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SANTORINI & NAXOS

Two weeks in the Cyclades Archipelago.

Trek up to the rim of the ancient volcano and drink in the stupendous views over the archipelago. The air smells just a little of smoke and sulphur – or are you just imagining it?

Santorini with its brilliant white cubist architecture and arid rocky terrain is immediately recognisable and the green and mountainous landscape of Naxos makes a beautiful contrast. The dramatic scenery of Santorini is unique, with its sheer cliffs, dark sandy beaches and caldera, and walks that take in the rim of the ancient volcano, mountain ridges, picturesque villages and coastal paths, offering breathtaking views to nearby islands. By contrast, Naxos offers green valleys and the extensive footpaths and mule tracks that link the villages show us the towers and fortified mansions that the island is known for.

Santorini is itself a mini-archipelago, and the remains of probably the world’s largest and most violent volcanic eruption. We stay on the large island of Thira, in the village of Karteradhos. The archipelago is one of Greece’s most important wine producers and its crisp, white wines are a perfect accompaniment to the tasty meals we enjoy while on the island.

From our hotel on Naxos, located close to the lovely St. George beach, we have time to explore the alleyways and lanes of Naxos town, which lead to the dramatic hilltop castle that watches over the village. Fertile volcanic soil means that the island grows abundant crops of potatoes, olives, grapes and lemons, which we sample in our menus. You can’t get fresher than that!

We eat at local tavernas each evening, giving the opportunity to sample traditional, delicious Greek cuisine and wines from the islands.



WALKING GRADES


Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain. Many of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walk will involve about 3 hours or walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.




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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

14 nights

Price from

£ 1435

"Good hotel and food. Interesting walks well and informatively guided."
October 2015
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    02 May 2017
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    14
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    London (Gatwick), Manchester
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    16 May 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    02 May 2017 - 16 May 2017

    Day 1 - Santorini
    Arrive into Santorini airport, and transfer by road to the Hotel Albatros in Karteradhos for 3 nights’ accommodation.

    Day 2 - Santorini
    Walking on Santorini.

    Day 4 - Naxos
    Travel by ferry from Santorini to Naxos for 9 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Galini & Sophia Latina.

    Day 13 - Santorini
    Return to Santorini by ferry for a further 2 nights’ accommodation at the Hotel Albatros.

    Day 15 - -
    Depart the hotel by road for Santorini airport for the flight to the UK.


  • Accommodation
    Hotel Albatros

    The Hotel Albatros is located in the village of Karteradhos, a 15 minute walk from the island’s capital of Fira, and is staffed by a friendly team.

    All en suite rooms have television, telephone, fridge, air conditioning, and a balcony.

    The hotel offers a large swimming pool (please note the pool does not have a shallow end), a bar and pool side snack bar. A buffet breakfast is served in the mornings.

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.

     

    Hotel Galini and Sofia Latina, Naxos

    The Hotel Galini and Sofia Latina is just 30 metres from the beach of St George, with its inviting clear water, despite being only 300 metres to Naxos town centre as well. The relaxed and friendly staff add to the hotels charm and atmosphere. You can really feel the Greek island vibe with the hotels classic white against blue stylings.

    Most rooms have views of the sea and the memorable sunsets that grace this part of the world. They also come with air conditioning, phones, balcony, TV, safes and en-suite facilities.

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Ferries between islands.
    • B&B en-suite accommodation.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • Dinners taken at the local restaurants and tavernas.
    • All local transport costs

    Supplement for single room £245-£295


  • Holiday Highlights
    • Walk along the crater rim of an ancient volcano, high above the sea, on Santorini.
    • Traditional Greek cuisine.
    • Walks through fertile inland plains covered with orchards on Naxos.
    • Plenty of swimming opportunities.  
    • Walk from the picturesque village of Emporio, over the mountain ridge to ancient Thira for dramatic coastal views.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights Gatwick or Manchester-Santorini (c4hrs), charter.
    • Manchester supplement from £40.
    • Provisional times check at time of booking

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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

14 nights

Price from

£ 1435

"Good hotel and food. Interesting walks well and informatively guided."
October 2015
Read all reviews




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