Guided Walking on Evia

Evia - Authentic Greece

Code: EKLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Food & drink
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £799.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Discover ‘authentic Greece’ on the beautiful island of Evia. Just a short hop from mainland Greece, this pretty island escape offers walks along Evia’s ancient trails, and through green valleys, sampling the local culture, traditional villages and warm Greek hospitality.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy a wonderful escape on Greece’s second largest island, just a short hop from Athens
  • Evia offers stunning Aegean views combined with lush green valley walks
  • Follow shaded walks to the sea and enjoy a well-earned drink in a taverna
  • Enjoy warm Greek hospitality from the Givisis family at the Hotel Anastasia
  • Sample local produce with a certified Greek breakfast, with a traditional coffee

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • Transfers to and from Athens Airport (see travel tab)
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • Return flights from the UK on ‘with flight’ holidays
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental buffet breakfast and 3-course evening meal

Accommodation

The 3-star Hotel Anastasia enjoys a beachfront location in the charming coastal town of Karystos.  

Holidays on Evia are Half Board and the hotel is proud to serve a specially recognised ‘Greek Breakfast’ as well as 3-course evening meal. 

Bedrooms

There are 29 stylish and spacious en-suite bedrooms all with air conditioning, balcony, TV, hairdryer, room safe and minibar.

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Facilities

This hotel has a freshwater pool and restaurant that has delightful Aegean Sea views.

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Food

Our holidays at the Anastasia Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast: This hotel offers a self-service buffet that includes fruit juices, cereals, fruit, cold meat and cheeses, home-made preserves, some traditional Greek items and Greek coffee and teas are available.

Evening meal: A 3-course evening meal is served with a combination of local specialities and international cuisine. Vegetarian and special diets are catered for, we ask you to speak to the management of the hotel on arrival.

The hotel has a well stocked bar serving beers, wines and spirits.

Picnic lunch: This hotel offers picnic lunches at a small additional cost.  Alternatively, ingredients can be purchased from the local shops and on certain days it may be possible to eat in local cafés, your leaders will advise you of these options.



 

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to our leaders outlining the next day's walks.  After dinner, you can join your group in a walk into the resort for a coffee just have a relaxed conversation with your fellow guests.  Your leaders will be checking for local events going on nearby.

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Itinerary

Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort.

Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

Evia is a walker’s delight – traditional paths between pretty villages, beautiful Aegean coastline and an island steeped in history. Our walking programme takes us to the tiny villages above Karystos, up the slopes of Mount Ochi, through green hills to unspoilt Potami Beach and down the island’s impressive gorges.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier walks: 3 to 7 miles (5-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks level 3 mediumHarder walks: 6 to 7 miles (9.5-11km) on good paths with some rocky sections. Up to 2,200ft (660m) of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival day

Your coach transfer from Athens is included in the holidays price and incorporates a scenic ferry journey from Rafina to Marmari. On arrival you will have the opportunity to settle into your room and perhaps see a little of the resort before the evening meal. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks.


Day 2: Walking through time

Today’s walks introduce the rich history of the island, finishing with a tutored tasting of local wines and cheeses at the Montofoli Winery on the slopes of Castello Rosso.

Easier Walk: The walk meanders through the villages occupying the lower slopes, the Mt Ochi Range that dominates the northern skyline. Ascending to the Castello Rosso, dating from the Byzantine period, via the pedestrian gateway of ancient times to offer extensive views back toward the Greek mainland. The route descends through the village of Myli to reach the Montofoli Winery. 5 miles(8km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The walk begins in the village of Grabia, below the Castello. We skirt around the castle mound passing beneath the aqueduct providing water to the old town before ascending to the Roman Kylindroi quarry to marvel at the enormous columns left behind in the 2nd Century AD. Stand in the footsteps of those masons and admire the views down to the Castello below and Karystos Bay beyond. The descent to the Montofoli Winery is on ancient tracks and paths. 6 miles (9.5km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent.


Day 3: Dragon Houses of Stira

Stira is 25km north west of the hotel, but soon reached via the newly constructed highway. Ships left from this city-state to aid the rescue of Helen of Troy. This region contains a number of ‘Dragon’ Houses, and the walks explore three of these plus nearby quarries before descending to Stira and its main square with a collection of Tavernas.

Easier Walk: The walk starts in the village of Zoodochos ascending on tracks and Kalderimi (paved mule tracks) to the Dragon houses and quarries beyond. There is time to explore this area, and add to the speculation of origin and purpose of these structures, before descending on good tracks to Stira. 5 miles (8km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The walk ascends from the outskirts of Stira to explore the Dragon houses before continuing upwards through the nearby quarries to the little church of Ag. Nikolas below the Mount Kliosi fortifications. Leaving the church to explore the ruins above, we then descend through the majestic limestone framed portal, down to disused ancient quarries and on to the square of Stira. 7 miles (11km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.


Day 4: Mt Ochi and its Environs

Mt Ochi (1,399m) is the highest peak in Southern Evia, It hosts an excellent specimen of a Dragon House and the nearby chapel of Profitis Ilias.

Easier Walk: The bus journey, whilst being one of the longest of the week, offers not only great views, but provides an opportunity for the Easier walk to reach such a remote location. The walk follows a section of the old road, before heading eastward to ascend to a shepherd’s hut. A sense of remoteness is achieved, with little evidence of human habitation to be seen. The track passes through the ancient chestnut forest of Kastanolongos, the only remaining chestnut forest in south Evia and a place for quiet contemplation before rejoining the awaiting bus at the foot of Mt Ochi. 3 miles (5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: The walk begins at the road terminus below the higher slopes of Mt Ochi, soon to pass the mountain refuge. The ascent is steady, and the final stages are on the rock slabs that surround the summit. The chapel of Profitis Ilias is discovered in the final approach to an imposing Dragon House. The summit lies beyond, and the views are ample reward for those last few steep steps. The return is a retrace of the outward route. 3 miles (5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.

On the return journey, there is an option to leave the bus at the village of Metachi and descend to follow the coast back to the hotel passing along the shoreline of Karystos with its collection of cafes & tavernas. 4 miles (6.5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.


Day 5 Free Day

Your free day offers the chance to explore the waterfront, shops and harbourside cafés in Karystos, or enjoy an exhilarating boat ride to the beautiful Petali Islands with a chance to swim, snorkel or visit an island beach.


Day 6 Petrokanalo Pass to the sea

The pass is to the north west of Mt Ochi. To the north, the Dimosari gorge runs to the Aegean Sea. To the south, the landscape rolls down toward Karystos Bay.

Easier Walk: After dropping the harder walkers at Petrokanalo pass, and a chance to take in the views to the north, the bus descends back toward the coast. The Easier walk leaves the bus at Portes, and takes little used tracks gently descending down the hillside toward Myli. It offers a good prospective on Castello Rosso visited earlier in the week, before taking ancient tracks to the coast and following the shoreline back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent and 2,800 feet (840m) of descent.

Harder Walk: From the Petrokanalo pass, the entrance gate to the Dimosari Gorge path is soon found. The route through the gorge was the only route from the north of the island peninsula to the port of Karystos, and today sections of the original stone cobbles can still be seen. The path descends steeply, sometimes with made steps, to meet the stream, soon to become a river. Even in the height of summer, water continues to flow. The path follows the gorge beneath chestnut trees, passing majestic waterfalls through to the small hamlet of Lenosei and its church. The route soon leaves Lenosei’s access track to descend to an abandoned mill on the bankside, and follows the river bed to the sea. 7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent and 3,800 feet (1,140m) of descent.


Day 7 Bridges, Poseidon’s Temple & riverside paths to Potami beach

The final days walks provide for an exploration of the eastern shores, and the chance to enjoy a communal meal at a beachside tavern with views that will stay with you for a long time. After lunch there is time to swim or to wander the seashore.

All walks start at the small village of Platanistos, one of the original Albanian villages before descending via differing tracks to the restored packhorse bridge, featured in most postcards, crossing the stream whose source is in the ancient chestnut forests explored early in the week . The descent is interspersed with an exploration for the remains of Poseidon’s temple, before descending through the river meadows and olive groves behind Potami beach.

Easier Walk: 4 miles (6.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.


 Day 8: Departure day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and every evening your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks.

Local area

There are a number of local shops within a short walking distance of the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities, ingredients for a packed lunch and plenty of gift shopping.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Athens airport.

Return transfers between the airport and the hotel are included.

The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours and incorporates a scenic ferry journey to the Hotel Anastasia.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘Without flight’ holidays the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

Return transfers are included in the price for Evia holidays. We would recommend you take advantage of this due to the length of the transfer and ferry journey. Transfers are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Please check your travel arrangements are compatible.

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
21 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2017, 12:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 Apr 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Apr 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
21 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Apr 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Apr 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Apr 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Apr 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
21 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
28 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Apr 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Apr 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 May 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
28 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 28 Apr 2017, 6:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Apr 2017, 12:20 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 5 May 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 May 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
28 Apr 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
12 May 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 May 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 May 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 May 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
12 May 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
19 May 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 May 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 May 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 May 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 26 May 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
19 May 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
15 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Sep 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Sep 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
15 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Sep 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 22 Sep 2017, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2017, 11:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2017, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2017, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2017, 11:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2017, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2017, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2017, 11:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2017, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia - Without Flights 7 £799.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2017, 6 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2017, 11:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 20 Oct 2017, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,069.00 Book Now
13 Oct 2017 EKLCL - Guided Walking Evia
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2017, 8:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2017, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Athens Hellenikon

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Oct 2017, 1:25 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Oct 2017, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Athens Hellenikon
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £19 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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