The Cycladic islands are exciting territory for walkers, and Walking Plus is the only truly local company to offer independent walking holidays there. Our routes take you deep into the rural heart of Greece, revealing the full diversity of island life and landscape. Some traditional paths, which have fallen into disuse, have been rediscovered and opened up by Walking Plus; some are way-marked but not in a consistent way: in any case, you are unlikely to encounter anyone on route but a lonely goatherd. But no-one’s got lost yet: clear, reliable directions and maps are combined with interesting information about what to look out for on the way, carefully collected, and researched and written with the well-informed enthusiasm and local spirit that is the company’s hallmark.
We want you to enjoy our self-guided holidays in utmost comfort, peace of mind and safety. Every island has its local Route Manager, who meets and briefs you in detail upon arrival, and whom you can contact in an emergency. Apart from solid notes and maps, you also get a smartphone pre-loaded with your daily routes (GPS tracks) – so you are never in doubt about following your route.
We want you to be immersed in the beauty of the island: our daily routes are island explorations that take you to beautiful inland villages, where your room and your luggage are waiting for you. All you carry with you is a day pack. You will eat and drink at local, traditional tavernas or cafes at your own sweet time, fully savouring the ambiance. No more bus timetable/route restrictions or uncomfortable bus rides to & fro the island’s busy capital!
Walking Plus will book you into and transfer your luggage to clean, simple but tasteful accommodation, for the most part small family hotels or traditional village rooms, where owners are friends or acquaintances. Where meals are not available at the premises, we direct you to the best nearby tavernas, cafes, and shops. We also arrange your private transfer to/from your day-hike start/end point. And if you face any difficulties, we – the local route manager – are on the island, only a phone call away.
Self-guided walking tours are for experienced walkers who have an adventurous spirit, love to hike, explore nature, discover new cultures, and care about making the world a better place through responsible tourism.
Travelers should be willing and able to walk anywhere from 10 up to 14 km each day. If you have any concerns or questions about the activity level of this trip 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.
We strongly recommend that for safety reasons, our self-guided walks are booked by two or more persons planning to walk together. We will, however, accept bookings by individuals who are experienced walkers, but this is subject to the additional provisions relating to solo walkers to be found in our Terms and Conditions.
We cover four of the largest Cycladic islands: Paros, Naxos, Amorgos & Tinos. Each island has its own distinctive character and landscape and offers plenty of hiking and sightseeing possibilities. You can do a week’s walking exploring a single destination or combine two of the islands for a satisfying fortnight’s holiday- with a discount! Convenient ferry connections are available among most of these islands. The Amorgos self-guided walking programme can be 9 or 11 days long to allow for extra traveling time and a longer holiday, but can also be combined with another island.
Many of our guests stay on for a week of Greek island relaxation and gentle exploration after a week’s walking and book into our affiliated country houses in Paros or a recommended hotel; please contact us for ideas.
An advantage of self-guided holidays is that you choose your dates.
Your Walking Plus holiday can start any day from March to mid-June, and from September to mid-November. We do not usually offer these holidays in late June, July and August because the weather can be too hot for walking, wildlife is in aestivation (a dormant state to cope with heat & drought), the islands are crowded, and accommodation prices are high.
To arrange a self-guided walking holiday, go to your preferred Self Guided Tour page and fill-in either the Booking or the Enquiry form. WP will then make a provisional booking for your group 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 only in the event of non-execution), we will send you confirmation of the Walking Plus holiday you have selected.
The balance of the holiday is payable 35 days prior to departure. If you are booking within 5 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!
“Excellent directions (considering the complex terrain) with an unexpected density of interest – archaeology, vegetation, geology. An important part of what we pay for is local knowledge and attention to detail. The combination of linking with ancient Greek island culture while walking and eating well was a very special experience that we could not have had without your excellent guidance.”
“Route notes are a strong point: better than most, maybe even the best we have used”
“We have done all the Walking Plus self-guided walks and never lost our way. I would say the walking notes made our holiday!! The routes and island landscapes are so much prettier and more unspoilt than some of the better-known walking destinations, and we seemed to have the countryside to ourselves.”