- OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS
|Arrival in Athens
|Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Guided Tour
|Divine Delphi & Ancient Trail Hike
|Suggested Naxos Hiking Trails
|Hiking tour of the Mountain Villages of Naxos
|Santorini Free Day
|The Caldera Hike
|Free time at leisure in Chania Old Town
|Samaria Gorge Hiking Tour
Visit three of the most iconic Greek Islands
Hike on the unique Caldera of Santorini
Visit the Acropolis of Athens
Hike on an ancient trail
Hike at Samaria a 16km Gorge descending from a height of 1250m to sea level
Arrival in Athens Airport, private transfer from Athens Airport to Hotel
Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Athens Historic Landmarks Suggestions
You have a full day to roam around Athens. Interested in the Historic Landmarks?
- Syntagma Square – Click here for a map Reach Syntagma Square, the heart of the capital that has its historic significance as it is where Athenians revolted against King Otto. Photograph the iconic Hellenic Parliament with the impressive elite guards wearing traditional Greek uniforms from the Greek War of Independence.
- Ancient Agora – Click here for a map Walk on the soil of the Ancient Agora, where famous ancient Greek philosophers, politicians, priests, and ordinary citizens such as Socrates and Protagoras, would meet to exchange views and concerns, agree on solutions, and course of actions. They created the foundation for democracy. The Doric Temple of Hephaestus stands out as it is the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece, built two years before the Parthenon, to honor the ancient Olympian Gods Hephaestus and Athena.
- Roman Agora – Click here for a map Be impressed by the ancient site of the Roman Agora the ancient public square raised during the Roman period in Athens. Located north of the Acropolis and east of the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora was one of the main meeting points in the city. It was built at the end of the 1st century BC with a donation by Julius Caesar and Augustus.
- Panathenaic Stadium – Click here for a map Visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Modern Olympic Games were held, a classical and cultural monument of Greece. Also known as Kallimarmaro which translates to ‘made of beautiful marble’, the Panathenaic Stadium was first built in 330 BC entirely of marble.
- Temple of Zeus – Click here for a map Admire the Temple of Zeus one of the most famous marble buildings ever constructed. It was built over several centuries starting in 174 BCE and was only finally completed by Roman emperor Hadrian in 131 CE. Its unusually tall columns and ambitious layout made the temple one of the largest ever built in the ancient world.
- National Garden – Click here for a map The National Garden is tropical heaven right within the center of the concrete wilderness of Athens. It was designed by Queen Amalia in 1838 and is a pleasantly unkempt stop that makes a desired shady asylum after a day of activities under the summer sun.
- Zappeion Megaron – Click here for a map Zappeion Megaron, is an exhibition hall right next to the National Gardens, hosting cultural events, conferences, art exhibitions, scientific seminars, and a lot more. Tucked in the heart of Athens, this building has witnessed the history of the city for the past 135 years. The building was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Hansen with construction taking a little over 10 years (1874-1888).
- Athenian Trilogy – Click here for a map The two statues – of Athena and Apollo – are guarding a 3- building complex called the “Athenian Trilogy”, the epitome of neoclassical architecture in Greece. In the middle of the city, positioned like an island of supreme standard, excellent taste, and classical aesthetics, the Library, the University, and the Academy, stand between two rivers of jammed cars and hurrying pedestrians on Eleftheriou Venizelou (or Panepistimiou, as the locals call it, after its old name) Avenue. These buildings look as “ancient Greek” in style as they come, but are very well preserved to be standing in the middle of heavy traffic, for the 2500 years that separate us from the ancient Greek classical era. The three neoclassical buildings were built from 1864 to around 1890.
- Lycabettus Hill – Click here for a map Enjoy views from the imposing Lycabettus Hill a Cretaceous limestone hill the highest point of Athens. At 300 meters above sea level and with luscious pine trees covering its base, Lycabettus Hill is one of the few green spots left in Athens. Now offering stunning panoramic views of the city, it was a popular belief that Lycabettus hill was once inhabited by wolves. You can either walk up a winding road in the pine forest or hop on a cable car to reach the top!
- Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Click here for a map Stop at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a spectacular open-air ancient theater, a must-see attraction in Athens. With 4,500 seats hollowing out of the rocky southern face of the Acropolis hill, this is one of the world’s oldest theaters that has hosted legendary performances by Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.
Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Guided Tour – Private
You will meet your expert licensed guide and embark on a historical journey, to Greece’s most famous landmark, the Acropolis, and one of the best museums in the world, the New Acropolis Museum.
Athens is an ancient city that has evolved into a contemporary metropolitan continuously keeping up with the new trends of the modern world. However, Greece’s capital is immensely proud of its important heritage and has successfully integrated the ancient sections into the new scene. The blend is unique and beautiful. Your tour will begin at the most significant ancient site, the Acropolis followed by a visit to the renowned New Acropolis Museum.
Once you set foot into the monumental entrance of the Acropolis, known as the Propylaea, your expert guide will explain to you how the architect Mnesicles built it between 437-432 BCE as part of Pericles’s great rebuilding program for Athens. Standing proudly next to the Propylaea lays the Temple of Athena Nike. This shrine was dedicated to the Goddess of Victory and although it is small in size, it is of great importance. Move along to another temple that honored the gods Athena and Poseidon, the Erechtheion, The Caryatids of the south porch, serving as pillars, will catch your eye as they are the true gems of the Erechtheion. Finally, you will reach the glorious temple of the Acropolis, the Parthenon. The Parthenon was built between 447 and 432 BCE in the Age of Pericles, and it was dedicated to the city’s patron deity Athena. Take your time to photograph the lavish details of the construction while your guide paints a mental image of what the imposing statue of Athena used to look like.
Your next stop is the New Acropolis Museum with its 3 floors of extraordinary statues, sculptures, and artifacts. Your “Insider” guide will unravel the history behind the antiquities while you appreciate the impressive layout. You will have the chance to admire the Head of a Statue of Alexander the Great, the work of Leochares and found in 1886 near the Erechtheion on the Acropolis. On the same floor, you will see the remarkable Caryatid, which may be somewhat damaged, however, Alcamenes knew how to bring out the elegance that can stand the test of time in a 2-meter statue. Located in the Gallery of the museum, a clay vessel from the Archaic Period, the Loutrophoros-amphora is showcased. This vase is decorated with the transfer of the bride to the groom’s house with the accompaniment of Gods, elevating the status of the marriage. Now reaching the end of your tour, make sure to take in the breathtaking view of the Acropolis from the museum’s café before you return to your hotel.
If you wish to continue exploring the city, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations to perfect your day in Athens.
Athens Free Day – Neighborhoods in Central Athens
You have a full day to roam around Athens. Don’t know where to go? Not to worry our mini neighborhood guide, will take you where you need to go! Have fun exploring!
Walk to Anafiotika, a small, picturesque neighborhood below the north slope of the Acropolis, and feel as if you are in one of the Cycladic islands. The area was built in the 19th century when King Otto wanted to remake the city. The whitewashed houses, the colorful shutters, and the flat roofs, truly mimic the Cycladic architecture, as the best builders came from the island of Anafi, hence the name given that means “small Anafi”.
Stop for a Greek coffee or herbal tea in Plaka, which is also below Anafiotika. Plaka, also known as the “Neighborhood of the Gods”, is Athens’s old town, and one of the most ancient settlements in Europe. With a history of over 3500 years, Plaka has charming pedestrian streets with traces from important eras such as the Byzantine and Ottoman. The neoclassical houses are a sight for sore eyes and they are only a stone’s throw away from ancient monuments such as the Theater of Dionysus and the Odeon.
Spend time in the Monastiraki district. It exudes a lively and vibrant ethnic vibe; it is known for its flea markets and is considered one of Athens’s main shopping areas. Seemingly like a melting pot of various cultures, Monastiraki is a mixture of different lifestyles and ethnicities. Traces of Ottoman and Byzantine influences on the buildings are evident.
Roam around Thission, a small settlement southwest of Monastiraki. If you feel like you have an appetite, you’re in luck as Thission has a plethora of trendy cafes and restaurants that cover all tastes. This quaint neighborhood has an open-air movie theater that has been ranked by CNN as one of the best in the world!
Once the sunsets, make sure to visit Psirri, a picturesque neighborhood in the shadow of the Acropolis tucked behind Monastiraki square. Psirri is one of the oldest regions in Athens known for its vibrant nightlife and taverns with live music. Its labyrinth-like streets make it seem as if you are not in a big city in the 21st century, but rather on a movie set!
Reach Syntagma Square, the heart of the capital has its historic significance as it is where Athenians revolted against King Otto. Photograph the iconic Hellenic Parliament with the impressive elite guards wearing traditional Greek uniforms from the Greek War of Independence.
If you are interested in Athens’ most exclusive parts, then you should make a point to walk to Kolonaki. This area is full of high-end shops, prestigious jewelry houses, fine dining options, and stylish cafes. Its literal translation is ‘little column’ from the two-meter column located in the square. It is perhaps the most upscale neighborhood in central Athens located on the southern slopes of Lycabettus hill.
Bordering Athens’ scenic old town between the Acropolis and Syngrou Fix lies Koukaki. Once considered an ugly duckling, now has transformed into a swan. A hub for hipsters, Koukaki is a colorful area with modern and alternative bars and restaurants that is steadily gaining popularity.
The cool, unpretentious neighborhood of Pangrati, is named after the ancient sanctuary of Hercules Pancrates, meaning ‘All Powerful’. Resting next to the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, site of the first modern Olympic Games, this quirky neighborhood is home to The National Museum of Contemporary Art, which displays international works in a converted brewery. Located downtown, if you want a vibrant yet relaxed vibe with local charm, Pangrati is the place to be.
At Exarchia you will find an alternative and edgy energy combined with a bohemian and artistic flair, Exarchia, has been a place of inspiration for artists and writers for a century. Its reputation is restless as activists and anarchists sometimes harmoniously blend in and other times not so much. Nonetheless, there you will find the coziest vegetarian eateries as well as funky bars and clubs with live Greek music as well as jazz and punk acts.
Divine Delphi & Ancient Trail Hike – Private
Our full-day Divine Delphi and Ancient Trail Hike experience are for all those nature lovers out there who also share a passion for history and archaeology. Start from Athens early in the morning and head towards Mount Parnassus, a mountain of limestone in Central Greece that towers above Delphi, offering breathtaking views. After a 2-hour scenic drive, your certified mountain guide will meet you, and, together you will hike the ancient trail. Follow the footsteps of the pilgrims of the Delphic Oracle while admiring the impressive landscapes of the mountain. Continue your journey with a moderate 6km hike where you will enjoy alpine sceneries, breathtaking views of the sea, and endless fir forests of one of the oldest National Parks in Greece. Hike the winding ‘Skala’ trail and admire the stunning views of the archaeological site of Delphi, the Olive grove of Amfissa, and the Gulf of Corinth. The ‘Skala’ trail will lead you to ‘Kroki’, a summer camp settlement, where you will quench your thirst at the traditional drinking-water fountain.
Once believed to be the Centre of the world and the site at which Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Pilgrims from all over the then-known world would visit the Oracle to receive counsel, in the form of prophecies, for matters ranging from the everyday, mundane issues faced by the peasant to essential issues of state, life, or death. Its prominence and power rose steadily throughout antiquity, so much so that it also became the base of a political and military alliance, apart from a religious sanctuary.
Enjoy 2 hours full of history and archaeology at Delphi and its museum. Learn the stories of this sacred site with your private guide, who will explain everything about the oracle’s functions and the role it held during ancient times. Wander around the extensive site and appreciate, among others the Temple of Apollo, The Athenians’ treasure, and the ancient theatre.
A visit to Delphi would not be complete without a stop at the site’s Museum. Located next to the Delphi site, the Museum houses extensive artifacts excavated at the Delphi sanctuary and is considered one of Greece’s top museums. The collections are arranged chronologically in 14 rooms on 2 levels. The highlights of the exhibits include the famous life-sized bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi, the 2-meter tall Sphinx of Naxos which once stood atop a 10-meter column next to the Temple of Apollo, temple and treasury pediments and friezes and statues. The exhibits cover over 1000 years from the Mycenaean era to the Greco-Roman period.
Private transfers & Domestic Flight from Athens to Naxos
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Athens Airport. A short flight and you will find yourselves on the peaceful Naxos!
Upon Arrival, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Suggested Naxos Hiking Trails
Easy Trail: Naxos Village Trail (6.1km/3.8 miles)
Start and end in the town of Melanes, walk on ancient marble paths, visit the kouroi of Flerio and enjoy the view along the way. Drive to Melanes and take a downhill walk to get to the trailhead. From the trailhead, continue the walk downhill on the stone path and pass through the bamboo grove, old stone walls, and small yards. Follow the distinct trail, and you will get to Myli. The trail will lead you to Kouroi where you will find a lying statue that dates back to 570BC. After arriving at the parking lot, follow the signs for Melanes and return to Melanes.
Difficult Trail: Filoti – Za (Naxos Zeus) – Za Cave (7.9km/5 miles)
This is a moderately trafficked loop trail located near Filotio, Naxos, Greece that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as difficult. The hike to the top of Mount Zas starts in Filotio, a small, traditional Greek village. From the town, you will climb 625 meters to the summit of Mount Zas. The path consists mainly of a bumpy road full of rocks and boulders. Here and there salamanders shoot under the stones when they see our big feet passing by. Birds (especially a striking number of sparrows) whistle as if their lives depend on it. Bright yellow butterflies fly from one nectar plant to the other just before our eyes. Occasionally you will come across a goat and a sheep, usually tucked away shyly behind a tree.
Hiking tour of the Mountain Villages of Naxos – Private
Although Naxos is primarily known for its beaches, you must consider a more active and alternative experience that will give a whole new perspective on this magnificent island. Your local mountain guide will take you on a hiking route in Central Naxos. You will love the water elements of this trail as they are in the form of natural water springs, watermills that adorn valleys, streams, and an ancient fountain found in the area of Potamia. Furthermore, you will see a half-finished giant 6th century BC statue of Kouroi, making it evident that Naxos has a rich history from the Classical period. You will have the chance to visit three of Potamia’s settlements (Upper, Middle, and Lower) perched on a hillside and surrounded by wonderful green nature. Moreover, these three villages have kept their traditional architectural profile and boast several tower houses, historic chapels, and olive presses.
After your 4-hour hike, you will return to Naxos town feeling as if you were dreaming because of the dramatic change of scenery. This is the beauty of this island, enjoy it!
Naxos Beach Suggestions
Famous for its beautiful beaches, Naxos can offer great options for beach relaxation as below.
- Plaka Beach (click here for a map) – Plaka Beach, on Naxos’ western coastline, is probably one of the island’s most popular daytime escapes. It is even frequently mentioned among the best beaches in all of Greece. It used to be a dedicated nudist beach, and it remains nudist-friendly though this demographic is somewhat relegated to the further edges of the beach as families and tourists occupy the sands in high season. The beach is seemingly endless, a famously wide expanse of soft white sand, a stretch lasting over four kilometers (perfect for a sandy stroll). Certain areas are set up with beach chairs and umbrellas, and during the height of peak season, it gets very busy. But probably one of its most enticing features that can be spotted from a distance is the crystalline blue water just begging for you to go for a summer swim.
- Agios Georgios Beach (click here for a map) – Because of its proximity to the largest and most populous city on the whole island, this is one of the busiest beaches on Naxos. It covers so much ground that it’s easily walkable from most parts of the city, and it’s named for the Chapel of St. George built at its northern tip. The waters are calm here, thanks to shelter provided by small shoulders of land that jut into the sea from the shoreline. The water is warm as well as being shallow for a longer stretch than many beaches, so it’s a place many families frequent as they feel safe taking their children into the water. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent, like other organized beaches on the island. The area is packed with cafés, restaurants, taverns, bars, and vibrant nightlife, making this the heart and soul of the island. At night, dazzling lights erupt along the entire length of the beach as businesses prepare for the evening.
- Alyko Beach (click here for a map) – Alyko Beach is an ideal getaway if you want a little peace and privacy. Located around 17km from the island’s main city (Naxos City), it is located along the island’s southwest coastline. It is one of the island’s largest beaches, with dreamy white sand, and dunes above that are home to a recent plantation of cedar trees. Alyko is also the name of the greater area, which includes the beaches Alyko, Mikro Alyko, Kedros, and Hawaii. Alyko is the most private of the above-mentioned beaches, and it’s more secluded thanks to its location within a small cove protecting it from chillier winds. It’s also the easiest of the four beaches to access, as the other three are below rocky formations. It’s a quiet and relatively hidden gem perfect for a break from the crowds.
- Agios Prokopios Beach (click here for a map) – This beautiful beach lies adjacent to St George Beach. It’s less than six kilometers from the Naxos town center making it a popular choice for locals and tourists alike. It’s common for people to walk or cycle to the beach from hotels in the city. Thanks to its stunning blue waters and cushiony, soft white sand, as well as its proximity to the largest city on the island, Agios Prokopios is among the most popular beaches on Naxos. What’s left of a salt pan lies nearby, a nod to the island’s industrial past. The beach is slightly sheltered by a small leg of land, creating a sort of inlet that contributes to its gentle warm waters. There are sunbeds, lounges, and umbrellas strategically placed in certain areas of the beach, and this is a hotspot for watersport enthusiasts.
- Agia Anna Beach (click here for a map) – Technically, Agia Anna beach is a continuation of Agios Prokopios. Located just a fifteen-minute walk down the sand, it’s one of the busiest beaches around and backed by an equally bustling area. The small port is usually seen full of traditional Greek fishing boats. The beach is less than seven kilometers from the city center and easily accessible via car, bike, motorbike, or public transportation which is consistent and reliable during the busy summer months. Like its neighbor, Agia Anna provides sunbeds and beach umbrellas so you can comfortably settle in for a few hours of relaxation. The waters can sometimes get a little choppy from the wind, but the beach’s nearby port is somewhat sheltered so you can still swim at leisure without worrying about rougher water.
- Mikri Vigla Beach (click here for a map) – Mikri Vigla beach is located along the western coast of the island, just a fifteen-minute drive north of Alyko Beach. It’s sandwiched between smaller beaches Parthena and Sahara. Mikri Vigla is sheltered by the small shoulder of land sticking out at the northern end of the sand, providing water conditions that aren’t too rough for a swim but powerful enough to make this one of Naxos’ most popular kitesurfing and windsurfing hotspots. With the endless taverns and beachfront huts offering fresh food, this area has the comfortable feel of a small-town surf town.
Private Transfers & Hydrofoil boat from Naxos to Santorini
Today you will depart Naxos and continue your Grecian Odyssey by visiting the Iconic island of Santorini.
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Naxos port, where you will embark on a high-speed Catamaran boat. After about 1,5 hours you will be in Santorini port!
Upon arrival, your driver will be awaiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
Santorini Free Day – Best Sunset Locations in Santorini
Oia is undeniably a beautiful village, mostly due to its irresistibly photogenic setting. It has to be noted that sunset in Oia is packed with people and most of the classic postcard shots are facing North, hence it creates a milder yellowish hue—most people make the mistake of leaving as soon as the sun dives into the ocean, but the real beauty starts during the blue hour right after sunset!
For quite some time, the Akrotiri Lighthouse was one of the most well-hidden secrets of Santorini, a spot that just some locals knew and suggested to even fewer lucky visitors. This secluded spot is perfect for romantic wedding proposals at sunset time, as it does not get overcrowded by tourists.
Kato Mili Windmills
Another alternative location and one that offers spectacular panoramic views of the sunset is the Monastery of Prophet Elias, located on the highest spot of Santorini with views that will change the way you view the sun forever!
With more private space, Fira can evoke vastness and enchantment. Additionally, the breathtaking caldera view is directly facing West, which makes for a dramatic orange contrast shot.
The Rock of Skaros, the location of a long-lost citadel overlooking the mystifying Aegean Sea is a more romantic and secluded spot for the sunset, immersed in the rich history of Santorini and the imposing atmosphere that never fails to amaze.
A private or semi-private sunset cruise is perhaps the best way to marvel at the world’s most famous sunset. While sipping on your champagne, take in the beautiful colors of the sky, sea, and rocky formations.
The Caldera Hike – Private
During this tour, you will enjoy a guided walking tour on Santorini’s most impressive paths, right on the famous volcanic caldera. You will follow the footsteps of the ancient merchants, the sailors, and the farmers, experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. This specific path will take you along the edge of the supervolcano that inspired the myth of Atlantis. Following the guide, you will reach traditional whitewashed settlements, at the only inhabited caldera in the world. Don’t miss a moment of marveling at the azure sea and the breathtaking landscapes, while learning about the history and rich myths of the island. Start walking from Fira and ending in Oia, you will enjoy many extraordinary views, you will visit unique places of high interest and for sure you will have the time to capture exceptional photographic moments. Immerse yourselves into the island life, enjoy the bright sky, the endless horizon, and all the true wonders of Santorini’s nature.
– Visit Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and the outskirts of Oia
– Discover the blue-domed churches, and learn about the local customs and myths.
– Explore gorgeous scenery and secret spots
– Stroll through many cobblestone paths, marvel at vineyards, discover timeless terraced gardens, walk through quaint villages where minimalist villas cling to the stunning cliff sides
– Capture many pictures during the tour
Level of difficulty: Moderate to difficult, including a lot of steps and rugged terrain (good level of fitness is required – can be amended upon request to accommodate less fit guests)
Santorini Free Day – Beaches in Santorini
Perissa Black Sand Beach & Perivolos Beach
Perissa Beach is located in the village of Perissa on the island of Santorini. The volcanic activity on the island is evidenced at this beach in the form of its unique, black sand. Over the centuries, the molten rock from various volcanic eruptions hardened and then eventually broke down due to erosion. Perissa Beach is a great beach to lounge in the sun, swim in the water, and also do activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving. Perissa connects with Perivolos, and the collective area is the longest stretch of beach on the island. Both beaches are organized. Perivolos in particular has more of a clubbing scene, an extension of Santorini’s nightlife by day.
Monolithos Beach is known for its mysteriously shaped white rock formations, created by a combination of natural erosion and waves. This organized beach with shallow waters and black sand is a popular destination for families as there are many activities to do apart from swimming. There is a playground with wooden fixtures, beach volley, basketball, and football courts as well as taverns, cafés, and mini markets.
On the southern coast of Santorini, the White Beach is accessible only by boat, offering a secluded spot to relax and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. It took its name because of the dazzling white cliffs which rise around it making it one of the island’s prettiest little coves. What’s more, the unique rock formations surrounding the bay create several underwater caves which are great for exploring.
You only need to glance at the precipitous red cliffs and russet shingle, both products of volcanic activity, to understand how Red Beach got its name. The red beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient Akrotiri. As you gradually get down to the beach you will be impressed by the different colorings of the cliffs. Many sunbeds and umbrellas cover the dark sand and right on the seashore. Snorkeling is highly recommended due to the interesting rocks. You can also access the beach by boat that departs from Akrotiri port.
Kamari Black Pebble Beach
The black pebble Kamari beach is a popular tourist destination in the small village of Kamari. This 5-kilometer beach is one of the longest on the island and apart from the sunbeds and umbrellas, there are all kinds of restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars, and shops available in the pedestrian zone next to the beach. Moreover, there are plenty of water sports offered such as water skiing, windsurfing, diving centers, and pedal boats.
Black sand, volcanic ash, and geological formations compose the triptych of Vlychada, the most “lunar” beach of Santorini. The stunning beach is located at the south of the cosmopolitan Perivolos beach and it is a virgin destination, ideal for isolation. At the start of the beach, Vlychada is organized, with umbrellas, loungers, and a bar, while those who want isolation, can find it after a few minutes’ walk from the center of the beach.
Ammoudi beach can be accessed either via the road or through the steps from the castle of Oia. The steps lead to a small bay next to Ammoudi port where small boats are anchored and traditional taverns serve fresh fish. Follow the dirt path and you will find an excellent place for diving off the rocks and swimming at Saint Nicolas church.
The small beach of Armeni with its azure waters and a magnificent view of the island of Thirassia can either be reached by boat from Ammoúdi or on foot. There is a small footpath connecting Oia with Armeni, but if you find it hard to climb up and down 286 steps, riding a donkey is the alternative solution! A diving center is also available for adventure-seeking beachgoers.
(To Chania) Private Transfers & Hydrofoil boat from Santorini to Heraklion
Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Santorini Port. After about 2 hours you will be in Heraklion port!
Upon arrival, your driver will be awaiting you with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel in Chania. The drive is around 2 hours.
Free time at leisure in Chania Old Town
Walk through the stone paths and the narrow streets of the Old Town and discover the hidden spots of the Venetian Harbor. You will enjoy a leisure stroll in the puzzled alleys were the Venetians, the Ottomans, and the old Cretans used to live and occupied.
Enjoy this incredible flower-decorated neighborhood, meet the locals and of course, eat like locals! The unique Cretan Gastronomy is something you would not wanna miss!
Samaria Gorge Hiking Tour – Small Group
During this tour, you will have the chance to hike the longest gorge in Europe and explore its endless beauties! The gorge of Samaria, hidden in the south part of the Chania district is the gem of the White Mountains, covering an area of 16 kilometers in length. Its nature park was added in 1981, to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO, aiming to give prominence to and protect valuable habitats for man and the rest of the biosphere. It is counted as one of the top destinations in Chania, so a visit will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The gorge’s path starts at Xyloskalo (Omalos plateau, 1.227 meters altitude), and after following the river bed, it ends up at the littoral village of Agia Roumeli.
The trail of Samaria is perfectly equipped with many signals and signs, so the is no way to get lost, as it is very comfortable and very well maintained, mostly with soil and stones. The hike is not at all a difficult or strenuous one, this is why it is preferred by hundreds of people. You just have to be careful in some parts of the trek.
We will be picked up from your hotel, and you will be driven to the Omalos plateau, where the mountain guide will wait for you. There will be an optional stop for coffee and breakfast before entering Samaria. Inside the gorge, you will walk on your own. The guide will be at the end, and you can ask for anything during the tour. The gorge ends at the village of Agia Roumeli, where you will have free time to swim or have an optional lunch. At 5:30 pm, you will get on board the ferry to Sougia of Sfakia ports. The bus will wait for you to transfer you to your hotel.
Today, you will have to say goodbye to beautiful Greece! Your driver will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the Chania airport for your domestic flight back to Athens. After arriving at Athens Airport, check in to your international flight and depart Greece with the best memories!