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Naxos: Rhina Cave and Islands Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

1. Naxos: Rhina Cave and Islands Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour of the islands surrounding Naxos. Enjoy lunch with a drink on board and visit highlights, including the Rhina Cave. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet your friendly crew at Naxos Port and board your catamaran for the day. The cruise sets sail at 8:30 AM and heads to the first stop of the tour, Rhina Cave. As you glide along the water, admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack. After 2-hours of sailing, arrive at Rhina Cave, which is one of the most famous landmarks of Naxos Island. Spend some time exploring then cool off from the heat in the crystal clear waters of a secluded beach. You can also go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life, or chill out in the shade. Head to the next stop of the day, an idyllic island where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up epic views. The exact location depends on the day’s weather and passengers’ preference. During the 30-minute sail to the island, sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer or wine to keep you cool. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch then visit the final island of the day for more water activities. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, enjoy fruit and coffee onboard whilst marveling at the last of the coastal view as you sail back to Naxos Port.

Naxos: Rina Cave and Islands Sailing Cruise with Lunch

2. Naxos: Rina Cave and Islands Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Sail from Naxos to Rina Cave and two islands on this tour. Sit down to a delectable lunch full of authentic Greek flavors. Stop to swim and in turquoise waters. Relax with fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks. Meet your crew at the Naxos Port and board the yacht in the morning. Depart for naturally breathtaking Rina Cave. Admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack on the way. Stop at Rina Cave and have some free time to explore or jump into the water and snorkel through schools of sliver fish. Sunbathe on the deck or sip on a beer or wine on the way to small idyllic island where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up coastal views. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch before visiting the final island of the day for more fun in the sun. Have fruit and coffee onboard while enjoying the views on the way back to to the port of Naxos.

Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

3. Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

Learn about the traditional cuisine of Naxos, Greek food, or satisfy you passion for cooking with a traditional cooking course at a rural village. All dishes are made from local and fresh ingredients and with pure organic products. Learn all the secrets of herbs and aromatic plants. At the end, the cooking lesson turns into a feast as you enjoy the dishes you have prepared, along with local wine and traditional music. The lessons will take place in small or large groups, in couples and families, upon agreement, at the times and days you choose. If you choose to, walk along the river and get to know some of the beauties of the village. Make the most of more than a simple cooking lesson, but a rich experience, as you cut vegetables and fruits from the garden or even make cheese together with the villagers!

From Naxos: Cruise to Koufonissia with BBQ Lunch

4. From Naxos: Cruise to Koufonissia with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea on a full-day cruise around the islands of the Cyclades by wooden boat. Depart from Naxos and drop anchor at the uninhabited island of Kato Koufonissi, where you can dive from the boat to swim and snorkel as the crew prepares a delicious BBQ lunch. Return to the boat to enjoy lunch with unlimited water, soft drinks and house wine. Then, sail to Ano Koufonissi to enjoy 3 hours of free time at leisure. Use the time to explore the main village by the port or go for a swim at one of the wonderful sandy beaches. Take a stroll along the coastline and discover the amazing rock formations that make Ano Koufonissi a must-visit destination in the Cyclades.   Enjoy a glass of wine on deck as you sail back to Agia Anna Port with memories of the unique landscapes, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and Aegean sun.

Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

5. Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

After meeting with your guide and boat in the morning at the marina, set sail to the Small Cyclades at 8:30 AM. Venture towards a top-secret location, so as not to end up with other boats around you while you swim. Your exact destination will be selected during your sail to the south coast of Naxos, and will be determined by weather conditions. Either way, you can expect secluded beaches, turquoise shallow water, and a lot of fun. Make three stops during the day for snorkeling and exploring the area, with some time set side to eat as well. Each spot will boast a particular feature, whether it's the color of the water, its tranquility, or its abundant sea life. Be prepared to swim, sail, relax, and lose track of time on your beautiful day at sea. Later in the early evening, you can expect to return back to Naxos' main port at around 6:00 PM - 6:30PM.

Naxos Town: Sailing Cruise with Lunch-Sailing boat

6. Naxos Town: Sailing Cruise with Lunch-Sailing boat

Discover the Aegean Islands on this sailing cruise from Naxos. Discover Paros and the Small Cyclades as you make stops for swimming and snorkeling. Visit secluded beautiful bays and picturesque coves to enjoy the crystal blue waters. After a light breakfast and safety briefing, set sail on the Aegean Sea for a memorable day trip.  In between sightseeing from the water and stopping to swim, the crew will prepare a full lunch for you with local wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, enjoy some fresh fruit as a dessert. On the way back to Naxos, the skipper will make one last stop so you can hop in the water and take a final refreshing swim.

Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

7. 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 Castle Walking Tour and Sunset at the Portara

8. Naxos Castle Walking Tour and Sunset at the Portara

Enjoy a relaxed evening walking tour of Naxos Old Town, and become acquainted with the most beautiful sights it has to offer. Feel like a time-traveler as you witness the different periods of Naxos history, strolling through the Venetian Castle down to the old Market and up again to the ancient Temple of Apollo. Pass by buildings that have played significant roles in forming the history of the land, and listen to stories of times past. Learn about the contemporary daily life and discover more about the customs and cultural events that take place within the walls of the Castle all year round.  Lose yourself in the alleys of the vibrant Old Market maze and discover ambient bars, cozy taverns, and boutique shops full of souvenirs and local products. End your tour at “Portara” and enjoy the most breathtaking, panoramic sunset views. Your guide will give you a highly personalized tour and provide you with local tips about the whole island. Perfect for all types of travelers, including travelers of all ages, this is a fantastic way to experience the vibrant town of Naxos.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

9. 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.

Naxos: Day Cruise on a Catamaran with Lunch

10. Naxos: Day Cruise on a Catamaran with Lunch

Cruise from Naxos and visit some of the most beautiful secluded beaches and coves. Your captain will choose the best route for the day depending on weather conditions. During the cruise, stop for swimming, snorkeling, coffee, and snacks, with your crew providing snorkeling equipment for everyone to use. At one of the stops, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared on board with local products, accompanied by cold refreshments including beer, raki, and wine. The catamaran is spacious and comfortable, and it also comes equipped with a shaded aft lounge and large deck areas that are perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. At the conclusion of your day of cruising, you will be returned to your port of origin.

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What people are saying about Naxos

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 743 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!!!!

The full experience was better than I hoped. We were lucky to find a good number of truffles. The hosts shared their knowledge of local plants and trees. The truffle dinner later that evening was fantastic. The hosts were very gracious and accommodating.

Absolutely wonderful experience! Everyone was so nice and the boat was beautiful, the food was delicious and the drinks were plentiful. The views were perfect and the swimming was amazing. It was great, I can’t possibly use anymore adjectives!

Wonderful, hospitable crew! Amazing day swimming, snorkeling, island hopping! Saw a great deal of the islands! Excellent lunch! Met some lovely people! Would definitely recommend!

It was a great day! They gave us lots of time to do everything on both Delos and Mykonos and the views were excellent!