Leaving Naxos town, the tour visits the mainland. Galanado is the first village we come across, which offers view to the fertile fields which produce the famous naxian potato. Outside the village rises the Bellonias tower. First stop is the small village Damalas, where we visit a traditional ceramics workshop. In the same village, there is also the possibility to visit a restored traditional olive press. We continue through the fertile valley of Tragaia and passing through age-old olive, plane and oak trees, vines and fruit groves surrounded by towering summits we stop at the village Halki with its mansions and the interesting Byzantine church of Panagia Protothroni. There we visit the citrus distillery which produces the homonymous local liqueur. Then we visit the Byzantine church of Panagia Drosiani, near the village of Moni, a monument of the early Christian period with interesting frescoes, which is considered to be one of the oldest in the Balkans. The church, part of an old monastery, has a unique architectural style, with bare stone-walls, a three-part attic with dome and three adjoining chapels on the northern side with square dome bases on their roofs. Some of the frescoes that have been saved date to the 6th century, while the rest belong to the period between the 11th and 14th centuries. Next stop is Apiranthos or t’Aperathou in local dialect, is built at the foot of Mt. Fanari. Venetian towers, pretty, old two-storey houses, marble paved alleys with arches above them, picturesque squares combine to create a rare atmosphere. Apiranthos has 3 interesting museums. The Archaeological Museum mainly hosts finds of the Proto-Cycladic period, the Geological Museum features some rare and unique items among its approximately 2,000 exhibits, the Natural History Museum includes a collection of the area’s fauna, flora and a small aquarium, while the Folklore Museum displays traditional fabrics, embroidery and tools. Time for lun ch at the local tavernas. One the way back, we visit the lush settings of Flerio, Melanes. The area was very important during antiquity. An aqueduct, 11 kilometers long, was recently discovered, a major engineering project in several historical phases, carrying water to Naxos town ensuring water supply. The ancient archaic marble quarry is also to be visited. There lies the impressive statue of Kouros, so called the “Greek”, 6,4 meters long, dated from the 7th century BC.
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By: Celebrating our 25th
Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2015
Kyvernitis was our in country travel representative managed exclusively by our state side travel agent. Based on how smoothly the trip went while in Greece, I'd say this group did a great job! We never did talk to Kyvernitis directly, but the results of their work was excellent!
John was outstanding
Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016
John offered a great tour of the area - he was flexible and informative. We enjoyed his showing us around the area and found him to be an excellent guide. A larger vehicle would have been a bit more comfortable for four passengers, but that is a small matter. The day overall was very good.
Travel Advisor: Carrie Mahoney
No details left unplanning or unexecuted
Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016
This firm provided all our transfers and other little planning details for a quite complicated trip. The effort was executed flawlessly!!! Thanks guys! Given the oppporunity I would welcome working with you again!
Travel Advisor: Michelle Bemis
Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016
Our trip was perfect in every way. All of the transfers were perfect. Our accommodations were perfect and everyone was very nice and friendly. Highly recommend.
Greece Honeymoon May 2017
By: William Venzke
Reviewed on: 23 May 2017
Eclectic Greece was a great tour operator. From the sunset cruise and the food and wine tasting experience in Oia, to the walking tour in Athens, everything went smoothly and our tour guides were top notch. Everything they planned ran smoothly and we never had to worry about where to meet, etc. because it was all planned for us and the hotels were all looped in. This made for a wonderful and stress free honeymoon filled with great activities!
Travel Advisor: Cristina Buaas
The Cherry on TopI have been on so many tours that
Reviewed on: 30 May 2017
The guides enthusiasm for their subject and genuine interest in creating a dialogue to light your imagination created an experience of a lifetime. It was not just the typical ad nauseum recitation of empty dates and facts but rather stories of times and peoples of historic proportions woven into a tapestry of tales that left you with an understanding of the culture. Bravo!
Travel Advisor: Nora Winsberg
Fantastic Local Guide
By: Nikki & Garland
Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2017
It was so great to have Eclectic as a local resource during our trip. Any time we had a question or needed a recommendation they were extremely quick to respond. They really care about their clients.
Travel Advisor: Valerie Ann Wilson
Exceptional Service and Private Tour of Athens
Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2017
Our tour for 14 people went off without any hitch including transportation and the guide. The driver was extremely kind and got us to the Parthenon where we met our guide. Our guide was extremely accommodating for our group, which was tired from travel, some very young in age, some very old in age (and mobile-challenged) and some not felling well. (It was our last day in Greece and we just arrived from a flight from Mykonos.) The tour guide was completely flexible and adapted to our group. We had an amazing private tour of the Parthenon and loved all the details the guide provided us, making it that much more special to us. She ensured that we had great photos to capture the memories and time in the gift shop. Even after the tour, when one family member forgot their phone on the shuttle bus, they went out of their way to make sure that we got the phone back. We are so grateful to Eclectic Greece by Kyvernitis Travel for their professional and exceptional service. Thank you!
Travel Advisor: Wayne Muhlstein
The pool was the best part of this resort
Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2017
We debated on how to review the resort because we have no idea what the other resorts on Santorini were like. Our rooms were average, very old though, and the T.V,'s had no English channels for the rare times we felt like turning them on before bed. The food was not great, the people who worked at the front desk didn't understand English well enough to help us with anything. The only part of the resort we enjoyed was the pool. There were not many children at this resort either. It was a 5 minute walk to the black sand beach and some of the restaurants there, which we did twice. Ultimately, we rented a car and ended up spending very little time at the resort.
Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017
Very good, we had one mishap. The car ordered to take us from the ferry to our hotel in Santorini was not there/or taken by another party. We had to secure our own car and pay them separately for a service for which we had prepaid. Everything else was Fabulous!
Travel Advisor: Marylou Calnin-Sek
Santorini - Chromata
Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2017
I would hands down recommend working with Maddy. She was detail oriented and made our trip to Greece so effortless. We loved staying at the Chromata in Santorini. What a unique, stunning hotel with great service! We were upgraded to a suite and given a complimentary bottle of wine. Maddy’s personal recommendations for restaurants and bars in the area were very helpful. Our favorite suggestion was getting sunset drinks at Buddha bar. We will be using Maddy again for our next trip!
Travel Advisor: Maddy Foxx Moffitt