Hiking holidays on Greek Kythnos island - typical six-day itinerary, slideshow

Monday

- arrive Athens airport (non-Greek walkers*)

- 1600h - minibus transfer to Lavrio port

- 1700h - ferry from Lavrio to Kythnos

- 1900h - transfer from Kythnos port to hotel in Hora

- 2030h – aperitivo; guide’s introductory talk

- 2100h – dinner in Hora restaurant

Tuesday (14km, 5h)

- 0900h – breakfast in hotel

- 1000h – preparations: packed lunch, water, clothes

- 1030h – Walk 1 Hora-Loutra-Byzantine castle

- 1300h – pause for packed lunch, refreshments

- 1400h – continue Walk 1

- 1700h – return hotel, optional minibus from Loutra

- 1830h – visit to traditional village of Dryopida

- 2000h – aperitivo, dinner in Dryopida

- 2100h – traditional music evening, dancing

Wednesday (12km, 5h)

- 0900h – breakfast in hotel

- 1000h – preparations: route discussion, water

- 1030h – Walk 2 Hora to Ag Ioannis, Ag Stephanos

- 1300h – pause for swim (optional), lunch at taverna

- 1500h – Walk 2 back to Hora up the hill

- 1700h – return to hotel for shower, brush-up

- 1900h – archeological lecture before Thursday site visit

- 2000h – aperitivo, dinner

Thursday (11km, 4.5h)

- 0900h – breakfast in hotel

- 1000h – preparations for walk, packed lunch, towel

- 1030h – guided Walk 3: Hora to castle excavation

- 1300h – swim at Apoukrasi beach

- 1400h – packed lunch on beach, or at beach bar

- 1500h – walk back to Hora

- 1700h – alternative minibus return trip

- 1900h – archeology debriefing with expert

- 2000h – aperitivo, dinner

Friday (6km, 2h)

- 0900h – breakfast in hotel

- 1000h – walk preparations, packed lunch, towel

- 1030h – minibus to Dryopida for walk start

- 1100h – Walk 4 to Kanala religious site along coast

- 1300h – pause in Kalo Livadhi for swim, lunch

- 1600h – rest of Walk 4 to Kanala

- 1730h – visit to religious site

- 1830h – wash and brush-up

- 2000h – aperitivo, dinner

- 2100h – traditional music experience

- 2400h – minibus back to Hora

Saturday

- 0900h – breakfast in hotel

- 1000h – free morning/walk/shopping in Hora

- 1500h – transfer from hotel to Merichas port

- 1600h – ferry leaves for Lavrio (4 October 1500h)

- 1740h – ferry arrives at Lavrio (4 October 1640h)

- 1800h – transfer to airport/overnight hotel**

For a slideshow of each walk click on the highlighted line in the daily programme. Distances are approximate; durations are times on trails and indicative.

* For walkers from Greece the programme is adjusted to include Piraeus ferry, or Athens/Lavrio transfer.

** Given the late ferry arrival at Lavrio, and depending on your flight time, we can organise a hotel in nearby Lavrio or a trip into Athens centre for subsequent flight or city centre trips. This will require additional payment.

*** This programme describes walks with an experienced guide who knows the island. The Thursday walk has an archeological specialist to show the excavations. Walkers alternatively can use the Kythnos Hiking Guide book or Terrain's map of the island and guide themselves.

This is a sample programme and subject to change depending on guide and musician availability, and other factors. Your final programme will be supplied a week ahead of your holiday start.

The meeting point at the start of each walk is usually Stamati's Bar in the Hora, the island capital. By prior arrangement we will pick up at other points, such as Merichas, the port, or Dryopida village.