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. Mount Olympus is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna with several endemic plants. It is also an important nesting area for birds of prey.

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. The 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. This tour, combined with a hike at the World Heritage Site of Meteora, 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: 2019 (2020 dates on request)

  • Small Group* Guaranteed Dates - 6th July, 13th July, 1st August
  • For private bookings from 4 to 12 persons - any date upon request between July 1st and September 30th.

 *Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons.

What's included:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with en-suite shower/WC. Most but not all accommodation facilities will also have en-suite air-conditioning, TV, telephone and internet access – although some may have these amenities only in the lobby. 
  • 2 nights in Mountain Hostels, in dormitories.
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 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]
  • Experienced and licensed English speaking trekking guide
  • All activities as per itinerary.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Airfare (we can book flights for you if prefer)
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Travel and Personal accident insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the programme

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.
  • Services at the Mountain hostels include: bunk beds, pillows / pillow cases and blankets. There is also a restaurant, showers (only cold water) and toilets. Guests are welcome to carry their own bed linen / sheets and towels for personal usage.

 

Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:

  • Bottle/flask of water (1 litre per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Sun protection & Sunglasses
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Walking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch (Headlamp)
  • HIKING BOOTS / SHOES ARE NECESSARY!

Contact us for further details or a quote.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Thessaloniki Airport* - Kastraki

    On arrival at Thessaloniki International Airport you will be met by your guide & be transferred to Kastraki (around 3.5 hours), 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 (3 hours from Kastraki) & Athens (5 hours from Kastraki)

  • 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: 250m - 500m - 250m
    • 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 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 (around 2 hours), 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’s hike begins from the Monastery of Agios Dionysios and ends in the town of Litochoro after about 5 hours of hiking. You'll be hiking parallel to the Enipeas River for almost the entire route and cross over it several times. Even if you can't see it, you can always hear it gurgling through the lush valley smothered in black pines, beech trees or mediterranean shrub. Along this very picturesque trail which is part of the E4 European long distance path, you'll see waterfalls, wooden bridges and small lakes as well as stunning views of the Aegean Sea as you get closer to Litochoro.

    • Overnight stay in Litochoro
    • Trekking Time: 5 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude:950m -300m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5: Litochoro - Muses Plateau

    After breakfast a 20 minute drive will take you to today’s starting point of Gortsia. The path from there leads through a lovely dense forest to the Muses Plateau where your Mountain Hostel is located at an altitude of 2650 m.  The last part of the hike takes you through alpine scenery that offers amazing views of the plains of Northern Greece, the Aegean Sea and the impressive peak “Stefani” aka: the “Throne of Zeus”.

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel
    • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 1050m - 2650m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6: Muses Plateau - Mount Olympus Peaks

    A bright and early start this morning as you start your walk along the foothills of “Mytikas” and “Stefani” peaks. You’ll later take the E4 European long distance path up to the peak of “Skala”, located at an altitude of 2866 m. You’ll continue your hike to Skolio peak 2912 m., the second highest peak of Olympus, where you will have a lunch break and enjoy the magnificent view towards the peak of Mytikas 2918 m. After lunch you will begin your descent to the Mountain Hostel lying at 2100 meters.

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel A.
    • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 2650m - 2866m - 2912 - 2100
    • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Thessaloniki

    After breakfast today you will begin your descent towards the Monastery of Agios Dionisios and from there you’ll drive (about 25 minutes) to Litochoro and pick up your suitcases. you will then depart Litochoro for Thessaloniki (about a 1 hour drive) where you’ll enjoy a free afternoon and lovely walk along the very scenic sea front promenade. Thessaloniki is the second largest economic, industrial, commercial and political centre of Greece. This evening enjoy a memorable farewell dinner at a popular local taverna.

    • Overnight stay in Thessaloniki
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: easy
    • Trekking altitude: 2100m - 950m
    • 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

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: £ 100 per person

Small Group Departures - 2019 - available between 06/07/2019 and 06/07/2019

2 to 8 people
£ 991

Small Group Departures - 2019 - available between 13/07/2019 and 13/07/2019

2 to 8 people
£ 1009

Small Group Departures - 2019 - available between 01/08/2019 and 01/08/2019

2 to 8 people
£ 1023

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, UK, 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,UK, Sept 2015

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