This 7-night guided walking holiday is based on the delightful island of Evia; a real hidden treasure, with old stone paths connecting quaint villages tucked away in the mountains.
This walkers' paradise offers unique history and an authentic atmosphere in the local towns and villages. We'll visit Roman quarries, aqueducts and Byzantine churches and in the summer there is plenty of opportunities for swimming at a deserted beach or a tucked away cove.
Traditional tavernas and waterfront ouzo-meze shops make eating and drinking here a wonderful experience. A range of delicious food is available on Evia: excellent local meat barbeques and casseroles, homemade pies, stuffed vegetables and a great variety of vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, locally-caught fish and seafood, and a plethora of seasonal fruits and breads and cheeses.
We'll stay in the Galaxy Hotel, which has been run by the same family for more than 30 years. We'll enjoy breakfast with a sea view at the hotel, whilst evening meals are taken in different tavernas around town.
This trip offers the chance to experience Evia's magnificent mountain scenery. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on the island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with sloped ascents and descents.
From Athens Airport we transfer by road to Rafina (approx 35 min), and then take the ferry to Mamari on Evia Island (about 1hr). It is then a short drive to our hotel at Karystos. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel)
Our first day take us up to the villages of Gourna that are scattered high above the bay of Karystos and below the peaks of Mount Ohi. Walking along stone worn paths next to springs and streams, in a verdant countryside, we reach one of the grandest forts of the 4th crusade, Castello Rosso, from where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Using mountain goat-trails we walk down to the fertile plain of Aetos, full of citrus, olive and cypress trees, and we then reach the coast. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
An early morning drive along the panoramic mountain road to the North, known as the 'Eagle Route', takes us above the evergreen valley of Styra. We climb Mount Kliosi's dramatic summit where the remains of the ancient Acropolis defy time and elements on a 'Wuthering Heights' plateau. The eerie ancient gate, the cave of St Nicolas and the ruins of Castro Armeno, often in the mist, make it a visit to remember. The gentle walk down takes us past wild strawberry bushes and the remains of the 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 local bus back to Karystos. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
We drive along the south-eastern 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. Over the arches of stone bridges we follow the river towards Potami hamlet on the coast, a Hellinistic anchorage since Homeric times. En route we visit the site of Hellinikon with the remains of the foundations of Poseidon's temple, dating back to the C8 B.C. Walking amongst large plane trees we reach the sea and one of the nicest, yet still relatively unknown, beaches in the Aegean. During the warmer months of the year we have the opportunity to swim and relax on the beach. We return to Karystos by taxi. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
This morning we will take the ferry to Athens. We will walk the historic centre of this breathtaking city, the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. We will wander around the beautiful Plaka, the impressive Houses of Parliament, Zappion National Gardens and St Paul's boulevard, before heading up to the Acropolis Hill. We will explore the Acropolis, one of the ancient wonders of our world. In the evening we transfer back to Evia. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast and dinner)
This morning we will drive to the village of Marmari. We will enjoy a coastal walk around the bay and then head back to the historic Montofoli Winery Estate for dessert wine tasting. In the afternoon you are free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos, an authentic Greek island town. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast only)
After breakfast we will take the ferry back to Athens. After checking in to our hotel, we will have a walking tour of Athens, visiting the historic centre and the archaeological sites of major interest, including the Acropolis and the Zappio National Gardens. (Staying at the Galaxy Hotel, Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
After breakfast we transfer back to Athens where our adventure ends. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the flight home. (Breakfast only)
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY:Our base, the seaside ** superior Galaxy Hotel in Karystos, has been run by the same family for over 30 years. The hotel is in a great location at the west end of the esplanade, just 100 metres from the main square and town centre and only a few metres from the beach and its cafes. All rooms are sea view with en-suite facilities, fridge, television, telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, air-conditioning, toiletries, hair dryer and free Wi-Fi. All rooms have balconies with table and chairs. There are safe and computer/ printer facilities in the reception area, 24hr room service for snacks and drinks, 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.
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Minimum group sizes
A minimum of 4 people (in total) are required for each departure.
This holiday is unsuitable for children.
Guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals
Transfers included from Athens airport at 18:55, and back to Athens airport at 16:00.
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