Guided: The WP Way

Walk with the experts

What makes our guided tours special?

We offer our travelers an unforgettable hiking experience, walking on centuries-old routes from village to village. Contrary to most walking tours operators, we use smaller, really traditional villages as home bases for our hikes. We spend the night in family-run village rooms, have a morning coffee or a ‘raki’ with the locals, visit secret corners, and see and taste local produce.

We believe in walking as the best way to discover a place, so our travelers traverse the islands on foot, keeping road transfers to a minimum. However, they travel light with a small day-pack as luggage is transferred for them. Of course, we select the best possible routes, and spending the night inland also allows for truly going ‘off-the beaten track’.

Our guides are professional walking tours escorts, who live and breathe on the Cyclades. In fluent English, they will give you ‘insider’ information on the flora & fauna, geography, culture, and local traditions; they will also prepare every single detail to ‘make the place come alive’ and offer you the journey of a lifetime!  

Our itineraries comprise more than good hikes in remarkable landscapes; they offer travelers a ‘feel of the place’. Fun & ‘soft adventure’ parts are also included: swimming in fabulous beaches, scrambling on hillsides to discover ancient settlements and chapels, tracing the course of civilisation in archaeological sites (and in daily life), or even special cave explorations with torches to marvel at the wonders of nature.

Finally, gastronomic explorations make a big part of the experience. En route, we prepare gourmet picnics with fresh, traditional and local produce and wine – small feasts in select locations with great ambiance. Also, we introduce you to traditional village cafés and well-chosen, family-owned tavernas to try original Greek specialties and the best local wine!

Who are they for?

Guided walking tours are for travelers who have an adventurous spirit, love to hike, explore nature, discover new cultures, share their experience with a group and care about making the world a better place through responsible tourism; those who find joy in stepping outside of their comfort zone, love trying new things, and are excited to explore a culture different from their own.  They are also for a solo traveler who does not want to travel solo, but instead with an interesting group of people and for those who do not want to spend 10+ hours planning the trip of a lifetime. 

Our walking tours are active, and involve a lot of walking, sometimes in high temperatures, or on uneven tracks and rocky terrain.  Travelers should be willing and able to walk anywhere from to 10-15 km each day, depending in the tour. Information is given in any given tour description, however please also read our fitness page or contact us before booking – we want to ensure that everyone on our trips is safe, and will be able to keep up with the active itinerary.  

Small is beautiful

Our groups are small (5-10 persons) and allow for the kind of genuine travel moments that you simply could never get on your own, while encouraging you to create lasting ties between fellow travelers. Solo travelers may explore without sacrificing the quality of the experience while forming lifelong bonds with strangers-turned-friends. For couples, the travel experience is enhanced; one even gets access to experiences they would never be able to plan or enjoy by themselves. Also, in a small group, travelers are given the individual attention and assistance they require at any time. 

Finally, one can be resourceful in a small group: We can accommodate mixed abilities in the group, so that fitter or more adventurous group members can benefit from our in-depth route knowledge, and enjoy their walking holiday more.

Where to and how?

The Cyclades consists of 56 inhabited isles that make exciting territory for walking, not just for the sake of their uncontested natural beauty, but also for their stories. We are islanders and we know them both from within. Whether you walk and explore in cosmopolitan Paros or wild Polyegos, in a mixed-group or privately, your guide will take you along routes known only to locals and give you the chance to learn all about the island’s history, culture and wildlife, and introduce you to island life.  Be they single island explorations or island combos, our group guided programmes are designed to offer you a sense of discovery and the true ‘feel of the place’ as we know it. To whet your appetite, read more in our Cycladic hiking page, as well as our travel articles on the Cyclades.

If you like the sound of a WP small-group guided walking holiday, check out our Destinations page and our Group Guided Tours with fixed date departures… and book your next travel escape to the Cyclades!

Do you have a unique vision of a trip to the Cyclades that is all your own? We can help you bring that vision to life. We’ll take our local expertise, deep network of fascinating individuals, and years of experience hand-crafting walking tours and combine it with your dreams for an adventure of a lifetime. No itinerary is the same, as we take the time to understand you every step of the way and ensure that we create  the perfect walking holiday for you. Please see Walking Plus Tailor-made for more information.

Trust us with your guided or self-guided  travel experience… and make the most of your time in the Cyclades!

How do I book?

To arrange a group guided walking holiday, go to your preferred  Group Guided Tour page and fill-in either the Booking or the Enquiry form. We will then make a provisional booking for you and hold this for an agreed period (up to one week) until you confirm it.  As soon as we receive your booking form and deposit (€90 per person, refundable in the event of non-execution), we will send you confirmation of the WP holiday you have selected.

Fixed departures are guaranteed with a minimum participation of 5 persons. Departure confirmation will be communicated to you 30 days prior to departure and the final payment of the balance of the holiday is payable then. If you are booking within 4 weeks of the date of departure, full payment is to be made at the time of booking.

For more information, please visit our booking Terms and Conditions page, or simply ask us!

Walking Plus enshrines the concept of quality tourism with walking tours that take in Greece’s unique combination of sea, landscape, culture, history, and traditional agriculture.
It shows what enthusiasm, hard work, and organization can do with a great concept in a virtually virgin market.

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The Plus in Guided Walking

Expert guides

Insights in nature, history & culture

Small & versatile

Added fun & adventure for everyone in the group

Village to village

Hike into the heart of Greek landscape

Hand-picked accommodation

Selected traditional village rooms

Local gastronomy

Gourmet picnics & dinners

Local & responsible

For society and nature, every step of the way

Included in our price

Hand-picked accomodation

The accommodation has been carefully selected mainly referring to family-owned village rooms that offer a warm welcome, an authentic setting, and quality services.  We want you to feel like home, experience the Greek hospitality, and have the opportunity to meet locals and enrich your cultural exchange experience during your unforgettable adventure.

We seek more boutique and unique accommodations with plenty of charm and local character, that provide a worthwhile experience. Most importantly, these places stay true to our ethos of local immersion.  We assure you that your accommodations will be clean, safe, and well-maintained.

Travelers must be comfortable sharing a room with another traveler in the group of the same gender. If you do not travel with a partner, we welcome solo travelers and our trips are perfectly set up to allow you to make new friends.  

 

Experienced, locally-based guide

Guided walking tours are leaded by islanders who have the knowledge and the passion to introduce you to the authentic cultural and gastronomic experiences, offer insights to the land and the people, and share with you a walking holiday adventure of a lifetime. 

Documentation of your trip

We provide our travelers with a detailed programme with digital maps and descriptions on their daily walking itinerary so that they can keep track on and later on to have a 

We provide our travelers with dynamic and candid images throughout the trip so that they can share with their friends and family in real-time.  Our travelers focus on being present in the moment and let someone else capture it. While this is an important element that adds to the unique experience of our trips, it is not the focus of our trip. Our travelers are excited about receiving stunning images each morning, but the act of travel and indulging at the moment is what they value most.

 

 

All transport within the programme

Our walking tours are designed in coordination with public transportation timetables, with easily accessible departure points in an effort to minimize our carbon footprint and stay true to our eco-tourism principle. Where necessary transport may be arranged by private transfer or taxi. 

Transportation is offered upon arrival and departure to/from the port from/to the hotel, to/from and between islands, to and from our starting and ending walking points.

Ferries upon arrival to and departure from the island and between islands are also included.

 

 

Full board meals

You are introduced to a unique gastronomic and cultural journey during your walking trip.

Breakfasts are prepared with local biological products and are well balanced to support our daily activity.

Unique picnics are offered daily en route to romantic open-air unique places.  Carefully selected local products and well-balanced gourmet menus are prepared daily, offering a variety of tastes, enriched with wine aromas, to introduce you to the local gastronomy and in line with your walking activity.

Suppers are enjoyed to traditional, well-chosen, local family-owned tavernas where Greek specialties are prepared with selected local products accompanied by the best local wine!  

Applicable taxes

Taxes concern a surplus of an accommodation tax and/or 24% VAT  to all expenses.

Not ncluded in our price

Mandatory travel insurance

It is a condition of your acceptance on a Walking Plus holiday that you are covered by adequate travel
insurance.  It is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that your levels of insurance are adequate. You are advised to take out a policy particular to walking and its associated risks. More information on the Terms and Conditions

Arfaire in and out of the country

Book your own air tickets from your home country to visit Greece. You will arrive at Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens. Keep in mind that Cycladic islands do have airports. Visit our  Getting there page for more information or contact us .

Trasport upon arrival and departure

Transfer from/to the airport to/from the hotel upon arrival and departure is at your own cost. There are public means of transportation (public bus, metro) at the airport the cost of which does not exceed the price of 10euros. Private transfer is also available. Please contact us for further information.

Single surplus

The holiday prices are per person based on two people sharing a room for the related period March-June September-November.  There is a surcharge for accommodation nights in the second half of June, July, and August. Where relevant it is estimated that a single supplement of €100 per week is charged on all holidays.

Drinks and refreshments

Alcohol and refreshments are at your own cost except were noted in the programme.

Entrance fees

Entrance fees for museums, exhibitions, archeological sites or other Unesco/Natura protected sites are at your own cost.

Extending your holiday?

Combine with other WP tours and get a discount!
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