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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!

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Duration
Half day
Group Type
Private
Availability
Daily
PRIVATE ONLY TOUR

Tour Highlights

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!

Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • Services of an excellent local guide
  • All private transfers with a comfortable vehicle
  • Kitron liqueur & olive oil tasting
  • Pottery workshop
  • All taxes and VAT

Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses, lunch/dinner

FAQs

Can you pick us up from our hotel?

Our tour includes your transfer from and back to your hotel!

 

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