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Mountain, Sea & River 2

 

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Type: Families with younger children 7 to 13 years of age - Physical

demand "Low" - 8 days / 7 nights.

 

Best suggested period: Beginning of June to end of September.    


Trip profile: An exhilarating multi-activity holiday, based around Mt. Olympus, Tempi Valley and Pinios river, Mt. Kissavos, the coast and the Aegean sea in Eastern Thessaly, set in a region of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty. This program is of a “lighter” type, activity wise but equally enjoyable and exhilarating for the older ones too. It is designed in such a way that gives the opportunity to the whole of the family with small children to do all the activities together and this is the purpose of it. This active holiday program consists of mainly half day activities. As it is mostly aimed for the independently travelling family, gives a great freedom and autonomy for exploring the endless beaches and the special places of natural beauty and historical interest that our area plentifully offers.

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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.

msr4Day 1. Arrival and welcome. If you travel from Thessaloniki airport by the public transport, then we meet you at the Rapsani train station, where you get off, as it is your destination and very close to any of the accommodation you have chosen. If you travel from Athens to Larisa or Rapsani, then we meet accordingly at Rapsani or at Larisa town train station. If you travel in your own rented car, you will be directed to your accommodation by us and the detailed information for the independent traveler about how you come in the area, in our website. In the evening, after setting in at your accommodation, there will be a pre-tour introduction with your Guides.

Day 2. We start off this active holiday with
Rock climbing at Seloma site (half day). A vertical game which becomes more and more popular to the young ages! The rest of the day can be spent in one of the numerous close-by beaches of the area.    

Day 3. Monorafting & inflatable kayaking in Pinios river, the Tempi valley route (half day). The rest of the day can be spent in one of the numerous close by beaches of the area.
 
Day 4. Creative day by reviving old natural ways of life, by learning how to make our own soap with the most natural method and materials and how to cook meat in a very special almost extinct way! In the mean while the children will have an archery session. This evening, you will definitely have a very tasty and special meal and after the end of the program go back home with your own hand made soap. 
 
Day 5. Canyoning in Kakoskala canyon in the kakoskala 1a section. A small scale canyon, but in very beautiful, densely forested area, ideal for children of smaller ages.

Day 6.
 Hiking and cultural wandering. Transfer to the very historical village of Ambelakia on the northwest slopes of Mt Kissavos (Ossa), overlooking the western end of the Tempi valley. Ambelakia is the birth place of the first officially recorded cooperative internationally with cultural and cooperative museum and with a very characteristic architectural tradition.  We start our hike from the village in a well marked path in the shade of the forest, first to the chapel of St. Elias where we have a short stop and rest with hot herbal tea and cookies and then to the Orgia castle, a fantastic view point with breath taking views of the Tempi valley long way bellow. Here are the ruins of the valley guard fortifications, which have survived through the thousands of years. There will be lots of stories to tell about mythology, history and geology! Return back to the chapel for a picnic lunch and then by dirt road to the village, for a stroll around and a visit to the cultural and the cooperative museums. In the evening, a nice drink or supper in one of the very good restaurant / tavernas in the picturesque village's square under huge plane trees, can always be very relaxing and over enjoyable. Then we return to our accommodation. Duration of walk 2.30’ hours, easy. 

Day 7. Sea kayaking along the Mt Kissavos (Ossa) coast and swimming in isolated beaches all along the ride. Or if the weather and especially the wind conditions could be forbidding for the sea kayaking (sometimes can happen), we go river canoeing in the Pinios river delta with exit into the sea!       

Day 8. End of program / Departure.

 
 
Extend your stay. It is possible to stay in Greece for an extra week as an extension to this holiday. If you decide to do so, you can choose to spread the above activities over the two weeks period of your stay. We will be happy to help you organize this.
 
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Price:
With 7 night accommodation with breakfast in a wood house/cabin hostel type, in our Mt. Kissavos (Ossa) activities center, with own toilet / shower facilities and kitchen, where you can cook your own food if you wish.
450.00 Euros p.p. 

Note that for the choice of the above accommodation, your means of transport should preferably be a “Jeep type” or convertible vehiclethat can easily go on dirt road too.

msr5With 7 night accommodation with breakfast in Kastania Gi or equivalent. 
Two sharing room: 525.00€ p.p.  

Three sharing room: 471.00€ p.p.

Four sharing room: 445.00€ 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. 

What is included in the above prices?

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

. Picnic lunch with homemade traditional Greek dishes and flavors for every activity, during or at the end of it.

. Two evening meals on days 4 & 7 (farewell meal).

. Hot drink, juice and cookies during every activity.

. All specialized equipment for the activities.

. Guides / instructors.

. Beginners’ tuition and supervision. 

. Local transfers from the activity's finishing point back to the meeting / starting point and your vehicle. 

The VAT is not included in the above prices.

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Things you should know

Meals & Meal Plan: This trip is organized on a half board basis only on the activies' days. Breakfast is included in your accommodation. 2 suppers are also included on days 4 and 7.  Lunch is included in the price and it is a picnic meal with traditional Greek dishes and tastes prepared with great care by Olympos Trek team, usually during or after the activity. Evening meals are not included in the price and can be taken in the plentiful local restaurants and this will give you the perfect opportunity to sample real Greek hospitality and delicious food, typical of the region. 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 for sea kayaking or river canoeing, swimming gear and towel, sunhat, sunglasses, sun protective cream and large water-bottle. Please Note: All safety equipment (helmets, life-jackets, harnesses, wetsuits 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.