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North Greece Hiking Tour with Olympus Ascent

This off-the-beaten-path North Greece hiking tour that includes an unforgettable Olympus ascent will take you to the top of Mytikas, to discover gorgeous nature spots, and to experience the unique Greek culture. A stunning gorge, rafting, and sipping on local wines are all part of the fun!


TRIP TYPE

Group

MOUNTAIN RANGES

Olympus

DURATION

8 Days

OFFER PERIOD

Jun - Oct

FITNESS LEVEL

Fit

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

  • Explore north Greece and climb the iconic Mount Olympus.
  • Enjoy a fun hiking adventure that includes a wine tour and rafting too.
  • Discover unique bridges, picturesque villages and cross the Vikos Gorge!

Description

This unique North Greece hiking tour is designed to give you a full taste of what Greece is all about. On this fantastic adventure, you will have the chance to climb to the highest point of Mount Olympus, Mytikas, as well as enjoy hiking through the region’s beautiful villages and nature spots.

We will set off from Litochoro and tackle Olympus first. From the top of the mythical mountain, we will catch sight of the whole region. Then, every day will take us to go deeper into North Greece. We will enjoy its wines, its lovely villages, each with its traditions and history, cross bridges and the stunning Vikos Gorge, and even go rafting! The tour will end on day 8 in Ioannina. You can find a detailed, day-by-day program below.

To join this hiking tour, you will need a good fitness level. Climbing Mount Olympus is not technically difficult, however, it does involve some scrambling and physical strength. Of course, our experienced local guides will be there to show you the way and help you up, down, and across. If you have any doubts or concerns about your level, then feel free to contact us to enquire.

If you’re up for this North Greece exploration, make sure to send us a message, and we will start planning this exciting adventure together!

To keep exploring Greece, you can also join us on this incredible Menalon Trail tour!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Transport during the trip

Price details

INCLUDED:

6 nights in guesthouses or boutique charming hotels with breakfast and one night in berths in a mountain hut.

English-speaking tour leader during the trip

All necessary transport starting from Litochoro and ending in Ioannina town

Litochoro to Meteora

Meteora to Zagori

Zagori to Ioannina

Activities as described in the itinerary with English speaking Trekking Hellas local guides.

Meals: 3 picnic lunches during the hikes in Meteora and Zagori and one winery tour with a meal

Hotel stay over tax

NOT INCLUDED:

Meals not mentioned above

Anything not mentioned above

Please inquire about prices for our self-drive tour options, and about additional transfers that we can include.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Litochoro

We start our trip from the village of Litochoro, in the foothills of Mt. Olympus. Getting to Litochoro from Thessaloniki  is a 2 hour ride, whereas  from Athens it is a 6 hour drive.

Overnight in Litochoro.

Day 2: Litochoro-Spilios Agapitos

Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1,100 meters. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos Mountain Hut is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and part of the E4 European Trail.

Prionia is the highest point that can be reached by car. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the trail is in good condition. We make our way up to an altitude of 2,100 meters and reach the Spilios Agapitos Mountain Hut, where we will spend the night. (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3-4 hours). Overnight in Mt.Olympus Mountain Hut.

Day 3: Mytikas

After an early rise and breakfast, we have two options depending on the fitness level of the participants and local weather conditions: We either climb up to the summit of Skala at 2,882 meters and then cross a narrow ridge and climb to the summit of Skolio at 2,911 metres (4-5 hours walking on narrow paths (some scrambling is necessary – altitude gain of 800 meters), or weather  permitting, we ascend the highest summit of Greece – Mytikas (2,917 meters), following a narrow gorge (about 1 km of scrambling). After reaching the summit we descend following the same path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani – the throne of Zeus, we emerge on the Plateau of Mouses. We return back to Prionia via the same route through Spilios Agapitos mountain hut, from where we transfer back to Litochoro. (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 8-9 hours). Overnight in Litochoro.

Day 4: Wine Tour + Meteora

Our day today will be more relaxed! We will explore the villages in the foothills of Mount Olympus. After our breakfast we will visit the winery of the Kourtis family, in the village of Raches. Our hosts will guide us through their vineyard and wine cellar, and we will have the chance to enjoy some wine tasting and a lovely meal. Our journey will continue towards Meteora, where we will spend the night. Meteora is one of the most spectacular and extraordinary landscapes in Greece. The stunning rocky pinnacles of Meteora with the imposing monasteries atop, listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are an absolute must-see. Overnight in Meteora.

Day 5: Meteora Hiking- Zagori

We will walk to the cliff top monasteries following a trail known only by the locals! We will start our hike from the Monastery of St. Nicolas in Kastraki village, following the same old trails the monks used to use, winding their way among the tall rock-towers. We will pass beneath the ruined monastery of Pantocrator on the northern side of the Dupiani rock. This path will take us to the heart of a lush forest reaching the abandoned and restored Monastery of “Ypapanti” and the ruins of St. Dimitrios. Afterwards our trail goes uphill. A short walk will lead us to the cliff top monasteries Varlaam and Great Meteoro. We will have the opportunity to visit one of them. We will then walk downhill towards Kastraki following the ancient path used by the monks, passing next to the cave of St. George Mandila, where climbers hang their scarves every year. Enjoy the unique views from the top the steep rock formations and learn about the history and the geological significance of the area.

After our rewarding walk, we will visit one of the famous monasteries before we depart for our next destination: the aea of Zagori and Pindos Aoos National Park. Overnight in Zagori.

Day 6: Bridges and Villages Hike

This wonderful circular hike is an ideal way of exploring the hidden gems of Central Zagori! Starting from the village of Vitsa, we will visit the most iconic traditional villages of the area such as the Koukouli, Kipi and Dilofo villages. The hiking tour will give us the opportunity to see, admire and walk on the arched stone bridges, which were very significant to the Zagorian people, as they were the only connection between the villages and its inhabitants before roads were built! Overnight in Zagori.

Day 7: Vikos Gorge

Enjoy a fascinating hike in one of the most beautiful gorges of Europe. The Vikos Gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Greece. The gorge consists of limestone and dolomite formations, dating back to 150 million years and vertical walls extending up to a height of 1700 meters. The gorge is part of the 12,600 hectares Vikos-Aoos National Park and has been listed in the Guinness book of records as the deepest canyon worldwide in proportion to its width. The hike starts from the village of Monodendri, with a 45 minute descent to the river bed. The trail is surrounded by steep mountain tops and dense forests of deciduous trees and 1800 different plant species. Before our final ascend to the village of Vikos, we will visit the springs of Voidomatis, Greece’s cleanest and coldest river, with an average all year temperature of 8,5°C. If you are brave enough, you might want to try taking a plunge in its refreshing, crystal clear waters! The hike finishes in the village of Vikos , after an approximate 1-hour’s ascend. Overnight in Zagori.

Day 8: Voidomatis Rafting- Ioannina

We will wrap up our discovery tour in Zagori with a relaxing rafting descend in the crystal clear waters of Voidomatis river, in the heart of the National Park of Vikos – Aoos.  The Voidomatis River rises in the Vikos Gorge and follows an impressive waterway wreathed with age-long plane trees that border its bed and traditional stone bridges over the waters. The Voidomatis River debouches its crystal clear waters into the Aoos River, in Konitsa’s plain. After our Rafting, we will be transferred back to Ioannina, where our tour ends.

About the guide: Trekking

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Tour Operator

Trekking Hellas is the largest and most renowned tour operator in Greece, in the outdoor holidays area. For over 33 years, we have been providing high quality services for individuals and groups, offering unique adventures in the most beautiful locations in the country, with highly qualified guides.

The variety of activities in offer is huge, from sea kayaking, hiking and rafting, to biking, via ferrata, rock climbing or gastronomy tours, among many others.

We operate 12 bases all over Greece, with different activities. The personnel in each base has the required qualifications to guide the specific activities we operate: eg. for hiking at low altitudes we work with experienced mountain guides with degrees from mountaineering associations and from our own training school; for sea kayaking we require the BCU certificate.

We contribute to the sustainable rural development by supporting local communities and offering work opportunities to their inhabitants, and the global effort to reduce over-tourism. We strongly embrace and implement a socially and environmentally responsible policy promoting the protection of nature and environmental awareness.

Our network makes it possible to offer and operate at the highest standards a variety of activities all over the country, in classic touristy destinations (Santorini, Athens, Crete, Rhodes, etc.) and less known regions of Greece (Tzoumerka, Karpenisi etc.).

Send us a request and come join us for a unique adventure in Greece!

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What people are saying about Trekking

Yvonne

5.00

Our first time with Explore-Share. An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. Extremely good value, very well organised with attention to detail. We travel widely and this has by far been the best of experiences. Well done to all concerned. We are already looking at booking another tri

Natasja

5.00

George offered great introduction and guidance. Very patience and increased the level of climbing according to the participants. Great experience!

Yvonne

5.00

Our first time with Explore-Share. An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. Extremely good value, very well organised with attention to detail. We travel widely and this has by far been the best of experiences. Well done to all concerned. We are already looking at booking another trip!

Galen

5.00

George was a great guide, fun to talk to, informative, and attentive to safe. We all made great friends with him, and had a great experience.

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