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Walking Holidays on Kythnos island (Hiking Kythnos)
Discover the charm of Kythnos, a distinguished Greek island, that offers a unique escape from the tourist crowds. Despite being among the first islands to be reached by ferry from Athens, Kythnos remains an unexplored paradise, a true gem in the Cyclades islands. With traditional villages adorned in Cycladic architecture, a superb coastline featuring over 90 beaches, a rich history dating back to the Mesolithic era, agricultural fields, hot springs, numerous hiking trails, delicious local cuisine and one of Greece’s largest caves, Kythnos promises an unparalleled experience for those seeking authentic and active holidays on a Greek island.
If you crave tranquility, simplicity and cultural encounters, while enjoying walking and hiking, this exploration is made for you! Additionally, you have the flexibility to combine it with visits to the neighboring Cyclades islands or use it as an ideal getaway from Athens. Located at the West Cyclades, Kythnos is easily accessible by ferry either from Piraeus port (3 hours) or from Lavrio (1:40 hours), allowing you to choose your departure port based on your holiday schedule.
Rest assured, a truly authentic and active vacation awaits you on the hiking trails of Kythnos island!
• Explore one of the most authentic and non touristic islands in Greece.
• Follow some of its numerous hiking trails and discover ancient sites and secluded beaches.
• Join a cooking class and learn how to cook traditional local delicacies.
• Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the sapphire crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
• Explore Katafiki cave, one of Greece’s largest and unexplored caves.
• Try your hand at pottery with a simple and enjoyable lesson.
• Meet the locals and embrace the relaxed pace of their daily life.
|Suitable for||All travelers|
|Available||March – 15 June & 15 Sept – October|
Day 1: Athens – Kythnos
On the first day, you will board the ferry either from Piraeus or from Lavrio port, reaching the picturesque Kythnos island in approximately and within 3 or 1:40 hours respectively.
After check in at your hotel, the remainder of your day is free* to unwind by the sea or explore the village’s charming narrow alleys and shops! In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour leader and your fellow travelers, savoring a first taste of the local cuisine and discussing the upcoming program.
*Please note, the day’s schedule is intentionally free of activities to accommodate varying arrival times based on the ferry schedule. However, if you arrive early, we can arrange a hike or other activities to kickstart your exploration.
Day 2: Hiking to Vryokastro – Apokrousi – Kolona
Today’s hiking adventure leads us to the island’s ancient capital, Vryokastro, and then arguably the most breathtaking beach on the island, Kolona! A short ascending hike up will take us to the hill of Vryokastro, a currently abandoned archaeological site and one of the most crucial prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. With artifacts dating back to the Mesolithic Age, this town was continuously inhabited from the 10th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D., as revealed by archaeological research and underwater excavations.
Following this exploration, we will descend to the serene white sandy beach of Apokrousi for a break, allowing time for relaxation and a refreshing swim. Our journey then continues to one of Kythnos’ highlights, the unique beach of Kolona. This strip of sand connects Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas, creating a landscape of unparalleled beauty. Here, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as lunch at the sole beachfront tavern (if open) or opt for a snack lunch.
You will later be transferred back to your hotel.
Total Hike Duration: 3 hours / 4 – 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 5.5 – 6.5 km
Day 3: Hiking Loutra – Castle of Oria, the Thermal Springs & Pottery Lesson
Embark on a breathtaking hike today, offering incredible views and authentic glimpses into the island’s rich history! Following breakfast, a transfer will take you to the north part of the island, specifically to the village of Loutra – a favored stop over for sailing yachts. From there, we ascend along a picturesque path to the striking Castle of Oria, perched on a steep hill at the island’s northernmost point. This fortified acropolis overlooking the Aegean Sea, served as the island’s capital during Byzantine times and the Latin occupation, with traces of habitation reaching back to prehistoric eras. While 100 chapels thrived during the Venetian Rule, only two remain today.
You will have time to relax, relish panoramic views and take some stunning photos before retracing our steps back to Loutra. The afternoon is yours to relax at the therapeutic Thermal Springs of Loutra or enjoy your lunch and coffee at one of the seaside restaurants/cafes.
Later, a brief hiking trail will take us from Loutra to Chora, the island’s current capital. Chora is a fine testament to traditional Cycladic architecture. Meander through white-washed houses, stone-paved mule paths and arcades, inviting you to explore the numerous narrow alleys leading to quaint squares and charming churches. Once in Chora, you will also enjoy a pottery lesson* led by a local artisan, providing a unique opportunity to craft your own pottery clay!
Early in the evening, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Total Hike Duration: 3 – 4 hours / 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 8-10 km
*The pottery lesson is available until the end of September.
Day 4: Hiking Dryopida - Kanala, Cave exploration & Cooking class
Enjoy a hearty breakfast today in preparation for a captivating hike through the best of the island’s central and southeast regions! You will be transferred to Dryopida village, one of the most charming and traditional settlements of Kythnos. Once there, we will follow a scenic hiking trail that will soon take us to the peaceful beach of Kalo Livadi, adorned with a small church on a rock. This large beach with its stone slabs, pebbles, golden sand, and ancient cedars invites you to relax, sunbathe, and swim in the tranquil summer setting. The only sounds accompanying you will likely be the rhythmic waves in this unspoiled panorama. Beyond the settlement, a fertile meadow unfolds, with fig trees, vineyards and groves, lending its name to the village.
Our final stop for today’s hike is the renowned coastal village of Kanala, named after the monastery of Panagia Kanala, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Here discover the island’s sole pine forest. The monastery houses the so-called miraculous icon of Our Lady, discovered by fishermen in the channel between Kythnos and Serifos, renowned for its healing powers. After completing the hike, you will be transferred back to Dryopida village, for a delightful surprise – an exploration of Katafiki cave, one Greece’s largest and still largely unexplored. Located at the edge of Dryopida villageat 190 meters above sea level, the cave maintains a constant temperature of 17 degrees and spans an impressive area of 3.500 sq.m.
Once we explore this hidden gem, you will participate in a cooking class where you will learn how to prepare some traditional local delicacies, such as “sfougata”, Greek salad, “tzatziki” and much more, adding a flavorful touch to your Kythnos experience!
Total Hike Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours / 4 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 6.5 – 7 km
What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader & local guides.
4 days of accommodation in traditional guesthouse, based on double occupancy.
All meals, as indicated on the trip notes (4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners).
Return Ferry tickets from Athens to Kythnos.
All necessary ground transfers on the island.
Cost for all activities included in the tour program (guided hikes, cooking class, pottery lesson).
What is not included :
Transfers to/from Athens airport and to/from Piraeus port.
Any meals not specified in the itinerary.
Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals.
Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
Other expenses of personal nature and tips.
Scheduled departures 2023
|Departs on||Price / person||+ Own room|
|03 April ‘23||600 €||150 €|
|24 April ‘23||600 €||150 €|
|08 May ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|15 May ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|22 May ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|29 May ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|11 September ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|18 September ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|25 September ‘23||630 €||150 €|
|09 October ‘23||600 €||150 €|
|16 October ‘23||600 €||150 €|
|23 October ‘23||600 €||150 €|
|24 October ‘22||600 €||150 €|
*There is a minimum of 3 travelers to depart
Prices 2023 for private groups:
|Number of guests||Price per person|
|2 guests||830 €|
|3-5 guests||705 €|
|6 – 11 guests||630 €|
|12 – 16 guests||570 €|
|Single Supplement||150 €|
*10% Discount for children up to 12 years old
*Please read carefully our General terms and conditions.