Our walking vacations in Greece
Designed by local experts, our Greece walking vacations tread to the relaxed rhythm of Greek life. They help preserve hiking routes by swapping popular but eroded footpaths for little-known trails between villages chiming with church bells in the Peloponnese, or donkey trails along the volcanic coastlines of Greek islands like Santorini. You can choose a self guided trip or join a small group vacation headed up by a guide who’ll tell all about the crumbling ruins you pass. Wherever you tread, it’ll be well away from the crowds, and topped off with a well-deserved rest in welcoming guesthouses and small hotels.
Our top Hiking vacations in Greece
From £425 to £5508 days ex flights
Macedonia & Epirus - sightseeing & walking in ancient Greece
From US $1949 to US $21798 days ex flights
Walk well worn stone pathways & visit sleepy villages
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More about our walking vacations in Greece
Crete walking vacations in Greece
The pleasure of walking vacations in Crete is that they take you to areas most visitors never discover. Crete suffers from overtourism, but heading out on foot is the easiest way to escape the crowds. On small group walking vacations, guides are drawn from local communities, so as well as ensuring that routes are selected to match the group’s fitness and experience, they can offer unique insights into Cretan culture you won’t find in the guidebook. Inland highlights include the Samaria Gorge and Idi Mountains, and there are plenty of idyllic coastal routes.
Cyclades walking vacations in Greece
South-east of mainland Greece and renowned for their beaches and archaeological sites, the Cyclades islands offer immense potential for walking vacations. Naxos is the largest, greenest island in the group and relatively unknown. Walking here is delightful, with a sprawling network of paths linking ruins, including temples to Apollo and Dionysus. The islands of Andros and Tinos are equally appealing, tranquil and wild landscapes criss-crossed with 300km of trails leading to traditional villages where you can recharge with strong coffee and ‘spoon sweets’, and secluded beaches. Ask your guide to explain the significance of the many old pigeon houses that you’ll see.
Kythnos walking vacations Greece
Among our most popular destinations for walking vacations in Greece, Kythnos in the Cyclades was once known as Thermia due to the hot springs around the village of Loutra that you can still bathe in today. Though just a three-hour ferry from Athens, Kythnos retains a low-key atmosphere that makes walking here sheer bliss. You’ll follow old mule trails across wild landscapes, past Byzantine churches perched on cliffs, through whitewashed villages and to deserted beaches. Make sure you have a swimsuit in your daypack and some cash to splurge in the little tavernas you’ll stop at. The salty cheese is a delicacy not to miss.
Corfu walking vacations in Greece
Corfu’s beautiful coastline has been tarnished by a proliferation of resorts catering for the package vacation crowd. But head inland on walking vacations and you can still find the soul of this Ionian island that captivated Gerald Durrell. Many Corfu walking vacations will follow a stretch of the well-marked 220km-long Corfu Trail, but if you join a small group trip, you won’t need a map. Another reason to choose this option is that guides are often drawn from a volunteer Corfu walking club. As well as helping to maintain the trails, they offer a superb introduction to the island’s history, culture and nature.
Mainland Greece walking vacations
Our pick of walking vacations in mainland Greece would be the Meteora region – it’s just four hours from Athens but feels incredibly remote. Trips here often incorporate 18th-century Zagorohoria villages and Vikos Gorge in the Pindos Mountains, and are escorted by local guides who know the path network well. Meteora is best-known for the ancient monasteries that perch precariously on giant columns of stone soaring up from the Thessaly plain. Built as a sanctuary from Ottoman invasion, many of them were so hard to access that supplies, and monks themselves, had to be hauled up in large nets.
One of the things we love most about walking vacations in Greece is that they lend themselves so well to combining with other activities – you’re not just sunning yourself on a beach (although you can have plenty of that too). Explore the magnificent Cyclades islands by boat on a walking and sailing vacation, for instance, or stretch your creative muscles as well as your leg muscles with a walking and painting vacation in Crete. Walking in Greece can also be combined with other interests, from mountain biking and yoga to botany studies.