Friendly local expert guides showing you the traditional Greek island life
Enjoy incredible views of landscapes and seascapes while walking the old trails
Total trip immersion: live the tradional Greek village life, meet friendly locals, cook the local traditional food
Excursion to the small Saria Island included that is also part of the National Park of North Karpathos
Dates 2018: 21 April
Your friendly expert guides on Karpathos are Minas Agapiou and his daugther Evangelia-Marina. Read more about them on the team page. Easiest to get there by plane from either Athens airport or Rhodes airport. Aegean Air operates daily flights from Athens and Rhodes to Karpathos and vice versa. Skyexpress.gr offers flights from Athens to Karpathos too.
"I spent my holidays in a beautiful island called Karpathos. Experienced the nice weather and people. Saw goats along the trail, once you feed them, they will fall in love with you. There's a lot of fresh seafood. We caught sea urchin and ate like sashimi. Our tourist guides are very knowledgeable, they know all the plants and the small animals in the island. We were lucky and found the unique frogs. It was an awesome holidays and felt sad to say goodbye to them. If you want to visit Greece or the Karpathos island to get a different experience. I'm very sure Natural Greece will provide you the best service and recommendations."
Day 1 - Arrive at the airport of Karpathos and get your transfer to Diafani. It is recommended that you fly to Athens and get an Olympic Air flight from Athens to Karpathos.
Day 2 - Walk in and around Olympos village, the sight of this traditional settlement that is amphitreatrically built on a hill overlooking the sea will certainly impress you. First encounter with the local flora and fauna. Cooking class making the local dish of the island:Makarounes. Walk back to Diafani. Net walking time: up to 2 hours. Easy walk.
Day 3 - Transfer to the small village Avlona. Botanical guided tour and walk back to Diafani. Net walking time: 2 hours. Easy walk
Day 4 - Ascend the highest mountain of North Karpathos: Profitis Elias (719 m) with your expert guide.Estimated duration 4 hours.Degree of difficulty: moderate – 3/5.
Day 5 - Transfer to Olympos. Walk from Olympos to Argoni. We will have the chance to meet the rare and endemic frog species Pelophylax Cerigensis. The frog is an endemic of North Karpathos. Apart from that we will discover many beatiful, rare and endemic flora.Duration: 5 hours, Easy walk.
Day 6- Hiking from Diafani to the North most point of Karpathos Island, St.Aikaterini. Return back by boat! Estimated duration: 5 hours. Moderately graded walk. Alternatively we walk the 2 hours from Olympos to Forokli.
Day 7- Today we embark on a boat and spend a glorious day on Saria Island!! We e bay named Giaplos. Walking for 3 – 3.5 hours from Giaplos Bay to Palatia bay. Return back to Diafani by our boat. Easy walk.
Day 8 - Time to say goodbye after an unforgettable week. Transfer from Diafani to the airport of Karpathos.
The National Park area includes the north part of Karpathos with the small island Saria and includes the traditional villages of Olympos, Avlona, Tristomo and the coastal village of Diafani with its harbor. The area is part of the NATURA 2000 Network as one of the most important ecological regions of Europe.
To date in the Northern Karpathos – Saria region 87 flora species, regarded as endemics, rare or endangered have been recorded. A few of the Karpathos Kasos insular complex endemic species are:Cretan Birthwort (Aristolochia cretica), Carpathian Campanula (Campanula carpatha), Pinatzii Campanula (Campanula pinatzii), Carpathian Pink (Dianthus fruticosus ssp. carpathus), Carpathian Wallflower (Erysimum candicum ssp. carpathum), Aegean Orchid (Ophrys aegaea), Common Sage (Phlomis pichleri) & Carpathian Coastal Campion (Silene ammophila ssp. carpathae).