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Sifnos & Milos

Sifnos and Milos, on the westernmost edge of Greece's Cycladic islands, offer visitors spectacular sunsets, sand beaches and sparkling azure seas.


  • Greece

  • 14 nights
  • Sep


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Tour codes: 15280


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Our holiday walking grades


Grade 4

Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.

Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.

Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the island where the Venus de Milo was found.
  • Explore volcanic terrain and walk through tranquil countryside.
  • View the colourful rock formations, caves and catacombs.
  • Enjoy verdant valleys, olive groves and endless trails.
  • See white washed villages, golden beaches and ceramics of Sifnos.
  • Explore the western coast of Milos by private yacht with lunch on board.
  • Visit the island of Kimolos to see the ‘Skiadi’ rocks and beautiful beaches.

Guided Walking Holidays - Sifnos and Milos

As the pathway contours the hillside, our yacht comes slowly into view, waiting gently in the blue sparkling waters below. Descending to the water’s edge, we take in the views and climb aboard; we’re ready to set sail. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Sifnos and Milos, on the westernmost edge of Greece’s Cycladic islands, offer visitors white cubist villages, spectacular sunsets, wonderful coastline, bleached sand beaches and sparkling azure seas. These quiet, unassuming islands offer a wealth of well trodden pathways, ancient castles and quiet churches. Enjoy the idyllic coves and empty beaches, explore volcanic terrain and wander through tranquil countryside.

After spending a night in Piraeus on the Greek mainland, we take the ferry to Sifnos, a mountainous island with fertile green valleys. Cobbled footpaths link villages of white-washed houses with pretty churches and ancient towers. Dry-stone walls line the trails, and breathtaking views await us at every turn. The island has a long history of potters, and its ceramics are to be found in all corners of Greece.

Making the short ferry journey to Milos we discover a completely contrasting island. Volcanic in origin, many visitors don’t realise that Milos has perhaps the most extraordinary terrain of any of the Cyclades. Our walks take us past colourful rock formations, into caves and catacombs, along volcano craters sheltering rare cedar trees. We cross for a day to the small island of Kimolos where we’ll see the geological phenomena of ‘Skiadi’, rocks weathered into the shape of enormous mushrooms. The beaches are beautiful and often deserted.

Our day spent on a private yacht allows us to venture along the island’s west coast, with lunch on board, and is certain to be a highlight.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Athens returning Milos to Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
  • Airport transfers
  • Ferries and flights between islands
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast taken at the hotels
  • Dinners at local tavernas throughout
  • Local English speaking walking guide on Milos on some days
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1





On arrival into Athens airport, we transfer by coach to Piraeus where we overnight for 1 night. Dinner this evening will either be at the hotel or a local restaurant

Transfer Time = 30m

Day 2



Breakfast & Dinner


After an early breakfast, we walk to the port to board our ferry for Sifnos. After check in at our hotel, there will be time to relax and explore our surroundings. We stay on Sifnos for 6 nights.

Day 3 to 7



Breakfast & Dinner


Our time on Sifnos will be spent following cobbled footpaths linking white-washed villages, pretty churches and ancient towers. Dry stone walls line the paths and breath-taking views can be seen from many vantage points. The island's long tradition of potters means that ceramics are available in every shop.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Artemonas and Kastro: A scenic walk with some fine coastal views and a chance to explore the former Venetian capital of Kastro.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Descent

    undulating plus 260mm

Apollonia to Plati Gialos: Undulating ancient paths and hilly countryside walking with coastal views and ending at the beach resort of Plati Gialos with tavernas and cafes. 

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Northern Loop: This walk, exploring the northerly aspect of the island, starts pleasantly on easy tracks through farmland, later with fine coastal views. The paths become more challenging when approaching the ancient gold mines of Ag Sostis. There is the option to reduce the mileage on this walk by retracing your steps part way. 

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Apollonia to Vathy: A glorious walk starting in the village of Apollonia, meandering through sleepy villages, along historic mule tracks passing below Profitis Ilias. Taking in Taxiarchis Skafis, Vougnous cave, Agios Nikolai with fabulous coastal views to the beautiful bay of Vathi. 

Day 8



Breakfast & Dinner


We make the short ferry crossing to Milos today, where we stay in Kamares, on the coast, for 7 nights' accommodation.

Day 9 to 14



Breakfast & Dinner


Milos is a volcanic island and has the most extraordinary terrain of the Cyclades islands. Some say the sunsets here are better than Santorini! Our walks take us past colourful rock formations, into caves and catacombs, and along volcano craters. We'll sail over to nearby Kimolos, where the beaches are often deserted and enjoy a day on a private yacht lunch, enjoying the west coast of the island at our own pace. Note: It may be necessary to take a smaller boat to the yacht, depending on where it is moored.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The Island of Kimolos: We take the ferry from Milos to the small island of Kimolos for a delightful walk through the gillie landscape. From the picturesque village of Chorio, where time has stood still, the route climbs steadily with pleasant views, culminating in the unique mushroom rock of Skiathi. 

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


North Coast Hike: A superb walk from the prehistoric site of Phylacopi following a dramatic coastal route through the fishing village of Ag. Konstantinos to the spectacular lunar landscape of Sarakiniko.

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 - 8 miles

  • Ascent

    Many undulations from sea level up to 251mm

Volcanic Hike: A walk though one of the few active volcanic craters in Greece, taking in the active fumaroles atop Kalamos and the sandy beach and geothermal springs at Kiriaki. 

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Hike through History: Our hike through history starts in Plaka and descends to Klima where there are colourful boathouses, a visit to an ampitheatre, ancient gym, catacombs and cave dwellings. Walking back, we follow along Geo path 7 via a disused mine to Adamas. This day is accompanied by our local guide.

  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    1.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


West Coast Discovery: The SW of Milos has a spectacular coastline with fantastic rock formations and sea caves best appreciated from the sea as well as on shore. The waters are crystal clear. The walk is followed by a sea voyage to reveal the variegated colours and full beauty of the coast. We may transfers from the shore to the yacht by smaller boat. Needless to say, there are opportunities for some fabulous swimming. 

Day 15



Leaving Milos today, we fly to Athens where we connect with our flight to London.

From (GBP)£1,965

Departure dates for your selected tour

9th Sep 2020 - 23rd Sep 2020 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Athens returning Milos to Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Triton

The centre of Piraeus with cafes and restaurants is only a short walk away from the well connected Triton.

All rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. They also have a bathroom with toiletries, while most open to a balcony with views of the port. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Alk Hotel

The Alk hotel is located in the port town of Kamares, very close to a sandy beach and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. There is an indoor and outdoor café with terrace, laundry service, bar and lounge. All rooms are en suite, and while compact in size, offer air-Conditioning, mini bar, hairdryer, safety deposit box, satellite TV, wi-fi, TV, beach towels,and deluxe bath amenities.

Santa Maria Village

The Santa Maria Village is ideally located just 300 metres from Papikinos beach, and a short walk from Adamas’s many restaurants and shops on the island of Milos. The “village” consists of seven buildings of traditional architecture, dotted around the well kept garden, all complimented with modern facilities and contemporary decor. The hotel offers a swimming pool, bar, breakfast room and free wi-fi. The rooms are all en suite with showers and have a mini-fridge, a/c, TV and hairdryers.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly, undulating terrain and includes an element of sightseeing as well. We are out of the hotel for most of the day, with walking times generally between 3.5 hours-5 hours, with coastal views accompanying us much of the time. Tavernas are our lunch stops on some days, there’s the opportunity to swim at the end of  a couple of the walks and we have lunch included on our yacht day. Some walks have more difficult sections, but overall they fit withing grade. Ascents and descents are gradual, usually between 150m and 450m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 450m.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

The currency in Greece is the euro.

You will find ATM facilities in the 3 main centres on this holiday.


Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Athens (ATH), returning from Milos (MLO) to London Heathrow (LHR) via Athens (ATH) with Aegean Airlines.

On arrival the transfer from Athens Airport to the Hotel Triton in Athens takes approximately 30 minutes by coach.

Travel from Piraeus to Sifnos and between the islands is by ferry, and on Milos we spend a day exploring by private yacht.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at and at

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List


Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Handy Torch

You may find bringing a simple torch on this holiday useful. When going out for dinner in the evenings, while on Milos, the route is not on paved main roads, rather quieter tracks, that are unlit. Of course, if you have a mobile phone, you may find the light on that is sufficient to guide you along the path.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

The Lonely Planet guides and Rough Guide books have a selection of books on the Cyclades Islands of which Sifnos and Milos belong.

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

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Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.


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  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

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No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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