Walking in Pelion

Hiking & great food in the quiet corner of Greece

About Walking in Pelion

Summary

Discover the home of the Centaurs and playground of the gods of Olympus; a unique hiking experience on Greece's beautiful Mount Pelion peninsula plus Meteora.

START / FINISH - Thessaloniki [Athens, Volos - on request].

Activity code: TRPM01

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. [Participants should be in good physical condition with some relevant hiking experience.]

Duration: 8 Days

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

Still relatively unspoilt, Pelion is an outstandingly beautiful area of the Greek mainland; sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters combine with dense forests and traditional villages to offer a holiday experience to suit everyone. Pelion is known for its traditional mountain villages with their stone built mansions set among leafy village squares, each village retaining its own authenticity and character. Most of them provide breathtaking views towards the sea and are the perfect place for peace & solitude.

Several villages are most definitely worth visiting:

  • Makrinitsa has been characterised as the village of the "nobles", due to the large number of mansions found in the village. It is also referred to as the"Balcony of Pelion", due to the breathtaking views of Volos from the village square spreading out 600m below. There is an excellent taverna here which serves good quality food including local dishes of spetsofai, fasolada (bean soup) and giouvetsi (beef with pasta baked in the oven).
  • Tsagarades is located on the north-eastern side of the mountain at a height of 500m. From here you can enjoy glorious views of the Aegean. The village was developed around the four churches of Taxiarches, Agia Paraskevi, Agia Kyriaki and Agios Stefanos and the four suburbs of the village still keep these names. It is worth visiting the square of Agia Paraskvi, where you can see the one-thousand year old plane tree with its 14 metre diameter trunk, and enjoy fabulous walnut cake at the village square.
  • Vizitsa is one of the most beautiful villages on the whole mountain. A great number of 18th and 19th century Peliot mansions can be found in this village, many of which have been restored under the supervision of the Greek National Tourist Organisation.

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.

This walking holiday is available as part of a Small Group or Private Journey. The itinerary includes the World-famous monasteries at Meteora which is a fabulous introduction to the region with some great hiking. Once in Pelion our guide will take you along traditional stone paths from the sea to the hills and back again taking in some of the most beautiful villages, tiny resorts and spectacular views on the peninsula. Our guides are officially qualified Mountain Guides and have many years of experience. Overall this is a hiking and food lover's dream and has something for everyone.

Why book with Rediscover the World ?

Rediscover treks in Greece include all meals, accommodation and comfortable transport; we offer opportunities for sightseeing [Meteora Monasteries, Thessaloniki, Volos] as well as an excellent English-speaking guide/tour escort throughout. Your guide will make every effort to show you a variety of good quality Greek dishes during your holiday - our team love their food, too.

Accommodation: The guest houses and hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country. We select accommodation which has been personally inspected and experienced by our team - all hotels and guesthouses are comfortable and fully equipped with heating, en-suite bathroom/shower, air-conditioning, telephone, and television.

Departures: 2018

  • Small Group Guaranteed Dates - May 8th, 15th & 23rd; June 2nd; September 1st & 8th.
  • For private bookings from 2 to 12 persons - any date upon request between May 1st and October 31st.

2019 dates - on request.

What's included in this Greece Hiking Holiday:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with en-suite shower/WC, a/c, TV, telephone and internet.
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 picnic lunches and 7 dinners.
  • Luggage transfers [between hotels]
  • Transfer from and to the airport and transport throughout the itinerary
  • Sightseeing visits [subject to time available and flight details]
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guide [full escort].
  • All activities as per itinerary.
  • All local taxes.

Extra Information:

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

  • Minimum age - 12 years; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact us to enquire or to request a quote.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Thessaloniki Airport - Kastraki

    On arrival at Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) you will be met by your guide & be transferred to Kastraki, a village lying between the spectacular rocks of Meteora. Check into your guesthouse; dinner in a nearby local taverna in Kastraki village will follow.

    • Overnight stay in Kastraki.
    • Meals: Dinner.
    • Alternative Arrival Airports: Volos [Nea Aghialos] (VOL) & Athens (ATH)

  • Day 2: Meteora - Mt. Pelion

    After breakfast at your hotel looking out across to the rocks of Meteora you'll head off with your guide on your first hike; you'll walk between the rocky pinnacles of the famous monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The traditional and the best way to explore the beauty of this unique area, avoiding the tourist crowds, is on foot so you'll walk on the same old trails as the monks did in centuries past, experiencing the sanctuaries built on these natural sandstone rock pillars. Along the way you will spot some of the earliest stages of occupation by the monks, simple cave dwellings and more elaborate "monasteries" hundreds of feet up the side of the rocks.

    After lunch in a traditional taverna in Kalambaka we'll visit one of the six operating monasteries which are open to the public and continue our way having short breaks for photos and enjoying the spectacular views of the monasteries and the gigantic rocky pinnacles. Then we'll drive to the picturesque village of Milies at Mt. Pelion.

    • Overnight stay in Milies
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3: Miles - Kala Nera - Milies

    Following an old stone path you will head towards the the village of Kala Nera. Here you can swim and have lunch at a small fish restaurant before hiking back to Milies.

    • Overnight stay in Milies
    • Hiking Time: 5 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4: Milies - Tsagarada - Damouchari

    On today's hike you'll cross Mount Pelion from South West to North East. Starting from Milies village, walking on a forestry road through chestnut trees to reach the village of Tsagarada; at the square you can admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old and then have a picnic beside a lovely white painted chapel on the hillside. After that, your route will descend to Damouchari beach crossing one of the most beautiful old stone paths.

    • Overnight stay at Damouchari
    • Hiking Time: 8 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5: Damouchari - Fakistra - Damouchari

    The destination on today's hike is the isolated beach of Fakistra with crystal clear blue water. Following the coastal path, having magnificent views of the Aegean Sea you will enjoy this isolated beach where your guide will arrange a picnic lunch and for you to go swimming. Late in the afternoon you will return along the same path back to Damouchari.

    • Overnight stay at Damouchari
    • Hiking time: Approx. 4 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6: Damouchari - Agios Ioannis - Kissos - Chania (Agriolefkes)

    Today's hike, starting from Damouchari, follows 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 you are driven up to Chania village, the highest among the settlements of the area (1190m).

    In the afternoon there is an optional walk to Agriolefkes with amazing views.

    • Overnight stay in Chania.
    • Hiking time: approx. 1 hour
    • Hike difficulty: Easy
    • Optional extra hike time: approx. 3.5 hours
    • Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 7: Chania - Portaria

    Today you will follow the same path that was used, according to the Greek Mythology, by the Centaurs. These creatures 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 you will continue to Makrinitsa, another picturesque village of the area with many old mansions, also known as the "Balcony of Mt. Pelion", offering stunning views to the Pagasitic Gulf and the city of Volos.

    • Overnight stay in Portaria
    • Hiking time: approx. 6 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 8: Departure

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Thessaloniki Airport* for your return flight.

    • Meals: Breakfast.

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

Prices

Walking in Pelion

This fully-inclusive walking holiday includes Mt. Pelion, Damouchari, Makrinitsa and Meteora - a hiking & food lover's dream.

It is available as a small group tour on the dates below or as a private booking for any date from May 1st - Oct 30th.

  • Single supplement: £ 130 per person

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 08/05/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 921

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 15/05/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 921

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 23/05/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 940

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 02/06/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 930

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 01/09/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 926

Small Group Departures - 2018 - available on 08/09/2018

1 to 12 people
£ 921

All prices are per person

Reviews

"Overall, a wonderful experience. We were sad to leave the breathtaking and mystical area of Meteora. The Pelion delighted with it's ancient walking tracks and it's ever changing verdant Springtime scenery. Our guide Alex proved to be a friendly, knowledgeable, patient and understanding guide. We shared lot's of laughs and really appreciated being picked up and dropped off at Athens. Generally a paradise for walkers and food lovers alike."

J Field, May, 2017

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