The untouched heart of the Greek islands

Welcome to the Regional Marine Park of Northern Karpathos, Saria and Astakidonision


We sincerely appreciate your participation on this test tour. Please enjoy your visit to the Regional Marine Park of Northern Karpathos, Saria and Astakidonision and use this page as a guide and reference with all the practical information you might need during your stay. Thank you!



A remote island at the south eastern corner of the Aegean Sea makes a unique stage for the unfolding of a six-day adventure in the Mediterranean with crystal-blue seas and pine covered mountains.

Join us to experience a combination of trekking and snorkeling sessions, gastronomy courses and strong local cultural influence at the National Park of Northern Karpathos and Saria Island.

Experience the adventure and indulge yourself in a unique blend of natural aromas and flavours pouring straight out of the Mediterranean wild.

Slow down and follow nature’s rhythm, exploring the timeless lifestyle of an authentic community that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Discover the Aegean seabed and learn about the Mediterranean monk seal, one of the most threatened marine mammals of Europe.

A microcosm full of surprises awaits to be discovered!

Regional Marine Park of Northern Karpathos, Saria and Astakidonision

PRE DEPARTURE GUIDE

Before you depart, please, take the time to consider the following:

Visa requirements
No Visa is needed for Greece if you come from countries in the EU. Please check the information with the Greek Embassy in your country if you need visa, as well as the validity of your passport or ID.

Currency
Currency in Greece (and all the European Union) is EuroGoogle Currency Converter

Weather Conditions
The average daily maximum temperature is between 25°C and 29°C. At night it cooled down to temperatures between 19°C and 21°C.

Forecast by Weather.com

Clothing tips

  • Make sure that you bring a backpack, suitable shoes for hiking, a sun hat and a sleeping bag for the overnight away from the main accommodation
  • Make sure that you carry enough water during the hiking trips
  • Participants will be provided with snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers and wetsuit) but they may bring their own as well.

Electricity & adaptors
Current: 220 V
Plugs: types C, D, E & F

You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances

Health & safety considerations
No special health or safety requirements. You should be in a fairly good physical condition.

Tour insurance provided by your incoming tour operator. It is also recommended that you take out personal travel insurance.

ON ARRIVAL

Final Tour Itinerary
Download final tour itinerary and program here.

Transportation
Please organise your arrival and departure transfers with the local tour operator. You can contact Popi or Michael Reisis at info@hwtravel.gr.

Accommodation
The hotel “OLYMPOS ARCHIPELAGOS” is situated in the traditional settlement Olympos of Karpathos at the slopes under the picturesque mountain range of horseshoe shape of the windmills, opposite to the historical school of Olympos and 200 meters from the picturesque bay of “Fisses”. It is a new building hotel and it was completed in April 2010 fully harmonized with the traditional Karpathian architecture and designed by the Architect Mr Michael Kanakis, graduated from the famous German University TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE DARMSTADT, in order to offer to the visitors all the modern comforts and high-level services.

karpathos accom

Villa “Iliahtida” – A green house  is a residence built in a special way in a traditional settlement called Tristomo. Wood and stone dominate in this place. One can easily understand that it is a green house since, due to the discreet addition of renewable energy sources, a unique result is created by combining tradition with technology. In an area with no infrastructures – power supply network, potable water network, drainage network, tele-communication network etc – through innovative solutions and choices we created a exemplary residence that can offer to the visitor all the amenities which will make his stay unique.

karpathos accomm

Food
You may have the chance to enjoy local delicacies such as makarounes (traditional pasta), greek souvlaki with pork or chicken meat, goat meat with french fries, greek salad with local cheese, tzatziki and fresh fish.

Important cultural or religious knowledge/awareness
Local people are generally very hospitable, open hearted and happy people. They will appreciate the same attitude from your side. One big smile from you can always make things much easier! Main religion in Greece is Christian Orthodox.

LOCATION


USEFUL PHRASES IN GREEK

Basic greetings:

English Greek
Hello Gia (Γειά)
Good evening Kalispera (Καλησπέρα)
Goodbye Antio (Αντίο)
See you tomorrow Ta leme avrio  (Τα λέμε αύριο)
Please Parakalo (Παρακαλώ)
Excuse me / sorry Signomi (Συγγνώμη)
Thank you Efharisto   (Ευχαριστώ)
You’re welcome Parakalo (Παρακαλώ)
Have a good day Kali synehia (Καλή συνέχεια)
Enjoy your meal Kali orexi   (Καλή όρεξη)
Cheers Is Igia  (Εις Υγεία)

 

Introducing yourself:

English Greek
Hello, my name is… Gia, me lene….   (Γειά, με λένε….)
What is your name? Pos se lene? (Πως σε λένε?)
How are you? Pos isai?   (Πως είσαι?)
Nice to meet you Harika (Χάρηκα)
I come from Italy, Spain, Germany.. Imai Italos, Ispanos, Germanos… (Είμαι…)