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Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

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Activity provider: Naxos Island Tours

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

Activity provider: Naxos Island Tours

From US$ 465.12 per group up to 8

Explore the highlights of Naxos island on this bus tour. Discover picturesque villages, visit archeological sights, connect with the locals, learn about Naxian history, and more.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup included
Please wait in station at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • See the majestic Demeter temple site and discover the local modern museum
  • Watch the pottery workshop's demonstration and learn about olive oil production
  • Marvel at the neoclassical Chalkio, visit art galleries, and try citron liquor
  • Explore Apeiranthos, the marble village, and take photos of the marble alleys
  • Relax at Apollonas, a sea shore village on the northeast edge of the island
Full description

The first stop is Demeter temple, a spectacular recently restored ancient temple from 530 BC. Apart from the impressive monument, you'll have the chance to visit the archeological museum located in the same area, and to check out some findings from the site.

Continue the tour to Damalas, a cute little village in the heart of Tragea Valley where you'll enjoy a demonstration at the only remaining traditional pottery workshop and the traditional restored olive press. Then drive to Chalkio, a neoclassical village where you can walk in picturesque alleys, visit the traditional citron distillery/museum, and have an espresso while taking in the classy atmosphere. A visit to Panagia Drosiani, the oldest church on the Balcan Peninsula, is a must during your visit. Head then to the famous village of Naxos, Apiranthos, the “marble village," and stroll down marble cobbled streets and take loads of photos. Drive towards the north part of Naxos island to end up on the northeast edge in Apollonas, a small typical Cycladic village. Have a swim or just relax at one of the cafes by the sea. On the way back, stop by the impressive Kouros, a colossal unfinished statue from the 6th century BC, before returning to Chora, taking in gorgeous views along the way.

Includes
  • Transport by bus
  • Tour leader
  • Entrance to Temple of Demeter (4€ per person, cash only)
  • Entrance to Citron distillery (2€ per person, cash only)
  • Entrance to museums in Apiranthos village
  • Lunch, drinks, and personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are strongly recommended for anyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask while indoors

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sports shoes
  • Personal medication
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Explosive substances
  • Alcoholic drinks in the vehicle
  • Food and drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • On Tuesdays, all archeological sites are closed and the Demeter Temple will not be visited. On this day the Bazeos Tower is visited instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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The Naxos Highlights full-day bus tour was amazing - far exceeding all expectations! Tour Guide Nikos and the driver were both exceptional. Nikos is fluent in English and a wealth of information on the island, which he clearly loves. The driver must be complimented on his skills in extreme driving conditions! Only 1 criticism (suggestion for future tours): a longer time should be spent in Apiranthos, where it was too short to do more than have a snack. This could be a lunch break for 1.5 hours at least. Most of us were hungry by then! Time at Apollonas could be shorter, making up for this - most passengers did not swim, so 1 hour there there is adequate. This is the ideal tour for an overall picture of Naxos and to be informed of many facts which one would otherwise be unaware of. One can later return to the village/s of choice by local bus. Visited: Demeter's Temple, Damalas, Apiranthos, Chalkio, Apollonas, Kouros statue, Kitron distillery, pottery workshop, ancient olive oil press.

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August 16, 2022

The tour was great! It was easy to find the meeting spot in the morning, the driver did a tremendous job going around the narrow island roads, and the guide was incredibly informative. The stops on the tour were fantastic- from Demeter's Temple to the olive oil museum to the citron distillery to the towns, everything was truly beautiful and showcased a fascinating aspect of Naxos' history. Loved every minute!

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July 22, 2022

The tour was great, and I cannot recommend it enough. Niklas was the best guide I ever had, providing interesting information, great guidance and always a nice joke. Dimitri (voted best driver on Cyclades 2021, obviously) was chauffering us from A to B in no time, while making sure we get the best views. Only small thing I would criticize: the stop at Demeter temple and museum was a bit too short. Other than that - great tour.

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July 15, 2022

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