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Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

1. 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!

Naxos: Rina Cave and South of Naxos Cruise with Lunch

2. Naxos: Rina Cave and South of Naxos Cruise with Lunch

Sail from Naxos to Rina Cave and two islands on this tour. 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. Depart for naturally breathtaking Rina Cave. Admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack on the way. Stop at Rina Cave 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 island 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.

From Naxos: Cruise to Koufonissia with BBQ Lunch

3. From Naxos: Cruise to Koufonissia with BBQ Lunch

Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea on a full-day cruise around the islands of the Cyclades by wooden boat. Depart from Naxos and drop anchor at the uninhabited island of Kato Koufonissi, where you can dive from the boat to swim and snorkel as the crew prepares a delicious BBQ lunch. Return to the boat to enjoy lunch with unlimited water, soft drinks and house wine. Then, sail to Ano Koufonissi to enjoy 3 hours of free time at leisure. Use the time to explore the main village by the port or go for a swim at one of the wonderful sandy beaches. Take a stroll along the coastline and discover the amazing rock formations that make Ano Koufonissi a must-visit destination in the Cyclades.   Enjoy a glass of wine on deck as you sail back to Agia Anna Port with memories of the unique landscapes, pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and Aegean sun.

Koufonissi Islands Full-Day Boat Trip from Naxos

4. Koufonissi Islands Full-Day Boat Trip from Naxos

Spend the day on the lovely islands of Koufonissi and get an amazing 6 to 8 hours at leisure! Catch the boat from Naxos Town and relax on the 2-hour crossing to Pano Koufonissi, the smallest and most densely populated of the island group. Use your free time to experience the islands as you wish. Relax on the stunning beach in the village of Agios Georgios, find the sandy bays and beaches of the east coast or marvel at the typical architecture of the Cyclades on a stroll through the town center. Visit the uninhabited island of Kato Koufonissi to discover amazing sea caves and rock pools of crystal clear water. Depart Pano Koufonissi in the late afternoon and arrive back at Naxos Town at around 7:00 PM

Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

5. Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour of the islands surrounding Naxos. Enjoy lunch with a drink on board and visit highlights, including the Rhina Cave. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet your 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 tour, Rhina Cave. 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 Rhina Cave, 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 island 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 Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

6. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Eggares along the way. Start with pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. While there, visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island.  Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production, with tastings also included. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products.  Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas.  See ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch.  Drive along the west coast, one of the most beautiful routes on the island with an amazing view of the ocean. Reach the village of Eggares and take a guided tour of the small olive press museum. Afterward, be returned to your pickup point.

Naxos: Day Cruise on a Catamaran with Lunch

7. Naxos: Day Cruise on a Catamaran with Lunch

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. The catamaran is spacious and comfortable, and it also comes 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.

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 Town: Sailing Cruise with Lunch and Constantinos Boat

9. Naxos Town: Sailing Cruise with Lunch and Constantinos Boat

Discover the Aegean Islands on this sailing cruise from Naxos. Discover Naxos or Paros as you make stops for swimming and snorkeling. Visit secluded beautiful bays and picturesque coves to enjoy the crystal blue waters. After a light breakfast and safety briefing, set sail on the Aegean Sea for a memorable day trip. In between sightseeing from the water and stopping to swim, the crew will prepare a full lunch for you with local wine, beer, and soft drinks. After lunch, enjoy some fresh fruit as a dessert. On the way back to Naxos, the skipper will make one last stop so you can hop in the water and take a final refreshing swim.

From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

10. From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

Sail across the Aegean Sea from Naxos and visit the uninhabited island of Delos to explore the most sacred of all the Greek islands from ancient times. Get 3 hours of free time to wander around the ruins and see the excavated artifacts in the small museum. Hire a private professional guide upon arrival if you wish to upgrade your experience, or join one of the guided groups formed on the spot upon landing. Then, cruise to the jetsetter island of Mykonos for a further 3 hours of free time. Use the time to explore Mykonos Town and stroll the pretty alleys of the romantic Little Venice district.  Climb the hill to see the famous windmills up close and get spectacular views of the surroundings. Sail back to Naxos in the early evening at the end of an amazing day at leisure.

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What people are saying about Naxos

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 743 reviews

This was an amazing tour that offered so much insight to Naxos that one would find difficult to achieve just exploring the island unguided. Our entertaining and informed guide not only told us much about Naxos, the locations we visited, and the culture and history of the island, but also recited poetry and explained why one should love Greece and her amazing history. No matter my nationality my soul is Greek and this tour feed my soul.

We throughly enjoyed our cooking class at Basiliko Family Tavern. We are a family of four with two teenage boys. We loved our tour through the garden, the hands on cooking class, and eating our meal with fun and interesting table mates. Highly recommend!

Dimirtis our tour guide was excellent. The tour was fantastic and we are so glad we did it to see temples and beautiful inland villages where traditional pottery is made and olive oil was pressed for hundreds of years.

Transfer very well organized, we have plenty of time to visit Delos in the morning, k arrival at 2 p.m. in Mykonos leaves more than 3 hours to walk there. The crew is very helpful. There is no guide just the transfers

Great day out, took us to some nice spots. The day disappeared very quickly