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Expeditions > Milos to Santorini expedition

Expedition Information:
Milos to Santorini expedition

The 2017 price is 730 euro per person.  The price includes:

  • 8 day sea kayaking expedition, 7 nights wild camping on remote beaches
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable sea kayak guide, and assistant, throughout your trip.
  • All sea kayaking equipment: single or double sea kayaks, Werner glass paddles, spray-decks, buoyancy-aids (PFD's).
  • Group cooking equipment
  • 2 nights B&B in Petrinela's Guesthouse, in Milos, on your arrival and last days

The price does not include:

  • Camping equipment, food and food preparation
  • Return ferry ticket to Milos (approx 15 euro)

Aim of the expedition

The aim of the expedition is to cross from Milos to Santorini, via the islands of Kimolos, Poliegos, Folegandros, Sikinos and Ios. We aim to camp near the crossing point each night, rise early and complete the crossing in the morning, then spend the afternoons exploring the length of each island, at a leisurely pace.  This may include walks, or climbs, to villages, lighthouses or viewpoints.   We will encounter restaurants and shops, for food and water, at least every second day.

Expedition plan

The advertised dates comprises 8 full days for the expedition.  We will depart from Pollonia on the NE of Milos on the morning of day 1.  The total distance to arrive at Santorini is about 190km.  This equates to about 24km/day in 8 days, or 27km/day in 7days.  If we have a good run of weather we should arrive to Santorini on day 5, giving us 3 full days to explore the Santorini caldera. 

At the end of the expedition we will take the ferry back to Milos.

Maps

Laminated A4 maps at various scales, will be provided.

About the crossings

The expedition comprises two open crossings of 24 and 22km in length (see map).  These crossings are a significant undertaking, taking around 4 hours to complete.

Required Paddling Experience

This expedition is for strong and competent paddlers who would like to enjoy the experience of an extended sea trip, including open crossings of up to 24km.  Experience of specialist sea kayaks is essential.  To join us you should be:

  • Fit enough to paddle 25-30km/day on the expedition

  • Have effective support strokes and be able to cope with moderate seas

  • Have some experience of rough water

  • Able to control the boat down wind and across the wind

  • Able to paddle into strong wind.

Our around Milos expedition, six day-trip package or, on Milos, will provide excellent preparation for this expedition.


Arrival and departure dates to/from Milos  

The advertised dates include your arrival and departure dates from Milos.  B&B, for your arrival and last night, at Petrinela's Guesthouse, is included in the cost.

Camping

Camping will be wild, on or near beaches.  Most are remote and there will be no facilities, not even water.  A strong lightweight tent is essential.  Most nights we will have a campfire. 

Food

The expedition is self catering:-   Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and prepare a group evening meal, in turn.  Food for the first stage can be bought in Milos on your arrival day.  Advice will be given on arrival day as to what is available and from where.  You are welcome to bring food items from home if you wish  There will be an opportunity to stock up every second or third day, therefore we can travel light and live well.   An occasional restaurant meal is also an option (Greek salad and calamari for lunch?).

Stoves and fuel

I will provide camping stoves for the group - one per 4 persons.  The stove, by Trangia includes 2x2l pots, a kettle and a 22cm frying pan.  The stoves are powered by gas canisters with a screw-on fitting that can be readily obtained in Greek supermarkets.

Weather

For a month by month comparison of weather statistics in the Cyclades see the Milos weather table

What to wear

For paddling, shorts and a shirt will be sufficient on most days.  A cagoule (waterproof paddling jacket) and neoprene trousers or similar may be required if its windy or overcast.

See a complete packing list

 

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