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Island Hopping in the Dodecanese

Uncover the allure of the Dodecanese Islands, a captivating Greek archipelago nestled in the Aegean Sea. From the vibrant culture of Rhodes to the tranquil beauty of Tilos, the volcanic landscapes of Nisyros, and the picturesque charm of Symi, these destinations offer a unique blend of history, culture, and natural wonders for an unforgettable Aegean adventure.

  • Greece

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

The Grade 4 walking programme for this holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain with sometimes stony and cobbled paths. Walks are generally between 9kms-16kms/6 miles-10 miles a day with cumulative ascents/descents between minimal and 300m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 1000m. We take into account the weather in our walks in the Greek islands and someday there will be opt out points or easier ascents/descents or even the possibility of a beach afternoon or a public bus back to our hotel if the weather is very warm. See the Itinerary section for more information

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Classic Collection

Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Visiting lesser-known Greek islands.
  • Arriving into bustling ports by ferry.
  • Visit contrasting islands.
  • Discover coastal and inland walks.
  • Savour Greek cuisine in local tavernas.
  • Opportunities to swim from clear blue sea beaches.

Greek island hopping gives a sense of freedom as you set sail from small ports and drift past dramatic scenery to visit dazzling white villages and walk through contrasting landscapes. 

Commencing your journey on one of the prominent Greek islands, you first explore the immaculately preserved medieval city of Rhodes Town, offering a captivating contrast to the coastal village of Lindos. This historic gem provides awe-inspiring vistas of St. Paul's Harbour, making it an ideal starting point.  Tilos, a hidden treasure among the Greek islands, stands out as one of the lesser-visited gems, delivering exceptional opportunities for scenic walks and enchanting seascapes. Meanwhile, Nisyros, a petite, mountainous island, boasts dormant volcanic craters that continue to emit sulphurous fumes, providing a unique natural spectacle. From Nisyros, your journey unfolds toward Kos, where you stay for 2 nights. Ascend above the island's terrain to savour breath taking panoramas that stretch across both Turkey and the entirety of Kos island. The final stop of your island-hopping odyssey brings you to Symi, celebrated for its stunning Monastery of Panormitis, perfectly situated to captivate visitors. Symi's harbour, resplendent with a vibrant array of colours, proudly stands as one of the most picturesque and visually appealing gems within the entire archipelago, making it a highlight of your Greek island exploration. The holiday finishes back in Rhodes where you spend a final 2 nights 

  • Return flights London to Rhodes.
  • Airport & Port Transfers.
  • Ensuite two, three & four star hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half Board with dinners taken at local tavernas (except on Rhodes where we eat at the hotel on 2 nights).
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/ public bus & ferry.
  • Local guide on day 13 in Rhodes (depending on ferry arrival time).
  • Services of a Classic 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

15500

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

Rhodes

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Arrive into Rhodes airport and transfer to your hotel on the edge of Rhode's Old Town. You have dinner at the hotel this evening

Transfer Time = 30 minutes

Day 2

Tilos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Depending on the time of the ferry today, you may the opportunity for an extra walk on Rhodes before you cross to your second island of Tilos, or you may arrive in Tilos with time to explore before dinner.

Day 3 to 5

Tilos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time on Tilos, the chosen walks take you to small villages, seeing monasteries and churches. 

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    298/490m

You start the walk and follow kaldirimi (cobbled paths) to Ag Antonios on the coast, where there is a time for a taverna lunch and a swim. You continue by bus to the recently built Elephant museum at the Charkadio Cave which houses many paleontological exhibits then continue on to Megalo Horio (the capital) and for those that would like an extra stretch of their legs, you can take a walk up to the kastro (approx 1.5hrs return) this is well worth the effort.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

This walk takes you directly from the hotel today as you walk to the deserted village of Yera. You follow a well-made (stony in places) path to the village, where you stop for lunch with plenty of shade.  The walk then continues over the hilltop with beautiful views back down the valley to Livadia.  You make your way down the hillside on a rocky path to the beautiful little chapel of Ayios Pavlos then continue back down to Livadia.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    317m

This walk from the hotel takes you to the deserted Mikro Horio, an abandoned village between Livadia and Megalo Chorio where from 1940 inhabitant gradually moved from Mikro Chorio to Livadia. The village have impressive stone built houses and a beautiful white washed church overlooking the valley and sea. You return to the hotel walking back down on an old donkey path. 

Day 6

Nisyros

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You leave Tilos behind today and travel by ferry for the nearby volcanic island of Nisyros. 

Day 7

Nisyros

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Nisyros is a volcanic island, where large craters can still be seen and walked in!

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    370m

This walk shows the main point of interest on the island, the crater rim. On arrival in the village of Nikea you visit the Volcano museum then continue into the village square to experience  the marvellous views down into the crater.    After some refreshments you slowly descend to the crater floor passing on route many volcanic features such as pyraclastic flows and lava bubbles and soon experience the sulphur smell rising up from the crater bottom. After a walk down to the fumaroles you have lunch before continuing to  follow a path along the crater bottom (approx 1.5km) then a stony ascent through trees to the top, contouring along the rim you reach Evangelista Monastery and continue walking back to the hotel.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    20/150m

This walk explores the second ‘rim’ village and passes through typical countryside with good views on a stony path out of Emborio to Moni Evangelistria.  On the route back to the hotel we visit  the impressive kastro and on return to Mandraki visit the chapel of Moni Spiliani before returning to the hotel

Day 8

Kos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You leave Nisyros to head to the island of Kos. Dinner this evening is taken in a local taverna 

Day 9

Kos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Skasmeni Petra to Zia: You take a coach to the start of the walk which is a scenic walk on a high level gradually inclining mountain track which offers great views of Kos, Kalymnos and Turkey ending in Zia.

Day 10

Symi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You leave Kos to catch a ferry to  Symi today, once you arrive you head to your hotel located on the beautiful Pedi beach.

Day 11 to 12

Pedi

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

From the moment you arrive into the colourful harbour, bustling with excitement of the arriving ferry, you can see that Symi is a beautiful island. There are plenty of trails to follow and quiet beaches to enjoy.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    290/300m

From your hotel, you walk around the harbour to pick up the path, which follows the shoreline, until you reach  Agia Marina, this is a perfect spot for refreshments and a swim. You continue the walk with beautiful coastal views and the possible sighting of tortoises. Finally, you reach  old windmills on the route down to Chorio, here you can walk back to the hotel or catch a bus.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

You catch a bus from the hotel to Chorio take time to explore the village then walk down the Kali Strata to the port of Yialos. You then continue over to Emborio (a lovely sleepy village) where you have the chance to have lunch and a swim and visit the catacombs. You can possibly get a water taxi back to Yialos or walk along the coast..

  • Time

    5-6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    250m

Bus or walk up the donkey track to Chorio – donkey track to Perivolitis Monastery from there a stony path through dramatic scenery of the Ksisos Valley to the wilder south west coast.  It is worth the long walk as the little chapel of Ag Vasilios is in the most beautiful setting and a wonderful place for lunch, you return the same route with time to explore Chorio or continue down to Yialos and catch a bus back to the hotel.  

Day 13

Rhodes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

The ferry journey to Rhodes from Symi is short and sails quite close to Turkey as you leave the port. Back on Rhodes, wyou make the short transfer to your hotel, the Hotel Plaza. Depending on the ferry time you may have a guided tour of Rhodes this afternoon. Dinner this evening is taken in the hotel restaurant 

Day 14

Rhodes

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You travel over to the other side of the island today to explore the town of Lindos and see the magnificent Acropolis. Your farewell dinner will be at a local taverna this evening.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

At Lindos we can walk up to the ancient Acropolis that sits above the town and offers spectacular views over St Paul's Bay. Our coastal walk out of the town to the tomb of Kleoboulos (the Tyrant of Rhodes), which has now been converted into a windmill.

Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

You leave your hotel for Rhodes airport for your flight back to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

18th Sep 2024 - 2nd Oct 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Rhodes
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • 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.

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.

Best Western Plaza Hotel

You stay in en suite rooms at the four-star newly renovated Plaza Hotel, located just 400m outside the walls of the Old City of Rhodes Town, where our groups have been staying for many years and always receive a warm welcome from the owner. The location is ideal with easy access to the Old City, with its World Heritage status buildings, numerous restaurants and shops, and the marina and harbour. All rooms have either one king sized bed or two twin beds and offer guests telephone, television, in room safe, kettle, hairdryer and mini bar. The hotel offers a restaurant where a good variety of Greek and International dishes are served. Also you can enjoy a cool and refreshing drink at the Piano Par and lounge or take a swim in the pool (heated April-October - not open in December). 

Hotel Irini / Llidi Rock

The Hotel irini and Ilidi Rock studios & apartments are owned by the Christolis family and they have been welcoming visitors to the island of Tilos for many years. Depending on the size of our groups, we may all stay at one property or be split between the two. Both are of good standard, comfortable and a very short walk from each other.

Hotel Irini offers an outdoor swimming pool and terrace and is just 200m from Livadia Beach. Rooms are all en suite with a/c, TV, mini-fridge and electric kettle. There is also a small balcony with pool views. Wi-fi is free to use in the hotel's public areas, with a small charge for use in the room.

The Ilidi Rock studios and apartments have two small beaches below the complex which can be reached by steps. The accommodation is built into the mountainside, and access to the studios is via flights of steps. All studios and apartments have terraces with views over the bay, kitchenette with kettle, microwave and fridge. You will also have a/c and en suite bathroom, with shower only. Wi-fi is free to use in the hotel's public areas, with a small charge for use in the room.

Both properties are in walking distance to local shops, cafes and tavernas.

Hotel Porfyris

A traditional styled, family-run hotel located close to Mandraki beach on the island of Nisyros. The hotel offers a swimming pool, lounge, breakfast room and bar with a terrace. Close by you will find a good selection of tavernas and coffee shops. All comfortable rooms are en suite (shower only) and have a mini fridge, a/c and TV.  The rooms also have furnished balconies. 

Hotel Continental

The Hotel Continental Palace hotel is located near to the beach front. This 4 star hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, bar and restaurant area. The hotel has 210 rooms in total all of which have free Wi-Fi, TV, A/C, mini bar, safe (additional charge) and en suite facilities. 

Pedi Beach Hotel

The Pedi Beach Hotel sits in the natural bay of Pedi on the island of Symi. Its beach front location offers wonderful views of the hills and Aegean sea. The hotel offers sun beds, umbrellas and swimming towels on the beach and has a restaurant, bar and terrace. All rooms offer a bright, clean Mediterranean decor and are en suite and have a balcony with a sea or mountain view. Facilities include a/c, TV, fridge, telephone, and a hairdryer. 

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

The Grade 4 walking programme for this holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain with sometimes stony and cobbled paths. Walks are generally between 9kms-16kms/6 miles-10 miles a day with cumulative ascents/descents between minimal and 300m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 1000m. We take into account the weather in our walks in the Greek islands and someday there will be opt out points or easier ascents/descents or even the possibility of a beach afternoon or a public bus back to our hotel if the weather is very warm. See the Itinerary section for more information

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme 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.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

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.

The currency in Greece is the euro.

Holiday Currency

You will find ATM and bank facilities in the main towns on each island you visit on this holiday.

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.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

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 organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, 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.

Leader's 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.

Your Travel Details

We fly from London to Rhodes and return. Flights from Manchester are also available, please contact our Travel Team for more information or check the website. The transfer from Rhodes Airport to our hotel is approx 20 minutes.

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

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point 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-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back 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 & Travel Documents

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.

Passports and Visas

European 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’)

For some Schengen countries 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

Breakfasts and Dinners are included in the holiday cost. We include breakfast at our hotels each morning and dinners will be taken at local tavernas, giving the opportunity to sample the wonderful Greek cuisine and enjoy the local atmosphere. Quite often a selection of mezze will be put on the table for us to share - both meat and vegetarian dishes, followed by the main course. Desserts aren't common in Greece, but meals can be followed by fruit or perhaps yogurt. Vegetarians are well catered for in Greek cuisine.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take 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 money
  • 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 in Greece 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/

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!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

There are numerous travel guides for Greece's Dodecanese islands to help with the planning of your holiday. Some suggestions that you might find useful include:

The Rough Guides: Greece The Dodecanese
The Rough Guide: The Dodecanese & East Aegean Islands
Lonely Planet: Best of Greece and the Greek Islands
Lonely Planet: Greek Islands
Lonely Planet: Rhodes and the Dodecanese

You may also find the following websites useful:

Visit Greece: www.visitgreece.gr
Greek Tourist Office: www.gtp.gr

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.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

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
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Please note you will need to be able to carry your luggage on and off of the ferries and occasionally, depending on the distance, to and from the hotel and up stairs to your hotel room. 

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take 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 money
  • 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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

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

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel 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

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.

EHIC & GHIC 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

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

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.

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 primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

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.

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. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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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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