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9-DAY SELF-GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS

Inn-to-inn Trekking Experience

EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE trekking holiday and walk part of the certified Andros Route Trail.

Walk from village to village and let us take care of the rest! Andros has three main towns. And it is in these that most of the accommodation, restaurants and various facilities are located.

The suggested program gives the walker the possibility to stay in the main towns, as well as, in small and remote villages,  where their host prepares breakfast or dinner. In this specific program you overnight for one day in a remote village with no facilities, in homestay accommodation located in a farm! 

We transfer your luggage to the next destination and equip you with accurate maps alongside a detailed “Walker’s Pack” with all the necessary information for the ideal self-guided walking holiday. 

We meet you at the port the evening before your journey starts.

These hiking routes include cobble or gravel trails, dirt, or cement, ranging from mild to rough rocky terrains, which frequently take you through streams or dense vegetation. 

The European Ramblers Association ERA has certified the Andros Route (100 km length) as the Leading Quality Trail/Best of Europe and most of the suggested routes pass across this “line”. 

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 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 3 : 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 of the island. Called “Fardia Strada” from the Venetian times the trail will lead you to Pitrofos Village, with splendid views to the sea while you cross the mountain to end in Menites Village. A long trail with challenging elevations this is a combination of four routes of the network, extremely varied landscape and terrain!

Overnight Menites

Distance: 16 km, walking time around 5-5,30 hrs.

Day 4: Central to South Andros

A combination of two different routes of the Andros Routes hiking network, and a part of Andros Trail Race trail, this trekking day will take you to Panachrados Monstery, located at the mountain range of Gerakonas at 550 m. The trail will bring you to the next side of the mountain heading South to the picturesque villages of Korthi area. A rich agricultural landscape and splendid views to the sea as you reach the seaside town. 

Overnight Korthi 

Distance 12 km , walking time around 4,5 – 5 hours

Day 5 : South to North East Andros

One of the most popular routes of the network with an abundance of agriculture landscapes. That was the old road leading to Hora, connecting the two medieval castles of the island which was the central agricultural and commercial artery for south-eastern Andros until 1950. The Upper Castle, the gorge of Dipotamata with the stone watermills, the arched bridge, the village Sineti are some of the spots you will cross as you walk to end in Hora. 

Overnight Hora 

Distance 12 km , walking time around 4 hours.

Day 6 : Central Andros

A relatively shorter walk today starting from the capital town towards Apoikia Village. A very well preserved trail through major settlements of seamanship and rural Andros, goes up parallel to Pythara ravine. Don’t miss to visit with a small detour the small waterfalls. 

Overnight Apoikia 

Distance 8 km , walking time around 3 hours

Day 7 : Andros’ Highlands

This is a majestic route from the northeast and Apoikia village  through the rural and mountainous Vourkoti settlement and towards the greenest area of the island the forrested valley of Arni. Walking on the ridge of the highest point of Andros,  Kouvara, you will experience breathtaking views and a unique diverse scenery.

Overnight Arni (Airbnb House- no facilities in the village)

Distance 11 km, walking time 4,5 – 5 hours

Day 8 : From the Mountain to the Sea

Descending from the highest mountain of Andros and from the green valley of Arni towards the cosmopolitan Batsi Town. One of greenest hiking routes of the island and with the most significant biodiversity, will bring you to the sea through dense vegetation and splendid views to the mountain and to the sea. 

Overnight Batsi

Distance 9 km walking time around 3-3.5 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.


If I Could Give Six Stars, I Would!
If you are interested in a hiking and cultural/culinary experience, this was truly one of the best I have every experienced anywhere in the world.

Laura, Washington DC

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:

    Moderate (8-15 km, 3,5-5 hours walking per day)

  • Persons:

    2-10

Highlights

  • Self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking with luggage transport
  • Experience 7 extraordinary hikes
  • A rich variety of landscapes & traditional Greek villages
  • Stay in a farmhouse
  • Walk a vast preserved hiking network on the ancient trails of the most diverse Greek island in the 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 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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