8 DAYS trip on the tops of Central Greece (Litochoro, Papigo, Olympus, Ioannina) by bus / plane
Greece is a unique destination for extreme sports... in high altitude. Try the canoeing in Aoos, rafting in Voidomatis and Arachthos, trekking on the Acheron River (in summer). Take off with the paragliding prophet Elijah, trekking in the Vikos Gorge and climb the unique Mount Olympus. Your trip includes 7 nights at a hotel of your choice with breakfast and meals, transportation, chef and local guides for the activities
Highlights: Papigo (Mount Carmel, hiking Drakolimni), Mount Olympus (Litochoro, climbing to the throne of Zeus, hiking on the blades of the Muses)
DAY 1: THESSALONIKI – KATERINI – LITOCHORO
After arrival in Thessaloniki, transfer by bus to Katerini. Short walk in the city and transfer to Litochoro. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 2: OLYMPUS
Traditionally regarded as the heavenly abode of the Greek gods and the site of the throne of Zeus, Olympus seems to have originally existed as an idealized mountain that only later came to be associated with a specific peak. The early epics, the Illiad and the Odyssey (composed by Homer around 700BC) offer little information regarding the geographic location of the heavenly mountain and there are several peaks in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus that bear the name Olympus. The most favored mythological choice is the tallest mountain range in Greece, the Olympos massif, 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. The highest peak is Mytikas at 2918 meters. We will walk through the paths of the mountain, have a pick nick in the forest and return to Litochoro for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: OLYMPUS - PAPINGO
Above the Towers of Papingo skyrocket inaccessibly into the sky. At the village’s natural swimming pool, you will have time for a dip and a break before heading to your accommodation. The twin villages of Megalo (Big) and Mikro (Little) Papingo huddle below the great limestone buttresses called the "Towers of Papingo" on the north side of the Vikos Gorge. Accommodation: The next 2 nights you stay in a small pension in Mikro Papingo.
DAY 4: PAPINGO
Head on uphill, up Mount Astraka. The footpath up to the hut is also a mule track or route leading from the Papingo villages to various high level grazing pastures which are the traditional territory of two or three local Sarakatsani shepherding families. There are four springs along the way. After, walk to Mikro Papingo for lunch and short visit of the village.
DAY 5: PAPINGO - IOANNINA
A tour of Ioannina old quarter and citadel is worthwhile. Out-of-town excursions could include the huge limestone cave system at Perama, discovered in the 1940's, or the 3rd century BC theatre of Dodoni, and nearby ancient oracle with its whispering oaks, 15 km/9.3 miles from Ioannina and accessible in an afternoon by public bus. For those who want to take home souvenirs or gifts, a local specialty is silver and filigree jewellery. Dinner and overnight to Ioannina.
DAY 6: IOANNINA – THESSALONIKI
Morning transfer to Thessaloniki by bus. Walk in the city. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 7: THESSALONIKI
Second city and Greek port, this modern city has an important heritage and museums of Roman and Byzantine History, with ancient buildings retracing its past. A travel in Thessaloniki reconciles relaxation and animation. In the evening, the seaside welcomes guests in coffee corners, restaurants, small bars to spend the. The Central market is worth seeing, as is appreciated for its oriental atmosphere. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 8: THESSALONIKI – AIRPORT
Last tour in the city and transfer to the airport.
- 7 Days of accommodation in 3* traditional hotels, based on double occupancy
- Trails Beyond tour leader for the whole trip
- Local guides
- Activity instructors
- 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches (1 of them pick nicks), 7 dinners
- Car rental for 6 days, fuel consumption during the whole trip and tolls
- Cost for all activities included in the tour program and all necessary equipment
- All taxes
PACKAGE NOT INCLUDE
- Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM
Single supplement 40%
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