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Secret Cyclades: Hiking Holidays in Kythnos island

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
5 days
From: $ 630 $ 126 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore one of the most authentic and non touristic islands in Greece
  • Follow some of its numerous hiking trails and discover ancient sites and secluded beaches
  • Take a cooking class and learn how to cook traditional local delicacies
  • Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the sapphire crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Explore Katafiki cave, one of the largest and unexplored caves in Greece
  • Take a pottery lesson and learn how to make your own pottery clay
  • Meet the locals and immerge yourself in their slow pace of life

Short Description

Would you like to explore one of the renowned Greek islands, but you wish to avoid the tourist masses? The secluded island of Kythnos is your perfect choice! Although it is one of the first islands to be reached by ferry from Athens, the island of Kythnos has remained an unexplored paradise, a truly gem of the Cyclades islands. Traditional villages with Cycladic architecture, a superb coastline with more than 90 beaches, a significant history dating back to the Mesolithic era, agricultural fields, hot springs, numerous hiking trails, one of the largest caves in Greece and the delicious local cuisine will undoubtedly offer you the best authentic active holidays on a Greek island. 

If you are looking for tranquility, simplicity and authenticity, yet at the same time you wish to combine your summer holidays with some walking, hiking and interesting cultural encounters, this is the right exploration for you! Plus, you can combine it with a visit to the surrounding Cyclades islands or as an ideal getaway from your stay in Athens. Located at the West Cyclades, Kythnos is easily accessible by ferry either from the port of Piraeus (3 hours) or from Lavrio (1:40 hours). You can decide on your departure port depending on your holiday’s schedule.

What we can assure you of is that you will enjoy a truly authentic, active and fun vacation!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Trails Beyond tour leader
  • 4 days of accommodation in traditional guesthouse, based on double occupancy
  • All meals, as indicated on the trip notes (4 breakfasts, 1lunch, 2 dinners)
  • Return Ferry tickets from Athens to Kythnos
  • All necessary ground transfers on the island
  • Cost for all activities included in the tour program (guided hikes, cooking class, pottery lesson)
  • All taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Kythnos 

Meals: Dinner

Traditional Guesthouse

On the first day, you will take the ferry either from Piraeus or from Lavrio port and within 3:10 or 1:40 hours respectively you will reach the beautiful island of Kythnos.

After check in at your hotel, you will have the day free* to relax by the sea or stroll around the village’s narrow alleys and shops! In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour leader and your fellow travel companions, having a first taste of the local cuisine and discussing the program of the coming days.

*The program of this day is free of activities, since we don’t know your exact arrival time (depending on the ferry schedule). We can, however, organize a hike or other activities, if you arrive early in the morning.

Day 2: Hiking to Vryokastro – Apokrousi – Kolona

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Total Hike Duration: 3 hours / 4-5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: ≈ 5.5 - 6.5 km

Our hiking trail today will takes us to the island’s ancient capital, Vryokastro, and then to the probably most stunning beach of the island, Kolona! A short hike up will take us to the hill of Vryokastro, a currently abandoned archaeological site and one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. Archaeological research has brought to light findings dating back to the Mesolithic Age. According to the findings and underwater excavations, that town was constantly inhabited from the 10th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D.

Afterwards, we’ll descend to the white sandy beach of Apokrousi, where we’ll make a stop to relax and swim. Next comes one of the island’s highlights, the unique beach of Kolona. It is actually a strip of sand joining Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas, creating a landscape of unparallel beauty! Once there, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as lunch at the only tavern on the beach (if open) or snack lunch.

You will later be transferred back to your hotel.

Traditional Guesthouse

Day 3: Hiking Loutra – Castle of Oria, the Thermal Springs & Pottery lesson

Meals: Breakfast

Total Hike Duration: 3 - 4 hours / 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 8-10 km

Traditional Guesthouse

Today’s breathtaking hike will offer you amazing views and authentic encounters with the island’s history! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the north part of the island and specifically to the village of Loutra, a popular stop over for sailing yachts. Once there, we will follow an ascending path in order to reach the striking Castle of Oria, located on a steep hill at the northernmost tip of the island. This fortified acropolis that overlooks the Aegean Sea was the capital of the island during the Byzantine times and the Latin occupation; but it seems that it had already been inhabited since prehistoric times. 100 chapels flourished there during the Venetian Rule, of which only two still stand today.

You will have time to relax, enjoy the panoramic views and take some wonderful photos, before we return back to Loutra from the same path. You will have the afternoon free to relax at the Thermal Springs of Loutra, known for their therapeutic qualities. You can also enjoy your lunch and/or coffee in one of the seaside restaurants/cafes.

Later on, a short hiking trail will take us from Loutra to Chora, the island’s capital. Chora is a fine example of traditional Cycladic architecture, with white-washed houses, stone-paved mule paths and arcades which will drive you to endless walks in narrow alleys ending to small squares and churches. Once in Chora, you will also enjoy a pottery lesson* by a local artisan in Chora and you will have the chance to create your own pottery clay!

Early in the evening, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

*The pottery lesson is available until the end of September.

Day 4: Hiking Dryopida – Kanala, cave exploration & cooking class

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Total Hike Duration: 2.5 hours / 4 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 6.5 - 7 km

Traditional Guesthouse

Enjoy a good breakfast today, as we will explore hiking the best of Central and Southeast part of the island! You will be transferred to Dryopida village, one of the most picturesque and traditional settlements of Kythnos. Once there, we will follow a hiking trail that will soon take us to the peaceful beach of Kalo Livadi, decked with a small church on a rock. A large beach with stone slabs, pebbles and golden sand, as well as big and very old cedars create the ideal setting for a stop and of course sunbathing and swimming in the summer. The sound of the waves will be most probably the only sound you will hear in this pristine scenery.  Behind the few houses that make up the small settlement, a fertile little meadow spreads out planted with fig trees, vineyards and a few groves that gave its name to the homonymous settlement.

Our next and last stop of today’s hike is the well known coastal village of Kanala that took its name after the monastery of Panagia Kanala, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Here you will also find the only pine forest in the island. The monastery hosts the miraculous icon of Our Lady which, according to tradition, was found by fishermen floating in the narrow channel between Kythnos and Serifos and is said to have healing powers. Once our hike is completed, you will be transferred back to Dryopida village, where another surprise is waiting for you! Get ready to explore Katafiki cave, one of the largest caves in Greece, most of which remains unexplored to date. Located at the edge of Dryopida village, at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level, the cave maintains a constant temperature of 17 degrees and is considered to cover an area of 3.500 sq.m.

Once we explore this hidden gem, you will participate in a cooking class and learn how to prepare some traditional local delicacies, such as “sfougata”, Greek salad, “tzatziki” and much more!

Day 5: Departures – Kythnos to Athens

Meals: Breakfast

Today you are free to enjoy your last morning on the island the way you wish, before boarding the ferry back to Athens (or other nearby islands).

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Ha sido un trekking espectacular. Me han gustado mucho la montaña y sus paisajes, los puentes de piedra y los monasterios tanto en Zagoria como en Meteora. Hemos tenido muy buenos guias que han sabido adecuar los itinerarios en función de la climatología, ya que dos días nos llovió mucho. La comida también me ha gustado. En general me llevo muy buen recuerdo de este viaje.
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It was an excellent choice of ours to enjoy a trip under Trails beyond guidance. The places were amazing and it seemed like we wouldn’t find our way around if it wasn’t for Dane, our guide, who revealed to us the most special corners of the area we visited. Rafting in Voidomati was so much fun and the hike through vikos gorge was an unforgettable experience. It’s nice to combine the feeling of safety and adventure without losing the leisure feeling of one’s own holiday! We would repeat it any time and recommend it to everybody!
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It was great: the country, the people,the food …everything!!! The guides were marvelous; they did our trip especial and we enjoyed a lot.

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Enjoyed the trip very, very much and highly recommend Trails Beyond to anyone who wants to travel to Greece beneath the beaten tourist tracks. Danae was such a fantastic guide who really lives her passion to show the unknown parts of her beautiful country to the travellers. Ευχαριστώ πολύ Danae!!!
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This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!
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Trip Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers to/from Athens airports and to/from the port
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary
  • Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners

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