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"We were looked after exceedingly well. Communication was excellent, prompt and useful. Excellent briefing on arrival, congenial and relaxed, with an early introduction to the house wine. We really enjoyed the way the notes were written – it added significantly to our enjoyment of the walks."

- Pam and John Winter, Australia

CONTACT US

WALKING PLUS
'Ardikas - Paros Hikes' Social Cooperative Enterprise
POB 55801 Alyki
Paros GR 84400
Tel:   GR/ +30 22840-92117   USA/ +1 (347) 815-5621
Mobile:   +30 6972288821   (Whatsapp & Viber)
Website:   www.walkingplus.co.uk
Email:   info@walkingplus.co.uk

 

The new Walking Plus is part of 'Ardikas - Paros Hikes' Social Cooperative headed by Christoforos Korovesis and monitored by the Greek Ministry of Labour & Social Security, which operates on the principles of social economy, placing emphasis not on profit but rather on benefiting employees and serving the community. Its other branch is Paros Hikes, an eco-tours company that offers guided walking & cycling tours on Paros.

Other active members include Lambros Hatsilarkos, former WP route manager & ex-high-school English teacher on Paros, who is responsible for our Walking Plus Greek language & culture program, and Arsenia Chanioti, orthodox icon-painter and hotelier, who guides walking tours and runs a hiker-friendly pension on Paros (see LINKS).

WALKING PLUS...   is the oldest and only truly local walking tours operator in the Cycladic islands of Greece, and the first to offer self-guided walking holidays. It was founded in 2002 by British couple Gilly and Robin Cameron-Cooper, who have lived in Greece full-time and still spend a good part of the year on Naxos. Robin is ex-Army (hence the navigation skills essential for plotting the self-guided routes) and Gilly is a journalist and author/editor of illustrated reference and travel books (her researching and writing skills make sure our self-guided notes are clear, easy-to-follow and interesting to read). In February 2017, the whole Walking Plus operation was transferred to 'Ardikas - Paros Hikes', a Social Cooperative Enterprise based on the island of Paros, who have updated most aspects of the operation and added new services.

Christoforos Korovesis is the manager of Walking Plus and the founder of walking & eco-tours company Paros Hikes established in 2013 (see LINKS). He is an English Literature graduate who, after an Athens career in communications, moved to his ancestral Paros to do what he likes most: walking and showcasing the beautiful, unspoilt and largely undiscovered side of the Cyclades. Apart from his knowledge of Cycladic nature and culture, Christoforos is an experienced, trained Eco-Tours Escort (South Aegean Prefectural Administration) and a certified First Aid Provider (Hellenic Red Cross). Apart from English and Greek, he speaks French and basic Italian and German. His other interests include teaching, photography & film-making.

Panos Psichogios, our route manager on Amorgos, is a farmer, landlord and professional walking guide. A native of the island, he is passionately involved in sustaining its cultural and environmental integrity, and particularly interested in the island flora.

Gilly Cameron-Cooper remains as our route manager for Naxos, her years of experience in jointly running Walking Plus and expert knowledge of the island's ways, nature and culture ensuring a great self-guided holiday for our guests. Gilly speaks English, French and German.

Charlie Merlin is an experienced walking & climbing guide and professional chartographer. He lives on Tinos for most of the year and provides the back-up there as our local route manager. Charlie is Greek-Austrian, and speaks Greek, German and English fluently.

"Christoforos is knowledgeable and friendly, giving insight into the island's geography, flora & history. If you like getting off the beaten path, following Medieval roads & footpaths across hilltops and through rugged valleys, you will enjoy the tours."
-  Lynn Thiesen, Canada

"Charlie was very helpful, always available, great relationships with locals."

- Ian and Brianna Swan, Hong Kong

WALKING PLUS is registered with www.responsibletravel.com.

Here is our RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL POLICY

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WALKING PLUS aims to introduce customers to the natural, cultural and social environment of the locations where it operates, to increase guests' knowledge and appreciation of Greece, and to encourage them to take positive steps in conserving vulnerable natural resources and minimising damage to the environment.

We live and work in a beautiful, culturally important and relatively unspoilt part of Greece, where a traditional rural way of life persists. We want our customers to share this experience, to introduce them to local people & their traditions while having the least possible adverse effect on the environment.

We aim to provide a healthy, relaxing and enjoyable holiday, and expect our customers to acknowledge that they are respectful guests in Greece. Being local, we are dedicated to promoting the welfare of our environment, preserving our Cycladic heritage, and serving as a sustainable development paradigm to local communities, throughout the year.

“Walking Plus is an excellent venture.”

– John & Mary Jane Messenger,
customers 2007 & 2008 & 2009

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"Wonderful support from Gilly & Robin; we felt welcomed and cared for" 

Susie Meyer & Georgina McKay, New Zealand


WALKING PLUS ('Ardikas - Paros Hikes' Soc. Coop. Ent.), Social Economy Register No. Δ01033, Greek Ministry of Labour & Social Insurance
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