Southern Greece walking & culture experience

SGrW1 HikingCultureSmall GroupsEco-tours DelfiOlympiaMycenaeAncient EpidaurusNafplioAthensArkadia
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6 DAYS
LEVEL 1
23/02/2020, 22/03/2020, 26/04/2020, 17/05/2020, 07/06/2020, 28/06/2020, 19/07/2020, 02/08/2020
During this walking archeological tour we visit the main historical and cultural highlights of Southern Greece: Athens’ Old Town around the Acropolis, Apollo’s Oracle in Delfi, Zeus’s sanctuary and the stadium of ancient Olympic Games in Olympia, Mycenae and Epidaurus and also the monastery of Osios Loukas, whilst we go hiking through the beautiful landscapes of the Peloponnese and Central Greece, past rural areas and picturesque villages. Join us in this unforgettable walking & culture small group adventure to regions full of myths and legends…

ITINERARY

Day 1: The byzantine monastery of Saint Lukas. The Corycian Cave

In the morning you meet your tour leader and leave Athens heading towards Delphi. On the way, you will visit the monastery of Saint Lukas (Hosios Loukas) in Boeotia, with its splendid mosaics. Walking along the slopes of Mount Parnassos, to the Corycian Cave; once dedicated to the cult of Pan and the Nymphs. Arrival in Delphi; a lovely provincial town, built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos with beautiful view on the Corinthian Gulf. 1 overnight in Delphi.
Walking: Forth-Back, 1h30min, 5km, + 200m / -200m, easy
Transfer: 230 km, 3h15 min

Day 2: Discovering Delphi. The “Navel of the World”

In the morning you visit Delphi; known for Apollo’s oracle and Pythia’s prophecies. Delphi was during Antiquity the “navel of the world”. The hike of the day is an archeological walk on the Sacred Way through the shrines of ancient gods towards the theater of Delphi and the stadium of the Pythic Games. You will visit the archeological museum with the famous bronze Charioteer, sculptures of Siphnos treasure, colossal statues of “kouros” from Argos and the remains of three gold and ivory statues. Lunch pause and departure to the Peloponnese. You travel on coastal road along the Corinthian Gulf, you cross the Rio-Antirrio straights and you arrive to Olympia. 1 overnight.
Transfer: 241 km, 3 h 15 min

Day 3: Olympia; cradle of the Olympic Games. Arcadia; Mount Aphrodision and Ladon River

In the morning you visit Ancient Olympia, where since 776 b. J.-C. and for over a millennium, the Olympic Games had been organized, every four years, until the day when the Byzantine Christian Emperors had decided to ban them because of their pagan character. It took 1500 years for the organization of the first modern Olympic Games; in 1896. You will visit Zeus’s sanctuary with its temples, its stadium and the palestra. In the museum you will discover the sculptures from Zeus’s temple, the victory (Nike) of Paionios and Hermes of Praxiteles. Departure for Arcadia. You take the mountain road through wild landscapes and abandoned villages. Circular hike from the picturesque village of Dimitra to the old arc Bridge of Ladon River. Diner and 2 overnights in Vitina.
Walking: 2h, 6km, + 300m / - 300m, easy
Transfer: 126 km, 2h45min

Day 4: The spectacular gorge of Lousios. The stone villages of Stemnitsa and Dimitsana

Today you go hiking through the gorge of Lousios River, from Stemnitsa to Dimitsana; the ‘’stone jewels’’ of Arcadia with their stone mansions and stone paved paths, in perfect harmony with the beautiful lush landscape; passing by the monastery of Prodromos and Philosopher’s (Philosophou); both ‘’hanging’’ on the rocky cliffs. Return to Vitina.
Walking: 5h, 12.5 km, +1240m /- 1330 m, moderate
Transfer: 60 km

Day 5: Mount Mainalon hike. Argolis; land of heroes and legends. Visiting Mycenae

Today you climb Mt. Mainalon; the mountainous heart of the Peloponnese, from the hut of the alpine club of Tripolis; at 1600m to the pick of Ostrakina; at 1981m (return on the same or via an alternative path). Departure to Argolis and legendary Mycenae; homeland of Agamemnon, the military chef of Greeks during the Trojan War. You will visit the acropolis with the famous Lion Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Domed Tombs. Overnight in Nafplion or Tolo; on the gulf of Argos.
Walking: 2h, + 400m / - 400m, moderate
Transfer: 110 km, 2h

Day 6: Ancient Epidaurus and Nafplio. Last walk. Farewell!

In the morning you visit the archeological site of Epidaurus: During the Antiquity, pilgrims were arriving to Epidaurus from the entire Greece, in order to find cure in the sanctuary of Asclepius; the healing god. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus; still operating today, is famous due to its acoustics. Nafplio; the first capital of the Modern Greek state, is a picturesque old city that preserves its Venetian and neoclassical character. You will walk around the Acronafplia and below Palamidi forteress towards the beach of Karathona forth and back. In the evening, this beautiful adventure ends. Return to Athens or prolong your stay in Nafplio or next experience.
Walking: 1h30 min, 5km, flat, easy
Transfer: 57 km, 1h15min

HIGHLIGHTS

- Hosios Loukas: The Byzantine monastery with its magnificent golden mosaics
- Delphi: the center of the ancient world
- Olympia: cradle of the Olympic Games
- Mycenae: the citadel of Atrides
- Nafplio: the first capital of modern Greece
- Epidaurus: the ancient theatre; marvel of acoustics and harmony
- Arcadia: hiking in the wild nature of a land full of myths and legends

 

ACTIVITY

- 5 hikes: 2 moderate and 3 easy
- Equipment: hiking boots, hiking sticks (very useful), day back-bag, a raincoat and clothing according to the season

RATES

From 674 EUR
Single room supplement: 120-165 EUR
 

Departure date
 
Rates (EUR)
 per person
23 Feb 2020 701
22 Mar 2020 701
26 April 2020 714
17 May 2020 674
07 Jun 2020 749
28 Jun 2020 794
19 Jul 2020 798
30 Aug 2020 749
13 Sep 2020 749
04 Oct 2020 698
25 Oct 2020 698


 















 

SERVICES

- Transportation in private vehicle
- Visits as described in the itinerary
- 5 overnights in middle-class hotels
- Meals: Breakfast
- Tour leader for the whole tour
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24% & all applicable taxes (except overnight city tax)

OPTIONAL SERVICES

- Lunch and dinner
- Additional overnights in Athens or Nafplio/Tolo
- Cultural guide for the archeological sites (paid on the spot)
- Single, triple or family room
- Airport transfers

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Greece
- Airport transfers (upon request)
- Entry fees to museums and archeological sites
- Cultural guide for the archeological sites (on request)
- Personal travel insurance
- Drinks/beverages
- Tips, other extras

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

Entry fees: Hosios Loukas 4€, Delphi 12€, Olympia 12€, Mycenae 12€, Epidaurus 12€

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An upgraded difficulty-level version of this tour, with more extended hikes is also available for private groups.

 

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  • Delfi
  • Olympia
  • Mycenae
  • Ancient Epidaurus
  • Nafplio
  • Athens
  • Arkadia
 
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