Walking in Pelion

Guided Hiking Tour with great food, in a quiet corner of Greece

Summary

Walking and swimming in the Land of the Centaurs combined with the sacred UNESCO site of Meteora. Lots of wonderful, freshly made local food along the way.

START / FINISH - Thessaloniki [Athens - upon request].

Activity code: GRPW01

Difficulty: Mostly Moderate, some easy walks. [Participants should be in good physical condition with some relevant hiking experience.]

Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights

Mount Pelion, otherwise known as the Land of the Centaurs, is covered with lush vegetation, orchards, olive and chestnut trees. Twenty-four villages emerge through the forests with their remarkable cobblestone paths and characteristic manor houses. Along the coastline you'll discover isolated shores drenched in a tapestry of colours, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages that create a perfect combination of walking and swimming, while admiring stunning views on almost every route. 

Walk through orchards, olive groves and beech forests while enjoying the amazing views towards the Aegean Sea. Take time to wander along cobbled stone paths and visit traditional villages built by the best stone masons and craftsmen of 19th century Greece. Take a break to swim in brilliant blue, crystal clear waters at some truly unique beaches.

This tour, combined with a hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, is a hiking lover’s dream and has something for everyone. The monasteries, built on top of steep sandstone peaks (the monks used rope ladders and nets to ascend and descend until the early 20th century), make Meteora one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. The monastic community in the area began modest building around the 11th century. Today, only 6 out of the original 22 monasteries are inhabited and allow visitors. The combination of incredible hiking paths, breathtaking views and fascinating cultural and architectural uniqueness make this tour a great choice.

This walking holiday is available as part of a Small Group tour or can be Private Journey (for a minimum 2 persons). 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.

Prefer a SELF-GUIDED version ?

... or a Pelion ONLY guided version (inclusive of flights to Volos - details at foot of itinerary section).

Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:

  • Bottle/flask of water (min. 1 litre per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Walking poles (some paths are steep in places)
  • Sun protection & sunglasses
  • Swimming costume & towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker, comfortable clothing
  • HIKING BOOTS ARE NECESSARY!

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 2 persons, maximum 8 persons
  • Minimum age - 12 years; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).

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

Prices from £932 per person

Departures

  • DepartTrip / Resort
  • Sat 17th Sep 2022 Pelion Walking 
  • Sat 1st Oct 2022 Pelion Walking 

What's included on this walking tour ?

  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B
  • Fabulous Greek food (Meals as per itinerary)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional transport throughout
  • Experienced and licensed English speaking trekking guide who will remain with you throughout the entire tour
  • Maps & tour information on FREE travel app

Highlights

Itinerary

On arrival at Thessaloniki Airport you will be met by your guide & be driven to your guest house in Kastraki, a village lying beneath the towering rocks of Meteora. This evening enjoy dinner in a nearby local taverna in Kastraki village.

  • Overnight stay: Kastraki.
  • Meals: Dinner.
  • Alternative Arrival Airports: Volos (3 hours to Kastraki) & Athens (5 hours to Kastraki) - extra costs may apply

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. This is the best way to explore the beauty of this unique area; you'll walk on the same trails as the monks did centuries ago. 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.

Ample time will be given for photography and at the end of the tour you will depart for the picturesque village of Milies in Mount Pelion.

  • Overnight stay: Milies
  • Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
  • Trekking altitude: 275m – 330m – 470m – 275m

Recommended places to stay

Today you will hike on an old stone path as you follow the old steam engine train route from Milies to the train station of Pinakates and continue on to the village of Kala Nera. As you hike through olive orchards you'll have a stunning view of Pagasitikos Bay. Upon arrival in Kala Nera there is the chance to swim and have lunch at a quaint fishing taverna before hiking back to Milies.

  • Overnight stay: Milies
  • Trekking Time: 5 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trekking altitude: 385m – sea level – 385m

Recommended places to stay

From Milies, which is on the south west side of the mountain, you'll travel north-easterly to Xourichti village and then on to Tsagarada through an enchanting forest road teeming with tall chestnut trees and other greenery. In Tsagarada you'll see the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old. During the day you will enjoy a pleasant picnic beside a charming white chapel on the hillside.

  • Overnight stay: Tsagarada
  • Trekking Time: 6 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
  • Trekking altitude: 385m – 850m – 420m 

The destination on today's hike is the isolated beach of Fakistra. Following the coastal path with magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, you can enjoy a refreshing swim followed by a delicious picnic lunch.

After lunch descend to Damouchari beach, walking on one of the most beautiful old stone paths and through the lovely seaside village which may be already familiar to those who have seen the movie “Mamma Mia” since many scenes from the movie were filmed here in 2007.

  • Overnight stay: Damouchari
  • Trekking time: Approx. 5 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
  • Trekking altitude: 420m – Sea level – 190m – Sea level

Recommended places to stay

Today's hike begins at Damouchari taking the shoreline path to Agios Ioannis and the breathtakingly white sandy beach of Papa Nero. It would be a crime not to leave ample time for relaxing and a splash in the turquoise waters. A choice of options folows, either a 30 minute transfer to Chania, followed by an afternoon walk in the area of  the ski centre or a walk up the hillside to Mouresi village and then through the forest, passing waterfalls and bridges up to the pretty village of Kissos (onward transfer to your hotel).

  • Overnight stay: Chania
  • Trekking time: approx. 4 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy (Moderate for Kissos option)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
  • Trekking altitude: (Chania walk): 1350m – 1450m – 1250m – 1350m
  • Trekking altitude: (Kissos walk): Sea level – 350m – 500m

Today you will follow the same path that was used, according to Greek Mythology, by the Centaurs, half-horse half-human creatures which constantly struggled with their two natures, one beastly and one civil.

This path, which begins in Chania at an altitude of approximately 1200 metres and overflowing with Mediterranean vegetation, leads you to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon discover yet another incredibly beautiful village of Pelion – that of Makrinitsa or “the balcony of Pelion”. With its historic old mansions and stunning view of the Pagasitikos Bay and the city of Volos below, hence its nickname, the beauty of Makrinitsa will become etched in your memory forever.

  • Overnight stay: Portaria
  • Trekking time: approx. 3-4 hours
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
  • Trekking altitude: 1200m – 610m

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

  • Meals: Breakfast.

    *Alternative Airports: Volos (VOL) & Athens (ATH)

Day 1 - arrive Volos; transfer to hotel in city centre; special seafood "tapas" style dinner.

Day 2 - [optional] Day trip to Meteora with off the beaten track walking in morning, lunch and afternoon guided visit to a monastery; return to Volos and stay in nearby Milies; dinner in village. Alternative day would be local sightseeing plus transfer to Milies (by small train if on a weekend).

Day 3 - Day hike from Milies to Kala Nera and back; dinner in Milies village.

Day 4 - Day hike from Milies to Tsagarada; dinner in village.

Day 5 - Short hike from Tsagarada to Damouchari (optional detour to Fakistra beach); dinner in taverna by beach.

Day 6 - Hike from Damouchari via Agios Ioannis to Kissos village; transfer to Chania, dinner at hotel.

Day 7 - walk from Chania to Portaria and optional extra walk to Makrinitsa and back, dinner in village.

Day 8 - transfer to Volos Airport for your flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast.

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