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Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

1. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Start with pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. While there, visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production, with tastings also included. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products. Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas. See the ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue of 11 meters which has been standing in the same spot for more than 2500 years. Afterward, enjoy some free time at the picturesque fishing village to swim or enjoy a meal at your own expense. Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean. Reach the village of Eggares and take a guided tour of the small olive press museum. Afterward, 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. A visit to Panagia Drosiani, the oldest church on the Balcan Peninsula, is a must during your visit. 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.

Small-Group Village Life Tour with Lunch at a Shepherd's Hut

3. Small-Group Village Life Tour with Lunch at a Shepherd's Hut

You will start your day with a visit to a serene, unspoiled village and gather at the "kafeneio" (-traditional village cafe), exactly as the locals do. You will sit together with the owner as old friends, exchange life experiences and learn about the great significance of the “kafeneio” in the village’s life while enjoying a typical Greek morning treat of coffee and spoon-sweet. Following the road towards the heart of the mainland, you will pass through Potamia valley and Tragea before you reach the tiny village of Damalas. Meet a third generation potter, who will talk to you about his work and make a short demonstration on his potter mill for you. Finish your day at a traditional “mitato”-meaning a local shepherd’s hut. You will walk by its gardens, smell local herbs and of course interact with lovely farm animals. The day will end with everybody around the family table, enjoying a meal made of fresh farm products along with house wine and exchanging stories with your new friends. A tour dedicated to introduce the “real” Naxos and show how life and tradition goes on besides tourism. Ideal for all ages!

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Fantastic! Extremely reasonably priced and such a wide varied agenda put into 1 day. For my two kids who are both in their early 20’s & me, we were perfectly fine with seeing as much as we could. We loved all of the stops except as other reviews have stated, the Kitron distillery. We were informed we would have a tour and tasting. The woman in charge was very dismissive and rude. We waited for a tour which we didn’t get, then requested tastings as they weren’t forthcoming, only to begrudgingly given 1 each. She 100% lost her company a large sale. Regardless, the tour… the bus was clean and comfortable, the driver friendly. Our guide was very knowledgeable, organized and passionate about his country. He kept the timetable perfectly. He kindly shared some of his poetry and others’ quotes about Greece which were poignant, lovely & captured exactly what we were observing. This tour would not be for small children or people who’d have trouble w heat or short climbs. Highly recommended!!!!

All in all an amazing experience! Clear communication regarding our pickup, modern and comfortable bus, very friendly driver and guide, everything on time as planned. Our stops were very interesting and the landscapes beautiful! We loved the generous samplings at the olive museum and the long stop at the fishing village. Perhaps we would like some more time in Chalki but without excluding another stop. 100% value for money

This was the best valued tour we have done on all the 5 islands we have visited. The stops were beautiful, Nik was informative, kind, so passionate about his home and funny. I would highly recommend this to anyone and suggest you do it on your first day and use what you learn to plan for where you would like to visit for more exploration.

It was a pleasant journey through the beautiful Naxos island. The driver was safe and responsible and the tour guide was very well organised and professional. Unfortunately, we could not swim that day because of the rough and windy weather. But it was an interesting and good trip and experience.

Great tour, Awesome guide, loved it, highly recommended.