Discover some of the most important and iconic sites of Naxos and get to know first hand the island's tradition and culture. Round up your experience with some top-notch olive oil tasting at the Museum of Olive Press!
Naxos Highlights with olive oil tasting: 5-Hour Private Tour
On this Naxos highlights private tour, you will get to know the island with the company of our expert local tour guide and experience Naxos like a local! Visit locations off the beaten track and dive into the island's vast history, local tradition, and food culture! This half-day tour is the ideal experience for those who want to explore Naxos while combining its awe-inspiring ancient heritage with its modern-day local tradition and culture.
- Set on a private, 5-hour tour around the island with one of our modern, comfortable vehicles.
- Enjoy your tour with one of our fun and expert local guides.
- Admire the magnificent ancient temple of Demeter.
- Visit a local pottery workshop and learn the secrets of this ancient form of art.
- Discover fresh flavor of Kitron liqueur and get to know how it is made in a traditional distillery.
- Finish your day with local olive oil tasting at the Olive Press Museum in Eggares.
What you can expect?
Our tour starts with the visit of the ancient temple of Demeter and Apollo, one of the most important ancient sites not just for the cult of those ancient gods but also for the evolution of architecture, as it hosts some of the earliest examples of the Ionic order! Listen to stories of Demeter, the goddess of grain, agriculture, and harvest, and get to know about her occult rituals.
Continue your day with a stopover at Damalas village and visit a traditional ceramic workshop. Learn about the uninterrupted pottery tradition of Naxos and don’t miss the chance to take the most original Greek souvenir back home!
Experience the island's tradition in liqueur production of kitron and check from up close the procedure in a still-operating distillery at the beautiful village of Halki with its magnificent neoclassical atmosphere! Enjoy a wonderful walk and lunch at Apeiranthos, the “marble village”, and experience the mountainous region of Naxos.
End your tour at the Museum of Olive Press in Eggares and taste some of the extra virgin olive oil produced on the island!
Some of the monuments you are going to visit:
The temple of Demeter
Half an hour away from Chora, is the area of Sangri. On the top of a small hill, there is the Temple of Demeter and Apollo, built in the 6th century BC, probably part of the construction program of tyrant Lygdamis. An extremely important site, this temple is dedicated to the worship of Demeter, goddess of agriculture and Kore (Persephone). There are also indications of an Apollo cult alongside with those two fertility deities. Built almost a century before the Parthenon in Athens, this marble temple is one of the oldest examples of the Ionic order. The unusual shape of the building, in combination with other findings, suggest that the temple was a telesterion, where initiation rituals and other mysteries were held. Do not miss the chance to visit the small museum located on site! This small museum, with its extraordinary artefacts, was awarded the 2008 European Cultural Heritage Prize!
Today, the most-photographed monument and the symbol of the island, the visitor can walk through the narrow dock and reach the small island of palatia where Portara stands for more than 2500 years! Originally built by tyrant Lygdamis in 530 BC as the entrance of a huge marble temple dedicated to Apollo, Portara is all that survived from this temple after centuries. Interestingly, in 524 BC, Lygdamis was overthrown by the Spartans and his temple to Apollo was never completed. After the conversion of the unfinished temple to a Christian church, most of the ancient material was re-used for the construction of the Venetian castle of Naxos. Walk around the small island and enjoy the view of Chora and the open sea. Do not miss the chance to visit it in the evening and wait for a wonderful sunset!
- Services of an excellent local guide
- All private transfers with a comfortable vehicle
- Kitron liqueur & olive oil tasting
- Pottery workshop
- All taxes and VAT
- Personal expenses, lunch/dinner
Can you pick us up from our hotel?
Our tour includes your transfer from and back to your hotel!
What is the spoken language?
Just like all of our services, the tour is given in English. In case you want to have your tour in a different language, please send us an inquiry and we will respond to you shortly.
I am traveling with my family. Is this tour child-friendly?
Very much so! This tour offers you a modern and private vehicle and guarantees a safe and comfortable transportation for you and your family. It is an ideal opportunity to explore Naxos and do some memory-making with your family! Our expert local guide will provide fascinating info & easy to understand stories, that will make this tour an unforgettable experience for your little ones!
What are the acceptable paying methods?
All services booked through the website of Greeking.me are paid via PayPal or credit card. Once you make your payment, we will issue a voucher & send it to you via email. Please bring it with you on the day of the tour, as proof of purchase.
We've booked the tour but due to an emergency, we won't be there on time. What should we do?
In case you won't be able to be at the agreed meeting point issued on your voucher on time, please let us know in advance by sending us an email or call us on this number +30 694 207 0899.