You are invited to travel to Evia, the second largest Greek island, where you will be based in Chalkida (Chalkis) the 10th oldest continuously occupied city in Europe. Here you will have the opportunity to go back in time and experience an unspoilt part of Greece with its spectacular scenery, beautiful coastline, traditional villages and numerous beaches. There are medieval castles, museums and Byzantine churches to visit whilst enjoying the local cuisine and wines at your leisure.
Arriving in Athens. There is then a drive of just over one hour to the 4 star Hotel Lucy on the waterfront at Chalkida where you will stay.
A coach will then take us a few kilometres outside the city for our 11km (+450m/-305m) 3,5-4 Hrs walk in the countryside. Our walk will be a leisurely day trip along part of the remains of ancient fortifications, overlooking the recent quarry of the cement works, with the harbour of Avlida in the distance. It is so surprising that so close to the city, we will come across wild birds of prey and various vegetation such as thyme and wild fruit bushes. Our walk ends in the best way, tasting local wine at the Bio Winery of Tzivani with the superb artefacts museum, with personally collected items by Mr Tzivani himself from all over the world. B, PL, D
We travel to Kato Kambia where there is a shrine and church below a waterfall. This is the start of an 11km (+410m/-362m) 4 Hrs nearly circular walk that will take us along the ridge above “The Hollows” to Skouderi with its 3 churches and Venetian Tower. We return to Kato Steni passing tree lined valleys, walnut groves and former clay pits. B, PL, D
You will be free to take it easy, or we can join you, walking round Chalkis, visiting various sites around the city. We can visit local delicacy shops and the market. B
A trip to walk 7km (+210m/-880m) 4-5 Hrs down the spectacular tree-lined Aghali Gorge which starts below Evia’s highest mountain Dhirfys (1,743m). A lunch will be had in the mountain village of Steni. B, L.
We return to Steni to start a 12km (+650m/-720m) 4 Hrs circular walk up through the woods by a stream to a ridge which leads back to Steni. There are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside including the mountain ranges of Dhirfys and Xerovouni. The day will be rounded off by a visit afterwards to a local award winning vineyard for a tasting session. B, PL.
A change of scenery with a visit to the museum in the ancient city of Eretria. We will then drive to the mountain pass near Gherondas before trekking 11km (+207m/-715m) 4 Hrs down to Eretria through the olive groves and hamlets. A final dinner in a village near Chalkida. B, PL, D
After a good breakfast, it will, unfortunately, be time to travel back to the airport... However, if you wish why not extend your stay and have a guided tour to the Acropolis of Athens or just spend a few more days in Athens or on Evia island. B.
Activity Level B : Moderate
During this tour you will stay in the 4* Lucy Hotel. All the accommodation has been selected by us and checked in person by our crew. They fulfil a minimum level of standards for cleanliness, staff behaviour, breakfast, comfort and more. Most probably you will meet the owners themselves, have a cup of coffee with them! Contact us for more details.
What does the Guided tour include:
- Accommodation for 7 nights
- English speaking, local qualified Guidance by Evia Adventure Tours
- Transport to and from Athens Airport
- Everyday transfers to each hiking destination
- Breakfast, 4 x evening meals
Letters below refer to inclusions on everyday tour
B – Breakfast included
PL – Packed lunch included
L - Lunch included
D - Dinner included
Other extras – Not Included
Flight air tickets to/from Athens airports
Entrance fees to archaeological areas/museums
Guided tours to archaeological areas/museums
Personal travel insurance
New 2018 Hotel Tax (for 4 Star Hotel = 3 euro/night/per room, payed at the reception upon arrival)