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Mountains & Villages of Evia

from $1,679.00

Discover the real Greece on the island of Evia with walks through coastal paths, forests and gorges

  • Reviews 30 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Mountains & Villages of Evia.

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

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners
* 7 nights 2-star seaside hotel with en suite rooms
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Discover an authentic Greek island
  • Walk along dramatic coastline and visit remote villages
  • Savor delicious cuisine in traditional tavernas
  • Relax on deserted beaches and swim in the warm Aegean waters
  • Enjoy a city tour of Athens
  1. Day 1 Start Athens; transfer to Rafina; ferry to Evia.

    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*

  2. Day 2 Walk through the ravine from Platanistos to the beach at Potami Bay.

    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/coach.Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 100 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 400 m Time: 4.5 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  3. Day 3 Ascend Mount Kliosi and 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 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 this 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 bus back to Karystos.Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 300 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 700 m Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  4. Day 4 Walk through rolling hills and the Gourna villages, passing Roman Columns and visiting the Castello Rosso.

    Our third 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 through verdant countryside along stone-worn paths next to springs and streams, 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, before reaching the coast.Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 450 m Descent 450 m Max Altitude 500 m Time: 6 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  5. 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 Marmari. We enjoy a coastal walk around the bay and then head back to the historic Montofoli Winery Estate for dessert wine tasting. The afternoon is 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 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  6. Day 6 Morning ferry to Athens; walking tour of Athens including visit to the Acropolis; transfer back to Evia.

    This morning we take the ferry to Athens to discover the historic centre of this breath-taking city, the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. We 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 end the tour outside the Acropolis giving those who wish to explore the Acropolis, one of the ancient wonders of our world, the option to do so.  In the evening, we transfer back to Evia.Walk: Distance 4 km Ascent 0 m Descent 0 m Time: 3 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  7. Day 7 Gorge walk from Mt Ohi down to the rugged East Aegean coast.

    Today we have a picturesque walk through the gorges to the rugged East Aegean coast. We 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 during the calm summer days.Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 0 m Descent 600 m Max Altitude 600 m Time: 5 hoursAccommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar*Standard Hotel*

  8. Day 8 Morning ferry to Athens; end Athens.

    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.

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Where you stay

Galaxy Hotel

Our base for the week is the 2-star superior Galaxy Hotel which overlooks the sea in the small coastal town of Karystos. Friendly and traditionally Greek, it has been run by the same family for over 30 years.

Situated at the west end of the esplanade just 100 meters 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 balconies with a table and chairs to watch the world go by below with a cup of tea in the mornings, with en-suite facilities, fridge, television, telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, air conditioning, toiletries, hair dryer and free Wi-Fi.

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.

 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners are included.

The buffet style breakfasts includes fresh bread, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, porridge, eggs, ham and cheese, cake and cookies, honey, coffee/tea and lots of fresh seasonal fruit.

A dining experience in Greece isn’t the same without spending an evening in a taverna – a small, family-run Greek restaurant – and on this trip we include visits to five of them. Dotted along the Karystos coastline in Evia, these cosy tavernas serve typical dishes in an informal setting, and the delicious food is often accompanied by traditional music which livens up the atmosphere as the night goes on.

Dishes to try in the evenings may include homemade filo pastry pies, moussaka, stuffed vegetables as well as a variety of other vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, crunchy breads, salty cheeses and locally caught fish and seafood. Greek meze will usually be on the menu too and consists of a selection of hot and cold dishes to share such as keftedes (Greek-style meatballs) and dolmadakia (stuffed grape vine leaves), local lamb, pork and beef.

Level 2 – Leisurely/Moderate walking, 4 full day walks between 4 and 6 hours

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.

The walks require an average level of fitness and all are optional.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 13/10/2021
5/5

Fabulous, though in the heat of September 2021 probably more moderate than leisurely.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching 700 year old Roman Columns perched on the hillside (it felt like a mountainside), and seeing the views back down to the port of Karystos and Castello Rosso perched on an adjoining hill, that was to be our next ascent. Worth all the effort.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Charlotte was excellent, and really helped make the trip memorable...on the second days walk we passed a vineyard and feigned shock that it wasn't on our itinerary to visit for the wine tasting tour...;-) For the 4th day's walk to the reach the Roman aqueduct, Charlotte rejigged our route and arranged for us to have the wine tasting tour; a superb way to end that days walk...Went above and beyond each and every day.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring walking poles, even if you have never used them before, there are parts, possibly more on the descents where you will be grateful for having extra help / reassurance with your footing; mine are a cheap pair and were perfectly adequate. Walking trainers might just about be okay on the morning walk to Marmari, but for the rest of the routes, ankle support walking boots are essential. Free up plenty of memory on your phone / camera; you'll have so many opportunities to take photograph. If you have a drone, bring that too; sadly it was too windy on the walk to the Roman Columns, but I have some great images from other days. The Greek flysafe drone map can be found at https://dagr.hcaa.gr/#map_page
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for another great walking holiday., hopefully see you again next year for another adventure.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

A Week in Evia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Mount Ohi, Thanos' knowledge of the history of the island, the wonderful Greek food and the ice cream were the best moments.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos' enthusiasm for Evia was unmistakeable. He was very knowledgeable and eager to share that knowledge with us. He was well organised and helped wherever he could with the result that the week ran very smoothly.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks include a lot of downhill sections on rocky paths so be prepared for this type of walking. Vertigo sufferers may not enjoy some of the walks however each day is optional and there are other activities to enjoy on the island.April was a lovely time to visit - the weather was warm enough to swim in the sea but not too hot for walking.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Due to the good weather that allowed us to reach the top of Mount Ohi, the final day was very long. Luckily we had visited the winery earlier in the week however without this change we would not have reached the hotel until around 7.30pm on the final evening. I would recommend that this change is permanently implemented to allow time to relax and enjoy the final meal together on the Saturday night.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Wonderful Wildflower Walking on Evia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wild flowers carpet the hillside. Not only did they look amazing the scent was the best aroma therapy.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was excellent. Knowledgeable and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Dedicated to the group and intent on giving us the best experience possible.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect to be stretched. Walks were leisurely but delightful. Hotel was comfortable but not luxurious.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday exceeded my expectations in mountain scenery, nature, we even saw wild tortoise, and food!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF EVIA

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at the peak of Mount Ohi in cloud and seeing the 'Dragon House' through the mist.  Standing inside this 3000 year old Megalithic temple and listening to Thanos was an experience to remember.There were other inspirational moments but this was the highlight for us.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was excellent.  His expert knowledge of the terrain and of Ancient Greek and Evian History made every walk special.  His organisational skills were first class; everything worked perfectly and nothing was too much trouble.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do read the Trip Notes, the level of walking ability seems accurate; Moderate, needing an average level of fitness. 
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanos, understandably, had to cater for all in large mixed ability group (18).  However one person was unable to keep up even on the easiest of walks and slowed progress considerably on the harder walks, resulting in long, cold, waiting periods for others in the group. The brochure appears to describe accurately the walks as Moderate. So the person in question had either not read the Trip Notes, or had a mistaken belief in her own abilities.However, Thanos worked hard to ensure everyone had an enjoyable experience and added an extra walk on his day off to make up for our disappointment in missing Mount Kliossi, mentioned in the Trip Notes.We think two leaders would be better for a large  group. Also the brochure might more directly question fitness levels by asking, for example; 'Are you able to walk, say 12 miles, in hilly country such as in the Lake District?'The Galaxy Hotel ws excellent in every respect and taverna food very good, as were the luncheon rolls provide by Thanos from the local bakery.This was a great holiday and we would happily recommend it.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Evia Waters

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the leader walking in adverse conditions carrying plastic bags full of delicious elevensies. The group spirit, walking through heavy rain but all still keeping together with a smile.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Nothing too much trouble, wise, informative, able to adapt to unusual and trying events.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep the free airport newspaper as it helped to dry out wet boots. Waterproofs and trousers - just in case..... Have room in your waist bands before the trip.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be great to do it again, same guide, same people but lovely sunshine every day.

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