Feel the Aegean breeze and discover a lesser-known yet wonderful island of the Cyclades, very close to Athens. Local guides will show you around the beauties of the island, from stunning beaches, ancient monuments and temples to quaint Ioulis – Chora, oak forests and elegant sea villages. You will also enjoy a 4X4 excursion and visit agritouristic farms.
The first day you will take a ferry from Lavrio (one hour drive from Athens) to Kea, and in about an hour you will reach Kea port town, Korissia. After the check-in the hotel we will head up hill to Chora-Ioulis. There, we will stroll through its nice alleys and enjoy a trademark Greek coffee and pastry. We will then leave Chora and hike an ancient trail through oak forests and an ancient stone lion, all the way down to Otzias beach (downhill, easy hike). At Otzias we will enjoy a refreshing swim. Next we will visit a local producer and agritouristic farm where we will witness the process of pasteli (a sesame and honey sweet typical of the islands) making and have a light lunch with local dough pies, cheese, salads, rusks, olive and the renowned thyme Kea honey. After a short visit to a small folklore museum and a water mill we will go to the hotel for a rest. For lunch we will be treated a local food traditional meal.
The second day, after checking out and a good breakfast, we will go on a 4X4 jeep excursion around the island. We will have the chance to go through wonderful beaches, ancient temples, panoramic views, oak forests, windmills, lighthouses, exploring the rugged and wilder parts of the island. In the afternoon we will return to the port and take the ferry back to Lavrio port, and from there back to Athens.
INCLUDED: transfer to/from departure port with private car or van, a tour leader, ferry two-way tickets, one al fresco meal with Greek delicacies, one Greek dinner at local tavern/ restaurant, a 4X4 excursion, one night accommodation in hotel, a visit to a local producer and tastings, a visit to Chora-Ioulis, a short hike to the Ancient Temple of Athena Karthea, a 2 hrs hike from Chora to Otzias beach.
Scheduled activities are subject to changes according to weather or other safety conditions. The choice of the beaches will follow weather and wind direction. If you want you can participate in some short activity at the agritouristic farm, possible activities follow seasonality. You should bring swimwear, suncream, flip flops and trekking shoes, a hat, a towel. anti-mosquito repellent. If you have food intolerances, please let us know beforehand. Extra health and accident personal insurance available upon request.
Single individuals are welcome to book the tour as well. If by the date of the tour minimum participation requirement is not met, a new date will be suggested or the client is free to cancel with full refund of the paid amount applying. If more people sign in for this tour on the specific date, partial refund may apply if the corresponding rate for shared group tour is lower than the paid amount at the time of booking.