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Culture and cuisine in Evia
Your host (and tour manager) is Annie Apgar, a New Zealander who settled on the island more than 20 years ago, it is Annie's plan to show you the 'real' Evia that captured her all those years ago.
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Athens including applicable taxes
- Three nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hotel Delfini, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Four nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Karystion hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Four lunches and three dinners
- Transfers by coach and ferry from the airport to you hotel
- Full touring itinerary Tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday insurance
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival in Athens, transfer by coach to the port of Agia Marina (approximately 40 minutes) for the 45 minute ferry ride to Evia. On arrival on Evia, in the sleepy resort of Nea Styra, we will have a short walk along the waterfront to the Hotel Delfini (luggage will travel by minivan) where Marianna and her family will offer us a warm welcome. There'll be time for a dip in the Aegean before a welcome drink and dinner at a nearby taverna.
This morning we will venture inland into wild countryside to visit Evia's prehistoric Dragon houses (Drakospita).The origins of these unique prehistoric monuments are much debated and are still a mystery to archaeologists. Wandering amongst wild strawberry bushes, lavender and thyme we will admire the views from the houses down to the sea. We will also visit the a little folk museum, a bee-keeper and find time for a refreshment in the village of Upper Styra, where we will sample the local 'spoon sweets'. We will take lunch at a family-run taverna with a position overlooking the valley of Styra and the Gulf of Evia. For those wishing to walk off lunch, the route is mostly downhill back to the hotel, but transport will also be provided.
Full day tour to the village of Raptei. Driving 15 minutes from Nea Styra we will arrive at the little village of Raptei where the local women will show us how to prepare and cook pita (wild greens and cheese pie) over an open fire. We'll also have the opportunity to try a hand at rolling the finest filo. Of course we will sample the final product before walking through a series of quaint, small villages to the beach of Limnionas. Here we will have lunch (not included) at a seaside taverna and there will be time for a swim before returning to the hotel.
Today we will transfer to Karystos and our second hotel. Heading south, we will take the panoramic road to Evia's southernmost town, Karystos. Stopping on the town's outskirts we have a brief stop at the Wine Co-operative of Karystos to sample a few local wines before checking into the Hotel Karystion. A guided walk by Annie will introduce you to this thriving market town, strolling past various sites of interest - the Roman ruins, the Orthodox cathedral and the towns archaeological museum - before stopping on the waterfront for coffee or ouzo and mezedes. This afternoon is free for you to spend as you wish.
Today is a free day to relax and explore at your leisure. If you wish to return to the city of Athens and visit the Acroplis and surrounds, this is the day to do it, Annie will be able to advise and organise any visit you might be interested to do there. Alternatively, of course, you can just spend the day relaxing on the beach and exploring Karystos.
Late morning visit to a Karystos stone factory and the village of Marmari. After a leisurely morning in Karystos we will visit a fascinating factory that processes the famous Karystos stone/slate. Here too we can see examples of the 'cipollino' marble, much prized by the Romans for columns in buildings throughout the Empire. A two hour coastal walk (optional) affords us views of the mainland plus the islands of Kea and Petalli before reaching our destination, the picturesque fishing village of Marmari. Here we will lunch in a taverna considered to be one of the best in the area; before we eat, our hostess will invite us into her kitchen to show us how a variety of seafood dishes are prepared.
Full day in the Karystos area. A post breakfast stroll into the cente of Karystos will introduce us to Vangelis who will show us how to make pastelli (a honey and sesame sweet) using the traditional methods. From here we continue to one of Karystos' landmarks, the medieval fortress of Castello Rosso. Taking a short walk to the lovely mountain village of Mili, we will enjoy a specially prepared home cooked lunch of delicious local cuisine, before wandering over the charming Montofoli Estate and winery. This organic vineyard makes an award winning sweet wine, which we will sample. This evening we will have a farewell dinner in the most celebrated taverna in Karystos.
Transfer to Marmari (approximately 15 minutes) for the return ferry to Rafina from where we will transfer by coach to the airport for the return flight to London Heathrow.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
Located in the centre of Nea Styra, right on the beachfront, the Hotel Delfini is a friendly, family-run hotel and offers a restaurant serving local cuisine, bar and sea-facing terrace. Bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, fridge and safe.
Karystion hotel, Karystos
Located on a tree-lined promontory overlooking the sea just 400 metres from Karystos town, the family-run Karystion hotel offers a restaurant, bar and lounge. Bedrooms have en-suite bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, minibar and hairdryer. All bedrooms have a private balcony with views of either the sea or the park.
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