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    Naxos Highlights Bus Tour with Swimming in Apollonas Village

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    Duration:
    7 hrs 45 mins
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    English & Ελληνικά (Greek)
    Group activity: Up to 50 people
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    Commisionable amount: 5%
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    Highlights

    • Take a glimpse into the island's rich history and ancient monumentary buildings
    • Admire the stunning views and immerse yourself in the unique Naxian traditions
    • Have a tranquil and scenic experience with the opportunity to relax by the sea, take a dip or enjoy a delicious lunch

    Description

    You will be collected from a central location near your hotel and taken directly to the scenic Gyroula green valley. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the marble Temple dedicated to Goddess Demeter which is considered one of the most significant ancient landmarks on the island.

    Afterwards, you will proceed to the small village of Damalas. At a restored olive press museum, you will learn about the traditional methods of olive oil production. Following that, you will visit a traditional workshop run by a third-generation potter, where you can discover the ancient secrets of his craft dating back to ancient Greece.

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    Our journey will then take us to Ηalki village, an ancient hub of commerce renowned for its beautiful Venetian architecture. Optionally, you can also visit a local kitron distillery where you will gain insights into liquor production and have the opportunity to sample some of their products.

    Next on the itinerary is the village of Apiranthos, nestled at the base of Fanari mountain. You will be captivated by the stunning sights of Venetian Towers, marble-lined alleys, cozy tavernas, inviting verandas and traditional small shops offering local goods. Take a leisurely stroll through the village while learning about its history and traditions.

    Leaving Apiranthos, you will pass by Koronos village and the renowned emery mines before reaching Apollonas. At Apiranthos you will have free time to purchase lunch. To conclude the tour, we will visit the famous "Kouros," an unfinished marble statue measuring 11 meters which has remained in the same location for over 2500 years.

    The drive along the enchanting west coast, will offer breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
    They will eventually return you to your original pickup point, completing the tour.

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    Price list

    • Adults (13+ yrs)
      30 Euros

    • Children (8-12 yrs)
      15 Euros

    • Infants (0-7 yrs)
      Free

    Times

    Start time: 9:15 am
    7 hrs 45 mins
    End time: 5:30 pm

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    Your email ticket will contain all the information you need for an easy and smooth experience. You’ll get contact details, meeting point or pick up details with a Google map, our direct line (in case you need it) and much more.

    Options or extras

    A pick-up bus can take you to the start point from the following central locations for free

    Important information

    • Guests are requested to wait at their pick up spot 5’ prior the pick up time. In case they miss their pickup, they are requested to be at the final meeting place, Naxos Bus Transfer Office latest until 09.30.
    • On Tuesdays, the Temple of Demeter remains closed. Instead, you make a longer stop at Apiranthos village where you will have free time for lunch
    • You will have to climb steps and walk uphill 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 at approximately 14:00 .

    Please bring with you

    Camera
    Hat and sunglasses
    Water and some snacks
    Comfortable clothes and sports shoes
    Swimming suit and beach towel

    Includes & excludes

    English/ Greek speaking professional escort and driver
    Luxury air-conditioned bus
    Pickup/ drop off service from central locations in the areas of Naxos Town, Stelida, Ag. Prokopios, Ag.Anna and Plaka
    Entrance fees in Demeter’s Temple (4 euros per person) to be paid on the spot in cash
    Entrance fees in the kitron distillery in Chalki (2 euros per person, optional visit)
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities and Church donations (customary – not obligatory)
    Transfer information
    Cancel up to 24hrs prior for a 100% refund
    • Contact us at least 24hrs before the commencement of your excursion and we will organize a refund of your full payment.
    • The time for the payment to arrive in your account will vary depending on your bank, but typically it is about a week.
    • In order to combat fraud, we will not proceed with the refund until we can see the money for the payment in our account.

    Location

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    Naxos Bus Transfer Office
    Naxos, Chora Naxos, Cyclades, 84300,
    Greece

    Itinerary

    • Pick up from a central location or near your hotel

    • Gyroula village
      Visit the marble Temple dedicated to Goddess Demeter, an important ancient monument on the island

    • Damalas village
      Explore the restored olive press museum and learn about the old procedures of olive oil production

    • Chalki village
      Known for its beautiful Venetian architecture and the Distillery of Kitron

    • Apiranthos village
      Admire the stunning views, Venetian Towers, marbled alleys, tavernas, verandas and traditional shops

    • Drive past Koronos
      With the famous emery mines

    • Apollonas village
      End the tour with a visit to the famous Kouros

    • Return to the pickup point, concluding the tour

    FAQs

    Can I pay on arrival?
    It is not possible to pay on arrival. The only way to secure a booking is to make a reservation beforehand.

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    Amazingly thorough tour of Naxos! So glad we did it!

    July 11, 2023
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Having book only a small amount of time on the island we didn't realize quite how big it is! This was a great way to explore most of the island. The bus was very comfortable and the guide extremely informative and friendly. You can't beat the value for money for this tour if you're tight on time!!

    Milani Oralee
    Travel Date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
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