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• Make up your own party of 5 or more
• Choose your companions and set your own pace
• We tailor the holiday to suit you…
• With the added value of selected accommodation,
transportation, and local knowledge

TAILOR-MADE GUIDED HOLIDAYS

Book an exclusive holiday perfectly tailored to your pace and preferences, such as: challenging mountain treks; less walking, and more swimming from fabulous beaches; or a special focus on wildflowers, or Byzantine art and architecture.
We can accommodate mixed ability groups and non-walking partners. Please phone or email us to discuss dates, special arrangements and prices.

Guided group holidays are available for a minimum booking of 5 people, and can be run on any of the islands where we operate (Naxos, Paros, Amorgos, Tinos, Naxos and the Minor Cyclades).

For a longer break, combine two island destinations, or book into the Walking Plus country villa on Naxos, or a recommended hotel (see VILLA TO LET/B&B; LINKS).
If you would like us to arrange a tailor-made guided walking holiday for your group (min 5 people) on Naxos, Amorgos, Tinos or Paros, contact us to let us know of your interest and preferred dates.

DATES – You choose when to go

Whether you are opting for a one-week or fortnight holiday, you can start your private, guided group walking holiday on Naxos or Tinos on any day you like from mid April to end May, and 1st September to mid October.
You can also choose your start date on Amorgos subject to ferries, which sail from Athens to Amorgos on most days, but not all.
On Paros, holidays start on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday only, during the above periods.

 NB We do not offer the walking holidays during July and August because the weather is too hot for walking, the wildlife is in aestivation, the islands are crowded, and accommodation prices are high. The Walking Plus villa is available to let in July and August (see VILLA TO LET/B&B).

 You may like to have a two-night stopover in Athens at the beginning or end of your island holiday. (ATHENS)

 

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EXCLUSIVE GUIDED EXPLORATION OF
FAIRYTALE STREAMS & DESERTED ISLANDS


The Minor Cyclades are like storybook treasure islands, with improbable bites of bays scooped from every available bit of coastline.
Today, some have small permanent populations, while others are uninhabited. Five thousand years ago, they were a living, vital part of the Cycladic civilization, where some of the most important and finely crafted marble figures of that period have been found. In later times, though, their isolation and hidden anchorages made them perfect hideways for pirates.
Walking Plus offers a very special guided walking (hiking) holiday that will take you and your own party of family or friends to magical hidden valleys on Naxos and then by ferry to explore three of the Small Cyclades Islands.  Minimum booking period is one week - 8 days, 7 nights, starting any day between 15 April and 16 June, or 1 September and 16 October. See Sample Programme below.

"Walking Plus enshrines the concept of quality tourism with walking tours that take in Greece's unique combination of sea, landscape, culture, history and traditional agriculture.
It shows what enthusiasm, hard work and organization can do with a great concept in a virtually virgin market."


INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE,
ATHENS EDITION

NAXOS & THE MINOR CYCLADES SAMPLE PROGRAMME

NB There is no self-guided option for this holiday

Day 1: Arrival on Naxos. You and your party are met at the port or airport and taken to either a hotel in Naxos town or the Walking Plus country villa, which is 800m from the best beaches on the island.
Day 2: MILL-STREAMS AND DRAGONFLIES
Explore a deep valley with abandoned mill-races, a ruined monastery and church, and streams and pools where we may spot iridescent dragonflies, freshwater crabs and turtles. Accommodation in the Walking Plus country villa.
Day 3: COASTAL WALK
Walk along the most unspoilt coastline of Naxos, from sandy bay to golden strand, past lagoons and over a protected headland, taking a dip in the Aegean blue whenever you fancy. Accommodation in the Walking Plus country villa.
Day 4: TO THE MINOR CYCLADES
After lunch on the harbourfront of Naxos town, we take a local ferry to the 'Erimonisia' – the deserted islands. First stop is Ano Koufonissia (permanent population 350), where we stay in rooms linked to a taverna with nothing between it, a sandy bay, and a view over the turquoise water to mountainous, uninhabited Keros. A coastal walk leads alongside a string of crystal coves cut from wind- and water-sculpted, golden cliffettes to an almost completely circular bay. Accommodation, seaside taverna rooms, Koufonissia.
Day 5: AN ISLAND TO OURSELVES
We take a local fishing caique to a neighbouring, deserted island and explore it from end to end, usually with the entire island to ourselves.
We swim from empty beaches, investigate fantastically eroded cliff formations and headlands with dreamy views of island and sea.

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Day 6: CATHEDRAL CAVE
The ferry to the island of Iraklia takes less than an hour, leaving the day free to follow the pilgrim's trail across the island's high land, looking down over a Cycladic seascape. Our destination is St John's Cave, its tiny entrance at the foot of a rugged limestone cliff leading to a vast interior like a fairyland castle, with tiered towers, pinnacles and columns of stalactites and stalagmites..
Day 7: FLOATING ISLANDS
We take the ferry back to Naxos the next day, passing among the floating islands and the long lumpy outline of Naxos, on the lookout for passing dolphins and loggerhead turtles. Accommodation, Walking Plus country villa.
Day 8: Departure.

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