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‘Secret’ Andros

A peaceful walkers’ paradise
 
Discover lovingly preserved ancient walking trails, rugged scenery and superlative views, enjoying self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking (with luggage transfers) and the chance to explore the Venetian, Byzantine and Ottoman charm of Chora.
‘Secret’ Andros. 6 nights
‘Secret’ Andros. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Andros

Simple, quiet, authentic and unspoiled... Who would have thought it possible to find such a place, just a short hop from Athens and the Greek mainland? This surprisingly large and green island, a lush oasis occupying the northernmost reaches of the Cyclades archipelago, possesses quiet beaches, hills criss-crossed by walking trails, and a rare, understated beauty.

The landscape, riven by brooks that burble through waterfall-blessed valleys during spring, and dotted with arched stone bridges and venerable chestnut groves, is perhaps not what you might expect here. 
But the enticing coastline, air heavy with the scent of aromatic plants and herbs, and luminous evening light are all reassuringly and quintessentially Greek. Add to this a generous, warm-hearted people, and a network of ancient paths undergoing sensitive and painstaking restoration, and you have an island to enchant – and even thrill – the most demanding of walkers.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 12 12 14 18 22 26 28 28 25 21 17 14
    mm 91 66 58 29 20 9 5 5 16 50 66 95
  • Arrival in Ayios Petros
    Night 1: at Irene Apartments (the first of three nights here). 
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular route around Ayios Petros: 11km, 4.5hrs; 545m ascent/descent
    This is a lovely introduction to Ayios Petros and to walking on Andros. It starts from the door and takes you above the coast to an ancient Hellenistic Tower and to the pretty village of Ano (Upper) Ayios Petros before returning along an old kalderimi (stone path) through the lush hinterland of the region to reach the port of Gavrio. From there, a headland walk takes you back to Ayios Petros. 
    Circular route around Ayios Petros: 11km
  • Linear walk from Paleopolis to Batsi Bay: 9.5km, 4hrs; 465m ascent/640m descent
    Superb views are a highlight of this walk which begins with a short transfer (included) to the ancient city of Paleopolis, with its important excavations and sunken walls still visible beneath the sea. From here, you ascend high above the coast enjoying views over the enigmatic and ghostly island of Yaros, before slowly descending along a beautiful stone path to the coastal resort of Batsi, Andros' version of a touristic resort, where you can relax a while or even have a swim before taking a taxi (pay locally) back to Ayios Petros.
    Linear walk from Paleopolis to Batsi Bay: 9.5km
    Heading down to Batsi Bay on the route from Paleopolis
  • Ayios Petros to Chora: 12km, 5.5hrs; 580m ascent/720m descent
    This beautiful route, starting with a short transfer (included) to Paleopolis, takes you right across the island from the west coast to the east, along the old kalderimi that connected the harbours of Gavrio and Batsi with the villages of the valley of the Megálos Potamós (Grand River) which flows into the sea at Chora. You climb steeply out of Paleopolis, stopping frequently to admire the ever-widening views that open up at your back, across the old ruins of Paleopolis to the bay of Batsi. After levelling out and enjoying the solitude of the mountains, you pass fountains and cross small streams on stone bridges to arrive into the village of Ano Pitrofos. Once again ascending, this time briefly, you follow leafy lanes and cross brooks to arrive into the village of Strapourgies and follow its maze of narrow streets into neighbouring Lamyra and finally to the outskirts of Chora, where the swimming pool of your accommodation awaits.
    Ayios Petros to Chora: 12km
    Following the old kalderimi route from Ayios Petros to Chora
  • Choice of routes around Chora: 9.5km to 12.5km

    Sariza Valley: 12km, 4.5hrs; 590m ascent/descent
    This route takes you from the hotel door on a circuit of the beautiful Sariza valley, following the Sariza river to a picturesque village where you can fill your water bottles from the Sariza spring. Your final descent back to Chora is along a magnificent, old stone path with panoramic views across the bay. There are a lot of steps on this route but it leads you through some of the island's prettiest villages.

    A Pilgrim's Path: 9.5km, 4.5hrs; 790m ascent/340m descent
    Beginning with an ascent into the Sariza valley, this lovely circuit then follows the valley westwards on a delightful, level path through small woods and alongside brooks and water channels before emerging in the village of Messaria. From here you join a pilgrim's path that climbs high above the valley to the Panachradou monastery from where a taxi returns you to Chora. There is more shade on this route than on some of the other options but the final climb is quite challenging. You have the option to avoid the climb by following the road (2km) back to Chora instead.

    Views, Valleys & a Venetian Castle: 12.5km, 5hrs; 660m ascent/710m descent
    Heading south east from Andros, you follow an inviting stone path over the cliffs from where the views over Chora are breathtaking. Traversing the next valley, you continue into the picturesque village of Sineti and zigzag down through its narrow streets to reach the Diplomata valley threaded with old water mills and stone bridges. You have the option to ascend to the ruined castle of Faneromeni before finally descending into the lovely Ormos Korthiou from where a taxi (pay locally) returns you to Chora. This is the best route for views, birds and butterflies.
    Looking down to Chora, Valleys and a Venetian Castle walk
    Sariza Valley: 12km
    A Pilgrim's Path: 9.5km
    Ormos Korthiu
    Views, Valleys and a Venetian Castle: 12.5km
 

Accommodation

Our hand-picked accommodation has no official classification; star ratings are our own. There is a good choice of restaurants in both Ayios Petros and Chora.
 

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Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 15 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 01 September 2019 - 15 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 20 Apr 2019 £635 £260
    21 Apr - 4 May 2019 £745 £285
    5 - 31 May 2019 £690 £270
    1 - 12 Jun 2019 £780 £295
    13 - 24 Jun 2019 £840 £350
    1 - 30 Sep 2019 £780 £295
    1 - 9 Oct 2019 £635 £260
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Inclued travel: transfers on Andros between Gavrio and hotels
    Pay locally for return bus (1h) or taxi (0h20) Athens–Rafina & return ferry Rafina–Gavrio (2h) approx. €50-70pp

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Iro Studios, Chora
    Suite with garden or pool view: 15 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £16
    Suite with garden or pool view: 21 Apr - 04 May 2019 £24
    Suite with garden or pool view: 05 May - 31 May 2019 £16
    Suite with garden or pool view: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £24
    Suite with garden or pool view: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £24
    Suite with garden or pool view: 01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £16
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 15 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £16
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 21 Apr - 04 May 2019 £24
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 05 May - 31 May 2019 £16
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £24
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £24
    Suite with gardne or pool view: 01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £16

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Iro Studios, Chora (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 20 Apr 2019 £55 £90
    21 Apr - 04 May 2019 £68 £104
    05 May - 31 May 2019 £55 £90
    01 Jun - 12 Jun 2019 £68 £104
    13 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £90 £125
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £68 £104
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2019 £55 £90
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Athens

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Athens. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Athens easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Athens (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Athens Aegean Airlines,  British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Athens Ryanair,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Athens Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Athens Aegean Airlines,  easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Athens. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Athens

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Athens airport to Rafina port (0h50) or taxi (0h20, pay locally), ferry Rafina to Gavrio (2h, pay locally), taxi Gavrio to hotel (5 min) included 1400
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi Hotel to Gavrio (0h45), ferry Gavrio to Rafina (2h, pay locally), bus (0h50) or taxi (0h20, pay locally) Rafina to Athens airport included 1600 (2000 Sat-Sun)
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • 3 transfers to/from walks
  • transfer from/to Gavrio port
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Greece, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most commonly spoken language is Greek. The currency is the Euro. Greek time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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