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Walking in Lesvos
Our base for these walks is the tiny village resort of Petra, situated on the island's north coast. Our routes will take us along mule tracks and stone paths, through ancient olive groves and pine forests. We will enjoy some spectacular coastal scenery and beautiful views following trails to historic monasteries, pretty churches and traditional villages.
The itinerary includes five guided walks, graded easy to medium, covering a distance of six to 12 kilometres a day on sometimes undulating paths. Lunches will be arranged in local tavernas on our walking days and a welcome dinner is included on the first evening. Clients should be in good health. Walking boots are advisable as the terrain can be uneven at times and boots provide the best protection for such terrain.
- Return flights from London Gatwick (May 2014) or London Heathrow via Athens (September 2014) to Lesvos, including all payable taxes
- Seven nights accommodation in standard room on bed and breakfast basis at the three star Michaelia hotel, Petra, based on occupancy of a twin/double room
- Welcome dinner and five lunches (either picnic or taverna lunches)
- Entrance fees
- Transfers and excursions as detailed
- Tour manager and guide throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Regional flight supplement (available on request)
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
- Porterage and gratuities
Fly from London Gatwick to Mytilene (May 2014) or from London Heathrow to Mytilene via Athens (September 2014). On arrival in Mytilene, transfer by coach to Petra (approximately one hour) and the Hotel Michaelia. Tonight, there will be a welcome dinner at a local taverna.
Full day walk in the local countryside. We begin the holiday with a walk in the countryside around our base taking a circular route from Petra via the village of Lafionas on the slopes of Mount Skotino and Agios Alexandros.
Full day walk from Kalloni to Skala. Transferring to Kalloni we will begin today’s walk following a gentle route to three old monasteries. The walk finishes by the sea at Skala, where we will have time to have lunch and have a swim.
Full day walk from Agiassos to the bay of Gera. Transferring by bus to the traditional mountain village of Agiassos we will have a bit of time to explore before setting off on today’s walk. Following paved paths and rural roads we pass through forests and enjoy spectacular views of the bay of Gera and, in the distance, the coastline of Turkey.
Free time to relax and explore Petra at your leisure. Petra has a long sand beach to enjoy as well as an old Turkish house that is said to be Lesvos’ oldest. You are also only five kilometres from Molyvos, considered the most beautiful town on the island.
Full day walk from Agia Paraskevi to Kremasti. Transferring to Agia Paraskevi we will set off down rural paths to the Monastery of Prini. From here we continue through the olive groves to the archaeological site of Klopedi to explore its ancient Aeolian temple ruins. Moving on from Klopedi we descend to the Papa Lakos region and the Tsiknia River following a dirt road to the stone bridge of Kremasti, an architectural monument built in the middle ages.
Full day walk from Anemotia to Parakila. This area is particularly lush thanks to an abundance of water – there are plenty of plane trees, oleanders and willows to find some shade under on our walk. We’ll also stroll through the only black pine forest on Lesvos, a rare sight on the Aegean Islands.
Transfer back to Mytilene airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: The itinerary may vary according to local conditions and guide's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.
Located only 10 metres away from the beach and 150 metres from the centre of Petra the Michaelia hotel offers a restaurant terrace with sea view, bar, rock garden with live fish, living room terrace facing the pool and the hotel garden and swimming pool with jacuzzi and waterfalls. The bedrooms all offer en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, refrigerator and individual balcony or terrace.
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My longstanding wish to visit Lesvos was fulfilled.The walks were well chosen; only one was a little strenuous. I wish that on the free day there had been the option of visiting Mytiline. Petra is tiny, with nothing to do and I could find no public bus service.