Mt. Olympus l Meteora, Greece

14 days

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$5,025

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The mountain of the Gods. Not only is it the highest mountain in the country (9573ft), it’s the oldest national park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Internationally renowned for its rich mythology intertwined with its incomparable natural beauty… shear rocky peaks, deep gorges, alpine fields and thick forest, and the crystal clear waters of the Enipeas River.

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Description

The two most famous and impressive mountain landscapes of Greece in a single trek!

The Greek Gods made their home on Olympus. Not only the highest mountain in the country, Greece’s oldest and most carefully protected national park, also boasts the greatest concentration of flora and fauna, huge expanses of forest and the crystal clear waters of the Enippeas River. Above it all, soars the 2917m peak of Mytikas from where we, like Zeus, can survey the world.

The dramatic rocky pinnacles of Meteora with their thriving cliff top monasteries are a sight to behold. One marvels at the audacity of the monks who first dared to perch simple shelters on the tiny summits. Nowadays the monasteries are much grander, but we take the privilege of reaching them via windy rocky paths among the rocky “chaos”.

Level Requirements

Trekking in Mt. Olympus for 5-6 hours per day, mostly on good forest paths; above the tree line, the terrain varies from grassy uplands to rocky ridges, with some scrambling required for the peak ascents. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb the peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision, if we climb the final peak.

In Meteora, we walk 3-4 hours per day on rocky terrain paths.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Thessaloniki

    Upon arrival to Thessaloniki airport transfer to your hotel. Overnight Daios Hotels, Thessaloniki (D)

  • Day 2 Litochoro

    Begin your tour with a panoramic drive around the White Tower, the main landmarks of the city, the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, the Old Town and the City Walls, from where you will have a marvelous view of Thessaloniki. A local guide will provide you with all the information about Thessaloniki’s history old and new as you look at these stately buildings. During the tour, there will be a short stop at Agios Demetrius Byzantine church, which is the most important church of Thessaloniki for religious, historical and artistic reasons. The most famous and interesting part of the church, is the underground ancient "Crypt". The crypt was re-discovered after the fire of 1917 and was finally restored as an exhibition/museum in 1988. According to the Christian Tradition, the saint was imprisoned here and died in 303 A.D. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum which it holds and interprets artifacts from the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods, mostly from the city of Thessaloniki, and also from the region of Macedonia in general. Having enjoyed your lunch, you will then transfer to Litochoro in the foothills of Mt.Olympus.

    O/N in Litochoro.

  • Day 3 Litochoro and Walk to Refuge Petrostrouga

    After breakfast, you will transfer to Gkortsia, from where the hike begins, at an altitude of 1100 meters. The route from Gkortsia to Petrostrougka Refuge is one of the most frequented hiking paths on Mt. Olympus. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees. The path is in good condition. Make your way up to 1940m alt. and reach the refuge. (B/L/D)
  • Day 4 Plateau of the Muses

    You will follow a zig-zaging path that brings you straight to Plateau of the Muses where a small, friendly refuge will accommodate you for the night (2 hrs walk). This is an easy day filled with breathtaking scenery. After lunch, climb the small peaks, called Profitis Ilias and Toumba, just above the refuge to admire superb views of Mt. Olympus summits and its deep gorges (2 hrs round trip). (B/L/D)
  • Day 5 Peak Ascents Refuge A (Spilios Agapitos)

    From here, there are two options according to group’s fitness and weather conditions. Before reaching the summit, ascend to the main path, crossing a spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani, known as the “Throne of Zeus”. Then either climb first Skala at 2882 meters, this includes crossing a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2911meters, walking on narrow paths, some scrambling involved, altitude gain of 800 meters (4-5 hrs). Or, if weather permits and there is no snow, ascend to the main summit, Mytikas at 2917 meters, Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge. This involves about 150 meters of scrambling. Then following the path, which goes to Refuge A at 2100 meters. They call this shelter the “Balcony of Greece” (2 hrs walk). Leisure afternoon to rest up for the next day, which will be demanding. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6 Refuge A- Prionia – Ennipeas Gorge – Litochoro

    Last day is along the E4 path (International Path) until Litochoro. After an easy walk, stop at Prionia place. Prionia is one of the highest point that can be reached by car. Later, enter the Enippeas Gorge, passing a cave-chapel and the monastery of St. Dionysus. Along the way, you can take advantage of several swimming river pools. After about seven hours walking, the gorge opens up on the outskirts of Litochoro. The route has varied geological features, small lakes with crystal waters and sheer mountain slopes that are truly a sight to behold. Having arrived in Litochoro, you will be transferred to your hotel for a relaxing evening http://www.cavoolympo.gr/. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7 Morning Sightseeing of Dion and Afternoon Transfer to Meteora

    Morning visit to the archaeological site of Dion, known as the great ancient Macedonian sanctuary of Zeus. Then transfer to Meteora. Overnight in Kastraki village. http://www.doupianihouse.gr/
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  • Day 8 Meteora, Walk and Monastery Visit

    An exceptional half day tour that includes the culture, history and nature of this magical area. The hike starts from the square of Kastraki village. Eventually, enter the path that starts at the foot of the cliffs, passing beneath the ruined monastery of Pantocrator on the north side of Ntoupiani rock. The route takes you to the heart of the lush forest, until you reach the restored Monastery of the “Ipapanti”. Here you will see the statue of the agonist of the Greek revolution, Papathymios Vlahavas. At this point, the trail leads to the top of the cliffs and up to the impressive monasteries of “Great Meteoro" and "Varlaam". Then, head downhill to Kastraki passing by the cave of St. George Mandila where every year climbers come to hang their scarves. Here, you will be treated to a picnic consisting of local traditional delicacies. Afterwards, continue on to the village of Kastraki to visit a Byzantine Art Studio where you will learn from about the history and the techniques of the art (hagiography) that adorns the walls of the monasteries. Overnight in Kastraki village http://www.doupianihouse.gr/ (B/L/D)
  • Day 9 Drive from Meteora to Volos Port and Ferry to Alonnisos

    Embark on the ferry to Alonnisos at 14.00pm – arriving to Alonisos at 16.40pm.

    Transfer to your hotel. O/N http://www.ilyasuites.gr/ (B)

  • Day 10 Free Day in Alonnisos

  • Day 11 Free Day in Alonnisos

  • Day 12 Free Day in Alonnisos

  • Day 13 Transfer to Port to Catch Direct Ferry to Thessaloniki

    12.05pm-15.20 pm - o/n DAIOS hotel (B)
  • Day 14 Transfer to Airport

Tailor Made Expeditions

We specialize in curating unique expeditions. Want to summit Kilimanjaro on a full moon so you can ask your sweetie to marry you? Plan a gastronomic experience along the Camino De Santiago with your foodie friends? Trek lodge to lodge to Machu Picchu with your corporate team? You dream it and we'll make it come true. We will make a charitable donation in your name as our way of thanking you for choosing us. This is paid through our partnership with Crowdrise. We'll even set you up.

Price varies based on the size of your group. The more people, the lower cost. Contact us for pricing and fundraising details.

Want to start planning your tailor made expedition?

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