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Naxos: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling with Lunch & Drinks

1. Naxos: Catamaran Cruise and Snorkeling with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour starting from the port of Naxos. Enjoy lunch with drinks on board and visit the highlights of the Aegean Sea. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet our 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 day. 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 the first stop, 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 destination 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.

Paros Antiparos: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

2. Paros Antiparos: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Enjoy a premium boat trip with max 25 people on a massive 66ft Traditional wooden boat with sunbeds and plenty space for relaxing and moving around so you will never feel overcrouded on board! - We set off daily from Antiparos at 09: 45 and from Pounda port at 10.15. Our first destination is Panteronissia / blue lagoon. On board we will enjoy our morning coffee or juice. When we arrive, we will see shallow azure waters, which are impossible to find at any accessible spot of the island. After our first swim, we will taste exquisite local delicacies, such as marinated fish accompanied with fresh tomatoes from our garden accompanied by ouzo or wine. - Sailing around the rocky coast of southern Antiparos, we will reach our second stop: Mastichari cave. There we will discover small sea caves under white rocks which are suitable for daring cliff jumping. - Then, we will pass by the famous cave of Epitaphios and we will end up in the shallow waters of Despotiko for Greek lunch. We will grill fresh fish or chicken Souvlaki depends your preferences, and enjoy them along with fresh greek salad, potato salad and cold beer. - On our way back, we will stop for a swim at Faneromeni bay and we will enjoy some refreshing fruit. We will be back to the port of Pounda by 16:30 and to Antiparos by 16:45 . Throughout our trip there will be plenty of water and 3 drinks of your choice (soft drinks, juice, wine, ouzo, beer and cocktails .) Let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or if you don’t enjoy seafood, so that we can modify the menu. Minor modifications may be required due to weather conditions. We guarantee that we will do our best to ensure that you will enjoy your trip as much as possible. Looking forward to see you onboard!

From Paros: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

3. From Paros: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

Visit the rocky uninhabited island of Delos. Despite its small size, Delos was considered one of the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greek culture. Enjoy 3 hours of free time on the island or for a more complete experience, hire a private professional guide upon arrival, or join a group tour before moving on ( guided tour and entrance fee are not included) Next, go to the famous island of Mykonos where you will have another 3 hours of free time. It is recommended that you use this time to explore Mykonos Town. Walk to Little Venice, wander in the picturesque alleys, and climb the hill with the windmills and enjoy the spectacular views. After your free time on the island, you will return to Paros in the early evening.

From Paros: Antiparos and Despotiko Full-Day Swim Cruise

4. From Paros: Antiparos and Despotiko Full-Day Swim Cruise

Discover some of the hidden gems of the Cyclades on the ultimate cruise from Paros. Visit Antiparos and Despotiko, stopping to swim, venture into caves, and cliff jump in between. Reach paradise locations that are only accessible by boat. Starting from Paros Island- Paroikia port , hop on board the boat and head toward Antiparos. Enjoy plenty of swim stops to explore the area's transparent waters, and get the chance to discover unique caves and dive from cliffs. Use included snorkeling equipment to go deeper in the water. When it's time to eat, enjoy a traditional Parian lunch on board, accompanied by wine and soft drinks. Many fruits and snacks will also be provided during the cruise. At the end of the day, arrive back in Paros for drop-off at the port.

Santorini Full-Day Boat Trip From Paros

5. Santorini Full-Day Boat Trip From Paros

Depart from the port at Piso Livadi and sail through the blue Aegean Sea, before you get your first sight of the volcano and the breathtaking caldera cliffs rising in front of you. Upon your arrival at Athinios Port, your bus tour will begin. The first stop is the colorful village of Oia, literally hanging on the slopes of the caldera. You will have free time to walk through its paved alleys, admire its architecture and take stunning pictures. The next stop is Fira, the capital of the island. During your free time here you can use the cable car to enjoy the amazing views, walk through the famous Gold Street, or visit a museum. Or, choose to relax while you enjoy a meal or a glass of the well-known Santorini wines at one of the numerous restaurants and cafes. Late in the afternoon you will be driven back to Athinios Port and board the boat which will bring you back to Paros.

Paros: Sea Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Snack or Picnic

6. Paros: Sea Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Snack or Picnic

Sea kayaking is a most appropriate eco friendly activity to discover the beautiful seascape of Paros. Under the guidance of our certified kayak guides you will explore rocky coastlines, remote beaches and crystal clear waters. On our breaks we rest, swim, snorkel, explore the surroundings with short walks and have a snack and a picnic. Your guide will make sure to take photos of you kayaking through the most interesting parts of the trip and share them with you afterwards. Choose between the complete sea kayak experience that starts in the morning, lasts longer and includes a snack and a picnic or a shorter evening kayak trip version with a snack and the beautiful colors of the light fading sky. Meet your guide at the beach and receive all the paddling and safety equipment. You are then briefed on how to use the equipment, trip planning and all about proper and safe paddling techniques. You then start your trip and immediately get drawn by the exploratory nature of sea kayaking. Throughout the trip your guide will share with you local historical and cultural information as well as paddling tips and facts about the Parian marine environment. You will explore granite and limestone coastlines that are part of a locally managed environmental park and come across small beaches that have no road but only hiking access. Depending on the wind conditions and your trip variation you may continue on a more remote coastline with cliffs and impressive rock formations that come across a picturesque lighthouse which you will visit and could even try cliff jumping. A different option is to paddle downwind with the help of the waves pushing and surfing to reach the crystal clear waters of Kolimpithres beach and end up on a small island with a Greek chapel for a well deserved break. You will make 2 stops throughout the trip to rest, swim, snorkel, or have a walk to a view point and then depending on your trip selection be offered a snack or a snack and picnic . After your well deserved breaks and with replenished energy levels you will resume your paddle back to where you started, and like that finish your activity with a sweet tiredness and satisfaction of accomplishment. A full value day well spent in the outdoors.

Paros: Full-Day Small Boat Rental with Self-Driving

7. Paros: Full-Day Small Boat Rental with Self-Driving

Be a boat captain for a day and rent a small powerful motorboat that can accommodate up to 5 people. Enjoy a self-guided group excursion and discover the bays of Paros. Navigate the coast of Paros on a modern, comfortable, and high-quality motorboat. Have a brief training session upon arrival at the port. Then, set off and explore the coastline of Paros at your own pace. Stop for some snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, with equipment provided. Swim in the sea, or discover the many sheltered bays along the coast.

From Paros: Day Trip to Mykonos

8. From Paros: Day Trip to Mykonos

Depart Naoussa port in the morning and sail across the Aegean Sea to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Avail of 6 hours of free time on arrival to relax in the seafront restaurants and cafés of Mykonos Town or explore at your own pace. Use the time to stroll the winding alleys and take photos of the typical whitewashed houses with their cobalt blue windows and bougainvillea plants. Discover the chic bars and boutiques of Matogiannia, and purchase one-off items of jewelry, leather goods and local art. Learn more about the pre-history of the island at the archaeological museum or catch a boat to the ancient sanctuary of Delos. Sip a cocktail on a terrace to admire the seafront buildings of Little Venice, or rent a vehicle or travel by local bus to some of the famous party beaches.

From Paros: Mykonos Full-Day Trip by Catamaran

9. From Paros: Mykonos Full-Day Trip by Catamaran

Board the modern airconditioned catamaran in the morning which will take you on a cruise in the Aegean Sea. You will reach Mykonos, one of the most famous Greek islands. There you will spend 6 hours at your own pace, exploring the scenic town and its alleys leading to "Little Venice". You can also enjoy food and coffee at the hospitable cafeterias and classy restaurants as well as visit sophisticated shops and refined art galleries. In the evening the catamaran will take you back to Paros island.

Naxos: Santa Maria Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

10. Naxos: Santa Maria Catamaran Cruise with Food and Drinks

Explore the luxury of Naxos island Naxos, the gem of Cycladic islands, situated in the centre of the Aegean Sea is the perfect spot to start your journey with our luxurious and spacious catamaran Lagoon 450F. Enjoy the exclusive and wellknown tour around the island's sandy beaches or be adventurous and explore the hidden caves. We can also deliver VIP experience amidst the cosmopolitan buzz among the incredible coastlines of Naxos or Paros island. Enhance your luxury cruises with our range of choices. Discover the underwater hidden paradise with our snorkeling experience or enjoy the sun on the decks drinking your beer, wine or cold refreshments. We won't let you hungry as there is a variety of snacks or traditional Greek dishes. Be back in the port of Naxos by the noon and indulge in the unforgettable day of your life.

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Frequently asked questions about Paros

What top attractions are a must-see in Paros?

Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Paros

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What should I do on my first trip to Paros?

There are so many unique things to do in Paros. Particularly beautiful is a stroll through the charming capital, Parikia, where you can visit the famous Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church, one of the most important Byzantine churches in Greece. It's a true highlight of the island. However, the symbol of Paros is the romantic fishing village of Naoussa, known well beyond Greece's borders for its picturesque harbor and vibrant nightlife. In addition, there are some beautiful beaches in the vicinity, such as the iconic Kolymbithres with its impressive rock formations.

What are some hidden gems to see in Paros?

Two hidden gems in Paros are the villages of Lefkes and Marpissa. Lefkes, located inland, features charming cobblestone streets and white houses with blue shutters. Visit the Byzantine church of Agia Triada and enjoy the views of the surrounding valleys. Marpissa, a quaint village with narrow alleyways and old windmills, is just a few kilometers from the sea. Explore the traditional architecture, take beautiful pictures, and savor local dishes in the tavernas.

How much time should I spend in Paros?

Plan to spend about 5 days on the island. In this time, you have the opportunity to explore Paros' most important attractions and fully savor the unique atmosphere of the island. You can visit the charming capital, Parikia, admire the picturesque fishing village of Naoussa, and experience the breathtaking beaches like Kolymbithres. Plus, there's enough time to discover hidden gems, such as the villages of Lefkes and Marpissa. With 5 days, you can immerse yourself in the relaxed Greek way of life on Paros and still have time for beach days.

What food is Paros known for?

Paros is especially known for its delicious seafood. Throughout the island, you can find small taverns specializing in seafood, from perfectly grilled fish to mussels. Other highlights include baked chickpeas, gyros, a dish of grilled meat and vegetables wrapped in flatbread, and roasted mackerel, known as gouna.

What is the best way to get around in Paros?

In Paros, there are public buses that connect some of the main destinations on the island. They are a good option for getting around, especially between larger towns like Parikia and Naoussa. However, to discover the island's hidden gems and have more flexibility in your activities, it is recommended to use a rental car, scooter, or quad. With these modes of transportation, you can easily reach remote beaches, picturesque villages, and less-visited places, allowing you to explore the island at your own pace.

What are the best months to visit Paros?

The best months to visit Paros are May and June. During this time, you'll experience pleasant, early summer temperatures and a picturesque landscape in full bloom. The peak tourist season hasn't fully started yet, so the island is less crowded compared to August, and accommodation prices are more budget-friendly. Additionally, May and June offer several events and festivities on Paros, such as the Klidona Festival and street celebrations for the holiday at the Monastery of Agioi Anargiroi in June.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Paros?

In Paros, there are several enchanting places to visit. Naoussa is a picturesque fishing village known for its scenic harbor, vibrant nightlife, and narrow streets adorned with blooming bougainvillea. In the charming capital of Parikia, you can find the famous Byzantine landmark Panagia Ekatontapiliani, also known as the "Church of a Hundred Gates." The tranquil fishing village of Aliki on the southern coast of Paros boasts a relaxed atmosphere and excellent seafood dishes. Similarly, Piso Livadi is an inviting place to stay, another charming coastal village perfect for relaxing days at the beach and savoring delicious meals at the local taverns.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Aliki and Naoussa are two of the best places to enjoy the island's delicious cuisine. In the small village of Aliki, visitors can sample fresh fish and seafood in the local taverns, often frequented by locals, making it perfect for an authentic gastronomic experience. On the other hand, the town of Naoussa is very renowned, offering a rich selection of restaurants and taverns in the city center. Here, you can savor freshly prepared fish, seafood, and traditional Greek dishes while enjoying a delightful ambiance by the harbor.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The best area for shopping in Paros is the capital, Parikia. This is because most shops and boutiques are located in Kastro, the historic district of Parikia. Here, you can find all kinds of shops, from jewelry stores to souvenir shops, hip fashion boutiques, and shoe stores. Notably, Lochagou Kourtinou Street is where you can find the best boutiques by far.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Paros?

A recommendation for staying on Paros is undoubtedly Naoussa. This picturesque place, often referred to as one of the most beautiful on the island, offers everything you need for a perfect vacation. In Naoussa, you'll find a picturesque white old town with narrow streets, traditional whitewashed houses, and blooming bougainvillea. The harbor area is one of the most beautiful in the Cyclades, with numerous cafes, tavernas, and boutiques. Here, you can admire the famous fishing boats and take great pictures. The beaches near Naoussa are also spectacular. The Kolymbithres beaches are famous for their bizarre rock formations and crystal-clear waters. Santa Maria Beach is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, while Agioi Anargyroi Beach with its relaxed bars and beach clubs invites you to linger.

What's are 4 best tips for a person traveling to Paros?

• Book your ferry tickets in advance, especially during the peak travel season, to ensure you secure a spot on your preferred ferry.

• If you plan to explore the island independently, consider renting a car to easily reach the island's attractions and remote locations.

• Plan a day trip to Antiparos, a nearby island, to visit the world-famous Antiparos Cave.

• Paros is renowned for its surfing scene, particularly in the southern part of the island. Here, you can learn wind and kite surfing or watch professionals conquer the waves

What should people avoid doing in Paros?

In Paros, you should avoid throwing paper in the toilet since the island's sewage systems are not designed to handle toilet paper. Instead, toilet paper should be disposed of in special waste bins provided in bathrooms. This helps prevent clogs and issues with wastewater disposal.

What are your top 5 favorite GetYourGuide experiences in Paros?

• From Paros: Antiparos and Despotiko Full-Day Swim Cruise
• From Paros: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip
• Antiparos: Full-Day Sailing Trip with Lunch and Drinks
• Piso Livadi: Despotiko & Blue Lagoon Cruise w/ Meal & Drinks
Paros: Greek Cooking Class with Full Meal

What is one thing that surprised you about Paros?

What surprised me is the diversity of Paros and how some parts of the landscape remain untouched. The island is larger than one might assume, and it offers many romantic and enchanting places, whether along the coast or in the inland areas. Therefore, it's worth planning more time to discover all the little highlights and experience the island's diversity at a leisurely pace.

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What people are saying about Paros

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Wonderful day out in the sea, the skipper was very friendly and easy to communicate with. Also left me and my friends privacy which was nice. Delos is a magical place, really enjoyed the clear and bright blue waters, looked great in pictures. Highly recommend this operator compared to other ones I have taken in the past. Will come again!

Loved the day out in the sea, highly suggest this trip. The colors were so beautiful even on a random day! The sunset over Antiparos is just magical, the best thing we did while visiting Paros island.

Guide and staff were very kind and super knowledgeable and experienced. Made my first time diving easy to grasp and had an unforgettable time. Would book again!

Really enjoyed the tour and exploring places where we couldn’t have gone otherwise. Easy process in general, Recommended.

A great experience with great food and company! One of our favorite days yet! 10/10 recommend