Andros is crisscrossed by trails. For example, hike up the dramatic Dipotamata Gorge , signposted as you drive inland, after Sineti. The trail, cobbled part of the way, leads past ancient bridges and water mills and through vivid foliage, water burbling below.
Try a PADI ‘discover scuba-diving’ session (€55) or more intensive PADI courses from €290. There are also wreck dives from €180 and deep-sea dives from €65. Join a snorkelling trip for €20 or rent windsurfing gear, pedal boats (per hour €15) and kayaks (per hour single/double €8/12, per day €20/25).
Tao’s is a retreat and meditation centre located in splendid seclusion on a hilltop east of Naoussa. The centre offers workshops and courses in meditation, qi gong, yoga and dance, as well as massage therapies, all in sympathetic surroundings and with stylish facilities. It also organises activities for youngsters.
Off the road to the Catacombs, a dirt track leads to the somehow thrilling spot where a farmer found the Venus de Milo (a 4th-century BC statue of Aphrodite) in 1820; it's marked by a sign.
Between Gavrio and Paleopoli Bay pleasant beaches include Golden Beach (Xrisi Ammos); Delavoia , one half of which is naturist; Anerousa ; and Green Beach . Spectacular Chalkolimionas with tawny sand and a tiny church sits 2km down a stone-terraced valley near the junction for Hora. Many of the best beaches, like Ahla , Vori and Vitali are best reached with 4WD or by boat.
Sifnos is crisscrossed by footpaths. For example, old paved pathways between Kastro and Apollonia start 20m to the right (Vathy road) of the T-junction in Apollonia. Another path, with extraordinary views, circumnavigates Kastro. A trail also connects Kastro to Poulati with its postcard-perfect monastery above a rocky cove.
Enthusiastic and friendly instruction can be had at this diving centre whose office also stocks climbing, walking and angling gear. Dives (with equipment) start at €50, with night dives, wreck dives and PADI courses available. It also offers a Bubblemaker class for kids aged eight to 10 and climbing classes and excursions.
With everything from dive trips and boat hire to water striders, banana rides (€12), canoe hire (per hour €9) and windsurfing equipment (per hour €17), Yialos Watersports can get you afloat. You can also hire mountain bikes (per day €10), use the floodlit volleyball court or join a kayaking excursion to Theodoti Beach.
While you’re in port in Santorini, discover the beauty of the island on a private shore excursion. Your private guide will lead you around the island on a scenic sightseeing tour, showing you rocky landscapes, vineyards and fabulous views of the beautiful coastline. Visit the highest peak of the island, Profitis Ilias, where a monastery of the same name sits.
Rent a windsurfer (per hour/day €15/40), canoe or pedalos straight off the beach here or at Manganari Beach. They offer diving, including a two-hour 'Try Scuba' for €55, PADI courses from €200 and wreck, cave, photography and night dives. Hop on their water taxi from Mylopotas to other beaches (€15 to €25).
When your cruise docks in the Mykonos port, see the best of the town on a private shore excursion. Enjoy some of the best views of Mykonos and its surroundings while your private guide explains historical facts and mythological stories about the island. Explore the narrow streets and alleys of the old town and Little Venice.