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Τετάρτη Νοέμβριος 22 , 2017
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“Waves and Torrents”

Adult individuals / Groups –13th of April to 13th of July & 7th of Sept. to 19th of October – 8 days / 7 nights

Trip Profile: An exhilarating multi-activity holiday, based around Mt. Olympus, Tempi Valley and Pinios river, Mt. Kissavos the coast and the Aegean and the north Mt. Pelion in Eastern Thessaly, set in a region of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty. This is a varied and exciting itinerary catering for people of all abilities and fitness levels. It covers a wide area, giving the opportunity to the participants to experience as many different places as possible, while enjoying our first class activities! All activities in this holiday program are full day activities. The detailed activities description is in our web site’s one-day activity presentation.

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

Monday. Arrival and welcome. You will be met by our local representative at the airport and transferred to your accommodation by taxi or mini bus if it is arranged so. 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 accommodations you have chosen. If you travel from Athens to Larisa or Rapsani, then we meet 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, there will be a group welcome meal in one of the accommodations and a pre-tour introduction with your Guides.

Tuesday. Sea kayaking and sea cave abseiling. We explore in our kayaks the amazing sea caves of Veneton and swim in marvellous isolated beaches. Along the ride we stop at a small cove, and after the abseiling briefing, a 15min walk brings us to the top of the big cave and its roof hole. The sight is just breathtaking. You live through a unique experience as you abseil in space 35m down to the turquoise water. After swimming and diving in the cave, return to the path and the kayaks to continue our kayak ride and the sea cave exploration. Paddling time 2.30’ hours.

Note that this activity is very sensitive regarding to the weather conditions and it is likely to be moved to a later day in the week for more favourable conditions. Still, if this proves to be not possible throughout the week, the alternative will be:

Cycling and river canoeing in the Pinios river delta. We start from the seaside village of Stomion, and an 8km very pleasant bike ride through the fields and side streams of the delta, takes us to the main river and the starting point of our canoe ride. Rich vegetation, tree-lined riverbanks and a great variety of wild life, will accompany us to the mouth of the river and the open Aegean sea. We end up at an isolated beach for a swim and a picnic barbecue. (In case you do not wish to have this as an alternative, then the actual cost of the sea kayaking and sea cave abseiling will be refund).

Wednesday. Canyoning 1. From mid March to the end of June we go to the unique and a must for every canyoning lover, Kalypso full canyon with its amazing 60m waterfall!! Abseiling down this nature’s miracle is quite an experience which will stay in your mind for very long!

Then, a series of natural slides, as well as abseils and fly-foxing over long pools, swimming, jumping and diving, completes a great active day with lots of fun and a high dose of adrenaline!

In the weeks of July and August as well as September and October, we go to the Rakopotamos full canyon (Rakopotamos I & II) for a relatively different but equally exhilarating full day canyoning experience!

Thursday. Free day to spend at the beach , sample some good local wine or visit places of interest in the greater area (we will be there to propose or organize it for you, especially if you do not have your own means of transport), or sample the shops and the cultural life of nearby Larisa, or a day trip to the impressive landmark of Meteora rocks and its monasteries. Today could be another arrival day, still being able to follow the full activity program, having in this case Monday as your free day.

Friday. Mountain Biking. A full day mountain biking on beautiful long crossings over Kissavos’s northern and eastern slopes with a great variety of mountain terrain culminating in views of the Pinios River Delta, Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea. Halfway, we always come across a picturesque mountain village where we enjoy a drink in the village’s square with the locals. A picnic lunch will be provided en route. Length of cycling route about 40km of mainly forest dirt roads and a little asphalt.

Saturday. Rock climbing and forest adventure. Just after breakfast an early start brings us to a rock face on northern Kissavos with great view down towards the sea some 700m lower, where you are about to try, probably your first vertical steps. This is a great combination of physical and mental effort. The right body placement and focused concentration on the next move, will give unexpected great results, under the instruction and supervision of our guides. After a pleasant break for a light picnic meal at a close by café / restaurant in the forest, we move to a natural playground for big boys and girls, with an orienteering course to find our first abseiling point, abseiling in space and great zipwiring, in an absolutely natural environment!

Sunday. Rafting or inflatable kayaking / monorafting. This activity runs until the end of May, in the Pinios river, the Vernezi section (route). A thrilling rafting ride of plenty III and IV grade rapids and big waves to play with, take us to our rafting base, where you can enjoy a riverside barbecue prior to returning to your accommodation. In May the rafts give their place to inflatable kayaks and monorafts, due to less water in the river, for much greater control and personal feel than with the larger rafts. In both cases, a two-hour exiting ride will definitely give you great emotions and moments to remember! In June and in the weeks of July and August as well as September and October rafting and inflatable kayaking gives way to canyoning 2.

Canyoning 2. This time we go to Mt. Olympus. Enipeas II canyon will make sure that we get the best out of this activity. A unique canyon in the very heart of Olympus, with jumps, slides, a lot of swimming, abseiling down waterfalls – the longest being 45m!! – and very pleasant walks in and out of the canyon in amazing surroundings. Another special and unforgettable day out in the wild!

Note, that if the arrival days given in this itinerary are inconvenient for you, we will be glad to have you arriving on any other day of the week, starting your active holiday then, only missing your arrival day’s activity.

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.