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Naxos: Highlights Bus Tour with Free Time for Lunch and Swim

1. Naxos: Highlights Bus Tour with Free Time for Lunch and Swim

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way. Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. Continue to Chalki, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You will have approximately 50’ free time to explore by yourselves. Don’t miss the oldest distillery of the island – Vallindras distillery - located right in the middle of the village, the sophisticated ceramic art galleries and the cozy shops with souvenirs and local products. Next, make a long stop (approx. 1,5 hours) at the famous village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional shops. Here, you will have free time for lunch – it is highly recommended to taste the local recipes of “rosto” and “kalogiros”. Driving past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, you will reach Apollonas. Get free time at the picturesque fishing village to go for a quick dip and enjoy a coffee or desert by the seaside. End your tour with a visit to the infamous “Kouros”, an unfinished marble Statue of 11 meters, lying in the same spot for more than 2500 years! Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean, and be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling with Lunch & Drinks

2. Naxos: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour starting from the port of Naxos. Enjoy lunch with drinks on board and visit the highlights of the Aegean Sea. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet our friendly crew at Naxos Port and board your catamaran for the day. The cruise sets sail at 8:30 AM and heads to the first stop of the day. As you glide along the water, admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack. After 2-hours of sailing, arrive at the first stop, which is one of the most famous landmarks of Naxos Island. Spend some time exploring then cool off from the heat in the crystal clear waters of a secluded beach. You can also go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life, or chill out in the shade. Head to the next stop of the day where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up epic views. The exact location depends on the day’s weather and passengers’ preference. During the 30-minute sail to the island, sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer or wine to keep you cool. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch then visit the final destination of the day for more water activities. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, enjoy fruit and coffee onboard whilst marveling at the last of the coastal view as you sail back to Naxos Port.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

3. 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. 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.

Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

4. Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

Learn about the traditional cuisine of Naxos, Greek food, or satisfy you passion for cooking with a traditional cooking course at a rural village. All dishes are made from local and fresh ingredients and with pure organic products. Learn all the secrets of herbs and aromatic plants. At the end, the cooking lesson turns into a feast as you enjoy the dishes you have prepared, along with local wine and traditional music. The lessons will take place in small or large groups, in couples and families, upon agreement, at the times and days you choose. If you choose to, walk along the river and get to know some of the beauties of the village. Make the most of more than a simple cooking lesson, but a rich experience, as you cut vegetables and fruits from the garden or even make cheese together with the villagers!

From Ag Anna: Rina's Cave and Ano and Kato Koufonisi Cruise

5. From Ag Anna: Rina's Cave and Ano and Kato Koufonisi Cruise

Leaving at 09.45 from Agia Anna port and return at 19.30. We ll sail along Naxos West coast and in approx 1,5h we ll reach Rina 's Cave. We ll stop there for 2 hours where you can swim in the cave ,dive from above if you are adventurous enough,step at the nearby pebble beach with the unique water spring is located.It s a magnificent place approachable only by sea! Next stop will be Kato Koufonisi and we ll have a splendid bbq lunch break wih a variety of delicacies ,home made by local naxian products and plenty of options for vegeterians/vegans accompanied with local wine, water and soft drinks.Enjoy a traditional potato salad, tzatziki, pasta, fresh bread, and souvlaki for lunch. Choose the vegan menu to enjoy dolmadakia and butter beans instead. Next stop will be Ano Koufonissi for a 2hour stop,where you ll be free on your own to stroll in the village,swim at the nearby beaches or get at low cost a sea taxi to take you for a brief visit to other beaches. We 'll depart at approx 17.15 and we ll be back at Agia Anna s port at 19:30

Naxos: Sailing Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

6. Naxos: Sailing Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Start the sailing adventure from the port of Naxos and discover the wonders of Aegean sea. Sit down to a delectable lunch full of authentic Greek flavors. Stop to swim and in turquoise waters. Relax with fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks. Meet your crew at the Naxos Port and board the yacht in the morning. Admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack on the way. Stop at breathtaking costal paradise and have some free time to explore or jump into the water and snorkel through schools of sliver fish. Sunbathe on the deck or sip on a beer or wine on the way to small idyllic island where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up coastal views. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch before visiting the final stop of the day for more fun in the sun. Have fruit and coffee onboard while enjoying the views on the way back to to the port of Naxos.

Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

7. Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

After meeting with your guide and boat in the morning at the marina, set sail to the Small Cyclades at 8:30 AM. Venture towards a top-secret location, so as not to end up with other boats around you while you swim. Your exact destination will be selected during your sail to the south coast of Naxos, and will be determined by weather conditions. Either way, you can expect secluded beaches, turquoise shallow water, and a lot of fun. Make three stops during the day for snorkeling and exploring the area, with some time set side to eat as well. Each spot will boast a particular feature, whether it's the color of the water, its tranquility, or its abundant sea life. Be prepared to swim, sail, relax, and lose track of time on your beautiful day at sea. Later in the early evening, you can expect to return back to Naxos' main port at around 6:00 PM - 6:30PM.

Naxos: Naxos Town Food Tour with Included Tastings and Wine

8. Naxos: Naxos Town Food Tour with Included Tastings and Wine

Immerse yourself in the culture of Naxos through its cuisine on this guided food tour. Walk through quaint old alleyways and aromatic markets while sampling some local treats. Meet your guide in front of the town hall to start your tour. Walk through the narrow alleys of the Venetian Old Town on your way to the local food markets. Pass by colorful fruit stands and take in the bustle of the marketplace. Catch the scent of herbs and spices wafting from the food stalls. Stop and sample some local delicacies. Savor some Naxian cheese with a glass of wine. Try a traditional potato dish and a variety of phyllo pastries. Learn about the local food, culture, and history from your guide. Finish off your tour at the foot of the Temple of Apollo, where a stunning Aegean sunset awaits you.

Naxos: South Coast of Naxos with BBQ Lunch

9. Naxos: South Coast of Naxos with BBQ Lunch

Leaving at 09.45 from Agia Anna port and return at 17.30. We ll sail along Naxos West coast and in approx 1,5h we ll reach Ag Sozon.There we ll swim and visit Ag Sozon chapel, a waveswept chapel literally built on the edge of the cliff with an interesting history ie One night several years ago, a merchant’s ship was wrecked in the maritime area off the coast south of Naxos.The merchandise he had on the boat was oil and wine. In his battle with the waves, he told God that if he would be saved, he would build a chapel of oil and wine in the area. Indeed, the adventure had a happy ending and he managed to get ashore to a rocky place on the coast. So, as the story says, he built a chapel and gave it the name Agios Sozon.Next stop is Rina 's cave where you can swim in the cave ,dive from above if you are adventurous enough,step at the nearby pebble beach with the unique water spring is located.It s a magnificent place approachable only by sea!and then nearby we ll have a splendid bbq lunch break wih a variety of delicacies ,home made by local naxian products and plenty of options for vegeterians/vegans accompanied with local wine, water and soft drinks at Spedo beach. Last but not least stop will be Panermos or Panormos is a golden sandy beach found at the southeast part of the island at a distance of 54km from Naxos Town. It is likely to be the quietest beach of Naxos, shelled in a bay like a small harbor with beautiful palm trees. The bay has protective arms and it is a real delight with calm, warm, crystal clear and shallow waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling. We 'll depart at approx 16.00and we ll be back at Agia Anna s port at 17.30

Naxos: Catamaran Cruise with Swim Stops, Food, and Drinks

10. Naxos: Catamaran Cruise with Swim Stops, Food, and Drinks

Cruise from Naxos and visit some of the most beautiful secluded beaches and coves. Your captain will choose the best route for the day depending on weather conditions. During the cruise, stop for swimming, snorkeling, coffee, and snacks, with your crew providing snorkeling equipment for everyone to use. At one of the stops, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared on board with local products, accompanied by cold refreshments including beer, raki, and wine. Our catamarans Danae, Rena, Anassa and Steve π are spacious and comfortable, and also come equipped with a shaded aft lounge and large deck areas that are perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. At the conclusion of your day of cruising, you will be returned to your port of origin.

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This is an excellent way to get a sense for the island. You visit a couple of villages, a beach, and a pair of archaeological sites. You also get a pottery making demonstration and a lesson on olive pressing. In season, the tour includes a stop at an olive museum and store. The natural beauty of the Naxos is apparent as you drive up into the mountains, stop in the quaint towns, and descend toward the sea. Demetris provides a friendly and accessible narration, and Vasilis drives the bus with consumate skill. We met fellow travelers from all over, and enjoyed the entire experience.

The tour was excellent and a great way to see the island. I can remember the exact names of our guide and driver (I think our guide was Dimitri?) but they were both very nice and our guide had lots of interesting facts to tell us. It was beautiful getting to see some of the villages and the mountains of the island. The swim stop was also beautiful. I will say that it’s a pretty packed day so keep that in mind if you want more time in each stop. “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece but only a second to fall in love with her” - and I couldn’t agree more.

Absolutely amazing tour! Natasha was the best tour guide as she was so knowledgeable and friendly!! She was so accommodating to my mother who needed a little extra help. The food was excellent and I couldn’t believe the amount we tasted. From donuts, to wine and cheese, olives and capers, to a full sit down meal that we shared. It was one of the highlights of my trip and I would recommend to anyone.

Can't say enough about Maria Daphne as our guide. Her combination of friendliness, warmth and thorough knowledge of Naxos made our food tour through the town a delight. Not only does she know about the food (and the places that serve it) but her ability to weave in history and culture made this an unforgettable experience and the highlight of our trip there.

This tour was amazing!! My bf and I did it on our third day in Naxos. We were worried the tour wasn’t going to happen due to it being the off season. But thankfully it did and it did not disappoint! Would really recommend this tour if you are in Naxos especially since the island is so big ! Shout out to our tour guide Nikolas he was the best !! Book itttt