Tour overview

Experience a unique journey in the legendary birthplace of Prometheus and the Titans! Karpathos, the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands, in the southeastern

Aegean Sea, is one of the least commercialized places in Greece, that has preserve many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, because of its remote location. Legend has it that Prometheus and his Titans were born here, and with its cloud-wrapped villages and rugged beauty, there’s still something undeniably primal in the air. We explore steep cliffs and rocky coasts that create rugged and impressive scenery. The rocky caves on the coast are the favourite home of the Mediterranean Monachus-monachus seal. Also, protected Eleonora’s falcons and Audouin’s gulls nest on the coastal rocks. We discover abundant brushwood along with the dense pine tree copses on the east coast of Northern Karpathos that create a dark green brushstroke on the land. We enjoy the rich flora, that includes a total of 940 plants, 87 of which are indigenous, rare and endangered. We focus on the northern part of Karpathos, the most mountainous, where the most beautiful hikes with breathtaking landscapes, sea mammals and birds can be found.

Based in the picturesque sea village of Diafani we hike on the most impressive paths of the region. Our short transfers back to our base will be done either by minivan or a small boat and there will be ample of opportunities for swimming.

Access: getting to Karpathos is not so easy – this is where part of its beauty and authenticity is attributed to. The easiest way is to fly either from Athens (daily) or from Rhodes with http://www.skyexpress.gr/. There is a 6 hour ferry connection from Rhodes also.

Tour Summary

Duration

8 days

Period of Operation: April to October

Price:

Self Guided Mode:

  • 520€ for 6-7 participants
  • 540€ for 4-5 participants
  • 590€ for 2-3 participants

Fully Guided Mode:

  • 670€ for 6-7 participants
  • 740€ for 4-5 participants
  • 1050€ for 2-3 participants

Participation requirements

  • This trip Level is moderate with an average between 4-6 hours hiking daily.

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

GUIDED MODE

  • 8 days / 7 nights’ accommodation in double room with breakfast at http://www.dorana.gr/index.php/en/
  • 5 days of hiking with English Speaking Trekking Hellas Greek Guide with all transfers (mini van and boat included).
  • Meal Plan Full Board starting from dinner on day 1 to dinner on day 7.
  • Karpathos Port / airport transfer to hotel and hotel to airport / port of Karpathos.
  • Vat

SELF GUIDED MODE

  • 8 days/7 nights accommodation in double room with breakfast at http://www.dorana.gr/index.php/en/
  • 5 days of hiking with detailed instructions, Gps routes
  • Folded Map of Karpathos
  • All transfers (mini van and boat included)
  • Karpathos Port/ airport transfer to hotel and hotel to airport/port of Karpathos
  • Vat
Tour exclusions
  • Arrival / departure flight to Karpathos.
  • Drinks during meals.

Itinerary

Upon arrival to Karpathos airport, transfer to the charming sea front village of Diafani.

We settle to our rooms and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Olympos is a village of exceptional beauty, and the capital of northern Karpathos.

We cross traditional villages, beautiful green valleys and verdant cliffs until we reach the beautiful settlement on the slopes of a mountain.

Houses in Olympos are built amidst lush green forests and preserve their traditional colour and layout. The village itself is a live museum with an idyllic atmosphere.

Today, the village has a population of 400 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in farming and agriculture. Olympos retains an old fashioned way of life where primitive customs play an important role. Having reached Olympos we climb to Profitis Ilias peak at an altitude of 718 metres, to admire the magnificent view of the Aegean sea. We then descend to Olympos where we have time to enjoy our lunch and explore the village.

Depending on our will, we can either hike down to Diafani via Ag.Konstantinos or transfer back to Diafani.

Distance: 8 -10 km.

Estimated hiking time: 5,5 – 7 hours.

A lovely walk up and down some gentle slopes, through pine trees and past olive groves and wheat fields to the pretty bay of Papa Mina with its pebble beach and shady Tamarisk trees. We have time to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in this beautiful bay before we return back to Diafani.

Distance: 7,5 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3,5 hours.

Short transfer to Avlona from where we hike on a stone path built in ancient times, descending to Ancient Vroukounta.

Vroukounta is a mystical area where once stood the ancient city state of Vrykous.

We discover ruins of more than 3500 years old, the Church cave of St. John and underwater treasures while snorkelling. We then hike up and back to the village of Avlona for a delicious homemade lunch to the one and only tavern in the area – famous all over Karpathos.

After a while we descend to Vananta by a stone path that goes easily towards this lovely bay. From there, the last part of the hike is situated just on the coast offering incomparable views.

Distance: 10 km.

Estimated hiking time: 5,5 hours.

Again from Avlona, following a cobbled road we reach Tristomo an almost deserted village – where one last family refuses to abandon its hometown – and a natural harbor set in a protected bay on the north-west coast with spectacular views.

After our picnic lunch we continue to Ag.Aikaterini and Steno – the spot where we can almost “touch” the nearby island of Saria. A traditional fishing boat takes us back to Diafani.
Distance: 8,4 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3,5 hours.

With a boat we cross to Saria Island, where we make a traverse hike of the island ending at the beach of Palatia where we enjoy a barbeque lunch and take the boat back to Diafani.

In antiquity Saria used to be one of the four cities of Karpathos, until it detached from it through erosion, becoming in later times a base for Saracen pirates.

We can see ancient monuments, ruins and remains of ancient settlements nearly everywhere.

According to mythology, the island was created when Poseidon in a battle with Titan Ephialtes, he cut off a piece from Karpathos side and buried under this opponent.

Ruins of the city are sunken in the Strait of Tristomou, between Karpathos and Saria. Signs indicate the existence of Apollo Porthmiou sanctuary.

There are traces of human presence since the Neolithic Age and the early Bronze Age, and since historical times have been found remains of fortifications on the West side of Castello hill.

Furthermore, the island is an important habitat and breeding site for birds and marine species. Note that the northern Karpathos, Saria, and the sea area around them, belongs to the European network of protected areas Natura 2000, thanks to the variety of habitats available and rare plant and animal species that host.

Distance: 8 km.

Estimated hiking time: 3 hours.

(Optional hiking or cooking class, etc).

Transfer to Karpathos Airport.

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