8-day – “The best of Mt. Olympus, Mt. Ossa & Meteora towers”
Code name: “The best of Mt. Olympus, Mt. Kissavos (Ossa) and the Meteora towers”
Trip profile: An 8-day / 7-night walking program offering a selection of the best walks in the most interesting mountains and historical locations that the south Macedonia and the eastern and western Thessaly can offer. It involves the ascents to the summits of the two main mountains of the area (Mt. Olympus and Mt. Ossa), as well as the exploration through hiking, of two geological and historical musts of the area, the Tempi valley and the Meteora rocky towers! We really believe that this walking holiday program has it all!
Region: Northeast & northwest Thessaly and southeast Makedonia.
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Period: May & June and September & October.
Type: Family min age 13 years / individuals / walking clubs / student groups.
Level: 70% Moderate / 30% Challenging.
850.00€ p.p. (Based on two sharing room)
830.00€ p.p. (Based on three sharing room)
820.00€ p.p. (Based on four sharing room)
Single room supplement, 110.00€
The single, two, three and four sharing room options concern only the accommodation of days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. The accommodation of days 5 & 6 is in mountain refuges on Mt. Olympous.
Find the detailed Itinerary below.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Demanding
Min age 13 years
Arrival at 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.
The Tempi valley
After breakfast, we are transferred to the high hills above the north rocky side of the Tempi valley, at a height of 220m. A very important geologically and geographically land mark, very rich in history and mythology. Here we start our walk. We follow a path, which taol-kiss-met3kes us along and over the cliffs of the Tembi Valley and onto the Pinios River. This is a high crossing of the valley with stunning views of the river down below and Mt. Kissavos, all the way along the trek. We will have a lot to talk about, as we cross this historic valley. The place holds amazing stories and myths from the very – very old times… We finish at a chapel where the picnic is waiting for us, at about 100m. A wonderful walk indeed!
The longest main section of the walk is almost flat and the last part is downhill. After the walk we will visit the near by village of Ambelakia, where you will have the opportunity to visit the Schwartz Museum and be introduced to the rich history of the place. Your remaining time will be free to explore or, indeed, relax at the peaceful village square enjoying a drink or a meal along with the locals. Altitude covered, 200m down. Approximate net walking time, 2.30 hours, easy.
Transfer to the village of Spilia at 850m. From Spilia on the western slopes of Kissavos, we trek around the central parts of the mountain leading to the highest summit Prophet Elias (Profitis Elias) at about 1987m. Being atop, will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the region including the Aegean Sea, the Plain of Thessaly, Mount Olympus, Mount Pelion, the Pinios River delta and in clear weather – not very unlikely – the huge pyramid of Mt. Athos emerging out of the sea in the very distance to the east. After a short descent to the Kanalos location at 1604m (4812ft), you are taken back to your hotel and the rest of your day is free. Altitude covered, 1137m up. Approximate net walking time,4.00’ to 4.30’ hours, easy / moderate.
Meteora - A nature’s wonder
Today we are transferred to Meteora. (1.30’ trip by road). A nature’s wonder! A religion’s stronghold and rock climbers’ paradise! Tradition, Byzantine architecture, theocracy and solitarily as well as a unique geological phenomenon and great rock climbing attraction internationally. All in one place! During a very nice walk through the conglomerate sandstone towers, you will admire nature’s and man’s creations. The path takes us to very impressive spots with little chapels carved in the rock. You can then visit the monasteries, being museums of the orthodox Christian faith and monastic life. In the evening, transfer back to your accommodation in Paleos Panteleimon. Altitude covered, 200m up and the same down. Approximate net walking time, 2.30 hours, easy / moderate.
From Prionia to Spilios Agapitos
Transfer to Litochoro, the main citadel at the eastern feet of Mt. Olympus. Then, we move 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.
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 Mytikas 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 an other 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.
Throne of Zeus
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, we descend 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. After you have come down, transfer back to Litohoro and your accommodation there for a good rest and prepare for your return.
Transfer to the airport
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.
“Plan your own holiday”
Pricing policy: our multi activity holiday programs / trips are meant mainly for you who “Plan your own holiday” or if you who 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.
Our multi activity holiday programs / activity combinations are designed and put in place for every different proposal / program in such a way, that only our experience and knowledge concerning the local conditions could achieve towards your maximum enjoyment. It took long sessions of evaluating various elements and parameters like the group’s type – individuals/family/children’s age groups – the activities’ level and the time period in relation to the weather conditions, before reaching the desired outcome. We believe that we have succeeded there achieving the harmony we were seeking. Our clients’ comments which have helped us a lot towards it, are in favor of this. We are grateful to them!
Just take the advantage of this work, at prices that you will find nowhere else for such full, well designed, high-quality multi-activity holiday 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.
Accommodation: Great care is taken in selecting appropriateaccommodation for your holiday. On days 1, 2, 3 & 4your accommodation will be in the Kastania gi lodges in Paleos Pateleimon, or in the Hotel Vlassis in Stomio. While on Mt. Olympus on days 5 & 6 your accommodation will be in fully equipped mountain refuge, offering the facilities of a typical alpine refuge. On the last day prior to your return home, your accommodation will be in a well selected hotel or pension in Litochoro or the surrounding area.
Meals and meal plan: This trip is organized on a combination of half board and full board basis. On days 2, 3 & 4, the evening meals (not included in the price) can be taken in local restaurants or traditional Greek tavernas and this will give you the perfect opportunity to sample real Greek hospitality, delicious food and very fine wine, typical of the region. On days 5 & 6 (on Mt. Olympus), you can sample on your own, according to your preferences, the very good food at the mountain refuges (included in the price). Breakfast is included at your accommodation and on Mt. Olympus is provided by us (included in the price). The lunch pack for the day’s walk is also provided by us, taking of course under consideration your nutrition preferences, along with coffee or tea and cookies. On arrival day 1 as well as day 7, we all seat around the table for the welcome and farewell evening meals, which are included in the price as well.
Transport: Transfers to the day’s walk destination and back to your accommodation will be in minibus. Your excess luggage will be transferred by us from your accommodation in Paleos Panteleimon or Stomio to your accommodation in Litochoro on day 7.
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.
Essential equipment: Apart from your seasonal clothing for the walks, you should bring with you the following:
. 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 three pairs of good socks for walking.
. While on Mt. Olympus, it is advisable to have a sheet or a very light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the refuges provide only blankets.
. Water flask or simply a plastic water bottle.
. Sun glasses.
. Sun and head worming hat.
. Sun protective cream.
. Telescopic poles.
. Head lamp.
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 guides. Guides are not provided for clients not taking part in the group’s walking program.
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.
First aid: Our guides are qualified in first aid and curry a complete first aid kit at all times. We are also connected with the Greek mountain rescue and the National Center for Immediate Medical Help.
- 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.
- 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 when this is needed.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Transfer from the airport to Litohoro and back.
- A small day sack 30 to 50 lt.
- A pair of good walking shoes / boots or good sports shoes.
- A fleecy pullover or jacket (for the spring and autumn months for all the walks and for the Olympus accent during the summer months too).
- A water / windproof breathable jacket (for the spring and autumn months for all the walks and for the Olympus accent during the summer months too).
- A light single skin (preferably poncho type) waterproof (only in the case of expected / forecasted rain).
- A pair of synthetic hiking pants or sports trousers for the spring and autumn months and equivalent type in shorts or Bermudas for the summer.
- Water bottle.
- Sun protective & head worming hat.
- Telescopic walking sticks, not absolutely necessary, but can help a lot (if you do not have yours, we can provide them).
- Head torch (if do not have it, any other type will do, not absolutely necessary for one day walks).