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Naxos: Highlights Bus Tour with Free Time for Lunch and Swim

1. Naxos: Highlights Bus Tour with Free Time for Lunch and Swim

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way. Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. Continue to Chalki, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You will have approximately 50’ free time to explore by yourselves. Don’t miss the oldest distillery of the island – Vallindras distillery - located right in the middle of the village, the sophisticated ceramic art galleries and the cozy shops with souvenirs and local products. Next, make a long stop (approx. 1,5 hours) at the famous village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional shops. Here, you will have free time for lunch – it is highly recommended to taste the local recipes of “rosto” and “kalogiros”. Driving past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, you will reach Apollonas. Get free time at the picturesque fishing village to go for a quick dip and enjoy a coffee or desert by the seaside. End your tour with a visit to the infamous “Kouros”, an unfinished marble Statue of 11 meters, lying in the same spot for more than 2500 years! Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean, and be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

2. Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

The first stop is Demeter temple, a spectacular recently restored ancient temple from 530 BC. Apart from the impressive monument, you'll have the chance to visit the archeological museum located in the same area, and to check out some findings from the site. Continue the tour to Damalas, a cute little village in the heart of Tragea Valley where you'll enjoy a demonstration at the only remaining traditional pottery workshop and the traditional restored olive press. Then drive to Chalkio, a neoclassical village where you can walk in picturesque alleys, visit the traditional citron distillery/museum, and have an espresso while taking in the classy atmosphere. Head then to the famous village of Naxos, Apiranthos, the “marble village," and stroll down marble cobbled streets and take loads of photos. Drive towards the north part of Naxos island to end up on the northeast edge in Apollonas, a small typical Cycladic village. Have a swim or just relax at one of the cafes by the sea. On the way back, stop by the impressive Kouros, a colossal unfinished statue from the 6th century BC, before returning to Chora, taking in gorgeous views along the way.

Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

3. Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

Join a magnificent tour and cross the island’s inland, its northern part, and the west. Visit the restored Demeter’s temple in Sangri from circa 530 B.C. and the museum with local findings. Continue to the oldest Citron distillery of the Naxos, dating back to 1896, in Halki. There, take the chance to taste the local Citron drink. A visit to Apeiranthos will give you the chance to see the famous marble village and shop in local traditional shops. Next, as the bus heads north to Apollonas, your tour allows you to see the remnants of the old emery mines and their machinery. Discover the huge 10.5–meter tall Kouros Statue, often considered to be a personification of God Dionysus.

Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tour

4. Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tour

Join us for an exciting island tour of the villages of Naxos, which stimulates all five senses. Draw the curtain down on the guidebooks and discover the tapestry of local customs and traditions which brings the spirit of Naxos to life. Together, with your local escort, you will explore the island’s local culture, from village to village, meet people and taste traditional products! We drive from village to village where we enjoy a different course of a meal at each different location! Indulge in local starters at an off-the beaten path small village, continue to the highlands of Naxos passing the marble quarries and enjoy cheese, wine and main course full of flavor at the mountain village of Apeiranthos, known for its marble streets and medieval architecture. Dessert is as special as our next village stop: Chalki is the former capital of the island where we’ll taste Naxos’ famous citron liquor at a 100-year-old distillery and, as an exceptional treat, savor the locally- prepared custard pie. Drive back with treasured memories filled with a true taste of Naxian life, now and then.

Naxos Private Tour 4 hours

5. Naxos Private Tour 4 hours

Dimitras Temple We start our Tour from Dimitras Temple in Sangri village. The temple is located 1.5 km south of Ano Sangri and was built around 430 BC. It is one of the first Ionic Temples and was built entirely by marbles from Naxos. Pottery Workshop(Damalas) Our next stop is the famous pottery workshop of Mr.Manolis Libertas in Damalas. Chalki Village We continue in Chalki where we will visit the Citrus Distillery Vallindras and then talk a walk around the picturesque and traditional village of Chalki. Kaloxylos Right next to Chalki village is Kaloxylos a really small but beautiful village. We will visit the old olive press museum that has just been renovated and we have an olive oil tasty. Apeiranthos Village The final stop for our tour will be Apeiranthos Village. Afterwards we will talk a walk in the marble alleys of the village.

Full-Day Private Tour and Local Food in Naxos Villages

6. Full-Day Private Tour and Local Food in Naxos Villages

Together, with your local escort, you will explore the island’s local culture, from village to village, meet people and taste traditional products! Visit the oldest Citron distillery of the Naxos, dating back to 1896, in Halki. There, take the chance to taste the local Citron drink. Continue your tour to Kaloxylos Village. Here we will visit a historical building that houses the island's first electric company and its first ever electric oil-press. We will have a sample tasting of extra virgin olive oil followed by exploring the nostalgic alleys of the village. Our next stop will be the year-round lively village of Filoti. We will visit its central church, walk by the Venetian Tower of Barozzi and stroll through the picturesque neighborhood of Fasolas, where we will visit a century-old shop of a grocer. After a short break at the local "kafeneion" will taste traditional Greek coffee and then local seasonal mezedes (our Greek tapas). Then, a visit at Apeiranthos will give you the chance to see the famous marble village and taste some bread from a traditional bakery with a wood-fired oven. The architectural design of the houses in Apeiranthos has remained almost untouched since the time of the Venetian Empire: narrow marble paved mule tracks, often covered by archways; Venetian defense towers which are exemplary of the fortifications architecture of the time; two-story stone houses with peculiar architectural details and tiny squares.

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What people are saying about Apeiranthos

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 231 reviews

This is an amazing tour. Takes you to all the points of interest in Naxos. The guide Alex was great. Visited different villages throughout the island. The people were welcoming and lovely. The bus driver is amazing. Navigates these roads so carefully with safety as priority. I loved the tour because you spend only one day and you cover most everything. Sound like a long day but it goes so quick you’ll wish you had more time.

This was such a great, laid back tour. Really felt like we got to see so many parts of Naxos. We were debating renting a car and ended up taking this to add some context to what we would’ve seen if we drove ourselves — and we’re so glad we did. Alex was such a great guide. Would recommend this to anyone who is visiting Naxos!

Great value for money and saw lots of different sites all over the island finished off with a picturesque swim. Definitely recommend

It was a very compact and definitely much better than if we were to do it by ourselves by bus.

Very good, cruisy tour that covers the attractions well