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Greek Cruise and Island Walking
Greece - Trip code GCW Walking and Trekking
Days 8
Deposit From £119
Price from £1190
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

Explore Evia and experience traditional Greece on this walking and cruise trip. Join Captain Thanos on board his traditional Greek sailing boat as we motor to beautiful bays and small harbours. Walk to hillside villages, through olive groves and ancient sites, and wander with the locals along the waterfronts of tranquil fishing villages, sampling the delicious regional cuisine. Swim and snorkel from the boat in the warm, azure waters of the Aegean.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 7

      Lunch: 6

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader

      Boat Crew

      Driver(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      Boat

      Ferry

      Taxi

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      Accommodation

      6 nights simple boat

      1 nights standard hotel

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      Walking grade:

      Easy To Moderate

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Day 1 - Join trip at Athens International Airport and transfer to caique on Evia

    Join trip at Athens International Airport. We then travel by bus to the port of Rafina where we catch a ferry to the island of Evia. On arrival it is a short taxi / minibus ride to Karystos where the caique is moored.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: None

    Day 2 - Enjoy a day relaxing and swimming from the boat en route to Panagia

    Today we travel towards the Archipelagos of Petali, where seven private and exclusive islands offer the best of the 'Jet Set' in the Aegean. Once the summer residence of the Greek Royal family, today it is the playground of the Picasso family, the Embiricos family and other shipping tycoons. Maria Calas spent many summers here. We will have opportunities to swim from the boat throughout the day before arriving in Panagia, via the Fjord of Almyropotamos. Here we will visit the beautifully frescoed church and take a look at some of the 2500 year old olive trees.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 3 - Walking around Panagia

    Panagia is a small, traditional fishing village lying in the shelter of a fjord. From the harbour we walk up country lanes and tracks first to the village of Zarakes and then Argyro (400 m), where the tiny red-roofed houses are dwarfed by the mountains above. From here we descend to the coastal hamlet of Agios Dimitrios and walk back along the coastal road to Panagia. This afternoon cruise to Eretria, one of the best well known cities of ancient Greece, the birthplace of our alphabet - wrongly named Latin.

    Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with 400 meters ascent and descent.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 4 - Visit Eretria Archaeological Site and Museum; walk to the summit of Castelli Hill

    Today we visit the local archaeological site and museum then climb up along the forest path to the summit of Castelli HIll (120 m) and discover the remains of the ancient acropolis there. Later we descend back to the port to enjoy our evening on the long cosmopolitan promenade of the town watching the small ferries coming and going to the mainland. Cruise to Nea Styra, an area of stunning beaches and coastline.

    Today's five kilometre walk is expected to take around three hours with 120 meters ascent and descent.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 5 - Visit the Dragon House and return to boat via the Valley of Styra

    This morning we take a transfer to the start of our walk in the rolling hills above the small summer resort, by the stone prehistoric 'Dragon Houses' (400 m). From here we walk down ancient paths and through olive groves to the Valley of Styra and back to the harbour. As the sun sets cruise to Marmari.

    Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with 400 meters ascent and descent.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 6 - Walk from Kampos to Marmari

    Today we take a transfer to the start of our walk in the village of Kampos where the vineyards of the island grow. From here we walk round the headland of Lycorema to Marmari on local paths, through agricultural land. Marmari is a small port and fishing village with small tavernas and cafes dotted along the waterfront. In the afternoon we will sail around the headland to Karystos.

    Today's 10 kilometre walk is expected to take around four hours with no noticeable ascent or descent.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Simple Boat

    Single room available

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 7 - Walk to Gourna Villages and Castello Rosso

    After breakfast we take taxis to Mili where we begin our walk up to the villages of Gourna. These traditional villages sit beneath the imposing peak of mythical Mount Ohi. Continuing along paved paths and dirt track we arrive at the old Ventian castle 'Castello Rosso' (400 meters) and enjoy the views back across to Gourna and Mount Ohi, and down to the coast. We then descend towards Karystos, where we visit the Montofoli Estate and Vineyards before returning to the boat. Tonight we will overnight in a small hotel in Karystos.

    Today's 20 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours with 400 meters ascent and descent.

    Accommodation:

    Grade: Standard Hotel

    Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

    Day 8 - Trip ends Athens Airport

    Today we leave Karystos and take the short taxi / minibus ride back to the ferry for the journey back to Rafina. From Rafina we are transfered to Athens International Airport where our trip ends.

    Meals Provided: Breakfast

    Trip information

    Country information

    Greece

    Climate

    Greece has predominantly hot, dry summers, May - October with tempertaures reaching into the mid thirties in July and August. May and October themselves can be less predictable and may have some rain and cooler evenings. Wild flowers bloom in April and May adding much colour to the trails. At the beginning and end of the season the villages tend to be very quiet. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up to date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

    Time difference to GMT

    +2

    Plugs

    2 Pin Round

    Religion

    Orthodox

    Language

    Greek

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Castello Rosso (by taxi) - €10.00 per person
    Montofoli Winery Estate (by taxi) - €10.00 per person
    Styra village (by taxi) - €10.00 per person
    Eretria Museum entrance - €2.00 per person

    Optional excursions will need to be paid for in cash.

    Clothing

    July and August are the hottest months though the islands are freshened by cooling winds. Early and late in the season there may be an occasional shower and you will need a warmer sweater/fleece and long trousers for the odd chilly breeze whilst walking, in the evenings and when we travel between the ports.

    Footwear

    We recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Footwear is not generally worn on board but bring walking sandals for local shore excursions. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    Space is limited on board so only bring what you need. A soft bag is strongly recommended as it is more easily stored than a hard suitcase.

    Equipment

    Bring a daypack, water bottle, torch, sunhat, sunglasses and sunblock. Please note that if you intend to sleep out on deck on some nights, as many travellers choose to do in good weather you need to bring a sleeping bag with you (the sunbathing cushions are available to sleep on the boat but cabin bedding can't be taken on deck).

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Explore Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Please allow £10 for tipping the boat crew at the end of the trip.

    In order to make things easier for you, the Explore Leader may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the trip.

    Greece

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Dinner price
    £12.00 - 16.00
    Beer price
    £3.5
    Water price
    £0.9
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Euro
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP Sterling or US Dollars, cash.
    Where To Exchange
    We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports
    ATM Availability
    Cash can be drawn from ATMs from all types of cards in most areas in Greece, including the islands.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    In major restaurants.
    Travellers Cheques
    Banking hours may make exchanging Travellers Cheques more difficult.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Boat, Ferry, Taxi

    Accommodation notes

    MV Isidoros II - Our traditional wooden caique has a large sundeck and a comfortable galley for meals and indoor relaxing. There is also a boat ladder to make the most of swimming opportunities.

    There are two double cabins on the main deck and six twin cabins on the lower deck. All the cabins and bathrooms have windows and all are en suite. The cabins are cosy and can get warm in summer however each is equipped with a fan and all have power sockets (European 2 pin round).

    Bath and face towels are provided on the caique, so there is no need to bring your own. A safe for your personal valuables is available in the wheelhouse of the caique and there is free wi-fi on board!

    While our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day route printed, a degree of flexibility is built into the itinerary. Overnight stops and even islands visited, may vary due to weather, sea conditions and the availability of mooring space in harbours.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    Greece: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Ability to swim

    An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

    Greece

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory but we recommend protection against tetanus and polio. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Easy to moderate
    Trek details
    Walks on 5 days for between 3 to 6 hours. Walk on country lanes and tracks through agricultural land and along old stone paths.
    Additional Information

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sun 9 Jun 2019 - Sun 16 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
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    Price from £860
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    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 16 Jun 2019 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £860
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    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 15 Sep 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £860
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 22 Sep 2019 - Sun 29 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £860
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 9 Jun 2019 - Sun 16 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £1190
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 16 Jun 2019 - Sun 23 Jun 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £1430
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 15 Sep 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £1245
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sun 22 Sep 2019 - Sun 29 Sep 2019 Guaranteed departure
    GCW_2019
    Price from £1220
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time and place
    19:00 at International Arrivals Hall - Terminal A
    Ending Point
    Town
    Athens Airport
    Time
    11:30
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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