5-6 days
Difficulty Level

swimmingfood and wineHikingChurches-monasteriesArchaeological sites

Walking Holidays on Kythnos island (Hiking Kythnos)

Tour Description

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!

Tour Highlights

• 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.

Additional information

Tour paceModerate
Suitable forAll travelers
Comfort levelSuperior
AvailableMarch – 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.

meals Dinner       accommodation Traditional Guesthouse


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

meals Breakfast, Dinner            accommodation Traditional Guesthouse


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. 

meals Breakfast            accommodation Traditional Guesthouse in Merichas


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

meals Breakfast, Lunch (cooking class)       accommodation Traditional Guesthouse


Day 5: Departures – Kythnos to Athens

Today you are free to enjoy your last morning on the island as you please before boarding the ferry back to Athens (or other nearby islands).

meals Breakfast                 accommodation Depends on your holidays schedule

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).
All taxes.

What is not included :

International airfares.
Travel insurance.
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.

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 6 reviews
October 19, 2017

The Secret Cyclades walking tour was a really great experience. The service provided by my Trails Beyond guide, Danae was very prompt and professional from my first enquiry through to post tour contact. The Kythnos accommodation was in a delightful family owned guesthouse in the port of Merichas. Danae and local guide George led different walks to different parts of the island each day providing a wealth of local insights and historical information. The program was adapted to suit the weather, maximising swimming opportunities and to ensure the best possible Kythnos experience. All the food from Zoe’s fantastic breakfast spreads to that available in restaurants and cafes was fresh, tasty and beautifully prepared. A very authentic Greek experience peppered with interesting conversations and warm companionship.

November 13, 2017

This was such a great tour to the less touristy and beautiful island of Kythnos. It was well planned, with easy booking, and great transportation. Danae was so helpful in the planning and Ms. Zoe was very warm and welcoming to her guesthouse. George was the best guide as his family has been on Kythnos for generations, knew everyone and everything about the island. Each hike was different and went to the scenic areas of the island. I highly recommend and hope to go back to Kythnos in the future.

November 13, 2017

We were met at the airport by our Guide Danae, a cheerful woman of great energy. She led our intrepid group with the help of George, her Kythnos Island guide. Our accommodations both in Athens and in Kythnos were lovely. Each day was a new adventure – a new hike – an opportunity to drink in the lovely scenery, the fresh air, and the lovely goats. And the cooking and pottery lessons were so much fun! Each meal (provided and purchased) was a feast of fresh, healthy food all prepared with such devotion – honestly I had no idea Greek food was SO good. Our weather for early spring and a little chilly – but clear skies – so although we wore all of our clothes we were happy. I’d easily recommend Trails Beyond. I hear they do tours off the coast as well in the Mountains! Greece may see me again!

November 13, 2017

From the moment I booked this tour, I received nothing but the upmost sincere and professional attention. Danae was really on to it with the pre and post trip transport and travel arrangements. She responded to my inquiries promptly even during weekends.
The hiking trip itself on Kithnos island was just heavenly. We were housed by the harbour in guesthouse Kontseta, hosted by the wonderful George and his mother, Zoe. Their generous hospitality and the quaint setting of the rooms will remain in my memory for a long time to come.
The five days spent on the island was littered with hikes guided by George ( who is a master in all local Kythnos history and gossips) in stunning backdrops of the Aegean Sea and activities in the local villages.
I felt really looked after, welcomed by the locals and nourished after this trip. And would go back in a heartbeat.

May 3, 2019

My wife and I really enjoyed our hiking tour of Kythnos Island. From the very first contact, Danae from Tour Radar was amazing in providing information and support with signing up for the program. She answered questions extremely promptly and it is evident, that she loves active travel and wants to ensure her customers have a great experience no matter what their ability. The registration and payment was so smooth. We were met at the Port of Piraeus by George, who expertly guided us to and through Kythnos. Believe George knows every person on Kythnos. We had a blast staying in Ms. Zoe’s guesthouse/pension. It was very comfortable, clean and a nice play to chill out after a very active day. The local cuisine in town was delicious and at least a couple of dinners, and all breakfasts were included in the price. Breakfast was perfect to start a busy day. We hiked to many gorgeous locations including the ancient capital, the medieval city, numerous beaches and village. The flowers were all in bloom in April which added to the beauty. The cooking course was wonderful and the beekeeping was very interesting. I would highly recommend this trip, especially for those who like to get off the beaten path of touristy locations. Hope to go on more Tour Radar trips in the future.

December 13, 2019

This was our first time to Greece and our first time to a Greek island. We took the ferry from Athens, which takes about 3 hours, and were met by George – our guide extraordinaire – as soon as we disembarked. George is everything a guide should be, fun, knowledgeable, and easy going. The hiking is just fantastic! The views were breath taking and many are not in easy to find places. The walking itself was pretty easy as long as you’re used to hills and uneven terrain. We really lucked out going in May because the whole island was covered in sea of wild flowers. The temperature was good, a little windy but comfortable. Our room was lovely and over looked the harbour. Every morning we enjoyed breakfast on the terrace, so relaxing! The hikes were a great mix of history, culture, and wildlife. We really had fun making pottery and learning to cook some Greek dishes. An all around success! I highly recommend George. He was considerate, thoughtful, and patient. We really had a great time and hope to go back with family and friends!

December 13, 2019

Hi Giulia, Thank you for choosing Trails Beyond for your hiking holidays in Greece! We are glad to read you enjoyed your walking holidays and thank you for your wonderful words! Hope to see you back in Greece 🙂 Regards, Danae

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