Expert-led walking holiday in search of authenticity and wildflowers on a stunning Greek Island.
Located between Rhodes and Crete. Unlike these 2 big islands, Karpathos is a very pure place where traditions are kept alive! Witness traditional customs & taste delicious food. The holiday takes place in remote North Karpathos, a National Park where nature and traditions still thrive.
From €680 (8 days) excl. flights.
Contact us for departures in spring and autumn.
- 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 traditional 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 daughter Evangelia-Marina. Read more about them on the team page.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Karpathos, Greece|
|PRICE||€680 €580 p.p. – double room occupancy
€788 €688 p.p. – single room occupancy
Flights from Athens to Karpathos Island operated by aegeanair.com and skyexpress.gr. 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 island.
Click Here to download a trip report from a previous trip: Trip Report of the Botanical Holiday on 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. 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).
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 collina, Orchis coriophora, Orchis mascula, Orchis papillonacea, Orchis anatolica, Orchis 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.
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.
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.
Transfer to the small village Avlona. Botanical guided tour and walk back to Diafani. Net walking time: 2 hours. Easy walk
Ascend the highest mountain of North Karpathos: Profitis Ilias (719 m) with your expert guide.Estimated duration 4 hours. Degree of difficulty: moderate – 3/5.
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 beautiful, rare and endemic flora. Duration: 5 hours, Easy walk.
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.
Today we embark on a boat and spend a glorious day on Saria Island!! We visit the bay named Giaplos. Walking for 3 – 3.5 hours from Giaplos Bay to Palatia bay. Return back to Diafani by our boat. Easy walk.
Time to say goodbye after an unforgettable week. Transfer from Diafani to the airport of Karpathos.