Cyclades. Cycling on Paros, Antiparos and Naxos

KYK 3 PN CyclingIsland hoppingMulti activity NaxosParosAntiparosAthens
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8 DAYS
LEVEL 3

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On Paros
  • Parikia with the early Christian church of Panagia Katapoliani and its traditional habitat
  • Naousa and the old fishing port
  • On Antiparos
  • The cave with its stalactite-decoration
  • The medieval fortified habitat
  • On Naxos
  • The Castle of Chora
  • The sunset from the Portara
  • The beautiful cycling tours
  • The exotic west coast
  • The kouros in the garden of Flerio
An 8-days bicycle tour to the islands of light. Paros; a typical Cycladic island in the heart of the Archipelago with golden sandy beaches, ancient marble quarries and pristine landscapes. Antiparos; right across of Paros, with a fortified medieval habitat  preserved almost intactat,in the center of the unique village of the island. Naxos; island of Bacchus and Ariadne, is the larger of the Cyclades with a mountainous inland, which includes the higher peak of the Cycladic islands, yet with vast sandy coasts of unparalleled beauty; peaceful landscapes and hidden treasures; it was one of the most important cities in of Ancient Greece and the center of the Venetian Duchy of the Archipelago in the Middle Ages.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome

At the port of Piraeus you will meet our team, about 1 hour prior the departure of your ferry. Trip to Paros. Check in to your hotel in Parikia, the island capital. 3 overnights.

Day 2: Paros. Cycling to the north of the island

Today you go cycling towards the ancient marble quarries of Marathi, where the famous Parian marble was extracted from underground galleries. Cycling through typical villages you reach the east coast. Swimming stop possible at the sandy beach of Logaras. You  continue towards Naousa, where you can go for a walk around the old fishing port of this picturesque village. You return to Parikia via an alternative road. Normally you will have plenty of time to stroll through the traditional settlement towards the church of Constantin and Helen on the hill of Kastro, from where you can enjoy the sunset.
- 50 km, 400m ↑↓, asphalt, moderate, B

Day 3: Cycling on the south of Paros and the nearby island of Antiparos

In the morning you go cycling southwards. You pass by the monastery of “Christos tou Dasous” (“Christ of the wood”), at 180m high, to reach the “Butterflies-valley” (open only during the summer). At Pounta, on the strait between Paros and Antiparos, you take the ferry to the nearby island. You continue cycling on the island of Antiparos. You bike along the peaceful coast in front of the islet of Despotiko on the south of the island and then to the cave of Antiparos, at 160m high you take the boat back to Paros and Parikia. Several beaches to choose for swimming.
- 45 km, 350m ↑↓, moderate, B

Day 4: An early Christian church. Cycladic idols and archaic statues. Chora of Naxos

In the morning you can visit the Paleochristian church of Panagia Katapoliani and the archeological museum. Around noon you take the ferry towards Naxos (45min). Arrival in Naxos and check in to your hotel in Chora, the island capital, or Agios Georgios. The afternoon you can go for you first cycling tour in Naxos or just go for swimming and sunbathing and for an orientation walk in the traditional habitat. The best sunset view is from the Portara (“Great Door”), of the ruins of Apollo’s temple. 4 overnights.

Day 5: Naxos. Cycling tour to the SW of the island

Bicycle tour. We cross a fertile plane near the Chora towards the archeological site of Iria, where a temple of Dionysus was excavated. Through the picturesque villages of Agios Arsenios and Tripodes we soon reach the highest point of the day (170m). After a long, panoramic downhill ride we reach the Bay of Aliko with its beautiful sandy beach, where we can swim. Along the west coast, we bike through Agia Anna back to Chora.
- 40km, 220m ↑↓, moderate, B

Day 6: Naxos. Cycling tour to the impressive inland of the island

You bike on an asphalt road towards Melanes. You visit the "Kouros of Flerio"; the ancient marble statue of a young man in a beautiful garden. You pass by the village of Kinidaros with its marble quarries, to reach the highest point for the day (480m). Near the village of Moni you can visit the Byzantine church of Panagia Drossiani. On the plateau of Tragaea you can admire centennial olive trees and Venetian family towers. You travers the village of Chalki and after a while, on a hill, you can see the ruins of the fortress of Epano Kastro. After traversing the villages of Potamia valley, you return to Chora.
- 40km, 600m ↑↓, asphalt with small dirt sections, moderate, B

Jour 7 : Return to Athens

In the morning you catch the ferry to Piraeus (departure from Naxos around 09h30, arrival to Piraeus at 15h00). Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon free time to visit Athens. Overnight.

Day 8: Goodbye!

Farewell!

TRAVEL NOTES

CYCLING TOURS

- 4-5 bicycle moderate tours and 1-2 hikes if you feel like walking as well
- This tour is not addressed to professional athletes but to amateurs in a good shape.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

- 7 overnights in midle class hotels or pensions
- Breakfast in the hotel

RATES

From 658 €

SERVICES

- 7 overnights in double room with WC and shower in midle class hotels or pensions
- Breakfast in the hotel
- Ferry tickets Piraeus-Paros, Paros-Naxos, Naxos-Piraeus
- Well maintained or new trekking bicycle (from/to the port of Piraeus)
- Luggage transportation on the islands (port-hotel, hotel-port)
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24%

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Athens/Greece
- Ferry Paros-Antiparos-Paros (buy on the spot)
- Guide or Tour leader (possible upon request)
- Admissions to museums and excavations
- Meals other than breakfast
- Drinks/Beverages, tips, other extras
- Personal travel insurance

EXTRAS

- Single room supplement: 120 €
- Additional overnights in Athens or Piraeus if you arrive in Athens the day before

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If you want more, ask for our cycling & hiking version of this Cyclades holiday!
 
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  • Naxos
  • Paros
  • Antiparos
  • Athens
 
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