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Just what we wanted! Hiking, relaxation and fun companions

We really enjoyed our five night walking holiday with Nigel and our lovely, fun group (of singles... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2019
mynexth0liday
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Hampshire, Uk
Kythnos Hiking

Highly recommended! We reached remote areas of the islands, enjoyed spectacular views. The group... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2019
NaTpis
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for something just that little bit different, this is the holiday for you.
You do not have to be super fit so do not be put off by the word ‘hiking’ as we would describe this holiday as leisurely walks combined with interesting facts, refreshing swims, plenty of wildlife and flowers, wonderful food and lots of fun.
All of the walks were guided by Nigel Tutt and Katerina and the pace is determined around your abilities.
On our particular holiday we were joined by David, a naturalist, who provided an interesting insight into the wildlife and flowers some of which were very rare. Katerina, who is a local on the island, shared her deep knowledge of the history, archaeological site and folklore of Kythnos.
This holiday is the brainchild of Nigel who has an in depth knowledge of many Greek islands but has chosen to settle on Kythnos. He is currently sympathetically renovating two mansion houses into a luxury hotel specialising in walking holidays in the historic village of Dryopida and we hope to visit this when it is completed in 2019.
Nigel has invested heavily in this project and we wish him every success. Nothing was too much trouble for Nigel so blow the cobwebs off you walking boots and give this wonderful experience a go.........you won’t be disappointed

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 30, 2018

A fascinating guided walking holiday on a quiet and unspoilt Greek island. The holiday comprises day walks to different parts of the island. The walks range from about 10 - 15 km, include ascents and descents and the paths are often overgrown and very rocky (a bit of clambering involved at times!). So it's a pretty good workout, but the walks can be adapted to suit individuals' capacity. Also there is no rushing - this is Greece after all and there are plenty of stops for water, to look in little churches and every walk has a good long break for lunch strategically situated on a beach!
Nigel, the main guide, and Katarina, who guides to the archaeological ruins, are both extremely well-informed about the island and its history. Visits to a honey farm, prehistoric caves and a museum added variety. Nigel also knows lots of great tavernas and restaurants so there are plenty of opportunities to eat well after all that exertion!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

An amazing 6 day self-guided hiking experience.

We stayed in Hora, since Dryopida Mansions have not been completed yet. There are a variety of hill hikes that typically lead you through historic donkey paths, past farms and purple valleys, to beaches that are completely empty and private (in May - pre-season). Nigel Tutt's hiking guide and the Kythnos hiking map was very useful in the self-guided hike experience, and pretty accurate as the wind does not leave sign-posts up in some places.

For the caffeine addicts under you, be sure to plan stops where there are known open cafes, as several days the search was epic, yet unsuccessful for a cup.

Be sure to take enough water, as the steady rise and fall of the paths and the need to walk stone paths do require fair hydration.

The hikes are easy to early medium in terms of difficulty and the swimming really cools one down at the half-way points. Routes 1,2,4,5,6,9 are all good, and well structured. A quick tour through a honey farm is also interesting.

A visit to the Dryopida Folk museum also gives interesting insight into the island's history and people.

Nigel showed us a nice selection of local foods by hopping us into various restaurants every evening. Altogether, the week felt too short. Highly recommended for hikers and swimmers, lovers of food.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

A wonderful three day hiking holiday on the beautiful Greek island of Kythnos, with an excellent and highly knowledgeable local guide. The terrain was fairly easy going, with lots of archaeological sites and areas of natural beauty to see. Stunning scenery and great organization. They also pick you up from the ferry port, put you in a lovely local B&B and arrange all meals. Highly recommended, especially if you like walking, scenery and culture.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

This island is a fantastic combination of a wild nature and transparent blue sea. Nigel Tutt, our guide, was MORE THAN FANTASTIC and carefully guided us through all different paths, via the mountains and the seaside, with amazing sunsets and lovely Greek people. If you like the sea and want to awake your body with long walks, this is a must for escaping from stress, hard work loads and crazy city life! One week of paradise, YES, YOU CAN! BOOK IT :)

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Elena L
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