Private Nature Trekking in Kourounochori and Potamia Valley

Kourounochori, Potamia

Duration: 5 hours

Price

From €300
Price varies depending on number of participants.
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The Experience

Follow one of the most beautiful trails of Naxos through picturesque settlements, ancient marble quarries and the fertile valley of Potamia.

Hike through the richest plains of the island as you begin your walking adventure from Kourounochori, past herbs and flowers, olive trees, lush landscape, and impressive monuments.

Explore an area that has played a central role in the island`s history, as can be seen from the ancient marble quarries that have been lying here for over 2500 years.

Admire the remains of the ancient water system, still in use today, as you navigate your way along rugged donkey paths.

Marvel at majestic towers, a relic of the Venetian era, when they played host to successive Dukes´ summer palaces.

Immerse yourself in the local culture as you make a short stop at a taverna, and enjoy hearing fascinating stories about the area´s glorious past.

This is an easy walking tour.
Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
The total distance of the hike is approximately 8.5 kilometers
The highest altitude reached is around 150 meters.

Private luxury Mercedes mini bus Rental with a Driver – 8 Hours

Air-conditioned Mercedes Mini Bus for 8 hours (anytime between 07.00-20.00)

THE TOUR:

Make the most of your time in Naxos and rent a private air-conditioned mini bus with a professional English-speaking driver.
Experience the island according to your own interests and benefit from pick-up at the place of your choice.
Choose from multiple activities, such as taking in the views from lookout points, visit wineries and farms or relax in one of the amazing hidden beaches.
Take your time to explore the island’s nature and admire unique sights as Demeter’s Temple, Kouros and Kori statues, Venetian Towers and Byzantine chapels.
Visit places that you can only reach privately and taste delicious local dishes in small non-commercial taverns.
Benefit from insights and ideas about activities you can try on your own.

CONDITIONS:

If your pick up is Naxos Port, you need to provide your boat arrival details upon booking.
Refunds will not be issued if the tour is missed due to late or non-arrival of your boat
The driver will deny driving through dirt roads in bad condition and places that could be a risk to the passengers’ safety or cause damage to the vehicle.
Any extra time of holding the vehicle on disposal further to the initial booking, is charged with 50€ / hour and is paid directly to the driver in cash.

Naxos Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

Naxos Town (Port) – Ancient Temple of Demeter- Chalki Village – Panagia Drosiani – Kinidaros – Kouros (Melanes) – Eggares – Naxos Town (Port)

Departures: 08.30 and 13.15
Runs: Daily
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Guided in English and Greek

Children up to 8 years old may join us for free.
From 8 up to 12 years old: 50% discount.

THE TOUR:

Join this small group tour and get the opportunity to see many of the most emblematic sights of Naxos in only 4 hours! Learn about the island’s history, pose using its iconic monuments as your background and get a small taste of its delicious products.

Meet your guide at Naxos Bus Transfer Office, right outside Naxos Port and drive directly to your first stop, Demeter’s Temple. Admire the impressive restored sanctuary, take amazing pictures and visit the small on site museum.

Next stop will be Chalki village, the old capital and commercial center of Naxos. Get free time (approx. 40’) to explore its colorful alleys, shop unique souvenirs, visit the distillery of “Vallindras” or just enjoy a coffee at one of its cozy cafes.

Continue driving through old olive groves and reach Panagia Drosiani, a church of unique architectural style devoted to Virgin Mary- considered among the oldest in the Balkans! Here you will make a short stop to take pictures and if the church is open, also pay a quick visit to admire its unique frescoes.

Outside Kinidaros village you will make a short stop by the road to photoshoot the contemporary marble quarries before you reach Flerio valley. Walk through its lush gardens and meet the Kouros Statue, one of the most striking examples of Naxian marble art.

The restored olive press museum in Eggares is the best way to end your tour! You will learn about the century-old procedure of olive oil production, as well as taste samples of olive ingredient delicacies.

*On Tuesdays and on the 1st of May the Temple of Demeter is closed and instead you will visit the village of Filoti. Walk to its central church and learn the touching story of its construction followed by a short visit to the neighboring folklore museum.

Useful information:

This is a small group tour of maximum 30 participants
On Tuesdays and on the 1st of May the Temple of Demeter is closed. Instead you will visit Filoti village
You will have to climb steps and walk uphill in order to visit the Temple of Demeter
The tour guide is not licensed and thus not allowed to guide you inside Demeter’s Temple and Panagia Drosiani Church. You will get all the information about the monuments before you enter.
This tour will take place rain or shine
The tour begins and ends right outside Naxos Port. Luggage storage is provided for the participants free of charge.
Pick up service is included only for the morning departure of 08.30. Drop-off is not included.

Pick up spots and times for the morning departure of 08.30

PLAKA BEACH

Plaza Beach Hotel – Main Road: 07.50
Plaka Camping: 07.50
3 Brothers Restaurant: 07.50
Yazoo Summer Bliss: 07.50

MARAGKAS

Maragkas Super Market: 07.50
Paradiso Tavern: 07.50

AGIA ANNA

Agia Anna Port: 07.55
Margaritis Market: 07.55

AG. PROKOPIOS

Nikos Restaurant: 07.55
Birikos Hotel: 07.55
Lagos Mare Hotel: 08.00

STELIDA

Naxian Emerald Hotel: 08.00
Lianos Village: 08.00
Naxos Palace Hotel: 08.00
Golden Sun Hotel: 08.00

NAXOS TOWN

Naxos Camping: 08.05
Princess of Naxos Hotel: 08.05
Koutelieris Supermarket (Porto Naxos Hotel): 08.10
Naxos Bus Transfer Office: 08.15

Naxos Highlights Bus Tour with a swimming stop at Apollonas Village

Naxos Town (Port) – Ancient Temple of Dimitra – Damalas – Halki – Apiranthos – Apollon – Naxos Town (Port)

Departure: 09:15
Return: 17:15
Runs: Daily
Duration: 8 hours
Guided in English and Greek

Children up to 8 years old may join us for free.
From 8 up to 13 years old: 50% discount.

The Tour:

You will be picked up from a central location near your hotel and head directly to the green valley of Gyroula. There you will visit the marble Temple erected for the worship of Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island.

At the small village of Damalas, Manolis will warmheartedly welcome you to his traditional pottery workshop and reveal ancient secrets of his art. At the restored olive press museum, you will learn everything about the old procedure of olive oil production.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. 90’) 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 – great opportunity 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.

*On Tuesdays and on the 1st of May Demeter’s Temple is closed and instead you will have more free time in Apeiranthos Village

Pick up options:
08:35 from the main road in front of Plaza Beach Hotel
08:35 from the main road in front of Three Brothers Restaurant
08:35 from the main road in front of Aegean Land Hotel
08:35 from the main road in front of Yazoo Summer Bliss
08:40 from the main road in front of Maragkas Super Market
08:40 from the main road in front of Paradiso Tavern in Agia Anna
08:45 from the bus stop at Agia Anna Port
08:45 from Margariti’s Market at Agia Anna
08:45 from the bus stop in Agios Prokopios (in front of Nikos Restaurant)
08:50 from the main road in front of Lagos Mare Hotel (Ag. Prokopios)
08:50 from the main road in front of Naxos Palace Hotel (Stelida)
08:50 from the main road in front of Kavouras Village Hotel (Stelida)
08:50 from the main road in front of Naxos Golden Sun Hotel (Stelida)
08:55 from the main road in front of Princess of Naxos Hotel
09:00 in front of Koutelieris Supermarket – opposite Porto Naxos Hotel (St George area)
09:00 in front of the entrance of Naxos Hospital (Naxos Town)
09:10 Naxos Bus Transfer Office, right outside Naxos Port – final meeting place

Know before you go:
This tour is not appropriate for people with mobility impairments.
The tour will take place rain or shine – small changes to the itinerary may apply in case of rough weather.
A big part of the trip is through winding, mountainous roads. Please carry travel sickness pills in case you feel uneasy.
The tour guide is not licensed and thus not allowed to guide you inside Demeter’s Temple. You will get all the information about the monument before you enter the gate.
Changing booths and shower facilities are available at Apollonas beach

Private luxury Mercedes mini bus Rental with a Driver – 4 Hours

Air-conditioned Mercedes Mini Bus for 4 hours (anytime between 07.00-20.00)

THE TOUR:

Make the most of your time in Naxos and rent a private air-conditioned mini bus with a professional English-speaking driver.
Experience the island according to your own interests and benefit from pick-up at the place of your choice.
Choose from multiple activities, such as taking in the views from lookout points, visit wineries and farms or relax in one of the amazing hidden beaches.
Take your time to explore the island’s nature and admire unique sights as Demeter’s Temple, Kouros and Kori statues, Venetian Towers and Byzantine chapels.
Visit places that you can only reach privately and taste delicious local dishes in small non-commercial taverns.
Benefit from insights and ideas about activities you can try on your own.

CONDITIONS:

If your pick up is Naxos Port, you need to provide your boat arrival details upon booking.
Refunds will not be issued if the tour is missed due to late or non-arrival of your boat
The driver will deny driving through dirt roads in bad condition and places that could be a risk to the passengers’ safety or cause damage to the vehicle.
Any extra time of holding the vehicle on disposal further to the initial booking, is charged with 50€ / hour and is paid directly to the driver in cash.