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Aegean's Hidden Gem: Isle of Milos

- 6-days geologic walking and study tour to Milos Island, Greece -

Milos in the western Aegean is one of the most beautiful and photogenic islands of Greece.
Known for one of the most famous classic statues, the Venus of Milos (now in the Louvre of Paris), Milos is exceptionally rich in mineral deposits, and has a particular scenic beauty that leaves visitors breathless. It also boasts a great number of superb and uncrowded beaches, as well as spectacular coastal cliffs with multicolored volcanic rocks of all types on display.
Even so, its millennia-old economic base in mining has prevented it from mass tourism. The island is a wonderful destination for both active and relaxed holidays. and Greek hospitality is still very much alive here.
Geologically, Milos is a wonderland packed with picture-book volcanic features. On a series of different excursions by land and sea, guided by a trained geologist, we will explore the faceted volcanic history of the island through observation of their deposits. No previous knowledge is required, and the excursions are - as usual - a mix of hiking, sailing, study, and holidays. Great local Aegean cuisine and good company round out this tour, which can be perfectly combined with our study and walking tour on Santorini.
  • Spectacular varied scenery
  • Colorful volcanic deposits
  • Rich mining history (obsidian, perlite, kaolin, sulfur, manganese, baryte)
  • Opportunity to collect minerals
  • Prehistoric and Ancient Greek remnants
  • Active hydrothermal activity (fumaroles etc)
  • Private boat-trip around Milos
  • Delicious local cuisine
  • Competent geologist guide

6 days Milos

Day 1: Arrival on Milos island
Arrival on Milos
Acc.: hotel in Adamas (D: dinner)
Day 2: Phylakopi - Sarakiniko - Plaka
Half-day walk along the spectacular north coast (ancient obsidian trading center of Phylakopi, Papafrankos and Sarakiniko). Lunch and swim break at Sarakiniko.
In the afternoon, transfer to the capital, Plaka, visit of the charming medieval village, its fortress, the Ancient Acropolis with the Greek theater, the place the famous Venus statue was found, early-Christian catacombes.
Optional scenic hike back to the hotel (or transfer by taxi).
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 3: Abandoned sulfur mine and mineral beach
In the morning, visit of an abandoned sulfur mine on the western coast (spectacular scenery).
Transfer to the paradise-like beach of Paleochori, with its hot springs, fumaroles, colorful rocks.
Lunch in a wonderful beach restaurant. Afternoon: swim break, optional 2 hour walk in the area.
Late afternoon: return to Adamas. Visit of the interesting Mining Museum before dinner.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 4: Spectacular boat trip around Milos and to Kimolos Island
Full-day private boat tour around the island with its spectacular volcanic coastline. Delicious lunch on board. Free evening.
Acc.: as before (B, L)
Day 5: 4x4 safari: Tsingrado, Kalamos and Vani baryte mine
Visit of Tsingrado explosion crater, Kalamos lava dome with active fumaroles.
Lunch and swimming break at a beach. Short hike and 4x4 drive to Cape Vani, visit of the abandoned manganese-baryte mine.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 6: End of tour or extension
Transfer to airport / port, or own extension.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: MIL_AHG
Tour type: Walking & study tour: photography - geology & volcanism
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Group size: 5-12
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Dates:

28 Apr - 3 May 2018
23-28 Sep 2018

Price (p.p.): 1190 €  ? 

Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation in double room
  • Full board (except 1 dinner) incl. drinking water, wine, soft-drinks, coffee/tea
  • All transfers from and to Milos airport / ferry port
  • All transfers by taxi, jeep, bus and boat on Milos
  • 1 day boat trip
  • Entrance to museums etc
  • English-, German-, and Greek-speaking geologist or photographer guide

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends on Milos island. Milos can be easily reached by plane from Athens (Olympic / Aegean) or by ferry from Pireus and many other islands (see Greek Travel Pages).

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