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Naxos: Rhina Cave and Coastline Sea Kayaking Tour

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

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: Hike to the Top of Mount Zas with a Guide

Naxos: Hike to the Top of Mount Zas with a Guide

This hike will take you up to the top of the most popular mountain in the Cycladic island cluster: Mount Zas! Once you reach the peak, there are many things to be proud of! Not only will you be at the highest point in the Cyclades ( 1003 m / 3290 ft), but you’ll have hiked to the summit of the mountain where Zeus, Father and King of the Olympian Gods, was raised. That is the reason why the mountain was named after Zeus (Zas in Naxos’ local dialect). This pleasant hike of moderate difficulty begins at the small country church of Agia Marina at Danakos village. The trail you’ll be following is exactly the same trail people have been following to the top of the mountain since ancient times. As you hike up, you will encounter the fascinating 4th-century BC inscription carved on a rock: “ΟΡΟΣ ΔΙΟΣ ΜΗΛΩΣΙΟΥ.'' What does the inscription say? Come with us and find out how mythology blends with history! You’ll start walking up a dirt trail flanked by the signature vegetation of the Cyclades. Higher up, it gradually becomes a jagged limestone path that’ll take you to the craggy summit of mighty Zeus. The vast blue of the Aegean Sea will accompany you along the way, while the view of the neighboring Cycladic islands is breathtaking. When you’re at the top, the 360 degree view is worthy of the Gods: plains and green slopes, small villages and tiny, whitewashed country churches (how many can you count?) as far as the eye can see . Once you reach the top, you’ll spend some time taking photos and having a delicious traditional treat. After you take in all the beauty, you start on your way back! At the end of your hike you'll enjoy a delicious traditional picnic! The hike to the peak of Mount Zas never disappoints. It’s actually a hike you’re not likely to forget. Do join us for this epic hike and discover unspoiled, pristine Naxos off the beaten track. Distance: 6 km / 3.7 m Altitude: 1003 meters / 3290 ft Ascend: 391 meters / 1282 ft Descend: 391 meters / 1282 ft Terrain: dirt trail, rocky trail

Naxos: A Riverbank Adventure (Kinidaros - Eggares villages)

Naxos: A Riverbank Adventure (Kinidaros - Eggares villages)

You’ll start your hike at Kinidaros, a scenic village nestled amid marble quarries towering over it. At one time or another, most of the village men have been quarrymen but Kinidaros is famous for a completely different trait: Music! For the Kinidaros locals music comes first. Most of them are skilled musicians, everyone plays an instrument (or two or three), and everyone keeps the Cycladic folk music tradition alive and well. You’ll leave Kinidaros behind to walk on a dirt trail which gives you the opportunity to gaze at the awesome marble quarries from a distance. The dirt trail turns into a cobblestoned path that takes you all the way down to the river. The views of the nearby mountains as they blend with the deep blue of the Aegean, the lush greenery that awaits you below, the path itself which actually traverses a small ravine cannot be beaten. As soon as you reach the riverbanks, the landscape changes completely. The 18th-century, double-arch, stone bridge known as Mill of Hadji stands guard over everything and once you’ve walked past it towards the riverbank, you’ll notice the difference: the air is cooler, shady spots abound, and vegetation is rioting next to abandoned watermills, lagoons, and small waterfalls, while crabs and water turtles make their way at the water’s edge next to oleander bushes and plane trees. A little later, the trail takes you past the serene, small, country church of Aghios Georgios in the fertile Lagada area and a majestic four-arch water mill. You continue making your way surrounded by plane trees and reed beds until you reach the 18th-century tower of the Pradouna Elders. At that point, you enter the traditional farm settlement of Mesa Geitonia. Last, the trail takes you to Eggares, an old, quiet farming village in the embrace of a fertile plain where you’ll have the chance to visit one of Naxos’s oldest remaining olive mills: recently renovated, the Eggares Olive Press dates back to at least the late 1800s when it pressed locally-grown olives for the village community. At Eggares, we’ll share a great, leisurely meal at one of the village’s best traditional tavernas. Then our transport will take you back to your accommodations!

Naxos: West Coastline E-Bike Tour with Sunset Option

Naxos: West Coastline E-Bike Tour with Sunset Option

Join us for a short, yet fully enjoyable escape into the scenic wonders of Naxos. Experience the thrill of an e-bike adventure amid a packed schedule with our Short.. is The New Black tour. In just 2.5 hours, embark on a delightful exploration of Naxos's enchanting South West coastline. Our leisurely route winds through the island's most picturesque coastal landscapes, offering a perfect escape. As you pedal along, take in the breathtaking scenery, and if luck is on your side, catch sight of seagulls perched atop straw balls. Feel free to pause for a refreshing swim in the azure, crystal-clear waters or/and enjoy a revitalizing juice. For a touch of exploration, join us on a brief 5-minute hike to a seaside chapel and marvel at the notorious shark-shaped rock. At the tour's conclusion, the choice is yours – either return the way you came or entrust your guide to lead you on an alternative route. *Please be aware that this adventure is not recommended for guests with accommodations on the West coastline.

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This tour was way better than I expected, even after seeing the amazing reviews. We learned about the history of Naxos, ate cheese and sampled liquor at a local cheese shop, then went to a fantastic restaurant to learn some Greek cooking. We did 4 different appetizers and they gave us moussaka, wine, water. Wish i didn’t eat breakfast because what we made was incredible. Finished by sampling Kitron. Can’t wait to make the apps for our friends and family. Book this one and if you are disappointed you probably don’t like fun.

The kayak trip was amazing! We kayaked in the north of the island not Rhina caves (due to weather) and it was fantastic! I also enjoyed the add-on of the Dionysus statue. I really appreciated the companies flexibility in location and making the tour happen despite the weather! The guides also did the transport and made the drive very informative! Lunch was meh, mostly because I don't love fish, more non-fish options would have been appreciated. Would def do another tour with this company if I return to Naxos.

This was our best trip of the vacation. David and Nick were knowledgeable, personable, and fun. This is a way to see Naxos that most people won’t experience. The colors of the water were remarkable! It is impossible to be stressed here. The kayaking and swimming / snorkeling were so much fun. And the meal afterwards at a local tavern was sumptuous! I went with my grown daughter and her husband. Thank you from this USA crew!

A wonderful tour by Anastasia of Naxos town highlighting its rich history and introducing us to the island’s produce and specialty foods. The cheese shop offered us an excellent introduction to the array Naxian cheeses and Raki. The tour through the old town brought us to the restaurant where we made our lunch under the watchful eye of Mme Mimosa - all lots of fun and absolutely delicious! A great day in Naxos town!

I loved the kayaking and snorkeling excursion! Our guides were extremely knowledgeable, capable and fun to be with. I really enjoyed hearing of the history and culture of Greece, along with the beauty of the land and Sea.