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Easter Adventure

Families / Adult individuals – Easter holiday - 6 days

/ 5 nights

 

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Trip profile: This is an adventurous wondering in nature with the intention to break barriers between parents and children or between a group of adults or corporates, by living and being active in nature. The events or activities and the places we move to in the program, form a meaningful pattern, which in few words could be expressed as: “From the river, up the mountain, down to the sea”.

 

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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.

keast.adv.4Day 1. Arrival at Ambelakia and your accommodation A hot shower at the hotel and a good taste of traditional Greek food at the village’s square, as you meet your guides, will make you forget all about the day’s travelling and introduce you slowly but steadily in to the spirit of real Greece. A good place indeed to start off our journey in to being together in nature.

Day 2. After we have been introduced to the place’s history by visiting the cultural center and museum, we go off rafting in the Pinios river, which flows deep below the village. Our rafting base is only 20’ drive from Ambelakia. The rafting route is very enjoyable with exciting rapids, rising the adrenaline and the feeling of team work very high! This excitement will last for about 2.30’ hours. A light lunch will be waiting for us at the end of the ride, before we start getting camp ready, gather wood for the camp fire, help to prepare supper and seat around the fire, telling stories.

Day 3. Have breakfast and pick up camp. By road, we move to the northwest side of Mt. Kissavos to a high point of 1600m. Get ready, sacks on our backs and off to climb the mountain’s summit, which rises above our heads, 400m higher. It will take about 1.30’ hours of moderate walk to the summit. We enjoy moments of fulfillment and tranquility while admiring the view. The mountain of the twelve gods, Mt. Olympos, rises impressively before us to the north, the land of the mythical centaurs Mt. Pelion to the south, the Aegean sea and the coast along which Jason and the Argonauts sailed going for the golden fleece, to the east. We are standing atop the land with very strong vibrations of myths, legends and history. Drinks and light lunch on the summit. Τhen, we descend via its southeast ridge to the valley of “Belmas” at 1350m. (1.30’ to 2.00’ hours). The valley is a very beautiful spot, with rich forests and hospitable little meadows for camping. Here we prepare camp for another night out and circle around the fire.

Day 4. Today we move on the mini bus through dense forest, down the eastern side of the mountain. Our destination is the Kalypso canyon. This canyon is a nature’s wonder. A completely different world from what we have experienced up to now. Geared up, we walk up the slope for about 20’ and get into the canyon. An amazing environment of waterfalls, crystal clear pools and dense vegetation welcome us. While in the Canyon, we continue walking and scrambling up stream for another 10’, until we reach the great waterfall, 65m high! It is indeed a unique and exceptional spot! After having a drink and cookies at the spot, we make our way down stream to start the real canyoning with a series of jumps, waterslides, dives, fly-foxing over pools and abseiling alongside waterfalls. We either camp at the end of the canyon, or go to our nearby base’s wood house for the night, fire e.t.c.

Day 5. Today we move by road down to the sea. The sea kayaks wait for us and after the briefing we start exploring the coast line, swim and snorkel at beautiful seaside spots. In the afternoon we finish at the small seaside village of Kokino Nero. We are transferred to the cozy nearby Dohos hotel, for a very well earned rest, local food, sauna or Turkish bath and complete relaxation. At the farewell meal we summarize on what we have experienced those exciting and adventurous last days.

Day 6. Back to the airport for the return journey home.

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Price:
710.00€ p.p. Based on two bedded room
680.00€ p.p. Based on three bedded room
 

The price includes:

. Two nights traditional hotel accommodation.

. Three nights camps organized by Olympos Trek.

. Two meals in traditional local restaurants (welcome and farewell).

. Full board (breakfast, lunch, supper, while in the outdoors throughout the program).

. All necessary equipment and guidance for the activities.

. Road transfers during the program.

 

Things you should know

keast.adv.5Meals & Meal Plan: This trip is organized on a full board basis.

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.)

What you need to have with you apart from your seasonal clothing:
. Water shoes for the rafting, canyoning and sea kayaking.
. Good trekking shoes.
. Fleecy jacket or pullover and wind / water proof jacket.
. Walking pants.
. Three season sleeping bag.
. Sun protective hat and glasses.

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

Group size and staff: Maximum group size is 16 people and minimum 6. This trip is led by Olympos Trek and supported by expert local guides. Guides are not provided for clients not taking part in the group’s walking program.

Health: If you are reasonably fit and in good health, have a sense of adventure and can swim, any previous experience is not necessary.

 

 
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