Island Ikaria Travel & Tourism Guide

Dolihi Tours


Office Locations: Agios Kirikos - Armenistis - Airport

DOLIHI TOURS is a family owned & operated business founded in 1985 in Ag. Kirikos, Ikaria with branches in Therma and Armenistis.

A primary business activity of DOLIHI TOURS is ground transportation/logistics and services for "Incoming" groups & tours, which covers 85% of organized tourism on the island and continues to grow.

Catering to individuals and groups, Dolihi Tours with its vast experience, in-depth island knowledge, and local contacts offers its clients a multitude of personalized services including:

Car & Mini-bus Hire - Coach Transportation - Island Excursions & Accomodations Bookings.

A well organized team of courteous multilingual professionals with a profound knowledge of tourism can provide all the services required in order to make a success out of your holiday on Island Ikaria.

Dolihi Tours
Dolihi Tours

Telephone Tel.: (+30-22750) 71122
Fax Fax: (+30-22750) 71340
Manager: Dimitris Mitikas

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Dolihi Tours Excursions & Cruises

Dolhihi Tours organizes and sponsors a variety of fun and interesting cruises and excursions within and outside of Ikaria. There are boat trips to the nearby islands of Patmos and Fourni, "Wild West" Jeep Safaris around Ikaria's rugged mountain interior and guided coach tours of Ikaria's sights and attractions just to name a few possibilities. Private day or overnight hiking tours through the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Ikaria can also be arranged on request. 

 

Wild West Tour

Departing at 10:00 from Armenistis and we first drive to the Christos-Raches area. There we have a short coffee-stop under the plane trees in the "stone village" of Christos.

Leaving the asphalt road behind us, we then proceed up to the plateau of Pezi. Sights along the way include: a large water resevoir amidst the pine-forest, huge stone boulders and naturally camoflaged anti-pirate houses. Next we arrive at the hidden old village of Langada, a lush green paradise.

Travelling along the south-west coast of Ikaria, we have much to experience/discover. We stop in the isolated village of Karkinagri to refresh ourselves in the crystal clear sea-water and enjoy delicious home-cooked food and fresh seafood in a fisherman's tavern.

On the way back to Armenistis along the west coast of the island, there are even more opportunities for taking photos. We visit the villages of Kalamos, Amalou and Nanoura and the old monastery of Mavrigiannou. A final ouzo-stop takes place at breathtaking Nas, ancient site of a famous holy shrine to Godess Artemis. This unforgetable "Safari" ends in Armenistis early in the evening.


 

Ikaria Island Tour


The real Ikaria starts where the asphalt road ends, where you find only nature. One may be tempted to try and discover it on one's own, but it is also quite risky. Alternatively we offer you a grand tour which will lead you across almost the whole island to many beautiful places which you might not get to see otherwise.

Departing at 9:00 am from Armenistis we proceed along the main road through the picturesque harbor town of Evdilos and Messaria. Our first stop is in one of the oldest mountain villages of Ikaria, Akamatra, to have a coffee in a traditional Ikarian "Kafenion".
Next we drive up through the quaint villages of Dafne, Steli, Kossikia, Plagia and Chrisostomo until we arrive at Xylosirtis. Here we take the opportunity to refresh ourselves by swimming in the crystal clear water where according to Greek Mythology Ikaros lost his wings and plunged into the sea.


Naturally, the swimming makes us hungry so we proceed to a nearby village for lunch in a country family tavern. Continuing on, we next stop in Agios Kirikos the main port and capital of Ikaria, for a coffee and walk through the narrow stone paths to visit the tiny shops and the fishermens' houses at the harbor.

In Therma, 3 km east from Ag. Kirikos, we visit the hot therapeutic springs(perhaps the finest radio-energic water in the world) and taste delicious pastries in the confisserie "Melissa." From there we proceed through the villages of Kountouma, Mavrato, Oxe, Monokampi and Plomari, crossing the mountains again to arrive at Miliopo on the northern side of the island where we break for some homemade lemonade and relax after the mountain drive. Finally, we return via the northern coastal road passing Evdilos, Kampos, Avlaki and Gialiskari and reaching Armenistis again around 19:00h.


 

Evening Tour

A special offer to our guests this "People & Country" tour provides the opportunity to get a taste of the real country-life of Ikaria. It is an introduction to the mountain monasteries, the people, the Ikarian hospitality, the local wine and cookery and the old island music.

Departing from Armenistis at 15:00, we drive along the coastal road to Kampos, the ancient town of Oinoe, and further up to the village of Pigi. Here we have our first stop at the monastery of Theoktisti and visit the church(its interior is adorned with beautiful frescoes), the monk's secret stone-graves and enjoy fried honey-sweets,"loukoumades" made by Mrs Evagalia, local lemonade and the breathtaking view of the valley.

Next, driving through the village of Marathon, known as "the Ikarian Balcony" because of its view, we take a short break for photos and walks around the old watermill on the hill. A short 10 minute drive through the apple trees, we arrive at our next stop "Mounte," an old monastery hidden in the middle of the forest. Here we rest for 10-15 minutes in the field under the age-old planetrees. Our next stop is at Tragostasi village for a relaxing break at the lakeside.

Continuing up to the pine forest area of Raches we then visit Christos, the village which "never sleeps," known also as "Asterix place," because of its atmosphere. Mastro-Nicos and his wife welcome us into their tavern and offer us their hospitality, pure Ikarian wine, and the many goods they cultivate in their own farm; fruits, vegetables, fresh home-made cheese, herb-pies, the local special- "soufiko," pork chops etc... all in a buffet dinner. After dinner we have some more time to enjoy a Greek coffee or a baklava by the local coffee grinder or to ramble about the old market of the village. We arrive back to Armenistis at about 22:00


Patmos


Patmos can be reached by boat in 2 1/2 hours. The island owes its fame mainly to the Monastery of St. John the Theologian whose library houses  priceless manuscripts and icons. In the cave nearby, St. John saw the visions that inspired the Book of Revelations. The cave and the impressive monastery are open to visitors. The day trip to the island also leaves ample time for lunch in the scenic port of Scalla, sightseeing, our just relaxing on the beach before boarding the ship for return to Ikaria.  
PATMOS

Fournoi

A group of islets between Ikaria and Samos featuring an intricately shaped coast line. The islets are so close to one another that they give the impression of forming a whole island. The islets offer beautiful coves with clear waters, picturesque fishing villages, serenity and hospitable inhabitants. The narrow crossings between the islets are ideal for boat trips. The sites include beautiful caves and sandy beaches. They are situated on the main island of Chrisomilias which has a protected bay with a small village and a few rented rooms. There is a small fishing village on the adjoining island of Thymaina. A third islet called Agios Minas is only inhabited by a few shepherds. 

FOURNI ISLANDS

Dolihi Tours Hotels & Accommodations


Dolihi Tours is the leading  reservations agent for all classes of Ikarian Hotels, Room For Rent and Apartments.  Dolihi Tours's offices feature photographs, brochures, availability, and price information on a large selection of accomodations located throughout Ikaria. Prompt and courteous service ensures that your selection of accomodations on Ikaria will be speedy and effortless. Reservations can be made on the spot in any of our offices or via email, phone or fax.


Dolihi Tours Incoming & Tour Operators Ground

Dolihi Tours provides comprehensive tour operators ground handling on Ikaria. Our fleet of air conditioned modern coaches can comfortably accomodate the travel and transportation needs of any group large or small. Professional and courteous drivers and qualified multilingual guides for all occasions ensure the highest quality service for your clients/guests. If you are planning a trip to Ikaria which requires incoming services and coach transportation trust Dolihi Tours.
Email: dolichi@otenet.gr


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