Evia Guided Walking Holiday
A Greek island escape which offers walks along Evia's ancient trails
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
A walker's delight - traditional paths between sleepy villages, beautiful Aegean coastline and an island steeped in history. Stroll through green valleys sampling the local culture, traditional villages and warm Greek hospitality. Walk 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.
So join us as we discover ‘authentic Greece’ on the beautiful island of Evia, just a short hop from mainland Greece.
- Explore Karystos, once considered as an alternative capital to Athens
- Use old tracks and cobbled mule paths to climb Mount Ochi
- Step back in time at a Roman quarry where workers appear to have just downed tools
- Descend in to the Dimosari Gorge and walk to the sea
- Look out for unique 'Dragon' Houses
- Let an expert guide you through a tasting of local wines and cheeses
- Enjoy warm Greek hospitality from the Givisis family at the Hotel Anastasia
- Sample local produce with an authentic Greek breakfast, with a traditional coffee
- 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
The 3-star award winning Hotel Anastasia enjoys a beachfront location in the charming coastal town of Karystos.
It's conveniently situated just 300m from the town center, allowing you to explore the local shops and culture, enjoy the harbourside cafés, or enjoy an exhilarating boat ride to the beautiful Petali Islands with a chance to visit an island beach.
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Beauty and massage facilities are also on offer for guests.
Holidays on Evia are Half Board and the hotel is proud to serve a specially recognised 'Greek Breakfast' as well as a 3-course evening meal.
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.
A 3-course evening meal is served with a combination of local specialitites 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 beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
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.
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.
Evia Guided Walking
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.
Easier walks: 5 to 7 miles (5-11km) on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft (450m) of ascent in a day.
Harder walks: 7 to 11 miles (11-17.5km) on good paths with some rocky sections. Up to 1,900ft (570m) 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 1,300 feet (390m) 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 2,200 feet (660m) 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: Our journey, 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. Our 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 Mount Ochi. 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The walk begins at the road terminus below the higher slopes of Mount Ochi, soon to pass the mountain refuge. Our 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. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (210m) 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 300ft (90m) of ascent.
Day 5 Free Day
Your free day offers the chance to explore the waterfront, shops and harbourside cafés in Karystos. Have a lazy day relaxing by the pool. Walk to the main beach and have a swim and then take lunch at one of the many restaurants/cafés in Karystos.
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, our coach descends back toward the coast. We will leave the coach at Portes to take 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. 4 miles (6.5km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent.
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 and plain 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. 5 miles (8km) 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 day’s walks provide for an exploration of the eastern shores, and the chance to enjoy a communal meal at a beachside tavern with stunning views. After lunch there is time to swim or to wander the seashore. Both 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 earlier 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 400ft (120m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: 5 miles (8km) with 500ft (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.
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.
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’ from Heathrow to Athens airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
Return transfers between the airport and the hotel are included.
Due to ferry crossing times our transfer from Athens airport will depend largely on our departure time from the airport.
Time permitting we will transfer straight to the ferry via coach (approx 40 mins) where we shall enjoy a scenic one hour crossing followed by a 30 minute coach journey to the hotel.
Alternatively if we miss the ferry crossing we will take the coach all the way to the hotel via the Chalcis Bridge. The journey takes in some beautiful coastline views and will take approx 3 hours (plus a comfort stop).
‘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
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Dates & Prices
|13 Sep 2019||EKLCL - Evia Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£1,099.00||Book Now|
|20 Sep 2019||EKLCL - Evia Guided Walking - Without Flights||7||£1,099.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £31 per night (2019)
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person