The Kalymnos Trail – A Greek Island paradise challenge
Activity: 5 days trekking, 1 day relaxation, beach, museum visits
Duration: 8 days, 7 night's accommodation in hotels or stylish apartments
Dates & Availability:
18-25 May 19
|KL2/19||8-15 June 19||£725||Available|
5-12 October 19
Dates available in April, May, June and October in 2019 - please enquire if you are a charity or group interested in this challenge in a paradise setting.
Kalymnos is a real paradise! We work in partnership with local Kalymnian people to provide you with a real insider experience of this beautiful island and its elegant and sometimes turbulant history - and of course Kalymnian tales. On the island we are able to tailor the trip to your group and have visited the island many times. Some trails are almost hidden and known only to the Kalymnian hunters and shepherds.
Kalymnos is unusually rocky and spectacular for a Greek Island and inhabitants at first thought this was a curse. However it’s dramatic rocky vista has made it a world class rock climbing venue which you will have the chance to see. Its ridges and open mouthed stalagtite ridden caves make for a facinating blend of scenerary whilst we also take the opportunity to visit sparsley populated inlets and fine beaches. You can discover many ancient chapels and castles making a fascinating exploration and see sponge diving boats - an important part of Kalymnian life. We will take some rocky paths to circumvent the island and enjoy fresh fish and tasty Kalymnian cuisine en-route.
According to legend Icarus fell to his death in the sea between Kalymnos and Levitha when flying to escape from the Minoian labyrinth. Steeped in history, the first traces of life on Kalymnos date back to the 4th millennium BC and it has been an attractive target for conquests through history, notably by the Romans and Turks.
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Itinerary - LAND only, meet at Kos Hotel. *Saturday to Saturday flights with Easyjet LGW - Kos arriving in the evening at great rates now released for 2018*
Day 1 Arrival at Kos airport
Transfer from the airport in Kos to our hotel. Stay the night at a beachside hotel on Kos with spa and pools with time to relax and enjoy this Agean paradise.
Day 2 Arrival in Mastichari and sail to Pothia, Kalymnos.nThe Italian way and ash hills of Vathy
Travel to Mastichari from Kos for catching a morning ferry to Kalymnos. Visit the Archaeological museum in Pothia and then walk following The Italian path to the ash hills of Vathy and the beautiful harbour of Rina (10km). Before leaving Pothia we have the chance to discover some beautiful local architecture. A chance to take a snorkeling trip before dinner from our family run hotel. Hotel. +400m,10km (B,L,D)
Day 3 Walk Rina – Panaghia Kyra Psili church via the beautiful limionary bay
Walk Rina – Panaghia Kyra Psili church via the beautiful limionary bay. We then climb up past Aghia Makrina church +250m contouring around and up to Panaghia Kyra Psili church before dropping down to Pezonda bay. From here we are picked up by boat and transported back to Rina. Hotel. +450m, 9.5km (B,L,D)
Day 4 Rina - Palionisos Bay (boat) - Sykati cave – Emborios
After our boat journey around the island past many spectacular cliffs and coves we land at Palionisos bay and climb up to to then drop down into sykati bay and see Aghios Georgios church and climbers before skirting the coastline to the stunning vyzotos beach where there will be a chance to swim. We then climb steeply to the famous sikati cave and onward to the ridge. Continuing along the crest of the island before dropping into Emborios. Emborios was a favoured harbour of the Phoenicians. Stylish apartments 9.4km, +450m (B,L,D)
Day 5 Sail from Emporios – Telendos Island and make a journey to the islands summit
Telendos sits majestically off the coast of Kalymnos. We contour around just above the sea before heading up to Aghios Konstantinos church and then more steeply with some rocky steps to the summit of the island. After reaching the top 459m we head along the ridge before dropping down following cairns and then a better track towards the sea, avoiding impressive looking cliffs down and right. Telendos was once attached to the mainland before sinking into the sea after an earthquake in 554 AD. We take a short ferry ride back to Myrties and walk into the lively village of Massouri - a climber’s paradise. An excellent range of restaurants and bars await with a breathtaking view of Telendos at sunset. Angelica, Vouros apartments or Plaza hotel. 13km +770m (B,D)
Day 6 Climb from Myrties to Hora taking in the islands highest peak Prophitis Ilias
Climbing up from the town we pass the Symplgaedes climbing area on our right and enter a small valley. After some time it is neccessary to escape rightwards towards Prophitas Ilias and move up across the hillside underneath soome small cliffs before dropping down into a bowl. We contour around immerging through a metal gate. A second bowl leads to a small enclosure where we drop down and then head towards the valle floor. Once in the valley we head up and then break out on a clearly marked path to the Summit passing a church. Aghios Ioannis Theologhos. There is a stunning 360 degree panorama from the summit to take in before deschending to Hora and Hora castle.
This is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places on the Island. It is considered as the medieval capital of Kalymnos and the castle was inhabited until 1812. That night we stay close to Kantouni Beach. Hotel ( +676m,12.7km (B,D)
Day 7 We visit Katouni beach and Platys Gialos before driving back to Pothia. A chance to go sponge shopping and relax before catching the boat back to Mastichari and Kos. You will probably already be planning your next visit! Many additional activities available. (B,D)
Day 8 Late morning flight departures from Kos airport. (B)
- Pricing assumes all participants arrive and depart on the same flight at Kos airport for single pickup. Participants arriving on different flights will incur additional airport pick up and/or drop off charge and only can be performed if it is possible with the logistics plan.
- Local transfers
- Boats in itinerary
- Accommodation and meals as stated
- Movement of luggage to allow walking only with a day sack
- Guiding by an international mountain leader and/or local guide
- International flights
- Snacks and some beverages
- Telephone calls
- Any changes outside the itinerary due to any client leaving the trip
- Additional airport transfers outside the single timed group transfer
- Boat journey from Emborios - Telendos and Telendos - Kalymnos (20€)