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Hiking with The Gods, 1-day Mt. Olympus trek

Greek Adventure - 1 day

  • Hiking with The Gods, 1-day Mt. Olympus trek
  • 1 day / 0 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
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Overview

> Visit the Old Monastery of Agios Dionisios
> Walk through the black pine tree forest
> Discover the waterfall of Enipeas 

This daily activity consists of hiking for a few hours to the home of the ancient Greek gods in Olympus mountain. This 7-hour trekking activity will take you to the Old Monastery of Agios Dionisios and the Holy Cave where the saint used to live as a hermit. You will also walk by crystal-clear streams and stunning waterfalls. During this hike you won't reach the summit of Mount Olympus, but we invite you to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the highest mountain of Greece!


Trek available: from May to October
Total program duration: around 7 hours
Suitable for ages: 12-70 years

Route

What's the plan?

Prionia – Old Monastery of Agios Dionisios – Holy Cave - Mills- Litochoro

Estimated Walking Time: approx. 5-6 hours
Meeting point and time: At the main square of Litochoro, at 9.00 am

Arrive and meet your guide in Litochoro at 9.00 am in the main square next to the Taxi station. Transfer to Prionia, which will be the starting point of our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 meters.

The route from Prionia to the Old Monastery of Agios Dionisios goes parallelly to Enipeas stream which we will pass over via several nice wooden bridges. On the way, we will explore the waterfall of Enipeas with its gorgeous natural pool and we will enjoy the walk at the black pine tree forest.  

Later on, we will reach the monastery of Agios Dionysios, which was destroyed in World War II by German troops who blew it up. It lies hidden in the dense pine forest. After 2 hours walking, we will arrive at the cave of Agios Dionisios, the place where the saint used to live as a hermit.

We will finish our tour at the Mills of Litochoro location, just outside Litochoro, at 300 m. The hike takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete and is classed as of moderate difficulty. Optionally, we can start from the Monastery of Saint Dionisos for less walking (one and a half-hour less walk).

Note: Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local conditions and the weather.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transfers
Transport to Prionia or Agios Dionisios is included in the price of this trekking adventure.

√ Guide
An Experienced English speaking local guide, part of the Greek Adventure's team, will be with you at all times to answer all your questions and to guide you through the most amazing landscapes. All the expenses of the guide are also covered.

√ Snacks
Snacks for the hiking like dry fruits and cookies are included in the price of the trek.

√ Third-party insurance and Taxes
Third-party insurance and all the taxes required for this trekking activity are included in the price of this trek.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Greece. You will have to get to Greece on your own.

× Meals, drinks and beverages
Food, drinks, and beverages are not included in the price of the trek. They are on your own account.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, food, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Greece.

× Tips
Tipping in Greece is expected in most places, but it is by no means obligatory. Of course, there is no set standard for how much to tip when you got a good service. As regards tipping your tour guide, tipping between 2 to 5 Euros per person, per day of trek, is a good reference.

Optional services:

- Picnic: € 10,- per person. Includes traditional greek pies (cheese and mushroom), Greek salad, tzatziki, olives, bread, tsipouro, dessert. The picnic could take place near the monastery or somewhere on the way.

- One way transfer with TAXI or rental car from Thessaloniki to Litochoro: € 120,- for 1-4/persons

FAQ

FAQ

Best Season
Most of the treks can be completed at any time of the year, except for Mount Olympus, which can be climbed between June and October due to climatic reasons. As regards the other hikes in Greece, the best time to visit this amazing country is from April to November. During these months you will have sunny weather and clear skies. Bear in mind that July and August are the hottest months of the year, especially when you plan to go hiking in Crete.

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece and one of the highest peaks in Europe. Its summit, Mytikas, rises up to 2,917 meters above sea level. This stunning massif is one of the most famous in the world. With stunning beauty, remoteness, and majesty, it is no surprise that the Ancient Greeks believed it to be the home of their most important gods, sitting on Mytikas peak.

Tipping
Tipping in Greece is expected in most places, but it is by no means obligatory. Of course, there is no set standard for how much to tip when you got a good service. As regards tipping your tour guide, tipping between 2 to 5 Euros per person, per day of trek, is a good reference.

How hard are the trails?
Most of our activities are for beginners, especially for people that they don’t need something harder. Our goal is to give you a taste of a soft activity while visiting our country, either alone, our with your friends and family. Now, if you are going to do the trek to Mount Olympus, then that is a different story. Though previous experience is not necessary, a basic fitness level is required for this trek. While hiking in Mount Olympus, you will have to carry clothes and gear to spend 3 days on the mountain. Bear in mind that you will be walking several hours a day and sleeping in refuges. The more prepared you are, the safer it will be for you and your team.

Packing List

Packing List

Depending on the number of days of your trek, you will need more or less clothes and equipment. If you are doing a 1 or 2-day trek, you probably won't be needing more than comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, water, sunglasses, and a hut. Now, if your trekking adventure is longer, then you will need more than that. Our partner Greek Adventure prepared a recommended packing list so that you don't forget any of the essentials. Please try to travel as light as possible. Remember that you must carry your bag every day of the trek:

- Large, comfortable rucksack (30-40 liters)* with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended to keep clothing, etc. dry inside.
- Sturdy, worn-in trekking shoes
- Good waterproof top with hood
- Warm clothes, both for windy/cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
- Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
- Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
- Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available.
- Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sunblock
- Penknife
- Water bottle
- Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
- Photographers: bring your cameras
- Torch (head torch if you have one)
- Walking sticks
- Swimming suit for those treks including water activities

* If you are doing the 3-day trek to Mount Olympus, then you will be needing a 60-65 liters rucksack.

Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Greek Adventure

Greek Adventure

Greek Adventure is a tour operator dedicated to bringing you the most exciting holiday packages to the most magnificent places in Greece. With over 20 years of experience we offer you tempting vacation packages, combined tours and activities in various parts of Greece, as well as daily outdoor excursions. 

We are an established and diversified destination management operator, based in Monodendri Ioannina, Greece. We provide professional destination management services to our clients, with an emphasis on quality, innovation and attention to the environment.

We bring our 20 and more years of destination and adventure trips experience to bear on every request and are committed to ensuring our clients value for money, creativity and innovation in content, reliable and responsible cooperation as well as diligent and excellent execution of programs. If you are looking for an experienced and professional destination management operator, look no further.

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Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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