Short description of the itinerary
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Athens International Airport (Greece)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||as per request|
|RETURN TIME||as per request|
|GROUP SIZE||6 – 8 people|
Day 1 – Arrival - Steni
Overnight stay in the Steni village.
Day 2 – Steni to mountain Refuge
Starting of at Steni village, we will head towards the chestnut forest. Climbing our way up we will gradually start walking amongst the fir trees. Our final destination will be the climbing club of Chalkida refuge. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view of the mount Dirfis from the top. We will make our way back to Steni from an alternate route through wonderful rocky trails that turn into great forests. Overnight stay in Steni.
Walking time: 4 h
Walking distance: 5 miles (2500 ft of vertical rise & 2600 ft of vertical drop)
Day 3 – Xerovouni
Starting off at Steni village, we will head on towards the Xerovouni mountain. The trail is uphill and it will cross a stream several times. There is no fresh water supply, so we will have to carry our own. As we will reach out of the trees, we will spot the Xerovouni mountain, which rises above us. You can either choose to go all the way to the top (the hard version of the route), or skip the top and head straight towards the Kampia village. The scenery from the top is breathtaking, but even the alternate route is eye-catching. Arriving at Kampia village, we will have the option of tasting the local fresh trout. A short walk back to the village and overnight in Steni.
Walking time: 4 – 5 hours
Walking distance: 7 miles (2500 ft of vertical rise & 2600 ft of vertical drop)
Day 4 – Steni to Metohi
We will start our day with a short drive to the starting point of the day 4. At an altitude of 3300 ft, we will start our today’s’ journey, during which we will be mostly descending. We will be witnessing the staggering views of the mount Xerovouni and a constant view of the Aegean, as we will descend towards our final destination, which is Metohi village. We are going to walk along the tracks, used by people to commute not very long ago before there were even roads towards this side of Evia. We will come past the remains of an old cheese producers huts and plains of potato farmers. Arrival and overnight in Metohi village.
Walking time: 5 + hours
Walking distance: 11 miles (1500 ft of vertical rise & 4700 ft of vertical drop)
Day 5 – Metohi to Kymi
Leaving Metohi we will head towards Kymi. Just after a 30-minute drive, we will set off for the more daunting views of the Aegean from above. Today, we will mostly walk on dirt roads, and cross mountain peaks and lush vegetation on tracks that seem to be forgotten to human. In the past, bustling with people, Choneftiko is now an abandoned bottled water factory with a juicy story behind the rise and fall of the business. We will end our day in the calm town of Kymi. Overnight in Kymi.
Walking time: 5 + hours
Walking distance: 9, 5 miles (2200 ft of vertical rise & 3000 ft of vertical drop)
Day 6 – Relaxing day
This day, we will take our time to relax. Kymi is a quiet town with happy people. There are many shops to look around. The cultural museum is a must, as is the house of the world-renowned researcher George Papanikolaou. You can also grab a taxi to visit the port of Kymi which is really busy in summer. You can have a swim or enjoy a nice coffee or meal by the seafront. Overnight stay in Kymi.
Day 7 – Kymi to St. George’s castle
Leaving the hotel, we will head off on our walk towards the St. George’s castle. The castle was built on a prime position in order to check the straights between Kymi and Skyros – “just try to imagine the views”. We will then head back to Kymi and enjoy the rest of our last day in Evia.
Walking time: 3 – 4 hours
Walking distance: 6,5 miles (1700 ft of vertical rise & 1700 ft of vertical drop)
Day 8 – Departure day
After a good breakfast, it will, unfortunately, be time to travel back to the airport… However, if you wish why not extend your stay and have a guided tour to the Acropolis of Athens or just spend a few more days in Athens or on Evia island. Options are unlimited!:)