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Samos island walking
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Samos island walking

Samos island walking

Island in the North Aegean Sea

  • Exquisite beaches and turquoise waters at Potami and Seitani
  • Waterfalls in a canyon
  • Idyllic mountain villages in the nightingale valley
  • The aqueduct of Efpalinos 

You can book this trip with upgraded hotels in double room. Please check with us for price difference.

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Route

Moderate day walks, 3-5 hours per day (excluding breaks) on hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths. 

Start: Karlovasi                           Finish: Pythagorion 

Day 1: Arrival at Samos Airport. Transfer to Karlovasi
Day 2: Round walk via Potami beach and Leka (11.5 km)
Day 3: Round walk to Seitani Beaches (9.2km, 13.5 km or 17.5 km)
Day 4: To Kokkari and round walk (13 km)
Day 5: Travel to Pythagorion. Short walk to Ancient City walls (7,5 km)
Day 6: Round walk from Myli (13 km)
Day 7: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival at Samos Airport. Transfer to Karlovasi

After your arrival at Samos airport a taxi will take you in about 1 hour to Karlovasi. This town on the north coast is often called the ‘ugly duckling’ of Samos referring to the abandoned warehouses and tanneries: remains of a rich trading history during the early 1900’s.  But behind this façade there is a lively town with a unique character. The Aegean University contributes to the lively spirit. Near your hotel is the neighbourhood of Meseo Karlovasi with a lovely village square to sit for food and drinks. 

Day 2:    Round walk via Potami beach and Leka (11.5 km)

Leaving the port of Karlovasi behind you, you ascend via a beautiful paved track (so-called Kalderimi) to Old Karlovasi, built well-hidden for pirates behind a hill top. You may have a Greek coffee at a local café, before continuing your walk. Through dense forest you reach the cave of Agios Antonios where you find a chapel deep inside the cave. 

Next stop is at Potami beach from where you head inland, along the oldest Byzantine church of Samos, to the waterfalls. You may want to reach the actual waterfalls by walking inside the cold waters (!); otherwise walk continues uphill through dense vegetation and vineyards to the tiny settlement Ag. Panteleimonas with its refreshing spring. The view from the shaded town square in Leka over Karlovasi is overwhelming. You cross Old Karlovasi once more on your way back down to the coast.  

Challenge: 4 hours, 11,5 km, 400 m ascent, 400 m descent

Day 3:    Round walk to Seitani Beaches (9.2km, 13.5 km or 17.5 km)

Todays walk starts in Potami beach that you reach by taxi or on foot. The coastal walk is via narrow trails, sometimes high above the sea. First you reach the pebbled beach of Mikro Seitani and then the sandy beach of Megalo Seitani, declared a Natura 2000 protected area. After a refreshing swim the walk continues inland along numerous olive groves.

From a view point you can admire the gorge that widens to the beach of Mikro Seitani. Back in Potami, you can relax on the beach and transfer back to Karlovasi, or even walk back all the way. 

Challenge:

3.5 hours, 9.2 km, 380 m ascent, 380 m descent

4.5 hours, 13.5 km, 540 m ascent, 570 m descent

6 hours, 17.5 km, 740 m ascent, 740 m descent

Day 4:    To Kokkari and round walk (13 km)

In the morning you travel by taxi or local bus to Kokkari. For more comfort you can prebook a taxi transfer with your agent.

The walk of today is the most famous and likely the most-walked hiking route of Samos. It is a great loop walk from Kokkari that crosses beautiful forest landscape with stunning views over Kokkari, Vathy and the Turkish coastline and passes through the picturesque village Vouliotes. Optionally you make a small detour to the historic monastery of Vronta, built in 1566, burned in 1999 and nowadays almost completely restored again. 

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 13 km, 460 m ascent, 460 m descent

Day 5:    Travel to Pythagorion. Short walk to Ancient City walls (7,5 km)

In the morning you travel by taxi or local bus with a stop over in the capital town Vathy to Pythagorion. For more comfort you can prebook ataxi transfer with your agent.

There are several options to spend your afternoon. You may enjoy time on the lovely sandy beaches nearby, visit the archaeological museum in Pythagorion, go and explore the 1 km long Efpalinos aquaduct built in the 6th century BC or make a round walk over Mt. Kastro and the ancient city walls. 

Challenge: 2,5 hours, 7,5 km, 250 m ascent, 250 m descent

Day 6:     Round walk from Myli (13 km)

You take a taxi to the nearby village of Myli from where you start todays’ long hike, exploring the rural landscape around Myli. There is a remarkableancient olive tree of about 2500 years old that has a trunk with a diameter of 3,5 meter! Luckily it wassaved from the devastating forest fires of 2000 by the locals. It is impressive to see how this area turned to a lush green hillside in the past 2 decades! Definitely worth visiting is the Byzantine Monastery of Megali Panagia near the village  Koumaradei from where you have great views over the plain of Chora to the south.  After your return in Myli, you take a taxi back to Pythagorion. 

 

Challenge: 4,5 hours, 13 km, 340 m ascent, 340 m descent

Day 7:    Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the nearby airport of Samos by taxi and your arrangement  comes to an end.  

'standard' hotels

The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights:Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way

You can book this trip with upgraded hotels in double room. See upgrade hotels

Please check with us for price difference.

Hotel Astir  (Karlovasi)
Hotel Astir* (Karlovasi)
Hotel Athena (Kokkari)
Hotel Athena** (Kokkari)
Hotel Samaina (Pythagorion)
Hotel Samaina ** (Pythagorion)
'Select' hotels
Samaina Inn Hotel (Karlovasi)
Samaina Inn Hotel ****(Karlovasi)
Arion Hotel (Kokkari)
Arion Hotel **** (Kokkari)
Lithos Hotel (Pythagorion)
Lithos Hotel *** (Pythagorion)
practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability from April 28th to October 13th

Nearest airports to fly to Samos is Samos airport (SMI)

Arrival in Karlovasi by plain

The transfer from Samos Airport to Karlovasi is included in the package. If you opt for a rental car for the duration of the trip, there is a reduction. 

Departure from Pythagorion by plain

The transfer from Pythagorion to Samos Airport is included in the package. If you opt for a rental car.

Arrival an departure at Samos per Ferry 

Samos is served by several ferries to Karlovasi (start location of this trip), Vathy and Pythagorion. From Piraeus to Karlovasi port is app. 10 hours (cabins on board). Itineraries in low season app. 3 times per week and in high season almost daily. 

There is no connection from Pythagorion to Piraeus. Ferries from Pythagorion are to Patmos, Kusadasi (Turkey) and some nearby islands only. 

There are ferries from Vathy to Piraeus, 3-4 times per week. Duration of the trip is app. 10 hours and there are cabins on board. 

 

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 7 breakfast
  • Transfer from Samos airport to Karlovasi
  • Transfer from Pythagorion to Samos airport

NOTE: If car rental is booked, discount of 65 Euro PER BOOKING is valid

Not included

  • Lunches or dinners
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, etc.
  • Tourist Tax
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
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