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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

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Eggares along the way. 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 ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch.  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.

From Naxos: Full-Day Boat Trip to Santorini

3. From Naxos: Full-Day Boat Trip to Santorini

Set sail from the small port in Naxos Town and cross the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Cruise to the romantic island of Santorini, known for its trademark blue and white houses and an amazing volcanic landscape. Get stunning views of the caldera cliffs as you sail into Athinios Port. Board a bus on arrival and take a tour of the island's most beautiful sights. Head to the colorful village of Oia, hanging on the slopes of the caldera at the island's northen tip. Get some free time to stroll the paved alleys of the village and admire its charming architecture. Continue to Fira and get some free time in the island's capital to ride the cable car or discover the largest gold market in Greece on Ypapantis street. Visit a museum, or just enjoy a meal or glass of Santorini wine at one of the many restaurants and cafés. Get driven back to Athinios Port in the afternoon for the return boat trip to Naxos.

Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

4. Naxos Island: Full–Day Historical Bus Tour

Join a magnificent tour and cross the island’s inland, its northern part, and the west. Visit the restored Demeter’s temple in Sangri from circa 530 B.C. and the museum with local findings. Continue to the oldest Citron distillery of the Naxos, dating back to 1896, in Halki. There, take the chance to taste the local Citron drink. A visit to Apeiranthos will give you the chance to see the famous marble village and shop in local traditional shops. Next, as the bus heads north to Apollonas, your tour allows you to see the remnants of the old emery mines and their machinery. Discover the huge 10.5–meter tall Kouros Statue, often considered to be a personification of God Dionysus.

Naxos Highlights With Olive Grove Visit and Tastings

5. Naxos Highlights With Olive Grove Visit and Tastings

Discover the highlights of Naxos on this private tour with an expert guide. You’ll explore a local olive grove, have an olive tasting alongside delicious local delicacies, and more. See the authentic side of Naxos, visit its hidden gems, and learn about its history and culture. After being picked up, your 5-hour tour will start with a visit to a luscious olive grove, where you will be talked through the processes involved in the production of local olive oil. Next, you will get to taste the riches of the Naxian land with an olive oil tasting experience that will include local tastes. When it comes to Greek and Naxian culture, history can’t be left out. You’ll learn about the unfinished colossal archaic statue of Apollo, that was discovered by local farmers. After a glimpse of the island's ancient past, you will be driven to Naxos' highlands passing the marble quarries. Of course, your tour cannot leave out the local liqueur of the island, Kitron. For that reason, you will visit a 100-year-old distillery in the village of Halki, and admire the process of Kitron-making. Your tour will conclude with you savoring traditional dessert and a cup of traditional Greek coffee in the village of Halki, and your driver returning you to your hotel with a full stomach and high spirits!

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

6. 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!

Naxos: Nature Trekking in Kourounochori and Potamia Valley

7. Naxos: Nature Trekking in Kourounochori and Potamia Valley

Hike through the richest plains of the island as you begin your walking adventure from Kourounochori, past herbs and flowers, olive trees, lush landscape, and impressive monuments. Explore an area that has played a central role in the island`s history, as can be seen from the ancient marble quarries that have been lying here for over 2500 years. Admire the remains of the ancient water system, still in use today, as you navigate your way along rugged donkey paths. Marvel at majestic towers, a relic of the Venetian era, when they played host to successive Dukes´ summer palaces. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you make a short stop at a taverna, and enjoy hearing fascinating stories about the area´s glorious past.

Naxos: Cheese and Wine Trails Food Tour - JOINED

8. Naxos: Cheese and Wine Trails Food Tour - JOINED

Be collected from your accommodation at 9:00 AM and head towards the villages and mountainous of Naxos. Be surprised by the island's size and diversity. Along the way, your guide will tell you all about the history and the people of this island.  After a 30min ride to your destination deep in mainland Naxos, you will arrive at a small cheese farm. The lovely owners will be waiting to welcome you. You can taste their homemade cheese (arseniko) and house wine. Take the opportunity to participate in the entire cheese-making process. Before leaving, taste another freshly made cheese (mizithra), still hot from the cauldron.  Continue your tour and head to a small and beautiful vineyard located in a village close to Naxos Town. The owner will give you a tour of the vineyard and explain everything about indigenous varieties and modern and traditional methods of wine production in Greece and the Aegean islands. Then, sit at the patio overlooking the vineyard for a delicious wine tasting experience. This will be accompanied by more cheese, this time graviera, the other famous Naxian cheese. Return to your accommodation by approximately 2:30 PM. 

Naxos: Olive Oil Route Tour with Tasting

9. Naxos: Olive Oil Route Tour with Tasting

Join a trip through the island's history, beginning at least 5,000 years ago, as the age of the oldest olive tree on Naxos suggests. Discover the old traditions of olive oil production and how Naxians celebrated this gift of nature through several insightful visits and a product tasting. Delight your senses in an idyllic olive oil tasting in the middle of an olive grove within a tiny village. The young owner will take you for a walk in his olive garden and teach you how to evaluate different types of olive oil. Afterward, enjoy the chance to visit one of the island’s 5 modern-day presses and learn how technology helped to evolve the basic principles and raise the standards of olive oil extraction. Finally, visit a traditional olive press and try to picture it in operation just a few decades ago. Step into the facility’s tasting room and discover how interesting olive oil can taste by sampling a variety of goodies.

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What people are saying about Naxos

This was an amazing tour that offered so much insight to Naxos that one would find difficult to achieve just exploring the island unguided. Our entertaining and informed guide not only told us much about Naxos, the locations we visited, and the culture and history of the island, but also recited poetry and explained why one should love Greece and her amazing history. No matter my nationality my soul is Greek and this tour feed my soul.

The tour was great! It was easy to find the meeting spot in the morning, the driver did a tremendous job going around the narrow island roads, and the guide was incredibly informative. The stops on the tour were fantastic- from Demeter's Temple to the olive oil museum to the citron distillery to the towns, everything was truly beautiful and showcased a fascinating aspect of Naxos' history. Loved every minute!

Dimirtis our tour guide was excellent. The tour was fantastic and we are so glad we did it to see temples and beautiful inland villages where traditional pottery is made and olive oil was pressed for hundreds of years.

Highly recommend this bus tour! Nicholas and the driver were fantastic!! We learned a lot about the history of Naxos and really enjoyed the sites and experience! Great value for the money!!

This tour was fantastic! Our guide, Nikos, was knowledgeable, funny, and overall great. I highly recommend this as a way to see and learn about the island.