Our Story

Walking Plus Bio

WALKING PLUS is the oldest walking tours operator in the Cyclades, and the first to offer self-guided walking holidays in the islands of Paros, Naxos, Amorgos & Tinos. 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; Gilly still is our local Route Manager. Robin was ex-Army (hence the navigation skills essential for plotting self-guided routes) and Gilly was a journalist and author/book editor (her writing still forms the basis of our self-guided notes, so they are clear, easy-to-follow and interesting to read). In March 2017, the Walking Plus operation was transferred to ‘Ardikas – Paros Hikes’, a cooperative based on the island of Paros. Under the management of walking tours guide Christoforos Korovesis since, the Walking Plus project has become truly local, and many aspects of its operation have been updated with new added services. In 2019, Mairi Maniopoulou joined the team, adding new flair to the guided tours section.

 

Social Cooperative Enterprise

‘Ardikas – Paros Hikes’ is a Social Cooperative Enterprise (KOINSEP) 100% owned by local people. It is monitored by the Greek Ministry of Labour & Social Security and operates along the principles of social economy, therefore placing emphasis on benefiting employees and local communities. Its mission is to create a sustainable tourism paradigm and preserve the islands’ cultural & environmental heritage, primarily by maintaining, re-utilising and promoting traditional, centuries-old walking routes. Its other branch is Paros Hikes,  which offers exciting walking, cycling & cultural day-tours on Paros & Antiparos.

  • Preserve our Cycladic island heritage
  • Support local enterprises and traditional produce
  • Promote the welfare of our environment
  • Serve as a sustainable development paradigm to local communities
  • Introduce guests to the natural, cultural and social environment
  • Increase guests' knowledge and appreciation of Greece and its people
  • Encourage guests to take positive steps in conserving vulnerable natural resources

We do the work ...

Work out the best walking routes to take you deep into island life and landscape

Provide insights into history, culture, traditions, and wildlife

Book your accommodation & transfer your bags, or guide your tour

Organize all transport in the programme

... you do the walking !

The Walking Plus programme was brilliantly planned. The organizers’ knowledge of this richly varied island is encyclopedic, and this, together with the independence, solitude and strenuous exercise, made this walking holiday unique.

Professor Roy Foster, London

Meet The Team

Christoforos Korovesis

Walking Plus Manager, Route Manager for Paros

Mairi Maniopoulou

Expert guide for the Cyclades

Panos Psichogios

Route Manager for Amorgos

Charlie Merlin

Route Manager for Tinos
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