- Hiking on the gorge of Enippeas river and climbing Mt. Olympus; the highest Greek mountain
- Walking between the impressive rocks and visiting the monasteries of the Meteors
- The Royal Tombs in Vergina
Day 1: Welcome in Northern GreeceToday you meet your tour leader in Thessaloniki. 1 overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 2: Thessaloniki and Vergina. Trip to MeteoraAfter breakfast we go for a sightseeing cultural walk in Thessaloniki; the main city of Northern Greece. Afterwards we drive to Vergina to visit the archeological site of Aigai; Ancient Macedonians' capital with the tomb of Philip II, which is been transformed in a museum where all priceless finds are exhibited in situ. We travel southwards and we eventually arrive in Kastraki; a picturesqu town at the feet of the Meteors. 2 overnights in Kastraki.
Day 3: Explore the MeteoraThis day we explore the area of Meteora; hiking in a breathtaking scenery between the impressive gigant rocks, and visiting two of the monasteries "floating" between earth and sky. A circular walk from/to the village of Kastraki (about +300m/-300m, 4h, moderate).
Day 4: Last explorations in Meteora. Travel to Mt. OlympusIn the morning we visit the monastery of Agia Triada and walk down to Kalabaka (about +50m/-250m, 1h15min, simple). In the afternoon, we cross the plain of Thessaly, then the narrow valley of Tempi between mountains Olympus and Ossa and via the town of Litochoro; at the foothills of Olympus Mountain we get at Prionia; at 1040 m high, in the National Park, at the east slopes of the Mountain of the Gods. We hike through the "Forest of Silence" at the upper part of Enippeas gorge towards the mountain refuge "Spilios Agapitos", at 2100 m (+1050 m, 3h30min, moderate). Diner and overnight in the hut.
Day 5: Climbing Mt. OlympusEarly in the morning we climb the peak Skolio, at 2912m, with panoramic view to the other peaks of Mt. Olympus, the sea and even to Mt. Athos; under favorable weather conditions. We return to the refuge and we eventually to Prionia (+850 m/-1870 m, 8 h, moderate-demanding). In case of adverse weather conditions, we do an alternative, through less demanding, hike with panoramic view and then walk down to Prionia. In the afternoon, swimming in the sea is possible at the beach of Litochoro. Overnight in Litochoro or Paleos Panteleimon.
Day 6: Through Enippeas' Gorge. Trip to ChalcidiceAfter breakfast, we get transfered to Prionia and then we hike through the stunning beauty of the shadowed peaceful gorge of Enippeas, towards the village of Litochoro (9 km, +150 m/-900 m, 5 h, moderate). In the afternoon, we travel towards Chalcidice and Mt. Athos "leg". 2 overnights in Ouranoupolis.
Day 7: Ammouliani; an inhabited islandIn the morning we visit the small inhabited green island of Ammouliani (about 15 min by ferry) and walk through peaceful sandy beaches and points of panoramic view (about 7 km, ±150m, 2h, simple). Swimming stop always possible. The afternoon is at leisure. Optional boat excursion around Mt. Athos.
Day 8: FarewellToday this beautiful adventure in Northern Greece ends and we return to Thessaloniki (Ouranoupolis-Thessaloniki Airport: about 133 km, 1h45min). Farewell or next adventure!
6 hikes (1 demanding, 3 moderate, 2 simple).
Not intended for professional athletes though a good shape is required.
Equipment: hiking shoes, hiking sticks (very useful), day backpack, raincoat.
Possible on days 5, 6, 7, 8
From 1156 EUR
- Transfers as described in the itinerary
- Greek English-speaking tour leader
- Accommodation 6 nights in 2-3 stars hotels in double rooms with WC and shower and 1 night in a mountain hut
- Meals: Breakfast in the hotel, Lunch (optional): picnic or light meal in a tavern (expt. d1,8) / Diner (optional) in a tavern, the hut or the hotel (expt. d1)
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24% and all taxes*
- Flights to/from Greece
- Drinks/beverages/snacks/other meals
- Entry fees in museums and excavations
- Ferry ticket to Ammouliani
- Excursions describe as optional
- Travel Insurance
- Overnight city tax* (locally paid to the reception of each hotel)
- Single room
- Cultural guide
- Lunch, diner
- Mount Olympos