2 meals
transfers on the island
activities ( hiking, cooking class, pottery lesson )
ferries tickets

Day 1:
Athens Kythnos
On the first day you will take the ferry either from Piraeus or from Lavrio port and within 3:10 or 1:40 hours respectively you will reach the beautiful island of Kythnos.

After check in at your hotel in Merichas ( the port of Kythnos ), you will have the day free * to relax by the sea, stroll around the village's narrow alleys and shops or enjoy the sunset from your balcony ! In the evening, you will enjoy a wlcome dinner with Tour Leader and your fellow travel companions, having a fisrt taste of the local cuisine and discussing your program of the coming days.

* The program of this day is free of activities, since we don't know the exact arrival time ( depending on the ferry schedule ). We can, however, organize a hike or other activities, if you arrive early in the morning.

Day 2:
Ancient Trail
Hiking to Vryokastro - Apokrousi - Kolona & Pottery Lesson

Our hiking trail today will takes us to the island's ancient capital. Vryokastro and then to the probably most stunning beach of the island, Kolona ! Starting right from your hotel in Merichas, our first stop will be at the beach of Episkopi. We will then hike up the hill of Vryokastro, a currently abandoned archaeological site and one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. Archaeological research has brought to the light findings dating back to the Mesolitic Age. According to the findings and underwater excavations, that town was constantly inhabited from the 10th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D.

Afterwards, we will descend to the white sandy beach of Apokrousi, where we will make a stop to relax ans swim. Next comes one of the island's highlights, the uniquebeach of Kolona. It is actually a strip of sand joining Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas, creating a lanscape of unparallel beauty!
Once there, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as lunch at the only tavern on the beach. You will later be transferred by water taxi back to your hotle in Merichas. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a pottery lesson by a local artisan in Chora. Create your own pottery clay and take it back home as souvenir.

A farewell dinner with the entire group together will compliment you last night in Kythnos island.

Day 3:
Medieval Trail
Hiking Loutra - Castle of Oria & the Thermal Springs.

Today's breathtaking hike will offer you amazing views and authentic encounters with island's history! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the north part of the island and specifically to the village of Loutra, a popular stop over for sailling yachts. Once there, we will follow an ascending path in order to reach the striking Castle of Oria, located in steep hill at the northernmost tip of the island. This fortified Acropolis that overlooks the Aegean Sea was the capital of the island during the Byzantine times and the Latin occupation: but it seams that it had already been inhabited since prehistoric times. 100 chapels flourished there during the Venetian Rule, of which only two still stand today.

You will have time to relax, enjoy the panoramic views and take some wonderful photos, before we turn back to Loutra from the same path. You will the afternoon free to relax at the Thermal Springs of Loutra, known for their therapeutic qualities. You can also enjoy your lunch and / or coffee in one of the seaside restaurants / cafes.

Later on, a short hiking trail will take us from Loutra to Chora, the island's capital. Chora is a fine example of traditional Cycladic architecture, with white - washed houses, stone - paved mule paths and arcades which will driveyou to endless walks in narrow ending to small sqares and churches.

Early in the evening, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Mercihas.

Total Hike Duration: 3,5 - 4 hours / 4,5 hours inlcuding stop. Total Distance: 11 km.

Day 4:
Modern History Trail
Hiking Dryopida - Kalo Livadi - Kanala & Dryopida cave exploration

Enjoy a good breakfast today, as we will explore hiking the best of Central and Southeast part of the island ! You will be transferred to Dryopida village, one of the most picturesque and traditional settlement of Kythnos. Once there, we will follow a hiking trail that will soon take us to the beautiful beach of Lefkes. We will have a 30 min stop to relax by the sea and during the summer months also enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea !
We will afterwards head to the peacful beach of Kalo Livadi, decked with small church on a rock. A large beach with stone slabs, pebbles ans golden sand, as well as big and very old cedars create the ideal setting for a stop and of course sunbathing ans swimming in the summer. The sound of the waves will be most probably the only sound you will hear in the pristine scenery.

Day 5:
Departures - Kythnos to Piraeus / Lavrio
Today you are free to enjoy your last morning on the island the way you wish, before boarding the ferry back to Athens or other nearby islands.
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