SANTORINI HIKING ADD-ON
After biking the Cyclades islands, cap it off by visiting the famous cliffs of Santorini, and its lesser known island, Therasia. June 16-20 or September 29 — October 3. Highlights include:
- Wine tastings & traditional Greek cooking class
- Caldera sailing to hot springs with warm mud
- Hikes to Ancient Thira & Oia atop the caldera ridge
- Swimming at Red Beach & sunset harbor dining.
Day 8: Santorini
Leaving Naxos we take a two hour high speed ferry to Santorini. Your first glimpse of the volcanic caldera cliffs from the ferry are enchanting, looking like vanilla icing on a long cake. We take a late afternoon 2 hour hike on the caldera ridge, arriving in Oia to catch an incomparable sunset.
Day 9: Santorini
The day is consumed by a Cyclades cooking class in Pyrgos where you are introduced to the unique foods of the region, including white eggplants and tiny tomatoes. Learn to make four different appetizers, an entree and dessert. The class includes wine tasting and a sumptuous lunch.
Day 10: Santorini
A day full of culture: an hour hike up to the 7th century BC ruins of Ancient Thira, a tour of a renovated winery that is now a contemporary art gallery, a visit in an underground wine museum with Santorini’s oldest wine press and a walk-through of the local museum with finely preserved Minoan frescos.
Day 11: Santorini
Take a “party boat” (other passengers) to the center of the caldera where you walk the 20 minute path up the volcano and see the emitting smoke, smell the sulphur. The boat stops for a swim in thermal healing waters and lather yourself with warm sea mud. Lunch on Therasia island.
Day 12 Departure
daily flights to Athens
2400 euros per person based on double occupancy. 600 euros single supplement
Accommodations 4 nights accommodations 4 star hotel on the caldera with daily breakfast, view of caldera.
Meals 2 dinners with fresh, local house wine and 1 lunch (cooking class).
Ferries transfer from Naxos, boats to/from Therasia
Flight flight from Santorini to Athens
Transfers on arrival from port to hotel and on departure from hotel to airport
Cooking class traditional Cyclades cooking class includes gourmet lunch and wine tasting
Wine tasting two sessions at local wineries
Land excursion Full day. Private vehicle, destinations include Ancient Thira, wine museum, folk museum, art gallery, entry fees
Sea Excursion Full day. “Party boat” (meaning other passengers). Includes entry fees and lunch.
2 dinners, all lunches except cooking class lunch
Hydra Island Escape
Libyan Sea Coast Hiking