2 independent reviews for Self guided hiking vacation in Santorini and Naxos, Greece

Reviews for Self guided hiking vacation in Santorini and Naxos, Greece

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review 23 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The culture and people of Naxos

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Meet the local people on the walks they are very friendly and happy to help.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes stayed in local hotels and walked through the villages. Eating a small family ran cafe.e

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent vacation highly recommended.

review 6 Nov 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The personal challenge of completing the hikes myself, the isolated walks in a rugged yet serene environment, arriving at key sites all tired, hot and sweaty whilst other tourists were in pristine condition (must be those air conditioned vehicles), the locals friendliness and hospitality, the local cuisine (the wines are must-have) and of course picturesque Santorini itself with its churches and caldera. Ooops, I just couldn't choose one!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

A few things to consider: 1. As well as the weather, do check the tides/swell of the sea especially when planning the 'Caldera to Akrotiri and Vlychada trail'. There are two parts on this trail which are on the rocky beach (the beach is narrow) and if the tide is in then your path is blocked. 2. Expect many of the remote churches to be closed...it's just how it is! 3. The app provided by nofootprint was great but make sure you keep a battery charger with you in case your mobile decides to give up. To use the app you need to have your location enabled and in my case this used up my phone battery quite quickly.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Absolutely. Walking through local towns/villages was great as you get to meet the locals and eat/drink in local establishments thus contributing to the local economy. The trails were a mix of well-trodden paths and 'figure-it-out yourself' paths but no flora was damaged in the process. The bus system on the island is excellent, frequent and cheap...really good local infrastructure.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Ah just amazing and the perfect trip...a different way to see such a beautiful island and all it has to offer! Loved it!

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