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Olympus Active

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Type: Adult individuals & groups and families with children min 14 years of
 
age  – Physical demand "Medium +" - 8 days / 7 nights.
 
 
Best suggested period: From the beginning of June  to mid October. 
 
 

Trip profile: An exhilarating multi-activity holiday, based around Mt. Olympus mainly, Tempi Valley and Pinios river in south east Makedonia and north east Thessaly, set in a region of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty. This is a varied and exciting itinerary catering for people of all ability and fitness levels, families with children above 14 years and individual adults. This active holiday program consists of a combination of a 2 or 3 day Mt. Olympus ascent and full and half day river, canyon and Mountain biking activities, all arount or on Mt. Olympus itself.  

 

Itinerary: Please note, that this itinerary can be subject to slight changes in response to variable local weather conditions concerning mainly the time sequence of the activities.

Version 1.

Day 1. Arrival and transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Litohoro or the greater area of the eastern Mt. Olympus, as here is the closest to the starting point of this trip. You meet with your local guides over the welcome meal. Time to relax before your program starts.

olympos active collage 4Day 2. Mt. Olympus ascent. Today we move by road to the Prionia location and parking space at 1100m, where we start off our walk. A stunningly beautiful place, dominated by impressive rock faces and enormous mountain pine trees. A well paved path in a very rich pine and birch tree forest will take us up to 2100m and the refuge B or "Spilios Agapitos". During the walk the guide / s will introduce you to the very special Mt. Olympus flora. After settling in at the refuge, we will have plenty of time to soak up the energy and atmosphere of this very special place, as the refuge is situated on a natural balcony with amazing views all around! We will also discuss all about the next day's route, as we can see almost the full length of it high above our heads. Not map needed, its all there for real! After a good meal and rest, we spend the night here. Altitude covered, 1000m. Approximate net walking time, 3.00' to 3.30' hours, easy / moderate.

Day 3. Mt. Olympus ascent. Today, we have an early start and continue up to the higher parts of the mountain. At about 2300m we leave behind the last trees and move up in alpine terrain aiming for the Muses’ Plateau at 2650m. After a long and very impressive traverse bellow the high summits of the mountain, the path leads us to this amazing place, the plateau and the mountain refuge where we are going to spend the night and have a well earned rest and a light lunch. The impressive north rock face of the "Throne of Zeus" summit dominates the area above us.  In the late afternoon we set off to climb the highest summits in Greece and the whole of the Balkans. First Mitikas at 2918m,the highest summit of Mt. Olympus and then Skolio at 2911m, the second highest. This is a unique trek around the main summits of Olympus, offering great views. After a picnic lunch, you will have the chance to appreciate the impressive scenery and feel Olympus’s unique “atmosphere”. Return to the plateau. Altitude covered, 600m up to the plateau and 218m up to Mytikas and another 218m down from Mytikas back to the plateau. Approximate net walking time, 2.30' to 3.00' hours to the plateau, moderate / challenging walk and another 4.00' hours to Mytikas, Skolio and back to plateau, challenging / scramble.

Day 4. Mt. Olympus ascent. After breakfast we set off to climb the rocky summit "Throne of Zeus" (2909m), the third highest. A similarly challenging scramble like the one to Mytikas the previous day, leads us to the summit of the "Throne of Zeus". A wonderful view of the plateau itself and Mytikas. We descend via the same route and return to the plateau after an overall of 3.00' hours of challenging walk / scramble. After a rest and a meal at the refuge, wedescend via a different route than the one we have ascended, the so called the Petrostrouga route, thus completing the circumnavigation of the great, central-east horseshoe of the mountain. Duration of walk 4.30’ to 5.00’ hours, moderate to strenuous.

olympos active collage 5Day 5. Rest day.

Day 6. Canyoning. This time we move to the northern slopes of Mt. Olympus, where the very special Orlias canyon (Orlias II section  for adults and older children / youths and Orlias III section for families with smaller children) will make sure that you get the best out of the activity, as well as an exciting and unforgettable day! This is canyoning at its best! Both, grown-ups and young ones will feel that they have done something really special! And that is exactly what they will have done! Long jumps, fantastic slides, crystal clear pools, dramatically beautiful scenery and plenty of running water, synthesize the picture of this amazing place! On top of everything else is the unique Olympus atmosphere…you do not see it but you definitely feel it!

Day 7. On this day you can chose between Mountain biking and monorafting & inflatable kayaking. 

Mt. Biking. We are transferred by road to the mountain village of Kalipefki at 1050m. For the next 12.2 km after Kalipefki, we move on an almost flat ground in a wonderful terrain that makes you want to cycle more and more… We reach Egani at 300m after a continuous, pleasant downhill of 9.2 km, along the side of an amazingly green valley! If we go to P. Pori, after the end of the 12.2 km flat section at 1050m, a very short uphill ride of 0.4 km takes us to the height of 1100m. Cycling in a wonderful pine tree forest, 9 km of downhill take us to P. Pori at 540m. Egani and P. Pori overlook the Aegean Sea, both nestled on the eastern slopes of lower Olympus. Duration of cycling 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours. For photos of the actual activity / route,  click here. 

Monorafting & inflatable kayaking on two - seater vessels. We enjoy to the out-most the exceptionally beautiful natural environment around us, while we have hot tea, cookies and a picnic lunch en route, letting the slow current take us gently down-stream. The valley’s huge rock faces at both sides dominate the scenery above our heads, in the most impressive way! As we come out of the valley, the high rocky faces give way to an open space and tree lined river banks with amazing views of Mt. Kissavos and its summit at close distance! The route ends at the old byzantine bridge, after a wonderful ride. Using the inflatable kayaks or monorafts, you have the advantage to turn a technically simple rafting route into a more personal and quite interesting activity, without the need of any previous experience. As you go along the route you enjoy some grade II passages with medium to high water level. The result? A very nice and more fun giving alternative for any beginner! Duration in the river, 2.00’ to 2.30' hours. For photos of the actual activity / route, click here.

Day 8. End of program / return. 

 

Version 2.

Day 1. Arrival. 

Day 2. Mt. Olympus ascent. Today we move by road to the Prionia location and parking space at 1100m, where we start off our walk. A stunningly beautiful place, dominated by impressive rock faces and enormous mountain pine trees. At about 11:00 we start our walk from Prionia. After a three hours’ walk on a well marked path, we reach refuge A or Spilios Agapitos, at 2100 m. Here we have a good rest, admiring the view over a drink and a light lunch. At about 15:30, we set off for the muses plateau, our today’s destination. It will take us about another three hours to reach the plateau, at 2720 m. A fantastic walk to reach a unique place! We are very close to the summits and the Gods themselves! There will be plenty of time to wonder around this beautiful place, have a good rest and enjoy your evening meal.

Day 3. Mt. Olympus ascent. Summit day. A very early start at 06:00.(Safety first and a fantastic sun rise from the summit are two very good reasons for such an early start). We should reach the highest summit (Mytikas 2917 m.) at about 07:30 to 08:00. Back to the refuge before noon. We have a very well earned rest and lunch. At 12:30 to 13:00 we start off down the mountain. We should be back to prionia at 18:00 to 18:30 and then back to your accommodation.

Day 4. Rest day. 

Day 5. Canyoning. As described in version 1.

Day 6. Mountain biking.  As described in version 1.

Day 7. Monorafting & inflatable kayaking. As described in version 1.

Day 8. End of program / return. 

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Price for both versions
 
Accommodation in Kastania Gi or equivalent.
 
Two sharing room: 570.00€ p.p
 
Three sharing room: 540.00€ p.p.
 
Four sharing room: 521.00€ p.p.
 
Single room: 671.00€ p.p.
   

For other than the above type of accommodation in the area, you can book yourself if you wish. In this case you will be given by us the price for the activities program only.    

Pricing policy: For you who “Plan your own holiday” or if you want to “Do it yourself”. By being retailers and providers at the same time, on these actual programs, we are able to deliver and provide a personalized service at an excellent price, without compromising on the quality of our activities. As local activity suppliers, our expert knowledge of the area ensures for you a more personal feel and direct communication with us and the area, thus, more control on your behalf, over your holiday. Just take the advantage of it, at prices that you will find nowhere else for such full and high quality activity programs! 

So, the above Prices apply mainly to the independent traveler, who will have their own means of transport, thus, come independently from their accommodation to the meeting point for every activity and back, with our and our website’s directions at all times. During the booking procedure and contact with us you will also be given all the information / directions needed to get from the airport to your accommodation. The “Google Maps – our activities Destinations” in our website will help you a lot towards it. We take care of the appropriate accommodation for you, being close and handy to the activities area.  

As it is explained below (“Things you should know “ at “Transport”), if you do not have your own means of transport, the transfers from the arrival stations to your accommodation and back, as well as the transfers from the accommodation to the activity’s location and back, will be done by us at an extra cost.
 
Note that if you are less than 4 persons without other participants in your actual available dates, we can do the full program exclusively for you if you wish, at an additional 25% if you are 3 persons and 45% if you are 2 persons on the activities price. This means an 18.5% for 3 persons and 33.5% for 2 persons on the above total (activities + accommodation) prices.

 
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What is included in the above prices?  

. 2 night full board accommodation in typical mountain refuge while on Mt. Olympus and 5 night accommodation with breakfast in the above stated kind of accommodation (Kastania Gi).

. Light picnic lunch for every activity, during or at the end of it (while on Mt. Olympus).

. Hot drink, juice and cookies during every activity (while off Mt. Olympus).

. All specialized equipment for the activities.

. Guides / instructors.

. Beginners’ tuition and supervision. 

. 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in the above stated kinds of accommodation.

.  Local transfers from the activity's finishing point back to the meeting / starting point and your vehicle, when this is needed.

The VAT is not included in the above prices.
 

Things you should know

Meals & Meal Plan: This trip is organized on a full board basis while on Mt. Olympus in the mountain refuge accommodation. The rest of the trip is on a half board basis only on the activies' days, as breakfast goes with your accommodation and lunch will be a picnic meal with traditional Greek dishes and tastes prepared with great care by Olympos Trek team, usually during or after the activity, also included in the price. Evening meals, while being off Mt. Olympus, will be taken in local restaurants and this will give you the perfect opportunity to sample real Greek hospitality and delicious food, typical of the region (not included in the price). Water and juices for the children are included with the activity but alcoholic drinks for the adults are not.

Transport: From the airport to your accommodation, in case you do not have your own or hired means of transport (rented vehicle), the best suggested way is the public transport (train or bus), as our area of activities and the accommodation establishments are very close to the main road and rail streams of transport on the eastern side of the country. The nearest airport is the Makedonia airport of Thessaloniki, 1.00’ hour by train or bus to N. Pori or Rapsani train stations, being very close to the activities area and the various accommodation establishments. The “Proastiakos” train runs almost every hour from Thessaloniki to the above destinations for 28.00€ return. From the airport you take the bus (number 78) to the main train or bus station in Thessaloniki. It takes 20’ to 30’ and costs €01.00. The buses also run in the same manner, although a bit more expensive than the train. They run from Thessaloniki central bus station and stop at the Rapsani train station on their way to the south. From either station you have arrived (Rapsani or N. Pori), we pick you up and take you to your accommodation, 15’ away by road.

If you land at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport in Athens, the train seems to be again the best option.  Only the journey in this case takes 4.15’ to 5.00’ hours, depending up on the train you are using.  From the airport you take the metro or the Proastiakos train to the “Stathmos Larisis” (Larisa’s station) in Athens, from where you take the train to Larisa. We pick you up from the station in Larisa to transfer you to your accommodation, about 45 minutes by road. The pickups from the arrival train stations to the accommodation will be done at an extra cost (8.00€ to 10.00€ p.p.)

During the activities, all local transfers will be provided by Olympos Trek to and from the activity's starting and end points. If you have your own means of transport, you come to the prearranged meeting point for the day’s activity.

If you wish to be transferred from your accommodation to the activity's starting point and back to it after the end of the activity, this can be done at an extra cost (8.00€ to 10.00€ p.p. for every activity's day).

Essential Equipment: Given the variety of different activities on this trip, we suggest you take with you apart from your seasonal clothing, the following: Day sack, well worn-in trail or walking shoes to be wet in the canyon, any kind of light water sea-shoes for the river activities, comfortable trousers or shorts for land based activities (not jeans), Bermuda trousers or cycling pants for the mountain biking, swimming gear and towel for all water activities, sunhat, sunglasses, sun protective cream and large water-bottle. 

Essential equipment list for the Mt. Olympus ascent:
. A day back pack (30 to 50 lt.).
. A pair of good walking boots.
. Fleecy jacket and pullover.
. Wind proof / water repellent breathable jacket.
. Extra tee shirts, under wear and good socks for walking.
. Water flask or simply a plastic water bottle.
. Sun glasses.
. Sun and head worming hat.
. Sun protective cream.
. Telescopic walking poles (we can provide them if needed).
. Head lamp.
. It is advisable to have a sheet or a very light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the mountain refuges provide only blankets.

Please Note: All safety equipment (helmets, life-jackets, harnesses, wetsuits, walking sticks etc) is provided by Olympos Trek. If you have your own please feel free to take it with you.

Group size and Staff: Maximum group size is 16 people and minimum 4. This trip is led by Olympos Trek and supported by expert local instructors/guides.

Health: No specific requirements on this tour. If you are reasonably fit and in good health, have a sense of adventure and basically swim (for canyoning), any previous experience is not necessary.

Insurance: It is a prerequisite of booking any Olympos Trek outdoor activity program that you possess adequate insurance with certain requirements that must be met by your policy.

Responsible Tourism: Tourism has an effect on any area, it is essential to minimise the negative impact that we may cause. We do not allow our clients or staff to damage the physical environment by leaving litter or rubbish lying around. Anything we take in to an area we must take out again.