Naxos and the small Cyclades walking vacation, Greece

“A 10 guided walking vacation starting in Naxos and then hopping to and hiking on Amorgos , Koufonisi and Iraklia. With a few other gems thrown in. ”

Highlights

Naxos | summit of Mt. Fanari | Amorgos | Koufonisi | Iraklia

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2017: 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov
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Responsible tourism: Naxos and the small Cyclades walking vacation, Greece

Environment

We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity vacations, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

This walking trail vacation in the island of Naxos & the Small Cyclades in Greece, has an eco focus. We will inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the island of Naxos, Amorgos, Iraklia, Donousa, Koufonisia. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do to minimise them.

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear them.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

We organise our walking vacations in Greece only for small groups of up to 6 people, outside the high season months of July-August. We thus try as much as we can to reduce negative impacts to the environment and its people and to benefit the local community.

Community

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of Cycladic island lifestyle with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We take our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other locals celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our walking trail vacations in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our vacations take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high summer. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes, “louza” the local proscuito and other goods.

We buy food for our picnics from the local markets and prefer items locally grown according to the season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local dishes.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

Naxos & the Small Cyclades have a unique network of traditional walking paths and Annie and Andrea who will be your guides know them very well. They live and work in the area. They are passionate about promoting the Cyclades as a walking vacation destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

In general, with all walking vacations in Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travelers to approach places they visits with greater understanding and respect.

Reviews of Naxos and the small Cyclades walking vacation, Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2016 by

This was the best organised walking vacation we've been on and that was totally down to the Guide - nothing was too much trouble and she went out of her way to help us. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2016 by

I loved every minute of it. I'm already thinking about when I can come back again. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2016 by

Pretty much everything was memorable, fabulous scenery, beautiful ancient paths and villages, swimming off lovely secluded beaches, meeting local people and eating delicious food. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by

Excellent mix of relaxing and walking in stunning scenery. Extremely well organised-no need to think about anything. I will be back... Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by

One of our best ever vacations. Annie is a superb guide and we had a wonderful introduction to the quieter Cyclades Islands. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2015 by

I came back loaded with an experience of a lifetime and made friends for a lifetime! I didn’t just come back from a vacation, but I came back with an experience that echoed – ‘I lived in Greece, like a true local and experienced life in Greece in its truest sense' Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2015 by

I had a fantastic vacation. Ten out of ten possible. Annie the guide was large part of that. Very professional and with a big heart. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2015 by

I enjoyed eating island food, including greens picked from the wild and boiled hyacinth bulbs (the place was alive with tasselled hyacinths in bloom) and of course lots of raki on Amorgos in a rustic restaurant that was really our hosts' home was something I will never forget. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

Everything about it was excellent - the organisation, the type and variety of hikes, the accommodation, the helpfulness and knowledge of the guides, the local cuisine - and even the weather. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2015 by

Both guides were really helpful and knowledgeable and were able to tell us lots about the islands. It was a very enjoyable week. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2015 by

Would definitely take similar vacation again. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2015 by

A feast for the senses! Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2015 by

The vacation was very enjoyable, a great blend of nature and history. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2015 by

We would rate it v highly and have recommended it to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2015 by

Marvellous! Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2015 by

Late April is a wonderful time, still off high season: almost deserted beaches where you can already swim - although water is still a bit on the chilly side, and wonderful spring blossoms on every trail. Very relaxing, a real Greek "hanami", guided by an enthusiastic and friendly Greek woman! Read full review

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