Karpathos. The hiker's island

KAR1 Walking / HikingGuidedSmall GroupsEco-tours KarpathosDiafaniSaria
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8 DAYS
LEVEL 3
07/09/2024
Karpathos is the second largest island of the Dodecanese; it is located on the edge of Greece at the southeastern Aegean Sea and it is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country. According Greek Mythology it was the homeland of the Titan Iapetus, birthplace of the sea spirit Proteus, the place where goddess Athena was raised and where Prometheus; the great philanthropist, had spent part of his life. Karpathos is known for its healthy climate, its pristine landscapes and the maintenance of old customs and traditions; especially in the north of the island. Old connection paths lead through lonely landscapes and sparse forests, over barren mountain ranges and small fertile plains, past picturesque villages, peaceful bays and solitary chapels, inviting us to extended hikes. Also, the area of North Karpathos and Saria is part of the NATURA 2000 Network as one of the most important ecological regions of Europe.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Karpathos

Arrival in Karpathos. Transfer to your hotel in Diafani. 7 nights in Diafani.
Transfer: Airoport Karpathos – Diafani: about 64km, 1h30min

Day 2: The traditional village of Olympos

You walk from Diafani to Vananda. Swimming stop. You continue towards the village of Avlona and from there, to the magnificent village of Olympos. Time to visit Olympos: This is an extremely traditional village, where there are still ladies wearing folkloric clothes and villagers that use donkeys as mean of transport. Transfer to Diafani.
Walking: Diafani - Vanada - Avlona - Olympos, about 10km, +530m / -300m, 3h30min, moderate
Transfer: Olympos – Diafani, about 8km, 15min

Day 3: Hiking till the bay of Forokli and boat tour

You leave Diafani on foot towards Aghios Konstantinos, then you walk down a gorge till the beach of Forokli on the east coast. Picnic and swimming, before returning to Diafani by boat (about 30min)
Walking: Diafani - Agios Konstantinos - Forokli, about 9.5km, +380m / -380m, 3h30min, moderate

Day 4: Boat excursion and hike to the island of Saria

Transfer in caique along the east coast till the island of Saria, located north of Karpathos, which is no longuer inhabited in our days (about 45min). The boat leaves you at the south of Saria, on the beach of Almiros. You go hiking on old mule trails, through abandoned villages and fields till the north part of Saria and, through a gorge, to the beach of Palatia. Next to the ruins of a palaeochristiane basilica and those of an abandoned village. Swimming. You board the caique at the beach of Palatia and sail back to Diafani (about 1h).
Walking: Saria, about 7.5km, +374m / -374m, 3h, moderate

Day 5: Panoramic hike in the center of the island

Transfer to Spoa that is located in the center of the island. You go hiking through strict and lonely landscapes, following ancient trails towards the village of Olympos. This is one of the most beautiful hikes on the island of Karpathos. Transfer to Diafani.
Transfer: Diafani – Spoa, about 27km, 45min
Walking: Spoa -Olympos, about 17km, +837m / -976m, 6h30min, moderate
Transfer: Olympos – Diafani, about 8km, 15min

Day 6: Hiking to Vroukous

Transfer to Avlona, from where the hike of the day starts. Through a plateau, you walk down till the beach of Vroukous on the north-west coast; this is one of the most beautiful sceneries of the island, around the ruines of an abandoned ancient town. You return to Avlona and walk down towards Diafani, on a panormic path.
Transfer: Diafani – Avlona about 8km, 20min
Walking: Avlona - Vroukous - Diafani, about 13km, +413m / -689m, 4h 30min, moderate

Day 7: Hiking on the extreme north and boat tour

You leave Diafani on foot and you walking on a dirt trail you reach the beach of Vanada. You continue on an ancient panoramic, partly paved, trail overlooking the coast towards the chapel of Agia Ekaterini, whichi is located on the extreeme north of the island, over the straights between Karpathos and Saria. You walk down the beach of Tristomo, a traditional village, sparsely populated with its old church of Archangel Michael and its abandoned wind miles. This is brobably one of the best hikes in the Aegean Sea! In the afternoon, your return in Diafani by boat.
Walking: Diafani - Tristomo, about 12.5km, +511m / -511m, 5h, moderate

Day 8: Farewell!

Today this beautiful hiking experience in Karpathos ends. Transfer to the airport. Farewell!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

- Hiking through the almost intact nature of Karpathos
- Olympos: the traditional village of the north
- Panoramic hikes to Vroukounda and Tristomo
- Saria: unforgettable boat excursion and the hike on this deserted island
- Kali Limni: spectacular hike
- Papa-Minas: a lovely lonely bay

ACTIVITY

- 6 moderate hikes of 3 to 6 h walking time
- This tour is not addressed to professional athletes. However, a certain hiking experience and good physical condition are necessary.
- Equipment: Hiking shoes are necessary, hiking sticks recommended and a day bag pack as well.

RATES

April, May, June, September, October: 1240 EUR (per person in dbl/twn room)
July, August: 1364 EUR (per person in dbl/twn room)

Private group rates :

6-7 pax : 1109 EUR
8-15 pax : 1015 EUR
 
Single supplement: 140 EUR
Hight season supplement: + 10% on final price

 SERVICES

- Transportation, visits and excursions as indicated in the program
- 7 overnights in middle class hotel by the sea
- Breakfst in the hotel
- Tour Leader for the whole tour
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24%

 NOT INCLUDED

- Flights/ferry to/from Karpathos
- Other meals / snacks / drinks / beverages
- Personal travel insurance
- Overnight city tax (locally paid at the hotel reception)

IMPORTANT NOTE

Boat excursions depend on weather conditions!
 

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