Virus stops April hiking on Kythnos, May uncertain; good availability in autumn

x Greek hotel closures stop April tours
x Guests for May trips will be contacted shortly
x Wait-and-see, postponement, cancellation are options
x September, October availability still good

Kythnos Hiking (www.kythnoshiking.com) which runs walking holidays on the Greek Cycladic island near to Athens, has been forced to cancel its tours for April, including the two weeks of wildlife discovery which are being postponed until the same spring period of 2021.

The immediate cause for the April cancellations is the Greek government's decision to close hotels until the end of April as part of its widening array of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus and including restrictions on ferry transport.

The ongoing clampdown to stop the virus around the world is also putting at risk our tours in May. It is difficult to predict the ability of guests to leave their own countries, to organise flights to Greece, and, when here, for us to organise the ferry and hotel.

Many of the virus measures have end-dates before May but there is no certainty the measures will not be extended. Based on the Chinese experience, draconian lockdowns were only effective after three months.

In Saturday's Financial Times newspaper Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said: "If we follow the same pattern as the Chinese, then I think certainly from our perspective... we're talking about a closedown that will last for at least three months."

Kythnos Hiking will be contacting those who have booked for May and June to discuss options such as "wait and see", postponement to September, October or 2021, or cancellation with full refund.

We are ready to be very flexible and go further than our recently amended cancellation policy announced last week and detailed on our terms and conditions page.

Booking in September and October, when the weather is still very pleasant and the sea warm, has good availability.

For further information send an email to tuttnigel@hotmail.com or telephone 0030 693 7788 764.

[22-3-2020]