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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$ 32.61 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. Approximate pickup times: 8:45 AM from Plaka Beach 8:50 AM from Maragkas and Agia Anna Beach 8:55 AM from Ag. Prokopios Beach 9:00 AM from Stelida 9:05 AM main road in front of Princess of Naxos Hotel 9:05 AM from Koutelieris Supermarket (St George area, opposite Porto Naxos Hotel) 9:10 AM from Naxos Hospital 9:20 AM from outside Naxos Port, Naxos bus transfer office


  • 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 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.

  • 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)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with motion sickness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • On Tuesdays, the Temple of Demeter remains closed. Instead, the tour makes a longer stop at Apiranthos village
  • You will have to climb steps and walk uphills in order to visit the Temple of Demeter and the Kouros Statue
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Small changes to the itinerary may apply in case of rough weather
  • A big part of the trip is through winding, mountainous roads. Please carry travel sickness pills in case you feel uneasy
  • Changing booths and shower facilities are available at Apollonas beach
  • The tour guide is not licensed and thus not allowed to guide you inside Demeter's Temple. You will get all the information about the monument before you enter the gate
  • You will arrive at Apollonas, where you will have free time for lunch, at approximately 2:00 PM. Make sure to eat breakfast before you start the activity
Customer reviews

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based on 183 reviews

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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.

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October 28, 2022

The tour was excellent and a great way to see the island. I can remember the exact names of our guide and driver (I think our guide was Dimitri?) but they were both very nice and our guide had lots of interesting facts to tell us. It was beautiful getting to see some of the villages and the mountains of the island. The swim stop was also beautiful. I will say that it’s a pretty packed day so keep that in mind if you want more time in each stop. “It takes a lifetime to discover Greece but only a second to fall in love with her” - and I couldn’t agree more.

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October 24, 2022

The tour was excellent! Our driver and guide were both fantastic - very knowledgeable and funny. We really enjoyed all the stops on the tour, and although it would've been nice to have some more time at some, we understand why it wasn't possible. Very enjoyable - thank you so much! (-:

October 15, 2022

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