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Tinos & Andros

Discover ancient stoned pathways, untouched countryside, and serene beaches on Tinos and Andros, two Greek islands that together create a walker's’ paradise in the Cyclades. These unspoiled gems offer a tranquil escape for anyone seeking a timeless Greek island experience.

  • Greece

  • 14 nights
  • Half Board & Two Lunches
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • May

    Sep

  • Average group size: 12-14

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Walking grade

Grade 4

This Grade 4 holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain using the ancient partly paved paths for which the islands are famous. While these are often well maintained, providing delightful walking conditions, some sections have been neglected, so that we may sometimes have to contend with undergrowth or other obstacles. Sometimes we also walk on easy dirt roads or quiet surfaced roads. Our walks are generally between 5 miles and 10 miles a day with most ascents and descents between 200m-400m and actual walking time up to 5 hours. If the weather is particularly hot, the walks may appear tougher. We also take time to visit typical island villages and admire the local architecture, there will be opportunities to swim from beaches, and occasionally we may find a cafe or taverna in which to relax. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approx. 700m

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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

  • Enjoy this walkers’ paradise – endless ancient stoned pathways in unspoiled countryside.
  • Visit attractive towns alive with local flavour and colour.
  • Take a one day walk with our knowledgeable guide from Andros Routes.
  • Revel in this nature lovers’ delight.
  • Relax on uncrowded beaches lapped by the azure sea.
  • Visit to the archaeological site of Marathon

Explore a sun-drenched paradise as the final mile of your journey unfolds, meandering through the enchanting wooded valley, where every step unveils a hidden cove fringed by sandy shores, offering a refreshing escape in the crystal-clear Aegean waters.

For those seeking a unique Greek island experience, Tinos and Andros in the Cyclades remain a well-kept secret, with their extensive network of ancient stone pathways, untouched countryside, tranquil wooded valleys, and serene beaches. Immerse yourself in this captivating journey, where nature enthusiasts can revel in the islands' rich biodiversity, from an array of bird species to the vibrant tapestry of springtime wildflowers. Untouched by mass tourism, these islands promise an authentic Greek adventure, brimming with local flavours and colourful traditions.

Your adventure begins with a night in the charming harbour town of Nea Makri on the Greek mainland, before embarking on a ferry to the island of Tinos. While Tinos is renowned for the Panagia Evangelistria church, its verdant interior is a hidden treasure, graced with picturesque villages, each more charming than the last, and adorned with over a thousand artistic Venetian dovecotes. As you follow ancient mule trails and pathways, you'll journey between remote villages, savouring delicious taverna lunches and taking refreshing swims at the island's sandy beaches.

The adventure continues as you island-hop to nearby Andros, the northernmost and second-largest of the Cyclades, a green paradise dotted with springs, streams, and waterfalls. Here, you'll encounter working watermills, tranquil villages, and superb sandy beaches. Gain insights into the island's unique character with a local guide, who will provide a deeper understanding of the local culture. 

  • Return flights from London to Athens.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Ferry travel between the islands.
  • En suite four & three star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Dinners at our hotels and local tavernas.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary.
  • Visit to the archaeological site of Marathon.
  • Services of a local guide in Andros on one day.
  • 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

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

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Tour Codes

15650

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

Rafina

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

From Athens airport you transfer to the Mati Hotel for one night, near the port of Rafina. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.

Transfer Time = 40 minutes

Day 2

Marathon

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation

Today, after a leisurely breakfast you leave Mati hotel with your luggage on a private bus to the archaeological site and Museum of Marathon and a visit to the site of the battle of Marathon (entrance fee included). Lunch will be provided today in a local taverna on Marathon beach before taking a short coastal walk to visit the Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods. You will then transfer to Rafina port to board the early evening ferry to Tinos. Please note- as you arrive on Tinos late evening dinner is not included this evening, but refreshments and baguettes are available to purchase on the ferry. Lunch is provided today instead of evening meal. On arrival on Tinos, you check into your hotel where you stay for 6 nights’ accommodation.

Day 3 to 7

Tinos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time on Tinos, the walks take you on inland and coastal tracks, visiting unique traditional villages – including beautiful Pyrgos known for it’s marble quarries and fascinating marble Museum, seeing the numerous Tinian dovecotes throughout the island, exploring a Venetian fortress, and the giant rocky outcrops of Volax, visiting Convents and the Cathedral of Tinos and taking time to swim from local beaches. Lunches may be picnics or a tasty meal at a waterside taverna. There are various options on your free day including an option to visit the island of Mykonos. The following walks are included in the programme, although your leader may make changes due to local conditions:

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    100/400m

The marble villages of Ysternia and Pyrgos: A delightful walk, initially fairly level, visiting two attractive villages famous for their marble work, then descending gently to the coast at Panormos, with its beach and welcoming tavernas. 

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/388m

Xomburgo Fortress to the Rocks of Volax and Falatados: After climbing to the vantage point of Xomburgo (559m) with its ruined Venetian fortress, the walk heads through Kambos into a magnificent rocky landscape around Volax, with a delightful route ending at Falatados. Opportunity to explore picturesque Volax and lunch at village taverna.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    182/389m

Traditional Villages - From Loutra to Chora: Subject to opening times the start of this walk offers the opportunity to visit a Folklore Museum and an Ursuline convent. The walk then descends and ascends a valley, before contouring around to the village Ktikados where there is an opportunity to take lunch in the splendidly positioned Taverna Drosia. You pass through the village and take the long path into Chora that was built by the Venetians some 400 years ago. This is the exact path the Ottomans led the Venetians down when they expelled them from the island.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    136/470m

Tarampados Dovecotes to Kionia Beach: This is an easily accessible and attractive walk for close-up views of the famous Tinos dovecotes. The ancient paved path down from Ktikados to Kionia is particularly beautiful. The long sandy beach at Kionia is one of the best on the island.

Day 8

Andros

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

You leave Tinos today, taking the ferry (approx. 1.5 hours sailing time) to the nearby, and most northerly, Cycladic island of Andros where you stay for 7 nights’ accommodation at the beautiful Hotel Perrakis. The hotel is close to two beaches, and has a lovely pool and terrace so you may choose to relax this afternoon or join the leader on a short local walk.

Day 9 to 14

Andros

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

While on Andros, the walks take you into the Dipotomata Valley, to the port towns of Batsi and Gavrion, visiting Byzantine churches, towers and fortresses. You'll pass small hamlets and enjoy the shade of cypress and olive trees as you walk with wide ranging and picturesque views. On one of the days you will be joined by a local guide from Andros Routes, a non profit organisation that aims to promote the traditional side of the island and to keep paths open for walkers. They also offer a sampling lunch with items made on the island. We plan to include the following walks in the programme, but the leader may need to make changes due to local conditions. There will also be a free day.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    259/388m

The Five Springs: from Messaria to the island capital Chora – a walk along old village paths, past springs and flowing water, and ending with time to explore the island's unique capital, with its fine houses and monuments.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    301/536m

Through the watermill valley to Ormos Korthiou: From the pretty village of Sineti the walk passes through the verdant Dipotamita valley of the mills, then ascends to the village of Kochilou beforea long descent to the sea and the old port of Korthiou with its narrow streets and cafes. 

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    345/780m

Arni to the Katakoilos Valley and Batsi,: A delightful walk, different from most of the others, around two verdant valleys, passing through the small villages of Upper and Lower Katakoilos, then descending to the sea at Batsi for cafes, swim and optional coastal extension from Batsi to Ypsilo. 

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    442m

Agios Petros Tower to Gavrion: A walk around the hills behind your hotel, visiting chapels, a spring, A Hellenistic tower, a dovecote, and the port town of Gavrion. A good walk with wide-ranging views. 

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    246/485m

Apikia to Yialia Bay and Chora: Starting at Apikia, you meet your local guide Ornella from ‘Andros Routes’, who will give you insights into the traditions, history and flora and fauna. The walk descends mainly on old kalderimi, passing old villages, springs, waterfalls and many features of traditional rural life. It allows time for a pleasant beach stop, where a light picnic lunch of local produce is included. You then walk to a small farm in rural Livadha, and finally you arrive at the picturesque capital Chora, where a delicious evening Taverna meal is included before you return to your hotel.



Day 15

Final day

Meals

Breakfast & Lunch

You take the ferry from Andros to Rafina (approx. 2.5 hours sailing time) where you transfer to the hotel Mati to have lunch (included in costs) and time to relax before a private coach picks you up to take you to Athens airport.

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st May 2024 - 15th May 2024 (14 Nights)

15th May 2024 - 29th May 2024 (14 Nights)

11th Sep 2024 - 25th Sep 2024 (14 Nights)

25th Sep 2024 - 9th Oct 2024 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Athens
  • Airport transfers by road c. 40 minutes
  • 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.

Mati Hotel

The four-star Mati Hotel is located on the coast, close to Rafina, and offers its guests lovely views. All en suite rooms have a hairdryer, mini fridge and television. All rooms have a balcony or terrace. You will also find a swimming pool, restaurant and bar in the hotel.

Hotel Aeolos Bay

On the island of Tinos we stay at the three-star Aeolos Bay Hotel in Tinos Town, a stroll away from a small beach. The hotel has a restaurant, cafe-bar, swimming pool, terrace and pool-side bar. All rooms are en suite with a balcony and have a mini-fridge, a/c, TV and free Wifi. This hotel is located perfectly in the town centre to visit restaurants and explore the town.  

Hotel Perrakis

On Andros you stay at the three star Hotel Perrakis at Kypri Bay, located in front of two beaches, which are easy to wander down to.

Between the villages of Batsi and Gavrio, the hotel has a quiet feel, yet close to the amenities of Batsi resort with its shops and restaurants. There couldn’t be anywhere better to relax by the sea.

Enjoy the outdoor pool with terrace or the beach side bar serving cocktails. The Cyclades Restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood with sea views from the veranda. A breakfast buffet is served every day including fruit juice, delicious eggs, a variety of cereals and local pies and fresh coffee.

Bright and spacious bedrooms have a balcony and views of the azure Aegean, en-suite facilities, TV, telephone, air conditioning, hairdryer, mini-fridge, safe and free Wi-Fi.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and on the beach.


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 4 holiday includes walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain using the ancient partly paved paths for which the islands are famous. While these are often well maintained, providing delightful walking conditions, some sections have been neglected, so that we may sometimes have to contend with undergrowth or other obstacles. Sometimes we also walk on easy dirt roads or quiet surfaced roads. Our walks are generally between 5 miles and 10 miles a day with most ascents and descents between 200m-400m and actual walking time up to 5 hours. If the weather is particularly hot, the walks may appear tougher. We also take time to visit typical island villages and admire the local architecture, there will be opportunities to swim from beaches, and occasionally we may find a cafe or taverna in which to relax. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approx. 700m

Walks & Excursions

Many walks use the ancient partly paved paths for which the islands are famous.  While these are often well maintained, providing delightful walking conditions, some sections have been neglected, so that we may sometimes have to contend with undergrowth or other obstacles. Sometimes we also walk on easy dirt roads or quiet surfaced roads.  There are plenty of ups and downs, but these are generally not steep and can be taken at a gentle pace, with plenty of time to admire the views. If the weather is particularly hot, the walks may appear tougher. We can take time to visit typical island villages and admire the local architecture, there will be opportunities to swim from beaches, and occasionally we may find a café or taverna in which to relax. You may wish to budget €10-15pp for entrance fees. Should you decide to take an optional excursion, such as a day trip to the nearby island of Mykonos, these costs are not included in the holiday or local transport costs.

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.

Banks and ATM machines can be found in the main towns on each island as well as in Rafina.

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.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

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.  Breakfasts will be taken at the hotels, with dinners taken at a mix of the hotels and local tavernas. The Cyclades Restaurant at the Hotel Perrakis is well known on the  island  and  features  contemporary  Mediterranean  cuisine  created  from  fresh  Greek  produce  including  fresh fish and seafood. The meals on this holiday are a wonderful accompaniment to the walking and scenery, and the menus  are  chosen  so  that  you  are  able  to  sample  a  wide  variety  of  the  Greek  cuisine,  with  vegetarians  easily catered for. Lunches are not included except on two days, on one  we will have a light meal at a traditional farm as part of our walk, another on our final day at the Mati hotel on our return to the airport. On other days picnic lunches can be bought from nearby shops, or sometimes from the hotels, especially on Andros.  Occasionally a day's walking may include the option of lunch at a taverna. Your leader will give you more information at the daily briefings.

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.

Traveling Light

As we travel between the islands by ferry, and you will have to handle your own baggage, please try to travel reasonably light. The hotel in Rafina is a short walk from the ferry port and the group will walk between them with luggage. You should be able to lift and carry your own luggage. Please note that the Hotel Perrakis does not have a lift (but the hotel is just 3 storeys).

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 RWW15 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

Books
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: The Greek Islands by Marc Dubin. Published by Dorling Kindersley
Lonely Planet Greek Island by Korina Miller. Published by Lonely Planet Publications
The Cyclades by John Freely. Published by I.B.Tauris.
Northern Cyclades: Andros Tinos Syros (McGilchrist's Greek Islands) by Nigel McGilchrist. Published by Genius Loci Publications


Websites
Greek National Tourist Office www.gnto.gr
Island of Andros www.andros.gr
Island of Tinos www.tinos-tinos.com
Visit Greece www.visitgreece.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:

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.

Andros Routes

Heart & Sole is proud to sponsor Andros Routes, a non-profit, volunteer organisation based on the island of Andros. The aim of the project is to combine research, culture and sustainable tourism on the island. In addition to maintaining the ancient pathways for future generations of walkers to enjoy, and producing walking books and guides, Andros Routes also provides guiding and promotes traditional projects such as local craft making, village communities and farms, which are on some of the walking routes, so that they may benefit from tourism to the island in a natural way.

During our time on Andros, we will walk with a local guide on one day so that we can learn about life on the island and also visit a farmhouse and enjoy their fresh produce. You can read more about Andros Routes at www.androsroutes.gr

By travelling with us on this holiday, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can help make a difference.

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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