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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: Naxos Town Food Tour with Included Tastings and Wine

2. 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.

From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

3. From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard a spacious boat departing from Paros Island. Navigate out to the Aegean sea with an experienced skipper and discover the nearby islands of Iraklia and Schinoussa. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters, then taste a delicious lunch. Depart from the port of Piso Livadi on the Eastern coast of Paros island. After a brief safety briefing, set sail for the first stop in Iraklia. Arrive at the secluded beach of Alimia, where you can snorkel and explore the sunken hydroplane from World War II, or simply swim in the clear water. Continue on to the serene island of Schinoussa. Jump into the crystal clear sea and surrender to the exclusive calmness and serenity of this small destination. Taste a delicious fresh lunch, served on board while you enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. On your way back, make a stop on the south side of Naxos, where you will enjoy dessert and fruit. After one last swim, sail back to Piso Livadi.

Naxos: Day Cruise on a Catamaran with Lunch

4. 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: The Mediterranean Diet Experience with Food & Drinks

5. Naxos: The Mediterranean Diet Experience with Food & Drinks

Spend a morning with us and connect with our authentic local lifestyle. You will enjoy the sensations of idyllic settings – far from the crowd –beyond massive tourism and staged tourist space! Research suggests that Greeks in rural settings live long and healthy lives in impressive numbers. A fact attributed to daily physical activity, the Mediterranean Diet, renowned for its simplicity and natural ingredients, including plenty of olive oil paired with fresh, non-processed food, as well as the characteristic slower paced, low stress country lifestyle. We begin our countryside experience with a short drive to a tiny, off-the-beaten-path, village where time stands still. On the way, you’ll learn about the flavorful food and tastes of Naxos. Once we arrive, you’ll step into a traditional coffee shop to delight in honey-tasting and local herbal teas. A walk through the sights and sounds of the village leads to the orchards where we’ll hike through unspoiled Nature. We’ll pass local farms before reaching our glorious final destination; a young farmer’s olive grove in a mythical setting with natural springs and cascades. Our host welcomes us to olive oil tasting and ‘farm to table’ local product sampling under an olive tree where the sound of the little waterfalls is like music to our ears. You’ll savor a variety of Greek olive oils and learn about our ‘liquid gold’, with its nutritional benefits, as well as the historic presence of olive trees on the island, and the current harvesting techniques. Gathered ‘Around the Farmer’s Table’ we enjoy the pairing of different types of olive oil with the homemade specialties of the farmer’s organic brunch creating a memorable gastronomy experience, sprinkled with Naxian magic!

Naxos: Cheese and Wine Private Food Tour

6. Naxos: Cheese and Wine Private Food Tour

Enjoy a great opportunity to meet the locals, be immersed into the authentic Naxian life, make cheese, taste homemade delicacies, go on a vineyard tour, taste delicious local wines and learn about wine making in the island of Dionysus, the God of wine! In a small cheese farm located deep into mainland Naxos, you’ll get a taste of what locals all over Naxos really do in their everyday lives and how the renowned Naxian cheeses are made. In this hands-on, off the beaten path experience, you’ll get to meet lovely farmers, feed the farm animals, observe and help the owners make the “arseniko” signature cheese. You will get to taste all kinds of local goodies made with products taken from the farm, drink the owner’s house wine and exchange life experiences over the family table. Next up, a beautiful, family-run vineyard, where the owner will welcome you and show you around his dear vines while commenting on terroir, indigenous varieties and traditional vs modern methods of wine making during a 20-30min vineyard tour. Then, the passionate and deeply knowledgeable wine maker will guide you through a tasting of five different local wines, paired with more Naxian cheese, including the famous “graviera”.

Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tasting Tour

7. Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tasting Tour

Join us for an exciting island tour of the villages of Naxos, which stimulates all five senses. Draw the curtain down on the guidebooks and discover the tapestry of local customs and traditions which brings the spirit of Naxos to life. Together, with your local escort, you will explore the island’s local culture, from village to village, meet people and taste traditional products! We drive from village to village where we enjoy a different course of a meal at each different location! Indulge in local starters at an off-the beaten path small village, continue to the highlands of Naxos passing the marble quarries and enjoy cheese, wine and main course full of flavor at the mountain village of Apeiranthos, known for its marble streets and medieval architecture. Dessert is as special as our next village stop: Chalki is the former capital of the island where we’ll taste Naxos’ famous citron liquor at a 100-year-old distillery and, as an exceptional treat, savor the locally- prepared custard pie. Drive back with treasured memories filled with a true taste of Naxian life, now and then.

Naxos: Half-Day Olive Oil Tour with Tastings

8. Naxos: Half-Day Olive Oil Tour with Tastings

A delicious tribute to one of nature's most precious gifts, one that has been offered to the island of Naxos with abundance. Another important reflection of the local culture. Join us for a trip that begins at least 5.000 years ago, as the age of the oldest olive tree on Naxos suggests, back when olive oil production was a much more painstaking process and Naxians celebrated in appreciation of what nature so generously offered to them. Provoke your senses in an idyllic olive oil tasting in the middle of a private olive grove, located in a quiet corner of a buzzing village. There you will meet the owner and passionate olive oil producer who will take you for a walk in his olive garden, answer all your questions about olive farming and teach you how to evaluate different types of olive oil. Enjoy the chance to visit one of the island’s olive refineries and learn how technology evolved the same basic principles and helped raise the standards of olive oil extraction. Meet the young owner and learn about his vision to continue the family’s tradition in the most sustainable way. Visit an old, traditional olive press and try to picture it in operation just a few decades ago. Step into the facility’s tasting room and discover how interesting olive oil can taste, by sampling a variety of goodies based on olive oil.

Naxos: Private Half-Day Family-Friendly Tasting Tour

9. Naxos: Private Half-Day Family-Friendly Tasting Tour

Explore Naxos while spending some quality time with your loved ones. In this specially tailored half day experience, you will first be taken to a cheese farm deep in the heart of Naxos, where your children will meet and feed the farm animals and help the owners make their delicious cheese! Then, you will gather around the family table to feast on all sorts of delicacies, made with freshly picked products from the farm. You will then head to a traditional pottery workshop located in a nearby village, where the owner will first give you a presentation of his ancient art and then help our little friends create something on the wheel! Up next, a visit to a beekeeper who will let our little friends know how brilliantly bees support the ecosystem for millions of years. Enjoy a variety of different kinds of honey and honey snacks. Plus, a presentation of bees at work in the safety of a protective glass, will be sure to engage everyone’s attention and help overcome any fear of bees!

Naxos Town: Walking Food Tour with Wine Tasting

10. Naxos Town: Walking Food Tour with Wine Tasting

A pinch of history and a bellyful of Naxian culinary delights in a stroll around Hora’s most mouthwatering locations. The town of Naxos, also known as “Hora”, definitely has more than meets the eye. Tons of history packed in just a few square kilometers and so many options to choose from! Let us take you to the places that we think best tell the story of this island as a whole. In this foodie tour you will begin your walk around the Old Town maze. You will climb up the Venetian Castle, where you’ll enjoy a snack inspired by the Venetian presence on Naxos and learn how the Italian conquerors influenced local cuisine too, while gazing at the breathtaking views from the highest point. Then, you will visit a family-run tavern to savor traditional Naxian recipes. Enjoy a plentiful traditional dinner, customized to your preferences (please inform us regarding your likes and dislikes: let us know if you prefer meat/seafood/vegetarian options). You will then have your palates all cleaned up with some refreshing ice cream, made with local milk from the farms of Naxos. Off to one of the oldest liqueur stores of Naxos, where the original PDO Naxian liquer, the famous “Kitron” is distributed from. Discover the history and taste this special liquor, Then, you will be taken to one of the Town’s oldest grocery stores to enjoy a tasting of a variety of Naxian cheeses and to check out herbs, olives and oh so much more. And to close the walk in style, enjoy a visit to a cute wine bar hidden in the heart of Naxos Town where the young, knowledgeable and passionate wine producer will guide you through a wine tasting session of Greek varieties only. Highlights - Full dinner with traditional recipes in small family tavern - Informative walk up the Venetian Castle - Landmark terrace café, for a Venetian-inspired delicacy - Ice-cream stop - Old grocery store - Old liqueur store - local PDO liqueur tasting - Wine bar - Cycladic wine tasting session

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This was an amazing tour and experience. The captain was a fantastic sailer and guide. His boat was well maintained and immaculate in terms of cleanliness. The food was wonderful and our group of 9 was a great mix of personalities and nationalities to spend 9 hours with. We visited two stunning smaller islands and a beautiful cliff area of Naxos. Highly recommend this experience with Costas on The Lady K to anyone interested in discovering the little known areas of the lesser Cyclades.

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.

It was wonderful, great stories and histories from Maria. Thank you!

Great value, excellent variety of locations, and history throughout.