Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese

Between Crete and Rhodes, a piece of land, forgotten, knows how to keep its splendor intact: Karpathos with its prehistoric fauna and the wild relief hides in its villages centenary traditions. For a long time and until 3 years ago the north wasn’t well connected to the rest of the island. The isolation of many villages due to the relief, shows us today how was life 50 years ago in the islands of the Aegean Sea. Its natural richness is represented in its marine park where the Mediterranean seals lives and its regional park in the North. Welcome to the forgotten land! Karpathos is an island that will capture your heart!

Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese
Karpathos. The treasure of the Dodecanese

Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

Addressed to trekkers, level of difficulty : medium
With an English speaking guide

 

 

Day by day program

 

1st Day: Arrival

Arrival to the airport of Karpathos. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation to the rooms in the island’s capital Pigadia. Meeting the guide and discussing the program. Walks around the capital depending on the arrival time

Hotel at Pigadia.

Distance of the Transfer: 16,72 km 

Included: Transfer by vehicle to Pigadia, meeting with your guide, accommodation

2nd Day: The famous village of Olympos

Breakfast

Settling into the rooms and hiking to the famous and picturesque village of Olympos. Below the summit of Prophet Elias, perched on the hill. This village is the most well-known and most tourism-friendly, with local religious festivals and traditional clothing. Then hike to the turquoise waters of Forokli. Return by boat.

Ovenight at Diafani

Time of transfer: -

Hiking time: 4 h

Altitude difference: Diafani – Olimpos: 260 m. 5,1 km

Olimpos – Forokli: -260 m., 5,1 km

Included: Boat transfers, French speaking guide, accommodation, breakfast, snack and dinner

3d Day: Crossing the Saria Island

Breakfast

Transfer by boat for the Saria strait. Crossing then the island that was feeding Karpathos.

Landscape varieties, fields and cliffs, until arriving to the abandoned farmer’s village and the pirate’s village under it. Descent through the small gorge ending in the Palatia beach. Return by boat.

Overnight at Diafani

Transfer distance: 30 min by boat

Hiking time: 3-4h

Altitude difference: 230 m. 8  km

Included: English speaking guide, transfer, accommodation, breakfast, snack, dinner

 

4th Day: Introduction to the centenary culture

Breakfast

We return to civilization even though very isolated and traditional. We’ll pass by the dorian site of Vroukounda. Then the village of Avlona in a small plateau and descent to the harbor of Diafani.

Overnight at Diafani

Hiking time: 5-6 h

Altitude difference : +300 m. 5.8  km / -300m. 4.2 km / +300 m 4.2 km

Included: English speaking guide, transfer, accommodation, breakfast, snack, dinner

 

5th day: Let’s get lost !

Breakfast

We walk towards the northern end of the island. The sea next door, the terraced crops, the abandoned areas. Arrival at the bay of Tristomo, one of the biggest natural bays of the South of the Aegean Sea. Village forgotten, without electricity but with a big history.

Overnight at Diafani

Hiking time: 4h

Altitude difference: 260 m. 13  km

Included: Boat transfer, French speaking guide, accommodation, breakfast, snack, dinner

 

6th Day: From the north to the south

Breakfast

Transfer to Olympos. Crossing Karpathos spinal cord from north to south. Sea from both sides. To the windmills of Spoa detour to the small village of Mesohori, the village of the middle as its name means.

Beautiful sunset!

Stay at Mesohori

Transfer time: 20 m

Hiking time: 6 h

Altitude difference: from  350m to  670m and then to 260 m / 16 km

Included: Guide francophone, accommodation, breakfast, snack, dinner, transfer

 

7th Day: the southwest coast

Breakfast

Easy hike to the beach of Lefkos. Transfer to the village of Arkassa by the sea. Walks around to enjoy the last day of holidays.

Stay at Arkassa

Hiking time: 3 h.

Included: Transfer by vehicle, guide francophone, accommodation, breakfast, snack, dinner

 

8th Day: Departure flight

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport full of emotions, colors, savors and tastes!

Included: Transfer by vehicle, accommodation and breakfast

 

It is included

•             Everyday escort by a qualified English-speaking guide

•             Meeting with your guide on the first night and discussion on the program

•             Transfer by taxi from the airport to the hotel and vice versa (on arrival and departure).

•             Breakfast at the hotels where you stay each time

•             Picnic every day (except the first).

•             Diners every day (except form the first)

•             Overnight in double rooms, 2-3 * hotels and traditional inns (the cost for single rooms, increases slightly).

•             Transfer of luggage

•             Private and public boat transfers

•             Phone support 24 hours a day.

 

It is not included

•             International flights, internal flights and airport taxes

•             Guided tours in organized archaeological sites, museums, natural park tickets

•             Beverages (soft drinks), tips and personal expenses

•             Rucksack, trekking poles and other technical equipment (unless  otherwise mentioned in itinerary)

•             Tickets for national parks, boats and buses

•             Beverages (soft drinks), tips and personal expenses

•             Personal insurance

•             Anything not mentioned above

 

 

Accommodation

Accommodation 2 *, clean and decent, double rooms in the following villages: 

Arkasa / Diafani / Mesohori 

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ACCOMMODATION

The photos of the accommodation that we send you, are apartment-studios which we propose to you when we send you the proposal. The availability of the rooms depends on how quickly we will book them. It is important for you to know that it is not always possible to find available rooms. If that happens we are going to find different rooms of the same quality in the nearby villages.

What's more?

The accommodation that we propose to our clients is generally in areas which are less touristy. In these areas one cannot find easily typical hotels with small rooms (beds, toilet, and shower). In the regions that we suggest to our clients, there are traditional apartments, which have toilets, bathrooms and beds but also small kitchens where one can prepare a meal, balconies etc. and usually they are a lot more spacious than hotel rooms. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are more expensive. Their price depend on the region and on the services they offer.

 

Our travel agency cannot provide you with insurance for the transfer of your luggage. Unfortunately, no matter how much we have tried it, the Insurance companies do not provide travel agencies with this kind of insurance. They (and we) recommend the travelers to include this kind of insurance within the full insurance programme they might buy for their travel as a whole.

However, to your knowledge, so far our travel agency has never had any problem with the transfer of luggage of our travelers.

 

CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT AND CANCELLATIONS

 

Conditions of payment

In order to confirm your reservation you have to pay a deposit of the 50% of the total price of your trip either with a credit card or with direct debit, by clicking on the link that will be provide by your local agent.

You should have paid for your trip at least 30 days before your departure.

 

Conditions of cancellation

All cancellations need to be done by e-mail to the local agency. The money to be paid varies depending on the date of the cancellation:

•             more than 50 days from the date of departure: 100 euros for the cost of the ‘planning of Dossier”

•             49-30 days from the date of departure : 20% of the price

•             29-21 days from the date of departure : 50 % of the price

•             20-8 days from the date of departure : 70% of the price

•             7-4 days from the date of departure : 90% of the price

•             Less than 3 days from the date of departure or after the date of departure:  100% of the price.

 

SERVICES RENDERED

Services not used

•             All trips which are cut short, or all services concerning land, rivers, sea or air if they are not used for any reason, there will be no reimbursement by the local agent.

•             It is the traveler’s responsibility to draw an insurance contract based on which he will be able to be reimbursed in case services are not rendered.

 

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