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Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

1. Naxos: Half Day History and Culture Guided Tour

Meet your guide at Naxos Bus Transfer Office, right outside Naxos Port and drive directly to your first stop, Demeter’s Temple. Admire the impressive restored sanctuary, take amazing pictures and visit the small on spot museum. Next stop will be Panagia Drosiani, a church of unique architectural style devoted to Virgin Mary. Some of its frescoes date to the 6th century and are considered among the oldest in the Balkans! The church is part of an old monastery and is a Byzantine gem hidden among the olive groves of Tragea valley. Continue driving past Kinidaros. Here you will make a short stop to photoshoot the contemporary marble quarries before you reach Flerio valley. Walk through the lush gardens and meet the Kouros Statue, one of the most striking examples of Naxian marble art. Your last stop is a tribute to one of the most treasured Greek products. In Eggares olive press museum you will learn everything about the old procedures of olive oil production and you will also taste delicious olive products.

Naxos: Private Minibus Rental with an Experienced Driver

2. Naxos: Private Minibus Rental with an Experienced Driver

Make the most of your time in Naxos and rent a private air-conditioned mini bus with a professional English-speaking driver. Experience the island according to your own interests and benefit from pick-up at the place of your choice. Choose from multiple activities, such as taking in the views from lookout points, visit wineries and farms or relax in one of the amazing hidden beaches. Take your time to explore the island’s nature and admire unique sights as Demeter’s Temple, Kouros and Kori statues, Venetian Towers and Byzantine chapels. Visit places that you can only reach privately and taste delicious local dishes in small non-commercial taverns. Recommended 4 hours itineraries: 1) If you are mostly interested in sight-seeing and monuments Demeter’s Temple (entrance fee 4€/person to be paid on the spot in cash) Chalki Village with a visit to the oldest distillery in Naxos and taste of the local liqueur "kitron" (entrance fee 3€/person to be paid on the spot in cash) Panagia Drosiani Monastery (one of the oldest Byzantine monasteries in the Balkans with rare frescoes Kouros Statue at Flerio Eggares olive press museum with olive oil and olive delicacies tastings This would be a rather rushed itinerary with short stops, but you can see as much as possible in 4 hours. 2) If you want to visit the most popular villages Chalki – Apiranthos Apiranthos is Naxos' most famous and popular village, but you should estimate approx. 1.5 hours of total driving to go there and return. It is easily combined with another stop to Chalki or/and Filoti. 3) A little bit of history and culture Demeter’s Temple - Damalas pottery workshop – Chalki Village – Eggares olive press museum. Demeter’s Temple is Naxos' most significant ancient monument and most probably the #1 “must see” on the island. The pottery workshop in Damalas is nice to buy souvenirs and the owners offer a presenation on the pottery mill in English. Chalki is one of the most beautiful villages and you can visit the oldest distillery in Naxos, located right in the middle of the village. Eggares olive press museum should not be missed. It is near Naxos Town, they make a great guidance in English and you will also have the opportunity to taste and buy delicious olive products of great quality.

Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tasting Tour

3. Naxos: Local Villages Cultural Food Tasting Tour

Join us for an exciting island tour of the villages of Naxos, which stimulates all five senses. Draw the curtain down on the guidebooks and discover the tapestry of local customs and traditions which brings the spirit of Naxos to life. Together, with your local escort, you will explore the island’s local culture, from village to village, meet people and taste traditional products! We drive from village to village where we enjoy a different course of a meal at each different location! Indulge in local starters at an off-the beaten path small village, continue to the highlands of Naxos passing the marble quarries and enjoy cheese, wine and main course full of flavor at the mountain village of Apeiranthos, known for its marble streets and medieval architecture. Dessert is as special as our next village stop: Chalki is the former capital of the island where we’ll taste Naxos’ famous citron liquor at a 100-year-old distillery and, as an exceptional treat, savor the locally- prepared custard pie. Drive back with treasured memories filled with a true taste of Naxian life, now and then.

Naxos Private Tour with Food Tasting

4. Naxos Private Tour with Food Tasting

Dimitras Temple We start our Tour from Dimitras Temple in Sangri village. The temple is located 1.5 km south of Ano Sangri and was built around 430 BC. It is one of the first Ionic Temples and was built entirely by marbles from Naxos. Pottery Workshop(Damalas) Our next stop is the famous pottery workshop of Mr.Manolis Libertas in Damalas. Chalki Village We continue in Chalki where we will visit the Citrus Distillery Vallindras and then talk a walk around the picturesque and traditional village of Chalki. Kaloxylos Right next to Chalki village is Kaloxylos a really small but beautiful village. We will visit the old olive press museum that has just been renovated in which we will also sit for a coffee/refreshment and a traditional homemade pie. Apeiranthos Village The final stop for our tour will be Apeiranthos Village where we will visit the Museum. Afterwards we will talk a walk in the marble alleys of the village and then we will sit at a traditional tavern to eat traditional local cuisine

Naxos: Private Half-Day Family-Friendly Tasting Tour

5. Naxos: Private Half-Day Family-Friendly Tasting Tour

Explore Naxos while spending some quality time with your loved ones. In this specially tailored half day experience, you will first be taken to a cheese farm deep in the heart of Naxos, where your children will meet and feed the farm animals and help the owners make their delicious cheese! Then, you will gather around the family table to feast on all sorts of delicacies, made with freshly picked products from the farm. You will then head to a traditional pottery workshop located in a nearby village, where the owner will first give you a presentation of his ancient art and then help our little friends create something on the wheel! Up next, a visit to a beekeeper who will let our little friends know how brilliantly bees support the ecosystem for millions of years. Enjoy a variety of different kinds of honey and honey snacks. Plus, a presentation of bees at work in the safety of a protective glass, will be sure to engage everyone’s attention and help overcome any fear of bees!

Naxos: Cheese and Wine Private Food Tour

6. Naxos: Cheese and Wine Private Food Tour

Enjoy a great opportunity to meet the locals, be immersed into the authentic Naxian life, make cheese, taste homemade delicacies, go on a vineyard tour, taste delicious local wines and learn about wine making in the island of Dionysus, the God of wine! In a small cheese farm located deep into mainland Naxos, you’ll get a taste of what locals all over Naxos really do in their everyday lives and how the renowned Naxian cheeses are made. In this hands-on, off the beaten path experience, you’ll get to meet lovely farmers, feed the farm animals, observe and help the owners make the “arseniko” signature cheese. You will get to taste all kinds of local goodies made with products taken from the farm, drink the owner’s house wine and exchange life experiences over the family table. Next up, a beautiful, family-run vineyard, where the owner will welcome you and show you around his dear vines while commenting on terroir, indigenous varieties and traditional vs modern methods of wine making during a 20-30min vineyard tour. Then, the passionate and deeply knowledgeable wine maker will guide you through a tasting of five different local wines, paired with more Naxian cheese, including the famous “graviera”.

Naxos: Private Marble Quarry Visit and Sculpting Workshop

7. Naxos: Private Marble Quarry Visit and Sculpting Workshop

In this hands-on experience you’ll be taken outside a village in the heart of Naxos where you’ll arrive in an imposing marble quarry to enjoy a tour by one of the owners. Enjoy the opportunity to explore the mining site, while discussing about ancient and modern methods of mining, quality standards and much more. Your next stop will be further up on the Naxian mountains and the village of Apiranthos, also known as “the marble village”: the ideal setting to enjoy a rich, traditional lunch in a family tavern and to marvel at how the people of Naxos managed to build an entire village out of their beloved stone. After lunch and a stroll through Apiranthos, you'll then visit Halki village where you'll attend a 2hour marble sculpting workshop. A professional marble sculptor will welcome you to their working space and teach you how to create works of art with this amazing material. By the time you leave, you will have carved your personal souvenir to take home with you, a masterpiece of your own!

Naxos: Half-Day Olive Oil Tour with Tastings

8. Naxos: Half-Day Olive Oil Tour with Tastings

A delicious tribute to one of nature's most precious gifts, one that has been offered to the island of Naxos with abundance. Another important reflection of the local culture. Join us for a trip that begins at least 5.000 years ago, as the age of the oldest olive tree on Naxos suggests, back when olive oil production was a much more painstaking process and Naxians celebrated in appreciation of what nature so generously offered to them. Provoke your senses in an idyllic olive oil tasting in the middle of a private olive grove, located in a quiet corner of a buzzing village. There you will meet the owner and passionate olive oil producer who will take you for a walk in his olive garden, answer all your questions about olive farming and teach you how to evaluate different types of olive oil. Enjoy the chance to visit one of the island’s olive refineries and learn how technology evolved the same basic principles and helped raise the standards of olive oil extraction. Meet the young owner and learn about his vision to continue the family’s tradition in the most sustainable way. Visit an old, traditional olive press and try to picture it in operation just a few decades ago. Step into the facility’s tasting room and discover how interesting olive oil can taste, by sampling a variety of goodies based on olive oil.

Naxos Town: Walking Food Tour with Wine Tasting

9. Naxos Town: Walking Food Tour with Wine Tasting

A pinch of history and a bellyful of Naxian culinary delights in a stroll around Hora’s most mouthwatering locations. The town of Naxos, also known as “Hora”, definitely has more than meets the eye. Tons of history packed in just a few square kilometers and so many options to choose from! Let us take you to the places that we think best tell the story of this island as a whole. In this foodie tour you will begin your walk around the Old Town maze. You will climb up the Venetian Castle, where you’ll enjoy a snack inspired by the Venetian presence on Naxos and learn how the Italian conquerors influenced local cuisine too, while gazing at the breathtaking views from the highest point. Then, you will visit a family-run tavern to savor traditional Naxian recipes. Enjoy a plentiful traditional dinner, customized to your preferences (please inform us regarding your likes and dislikes: let us know if you prefer meat/seafood/vegetarian options). You will then have your palates all cleaned up with some refreshing ice cream, made with local milk from the farms of Naxos. Off to one of the oldest liqueur stores of Naxos, where the original PDO Naxian liquer, the famous “Kitron” is distributed from. Discover the history and taste this special liquor, Then, you will be taken to one of the Town’s oldest grocery stores to enjoy a tasting of a variety of Naxian cheeses and to check out herbs, olives and oh so much more. And to close the walk in style, enjoy a visit to a cute wine bar hidden in the heart of Naxos Town where the young, knowledgeable and passionate wine producer will guide you through a wine tasting session of Greek varieties only. Highlights - Full dinner with traditional recipes in small family tavern - Informative walk up the Venetian Castle - Landmark terrace café, for a Venetian-inspired delicacy - Ice-cream stop - Old grocery store - Old liqueur store - local PDO liqueur tasting - Wine bar - Cycladic wine tasting session

Highlight Tour With Olive Oil & Liquer Citron Tasting

10. Highlight Tour With Olive Oil & Liquer Citron Tasting

Make the most of your time in Naxos and rent a private air-conditioned mini bus with a professional English-speaking driver. Experience the island according to your own interests and benefit from pick-up at the place of your choice.

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This is the best way to see the beautiful island of Naxos! As a group of 6 women, we considered renting a van for our recent trip to Naxos. What a relief it was to find this alternative. Our driver Nikolaus picked us up at our hotel and drove us to several beautiful villages and beaches. The itinerary was entirely up to us but he offered suggestions. The price was comparable to a rental and we were able to tour Naxos safely, we did not have to worry about parking as Nikolaus dropped us off and with a text message was back to pick us up within 5 minutes. I can not recommend this rental enough! Thank you again Nikolaus!!!!

Steven was an excellent driver; he helped us decide the route that made the most sense. He shared a lot of information about Naxos. Highly recommend this driver and experience for people looking to see the small towns of Naxos without being on a big bus or having to drive yourself. An excellent time !