    Round walk from Akrotiri and travel from Santorini to Athens (5 km / 3 mi)

A last free morning in Akrotiri at leisure and possibility to visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri: the Greek Pompejithat opened in spring 2012 after it had been closed for many years. 

Transfer to the port from where you travel comfortably per modern ferry to Piraeus. The journey last around 8hours. Upon arrival you will have an organized transfer per taxi to your centrally located hotel in Athens. 

Challenge1.5 hrs, 5.2 km / 3 mi, 135 m ascent, 120 m descent

Day 8:    Departure

Depending on your flight departure today, you may have time to visit the Acropolis and the fabulous Acropolis Museum before you go by metro or bus to the airport for your flight departure.


All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. If your flight arrives later than 14:30 hrs into Athens airport, you will need to book an extra night in Athens before your trip. In that case transfer from the airport to Athens center is not included. Instead you will be transfered from Athens center to Piraeus port the next day in the morning and you travel on the morning ferry to Naxos. 

Hotel Anixis (Naxos)
Hotel Anixis (Naxos)

Located in the heart of OLD TOWN of NAXOS right next to the Castle where cars are banned and just 200 metres from the port. Rooms, studios and suites each with its own bathroom and most of them with veranda or balcony with sea view. In the garden or in the roof garden, with marvelous views of the sea, you can enjoy your breakfast or a drink.


Kalimera hotel
Kalimera hotel (Akrotiri)

The family hotel Villa Kalimera has very friendly and helpful owners. The hotel features a lush flower garden and a small pool. There is a restaurant with home cooked dishes on the menu. Rooms are simply furnished. 


Acropolis Hill
Acropolis Hill hotel (Athens)

The Acropolis Hill Hotel, which opened in 2010, is nestled in the serene green area of Philopappou, near the Acropolis. It is a contemporary comfortable accommodation near the historical centre of Athens. The hotel has a small pool. Rooms are small but nicely designed and with a comfortable bath room. 



the best time to travel to the Greek islands is between April and October.

Arrival/Departure in/from Athens

You will travel in and out from Athens airport ATH. If your flight arrives before 14:30 hrs., you will be transferred to Piraeus port and travel on the 17:30 hrs. ferry to Naxos (duration of the ferry is app. 5.5 hrs).

If you arrive after 14:30 hrs, you will travel to Athens center by public transport or taxi, and will be transferred to Piraeus the next day in the early morning. You may also book an additional transfer from the airport to Athens with S-Cape.

Your transfer from Piraeus port to your hotel in Athens at the end of your trip is included. You will travel by public transport or taxi from Athens to the airport on your departure day.


We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.



  • 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Taxi transfer Athens Airport-Piraeus OR Athens hotel-Piraeus
  • Roundtrip transfers on Naxos and Santorini
  • Taxi transfer Akrotiri-Perissa and Oia-Akrotiri on Santorini
  • Taxi transfer Piraeus-Athens
  • All necessary ferry tickets in tourist class
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Tourist taxes
  • Meals and dinners
  • Personal expenses

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Airport departure transfer
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way or on any other destination in Greece

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