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.
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/7 nights
Mount Olympus is the famous home of the 12 Olympian gods from Greek Mythology. It forms a natural border between the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia and is only 100 kilometres from Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki. Its highest peak, Mytikas, rises to 2,917 metres (9,570 ft.) - this is also one of the highest peaks in Europe. 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.
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.
- Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons
- 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.
Overnight Stay Tax - In January 2018 Greece introduced a new tourist tax 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 (e.g. most 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).
Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:
- Bottle/flask of water (1 litre per day)
- Sun protection & Sunglasses
- Waterproof coat / windbreaker
- Comfortable clothing
- Walking poles
- Insect repellent
- Torch (Headlamp)
- HIKING BOOTS / SHOES ARE NECESSARY!