Mount Olympus & Meteora Trek

Small Group [or private] Trek

About Mount Olympus & Meteora Trek

Summary

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

Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons

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.

Our treks in Greece include all meals, accommodation and comfortable transport; we offer opportunities for sightseeing as well as an excellent English-speaking guide/tour escort throughout. Your guide will make every effort to show you a variety of good quality Greek dishes during your holiday - our team love their food, too!

Accommodation: The guest houses and hotels in this itinerary are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country. We select accommodation which has been personally inspected and experienced by our team - all hotels and guesthouses are comfortable and fully equipped with heating, en-suite bathroom/shower, air-conditioning, telephone, and television. Services at the mountain huts include: bunk beds, pillows and blankets.

Departures: 2021

  • Small Group Dates - 10th July, 17th July
  • For private bookings from 4 to 12 persons - any date upon request between July 1st and September 30th.

 *Minimum 2 persons, maximum 8 persons.

What's included:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in double rooms with en-suite shower/WC. Most but not all accommodation facilities will also have en-suite, air-conditioning, TV, telephone and internet access – although some may have these amenities only in the lobby. 
  • 2 nights in Mountain Hostels, in dormitories.
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches plus 4 picnic lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Luggage transfers [between hotels]
  • Transfer from and to the airport of Thessaloniki
  • Sightseeing visits [subject to time available and flight details]
  • Experienced and licensed English speaking trekking guide
  • All activities as per itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Airfare (we can book flights for you if required)
  • Lunch on days 1 & 8
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Travel and Personal accident insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the programme
  • Not included: In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros,  5 star hotels = 4 Euros).

Extra Information:

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.
  • 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.

Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:

  • Bottle/flask of water (1 litre per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Sun protection & Sunglasses
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Walking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch (Headlamp)
  • HIKING BOOTS / SHOES ARE NECESSARY!

Contact us for further details or a quote.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Thessaloniki Airport* - Kastraki

    On arrival at Thessaloniki International Airport you will be met by your guide & taken to your guesthouse in Kastraki (around 3.5 hours), a village lying beneath the spectacular rocks of Meteora. Dinner this evening will be in a nearby local taverna.

    • Overnight stay in Kastraki
    • Meals: Dinner.
    • Alternative Arrival Airports: Volos (3 hours from Kastraki) & Athens (5 hours from Kastraki)

  • Day 2: Meteora

    After breakfast you'll head off with your guide on your first hike between the rocky pinnacles of the Meteora monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the traditional (and the best) way to explore this beautiful area; you'll be walking the same trails as the monks did in centuries past. Along the way you'll spot some of the earliest stages of occupation by the monks, simple cave dwellings and more elaborate "monasteries" hundreds of feet up the side of the rocks.

    • Overnight stay in Kastraki
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy
    • Trekking altitude: 250m - 500m - 250m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3: Meteora - Litochoro

    After breakfast you'll visit one of the six inhabited monasteries which are open to the public. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular views of the towering rocks and monasteries and to take plenty of photos. Then you'll drive to your guesthouse in Litochoro (around 2 hours' journey), a town on the slopes of Mount Olympus.

    • Overnight stay in Litochoro.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4: Enipeas Gorge

    Today’s 5-hour hike begins from the Monastery of Agios Dionysios and ends in the town of Litochoro. The hike will take you alongside the Enipeas River for almost the entire route and crosses over it several times. Even if you can't see the river, you can always hear it gurgling through the verdant valley smothered in black pines, beech trees and mediterranean shrub. Along this picturesque trail, which is part of the E4 European long distance path, you'll see waterfalls, wooden bridges and small lakes as well as having stunning views of the Aegean Sea as you get closer to Litochoro.

    • Overnight stay in Litochoro
    • Trekking Time: 5 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude:950m -300m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5: Litochoro - Muses Plateau

    After breakfast a 20 minute drive will take you to Gortsia, today’s starting point. The path leads through a dense forest up to the Muses Plateau where your mountain hostel is located (at an altitude of 2650m). The final part of the today's hike takes you through alpine scenery which offers far-reaching views of the plains of Northern Greece, the Aegean Sea and the impressive peak “Stefani” (also known as the “Throne of Zeus”).

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel
    • Trekking Time: 6-7 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 1050m - 2650m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6: Muses Plateau - Mount Olympus Peaks

    A bright and early start this morning as you start your walk along the foothills of “Mytikas” and “Stefani” peaks. You’ll later take the E4 European long distance path up to the peak of “Skala”, located at an altitude of 2866m. Continue your hike to Skolio peak (2912m), the second highest peak of Olympus, where you have your lunch break and enjoy the magnificent view towards the peak of Mytikas 2918 m. After lunch begin your descent to the mountain hostel (2100m altitude).

    • Overnight stay in Mountain Hostel A.
    • Trekking Time: 5-6 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: Moderate
    • Trekking altitude: 2650m - 2866m - 2912 - 2100
    • Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Thessaloniki

    After breakfast today begin your descent towards the Monastery of Agios Dionisios. From there you’ll drive about 25 minutes to Litochoro to collect your suitcases, after which you'll head to Thessaloniki (about a 1 hour drive) for a free afternoon or, if you wish, take a pleasant stroll along the sea front promenade. Thessaloniki is the second largest economic, industrial, commercial and political centre in Greece. This evening enjoy a memorable farewell dinner at a popular local taverna.

    • Overnight stay in Thessaloniki
    • Trekking Time: 4 hours.
    • Trek Difficulty Level: easy
    • Trekking altitude: 2100m - 950m
    • Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 8: Departure

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Thessaloniki Airport* for your return flight.

    • Meals: Breakfast.
    • Alternative Airports: Volos [Nea Aghialos] (VOL) & Athens (ATH)

Departures

  • DepartAirportResort
  • Sat 10th Jul 2021 Thessaloniki (SKG) Mount Olympus and Meteora 
  • Sat 17th Jul 2021 Thessaloniki (SKG) Mount Olympus and Meteora 

Prices

Mount Olympus & Meteora TREK

This walking holiday includes Mount Olympus, Enipeas Gorge and Meteora - a hiking lover's dream.

Available as a small group tour on the dates below or as a private booking for any date from July 1st - Sept 30th.

All prices are per person

Reviews

"It was very relaxing indeed in that everything was taken care of by Thanasis and the Company. There were no extras because everything was covered in the price and organised by Thanasis - taxis, lunches etc. We had nothing to decide or worry about as he even chose the best Greek food for us to try and it was always excellent!! Thanasis was also very interesting to talk to and informative about Greek politics and history. He also found us an excellent young guide to take us up Mt Olympus - Alexandros Panagos was great company and spoke excellent English. A brilliant trip, thank you."

M Spencer, UK, July, 2019

"We just wanted to thank you both very much indeed for organising a truly fantastic walking holiday in Greece for us. Our self-guided walking holiday in Zagori National Park & Mt. Olympus was absolutely superb in every respect. The organisation, accommodation, food, walking & our local guide Alex were all excellent. I seem to remember asking when we first made contact if you could organise some walking for us in remote areas of Greece, away from the normal tourist haunts & having the “wow” factor. Well you certainly achieved those aims for us. The small hotels/guest houses you organised for us were all excellent & the food & welcome we received was second to none. I would thoroughly recommend the holiday as a brilliant means of seeing spectacular parts of Greece & staying in marvellous small hotels . The food was exceptional everywhere. The local people very friendly & welcoming.  Thanks again for all your efforts to ensure that we both had a wonderful walking holiday & witnessed magnificent parts of Greece that we didn’t know existed."

R Tookey, UK, Sept 2016

"I just wanted to let you know that although there were only 2 of us on the tour - I had an excellent trip and cannot recommend Alex and this tour enough. I really thought he went above and beyond what was required of him to make sure we had a good holiday."

K Patel,UK, Sept 2015

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