Greece – The Island of Evia – No Single Supplement

8 Days from £1049 | November, March 1049

Although only an hour’s drive from Athens, much of the island of Evia is largely untouched by mass development. On three guided walks, you’ll discover the varied landscapes with which Evia is blessed. Near your holiday hotel is the resort of Eretria which has a fine Archaeological Museum and a ferry service to the mainland. Inland from Eretria is Dirfys, Evia’s highest mountain and site of the beautiful Xerovouni plateau. In the green, pastoral north of the island, the village of Prokopi is a popular place of pilgrimage. Your holiday base is the Hotel Miramare, three miles from Eretria.

Greece – The Island of Evia – No Single Supplement

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2018, was 90.3%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in double rooms for sole use on Evia
  • Three guided walks in different parts of Evia
  • Optional excursion to Delphi

DAY ONE: Flight to Athens and transfer to your hotel near Eretria on Evia for seven nights’ half-board accommodation. Transfer time is around 75 minutes.

Although Evia is an island, it is only 45 yards away from the mainland at its closest point at Chalkida. However, roads on Evia are few and far between and the island has largely retained its distinct rural and remote character, escaping major tourist development, despite its proximity to Athens. Your hotel is three miles from the centre of Eretria, a small port twelve miles down the coast from Chalkida. Eretria was a strong military power and had colonies in Italy and Corfu. Evidence of its rich past has been revealed by excavations starting in the 1890s including a theatre, temple of Dionysus, and mosaics. Eretria’s Archaeological Museum has a fine collection of ancient pottery and sculpture.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: At leisure in resort with three guided walks.

Walk 1: In and around Eretria. This is an easy 3-hour walk which takes you to the top of Kastelli hill, the ancient acropolis of Eretria, where you can see the remains of the 4th-century BC city walls. There are wonderful views down to the harbour, over the Island of Dreams, and across the bay to Attica. At the end of the walk, you can walk across the causeway to explore the Island of Dreams, or take an afternoon ferry to the mainland.

Walk 2: Scenic drive to the wooded north of the island (44 miles) through the Derveni pass towards the village of Prokopi. Your 6-mile walk (ascent 120m and descent 350m) leads through the shady, plane tree-filled Kireas valley and then through oak and pine forests. After the walk, there is free time to explore Prokopi. The area is rich in history with a combination of Greek and British heritage. Prokopi is home to the church of St. John the Russian whose relics were brought here form Turkey during the 1924 population exchange, and the land around was part of the Noel-Baker estate.

Walk 3: Mount Dirfys and the Xerovouni Plateau. This circular walk starts and ends in Steni, a pretty mountain village, twenty miles from the hotel. Some steep walking through chestnut woods, fir-tree forests and up to alpine rock formations is rewarded by amazing views at every turn. At the end of the walk, there will be free time to relax in Steni which has become a popular year-round activity centre with plenty of local tavernas. (6 ½ miles, ascents/descents of 600m).

In your free time, you can relax and enjoy your surroundings at the hotel. As well as having pleasant gardens, the hotel has an underground walkway to the sea. You can hop on the local bus from outside the hotel for the short trip to Eretria. Or maybe go to the port and take the 20-minute ferry ride for a couple of euros to Oropos on the mainland.  Staying on the bus for another twenty minutes brings you to Chalkida, the island’s lively capital where there are good shops in the pedestrian area, a Roman aqueduct, a former mosque dating back to the 15th century, and an impressive castle. Going in the other direction on the bus from the hotel, three miles down the coast, you can admire the Byzantine churches in the town of Amarynthos.

There will also be optional excursions on offer (subject to minimum numbers as always) including a full-day excursion to Delphi, and another to the capital, Chalkida, with its unique tidal phenomenon.

DAY 8: Departure transfer to the airport for your flight home.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, it is featured in our Escorted Holidays brochure with a touring programme.

Please note: there is a local tourist tax of 3 euros per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

Greece – The Island of Evia – No Single Supplement

New Holiday. Our Overall Holiday Satisfaction Score, as measured across all our holidays, up to December 2018, was 90.3%*
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL MIRAMARE****, Eretria (seven nights)
This is a family-owned hotel on the coast three miles from Eretria surrounded by groves and orchards. The hotel has extensive, lush gardens, two outdoor pools (not heated), restaurant with panoramic view over the sea, tennis court, basketball court, and a well-equipped fitness room. Standard bedrooms are in one of three annexes and have balcony or terrace, satellite tv, free wifi, safe, fridge, bath/shower, and hairdryer. Deluxe bedrooms in the main building or in the new Green annexe are available at a supplement. The picturesque bay in front is only 130 metres away and has easy access via an underground passage. The local bus service stops in front of the hotel entrance and goes to Eretria (3miles) and then on to Chalkida (12 miles). There is also an inexpensive taxi service available from the hotel. The frequent ferry service from Eretria to Oropos on the mainland operates several times daily.  (www.miramare-eretria.gr)
New Hotel for PTS. However, our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to December 2018, was 83.1%.
Walking Holiday - Greece – The Island of Evia – No Single Supplement
Holiday code: 7WEV
Supplements per person:
Single Room: No supplement
Deluxe Single Room: £84
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 17/08/2019 at 21:47:07

Please note: this is a new holiday. Comments below are from other walking holidays in Greece.

PTS

A wonderful holiday. The hotel and staff were brilliant and the whole week was run very efficiently. Everyone I spoke to on the walks really enjoyed them. I must praise the guides and the driver who were excellent but our Tour Director was outstanding – informative, patient, available and thoroughly professional throughout. This was my third enjoyable holiday with Preferred Travel Services and I look forward to booking my next one.

Mr H, E Yorkshire

I have given the walking guides 5 as they were excellent with warm customer care skills.

Mr O, South Wales

Through poor health I decided not to go on the walking but on the escorted tours instead. I am very happy with how easy it was to swap and still be with my friend\travelling companion, for the coach journeys on each occasion. I would also like to express my delight and admiration for the guide/holiday rep. Joanna, was exceptional and made a good holiday brilliant! Her knowledge, dedication and compassion and patience (and sense of humour) are superb! A thoroughly enjoyable holiday, really well organised from start to finish – thank you!

Mrs F, Staffs.

TD was exceptional, efficient, caring and knowledgeable. Driver was excellent.

Mr H, Hull

I would like to express my thanks for a splendid holiday. Much of the credit must go to our tour manager she really made the holiday for all members of our group by her knowledge of all aspects of Crete which she explained so well.

Mr C, Glamorgan

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