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Mountains and Villages of Evia

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  • Holiday code
    W07EV
  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1650per person, tour only
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, six picnic lunches and two dinners All accommodation All transport and listed activities Free group arrival and departure transfers available Tour leader throughout
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Seven nights in two-star superior seaside hotel with en suite rooms Five full days walking and one half-day Between four and six hours' walking per day Altitude maximum: 3,281ft (1,000m); average: 1,640ft (500m)
      from 4 reviews

Ms Hine says...
The holiday was relaxed and organised. Great routes and amazing guide, Thanks. Loved it!
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Greece

Mountains and Villages of Evia

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Discover an authentic Greek island Walk along dramatic coastlines and visit remote villages Savour delicious cuisine in traditional tavernas Relax on deserted beaches and swim in the warm Aegean waters

The delightful island of Evia is a real hidden treasure, close to Athens yet a world away with old stone paths connecting quaint mountain villages. This walkers’ paradise offers unique history and an authentic atmosphere as you walk past Roman quarries, aqueducts and Byzantine churches. In summer, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming at a deserted beach or a tucked-away cove, while traditional tavernas and waterfront ouzo-meze shops make eating and drinking here a wonderful experience.



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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Start Athens; transfer to Rafina; ferry to Evia

We meet at Athens airport and transfer by road to Rafina (approximately 35 minutes). We then take the ferry to Mamari on Evia (about one hour). It is then a short drive to our hotel at Karystos.

Day 2: Walk through rolling hills and the Gourna villages, passing Roman sites and visiting the Castello Rosso

Our first day takes us through Karystos town up to the villages of Gourna, which are scattered high above Karystos bay and below the peaks of Mount Ohi. Walking through the verdant countryside along worn-stone paths next to springs and streams, we reach a Roman aqueduct from 160 BCE. We continue to Castello Rosso, one of the grandest forts of the Fourth Crusade, where we can enjoy lunch with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Using mountain goat trails and country lanes, we walk down to the fertile valley of Mili, full of citrus, olive and cypress trees, before reaching the coast. Max altitude: 1,476ft (450m)

Day 3: Walk through the ravine from Platanistos and the Albanian descent Villages of Panohori and Mourtia

We drive along the southeastern tip of the island, over the mountains towards the Cape of Cavo Doro, heading to the beautiful ravine of Platanistos and the first of 20 ancient villages of Albanian descent. We continue our journey until we reach the sea and one of the nicest, yet still relatively unknown, beaches in the Aegean. During the warmer months, we can swim and relax here at Marmara Beach. We return to Karystos by taxi/coach. Max altitude: 1,640ft (500m)

Day 4: Ascend Mount Kliosi and visit the Acropolis of Styra

We start with an early morning drive along the panoramic mountain road to the north, known as the Eagle Route, which takes us above the evergreen valley of Styra. We then summit Mount Kliosi, home to the remains of an ancient acropolis. An eerie ancient gate, the Cave of St Nicolas and the ruins of Castro Armeno, often in the mist, make this a visit to remember. The gentle walk down takes us past wild strawberry bushes and the remains of Roman marble quarries to the quaint villages of Styra Valley, which overlook Marathon, just across the water on the continent. In the afternoon, we take the bus back to Karystos. Max altitude: 2,625ft (800m)

Day 5: Morning walk in the Bay of Marmari; afternoon free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos

This morning we drive to the village of Lycorema. We enjoy a coastal walk around the bay and visit the fishing hamlet of Marmari. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos, an authentic Greek island town. Max altitude: 984ft (300m)

Day 6: Imperial Roman quarries on Mount Ohi and the villages in the Valley of Aetos

From the springs of St Theodore in Argastaras mountain village, we climb up on Mount Ohi following multi-trails and worn-marble paths to the heart of the Roman quarries where green and white marble known as cipollino – small onion in Latin, due to its stripes and rings – was shaped into monumental monolithic columns around Biblical times. There are 10 perfectly completed marble pillars still here, abandoned during the decline of Rome. Ancient paths take us to the villages of upper and lower Aetos with superb views of the Aegean Sea all along the way. We reach the coast, dotted with beautiful small sandy coves, on the way back to town. Max altitude: 2,133ft (650m)

Day 7: Mount Ohi gorge walk down to the rugged east coast and the Aegean archipelagos

Today we walk on one of the oldest paths on the island, an ancient corridor within the gorge to the remote and wild beach on the east coast. We travel by taxi/coach to the isolated village of Agios Dimitrios on Mount Ohi, which is the starting point of the gorge walks. The ancient path in the beginning runs next to the river and gradually rises high above it with outstanding views of the limestone cliffs and the ever-blue Aegean. The dramatic canyon is a natural habitat for thyme, oregano and sage; peonies and orchids; eagles and falcons; plane and chestnut trees. Max altitude: 1,640ft (500m)

Day 8: Ferry to Athens; end Athens Airport

After breakfast, we can visit a local beekeeper to learn about and taste Greek honey and its products. Around lunchtime, we check out of our rooms and transfer back to Athens airport where our adventure ends.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com

Galaxy Hotel, a two-star in Karystos

Our base for the week is the two-star Galaxy Hotel, which overlooks the new harbour in the small coastal town of Karystos. Traditionally Greek, it has been run by the same friendly family for more than 30 years. Situated at the west end of the esplanade, just 330ft (100m) from the main square and town centre and a stone’s throw from the beach and its cafes, the Galaxy Hotel is in a perfect location for exploring the town and soaking up the fresh sea air. All rooms face the sparkling sea and have a balcony with a table and chairs, while the hotel has one indoor and one outdoor bar and a dining area where a hearty breakfast is served. The tap water is natural spring water from the mountains and is drinkable. Worth knowing All single rooms at Galaxy Hotel are twin/double rooms that are provided for sole occupancy.


Meals

All breakfasts, six picnic lunches and two dinners are included. The buffet-style breakfasts include fresh bread, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, honey and wild cherry syrup, porridge, eggs, ham and cheese, cereal, muesli, cake and cookies, honey, coffee/tea, chocolate and lots of fresh seasonal fruit. A dining experience in Greece isn’t the same without spending evenings in a taverna – a small, family-run Greek restaurant – and on this trip we visit many of them. Dotted along the Karystian promenade, these cosy tavernas serve delicious local dishes with a variety of Evian wines in an informal setting. Dishes to try in the evenings include homemade filo pastry pies, moussaka, stuffed vegetables plus a variety of other vegetarian and vegan dishes, fresh salads, crunchy bread, cheeses and locally caught fish and seafood. Local meat such as lamb, pork, chicken and the renowned Evian beef are prepared in many ways.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com

Transportation

We will be using a mixture of private transport, coach, taxis and local ferries.

Joining Instructions

Key information Start hotel: Galaxy Hotel, Kriezotou, Odisseos &, Karistos 340 01, Greece Phone: +30 2224 022600 Airport: Athens Airport (ATH) Getting to the start hotel The trip starts at Athens Airport, with a meeting time that coincides with a chosen flight from London, UK. A local driver will be waiting for you with an Exodus sign. He will then transfer you to Rafina Port (approximately 35 minutes). From here, you will take a ferry to Evia and then a short transfer to the Galaxy Hotel in Karystos. Please contact your sales representative for the meeting time two weeks before your departure or for more information. Catching your return flight There’s a group departure transfer to Athens Airport for all customers, timed to coincide with a chosen flight to London, UK. Speak to your sales representative for more details.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Ms Hine, 28/11/2021

The holiday was relaxed and organised. Great routes and amazing guide, Thanks. Loved it!


Mr O Leary, 06/10/2019

Excellent hiking, very good company, relaxed ambience, excellent informative, helpful, friendly guide, outstandingly efficient. The island of Evia is a wonderful place to holiday in - interesting, varied hikes, clear seas for swimming, healthy food.


Miss Peers, 15/09/2019

The holiday was exactly as I had hoped. Lovely walks, all of which were beautifully scenic, with a fantastic guide (Cecile) who was approachable, knowledgeable and supportive throughout. The balance of walking to free time was perfect to give a restful holiday. The day in Athens was a little rushed; sufficient to get a brief snapshot of the city, but with hindsight I would have added a day or two to the end of my trip to spend more time there. Evia certainly feels unspoilt; Karystos has a relaxed feel to it, but had enough restaurants and bars (none of which were 'tacky') to provide variety for the week. The food (particularly lunch) was plentiful, one certainly did not go hungry. Hotel Galaxy was perfectly located on the seafront, and we were lucky enough to all have rooms with balconies overlooking the lovely view - ideal for sundowners before going downstairs to join the group for dinner. The staff were all very welcoming and accommodating. The rooms are pretty minimalist, but clean with a decent sized fridge and lots of storage space. If pushed for a negative, I would say the bathrooms could be updated, but I am told the set up was not unusual for Greece. Morgan at Headwater was great to deal with, extremely pleasant and every time I spoke with her I looked forward to the trip more. I will certainly be using Headwater again in the future.


Dr Grassie, 28/04/2019

beautiful walks, great food, lovely coffee and good company



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, six picnic lunches and two dinners All accommodation All transport and listed activities Free group arrival and departure transfers available Tour leader throughout


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

Seven nights in two-star superior seaside hotel with en suite rooms Five full days walking and one half-day Between four and six hours' walking per day Altitude maximum: 3,281ft (1,000m); average: 1,640ft (500m)

Transportation

We will be using a mixture of private transport, coach, taxis and local ferries.

Joining instructions

Key information Start hotel: Galaxy Hotel, Kriezotou, Odisseos &, Karistos 340 01, Greece Phone: +30 2224 022600 Airport: Athens Airport (ATH) Getting to the start hotel The trip starts at Athens Airport, with a meeting time that coincides with a chosen flight from London, UK. A local driver will be waiting for you with an Exodus sign. He will then transfer you to Rafina Port (approximately 35 minutes). From here, you will take a ferry to Evia and then a short transfer to the Galaxy Hotel in Karystos. Please contact your sales representative for the meeting time two weeks before your departure or for more information. Catching your return flight There’s a group departure transfer to Athens Airport for all customers, timed to coincide with a chosen flight to London, UK. Speak to your sales representative for more details.