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A Greek Experience

Evia, a hidden gem, provides a picturesque getaway for travellers seeking stunning scenery, traditional villages, medieval castles, and Byzantine churches. Indulge in exquisite cuisine, premium wines, and genuine Greek hospitality, making your visit to this remarkable island truly unforgettable.

  • Greece

  • 7, 9 nights
  • Half Board
  • Food & Wine

    Coast & Islands

    Culture

  • May

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

Leisurely

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore a quiet corner of Greece.
  • Inter-active cookery demonstration.
  • Admire the ancient Drakospita.
  • Coastal walks with taverna lunches and wine tasting.

Greece, renowned for its pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear azure seas, and mesmerizing golden sunsets, beckons visitors with its captivating allure. Steeped in rich history as the birthplace of famous philosophers, democracy, and the Olympic Games, Greece is a land of both natural beauty and cultural significance. Nestled close to the Greek mainland, Evia represents a Greece reminiscent of bygone eras – an untouched paradise for those seeking an unspoiled natural environment. Prepare to be captivated by its enchanting landscapes, stunning coastlines, charming villages, and idyllic beaches. Delve into the heart of authentic Greek island life as you savour delectable cuisine, explore ancient landmarks, and forge connections with warm-hearted locals. Based in the charming coastal town of Karystos, nestled at the foot of Mount Ochi, our exploration takes us across the countryside, with visits to local wineries, Greek cooking demonstrations, and immersive journeys through the island's storied history.

 Our trip will be taken at a relaxing, leisurely pace to savour every second. Then, why not extend your holiday with a stay in Athens?

Please note: Our April date is a quieter time to visit the area with less visitors around. 

  • Flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half Board with dinners taken at a mix of our hotel and local restaurants (Athens extension is breakfast only)
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • Interactive cooking demonstration.
  • All local tips.
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

55500, 55509

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and you will have a refreshment stop en route. You arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at your hotel this evening. NB: The transfer is made by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2

Kalivia

Meals

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    210/200m

With a relaxed start today, you’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area and you will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos, during which you’ll find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, before taking a walk back to Karystos . This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/100m

You explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own after lunch or join an optional local walk before you have an early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Old Styra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/400m

You travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where you walk to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon Houses, dating back some 4,500 years. You walk back to Styra for a well-earned break, before travelling to the coast for a beach walk into Nea Styra for lunch and an opportunity to go swimming.

Day 5

Myli Village

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    108/350m

A sightseeing walk takes you to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  This walk follows occasionally steep, undulating paved roads.  You’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of your walk in the village of Myli, before walking back to Karystos.

Day 6

Marmari

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    86/185m

You’ll enjoy a morning walk through the hills to the attractive port town of Marmari, and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving you an insight into traditional Greek life. Transport will be provided to get you back to Karystos. Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Montofoli Organic Winery

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/150m

The churches walk today, mostly downhill, offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here you’ll learn about the history of the area, the wine making process, and enjoy a tasting. You’ll walk back to the hotel having built up a hearty appetite for your farewell dinner.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland and Athens airport having had a great insight into Greek life.

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Sep 2024 - 21st Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

11th May 2025 - 18th May 2025 (7 Nights)

18th May 2025 - 25th May 2025 (7 Nights)

7th Sep 2025 - 14th Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

14th Sep 2025 - 21st Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

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Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Flights from UK regional airports may be available on some dates

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and we will have a refreshment stop en route. We arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at our hotel this evening. NB: We make the transfer by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2

Kalivia

Meals

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

With a relaxed start today, we’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area and we will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos, during which we’ll find a perfect spot for our picnic lunch, before taking a walk back to Karystos (about 3 hours). This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own after lunch or join an optional local walk before we have our early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Old Styra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where we walk to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon Houses, dating back some 4,500 years. We walk back to Styra for a well-earned break, before travelling to the coast for a beach walk into Nea Styra for lunch and the chance to go swimming. (approx. 2 hours walking).

Day 5

Myli Village

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A sightseeing walk takes us to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  This walk follows occasionally steep, undulating paved roads (about 2.5 hours + 1 hour for visit to castle).  We’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of our walk in the village of Myli, before walking back to Karystos (approx. 30 minutes).

Day 6

Marmari

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll enjoy a morning walk through the hills to the attractive port town of Marmari (approx.2 hours), and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving us an insight into traditional Greek life. Transport will be provided to get us back to Karystos.  Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Montofoli Organic Winery

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our Churches walk today, mostly downhill, offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside (approx. 2 hours). In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here we’ll learn about the history of the area, the wine making process, and enjoy a tasting. We’ll walk back to the hotel (approx. 30 minutes) having built up a hearty appetite for our farewell dinner.

Day 8

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland. We stop at the airport first for the departing passengers and your leader, before continuing on to the hotel in Athens for your independent two night stay. Please note: There is an Overnight tax in Greece that is payable upon check in at the hotel which isn't included in your holiday charge. 

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Athens is a treasure trove of ancient sites, interesting museums and exhibits, great restaurants and shopping. Your unescorted two night stay gives you the opportunity to sample Greece’s capital city at your own pace. You may wish to explore the Monastraki flea market, join a walking tour to learn about the city’s cuisine or art, visit one of the smaller, but interesting, museums such as the Benaki Museum, which is housed in a beautiful neo classical building. Restaurants in Athens offer an array of dishes from the traditional to the more contemporary – something for everyone!

Don’t forget - archaeological sites in Greece offer a 50% reduction on the entrance fee to EU citizens aged 65 or over on proof of age

Day 10

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Leave Athens today for your return light back to the UK. You make your own way back to the airport, which can be done by metro, airport bus or taxi. Your hotel will be able give you all the information on transfers to the airport.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Sep 2024 - 16th Sep 2024 (9 Nights)

14th Sep 2024 - 23rd Sep 2024 (9 Nights)

18th May 2025 - 27th May 2025 (9 Nights)

7th Sep 2025 - 16th Sep 2025 (9 Nights)

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Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Flights from UK regional airports may be available on some dates

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and we will have a refreshment stop en route. We arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at our hotel this evening. NB: We make the transfer by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2

Kalivia

Meals

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

With a relaxed start today, we’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area and we will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos, during which we’ll find a perfect spot for our picnic lunch, before taking a walk back to Karystos (about 3 hours). This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own after lunch or join an optional local walk before we have our early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Old Styra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where we walk to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon Houses, dating back some 4,500 years. We walk back to Styra for a well-earned break, before travelling to the coast for a beach walk into Nea Styra for lunch and the chance to go swimming. (approx. 2 hours walking).

Day 5

Myli Village

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

A sightseeing walk takes us to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  This walk follows occasionally steep, undulating paved roads (about 2.5 hours + 1 hour for visit to castle).  We’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of our walk in the village of Myli, before walking back to Karystos (approx. 30 minutes).

Day 6

Marmari

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We’ll enjoy a morning walk through the hills to the attractive port town of Marmari (approx.2 hours), and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving us an insight into traditional Greek life. Transport will be provided to get us back to Karystos.  Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Montofoli Organic Winery

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our Churches walk today, mostly downhill, offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside (approx. 2 hours). In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here we’ll learn about the history of the area, the wine making process, and enjoy a tasting. We’ll walk back to the hotel (approx. 30 minutes) having built up a hearty appetite for our farewell dinner.

Day 8

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland. We stop at the airport first for the departing passengers and your leader, before continuing on to the hotel in Athens for your independent two night stay. Please note: There is an Overnight tax in Greece that is payable upon check in at the hotel which isn't included in your holiday charge.

Day 9

Athens

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

Athens is a treasure trove of ancient sites, interesting museums and exhibits, great restaurants and shopping. Your unescorted two night stay gives you the opportunity to sample Greece’s capital city at your own pace. You may wish to explore the Monastraki flea market, join a walking tour to learn about the city’s cuisine or art, visit one of the smaller, but interesting, museums such as the Benaki Museum, which is housed in a beautiful neo classical building. Restaurants in Athens offer an array of dishes from the traditional to the more contemporary – something for everyone!

Don’t forget - archaeological sites in Greece offer a 50% reduction on the entrance fee to EU citizens aged 65 or over on proof of age

Day 10

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Leave Athens today for your return light back to the UK. You make your own way back to the airport, which can be done by metro, airport bus or taxi. Your hotel will be able give you all the information on transfers to the airport.

Departure dates for your selected tour

11th May 2025 - 20th May 2025 (9 Nights)

14th Sep 2025 - 23rd Sep 2025 (9 Nights)

Ramble Worldwide map graphic of Greek islands and surrounding area for walking holiday A Greek Experience

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Flights from UK regional airports may be available on some dates

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You fly into Athens airport and transfer by coach to the coastal town of Karystos. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and you will have a refreshment stop en route. You arrive in plenty of time for dinner, which will be at your hotel this evening. NB: The transfer is made by road to the hotel instead of road/ferry as the ferry times do not always match closely with the flight arrival time and travelling by road saves a long wait at the ferry port.

Transfer Time = 3 hours

Day 2

Kalivia

Meals

Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    210/200m

With a relaxed start today, you’ll visit the Kalivia Visitor Centre for information on the local area and you will see the pretty streamside church of Agia Triada and the Byzantine church of Tachiarchos, during which you’ll find a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, before taking a walk back to Karystos . This evening there’s a fun Greek language lesson before dinner!

Day 3

Karystos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/100m

You explore the coastal town of Karystos this morning, visiting a local honey producer. You may wish to continue exploring on your own after lunch or join an optional local walk before you have an early evening cookery demonstration with the hotel chef, preparing a traditional dish as part of this evening’s meal.

Day 4

Old Styra

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350/400m

You travel to the charming village of Old Styra, located on a hillside overlooking the coast, where you walk to the mysterious megalithic Drakospita or Dragon Houses, dating back some 4,500 years. You walk back to Styra for a well-earned break, before travelling to the coast for a beach walk into Nea Styra for lunch and an opportunity to go swimming.

Day 5

Myli Village

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    108/350m

A sightseeing walk takes you to the Roman Aqueduct and the Castello Rosso, which dominates the foothills of Mt Ochi.  This walk follows occasionally steep, undulating paved roads.  You’ll have time to enjoy a taverna lunch at the end of your walk in the village of Myli, before walking back to Karystos.

Day 6

Marmari

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    86/185m

You’ll enjoy a morning walk through the hills to the attractive port town of Marmari, and an afternoon visit to see a folklore collection giving you an insight into traditional Greek life. Transport will be provided to get you back to Karystos. Dinner this evening will be at a traditional Greek taverna.

Day 7

Montofoli Organic Winery

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    4.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250/150m

The churches walk today, mostly downhill, offers expansive views above the coast and surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to walk to the Montofoli organic winery. Here you’ll learn about the history of the area, the wine making process, and enjoy a tasting. You’ll walk back to the hotel having built up a hearty appetite for your farewell dinner.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Time to finish packing and relax at the hotel before taking the ferry back to the mainland and Athens airport having had a great insight into Greek life.

Please note- If you are booked onto the Gatwick flight back from Athens, it is much later than the main group flight. You will travel back to Athens with the group by ferry and have a choice to either wait at the airport for your flight in the evening, or get dropped into Athens City Centre to explore and then make your own way back to the airport.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

Ramble Worldwide map graphic of Greek islands and surrounding area for walking holiday A Greek Experience

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers by road c.3hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Flights from UK regional airports may be available on some dates

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Karystion

Karystos is set amongst the foothills of Mt Ochi in the southernmost part of Evia. Its picturesque harbour with jetty and promenade, traditional cafes and ouzeries and endless beaches make it a lovely place to spend a holiday. The town also has banks, supermarkets, tourist information centre and a very good archaeological museum. Karystos, and the villages of southern Evia, have a tradition of wine making, cheese, honey and sweet preserves, with such delicacies as bergamot, baby fig, crab apple and lemon blossom depending on the season.

The Hotel Karystion is a real gem. Located on a tree-lined park promontory overlooking the sea, the hotel's canopied wraparound verandas are a perfect place to relax with a drink after a day of exploring. The hotel has a restaurant, café/bar and a contemporary furnished lounge.

Hotel rooms are en suite and facilities include: Climate control, television, mini fridge, telephone, hairdryer and fully furnished private balcony with park or sea views.

From summer 2021, the hotel can now offer 3 upgraded rooms (2 suites and 1 Superior Double ) room offering sea views, balconies, contemporary decor and more space. These rooms are on a request basis only. Please contact our Sales & Reservations staff for more information or to make a booking.


Hotel Arion

You stay at the centrally located, Hotel Arion, which offers en suite rooms with television and hairdryer. The hotel has a lounge, bar and a rooftop terrace with views towards the Acropolis. Close by you will find many restaurants, bustling markets and easy access to the city’s sites. Breakfast is included at the hotel. 

Hotel Acropolis Hill

The 37 room boutique Hotel Acropolis Hill is located in the centre of Athens with easy access to all sites. The hotel's roof top terrace has splendid views of the Acropolis and you will also find a small outdoor swimming pool, lobby bar and breakfast room. All rooms are en suite with a hairdryer, TV, safety deposit box and complimentary wifi.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

We class Grade 3 as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or  daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary" .

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Country Currency

The currency in Greece is the euro. ATMs and banks are widely available in the larger towns and villages. Most establishments accept credit/debit cards. You may wish to take some euro in cash with you for the first day or so until you locate a bank.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

You fly from London to Athens. The flight takes approx. 3 hours 45 minutes. We include a transfer from Athens airport to the Hotel Karystion and return. The transfer time is about 3 hours. During the week you’ll travel on foot and by private coach, local buses, ferry and taxis (as appropriate)

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport/station transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport/station, depending on your arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that you must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train arrival to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point or independent travel arrangements to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a flight or rail inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport/station and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

During the holiday, you eat breakfast and some dinners in the hotel. Other dinners will be taken at local tavernas, and we also include lunch on two days. Lunches on other days are not included in the holiday arrangements but a picnic can be bought from a local supermarket or our day may include a stop at a local taverna. One afternoon you have the opportunity to try your hand at Greek cooking at the hotel, where you will prepare a dish for dinner that evening.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

The best map of the area is Anavasi South Evia, Karistia, Mt Ochi 1:100 000/1: 50 000 

The Rough Guide to Greece and Lonely Planet Greek Islands both offer lots of in-depth information about the island.

Sarah Wheeler’s “Evia: Travels on an undiscovered Greek island” published by Tauris Parke Paperbooks, gives a great insight to the island, history, tradition and people. 

The South Evia website is packed full of information on the area – history, gastronomy, beaches, walking - www.southevia.gr/en

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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