Milos-Kimolos Kayak Adventure
Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies.
8 Days, 7 Nights
Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies.
-John Petrich (2009)
Milos is a mesmerizing volcanic island located south of mainland Greece. Although it is renowned as the discovery site of the famous Venus de Milo, Milos and its sister island Kimolos are equally celebrated for their exceptional local cuisine, soothing undersea hot springs and magnificent rock formations. These awe-inspiring seascapes combined with the charm of traditional whitewashed villages leaves you feeling like you stepped back in time. Join us as we paddle with seals, dolphins and sea turtles on what may be our best kayak adventure yet!
Day 1: Arrive in Milos by ferry or flight; transfer to Adamas, (originally Adamanthos, possibly named for a Minoan prince of Crete), the port town of Milos. We plan to spend the afternoon on our introductory kayaking lesson and enjoying an orientation to the beautiful waters of Milos Bay. Welcoming drinks at sunset follow, when we'll introduce ourselves and discuss the amazing week to come, and then our first group dinner concludes the evening. (D)
Day 2: After breakfast and checkout, we take a short shuttle to Tsigoulia Bay on the south shore of horseshoe-shaped Milos. The protected south coast provides a gentle introduction to paddling the electric blue waters of Milos. We’ll paddle east to explore the remote beaches and capes of the south shore. Our take out point for the day is at Paleochori, the southeastern most town on Milos. We’ll have dinner in Paleochori near the water’s edge. (B,D)
Day 3: Today we round the corner of the island and head north. We’ll paddle past the steam vents, mineral pools and caves that seawater, volcanic activity and the Greek gods have sculpted over the centuries. Catacombs and the ghostly ruins of an impressive sulfur mine both speak to Milos' ancient past. A packed picnic lunch in our kayaks allows for us to explore and stop at a secluded beach for our midday meal, where the shore pebbles may include semi-precious stones such as carnelian and serpentine. The paddle day is highlighted by the crossing of the channel over to Kimolos, the northern neighbor to Milos, whose bright cliffs have given it the name of the "The Silver Island". If time allows, we’ll hike to a scenic view spot on Kimolos and watch as the sun sets over Milos. Our evening accommodations at Aliki overlook our “home” island of Milos and we'll enjoy another dinner at a traditional taverna on the shore of a quiet small bay. (B,D)
Day 4: Today will be an early morning departure and a full day. We’ll circumnavigate the entirety of Kimolos before returning to Milos. At one of the many remote beaches, we’ll stop to enjoy a picnic lunch and then float over the ruins of an ancient city whose walls are visible on calm days. Crossing the channel, we'll keep an eye out for a pack of small wild dolphins which have accompanied us before. Back on Milos, we’ll stop in to our favorite seaside taverna in Apollonia, a town on the northeast tip of the island, where seals sometimes lounge around the bay. Tonight we’ll look across the channel to the lights of Aliki that we walked underneath just last night. (B,D)
Day 5: With one circumnavigation complete, we continue our tour of Milos along the North coast. The north coast with its many beaches, offers immense caves, arches and rock formations providing us ample opportunity to stop and enjoy the stunning beauty. The Papafragas caves are a short paddle from Apollonia and offer what many call the best caves on the island. Near Sarakiniko lies a ship wreck dwarfing our kayaks in comparison and providing just a glimpse at the power of the Mediterranean.
After we paddle west past the bay of Firopotamos we’ll head around the exposed Kavos Spillias. The eroded islands that dot the shoreline will again remind us of the immense power of the sea. Our rest for the evening is in Klima on the water’s edge. Views across the horseshoe bay to Dimitrios beach preview the next morning’s adventure. (B)
Day 6: Our paddling journey is nearing its conclusion and we have gained comfort and confidence in our sleek vessels. But what still lies ahead? Of course the best is always last. The far Northwest corner of Milos offers some of the most remote and gorgeous paddling of the entire expedition. The Cape at Vani is a paddler’s playground. Arches, caves, sea spits and coves abound. We rest tonight in Provatas beach, which many may recall was the start of our circumnavigation adventure. Remote beach stops with picnic lunch. (B, D)
Day 7: Today we paddle the southwestern corner of Milos past the most impressive arches, caves and electric blue water on the entire island, beautiful Kleftiko, once a hideout for pirates who concealed their vessels in small fjords behind these picturesque rocks. Our paddling journey concludes with this stunning backdrop as we head full circle back to Tsigoulia Bay. We’ll return to Adamas and share a final dinner together. There will certainly be a few stories to share from our journey together. (B, D)
Day 8: After breakfast, we’ll have some time to walk the streets of Adamas and purchase any last minute keepsakes or gifts. We will then transport you back to the Milos airport/ferry by 11:00am allowing you to make necessary connections. (B)
* Note: This is our intended itinerary. As with any adventure travel, the forces of nature can be unpredictable, causing us to make adjustments and changes to the itinerary. Rest assured that our many years of exploring have provided us with numerous options if changes need to be made. If it is too windy to paddle, various hiking, cultural and historical options will make you glad for the winds.
Trip details: Our planned accommodations for the week include family owned inns. Our trip is van supported. On most days but not all, the van will meet us at various beaches and lunch stops. This gives everyone a chance to paddle as much as they want or take a break and shuttle in the van for part or a day’s itinerary. Lunch stops will include casual seaside tavernas and remote beach stops. If a picnic lunch is required guides will be sure to let you know. We hope to see you on this spectacular adventure. Any further questions? Feel free to contact us!
-John Petrich (2009)
"Rick, Elena, Ryan. What a wonderful week it has been - great paddling, ambiance and camaraderie. I have tons of photos and wonderful memories of our time together. Here's to our next adventures - We'll be back." Jo-Lynne S. 2011
"Week of 'No-Se Cows'. This was a spectacular week, visually, physically and well - "fun-meter-wise"! Thank you, Rick! Thank you, Ryan! And Elena! For your care, your kindness, your ease and your sense of adventure you brought to this week. I can't wait to come back! Take good care of yourselves and let's meet again!! Brazos y Beces, Clare C." 2011
"Milos 2011, A great trip thanks to Rick, Ryan and Elena" - Evelyn W. 2011
"Rick, Elena, Ryan! What a fabulous 2 weeks! Incredible paddling and a rare insight into Greece that few people see, thank you! The first thing I will do when I get home, after my laundry, is buy a kayak. I'm hooked and ready to train for the next trip! Many kind thoughts to all of you." Margo M. 2011
"Thanks to Rick, Ryan and Elena for a wonderful revitalizing 2 weeks. Highlights were cave exploration on Milos, hiking in Thirassia and stopping in any tavernas. Would recommend NW Passage for a great experience." Evelyn W. - Milos AND Santorini, 2011
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for an amazing two weeks. Surpassed our expectations! (Again!!) Warm Hugs!" Valerie and Avrim - Milos AND Santorini, 2011
"Milos was every bit as wonderful as Crete. Kudos to Rick and Chris. I particularly enjoyed being Cleopatra for the day. Next on to Honduras." Jan J. 2011
"This was a spectacular week. Visually, physically, and well- fun meter wise! Thank you Rick, Ryan and Elena (guides) for your care, your kindness, your ease and your sense of adventure that you brought to this week. I can't wait to come back!" - C. Choate 2011
“Very good scenery. Great people, both guides and guests. Best trip yet.” -David Welch (2009)
“The guides (Wendy, Dirk and Rick) were always just superb. We were helped to stretch our perceived boundaries and achieve distance and enjoyment.” -Carol Petrich (2009)
“Extraordinary natural beauty--unique in my experience. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful paddling--including the weather challenges. The close to the ground accommodations and dining are a major plus to people who treasure and respect what’s “local”.” -John Petrich (2009)
“The spirit of adventure. The lessons with Wendy were helpful - very helpful. Loved the sunset hike. The whole experience had a gonzo flavor I enjoyed.” Liz C. (2009)
Absolutely delicious - The spaghetti was life changing!” “I enjoyed the cliff jumping, the food, the kayaking, the waves on our last day, the spelunking - everything.” -Zoe Grosshandler (2009)
“The food was wonderful! The restaurants were great and the tomato, cheese, bread sandwich lunch was wonderful.” -Noah G. (2009)
“I enjoyed the wonderful group of people, great conversations and learning how to kayak!” -Sue Taylor (2008)
“Take this trip.” “Being active in the warmth of the sea and the day while taking in a totally new country delighted me. Getting a sense of Milos with a compatible group and excellent guides.” -Marcia H. (2008)
“Dear Rick, another unforgettable adventure with you and your crew. Thank you for scouting out all these wonderful places to paddle, eat and sleep.” -Peter H. (2008)
“I’m so glad we came to Milos with you. Hope to adventure again soon with The Northwest Passage.” -Marcia H. (2008)
Milos is a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Today, the island is known as home to the statue of Aphrodite, which is currently on display in the Louvre. As early as 13,000 years ago, Milos gained importance not only for its advantageous location between Crete and Greece, but as a producer of obsidian, a natural glass used to produce razor-sharp tools and weapons. Obsidian was traded for thousands of miles and was found in every farming village in the Near East. At the dawn of the Bronze Age, however, the importance of obsidian, and therefore Milos, declined, as it was bronze, not obsidian, that became the preferred material for tools and weapons.
During the Bronze Age, there is evidence of the creation of a Minoan city. Most of what remains of this ancient city consists of palace ruins, pottery shards, and uniquely meticulous fresco wall paintings. Amongst the archeological remains of Milos, there is also evidence of occupation by both the Phoenicians (an enterprising maritime trade culture that flourished in the Mediterranean between 1550BC and 300BC) and the Dorians (an ancient Greek tribe).
During the Peloponnesian War (431 to 404 BC) Athens laid siege to the island of Milos for their refusal to join their alliance against Sparta, another prominent city-state in ancient Greece. While Milos remained neutral in the conflict between Athens and Sparta, they still refused to pay tribute to Athens when they arrived on the shores of Milos with 3,000 troops in 416BC. The Athenians laid siege to the city, and for months Miloans held them at bay. That winter, however, due to Athenian troop reinforcements, as well as the exploits of traitorous Miloans, their city fell. The Athenians, as was common in those times, executed all of the adult Miloan men, sold the women and children into slavery, and then founded an Athenian colony in their place – leaving little doubt to the extent of their victory and simultaneously expanding their empire.
The Hellenistic and Roman periods were fairly peaceful and prosperous for the inhabitants of Milos. The trade of minerals and art began to flourish and it was during this period that the infamous depictions of Aphrodite and Poseidon were created. It was also during this time, around the first century AD, that Christianity appeared and spread rapidly on the island.
During the 13th Century, Milos, like many of its neighboring islands, was lost by the Byzantine Empire and fell under the control of the Franks. While the Miloan people resisted the change in power, the Byzantine Empire did not come to their aid, and their resistance came to a bloody end. Eventually control over the region was succeeded to the Turks under the Ottoman Empire. It was not until 1821, when Milos, along with other areas of Greece rebelled that the Turkish presence in the region was permanently overthrown.
For More History check out: http://www.milos-island.gr/history/morehistory.html