Beautiful golden sand beach, Evia, Greece

Mountains & Villages of Evia

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Trip code: 
TVEA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walks on a traditional Greek island

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

Highlights

  • Discover an authentic Greek island
  • Walk along dramatic coastline and visit remote villages
  • Savour delicious cuisine in traditional tavernas
  • Relax on deserted beaches and swim in the warm Aegean waters
  • Enjoy a city tour of Athens

Key information

  • 7 nights 2-star hotel with en suite rooms
  • 4 full days and 1 half day centre-based walking; 1 day sightseeing in Athens
  • Between 5 and 6 hours walking per day
  • Altitude maximum 1000m, average 500m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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Trip Notes

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4 full and 1 half

Pace:

Approximately 5 to 7hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/6.0miles
Day 311.0km/6.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 55.0km/3.0miles
Day 610.0km/6.0miles
Day 74.0km/2.0miles
Beautiful golden sand beach, Evia, Greece

Itinerary

  • 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

  • Day 2

    Walk through rolling hills, villages and castles.

    Our first day take 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 one of the grandest Forts of the 4th crusade, Castello Rosso, from where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Using mountain goat-trails 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 350 m Descent 350 m Max Altitude 350 m Time: 5.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ascend Mount Kliosi and the Acropolis of Styra.

    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 11 km Ascent 300 m Descent 500 m Max Altitude 700 m Time: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Explore rural hamlets, wild flower meadows and rivers.

    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 12 km Ascent 100 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 400 m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning explore village of Marmari; afternoon free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos, a thriving market town.

    This morning we will drive to the village of Marmari. We will enjoy a coastal walk around the bay. In the afternoon you are free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos, a thriving market town.

    Walk: Distance 5 km Ascent 0 m Descent 150 m Max Altitude 150 m Time: 2.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    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 will travel by taxi to Boublia on Mt Ohi, which is the starting point to one of the famous Gorge Walks to the east coast of Evia. The Porfyra 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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning ferry to Athens; afternoon walking tour of Athens.

    After breakfast we will take the ferry back to Athens. After checking in to our hotel, we will have a walking tour of Athens, visiting the historic centre and the archaeological sites of major interest, including the Acropolis and the Zappio National Gardens.

    Walk: Distance 4 km Ascent 0 m Descent 0 m Time: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Jason Inn or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Athens.

    Our tour ends after breakfast in Athens. Those on the group flights will have the morning free to explore Athens before they are transferred to the airport in the afternoon for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Greece

British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Vaccinations

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 5 dinners in different tavernas around town are included.

The buffet style breakfasts includes fresh bread, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, fruit, porridge, eggs, ham and cheese, cake and cookies, honey, coffee/tea and chocolate. A range of delicious food is available on Evia: excellent local meat barbeques and casseroles, homemade pies, stuffed vegetables and great variety of vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, locally caught fish and seafood, plethora of seasonal fruits and breads and cheeses.

Weather

February to March and November/December daytime temperatures 10-18º, night time 5-9º; rain and chances of snow on high mountains, wild flowers can be seen.

April, May and October daytime temperatures 17-27º, night time 8-13º; chances of rain; ideal time to see spring flowers.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-30º, night time 14-19º; very dry and warm, ideal for swimming.

Athens, Greece

Is this trip for you?

Level 2 - Leisurely/Moderate walking, 4 full day walks between 5 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.

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Accommodation

Galaxy Hotel

Our base is the traditional 2-star Galaxy Hotel in Karystos, which has been run by the same family for over 30 years. It is in a good location, at the east end of the promenade, just 100m from the main square and town centre and 50m from the nearest beach.  All the rooms are simple, but clean and comfortable, with en suite facilities, air conditioning and balconies with sea views. There is also a dining area where a hearty breakfast is served.

 

Single accommodation is available for a supplement.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Keith Bushnell

    Back to back holidays

    I wanted to do two holidays back to back, one in Bulgaria spending an extra day in Sofia and then go on to Greece for my second week. I was concerned about the transfers/ pickups etc. However all turned out very well, using the metro in both countries was very easy, with the hotels provided very convenient to the stations and main attractions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to walk in the countryside of both countries plus being able to see the sites of both capitols. I would suggest that Exodus do this holiday as a standard trip. It makes for a good combination for a two week break.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both the leaders I had were very good. As I have now done 13 trips with Exodus and 12 with another company who's name begins Ex, I can tell you this is not always the case!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it !! As I always say travel has made me poorer in the pocket but richer in the mind. I feel privileged to have been to so many places [all be it I worked hard to get the money to enable me to do so] My outlook on life and my opinions on things has been enhanced by my travels. As a person from a humble background, I would not have dreamed as a boy/young man that I would get to go to the places I have been to in my life time. Every trip is a bonus !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Due to a work accident in 2004, I got a compensation pay out in 2005, my 50th birthday year. So instead of walking the West highland way as originally planed for my birthday, I walked the Inca trail with Exodus instead. That trip blew me away !! It was fantastic in every way, I was hooked I had to have more. As I said above I have now done 25 adventure type trips plus travel that I have organised myself. Although every destination has been worth the effort, alas things have not always been as good as Peru. That is why one must give honest feedback, to make things better for the future. I know of some people who have had one bad experience and just give up on these type of holidays. My Exodus rucksack that I got on My China trip [my 60th birthday treat] was much admired on my last holiday, so much so I was asked a lot about my previous travels and opinions on places I had been to. I ended up as an unpaid ambassador for Exodus and this type of holiday !!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Kathryn Deeprose

    lovely trip

    Very pleasant trip, walking was fine albeit rather more leisurely than I anticipated, food was excellent and the tour leader exceptional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our tour leader, he was an expert in Greek History, the island of Evia, Athens - in fact pretty much everything.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - see above comment, also, he visited the locally bakery twice a day and carried 12 pastries up the mountain every day for our first stop, also provided pastries for everyone after our evening meal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walking is not difficult.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I personally found the walking a bit too leisurely, but, this was my first Exodus walking trip, so, probably this was more down to me. The local restaurants, a different one each evening were excellent, breakfast was good, and unusually, even the packed lunches were tasty. Hotel very pleasant with a lovely view from the balcony.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Robert Cooper

    Mountains and Villages of Evia

    A great trip to an unknown part of Greece. Most of the walking is easy so the grading is about right, but be aware that some of the paths are through very prickly vegetation so have an alternative to shorts. All but the last night is based in the Hotel Galaxy in Karystos, which is run be a very nice local family and has a wonderful location on the waterfront on short distance from numerous bars and restaurants.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Roman columns still in situ on Mount Ochi.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos is very enthusiastic, seems to know everybody and runs the trip very efficiently.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I personally would have preferred to spent the final day on Evia and not gone to Athens.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Elaine Jolly

    Mountains and Villages of Evia (March 2017)

    Another excellent holiday with Exodus. Enjoyable walks, just the right length for me, pleasant company, lovely range of vegetarian food available in the restaurants. Hotel in a convenient position on the water front, sea views beautiful. Relaxed, substantial breakfast with local produce. Karystos felt safe to walk around at night. Brochure description accurate. Good value.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Evia's history and The Acropolis / Acropolis Museum visit would be the most inspirational, while the walks on Evia were a source of peaceful pleasure. The short visit to Athens is a great addition to the walking holiday.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was very good at his job; friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and very knowledgable about the area, its history and inhabitants. He took us to six different restaurants and various eateries/cafés on our walks. He also spoilt us with local delicacies for elevenses, all delicious.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Decent boots and long trousers a must for the gorge walk. Some found poles useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were driven to some elevated starting points so not too much uphill walking, which I appreciated.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Barbara Darvall

    Walking in Evia

    We had a wonderful week. Our group was delightful, the hotel had a lovely local charm and the town of Karystos has a lovely friendly atmosphere. The walks were quite exhausting because of the heat, but as a result there's a huge feeling of satisfaction at the end of each day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wonderful moments in shady spots alongside the waterways, after hiking up the hot hillsides. Seeing the beautiful oleanders growing wild, so much colour in the landscape. The friendliness of the locals. Roman columns left half-carved in the marble quarry, exposed for 2,000 years.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile is delightful and very very energetic.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Linda Sparks

    Evia - a true gem on the second largest Greek island (who knew?)

    Just an hour away from the port of Rafina is the unspoilt island of Evia. A really lovely destination for walkers and Greek island hoppers alike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day's walk is long but a nice end to the trip. Meeting some of the proud Evia residents was inspirational, very versatile and industrious people from the hotelier who has a farm and makes the cheese at breakfast, to the fisherman who not only fishes but rescues animals, and the lady who hosts jazz and music festivals at the local historic vineyard estate.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was great, calm and collected, just the right balance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is rough enough terrain with a lot of undergrowth on the hills, so bring long trousers and some antiseptic creams. Walking poles aren't mandatory but I would recommend them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go, you will be surprised how lovely it all is.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Richard Bull

    Enjoyable holiday in Evia

    This was my first holiday with Exodus and I was very impressed by the standard of the holiday. Karystos is a very pleasant resort, with some good restaurants, but is not over-commercialised. The hotel is good, though hot water did go missing for a short time! I had a room with balcony facing the sea front. There were tea/coffee-making facilities in the room and after a hard day's walking it was nice to sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by. The walks were good with many fine views of both mountains and sea. The six members of the group got on well and we had enjoyable evenings sat outside restaurants drinking cheap local wine and chatting. I would certainly travel with Exodus again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think that the second walk of the holiday, when we went up to a 'saddle' between two peaks was the highlight of the walking programme. There was a great sense of peace and tranquillity up there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide was excellent, with very good local knowledge. The travel arrangements all worked well and she found us some excellent restaurants for our evening meals. Problems (such as the above-mentioned hot-water shortage) were quickly dealt with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have some long trousers, because the shrubby vegetation on the upland walks can be very prickly!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would have liked the walks to be just a little bit longer. However, I'm new to Exodus and unused to their grading system. Perhaps I will have a better idea of what walks to expect on my next Exodus holiday.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Brenda Stevens

    evia

    Great, relaxed trip with cultural, bird and flower interest. Food, people, setting all good.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tha dragon house at the highest point of the island.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Perfect for the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tipping remains a little awkward. Recommending £35 each creates a very large tip from a biggish group who we assume is getting a decent wage from you. Leaders will read this and may feel they were not good enough if they do not receive the full amount.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Rick Jelusic

    Mountain & Villages of Evia

    This was my 1st trip with Exodus. I was very impressed with the various landscapes I encountered on the day hikes throughout the week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along the gorge and ending the hike on one of the nicest beaches I have ever seen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was excellent. She was able to maintain a nice pace for our group. Very well organized and very informative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a pair of long pants and a long sleeve shirt. We encountered numerous prickly bushes on the trails.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We ate at a different taverna each night. Every meal, we had different appetizers for each dinner, which was a nice touch. Impressed with the variety. For breakfast, the Greek honey an yogurt was memorable. As for the group, there were 10 of us on the week long trip. A pleasure and joy to share this experience with them. Opa!!!
  • Reviewed July 2015
    Brian Manning

    Mountains and villages of Evia

    Lovely scenery to be seen. It is a very peaceful location. The hotel is in the perfect location for both the beach and restaurants.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in the gorge. Stunning views and finishing the walk on a delightful beach.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecilia is very well organized and catered for everyone's needs. She has a wealth of local knowledge and negotiated well with the local restaurants.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Relax and enjoy the island!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Follow Cecillia's advice on what to wear when out walking such as long trousers to protect your legs for the scratchy plants!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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