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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: Rina Cave and South of Naxos Cruise with Lunch

2. Naxos: Rina Cave and South of Naxos Cruise with Lunch

Sail from Naxos to Rina Cave and two islands on this tour. Sit down to a delectable lunch full of authentic Greek flavors. Stop to swim and in turquoise waters. Relax with fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks. Meet your crew at the Naxos Port and board the yacht in the morning. Depart for naturally breathtaking Rina Cave. Admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack on the way. Stop at Rina Cave and have some free time to explore or jump into the water and snorkel through schools of sliver fish. Sunbathe on the deck or sip on a beer or wine on the way to small idyllic island where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up coastal views. 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 before visiting the final island of the day for more fun in the sun. Have fruit and coffee onboard while enjoying the views on the way back to to the port of Naxos.

Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

3. Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour of the islands surrounding Naxos. Enjoy lunch with a drink on board and visit highlights, including the Rhina Cave. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet your 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 tour, Rhina Cave. 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 Rhina Cave, 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 island 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.

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: Naxos Town Food Tour with Included Tastings and Wine

5. 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

6. 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 Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

7. Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and the marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Damalas along the way.Start with a pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyula. You will visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. The next stop will be the tiny village of Damalas. Learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production at a restored olive press museum. Afterward, visit a traditional workshop of a third-generation potter and know the secrets of his art dating back to ancient Greece. Continue to Chalki village, an ancient commercial center and a place of beautiful Venetian architecture. You can also take an optional visit to a local "kitron" distillery and learn about liquor production along with tastings. Next, explore the village of Apiranthos located at the foot of Fanari mountain. Admire the beautiful views of Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, cozy tavernas, verandas, and traditional tiny shops with local products. Take a short stroll through the village and hear about its history and traditions. Leaving Apiranthos behind, drive past Koronos village and the famous emery mines, before arriving at Apollonas. See ancient marble quarries where you can admire an unfinished marble Kouros Statue that is 11 meters tall and that is 2500-years-old. Have free time in a picturesque fishing village where you can go for a dip or purchase lunch. 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.

Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

8. Naxos: Full-Day Small Cyclades Sailing Cruise

After meeting with your guide and boat in the morning at the marina, set sail to the Small Cyclades at 8:30 AM. Venture towards a top-secret location, so as not to end up with other boats around you while you swim. Your exact destination will be selected during your sail to the south coast of Naxos, and will be determined by weather conditions. Either way, you can expect secluded beaches, turquoise shallow water, and a lot of fun. Make three stops during the day for snorkeling and exploring the area, with some time set side to eat as well. Each spot will boast a particular feature, whether it's the color of the water, its tranquility, or its abundant sea life. Be prepared to swim, sail, relax, and lose track of time on your beautiful day at sea. Later in the early evening, you can expect to return back to Naxos' main port at around 6:00 PM - 6:30PM.

Naxos Castle Walking Tour and Sunset at the Portara

9. Naxos Castle Walking Tour and Sunset at the Portara

Enjoy a relaxed evening walking tour of Naxos Old Town, and become acquainted with the most beautiful sights it has to offer. Feel like a time-traveler as you witness the different periods of Naxos history, strolling through the Venetian Castle down to the old Market and up again to the ancient Temple of Apollo. Pass by buildings that have played significant roles in forming the history of the land, and listen to stories of times past. Learn about the contemporary daily life and discover more about the customs and cultural events that take place within the walls of the Castle all year round.  Lose yourself in the alleys of the vibrant Old Market maze and discover ambient bars, cozy taverns, and boutique shops full of souvenirs and local products. End your tour at “Portara” and enjoy the most breathtaking, panoramic sunset views. Your guide will give you a highly personalized tour and provide you with local tips about the whole island. Perfect for all types of travelers, including travelers of all ages, this is a fantastic way to experience the vibrant town of Naxos.

Koufonissi Islands Full-Day Boat Trip from Naxos

10. Koufonissi Islands Full-Day Boat Trip from Naxos

Spend the day on the lovely islands of Koufonissi and get an amazing 6 to 8 hours at leisure! Catch the boat from Naxos Town and relax on the 2-hour crossing to Pano Koufonissi, the smallest and most densely populated of the island group. Use your free time to experience the islands as you wish. Relax on the stunning beach in the village of Agios Georgios, find the sandy bays and beaches of the east coast or marvel at the typical architecture of the Cyclades on a stroll through the town center. Visit the uninhabited island of Kato Koufonissi to discover amazing sea caves and rock pools of crystal clear water. Depart Pano Koufonissi in the late afternoon and arrive back at Naxos Town at around 7:00 PM

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This is an excellent way to get a sense for the island. You visit a couple of villages, a beach, and a pair of archaeological sites. You also get a pottery making demonstration and a lesson on olive pressing. In season, the tour includes a stop at an olive museum and store. The natural beauty of the Naxos is apparent as you drive up into the mountains, stop in the quaint towns, and descend toward the sea. Demetris provides a friendly and accessible narration, and Vasilis drives the bus with consumate skill. We met fellow travelers from all over, and enjoyed the entire experience.

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.

This tour was amazing!! My bf and I did it on our third day in Naxos. We were worried the tour wasn’t going to happen due to it being the off season. But thankfully it did and it did not disappoint! Would really recommend this tour if you are in Naxos especially since the island is so big ! Shout out to our tour guide Nikolas he was the best !! Book itttt

Absolute highlight of our 2 week trip! Other catamaran tours haven’t compared to this one

Amazing trip, love the Alexander boat we were on! Definitely worth the money!