8 days
Duration
Karpathos Island
Location
12+
Age

Expert-led walking holiday in search of authenticity and wildflowers on one of the best Greek Islands.

Located between Rhodes and Crete. Karpathos is, unlike these other 2 bigger Greek Islands still a very pure place where traditions are kept alive. Witness traditional customs & taste delicious food.

From €680 (8 days) excl. flights. Dates 2019: to be announced soon

Highlights:
  • Hunt for many rare and endemic species of flora
  • 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

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.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Karpathos, Greece
TOUR DURATION 8-days
PRICE €680 €580 p.p. – double room occupancy

€788 €688 p.p. – single room occupancy

Includes
  • All transfers on the island,
  • all boat excursions,
  • 3*-accommodation in Diafani incl. breakfast, all dinners,
  • 1 cooking class,
  • expert botanical guiding services for the entire duration.
Excludes
  • Transporation to and from the island
  • Lunches (less than 10Euro forr a lunch)
  • Travel insurance

Flights from Athens to Karpathos Island operated by aegeanair.com and skyexpress.gr

Click Here to download a trip report: Trip Report of the Botanical Holiday on Karpathos

More Information:

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. On this holiday you will be visiting 2 Greek Islands actually: Karpathos and its smaller neighbor Saria!

Read more about its significance, its flora and fauna and find maps and pictures on the website of the National Park North Karpathos and Saria.

Local guide Minas Agapiou keeps us informed about the nature of Karpathos with his Karpathian Nature Blog.

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).

Orchid species:

Ophrys tethredinifera,Ophrys episcopalis,Ophrys fuciflora,Ophrys aeoli    ssp.     carpathia        endemic,Ophrys umbilicate,Ophrys umbilicata    ssp.     carpathia     endemic,Ophrys montana       endemic,Ophrys ferrum – equinum,Ophrys reinholdi,Ophrys sphegodes,Ophrys gottfrediana,Ophrys scolopax,Ophrys heldreichi,Ophrys apiformis,Ophrys aegaea    ssp.     aegaea     endemic,Ophrys calypsus,Ophrys holoserica,Ophrys speculum,Ophrys sitiaca,Ophrys israelitica,Ophrys fusca,Ophrys cinereochila,Ophrys iricolor,Ophrys omegaifera, Ophrys lutea,Ophrys frygana,Ophrys bombyliflora,Ophrys ariadne      endemic, Orchis collinaOrchis coriophoraOrchis masculaOrchis papillonaceaOrchis anatolicaOrchis italica, Orchis simia,  Serapias  cordigera and Serapias orientalis.

Endemic species of the region (Karpathos, Kasos, Crete and adjacent islets) include: Aegean Knapweed (Centaurea raphanina ssp. raphanina), Cretan Hawksbeard (Crepis cretica), Mediterranean Currybush (Hypericum cuisinii), Cretan White Peony (Paeonia clusii ssp. clusii), Cretan Stonecrop (Sedum creticum & Sedum creticum monocarpicum), Everlasting Groundsel (Senecio gnaphaloides), Prickly Woundwort (Stachys mucronata), Autumn Daffodil (Sternbergia greuteriana), Little Germander (Teucrium gracile), a clover species (Trifolium praetermissum) and Cretan Valerian (Valeriana asarifolia).

For more info on local flora and fauna you can visit the website of the National Park of Karpathos and Saria.

1

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.

2

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.

3

Day 3

Transfer to the small village Avlona. Botanical guided tour and walk back to Diafani. Net walking time: 2 hours. Easy walk

4

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.

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.

6

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.

7

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.

8

Day 8

Time to say goodbye after an unforgettable week. Transfer from Diafani to the airport of Karpathos.

Tour Reviews

4.75 based on 4 reviews
May 21, 2018

I spend a very enjoyable week on the beautiful island of Karpathos.
Under the beautiful April sun we had a change to learn about the
botanical diversity of the Island with the help of the local botanical guide.
Days were filled with various grades of nature walk, combined with explanation
of the botanical flora, local Culture, Greek Cooking, experiencing the true mountain village life
and ample time for relaxing and swimming in the Med.
A unique Greek experience not to be missed!!

May 14, 2018

My first botanical holiday! It was nice being on vacation with other plant nerds. Interesting endemic plants in a very special place in Greece – the local history and culture of north Karpathos was just as interesting as the plants!

May 14, 2018

Wonderful experience of traditional Greece – flowers, culture and more. Evangelia and her father, Minas, were knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, a winning combination. We enjoyed a wide range of different experiences: detailed botanising, foraging, serious and not so serious hiking, making our own lunch from scratch under Evangelia’s expert eye and an impromptu recital of traditional music. Evangelia adjusted the programme to take into account the needs and wishes of the group.
A cautionary note – walking in north Karpathos is often over rocky and uneven terrain – you need to be prepared.

April 3, 2016

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.

Phyllis Lee
Hong Kong

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