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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: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

3. Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Naxos Bus Transfer Office, right outside Naxos Port and drive directly to your first stop, Demeter’s Temple. Admire the impressive restored sanctuary, take amazing pictures and visit the small on site museum. Next stop will be Chalki village, the old capital and commercial center of Naxos. Get free time (approx. 40’) to explore its colorful alleys, shop unique souvenirs, visit the distillery of “Vallindras” or just enjoy a coffee at one of its cozy cafes. Continue driving through old olive groves and reach Panagia Drosiani, a church of unique architectural style devoted to Virgin Mary- considered among the oldest in the Balkans! Here you will make a short stop to take pictures and if the church is open, also pay a quick visit to admire its unique frescoes. Outside Kinidaros village you will make a short stop by the road to photoshoot the contemporary marble quarries before you reach Flerio valley. Walk through its lush gardens and meet the Kouros Statue, one of the most striking examples of Naxian marble art. The restored olive press museum in Eggares is the best way to end your tour! You will learn about the century-old procedure of olive oil production, as well as taste samples of olive ingredient delicacies. *On Tuesdays and on the 1st of May the Temple of Demeter is closed and instead you will visit the village of Filoti. Walk to its central church and learn the touching story of its construction followed by a short visit to the neighboring folklore museum.

Naxos: Rhina Cave and Coastline Sea Kayaking Tour

4. Naxos: Rhina Cave and Coastline Sea Kayaking Tour

Enjoy a tour perfect for adventurous people and Kayak along the coast of Naxos Island. Admire beautiful landscapes and coastlines and try to spot local wildlife before stopping at caves and enjoying a local meal (optional meal). Start the tour at the beautiful, sandy beach of Kalandos, located on the southern edge of Naxos Island, protected from the northerly summer winds. Explore the area, the island’s southernmost wetland, and the first resting and feeding stop for migratory birds on their long journey from Africa. Finish the equipment check and safety briefing by your certified guide before paddling a distance of about 8 km along the south coast of Naxos, heading east. Take in the breathtaking view from the neighboring Cycladic Islands and make stops at tiny sea coves where we’ll stop to swim with forbidding, craggy cliffs towering over us. Paddle in the tranquil, blue-green waters and awesome geological formations along the coastline will meet your eyes until you reach the most impressive of them all: Rhina Cave with its ceiling of miniature stalactites and its inviting beach nearby. Make a stop at Rhina Cave's beach for about 30-40 min. Enjoy delicious snacks prepared for you by the guide and sample the local products and delicacies of Naxos. Enjoy snorkeling in the waters around the beach and spotting local wildlife. Head back to the kayak to return to the starting point at Kalandos Beach. End the tour with a scrumptious traditional (optional)meal at the local taverna where you can relax and enjoy the view.

Naxos: Food Walking Tour & Cooking Class with Meal & Drinks

5. Naxos: Food Walking Tour & Cooking Class with Meal & Drinks

Stroll down the cobblestone alleys of Chora, Naxos main town. In the company of your guide, you’ll make the rounds of the local produce market the way the Naxos people do. Once there, you’ll pick and choose your own local, fresh, seasonal produce, bursting with fragrances, colors, and flavor. You’ll be putting your vegetables to good use during the cooking course that will follow. Your route will also take you to tiny traditional shops, hidden in the alleys of Chora, where you’ll find out all about the traditional products that Naxos is famous for throughout Greece: olives, olive oil, honey, potatoes, fruit, cheeses, and meat from Naxos are sought for and in great demand. At some of the shops you’ll have the chance to sample the actual products. Sampling the amazing local cheeses will simply delight you. You’ll be equally delighted when you sample versions of the signature Naxos liqueur made from citron, a citrus fruit. Our tour will take you down the maze-like alleys of the Chora castle built in the 13th century when Venetian rule started on Naxos and the island was known as the Duchy of Naxos. You will get a glimpse of local life in those times of yore and come to appreciate not only the beauty of Cycladic architecture but its functionality as well. Your walk will end at a small traditional taverna where you’ll meet the talented chef we work with. He’ll ask you to help him with the preparation and, step by step, he’ll show you how to make mouthwatering, traditional appetizers and the renowned Greek salad, all the while paying tribute to the Mediterranean’s flavors and aromas. Next, comes the greatest part of the tour. We’ll all be sitting down to share the dishes you made yourself, along with another Greek traditional dish prepared by our chef. We’ll raise our glasses, toast each other, and enjoy a day spent in enjoying and experiencing. After your meal, we’ll end our tour the Greek way: with a cup of traditional Greek coffee to round off your culinary experience.

Naxos: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting Inland Methexis

6. Naxos: Private E-Bike Tour with Wine Tasting Inland Methexis

Join us to explore the meaning of the ancient word Methexis, which involves mental uplift, inner contact and outer communication. An uplifting journey full of scents, myths and beautiful surroundings. Our adventure commences as we set off from Naxos town, embarking on a 40-minute ride to the magnificent valley of Halki and Halki village, celebrated for its artistic architecture and lively ambiance. We'll make a delightful pit stop at the citron distillery for a tasting experience and insights into the art of distillation. Then, in the heart of the island's serene countryside, we'll embark on a brief 10-minute hike to encounter one of Naxos' most significant Byzantine treasures, where the atmosphere is nothing short of ethereal. This sacred site invites you to immerse yourself in the island's profound spirituality * Visiting the inside of the temple is available from June to end of September. Our exploration of Halki village's picturesque alleyways continues, and we wrap up this part of the journey with a traditional treat at one of the charming local cafes. Anticipation builds as we head back, for the true gem awaits – a visit to a local winery in Glinado village, where we'll explore the art of winemaking and savor exquisite Naxian wine and finger-food pairings. This enchanting vineyard tour is complete with a passionate host brimming with warmth and knowledge. Throughout this captivating tour, the fragrant notes of thyme and oregano will waft through the air, surrounding you as we traverse Naxos' natural beauty on our way back.

Naxos: Countryside hike among villages & Byzantine churches

7. Naxos: Countryside hike among villages & Byzantine churches

The hike takes a route through small and picturesque traditional villages and areas of unrivaled natural beauty. You'll start and end your hike at Halki, a gem village which boasts samples of remarkable neoclassical architecture. You'll be leaving Halki behind us as you hike through the scenic valley of Tragea, dotted with Byzantine churches different in architectural style and from various eras, some decorated with outstanding frescoes. You ’ll hike through the area’s olive, fig, and citrus groves to reach Panagia Drosiani, one of the Balkans’ oldest churches. Dating back to the 6th century AD, it’s considered one of Naxos’ most significant Christian monuments. Halfway into your hike, you’ll be reaching the village of Moni and, after a short break under the shade of the trees, you’ll continue to the scenic small villages of Kaloxylos and Akadimoi. There you will make a stop at the old Olive press factory. In this atmospheric space, you will discover the way in which olive oil was produced a hundred years ago.Then From start to finish, you’ll be in the company of Nature: forested landscapes, dirt trails and stone-paved paths, a verdant ravine, clusters of oaks and plane trees, all join forces to make your hike an unforgettable one! At the end of your hike, you'll visit the local distillery producing Kitron, Naxos’ citrus-based liqueur, to toast life, laughter, new friends, and a day to remember! Your hike ends with a delicious meal at one of the island's best traditional tavernas under the shade of a climbing grapevine (optional meal). Join us and experience true Naxos at its best!

Naxos: Inland hike villages - Kouroi statues, Apano Kastro

8. Naxos: Inland hike villages - Kouroi statues, Apano Kastro

For those who wish to get to know Naxos up close and personal, this is the perfect hike. Start your day with a convenient hotel pick-up transfer, to the starting point of your hike. Imagine this: you’re already hiking under the shade of plane trees and citrus groves around you. Suddenly, just a few minutes into your hike, flat on the ground, there’s a kouros, a gigantic statue of a male youth, sculpted in ancient times. A few minutes later, you come upon another one! Why are those statues there and why have they been abandoned? Discover the answers on the spot! Right across from the Kouros statues, you can view the ancient and the modern marble quarries. They whisper the story of Naxos’ age-old relationship with marble. You move on, hiking from village to village, using the old footpaths which, for centuries, have connected the small whitewashed picturesque villages between them. Once you reach Ano Potamia, you’ll stop to refresh yourself at the village’s water fountain. This is where the uphill part of our hike takes you to Apano Kastro and the ruins of a Venetian citadel where the view is simply spectacular: the valley of Tragea sprawling below you; the infinite blue of the Aegean sea blending with the horizon; and the lunar–like landscapes interrupted by the surrounding villages nestled in lush greenery. As you walk downhill, you ’ll first reach the scenic village of Tsikalario and end your hike at Halki, a gem village that boasts remarkable samples of neoclassical architecture. At the end of your hike, you'll visit the local distillery producing Kitron, Naxos’ citrus-based liqueur, to toast life, laughter, new friends, and a day to remember! Your hike ends with a delicious meal at one of the island's best traditional tavernas under the shade of a climbing grapevine. Our transport will transfer you back to your accommodations!

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4.4 / 5

based on 230 reviews

We can’t say enough good things about our sea kayaking adventure with Nick and David. Although we had a change in location due to weather conditions, our guides chose an equally picturesque spot to explore. You can feel the passion in what they do and the love they have for Naxos. From paddling tips, to local history, and a delicious meal (and great new friends who joined us), we couldn’t ask for a better experience. Thank you for sharing your lovely island and kayaks with us, Nick and David. We wish you the best and can’t wait to see you again in the future! 💕

Our guide was very informative, and they took us on more of a journey than we expected. We enjoyed finding everything about the city and the cooking class was so much fun. The pictures were an added bonus as we were transported back in time. It was well worth the money, and we would definitely recommend it, for anyone came to the city of Naxos.

Anastasia was very friendly and accommodating, she took us to multiple interesting (and delicious) local spots, and we got to enjoy the BEST Greek food at an authentic taverna at the end of our walking adventure! She sent several pictures from our activities and the recipes for us to take home with us.

David and Nick were the best possible guides for showing us the beautiful coast, sea caves, hidden beach and more around Apollonas. They were so nice and easy to get along with, we felt like we were kayaking with friends all day! Lunch afterwards at the local taverna was excellent too.

It was a great tour with great guides. Nick and David love what they do. The told us a lot about the history and myths of Naxos. It is a great way to explore Naxos from the water. Also the meal after the tour was fabulous. I can really recommend this tour!