Mount Olympus & Meteora Trek

Small Group [or private] Trek

About Mount Olympus & Meteora Trek

Summary

Discover the famous home of the gods - a unique trekking experience on Greece's highest and most famous mountain plus the World Heritage Site of Meteora.

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

Activity code: GR-TR-OLYMPUS (MO1)

Difficulty: Moderate. [Participants should be in good mental and physical condition with some relevant experience and have no fear of heights.]

Duration: 8 Days

Mount Olympus is the home of the 12 Olympian gods in Greek Mythology and the tallest mountain in Greece, it forms a natural border between the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia and is only 100 kilometers away from Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki. Its highest peak, Mytikas, rises to 2,917 meters (9,570 ft.) and is one of Europe's highest. The alpine flora and fauna of this mountain is extensive and extremely beautiful. It is also an important nesting area for birds of prey such as the honey buzzard, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the short-toed eagle, the golden eagle, the booted eagle and the lanner falcon.

In 1938 Mount Olympus was established as Greece's first National Park and in 1981, UNESCO included Olympus National Park in an international network of regions named Biosphere Reserves. The European Community has included Olympus in the list of "The Most Important Bird areas of the European Community". In 2011, the Ecologist ranked Mount Olympus among the top ten National Parks in Europe.

This walking holiday is available as part of a Small Group or Private Journey. The itinerary includes the peaks of Mount Olympus, the Enipeas Gorge, the Muses Plateau and is combined with a hike in the World Heritage Site of Meteora. Our route is a well-planned circular trek utilising two separate mountain huts so you get to see much more than the usual treks on offer. Our guides are officially qualified Mountain Guides and have many years of experience. Overall this is a hiking lover's dream and has something for everyone.

Our treks in Greece include all meals, accommodation and comfortable transport; we offer opportunities for sightseeing 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. Services at the mountain huts include: bunk beds, pillows and blankets.

Departures: 2017

  • Small Group Guaranteed Dates - July 2nd; August 1st; September 2nd.
  • For private bookings from 2 to 12 persons - any date upon request between July 1st and September 30th.

Departures: 2018

  • Small Group Guaranteed Dates - on request.
  • For private bookings from 2 to 12 persons - any date upon request between July 1st and September 30th.

What's included:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with en-suite shower/WC, a/c, TV, telephone and internet access.
  • 2 nights in Mountain Hostels, in dormitories.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 picnic lunches and 7 dinners.
  • Luggage transfers [between hotels]
  • Transfer from and to the airport of Thessaloniki
  • Sightseeing visits [subject to time available and flight details]
  • English-speaking tour guide [full escort].
  • All activities as per itinerary.

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.

  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Special add-on stays in Thessaloniki or Pelion.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Thessaloniki Airport* - Kastraki

    On arrival at Thessaloniki International 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

    After breakfast 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 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.

    • Overnight stay in Kastraki
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Trekking altitude: 260m - 350m - 270m - 300m - 615m 260m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3: Meteora - Litochoro

    After breakfast you'll visit one of the six inhabited monasteries which are open to the public (approx. 1hr) and continue on your way having time for photos and to enjoy the spectacular views of the monasteries and the gigantic rocky pinnacles. Then you'll drive to Litochoro, a town on the slopes of Mount Olympus, and check into your guesthouse for an overnight stay.

    • Overnight stay in Litochoro.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4: Enipeas Gorge

    Today you'll walk through the famous Enipeas Gorge, following the E4 European long distance path. There are many picturesque waterfalls, bridges and small lakes to admire as you walk through this beautiful area, crossing the river many times until arriving back at Litochoro.

    • Overnight stay in Litochoro
    • Trekking Time: 6.5 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude:1050m -350m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5: Litochoro - Muses Plateau

    After breakfast you'll be transferred into the Mount Olympus National Park to the trailhead. Your hiking today starts from a location named "Gortsia", leading you through a beautiful dense forest to the Muses Plateau, where the Mountain Hostel is located at an altitude of 2650m [8694 ft]. The last part of the hike through the alpine scenery offers incredible views of the plains of Northern Greece, the Aegean Sea and the impressive peak "Stefani" [Throne of Zeus].

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel C.
    • Trekking Time: 7 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 1050m 2648m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6: Muses Plateau - Mount Olympus Peaks

    After breakfast start your hiking tour to the peaks. Walk along the foot of the Peaks "Mytikas" and "Stefani" and then on the European walking route E4 up to the peak "Skala" 2866m [9403 ft]. Continue hiking to the peak "Skolio" 2912m [9554 ft], the second highest peak of the mountain, where you have a lunch break, enjoying the magnificent view to the peak "Mytikas" 2918m [9576 ft] before descending to Mountain Hostel A at 2100m.

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel A.
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 2648m - 2400m -2864 -2918 - 2100m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Thessaloniki

    After breakfast you will descend from the Mountain Hostel, have a break in Litochoro and drive back to Thessaloniki (driving time is one hour). The city is the second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre of Greece. In the evening you'll enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional local taverna.

    • Overnight stay in Thessaloniki
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: easy
    • Trekking altitude: 2100m 1050m 900m
    • Meals: Breakfast, 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

Mount Olympus & Meteora TREK

This walking holiday includes Mount Olympus, Enipeas Gorge and Meteora - a hiking lover's dream.

Available as a small group tour on the dates below or as a private booking for any date from July 1st - Sept 30th.

  • Single supplement: £ 98 per person

Small Group Departures - 2017 - available on 02/07/2017

1 to 12 people
£ 880

Small Group Departures - 2017 - available on 01/08/2017

1 to 12 people
£ 902

Small Group Departures - 2017 - available on 02/09/2017

1 to 12 people
£ 915

All prices are per person

Reviews

"We just wanted to thank you both very much indeed for organising a truly fantastic walking holiday in Greece for us. Our self-guided walking holiday in Zagori National Park & Mt. Olympus was absolutely superb in every respect. The organisation, accommodation, food, walking & our local guide Alex were all excellent. I seem to remember asking when we first made contact if you could organise some walking for us in remote areas of Greece, away from the normal tourist haunts & having the “wow” factor. Well you certainly achieved those aims for us. The small hotels/guest houses you organised for us were all excellent & the food & welcome we received was second to none. I would thoroughly recommend the holiday as a brilliant means of seeing spectacular parts of Greece & staying in marvellous small hotels . The food was exceptional everywhere. The local people very friendly & welcoming.  Thanks again for all your efforts to ensure that we both had a wonderful walking holiday & witnessed magnificent parts of Greece that we didn’t know existed."

R Tookey, Sept 2016

"I just wanted to let you know that although there were only 2 of us on the tour - I had an excellent trip and cannot recommend Alex and this tour enough. I really thought he went above and beyond what was required of him to make sure we had a good holiday."

K Patel, Sept 2015

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