Day trip

Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Activity provider: Naxos Bus Transfer

Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

Activity provider: Naxos Bus Transfer

From US$ 29.07 per person

Relax in a air-conditioned bus on this guided bus tour of Naxos island. Discover charming villages, impressive monuments, and learn more about local culture with several stops throughout the day.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Greek, English
Pickup included
Please wait at the pickup location 10 minutes before the pickup time. The local supplier will contact you by email to confirm the exact pickup details, please check your spam folder. Approximate pickup times: 08:45 AM from Plaka Beach: main road in front of Plaza Beach Hotel/ Three Brothers Restaurant/Aegean Land Hotel/Yazoo Summer Bliss, 08:50 AM from Maragkas: main road in front of Maragkas Super Market/ Paradiso Tavern, 08:55 AM from Ag. Anna: Agia Anna Port/ Margaritis Market, 08:55 AM from Ag. Prokopios: Bus stop in front of Nikos Bikes/ main road in front of Lagos Mare Hotel, 09:00 AM from Stelida: main road in front of Naxos Palace Hotel/ Kavouras Village/ Naxos Golden Sun Hotel, 09:05 AM main road in front of Princess of Naxos Hotel, 09:10 AM from Naxos Town: SPAR-Koutelieris Supermarket (St George area)/Naxos Hospital, 09:20 AM from outside Naxos Port - Naxos Bus Transfer Office

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover some of the highlights of Naxos Island
  • Visit Demeter's Temple, a sanctuary dated to the 6th Century BC
  • Explore the marble-paved neighborhoods of Apiranthos
  • See the gigantic statue of Kouros at the ancient marble quarries
  • Enjoy a refreshing swimming stop at the picturesque Apollonas Bay
Full description

Explore the wonders of Naxos island on this guided bus. Visit the valley of Gyroula and marble quarries of Apollonas. Stop at the villages of Chalki, Apiranthos, and Eggares along the way.

Start with pickup from a variety of locations on Naxos and first travel to the green valley of Gyroula. While there, visit the marble temple of the Goddess Demeter, which is one of the most important ancient monuments on the island. 

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, with tastings also included.

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 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. Reach the village of Eggares and take a guided tour of the small olive press museum. Afterward, be returned to your pickup point.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from a central location near your hotel
  • Greek/English-speaking experienced local tour guide
  • Greek/English-speaking professional driver
  • Luxury air-conditioned bus transportation
  • All taxes
  • Entrance fee at Demeter's Temple (€4 per person to be paid on the spot)
  • Entrance fee to the kitron distillery (€2 per person, optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities and church donations (customary - not obligatory)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • On Tuesdays, Demeter's Temple is closed; instead, the tour visits a traditional pottery workshop in Damalas Village
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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This tour is a great way to see the main attractions of the island, we stop at some locations for just the right time, the tour guide was very nice and shared some nice information about the places we were seeing, perfect if you don’t have a car and want to see more of the island.

September 24, 2022

Great way to see the entire island. Each stop was just the right amount of time to take in the area. The swim stop was refreshing and plenty of places to choose from if you wanted food or beverage. The guide was excellent and the driver managed those hairpin turns skillfully.. Highly recommend this tour to see Naxos, it is well worth the time and an excellent value.

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September 13, 2022

Amazing day trip!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day spent with this tour- we got a great peek into the wonders of Naxos, seeing many highlights and learning about the island’s history and culture. Our tour guide and driver were both wonderful and a pleasure to spend the day with! We loved each stop on the tour- our favorite moments were swimming at Apollonos, sampling olive oil, exploring Chalki, and seeing the Kourous statue. Would highly recommend this tour to all! A great way to spend the day and learn more about Naxos!

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September 11, 2022

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