Walking the Greek Islands April 2019


Following a tried and true walking tour formula of staying put for three or four nights in small villages and exploring from there, this tour will be based for eight nights on Crete and four nights on both Santorini and Naxos, with five days to explore ancient Athens and Delphi. Our vivid impressions of walking on these islands include: dry stone walls, aromatic herbs, little villages with whitewashed houses, picturesque fishing harbours, brilliant blue church domes and doors and sparkling coastlines. On Crete you will walk through thousands of years of history from the Minoans to one of the most dramatic battles of the Second World War. A food tour in Athens will introduce you to Greek cuisine and the meals may give insights into why the Cretan diet is famous for prolonging life! Energetic walks of between 10 to 14km on unsurfaced tracks and undulating mountain trails, means a good level of fitness will be needed.

John Matheson  will be your tour manager on this tour.  John is as an active traveller who enjoys walking as a rewarding way to discover places in depth.  Every year since 2005 John, accompanied by his wife, Rosanne, has taken groups of people on walking tours through the picturesque countryside in Europe, staying in small villages and sampling local food and wine. The benefit of his experience and history in these regions is that he knows where to go, what hidden gems to point out along the way, and how to tailor elements of the tour to the particular interests of the participants whenever possible. Calder & Lawson Tours have taken tours to Crete to commemorate the Crete campaign in World War II on the 50th and 60th anniversaries. John has taken a walking tour there and some of his favourite walks are the Samaria and Imbros Gorges because of their historical significance to New Zealanders.

TOUR DATES Friday 26 April – Sunday 19 May 2019


  • The services of an experienced, New Zealand-based Calder & Lawson tour manager
  • Economy class airfares
  • 19 nights accommodation in Greece and the islands in 3 – 4 star hotels
  • 2 nights accommodation in Dubai
  • Breakfast daily, other meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All group transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Admissions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Walking and sightseeing with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • All tips for local guides and other service providers
  • Pre-tour material
  • Luggage transfers between accommodation on the walks


  • Airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport porterage

TOUR PRICE Ex Auckland
Share twin per person                                     NZD$12,759
Single supplement (limited availability)     NZD$  2,200

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE Minimum 10, maximum 18