Walking holiday in Greece

“A few steep ascents over stone paths and goat tracks in search of ancient ruins and Aegean views make this active walking holiday on the Greek island of Evia a really healthy option ”

Highlights

Athens | Rafina | Evia | Mount Kliosi | Acropolis of Styra | Styra Valley | east Aegean coastline | Karystos | Mount Ohi | cave of Saint Nicholas| wild flower meadows | castles and hamlets | chestnut forests and sandy beaches | Porfyra Gorge | old Albanian villages | Montofoli Winery Estate | Optional activities include day trips to Athens or further walks in or around Karystos |

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Our top tip:
A stout pair of walking boots will never be considered excess baggage nor will a sun hat, sun block and reading material for afternoons spent on the beach.
Trip type:
Small group. Group size maximum 18. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate. Centre based walking between 5 - 6hrs per day.
Accomm:
Local hotel with en-suite facilities and ocean views.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners.
Solos:
Solo walkers welcome. Single room supps apply.
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Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

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Environment

Activity:
As a walking holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. Adverse effects like pollution and threatening wildlife are not an issue and although erosion on popular paths can be problematic, guides can advise pre-planned routes to avoid this. Trekking also allows for flexibility and allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. We use local transport and taxis throughout the trip, having a positive effect on infrastructure and small transfer companies. By operating consciously with a ‘leave no trace’ policy, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with local people.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend the week in a hotel which has been run by a local family for over 30 years. So we can ensure that our visit benefits local people by generating income and employment for them. The hotel uses a range of environmental regulations to minimise impact on their surroundings e.g. solar panels provide clean energy and separation and recycling of rubbish is thorough. Produce used at the hotel is locally sourced wherever possible as there is so much on offer and this is a way to support local suppliers. Different tavernas and restaurants are also frequented throughout the trip, where clients can sample authentic Greek specialties like Evian gnocchi, rabbit stew, bean soup, olives, fresh grilled fish or meat, seasonal vegetables and regional cheeses.

Local Craft and Culture:
The Evian region has a rich history and culture as well as dramatic landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The week starts in the ancient city of Athens, before heading towards the beautiful Karystos and villages of Gourna, where there are whitewashed houses, castles, and architectural ruins. We also visit the Montofoli Winery Estate, which has been producing wine there for 2000 years, where we can try the exquisite Vin De Liqueur. On the free day, clients can explore the thriving market town of Karystos or take a day trip into Athens. Popular locally crafted items include ceramics, engravings on Evian slate and woven tablecloths. Money spent at these various locations on souvenirs, entry fees and donations goes towards preserving local crafts, culture and heritage sites.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Walking holiday in Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The walk in which we ascended Mount Kliosi and the Acropolis of Styra - visiting
the 'ancient gate' the cave of ST.Nicholas and the ruins of Castri Armeno -
fantastic views of the coast!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not a good destination unless planning to do walks from the area or spend much of the time on the beach and in the bars (not a lot of interesting things to do in Karystos)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Ok - one or two nice walks but they were a little short- leaving more free time
than you needed afterwards and there is little of interest in Karystos itself

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the Temple of the Dragons on the top of Mount Oci, Evia.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you have stout walking boots.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Will book again.

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