HighlightsAthens | Rafina | Evia | Mount Kliosi | Acropolis of Styra | Styra Valley | east Aegean coastline | Karystos | Mount Ohi | cave of Saint Nicholas| wild flower meadows | castles and hamlets | chestnut forests and sandy beaches | Porfyra Gorge | old Albanian villages | Montofoli Winery Estate | Optional activities include day trips to Athens or further walks in or around Karystos |
Description of Walking holiday in GreeceEvia is a really beautiful hidden gem and if you’re looking for a walking holiday in Greece that features well worn stone path ways and characterful sleepy villages sandwiched between rugged mountain countryside then this eight day guided group itinerary is well worth investigating further.
From the warmth of the sun and the scent of rosemary and salty sea breeze, Evia is an absolute delight for all the senses with atmospheric local towns and villages waiting for walkers to arrive without the usual merry-go-round of hustle and bustle associated with mass tourism.
Make the most of walking from one local taverna or seaside café to the next is only matched by opportunities to learn more about the island’s ancient cultural heritage with Roman and Byzantine architecture appearing just as readily as tucked away coves from where to take the plunge into the Med.
Our top tip: A stout pair of walking boots will never be considered excess baggage nor will a sun hat, sun block and reading material for afternoons spent on the beach. Trip type: Small group. Group size maximum 18. Minimum age 16. Activity level: Moderate. Centre based walking between 5 - 6hrs per day. Accomm: Local hotel with en-suite facilities and ocean views. Included: Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader. Meals: All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners. Solos: Solo walkers welcome. Single room supps apply.
|Day 1:||Fly to Athens; from Athens airport we transfer by road to Rafina (approximately 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. Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 2:||Our first day takes 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 the monolithic marble columns in the Imperial Roman Quarries, perfectly completed and abandoned during Rome’s decline. We continue to Castello Rosso, one of the grandest Forts of the 4th crusade, from where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Using mountain goat-trails and country lanes we walk down to the fertile plain of Aetos, full of citrus, olive and cypress trees, and we then reach the coast. Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 450 m Descent 450 m Max Altitude 350 m Time: 6 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 3:||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 Mt 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. Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 300 m Descent 500 m Max Altitude 700 m Time: 5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar* Standard Hotel*|
|Day 4:||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 8th century 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. Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 100 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 400 m Time: 4.5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 5:||This morning we will take the ferry to Athens. We will walk the historic centre of this breath-taking 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. Walk: Distance 4 km Ascent 0 m Descent 0 m Time: 3 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 6:||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. Walk: Distance 5 km Ascent 0 m Descent 150 m Max Altitude 150 m Time: 3 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 7:||Today we have a picturesque walk through the gorges to the rugged East Aegean coast. We will travel by taxi to Boublia on Mt Ohi, which is the starting point of one of the famous gorge walks to the east coast of Evia. The gorge is a unique habitat for flora and fauna with peonies and orchids, eagles and falcons amongst plane and chestnut trees. The ancient stone path leads us down to smuggler's coves in the dramatically exposed Aegean coast. These secluded bays are occasionally visited by seals and dolphins. Here there is time for swimming in the calm summer days. Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 0 m Descent 600 m Max Altitude 600 m Time: 5 hours Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar *Standard Hotel*|
|Day 8:||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 to London.|