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The Enchanting Cyclades

Aphrodite, brilliant sunlight & sparkling sea
 
Begin your self-guided, three-centre walk with a stay in eclectic Athens, followed by days of leisurely island-hopping to explore churches and a castle on Serifos, beaches and bays on Sifnos and surreal white landscapes on Milos.
The Enchanting Cyclades. 10 nights
The Enchanting Cyclades. 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

​A walking holiday in the Cyclades

The Cyclades are one of the most popular and fascinating island groups in the Aegean, set in a circle around the sacred island of Delos. The islands are the peaks of a long-submerged mountain range, including two extinct volcanoes, Santorini and Milos, and are famed for their cubic architecture and wonderful beaches. Although easily accessible from the Greek mainland, a quiet traditional way of life has been preserved on many of the islands, and the warmest of welcomes awaits the traveller.
From the classical splendour of Athens sail south to discover the picturesque white villages and undulating hills of Serifos; the terraced hillsides and cobbled lanes of Sifnos; and the dramatic white pumice cliffs of Milos, where the Venus (or Aphrodite) de Milo statue was discovered, on an island-hopping adventure that reveals three of the lesser-known islands of the archipelago.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. Subject to the ferry timetable, you can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is April and May.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 14 14 15 19 23 27 29 28 26 22 18 15
    mm 90 62 56 25 13 4 1 1 10 54 67 87
  • Arrival in Athens
    Night 1: at Philippos Hotel (where you spend one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Travel to Serifos
    Taking the metro (30 mins) to the port of Piraeus, you catch the ferry (2h30) for the island of Serifos (pay locally for all ferries on this holiday). The arrival by boat is considered to be the most beautiful approach to an island capital anywhere. Your three nights on the island are spent at the friendly Aigaion Apartments.
  • Choice of routes on Serifos: 6km to 10km
    Serifos, with its landscape of wide sandy beaches, gently rolling hills and its small picturesque capital topped by white, domed churches and the remains of an ancient fortress overlooking the sea, is untouched by mass tourism. We suggest three walks, two of which are accessed by bus (pay locally).

    There-and-back walk to Chora's castle: 6km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 270m
    This short walk explores Chora, the island's capital, taking you to its ruined hill-top kastro. Not much of the medieval castle remains, but the views are superb,  stretching over the bay of Livadi, the tree-less landscape of Serifos and towards the island of Sifnos.

    Linear walk to Taxiarchon Monastery: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent 530m/descent 510m
    The second walk takes you to the uninhabited north. The huge number of terrace walls and mule paths that meander through this rocky landscape demonstrate how much time and energy has gone into the cultivation of this land in the past. The lack of trees makes for clear views northwards and towards several islands. You pass through three tiny villages to reach the monastery at Taxiarchon, looked after by one monk. Return from here by bus.

    Linear walk via Kallitsós: 8km, 2hrs; ascent 450m/descent 490m; longer version 11km, 3hrs
    Take a bus or taxi to Taxiarchon monastery. Your first target is the beautiful village of Kallitsós on the north eastern coast, then you follow an enchanting old kalderimia, enjoying some of the island's finest views as you continue to Pano Chora. From here, you can return to your hotel by bus or on foot.
    Choice of routes on Serifos: 6km (3km each way)
    Around Serifos - Chora Walk
    Linear walk to Taxiarchon Monastery: 10km
    Linear walk via Kallitsós: 8km
  • Travel to Sifnos
    You take the boat (pay locally) for the 30-minute crossing to Sifnos, a beautiful, hilly island with white, flat-roofed houses glinting in the bright sunshine among terraces of olive trees, brilliant fuchsias and bougainvilleas. Your three nights on Sifnos are spent overlooking the bay of Kamares at the Hotel Delfini. If you have time on arrival, you could head out on a walk (see Days 5-6).
  • Choice of routes on Sifnos: 8km or 9km
    We provide notes for a choice of walks here (accessed by bus or taxi, pay locally).

    Circular walk via Kastro: 9km, 3hrs; ascent 360m/descent 470m
    On this walk you will be introduced to the beautiful cultivated landscape of Sifnos: dry stone walls and cobbled footpaths wind across the terraced slopes; dovecotes and cube-shaped houses emerge from the green vineyards and olive groves; high above all of this a few bright white monasteries adorn the bare mountain tops. Your destination is Kastro, a good example of a medieval fortified village.

    Linear walk to Faros Bay: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent 190m/descent 380m
    Paths lead to the south coast through abandoned fields and terraces, where two surprisingly beautiful bays, including Faros, form a friendly welcome after quite a steep descent. You could visit Chrisopighi monastery before returning to your hotel.

    Linear walk to Vathy Bay: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 300m/descent 480m
    This walk takes you deep into the interior of Sifnos. Vathy literally means ‘deep’ and the eponymous bay lies far and deep in the most desolate part of the island. You can walk there directly, or make a detour to the summit of Ayios Andreas, home to an important archaeological site. The climb to the top is rewarded by wonderful views across this beautiful island and the surrounding Cyclades.
    Circular walk via Kastro: 9km
    Around Sifnos - Kastro walk
    Linear walk to Faros Bay: 8km
    Linear walk to Vathy Bay: 9km
  • Travel to Milos
    You leave Sifnos by boat bound for the harbour town of Adamas, one hour away on Milos, whose multi-coloured volcanic landscapes give the island a distinctive feel.

    Your hotel for your final three nights is the Villa Notos – or, for a touch of luxury, choose to upgrade to the Melian Hotel and Spa in Pollonia Bay, from where the walks are accessed by bus or taxi (pay locally).
  • Choice of routes on Milos: both 11km
    On Milos, inviting paths lead along sandy beaches to secluded bays with panoramic views over the glittering sea. We provide notes for two walks.

    Circular walk via Plaka: 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 400m
    The focus of this walk is Plaka, the traditional capital of Milos. Following a little-used kalderimi, you climb into the hills where the ancient city was once located. Explore the alleys of medieval Plaka and reach the summit to enjoy views across the bay. Continue past the ancient theatre and the early Christian catacombs to the extraordinary port town of Klima before descending back to Adamas.

    Linear walk from Phylakopi to Adamas: 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent 210m/descent 215m
    This mostly level walk starts at Phylakopi (accessed by bus or taxi; pay locally), one of the most important sites of settlement in prehistoric Greece, now left to the elements. The route passes extraordinary geological phenomena and good swimming spots as you walk along the coast towards the west. Turning inland at a wrecked ship lying just offshore, you pass through white sand dunes and enjoy breathtaking views of the tufa stone formations of the bay of Sarakiniko, which you can then explore at leisure, before heading to Adamas.
    On the coastal walk from Phylakopi to Adamas
    Circular walk via Plaka: 11km
    Linear walk from Phylakopi to Adamas: 11km
 

Accommodation

We have found stylish, charming accommodation on each island. Since eating out is part of the experience of any Greek holiday, we do not include dinner.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. 

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel on Milos. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. 

Wherever you stay in Athens and on Milos, we recommend adding an extra night to give you more time to explore.
 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 10 nights: 03 May - 31 May 2019, 01 June - 30 June 2019, 01 September - 30 September 2019 & 01 October - 11 October 2019

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    3 - 30 May £945 £460
    31 May - 16 June £1060 £500
    17 - 20 June £1125 £525
    1 - 14 September £1125 £525
    15 - 29 September £1060 £500
    30 September - 1 October £915 £445
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    If staying in the Herodion Hotel in Athens, add £35pp (£49pp in a single room), all 2019 dates

    Included travel: outward transfer between port and hotel on Serifos and Sifnos; homeward transfer from last hotel to Milos airport and internal flight Milos to Athens.

    Pay locally for transfer from Athens airport to first hotel; transfer (by metro or taxi) from Athens hotel to Piraeus port; ferry crossings; taxis/buses to walks (total approx €150pp).

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    If staying in the Herodion Hotel in Athens, add £35pp (£49pp in a single room), all 2019 dates
    Hotel Delfini, Kamares, Sifnos
    Suite with sea view: 03 May - 31 May 2019 £20
    Suite with sea view: 01 Jun - 17 Jun 2019 £24
    Suite with sea view: 18 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £30
    Suite with sea view: 01 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £30
    Suite with sea view: 16 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £24
    Suite with sea view: 01 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 £20
    Superior with sea view: 03 May - 31 May 2019 £10
    Superior with sea view: 01 Jun - 17 Jun 2019 £15
    Superior with sea view: 18 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £24
    Superior with sea view: 01 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £24
    Superior with sea view: 16 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £15
    Superior with sea view: 01 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 £10
    Villa Notos, Adamas, Milos
    Deluxe studio: 03 May - 31 May 2019 £10
    Deluxe studio: 01 Jun - 17 Jun 2019 £20
    Deluxe studio: 18 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £38
    Deluxe studio: 01 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £38
    Deluxe studio: 16 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £20
    Deluxe studio: 01 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Philippos Hotel, Athens (B&B) Double room Single room
    03 May - 30 Jun 2019 £60 £105
    01 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 £60 £105
    Hotel Delfini, Kamares, Sifnos (B&B) Double room Single room
    03 May - 31 May 2019 £58 £90
    01 Jun - 17 Jun 2019 £62 £102
    18 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £76 £112
    01 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £76 £112
    16 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £62 £102
    01 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 £58 £90
    Villa Notos, Adamas, Milos (B&B) Double room Single room
    03 May - 31 May 2019 £80 £102
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £95 £123
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £95 £123
    01 Oct - 12 Oct 2019 £80 £102
  • 10 nights, staying in Hotel Melian

    3 - 31 May 2019 1 - 30 June 2019 1 - 30 September 2019 1 - 11 October 2019 Price Single room
    3 - 30 May £1195 £670
    31 May - 16 June £1390 £785
    17 - 20 June £1455 £805
    1 - 14 September £1455 £805
    15 - 29 September £1355 £755
    30 September - 2 October £1160 £645
    3rd & 4th person discount -£0 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £0 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Athens

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Athens. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Athens easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Bristol easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Edinburgh Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Athens (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Leeds Bradford (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Gatwick Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Athens Aegean Airlines,  British Airways 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Heathrow Aegean Airlines,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Athens Ryanair,  Wizz Air 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Luton Ryanair,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Athens Ryanair 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Stansted Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Return route Airline
    Athens - Manchester Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Athens. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Athens

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    own transfer airport to Athens hotel pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to Milos airport (0h30), domestic flight Milos to Athens (0h45) included 1400
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 10 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers from/to ports on Serifos and Sifnos
    transfer to Milos airport
  • domestic flight Milos to Athens
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Greece, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most commonly spoken language is Greek. The currency is the Euro. Greek time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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