WT adventurers Steve and Elaine Hathaway joined our Greece: Zagoria and Mt. Olympus journey a few years ago and it inspired them to return to Greece on our Hiking in the Greek Isles trip in 2017. Here are some great images from their adventure.
We had thoroughly enjoyed hiking in and around the tiny villages of Zagoria of northern Greece, seeing the Meteora monasteries, and hiking to the top of Mt. Olympus (Greece: Zagoria and Mt. Olympus). I would say that we fell in love with the Greek culture and wonderful food on that trip, all the while being entertained by our “larger than life” Trip Leader, Kostas Vasileiou. So we placed the Hiking in the Greek Isles journey on our “to do” list.
Our opportunity to return to Greece came in May 2017. And who do we run into in the taxi line to get to our hotel in Athens? Our two guides, Kostas and Dimitra! It was a fun reunion from the very beginning as our group of 10 set out with Kostas on our odyssey to the Greek Isles. We visited three islands in the Cyclades—Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos. What’s wonderful about these islands is that they are “off the beaten path,” with very few other tourists. We hiked through some lovely villages with white-washed buildings, blue-domed churches, and had wonderful lunches and dinners. Kostas loves introducing everyone to a variety of tasty Greek foods, all served family-style so that you can sample it all. And if you like swimming, the Aegean is crystal clear (though it was slightly chilly this May).
—Photos and text by 10-time WT Adventurer Steve Hathaway, Hiking in the Greek Isles.