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T1 Meteora - Mount Pelion Trekking Tour

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Tour details
Destinations: Thessalia
Guide language: English
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Difficulty level: Easy / moderate
Min – Max: 2 – 8 persons
Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Price per person: € 983 (Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement € 140)

Walking and swimming in the land of Centaurs

Mount Pelion, otherwise known as the land of the Centaurs is covered with lush vegetation, orchards, olive and chestnut trees. Twenty four villages emerge through the forests with their remarkable cobblestone paths and characteristic manor homes. Along the coastline we discover isolated shores drenched in a tapestry of colors, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages that create a perfect combination of walking and swimming while admiring stunning views on almost every route. This tour, combined with a hike through the Unesco World Heritage Site of Meteora, is a hiking lover’s dream and has something for everyone. These monasteries, stunningly built atop steep sandstone peaks (the monks used rope ladders and nets to ascend and descend) are in themselves one of the most breathtaking sites in the world and were built by the monastic community that established themselves in the area around 11th century A.D. Today, only 6 out of 22 monasteries are inhabited and accept visitors. The combination of incredible hiking paths, breathtaking views and fascinating cultural and architectural uniqueness make this tour an ideal choise.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Thessaloniki and transfer to Meteora
Upon arrival at Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) you will meet your guide. We will then transfer you to Kastraki, a village lying between the spectacular rocks of Meteora where we will check into our guesthouse for our overnight stay. A dinner in a local tavern will follow.
Meals: Dinner. Overnight stay in Kastraki

DAY 2

Meteora – Mount Pelion
Today we’ll hike between the rocky pinnacles of the famous monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to explore the beauty of this unique area is on foot. You will feel centuries of history beneath your feet as we walk on the same old trails used by Orthodox monks and come across the incredible sanctuaries they miraculously built atop these sandstone rock pillars. And we will take it slow for this is, after all, not a place where one wants to feel rushed. It is a place to experience and enjoy with all of your senses, so ample time will be given for photography and for taking this magnificence that is Meteora. At the end of our tour, we will depart for the picturesque village of Milies in Mount Pelion.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Milies
Trekking altitude: 275m – 330m – 470m – 275m
Trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Easy

DAY 3

Milies – Kala Nera – Milies
Today we will hike on an old stone path as we follow the old steam engine train route from Milies to the train station of Pinakates and continue our way for the village of Kala Nera. As we hike through olive orchards we will have a stunning view of the Pagasitikos Bay for inspiration. Upon arrival in Kala Nera we will swim and have lunch at a quaint fishing tavern before hiking back to Milies.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Milies
Trekking altitude: 385m – sea level – 385m
Trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Easy

DAY 4

Milies – Tsagarada – Damouchari
Today’s hike will take us to the opposite side of the mountain. From Milies, which is on the south west side of the mountain, we will travel northeasterly to Tsagarada and Damouchari through an enchanting forest road teeming with tall chestnut trees and other greenery. In Tsagarada we will admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old, and enjoy a pleasant picnic beside a charming white chapel along the hillside. After lunch we will descend to Damouchari beach crossing of one of the most beautiful old stone paths and walk through the lovely seaside village which may be already familiar to those who have seen the movie “Mama Mia” since many scenes from the movie have been filmed here in 2007.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay at Damouchari
Trekking altitude:  385m – 850m – 420m – sea level
Trekking time: 8 hours 
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate

DAY 5

Damouchari – Fakistra – Damouchari
Our destination on today’s hike is the isolated beach of Fakistra with crystal clear blue water. Following the coastal path with magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, we’ll enjoy a refreshing swim at this captivating beach and a delicious picnic lunch afterwards. We will begin our return trek late in the afternoon along the same path back to Damouchari.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay at Damouchari
Trekking altitude: Sea level – 190m – sea level
Trekking time: 4 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Easy

DAY 6

Damouchari – Agios Ioannis – Kissos – Chania (Agriolefkes)
Today’s hike begins at Damouchari taking the shoreline path to Agios Ioannis and the breathtakingly white sandy beach of Papa Nero. It would be a crime not to leave ample time for a splash into the turquoise colored waters of Papa Nero before embarking upon our ascent to Chania. We will pass another of Pelion’s famous mountain villages en-route to Chania, that of Kissos and continue from there by car. An optional afternoon activity will be a walk around the ski center of Pelion.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Chania.
Trekking altitude: Sea level – 380m – 530m
Trekking time: 3 (plus 3 hours optional walk)
Trekking Difficulty Level: Moderate

DAY 7

Chania – Portaria (Makrinitsa)
Today we will follow the same path that was used according to Greek Mythology by the Centaurs. The centaurs were half horse-half human creatures that constantly struggled with their two natures, one beastly and one civil. The best known however of their breed and a notable exception was Chiron, famous for his modest and learned ways. He was known for his medicinal skills and teaching abilities and was the tutor of a number of mythical Greeks such as Achilles an Asclepius.
This path, which begins in Chania at an altitude of approximately 1200 meters and overflowing with Mediterranean vegetation, leads us to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon we will discover yet another incredibly beautiful village of Pelion – that of Makrinitsa or “the balcony of Pelion”. With its historic old mansions and stunning view of the Pagasitikos Bay and the city of Volos below, hence its nickname, the beauty of Makrinitsa will become etched in your memory forever.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Portaria.
Trekking altitude: 1200m – 610m
Trekking time: 6 hours
Trekking Difficulty Level: Easy

DAY 8

Departure
After breakfast, we transfer you to Thessaloniki International Airport* for your return flight.
Meals: Breakfast.

*Alternative Airports: Volos / Nea Anchialos (VOL) or Athens (ATH)

TRANSFER TIMES FROM / TO AIRPORT:
Airport of Anchialos to Kastraki – 3 hours
Airport of Thessaloniki to Kastraki – 4 hours
Airport of Athens to Kastraki – 5 hours

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Experienced and licensed English speaking trekking guide who will remain with you throughout the entire tour
  • Luggage transfer
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 night accommodation in local guest houses, based  on double occupancy with en-suite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 4 picnics – lunches, 2 lunches
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Local taxes

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  •  
  • Airfare or other travelling fees from host country
  • Single room occupancy(It is possible on request and at an extra cost of € 140 per person)
  • Lunch on day 1 and day 7
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the program

 

Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday :

  • Bottle/flask of water (1 litre per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Walking poles
  • Sun protection&Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit&Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker, comfortable clothing
  • HIKING BOOTS ARE NECESSARY!

 

 NOTE:

This tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

 

Walking Holidays Greece Pelion Zagoria Pindos Olympus Meteora Trekking Hiking

Tour Administrator:

Thanasis Pantes (Authorized Trekking Guide)
K.Kartali 270, 388 21 Volos – Greece
thanasis@walkingholidays.gr

 

T1 Meteora - Mount Pelion Trekking Tour

Starting Date Bookings until Availability 02/05/2016 02/04/2016 CLOSED 04/06/2016 04/05/2016 CLOSED 05/09/2016 02/08/2016 5 PLACES LEFT
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G.N.T.O. License number
07.26.E.60.00.00649.0.1

 

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