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On the path of the gods, from the Aegean Sea to Olympus

Flag of GreeceGREECE - MOUNTS OLYMPUS & KISSAVOS, THESSALY

A sensory-packed tour from the sandy shores of the Aegean Sea, via Mount Kissavos, to the slopes of Greece’s most mythical mountain and home of the Gods. Experience the essence of Greek life off the beaten track.

HIGHLIGHTS

8 Days / 7 Nights

  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • In a selection of charming village hotels and guest houses.
  • Conquer the mythical Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest mountain (2,917m).
  • Hands-on introduction to an archaeological dig at Philoctetes’ castle (a Troy war hero) and help in walking trail improvements.
  • Sea excursion along the forested rocky coast to the Veneto sea caves, a hidden gem.
  • Visit the bread basket of Greece to pick and prepare local farm produce and taste tradition¬al Thessaly culinary delights with local people.
On the path of the gods, from the Aegean sea to Olymbus

Starting from the sandy shores of the bountiful Aegean Sea, you’ll head towards the slopes of Mount Olympus, via the Kissavos massif to unveil an enchanting, authentic and unexplored side of Greece, far from the crowds. You’ll meet, warm and friendly, down-to-earth local people (farmers, fishermen, craft makers, volunteer groups, etc.) keen for you to share in their daily lives. You’ll feel the depth of the connection between traditions and the land and, of course, prepare local foods and taste unique flavours, all under the eyes of the Gods looking down from nearby Mount Olympus.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

Welcome to Kissavos

  • Arrival in Thessaloniki airport, transfer to Metaxochori and check-in to 3 epi-rated “ Archontiko Soulioti” guest house.
  • Dinner and welcome reception to present your holiday programme (with a local wine or tsipouro) and night at the guest house.

DAY 2

Kissavos culture, social history and architecture

  • Morning : Visit Anatoli and the international women’s monastery with cookery workshop to pre¬pare local cheeses, yoghurts, jams etc. Return to Metaxochori and its old school for pauper girls.
  • Lunch : at a traditional restaurant, the “Keramidi”.
  • Walking tour in Metaxohori and nearby Agia to see famous wall frescoes in the many small historic chapels as well as an array of ancient buildings that feature in local stories and legends.
  • Dinner: at the “Kamares” restaurant in Metaxochori village square and folklore evening of traditional music and dance.
  • Night at the “Archontiko Soulioti” guest house.

DAY 3

Sea excursion to the Veneto caves

  • Morning : Leave for Agiokampos port an hour-long boat trip with option to swim and snorkel in the nearby sea caves.
  • You’ll also learn how to spot edible marine plants and what you can do with them.
  • Lunch : Culinary picnic lunch.
  • Afternoon: Guided visit of picturesque locations used in the hit movie, “Mama Mia”.
  • Dinner and Night at the “Archontiko Soulioti” guest house.

DAY 4

Philoctetes’ castle - Velika

  • Morning : Travel to Velika to visit Visit Philoctetes castle.
  • A local project to develop the site for visitors needs your help to make trail improvements (signage and zip-wire installation).
  • In return, you’ll get a guided visit of the castle by archaeologist and Larissa Museum Curator, Mrs Roula Sdro¬lia, who’ll also introduce you to archaeological techniques and your chance to take part in the dig.
  • Lunch : at the “Platania” to enjoy fine, fresh Mediterranean fish and shellfish taken from the lapping shores of the Aegean Sea that stretches out in front of your eyes.
  • Transfer to village of Skiti and check-in 4 epi-rated “Ios” guest house.
  • Dinner and night: at the “Ios”.

DAY 5

Time for yourself, time to relax

  • Option to visit the town of Larissa.
  • Minibus and tips to visit the city’s ancient theatre, museums and monuments and best local restaurants serving traditional dishes.
  • Dinner and night: at the “Ios”.

DAY 6

Path of the gods

  • Early start for Mount Olympus via the southern gateway town of Elassona.
  • Breakfast in Elassona with Olympus mountain tea and a traditional dairy products.
  • Hike to the Mytikas peak (2,917m) for real sense of achievement.
  • Vehicle transfer to Megali Gourna, for easy 1h 45 min hike to the peaks of Skolio and Skala (2,900m), with option to scale Mytikas peak (2,917m) for experienced climbers.
  • Lunch : Culinary picnic lunch and return to Skiti.
  • Dinner and night : at the “Ios” guesthouse.

DAY 7

The bread basket of Thessaly

  • Morning : Visit to the organic farm of Iokasti, near Skiti, to pick seasonal vegetables or fruits and a cookery workshop with the local farmer to prepare a traditional lunch in their kitchen.
  • Afternoon: Return to Skiti.
  • Dinner and night at the “Ios” guesthouse.

DAY 8

Departure from Kissavos

  • Morning : Breakfast buffet and departure for Thessaloniki Airport according to individual travel arrangements.

 

DATES & PRICES

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Dates:

May to October

Prices:

8 days - 7 nights
€760 per person, full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8 inclusive, except lunch on day 5.

 

This holiday is retailed by

olympus adventureOlympus Adventure
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