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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2020: 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct
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Environment
This walking trail vacation in the island of Naxos & the Small Cyclades in Greece, has a primary eco-focus. We are dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity vacations, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people. This is mainly done by respecting the natural environment of the places we visit and by concentrating on an alternative way of traveling, mostly out of the heavy burdened touristic summer season.

We try to support the No Footprint idea by exploring in small group numbers and as much as possible getting around on foot or by public transport. Our walking vacations after all, leave nothing but footprints behind! We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind, while we also gather up any that we see on our way. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week, or tree planting initiatives in these dry and arid Greek islands. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear or shape them back.

Most of our paths are part of larger protected areas or National parks and Natural reserves. This way, we encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking or swimming around the islands of Naxos, Amorgos, Iraklia, Donousa, Koufonisia. We find it to be important to encourage and develop a passion for wildlife and wild places amongst our customers. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to observe them or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Of course, it is important to emphasize that all wildlife sightings are a bonus; none are guaranteed! We practice Responsible Wildlife Viewing principles by not disturbing or threatening the behaviour of any wild animal by no means. We ask our guests to never remove a specimen – whether plant, seed or animal – from its natural environment. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do themselves to minimise 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 to 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 communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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. Your guides are all local, sharing with you their ideas and love for their land. 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 local 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 the high touristic summer months. In many villages, we visit local craftswomen who make their own handmade traditional products and by selling them, support their families.

All the products used in our picnics are bought locally, by small family-owned shops, supporting a low carbon diet and respecting the seasonal produces, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local, Greek and Mediterranean dishes, usually with products from their own personal gardens.

We opt for local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals. 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.

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

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27 Reviews of Naxos and the small Cyclades walking vacation, Greece

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Reviewed on 05 Nov 2019 by

I cant think of a particular part of the vacation that was better than the rest. It was all so good. Very well organised without being too restrictive and everybody catered for. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019 by

All of it was memorable! Our guide Annie Antonatou was absolutely wonderful in every respect, a real professional and delightful company Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019 by

My vacation with has to be one of the most memorable vacations I have ever had Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2018 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2018 by

Excellent and well organised and choosing walks bearing in mind everyone's walking ability Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2018 by

Superb....Everything was exciting: the weather, scenery, local food and drinks were marvellous (well, I don't think there's an appropriate adjective to describe the kind of emotions the environment provokes). Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2018 by

Enjoying nature and the small villages - I loved the local food we had when the taverna wasn't even open yet. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2018 by

Having a good meal after a long walk in a restaurant of the different villages we went through with water from the well, local wine, local food and a marvellous view on the landscape! Read full review

Reviewed on 11 May 2017 by

There were many memorable moments. The variety of walks and the stark differences of the three Islands. The abundance of Spring flowers and herbs along the trails - beautiful! The thrill of reaching the top of Mt Zeus, and the many delicious meals shared in small village Tavernas. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2017 by

The highlight was the views from the top of Mount Zas on Naxos and the tranquillity of Iraklia. Read full review

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 21 May 2016 by

A marvellous and memorable week, with a nice mix of walking, relaxation and (my weakness) eating. 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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