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Sacred Summits of Olympus and Meteora

Starts: Thessaloniki, Greece
Finishes: Thessaloniki, Greece

Visit: Thessaloniki, Kastraki, Priónia, Kokkinopilós, Litochoro, Thessaloniki

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Captivating Greece is home to the breath-taking UNESCO floating monasteries of Meteora and Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the country. Dominating a UNESCO national park, dramatic Olympus, the Throne of Zeus is the highlight of this fantastic trekking journey which includes traditional mountain huts and a spectacular trek onto the mountain. Greeces first national park of Olympus sits on the Macedonian border and is home to wonderful variety of wildlife including chamois, wolves, jackals, woodpeckers, birds of prey and butterflies. We start in the Greek village of Krastaki, located at the base of the Meteroas floating Orthodox monasteries. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an area of towering sandstone pillars topped by magical monasteries.

We'll explore trails used by 11th Century monks and visit two of the monasteries before heading to the quaint town of Litochoro. Complete with a stunning mountain backdrop, Litochoro is a great place to relax before our trek up to the highest point in Greece. Mount Olympus is the second highest peak in the Balkans and this holiday is a real mountain adventure complete with dramatic ridges and breath-taking scenery. If you're looking for a unique trekking journey with views that extend over a stunning coast, then this is the perfect choice.

Highlights

    • Hike up the highest peak in Greece nestled in a UNESCO national park
    • Walk on ancient trails in the foothills of Meteora's sandstone mountains
    • Visit the breathtaking UNESCO floating monasteries of Megalo and Varlaam
    • Look for eagles and chamois and walk along the E4 long distance trail

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 162078
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Thessaloniki, Greece
Finishes: Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced professional English-speaking mountain guide
  • Single timed Thessaloniki Airport transfers on days 1 and 8
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Some meals as per the meal plan
  • Vehicle support throughout the trek (apart from days 4 & 5 & 6)

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,245 ($156/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

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Greece Thessaloniki, Kastraki, Meteora, Litochoro, Prioniaspilios Agapitos Refuge, Olympus
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Neil  

What a fantastic weeks holiday. The town of Kastraki where we stayed the first 2 nights is beautiful & quiet, plenty of places to go for walks & plenty of places to eat in the evenings. The guesthouse we stayed is very nice, friendly & perfectly placed. The meteor Monasteries which sit on top of rocks are amazing. We visited 2 of them, only €2 entry, men can wear shorts & t-shirts, ladies have to wear a wrap around there legs, these are free at the entrance. The views from the Monasteries are spectacular & the inside of them are very interesting. The walks to them are steep in places with loose rock but very manageable. The morning walk before we leave is mainly on the steep road then goes in to woods. At the top again views are fantastic. The journey to Litochoro is about 2 1/2 hours, lunch was down by the beach. Our next guesthouse is again fantastic, the walk to the restaurant is about 15 mins & the food is plentiful. The start of the trek upto the 1st hut on Mt Olympus is about 3 hours mainly in the trees can be quite steep in places with loose rock. The hut is ok, you stay in dorms, the food is good & does get very busy. If weather is clear you will get a beautiful view of the sunrise. The trip to the top of Mt Olympus took good 3 to 4hours with some very steep parts again with loose rock, but worth it when you reach the 1st summit. From here you can take a path which is more difficult but doable & again worth it. The walk to the next hut is about 3 hours. This hut is a

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Richard  

From day 1 the team gelled and under the experienced leader Ivo and our guest from KE Hugh I knew this was going to be a great trip. I had never been to Greece before and I wasn't disappointed. The hotel bases in Kastraki and Litahoro were excellent. The food in the local restaurants superb. The Meteora monastaries made it an interesting start to the trip before the main course climbing Mount Olympus. The Gods were on our side too as the weather had threatened to spoil things but rain stayed away and we trekked in brilliant sunshine. Despite a fall by one of our team on the descent from one of the refuges the response from our guide ensured that any injury was dealt with quickly and efficiently. I would certainly recommend this trip to anyone wanting a slice of culture adding to what was a brilliant trekking adventure.

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