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Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

1. 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: Countryside hike among villages & Byzantine churches

2. 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: Tour with Statues, Swimming, and Olive Oil Tasting

3. Naxos: Tour with Statues, Swimming, and Olive Oil Tasting

Our first stop is Kouros of Melanes or Kouros the Greek,asit s widely known. It an imprsessive 6th century BC statue abandoned in the ancient marble quarry,a perfect sample of Archaic period sculpture. Then we have a photostop ,as close as possible of the biggest modern Naxos’ marble quarry. We cross Kynidaros and drive along vineyards ,enjoying mountain view on whirlwind streets and head to our next photostop close to Panagia Drosiani ,with magnificent view of Tragea Valley. Next stop is Filoti the biggest village of Naxos Island ,located on the feet of Zas Mountain ,where you ll have free time to explore the village,walk towards the church of Panagia Filotitisa,visit the Folklore museum,walk at the Old Market Place or have a coffee at the famous village square under the Platanos tree. Following stop is Apiranthos,the marble village famous for the cobbled streets,alleys which are perfect to take photos and create new memories of your Greek holidays. We drive towards the North part of Naxos island and we end up on the Northest edge of Naxos,at Apollonas village ,a small typical Cycladic village ,ideal for swimming or just relaxing at the various cafes by the sea. On our way back we stop at the impressive Kouros statue ,a colossal unfinished statue of the 6thcen BC and then we head back to Chora,following the North-Northwest coast of the island, enjoying view of Agia tower and North Cyclades islands. Last bu least stop is Eggares Olive press where apart from olive oil inforamtion you ll have an unforgettable tasting session!

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What people are saying about Panagia Drosiani Church

Good, tight program (you see a lot in this 1/2 day). Extremely good guide: Strong historical, archaeological, art historical and literary knowledge (and a heart for it). Very polite (helps getting off the bus, etc.). Is actually really interested in getting better: Asked credibly what they particularly liked or could do better. Safe, nice driver. The only drawback: Very tight in the minibus.

We loved this tour, our guide was an expert in architecture, history and Greek culture and mythology. He was amazing and made our tour very special. Naxos is such a beautiful and interesting place I feel privileged to have taken this tour. Thank you

Half day tour was perfect, guide was knowledgeable and the sites we saw were amazing recommend to everyone to go

Excellent, Francis our guide had the right mix of fun, good local and historical knowledge. Really enjoyed it

Very informative and easygoing great guide! Thank you