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Pelion and Meteora Hiking Tour (PM 1)

 
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    Mt. Pelion is a perfect example of a very harmonious mix of myth, and history and natural beauty. In Greek mythology, Mt. Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Pyleus and father of Achilles) was the playground of the gods of Mt. Olympus and home to Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Hercules.

    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora is a historic complex of lofty monasteries perched at the top of the unusually sculpted sandstone cliffs and one of the most spectacular, amazing and sacred sites to see on earth.

     


    Trip Code: PM 1

    Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

    Group size: 2 to 8 persons

    Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Participants should be in good physical condition with a bit of hiking experience.

    Day 1: Thessaloniki - Meteora
    On arrival at Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) you will be met by your guide. We will transfer you to Kastraki, a village situated among the spectacular rocks known as Meteora. We check into our guesthouse for the overnight stay. A dinner in a local tavern will follow.
    - Meals: Dinner. - Overnight stay in Kastraki

    Day 2: Meteora - Mt. Pelion
    Today we will 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. So we'll walk on the same old trails which were used by the monks a few hundred years ago and come across the sanctuaries built on these sandstone rock pillars. After lunch we will visit one of the six monasteries which are open to the public and continue our way having short breaks for photo shooting and enjoying the spectacular views of the monasteries and the gigantic rocky pinnacles. Then we will drive to the picturesque village of Milies at Mt. Pelion.
    - Hiking Time: 4 hours - Difficulty Level: Easy
    - Trek Altitude: 275m - 330m - 470m - 275m
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Milies

    Day 3: Miles - 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.
    - Hiking Time: 5 hours - Difficulty Level: Easy
    - Trek Altitude: 385m - sea level - 385m
    - Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Milies

    Day 4: Milies - Tsagarada - Damouchari
    On today's hike we cross Mount Pelion from South West to North East. We start our walk from Milies village, walking on a forestry road under the shade of beech and chestnut trees and reach the village of Tsagarada. At the village square we will admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old and then have our picnic beside a lovely white painted chapel on the hillside. Then we will descend to Damouchari beach following one of the most beautiful old stone paths.
    - Hiking Time: 8 hours - Difficulty Level: Moderate
    - Trek Altitude: 385m - 850m - 420m - sea level
    - Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay at Damouchari

    Day 5 Damouchari - Fakistra - Damouchari
    Our destination on today's hike is the blue water beach of Fakistra. Following the coastal path, having stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the Sporades Islands, we'll enjoy this isolated beach for our pick nick lunch and for swimming. Late in the afternoon, we will return along the same trail back to Damouchari.
    - Hiking time: Approx. 3 hours - Difficulty Level: Easy
    - Trek Altitude: Sea level - 190m - sea level
    - Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay at Damouchari

    Day 6 Damouchari - Agios Ioannis - Kissos - Chania (Agriolefkes)
    We start from Damouchari, following the path along the shore to Agios Ioannis and the magnificent sandy beach Papa Nero. There is an opportunity to jump into the turquoise water of Papa Nero beach before we start our ascent to Chania. On route, we will pass through Kissos village and have our picnic in the chestnut tree forest near the village. The hard walk finishes just below the ski resort of Pelion and traverse to rejoin the track and descend to the village of Chania. 
    - Hiking time: approx. 7 hours - Difficulty Level: Moderate
    - Trek Altitude: Sea level - 380m - 530m
    - Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Chania.

    Day 7 Chania - Portaria (Makrinitsa)
    Today we will follow the same path that was used according to the Greek Mythology by the Centaurs. These creatures, half man - half horse, were the followers of the wine god Dionysus and are well known for drunkenness and lustfulness.
    The path leads us to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon we will continue to Makrinitsa, another picturesque village of the area with many old mansions, also known as the "Balcony of Mt. Pelion", offering amazing views to the Pagasitic Gulf and the city of Volos. 
    - Hiking time: approx. 4 hours - Difficulty Level: Easy
    - Trek Altitude: 1200m - 610m
    - Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Portaria.

    Day 8: Departure
    After breakfast, we transfer you to Thessaloniki International Airport* for your return flight. 
    - Meals: Breakfast.


    *Alternative Airports: Volos / Nea Aghialos (VOL) & Athens (ATH)

    Please note that this tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

    2017 Tour Dates

    May 07 to May 14,

    May 15 to May 22,

    Sep. 02 to Sep. 09  and

    Oct. 01 to Oct. 08

    Also available as a private tour any time between May 01 and Oct. 31

     

    Price / person: € 983,-

    Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement € 140,-

    Price includes:
    √ 7 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with en-suite facilities.
    √ 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 picnic lunches and 7 dinners.
    √ Luggage transfer.
    √ All local transfers as per itinerary.
    √ English-speaking tour guide (full escort).
    √ All activities as per itinerary.

    Not included:
    × Transfer to and from Greece
    × All personal expenses
    × Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
    × Other sites of interest not included in the itinerary
    × Outdoor activities which are not part of this itinerary
    × Meals if not mentioned above
    × Monastery Entrance fees
    × Travel Insurance and Personal accident insurance

    Optional Extras:
    • Transfers from and to other airports/cities, such as Volos (VOL), Athens (ATH).
    • Monastery guided tour.

    We select accommodation which has been personally inspected and experienced by our team.

    We have chosen traditional hotels and guesthouses, with a friendly and very homely atmosphere. All our hotels and guesthouses are comfortable and fully equipped with  en-suite facilities.


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