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9-DAY SELF-GUIDED INN-TO-INN WALKING HOLIDAYS

Trekking “Andros Route” Trail

Experience a unique trekking experience

EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE WALKING HOLIDAY ON ANDROS HIKING TRAILS. EXPLORE CYCLADES ISLANDS IN GREECE.

The European Ramblers Association ERA has certified the Andros Route (100 km length) as Leading Quality Trail/Best of Europe. Our suggested trekking program follows as much as possible the line of Andros Route.

The trekking program and the walks we are suggesting, follow as much as possible the line of Andros Route. Some of the Andros Route hiking exits do not end in a city or village with accommodation. In order to organize an inn-to-inn walking holiday, where you will have the possibility to walk every day ending in a different location, we adjusted the routes, so that they can offer a real trekking experience. This program is addressed to experienced hikers as it includes some long hikes (20 km) and some steep parts. Keep in mind always the time of the year that you will choose your walking adventure! These hiking routes include cobble or gravel paths, dirt or cement, ranging from mild to rough rocky terrains, which frequently take you through streams or dense vegetation. We take care of you luggage transfer and upon your arrival you will get the Walker’s Pack with all technical descriptions and necessary tips for your trekking and stay on Andros.


Day by Day

Day 1 : Arrival Day

Day of your arrival on Andros. Meeting at the port with a member of our team and transfer to your  accommodation.

Presentation off the island and the trails. Talk about the program. Receipt “Walker’s pack” Overnight in Gavrio.

Day 2 : North Andros

Transfer to the Froussei Valley by car -in the morning after your breakfast- where your hiking day trip will start.This is where our trekking adventure starts, exploring the northern parts of the hiking trails network. You will walk across the river bed, the old watermills and houses admiring these stone constructions in a very green scenery. Then the ascend trail will lead you to Amolochos village and while you keep going up the view to the sea will reward you. From the top you veer to the west and you will start to descend to Gavrio’s valley and end at the harbor. 

Overnight in Gavrio.

Distance 15,5 km, walking time around 5,5-6 hrs.

Day 3 : North West Andros

The trek starts starts from your hotel. Take only the necessary and leave the rest to the reception. You will find your luggage at your next accommodation. Today you will visit while walking one of the most impressive monuments of the island, the Hellenistic Tower of St.Peter. After crossing the picturesque village the trail continues west and to the Monastery of “Agia” which really worth a visit. From then a nice descent with view to the sea will lead you to the seaside beautiful Batsi. 

Overnight in Batsi.

Distance 10km, walking time around 3-3,5 hrs.

Day 4: West to Central Andros

Have a good breakfast and get prepared for a demanding walking day. Your trek starts from your hotel following one of the oldest and longest routes on the island. Called “Fardia Strada” from the Venetian times the trail will lead you to Pitrofos Village, with splendid views of the sea while you cross the mountain. The Olive Oil Museum is worth a visit. From there only a few kilometers are left to your last destination Menites, the greenest village on the island with the famous fountains.

Overnight in MenitesVillage.

Hiking tour of 16 km (10 miles), walking time around 5,30- 6.00 hrs.

Day 5 : Central to South Andros

Today you are heading south. But after you cross the mountain of Gerakonas and visit the living monument, the Monastery of Panachrados. The challenging uphill walk on an excellent stone path will reward you with a visit. The continuation will find you crossing the beautiful rural landscape of the village of Vouni, to start descending towards the picturesque Ormos Korthi. You will cross beautiful picturesque villages overlooking the sea.

Overnight at Ormos Korthiou.

Hiking tour of 12 km (7,5 miles), walking time around 5 hrs

Day 6 : South East to North East

Starting from Korthi and the well-preserved, with a lot of steps, trail you will reach the Upper Castle and admire the views of the Aegean. The trail continues towards the small gorge of Dipotamata, with the old stoned watermills, an area of absolute NATURA. Before ending in the capital town Hora, you cross the picturesque village of Sineti while you will experience beautiful rural landscapes. 

Overnight: Hora – Andros Town

Hiking Route distance 12 km (7,5 miles) walking time around 5,5-6 hrs

Day 7 : Central Andros

Starting from the town, today you walk a circular route exploring the beautiful and green villages, the shipment villages around Hora. Towards Apoikia, you cross a very green area with its ravine and the river Evrousies while you return to the town via an excellent cobbled path with splendid views. 

Overnight: Andros Town – Hora

Distance: 12 km (7,5 miles) Walking time about 4hrs.

Day 8 : Central to West Andros

Today you get a transfer to Apoikia Village where you start your trek. One of the most beautiful routes of the network because of its diversity and the continuous landscape change. From the very beginning, you start to feel the mountainous character of the island and from the village of Vourkotei you walk to the top. Magnificent views from the mountain ridge, impressively lush vegetation, and water abundance as you start to reach the most forested area of Andros, Arni. Refill your bottles from the springs and start your downhill to the other side of the hill to reach the coastline and the seaside of Batsi Town.

Overnight: Batsi

Distance 19 km (11 miles) walking time around 6-6.5 hrs.

Day 9 : Departure

Depending on your departure time you will have a transfer to the port. You can extend your holiday in Tinos or why not with an Athens City Break

Our Route.


The organisation and support from Ariana was first rate. The walking on Andros was a fabulous experience on this rugged wild island with great views. Andros is a beautiful island with small relatively undeveloped towns and friendly local restaurants. We hope to return soon.

Kirsty, UK

How we work

the self-guided walking holidays

Meet & Greet at the port with one of our team, at your arrival time.

Transfer to the accommodation and a little talk about the program, the island and the trails.

You will be delivered a small documentation pack with all the necessary information about your trekking.

The Walker’s pack includes :

  • A detailed information on the area, the walking trails, history, culture, geology, flora and fauna.
  • An information pack with carefully planned routes and their technical descriptions
    GPX files to use on your GPX
  • Mobile application with detailed routes, no need for internet connection.
  • Detailed KML files with way points and descriptions on Google Maps, accessible via your mobile.
  • Our recommendations for food, drink, solitary beaches, ancient sites and other activities you may enjoy
  • Practical tips and information that will guarantee that you enjoy to the full each walk
  • A hiking map of Andros and the book “Hiking on Andros” a walking guide with detailed descriptions of 20 routes @AndrosRoutes
  • Duration:

    9 days / 8 nights

  • Departures:

    Any time between March and November

  • Trip Type:

    • Self-guided Walking inn-to-inn Holiday
    • Accommodation B&B shared in a twin/double room.
  • Level:

    Difficult (10-20 km, 4-6 hours walking per day)

  • Persons:

    2-10

Highlights

  • Self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking with luggage transport
  • Experience scenic hikes
  • A rich variety of landscapes & traditional Greek villages
  • Walk a vast preserved hiking network on the ancient paths of the most diverse Greek island in Cyclades

Included Services

Ferry Tickets Rafina – Andros – Rafina

8-night accommodation with breakfast shared in a twin/double room. 

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

All necessary local transfers

24-hour support on the island for any troubleshooting or advice.

All necessary technical details for seven (7) self-guided hiking routes.* Walker’s Pack: A complete guide of the island with helpful tips, kmz/gpx files to upload, maps and books.

Not Included

Flights

Airport to Rafina Port Transfer (upon request)

Meals – Lunch Box upon request

Travel insurance* and personal equipment

Know before you go:

The trails offer moderate/difficult grade with a minimum of 3,5 hrs and maximum 6,5 hours walk. Participants should be in good physical condition with some experience.

Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation. One Foot Forward is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour. (See Terms & Conditions)

Things you need to bring: Day pack (approx. 20 lt.), Trekking shoes, Waterproof jacket, Fleece, Water bottle, Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Swimming suit.

Children over 15 years old can book when accompanied by an adult.


Trip Details

Luggage Transfer : We transfer your luggage hotel to hotel.

Transportation: When transfer is needed, we travel with private cars, taxi, or minivan.

Accommodation: We stay in family run hotels or studio/apartments in the main towns (all with private facilities).

Food: Every morning we have breakfast. * Ask for basket box lunch.(Vegetarians or vegans are welcome. Ask for the special diet menu)

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