Thanasis Pantes, founder of Walking Holidays and Authorized trekking guide, made his first contact with the wonderful and boundless beauty mountain chain of Pindos when he was studying Mathematics at the University of Ioannina.During the following years he expanded the hundreds of kilometers of trekking to the rest of non-tourist Greece, to the exquisite Mount Pelion, the imposing Meteora and Mount Olympus.The beauty of Vikos gorge, the river Voidomatis, Gamila peak, the Refuge of Astraka, Smolikas, the villages of Zagori in combination with hospitality, a smile, good taste, pride and vivacity of the people who live in the area, were the main reasons for turning his hobby on trekking into his main profession.These kilometers brought him knowledge and experience and after one decade of walking around the Greek nature, Thanasis built up Walking Holidays which is part of Alternative Forms of Tourism and based in Central Greece.
Alexis Sahinides was born and grew up in Northern Greece. He has completed his studies in the Economic Science at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has work in Greece and abroad. He travelled hundreds of times in the mountains of Greece, especially in the area of Zagori, Mount Olympus and Mount Pelion, guiding people from all over the world. He also organized Television productions at Mount Olympus for the Austrian television channel ORF. Alexis is a Walking Holidays travel consultant and tour program developer. He is also an active member of NGOs related to nature and environmental protection for the last twenty five years.