Day 1 – Arrival
Arrival at Diagoras International Airport of Rhodes and transfer to the first village/hiking starting point of the trip (approx 30 minutes). Meeting with local manager for welcoming and briefing of the trip’s details. Overnight: Village of Embonas
Day 2 - HIKING MOUNT PROFITIS ILIAS
The first hike of this trip is located at the central area of Rhodes Island and is an ideal combination of mountainous landscape, great views and easy start! Salakos, the starting point of the hike, is a beautiful agricultural village, located on the foothills of the mountain Profitis Ilias. When arrived at the meadow, admire the famous “Elafos and Elafina” (male and female deer in Greek), and the Alpine Style of architecture on the few buildings surrounding. Also visit the “Villa de Vecci”, house of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes and the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After some well-deserved stop or a coffee at the hotels, you can start the descent back to Salakos.
Day 3 - HIKING MOUNT ATTAVIROS
Attaviros, the highest mountain of the Dodecanese complex of islands, is your goal for today. After spending yesterday’s night on its foothills admiring his majesty from the village of Embonas, known for its precious vineyards, it’s time to begin the alpine hike up to the summit. So, today’s hike starts from Agios Isidoros, a beautiful village on the east side of the mountain, once full of life, nowadays inhabited only by a few elder locals. The hike will gradually climb till the plateau of Attaviros and then the final climb to the peak will follow. The views from the top are incredible, since you can admire the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea, the east and west coast of Rhodes and even some nearby islands. On the top there are also some remains of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Attavirios Zeus.
Day 4 - HIKING MOUNT AKRAMITIS 823m – A NATURA 2000 PROTECTED AREA
This day is the most surprising of the trip due to the environment of the area of Akramitis. The trail starts from Monolithos, a beautiful rural village at the not spoiled by mass tourism west side of the island. The top of Akramitis mountain, the second highest of the island of Rhodes, is your goal for today! After the demanding first section, you will next hike through beautiful meadows, full of aromatic colorful herbs and you will soon reach the chapel of St John. To go down to Siana – another agricultural village next to Monolithos – you can (optionally) follow a different trail, that even few locals know, between high pine trees. This hike offers you the chance to explore a totally undiscovered area of the island, and can surely convince you that Rhodes is truly amazing.
Day 5 - HIKING AROUND LINDOS – A DIFFERENT WAY TO SEE THE GEM OF THE ISLAND OF RHODES
The 4th hiking day of the trip is dedicated to the East coastal side of the island. The trail starts from Vlicha, a sea side village located next to Lindos. You will follow a trail that passes on the foothill of vertical limestone slopes, surely amazing, visiting afterwards, an impressive cave and admiring the remains of an agricultural life, somehow forgotten there nowadays. Finally the hike reaches its highest point, where it is time for some worthy pictures of “Navarone Bay” with its azure colored water, or even some meditation on how beautiful this endless sea is. No words are enough to describe its beauty, so you are advised to go closer, roaming in the narrow streets of the whitewashed village of Lindos. After some probable resting and sightseeing time it is time to go on the trail, form the coastal side this time back to Vlycha.
Day 6 – GUIDED SEA KAYAKING AROUND LINDOS – A PADDLING DAY!
The last day of the trip you will have the chance to experience something totally different, in order to explore the coastline from a different perspective. The sea kayaking activity starts at Vlicha Beach – located on the east side of the island, close to the town of Lindos. After paddling across the coastline, passing by beautiful rock formations and hidden caves you will reach Lindos, with its small cubic whitewashed houses. You will enjoy a tasty nutritious lunch at a sea side tavern on the beach consisted by natural, homemade Greek dishes and then you will start hiking uphill wandering through the city’s small and picturesque alleys. Learn about and visit Athena’s Temple and then paddle till the bay of St Paul’s, known for its unique beauty and protected environment.