Friday, October 12, 2018 - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
From Athens to Crete, Santorini to Mykonos and Delos, with many hidden treasures in between, join us October 12, 2018 -- October 24, 2018 on this fantastic hiking adventure of the Greek Isles. Be tempted by tasty local cuisine and volcanic wines or the celebratory tones of Raki. Gaze endlessly at the bluest of seas and become lost in the labyrinth of cobbled lanes leading to peaceful coves and sun swept beaches. Hike over Classical Greek ruins and learn how this early civilization shaped the very world we exist in today. The god Apollo himself was born on these islands, so could there be a more appropriate place for a journey of discovery? Our trip is an active hiking excursion that is full of variety, including Crete's legendary hike through the Samaria Gorge, and the most famous hike of the Cycladic Islands - along Santorini's legendary caldera between Fira and Oia towns. Elafonissi is considered Crete's prettiest natural coastal area and we will do some walking and historic site visits here. Also on Santorini is Kamari, a seaside location where we begin our hike to Ancient Thira -- a significant Classical Greek site perched 1000 feet above sea level on a rocky mountain spur. Mykonos offers a captivating labyrinth of stone-paved lane ways, traditional whitewashed houses and windmills. Visit archaeological sites including the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Delos which is one of the most important sites of archaeology in Greece. New discoveries of ancient archaeological wonders are still made from time to time here. Considered a sacred place, it is acclaimed as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and it has been inhabited since around 3000 BC. See many ruins of Greek and Roman origin and unique Byzantine churches. Witness rich cultural heritage and experience the beauty of unique and dramatic landscapes. Visit a unique vineyard that has a conservational outlook for the entire island. Expect to be on your feet daily exploring the authentic side of Greece. We've included a free day for those seeking other aspects such as a scenic day kayaking, snorkeling, partaking in a cooking course, or simply escaping the crowds and surrendering to the many galleries, craft shops and seascapes the islands have to offer. When not on our feet, expect bus transfers, short flights and some ferry journeys between the islands.