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Mountains & Villages of Evia

from $1,399.00

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

  • Reviews 10 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 11/11/2019
5/5

Excellent

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving, meeting the group leader & the rest of the travellers.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was very passionate about Greece, Karystos Isle of Evia & the adventures she was taking us on. Safety conscious & a lovely sense of humour.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take all equipment that has been advised. Strong boots which supports your ankles very important as you could easily twist your ankle/s in the rough terrain.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be open to your adventures & enjoy every moment.

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Walking and eating

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to touch and see the unfinished columns see where they were made, carved by the hand of 7000 slaves 100’s of years ago. Also the trip over the Athens.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was fantastic, had a good laugh with him and was very informative. He looked after us and hes always feeding you lol
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles are handy. It can get chilly 1000m up the mountain
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great holiday, loved every minute

Reviewed On 20/09/2019
5/5

Fantastically enjoyable holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    (In my case) staggering to end of first walk to arrive at a heavenly beach, sea and taverna...... First sight of the acropolis on the inclusive day trip to Athens Getting to the top of the Roman column walk The turquoise sparking sea...... Our lovely group - all so different but all so lovely !
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Solid as a rock - very experienced and entirely dependable and she has a rescue donkey!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Over 65’s take passport to Athens trip for discounted entry to Acropolis and Archaeological museum I regret not biting the bullet and seeing the Acropolis AND the museum and foregoing the hot walk through Athens, meeting at parliament as suggested. It would have been easy to do in hindsight perhaps clearer instructions on this alternative would be good. In summer you need to be fit - it was 30 degrees plus in June 2019. I had originally booked for May but not enough people so I transferred to June. Luckily I love the beach so it was a PERFECT HOLIDAY for me.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I hadn’t been to Greece for many years and had forgotten some of its foibles, one plug for kettle, fridge and charger the other plug in external door jam, the shower head that was so reluctant to point downwards to the drain..... BUT I grew to quickly love and appreciate Hotel Galaxy, it’s super family staff, the amazing breakfasts, service, kindness, generosity and it’s position on the harbour. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again - it just takes a day to acclimatise..... then you won’t want to leave........

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Most enjoyable trip in a fascinating and untouristy area.

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Discovering how widely the Evians travelled and founded settlements in various parts of the Mediterranean.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was an exceptional group leader. His knowledge of the area and its history was extensive and he inspired me with his enthusiasm. He was very attentive to our needs, ensuring all went smoothly, and going out of his way to give us the best possible experience. He took a flexible approach to the schedule, taking account of weather forecasts. Strong winds later in the week affecting the ferries necessitated delaying the Athens visit until the final day, but even so we were able to have a visit to the Acropolis and a walking tour of the city guided by Thanos.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for changeable weather! We were probably lucky not having any rain.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Basic but pleasant tourist hotel with excellent breakfast. Wide choice of evening dishes in a variety of restaurants. Comfortable minibus. Excellent service from the drivers. A few of us not on the group flights were looked after with transfers provided.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Mountains & Villages of Evia

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching to the summit
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb, Considerate , Helpful

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