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Naxos Island: Highlight Bus Tour with Swim Stop at Apollonas

1. 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.

From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

2. From Naxos: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

Sail across the Aegean Sea from Naxos and visit the uninhabited island of Delos to explore the most sacred of all the Greek islands from ancient times. Get 3 hours of free time to wander around the ruins and see the excavated artifacts in the small museum. Hire a private professional guide upon arrival if you wish to upgrade your experience, or join one of the guided groups formed on the spot upon landing. Then, cruise to the jetsetter island of Mykonos for a further 3 hours of free time. Use the time to explore Mykonos Town and stroll the pretty alleys of the romantic Little Venice district.  Climb the hill to see the famous windmills up close and get spectacular views of the surroundings. Sail back to Naxos in the early evening at the end of an amazing day at leisure.

Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

3. Naxos: Highlights Full-Day Tour by Bus

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.

From Naxos: Private Delos Island Boat Tour

4. From Naxos: Private Delos Island Boat Tour

Set sail on a private boat tour from Naxos to Delos, a Greek archaeological site in the Cyclades archipelago of the Aegean Sea.  Enjoy time to explore the island, visit the sites, and relax. Customize your experience based on the preferences of your group and the help of your private guide. At Naxos, board your speedboat or RIB, depending on the option chosen. Then, set off across the Aegean Sea to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delos Island. Discover where Apollo was born and explore the ruins of this major religious center and port on a journey back in time. History buffs will have plenty to see between the mosaic-covered houses, amphitheater, markets, Doric temples, and the iconic Lion statue terrace. Go on a pilgrimage through time into the heart of Greek civilization and marvel as you witness man's handcrafted tribute to the gods. Once you feel you have fully explored the island, return to the boat. Sit back and relax on board while savoring local snacks and drinks. If you want, head to a beach for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before returning to Naxos by boat.

Naxos: Portara and Venetian Castle Historic Walking Tour

5. Naxos: Portara and Venetian Castle Historic Walking Tour

See the Temple of Apollo and the Venetian castle with a guide on this walking tour of Naxos. Discover the fascinating mythology of the island as you delve into its past. Meet your guide at the port and start your historical sightseeing tour. Visit the ancient Temple of Apollo for stunning views over the Aegean before exploring the archaeological site. Next, move on to the Venetian Castle district and meander through its quaint alleyways. Discover the cathedral when you reach the top and see its historic coat of arms, as well as a Byzantine icon from the 11th century. Listen to stories about the ancient history of Naxos. Come face-to-face with the past at the Ursuline School's temporary archaeological exhibition. Head back down the hill at the end of your tour. Get some food tips from your guide as you pass by the bustling marketplace.

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What people are saying about Naxos Town

Fabulous tour!!! So glad we booked it. Nikolas is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide! Together with Mike, his skilled bus driver, they made us feel safe and comfortable throughout the tour with its many winding roads and their easy banter and Nikolas’ witty jokes!! The bus was spacious and very comfortable and we never had trouble hearing Nikolas on the bus’s intercom or outside (no whispers required.) he made good use of the time spent on the bus with his stories and vast knowledge. This tour was well worth it as we otherwise would never have seen the more remote and other beautiful and breathless spots of Naxos nor have learned so much fascinating history that only a local could know and tell it. All The stops on this tour were interesting and we never felt rushed. Would highly recommend this 8-hour tour to everyone who visits Naxos!!

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.

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.

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

A great day out. Very informative and really got to see the best bits of Naxos. Our tour guide Niko was fantastic, very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this tour for a day out