The walks are mostly via rocky footpaths and cobbled footpaths (kalderimia). Thereare no sections on asphalt road. There are two sections that can be an issue for people suffering from serious acrophobia.
Start: Katapola End: Langada
You arrive in Amorgos by ferry from Piraeus, Naxos or Santorini. Usually ferries arrive late and sometimes even well after midnight depending on your departure port (Ferry ticket is not included)
Today´s walk is flexible: you can either take a taxi to Chora and walk down or you can walk up via a different route to Chora and take a taxi back to Katapola or you can make the full round walk. The route will take you via a nice, paved mule track, through a deep valley and up to the capital town of Amorgos: Chora. This wonderful town is made of a maze of narrow alleys, surprising town squares and inviting café’s and taverns. After lunch you head downhill towards the carved coastline and gleaming sea, via a zigzagging track.
Challenge: 4,5 or 9 km
Today you walk from Katapola via an old route, trodden by farmers and pilgrims, to the "city-state" of Ancient Arkesini. You come along the terraced farmland fields of Kato Meria, which are still farmed as they were 4000 years ago. You come past rural hamlets, with just a handful of inhabitants, along tiny chapels and along the remains of an old Acropolis. The walk ends in the village Arkesini where you can have a Greek coffee in the local kafenion whilst you wait for your taxi on call to take you back to Katapola.
Challenge: 16,5 km, 600m ascent, 400m descent
Today you have a morning transfer to Chora, the islands’ capital from where your walk starts. Soon you reach to the Monastery Chozoviotissa, a startling vertical splash of white monastery embedded in a cliff. Along a centuries-old route you walk half the islands’ length, passing by a deserted village and numerous chapels as you enjoy amazing sea views on either side of the island. From Egiali Bay you make your final ascent, via a wide mule track, to the village of Langada and your hotel.
Challenge: 17,5 km, 600m ascent, 700m descent
A day to relax on the lovely beach of Egiali or alternatively make a short, but demanding round walk to the 8 ruins on top of the Machos hill from where you have a marvellous view over the surrounding islands; you can see the islands of Naxos, Santorini, the small Cycladic Islands and many more.
Egiali has a sea sports center where you can join a snorkelling or diving activity
Challenge: 4 km, 350m ascent, 350m descent
Along the terraced fields you ascend along traditional paths to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos, a haven of peace in a wild landscape. From here you can optionally continue to a windy outpost, marked by the church Stavros, accessible only by a cliff path. Pacing back you walk once more through the agricultural terraced fields (called Kambos) and reach the village of Tholaria, with its tumbled cubes of Cycladic houses. The walk ends in Egiali from where you return on foot to Langada or you take a taxi.
Challenge: 18,5 km, 700m ascent/descent
After breakfast your arrangement comes to an end. You travel back to Piraeus on the day ferry or you continue your trip by taking a ferry to Naxos or to Santorini.
The sequence of stay on Amorgos may be opposite depending on the best arrival and departure port. Amorgos is served by the port of Katapola and the port of Egiali.
This quaint hotel is located just ten metres from the sea, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Katapola. With brigh rooms decorated in a traditional island style and with great views. Their buffet breakfast is made of healthy local products.
The Pagali Hotel in Amorgos is a prototype agritourism complex that features 20 spacious, traditionally-decorated Amorgos hotel rooms , with fully-equipped facilities and comprehensive services. They also offer a restaurant and a café, as well as a bakery service with fresh bread products and a roof garden; a unique area for relaxation as it features loungers and magnificent view.
You can start this tour any day of the week from April 1st to October 26th.
The closest airport is Athens airport (ATH)
ARRIVAL AT ATHENS AIRPORT
You can travel by public transport from Athens Airport to Piraeus with the X96 Express Bus. For more comfort, you can book a private taxi transfer along with your package.
If you book a ferry ticket with your travel agent, you are then obliged to book the private taxi transfer as well. This, because you receive your ferry tickets from the taxi driver. You will then also have service in case of a delay.
The up-to-date ferry time tables from Piraeus to Amorgos are available on www.bluestarferries.com. The standard port of arrival is Katapola. In case you arrive in Egiali, your program may be booked in opposite direction on Amorgos.
Indicative time table, Piraeus-Amorgos:
01/04 - 09/06: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, departure 17:30 hrs, arrival Katapola 02:50 hrs.
09/09 - 31/10: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, departure 17:30 hrs, arrival Egiali 01:10 hrs
10/06 - 08/09: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, departure 06:45 hrs, arrival Katapola 15:10 hrs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sat., departure 06:45 hrs, arrival Egiali 14:30 hrs.
*If needed, you can book an overnight in Athens and travel to Amorgos the next day.
DEPARTURE FROM ATHENS AIRPORT
You can book a return ferry with your travel agent. It is NOT compulsory to book a taxi for onward travel.
Standard port of departure is Egiali, but if ferry leaves from Katapola you will be taken there (without supplement).
You can also book a ferry ticket to Naxos or to Santorini and continue your travel as you wish.
GPS tracks are available upon request