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Greece - Mt Olympus to the Aegean Islands - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 08 April - 23 April 2020 (15 nights)
Greece - Mt Olympus to the Aegean Islands Walking Holiday

Journey from Greece’s northern mountains to the fascinating Andros and Tinos islands in the Aegean. Meeting in Thessaloniki we have easy access to Mt Olympus. Here we explore ancient walking trails, the Dion Archaeological Park and monastery. Continuing to Meteora we have two days to wander the precipitously built, World Heritage-listed monastery complex. At Delphi, the proclaimed ‘centre of the Earth’, we delve into Greek mythology before embarking on a rewarding walk on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Our stay in Athens follows the footsteps of Greek philosophers as we explore the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum. We then travel by ferry to the island of Andros, the most northerly of the Cyclades group in the Aegean and our base for three nights. We take in the splendour of Easter celebrations where each village comes alive with colourful Holy-Week parades, spring aromas, scents from delicious local dishes and island-style music. We also enjoy scenic walks among cypress trees to coves and whitewashed villages with jasmine-covered houses. Another medieval path climbs steadily to the Byzantine Panachrandou monastery beneath Gerakonas Mountain. Of course, there is time to plunge into the cool waters of the Aegean, sit with locals to taste homemade delicacies at seaside cantinas and toast glorious sunsets. We travel a short distance by ferry to nearby Tinos Island, our base for three nights. The island is known for its painters and sculptors, the pilgrimage church of Panagia Evangelistria, windmills and dovecotes (pigeon houses). Our walks follow ancient Roman paths through moonlike landscapes to discover rocky fortress ruins, traditional handicraft villages and white washed chapels along the way. We return by ferry to Athens airport after 16 days travelling from north to south.

Overview

Journey from Greece’s northern mountains to the fascinating Andros and Tinos islands in the Aegean. Meeting in Thessaloniki we have easy access to Mt Olympus. Here we explore ancient walking trails, the Dion Archaeological Park and monastery. Continuing to Meteora we have two days to wander the precipitously built, World Heritage-listed monastery complex. At Delphi, the proclaimed ‘centre of the Earth’, we delve into Greek mythology before embarking on a rewarding walk on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Our stay in Athens follows the footsteps of Greek philosophers as we explore the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum. We then travel by ferry to the island of Andros, the most northerly of the Cyclades group in the Aegean and our base for three nights. We take in the splendour of Easter celebrations where each village comes alive with colourful Holy-Week parades, spring aromas, scents from delicious local dishes and island-style music. We also enjoy scenic walks among cypress trees to coves and whitewashed villages with jasmine-covered houses. Another medieval path climbs steadily to the Byzantine Panachrandou monastery beneath Gerakonas Mountain. Of course, there is time to plunge into the cool waters of the Aegean, sit with locals to taste homemade delicacies at seaside cantinas and toast glorious sunsets. We travel a short distance by ferry to nearby Tinos Island, our base for three nights. The island is known for its painters and sculptors, the pilgrimage church of Panagia Evangelistria, windmills and dovecotes (pigeon houses). Our walks follow ancient Roman paths through moonlike landscapes to discover rocky fortress ruins, traditional handicraft villages and white washed chapels along the way. We return by ferry to Athens airport after 16 days travelling from north to south.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Walk through history from the northern mountains to the Cylades islands in the Aegean
  • Visit waterfalls, canyons & lookout points in Mt Olympus National Park
  • Have time to walk & visit the fascinating Meteora Monastery complex
  • Uncover Greek mythology in the temples, sanctuaries & archaeological museum of Delphi
  • Join a village walk on the sacred slopes of Mt Parnassus
  • See the best of Athens with local guides
  • Spend Easter on Andros Island with walks & celebrations
  • Walk to traditional dovecote villages & a rock fortress on the island of Tinos

Details

Details:

08 April - 23 April 2020 (15 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Thessaloniki/ends Athens)
Advanced Early Bird: A$7,550 until 11/11/2019
Regular: A$8,050
Single Supplement: A$895
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.
Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Accommodation: 
3-4 star hotel, boutique lodge and B&B accommodation with private facilities

Special Interest: 
Botanical, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating: 
Moderate: 5 - 15km per walking day with some longer options (moderate options include ascent/descent, rough hard terrain). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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    Nikos Magitsis is an avid mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast. Being the first Greek to climb Mt Everest, he then went onto climb the highest peak in every continent. However he is at his best leading walking tours in his homeland. His knowledge of history and botany will ensure a memorable sojourn

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