8 days – “Mountain, Sea & River I – Summer action”

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Code name: “Mountain, Sea & River – Summer action”

Trip dossier: 
Country: Greece.
Region: East Thessaly (Mt. Olympus, Mt. Kissavos (Ossa), River Pinios, Tempi valley & north Pelion coast).
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Period: June, July, August, September & October.
Type: Multi-activity – Adult individuals & Families with children of minimum age 14 years.
Level: “High” – Mainly activity orientated.

Trip Profile: An exhilarating multi-activity holiday, based around Mt. Olympus, Tempi Valley and Pinios river, Mt. Kissavos (Ossa), north Mt. Pelion, the coast and the Aegean Sea in Eastern Thessaly, set in a region of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty. This is a varied and exciting itinerary, strongly orientated to the active part, catering for active people of all abilities and of good fitness level. It covers a wide area in Thessaly, giving the opportunity to the participants to experience as many different places as possible, while enjoying our first-class activities! This active holiday program consists of a combination of mainly full day activities, still in the long summer days, gives space and time for exploring the endless beaches and the special places of natural beauty and historical interest that our area plentifully offers.

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

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  1. Day1 Arrival and welcome.

    In the evening, after setting in at your accommodation, there will be a pre-tour introduction with your Guides.

  2. Day 2 Mountain biking. Normal half-day action.

    Transfer in our means of transport to the village of Kalipefki at 1000m on the lower Olympus and the starting point of the Mt. biking route, 30’ by road from your accommodation. A mountain biking day along a beautiful wooded route over Mt. lower Olympus, culminating in views of the Aegean Sea, Halkidiki’s coast on the other side of Thermaikos gulf and in a clear day, not very unlikely, the pyramid of Mt. Athos in the very distance to the east! 22 km of relaxed biking, mainly on flat and downhill ground and short sections of uphill will take us to the mountain village of Paleos Panteleimon, where you were picked-up from and the finishing point of today’s activity. For the detailed description of the actual Mt. Biking route, please look here, (Mt. Biking route, shorter option). Duration of the actual biking, 2.30’ to 3.00’ hours.

    Overall activity’s duration, 4.00’ to 4.30’ hours, including the gearing up time, briefing, local transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t.

  3. Day3 Hiking & Canyoning 1. Full-day action.

    Transfer to Prionia location at 1100m (45’ by road from your accommodation). Prionia is the starting point of the hike down the Enipeas gorge and for most of the hikes up the higher parts of the mountain and the high summits. This combined activity takes place in the very heart of Mt. Olympus, to enjoy a great combination of hiking, crossing the Enipeas gorge and canyoning. A very well-balanced combination indeed of hiking in an extremely beautiful terrain, where along the hike, you do canyoning in the very last part of the Enipeas II section in June and July and in the most interesting part of the Enipeas I section in August, September & October. Both along the hiking trail, the first at its end and the second at its first third. It is a very good opportunity for the ones, beginners or not, who would like to have a non- lengthy but a full enough experience of canyoning to start off, combined with great hiking! For everything you would like to know about this combined activity, please look here.  

    Duration of the actual activity, 7.30’ to 8.00’ hours.

    Overall activity’s duration, 8.00’ to 8.30’ hours, including the gearing up time, briefing, local transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t.

  4. Day4 Free day

    Τo spend at the beach, sample some local good 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 the nearby Larisa or a day trip to the impressive landmark of Meteora rocks and its monasteries.

  5. Day5 Via Cordata / Ferrata & Inflatable kayaking / Monorafting (June, September & October) and Rock climbing & Inflatable kayaking / Monorafting (July & August). Full-day action.

    Via Cordata / Ferrata for the months of June, September & Octomber. The route unfolds along the “Apollo” ridge which is located at the north cliff side of the Tempi valley, geologically considered to be on Lower Olympus. After we have met (20’ by road from your accommodation) we are transferred to the starting point of the walk-in (10’ by road). The walk-in follows the old railway line alongside the river Pinios, with great views all along the hike. Duration of walk-in, 15 – 20’, easy.

    Start at 20m above sea level and finish at 240m. Gained altitude 220m. Length of route, 290m. The route consists mainly of long sections of narrow ridge scrambling and shorter sections and “steps” of actual climbing of III+ to IV- grade on grey limestone rock. The ridge scrambling is a typical Via Cordata with the protection of fixed ropes, while the climbing sections are also protected with cable, thus making the route a very interesting combination of Via Cordata and Via Ferrata, resulting to extra safety, ease and of course great enjoyment. The views of the gorge with the river far down below are just breathtaking. Enjoy some time on top of the ridge before taking the return hiking trail back to the starting point (0.50’ to 1.00’ hours). Duration of the Via Cordata / Ferrata route, 3.00’ to 4.00’ hours.

    Rock climbing at Seloma or Tempi valley locations for the months July & August. Just after breakfast, an early start brings us to a rock face on northern Kissavos or Tempi valley’s north side both with great views all around, 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 along with focused concentration on to the next move, will give unexpected great results, under the instruction and supervision of our guides.

    After the Via Cordata / Ferrata (June, September) or the rock climbing (July, August) and the picnic brake, transfer to the Pinios river below to get ready for the Monorafting and inflatable kayaking in the Tempi valley. We cross the Valley and a small part of the river’s delta in two-seater monorafts and inflatable kayaks. The ride is relaxing and straight forward with the valley’s beauty beyond words! High cliffs rise above us dominating the area! The place inspires us to tell stories about mythical nymphs and heroes connected to this historical valley from the very old times…

    Overall activity’s duration, 8.00’ to 8.30’ hours, including the gearing up time, briefing, local transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t.

  6. Day6 Canyoning 2. Long half to Full-day action.

    This time we move to Mt. Olympus and its northern slopes, where the very special Orlias canyon and its Orlias II section will guarantee that you get the best out of the activity, as well as an exciting and unforgettable day! This is canyoning at its best!

    A 50’ walk on a well-paved path in dense forest, leads us into the section’s starting point. Orlias II offers everything that a canyon can possibly offer to the participant / canyoner. Amazing spots for optional safe jumps for all tastes, as well as exiting optional natural waterslides. In addition to the above, 8 magnificent abseils in a continuous row from 8m to 30m and the relatively little walking in the canyon, compose a perfect one-day canyoning activity! One could not ask for more! A 15’ walk brings us back to our vehicles and to a well-earned picnic. Duration of the actual canyoning, 4.30’ to 5.30’ hours.

    Overall activity’s duration, 6.30’ to 7.30’ hours, including the gearing up time, briefing, local transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t.

  7. Day7 Sea kayaking & Sea cave abseiling or Cycling & Sea-Kayaking. Full-day action.

    Sea kayaking & Sea cave abseiling. Transfer to Veneton, in the northern Mt. Pelion, our starting point for this activity (1.30’ to 2.00’ hour drive from your accommodation). We explore in our kayaks the amazing sea caves of Veneton and swim in marvelous isolated beaches. Along with the sea kayaking, for everyone who seeks even more adrenaline and unique adventure, this wonderful place still has the answer! Just after we have started the sea kayaking ride, we stop in a little cove to gear up and after a 15’ walk along a path with fantastic views of the coast below us, we stand breathless next to the big cave’s roof opening, as we look 35m down to the crystal-clear water! The guides prepare the ropes for the abseil and give the last-minute directions. The adrenaline goes to red, as we descend in space in a pandemonium of rock and water colors and strong emotions! Swim and dive in the swimming pool-like water inside the cave, until everyone is down. Then, we swim out to another cave, through which, we get back to the path and our kayaks. Embark to continue our sea kayaking journey and cave exploration, as it is described here.

    All the abseiling equipment (harness, helmet) is curried in the kayak’s storage compartment, with the rest of the gear and personal staff. Actual paddling time 2.30’ hours. Overall activity’s duration including the gearing up time, briefing, transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t. can well exceed the 8 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 favorable conditions. Still, if this proves to be not possible throughout the week, the alternative will be:

    Cycling, in the River Pinios delta route & Sea-Kayaking in the Mt. Kissavos coast route. Transfer to the seaside village of Stomio, the starting and finishing point of our today’s cycling route. A very relaxed and at the same time very interesting cycling route on Mountain Bikes, on asphalt at the beginning and dirt road after, takes us to the river’s mouth through its delta. Along the route we have the opportunity to observe a rich bird life, as well as cross a polymorphous terrain, changing from corn fields to forested river banks, canals and long isolated beaches. We reach the river’s mouth after about 12 km of cycling. In the summer months one cannot resist swimming in the river and the sea at almost the same time! Return to Stomio, via a different way, another 12 Km, thus completing a circle. Duration of cycling, 2.00’ to 2.30’ hours.

    At a little beach just outside Stomion, the sea kayaks are waiting for us and after gearing up and having the appropriate briefing, we are off Sea-Kayaking. The coastal section we are going to kayak along, offers a number of very beautiful isolated sandy and white-pebbled beaches, where we are going to stop, swim, snorkel and have drinks and cookies. If it is a full moon, then the evening return in the kayaks, with the full moon rising, is something that someone does not experience very often in their life! Duration of paddling, 2.00’ to 2.30’ hours.

    Overall activity’s duration, 6.30’ to 7.30’ hours, including the gearing up time, briefing, local transfers, stops, picnic e.c.t.

  8. Day8 Leave with Memory

    End of program / Departure.

  9. Pricing policy “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.

     

  10. Things you should know Usefull info about the program

    Things you should know

    Meals & Meal Plan: This trip is organized on a half board basis, 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, being included in the price. Evening meals are not included in the price and will be taken in local restaurants as this will give you a 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 Litochoro, 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 Nei 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 destination for 18.00€ 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, though a bit more expensive than the train. They run from Thessaloniki central bus station via Katerini where you change bus to Litochoro or to Leptokaria.
    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 Athensfrom where you take the train to Larisa, where you change train (take the ”Proastiakos” train) to Litochoro.

    Note that during the activities, all local transfers will be provided by us 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.
    Otherwise, it can be arranged to be transferred by us from your accommodation to the activity’s starting point and back to your accommodation, after the end of the activity. This can be done at an extra cost (10.00€ to 15.00€ p.p. for every activity’s day).

    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 with great knowllege of the local conditions.

    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.

Pricing

Price with accommodation in Kastania Gi or equivalent.   

Based on Two-sharing room:

875.00€ p.p. with the Rock climbing & Inflatable Kayaking / monorafting on Day 5 and the Cycling & Sea Kayaking on Day 7.

900.00€ p.p. with the Cycling & Sea Kayaking on Day 7.

910.00€ p.p. with the Rock climbing & Inflatable kayaking / Monorafting on Day 5.

940.00€ p.p. with the Via Cordata / Ferrata & Inflatable kayaking / Monorafting on Day 5 and the Sea kayaking & Sea cave abseiling on Day 7.

For three-sharing room, take out 45.00€ from the above prices.

For four-sharing room, take out 70.00€ from the above prices.

For single room, add 130.00€ to the above prices.

The prices are VAT inclusive.

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.    

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
What is included in this tour?
  • 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.
Whats not included in this tour?
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Transfer from the airport to Litohoro and back.

Essential Equipment for the day- activities: 

Given the variety of different activities on this trip, we suggest you take with you apart from your seasonal clothing, the following:
a. Day sack, well worn-in trail or amphibian walking shoes for the approach walk and to be wet in the canyon.
b. Any kind of light water sea-shoes for the river activities.
c. Comfortable trousers or shorts as well as hiking shoes or good sports shoes for land based activities.
d. Bermuda trousers or cycling pants for the mountain biking.
e. Swimming gear and towel for all water activities.
f. Sun hat, sun glasses & sun protective cream.
g. Large water-bottle.

Please Note: All safety equipment for all the activities (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.

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