Hiking in Peloponnesse: Parnon Mountain

595.00

Includes

  • Accommodation for 7 nights with breakfast for double, triple, quad room or apartment

  • Transportation

  • tickets for sights & museums

 

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Parnon Trail is a new hiking trail that crosses by the mountain Parnon in central Peloponnese, in the mythical Arcadia. Along this route you will have the chance to visit archaeological sites that are important for the history of this area (Ancient Tegea), local winery with excellent variety of wines and mainly local Moschofilero variety, visit 8 villages of the area, cross by the cedar forest that has been declared a UNESCO Monument of Nature, visit and swim in the springs and in a cluster of waterfall not known to the general public and eventually swim in the Argolic gulf at the picturesque village of Paralio Astros. You will mostly have the chance to get in touch with the inhabitants of the villages of a Greek area that for the most part has not been overly developed in the tourism field and retains many elements of rural and traditional life.

The big advantage of this hiking trip is that visitors are able to walk in the most beautiful parts of the Peloponnese Mountains, explore the Arcadian nature, enjoy picturesque villages, have the chance to visit ancient archaeological sites. In 8 unforgettable days, the visitors will be introduced to the Greek way of living and culture.

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival & Welcome Dinner Upon your arrival, we will meet you at Athens International Airport. We will drive to Peloponnese. Along the way, we will stop to visit the famous Corinthian Isthmus. It is a technical construction that connects the Corinthian with the Saronic Gulf and facilitates navigation. It was built in 1880 -1898 but from the ancient times, Greeks were passing ships from side to side with a structure called Diolkos. After around two hours drive, we will arrive at Ano Doliana Village, where you will be welcomed by your representatives and hosts of the following days. After settling in a beautiful guesthouse, you will have a welcome dinner with homemade traditional food, during which you will also make your first meet up with the area and the people. Overnight at Ano Doliana.

DAY 2

Tegea – Ano Doliana Morning transfer to Ancient Tegea area, an important city-state of Ancient Arcadia. There is an Archaeological Museum that has been awarded by the European Museum Forum in San Sebastian / Donostia, Spain “with the highest recognition for outstanding achievements”. There is also an interesting archaeological site, where excavations continue. Afterwards, transfer to Tsepelou Winery Estate, where a personal tour and tasting of four different wines will take place. At the end of the visit, you will have a full meal of traditional Greek food and local wine from the winery and home-made dessert, which will be served in the old watermill courtyard next to the vineyards. You will then walk in a trail that includes forest roads and a path. The first part will be on a forested road, next to vineyards and fields of chestnut and cherry trees. The second part will be on a path. The last part will be in the village of Ano Doliana. Overnight at Ano Doliana.

DAY 3

Relaxation Round Tour – Ano Doliana Today, there is a relaxation day with three suggested routes to choose from. All three of them are circular that begin and end at the centre of the Ano Doliana village. A. 4,5km, +165m / -163m Starting point at the centre of the village. The first part is asphalt road in the village. The second part is downhill in a stream with plane trees and chestnut forest. The third part is on a forest dirt road in a chestnut forest. The fourth part on an asphalt road, in a chestnut forest and in the village. B. 5km, +214m / -213m Starting point at the centre of the village. The first part is in an asphalt road in the village. The second part is downhill in a stream with plane trees and chestnut forest. The third part is on a chestnut forest dirt road. The fourth part (is on a chestnut forest path. The last part in an asphalt road, in a chestnut forest and in the village. C. 8,9km, +380m / -380m Starting point at the centre of the village. The first path is on an asphalt road in the village. The second part is downhill in a stream with plane trees and chestnut forest. The third part on a chestnut forest dirt road. The fourth part is on a chestnut forest path. The fifth part on an asphalt road in a forest of chestnut and pine trees. The sixth part is on a dirt road to chestnut forest. The seventh part is on a dirt road in a chestnut forest. The eighth part is on an asphalt road, in a chestnut forest and in the village. This is followed by agrotourism activities depending on the season and the outdoor work that are traditionally carried out in the Arcadian Villages at the time (collecting chestnuts, cherries, apples, farming fruits or vegetables) Cooking lesson and dinner. Local cooks will analyze the ingredients and recipe of traditional Greek food that you will make. Most of the ingredients will be collected from their garden. You will also taste local home-made wine. Your dinner will be served in the courtyard of the Onirologio Café at Ano Doliana. Overnight at Ano Doliana.

DAY 4

Ano Doliana – Saint Peter 10,7km, +277m/-268m Transfer to Mesorachi Village. The first section starts from the Mesorachi village and up a creek and continues on the second section which is in asphalt road into the village. The third section passes by a chestnut forest dirt road. The fourth section is on an asphalt road in a chestnut forest. The fifth section passes by a chestnut forest road and it ends on the sixth section at the streets of the village. There is an alternative longer route from Ano Doliana to Mesorachi which adds 6,5 additional kilometers. Overnight at Saint Peter. Alternative: 1 extra day for climbing at Saint Peter’s Climbing Park

DAY 5

Saint Peter – Agios Ioannis 13,3km, +468m/-557m In the morning there is a transfer to the chapel of Saint Nikolaos. The hiking starts in a path of low vegetation and continues in a famous and UNESCO Nature Monument recognized forest with cedar trees. The third section is a combination of a dirt road with low vegetation. The fourth section passes by the Lepida Springs and waterfall. The last part is an asphalt road that ends to the village of Agios Ioannis. Overnight at Agios Ioannis. There is an alternative shorter route to Agiannis village that is 5, 5 less kilometers.

DAY 6

Round tour to the waterfalls of Lepida and back to the Agios Ioannis 8,3km, +325m/-348m Today the hiking starts from the Village of Agios Ioannis in a low vegetation trial. Continues to the base of the waterfall. The third part returns to the same trail. The fourth part passes through the Lepida Springs and Waterfall in a low vegetation area. And the last part ends in an asphalt road in the village of Agios Ioannis. During the visit at the Lepida springs and waterfall, a picnic will take place with local delicacies and traditional tsipouro or ouzo drinks. Overnight at Agios Ioannis

DAY 7

Agios Ioannis – Monastery of Loukou 6,8km, +35m/-466m Transfer to the archaeological site of Elliniko. You can visit the archaeological site, and then start your hiking by passing though the ruins of the ancient castle and follow the ancient route in a smooth stream. In the meantime you can visit a local olive oil estate to have olive oil tasting. The second part connects the ancient route with a dirt road that ends at Loukou Monastery. This monastery is located in an area full of antiquities and is a must-visit monument. After the monastery visit, there will be transfer to the picturesque village of Paralio Astros for dinner at a fish tavern. Overnight at Paralio Astros

DAY 8

Departure Day or Extended Trip As it is the departure day, you can choose to visit Nafplio or Mycenae Archaeological Site if the flight schedule allows.

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ACCOMMODATION

During this tour you will stay in guesthouses. All accommodations have been selected by us and are checked in person by our crew. They fulfill a minimum level of standards set like cleanness, stuff behavior, breakfast, comfort and more. In terms of our Responsible Travel Policy, all accommodations are owned by locals, they mainly employee locals and do care about the environment. Most probably you will meet the owners themselves, have a cup of coffee with them or taste the breakfast made by their hands! Contact us for more details.

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PRICING

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers as per mentioned
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Dinner

Optional with extra charge 100,00 Euros

Waterfalls picnic, wine tasting, agrotourism activities, farewell dinner, cooking lesson with lunch, olive oil tasting

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