Walking holidays, island Ikaria

If you are a fun of hiking or a fun of Ikaria, you might like the idea of spending 6 days with us on the mountainous village of Arethousa, hike on the mountains of central Ikaria, enjoy the breathtaking landscape, learn to dance local traditional dances, cook with us local dishes and socialize with local people.

When?

  • check-in: June 28  –  check-out: July 4, 2019  (6 overnights)
  • check-in: Sun, Oct. 6 – check-out: Sat, Oct 12 2019 (6 overnights) new!
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Location – Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in single or double occupancy on Ikarian Centre’s facilities, in a rural region 1,5 Km outside the village of Arethousa. As the facilities were constructed in order to provide accommodation to our Greek language students; also  host the Greek language lessons, we call them “the campus” More information about the campus’ location and on-campus accommodation in Ikaria, please follow the previous link.

Activities

In the afternoons our guests will be able to participate with us in several activities:

  • Traditional dance lessons
  • Lecture and slide shows about Ikaria
  • Cooking lessons with local housewives.

For more details, see the schedule below. Our guest will also have the opportunity to socialize with the local guides and other people of the Centre, as many times in the evening we have dinner all together.

A typical day

07:00 or 08:00 – 15:00 Hiking Ikaria. Lunch is not served, sometimes we are kilometers away from the closest taverna. For this reason, you must carry snacks with you.
15:00 – 17:00 Beach time. After the end of each hiking day we need the fresh water of the sea. Sometimes it’s also possible to have lunch in a taverna nearby.
18:00 – 20:00 Traditional dance courses, lectures and slide shows, cooking lessons.
20:00 Dinner in the tavernas of the Arethousa, or at home

A more detailed schedule for each day is available below

Schedule & activities

  • Fist day 
    Check-in.
    17:00: Hiking late in the afternoon to the coastal village of Karavostamo. Time for swim late in the afternoon and dinner in Karavostamo.
    21:00 Return home by car
  • Second day
    8:00 – 12:00 Hiking Arethousa – Chrysostomo.
    12:00 – 15:00 Swim to Therma Lefkadas (hot springs) and the village of Therma. Lunch in Therma. Short visit in the archaeological museum of Agios Kirkos.
    17:00 Return home.
    18:00 – 19:00 Lecture – slide projection about Ikaria.
    19:00 – 20:00 Traditional dance lesson.
    20:00 – Dinner in a local taverna
  • Third day
    8:00 – 12:00 Hiking Arethousa – Droutsoulas.
    12:00 – 15:00 Swim to Kyparisi beach.
    15:00: Return home.
    17:30- 21:00 Cooking lesson (we cook local dishes with local housewives).
    20:00 – 21:00 Traditional dance lesson (while eating and drinking).
  • Fourth day
    Day free, however we do facilitate our guest to go to the beach of Karavostamo and have dinner in the local taverna according to the following schedule:
    13:30 Shuttle to Karavostamo for swim and eat.
    18:00 return home
    20:00 – Dinner in a local taverna
  • Fifth day
    7:00 – 14:00 Hiking Arethousa – Plagia (Fragma Mounte – Theoktisti).
    14:00 – 16:00 Visit to the village of Maganintis. Lunch in Manganitis
    16:00 – 17:00 Visit to Seychelles beach, near Maganitis 
    18:00 Return home 
    19:00 – 20:00 Traditional dance lesson.
    20:00 – Dinner in a local taverna
  • Sixth day
    7:00 – 14:00 Hiking Raches – Pigi (Fragma Mounte – Theoktisti).
    14:00 – 15:00 Visit to the monastery of Theoktisti
    15:00 – 16:00 Swim to Kampos beach. Lunch in Kampos
    17:00: Return home.
    19:00 – 20:00 Traditional dance lesson.
    20:00 – Dinner in a local taverna
  • Seventh day
    Departure

Note: Lunch and dinner is not obligatory and is not included in the activities. You can have a snack for the road if you don’t want to have lunch in a taverna. In the evening we do transfer out guests to a local taverna, 5 min away, but you can choose to stay home and prepare something simple to eat. The cost for a meal in a local taverna is around 12 – 15 Euros, including wine.

Accommodation cost

  • For two persons (accommodation in the same room): 560 Euros (280 Euros/person)
  • For one person (accommodation in private room): 384 Euros

The accommodation includes free participation in activities.  Does not include any kind of food served on-campus or off-campus, or breakfast. In addition, breakfast and meals are not severed at the Centre. However visitors can use the kitchenette in their rooms or the common kitchen in order to prepare their own breakfast and simple meals.

What should I bring with me?

Closed-in shoes and long pants will help a lot. You can still walk with sandals and shorts, yet you might find it annoying to get scratched by the branches of the bushes. A hiking pole is not necessary, but it will help you a lot. Of course a hat, water and a food container for a snack, are also among the necessary equipment.

How difficult the rout is?

We will walk in a mountainous terrain, climbing or descending for the duration of the route. Some parts are extremely uphill or downhill. The trail passes through areas with low bushes and in most places the width is no larger than half a meter. The paths are NOT paved. There are stones, roots, from the trees and shrubs along the entire length of the route. You must be in a relatively good physical condition, have a good sense of balance, also NOT have SEVERE SERIOUS problems with vertigo and fear of heights.

About us

Ikarian Centre is a Greek language school for non-native speakers located in a rural area outside the mountains village of Arethousa. We offer Greek language lessons to non-native speakers on the island of Ikaria in the last 25 years. During all these years we do offer accommodation, hiking tours and cultural activities to our students. Recently we have decided to welcome any guest of the island who is interested to stay with us and participate in hiking and cultural activities. In addition the last years we try to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the network of trails of the region, via volunteering camps and initiatives. Dialogos, a non-profit organization is established by the founder of Ikarian Centre to work on this filed. An online map that includes some trails of Arethousa, Ikaria is a part of our tinny contribution to this project, and you can find using the previous link

Reservation

Submit the following reservation form until June 10th 2019. A reservation fee equal to 80 Euros is also required. If you cancel your reservation, the reservation fee is not refunded. The remaining must be paid after June 10th, or just after your arrival on the island.

Reservation form