Hiking Experience in Meteora and on Mount Pelion

This walking holiday includes the world-famous monasteries at Meteora which is a fabulous introduction to the region with some great hiking. Once in Pelion you will hike along traditional stone paths from the sea to the hills and back again taking in some of the most beautiful villages, tiny resorts and spectacular views on the peninsula.

To plan your perfect holiday in Pelion Paradise we have selected a number of activities just for you! Through our contacts in Greece we can offer you the most authentic experience. Below the best suggestion for you with which you can book directly with us.

Highlights:
  • World-famous monasteries at Meteora
  • Pelion, the playground of the gods of Olympus
  • Comfortable, traditional accommodations

€ 898,- (per person, mid-season, excluding flight)

Prices can vary depending on the time of year of your booking.
We are happy to help you also book your flight.


Activities
  • Meteora Sunset Tour

8 days to explore and go hiking in Meteora and on Mount Pelion. So much to see and explore.

Meteora is a UNESCO world heritage site. Monasteries are built into and on top of huge pinnacles of smooth rock. An incredible sight, simply taking your breath away. Hiking in Meteora is relaxing and exciting at the same time.

After discover the home of the Centaurs and playground of the gods of Olympus. Still unspoilt, Pelion is an outstandingly beautiful area of the Greek mainland; sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters combine with dense forests and traditional villages offering a unique hiking experience.

Includes: Accommodation in double rooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner, transfer from and the airport and transport throughout the itinerary, luggage transfers (between hotels), visits to sights, all activities, English-speaking tour guide (Meteora), all local taxes.

Seasons: spring (from May 1st), summer and autumn

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Participants should be in good physical condition with some relevant hiking experience.

Itinerary:
Day1. Arrival and settling in hotel in Kastraki

Day2. Hike around Meteora, visit to monastery and church

Day3. Trip to Pelion via Kalabaka and hike from Milies (Milaei) to Kala Nera

Day4. Hike from Milies (Mileai) to Tsagarada Village

Day5. Hike from Tsagarada via Fakistra to Damouchari

Day6. Hike from Damouchari to Agios Ioannis, transfer to Chania for hike to Agriolefkes

Day7. Hike from Chania to Portaria and Makrinitsa

Day8. Return to the airport

Accommodation: We have selected a range of comfortable traditional accommodations, all of equal quality and service. They are generally small, independent or family-run, properties which add significantly to your travel experience in this fascinating country.

Extensive description

Day 1 | You arrive at the airport in Thessaloniki where you will meet with your guide. You will be transferred to Kastraki, a village where you can check into your hotel . Depending on time of arrival you can explore in and around Kastraki. Kastraki is a small village, nestled under some of the huge rock formations of Meteora. From there you can walk to all monasteries. One of the two roads leading to the monasteries passes through the village. The first monastery on the way up is Ag. Nikolaos (St. Nicholas), very close to the last houses of Kastraki. Visible anywhere from Kastraki is the striking column, the adhrakhtlsi, or obelisk, the geological heart of Meteora. You will have dinner in a nearby local tavern in Kastraki.

Day 2 | Today you will go with your guide for a hike between the rocky pinnacles of Meteora and see the famous monasteries, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will walk on some of the same old trails as the monks did in the past centuries. On foot is the best way to explore this unique geological phenomenon. The views are simply stunning.

Along the way you will 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. Today six monasteries are active with a small number of monks or nuns.

After lunch in a traditional tavern in Kalambaka you will visit the Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, one of the most important monuments of Kalambaka. And you will visit one of the six operating monasteries which are open to the public. During the hike you will have short breaks for photos and enjoying the spectacular views of the monasteries and the gigantic rocky pinnacles. You will finally go back to Kastraki and to the hotel. Dinner will be in Kastraki.

Hiking Time: 5 hours

Day 3 | After breakfast you check out from the hotel. Today the trip will take you to Pelion, with one more attraction on our way, just 3 km. from Kalabaka. This is Theopetra cave, a famous archaeological site. Humans inhabited this cave for over 130.000 years. Elements of the cave indicate the evolution from Neanderthals to Homo sapiens and, later still, the transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. Incredibly, a 23.000-year-old stone wall in front of the cave is believed to be one of the oldest-known man-made structures in the world.You will continue your trip which will take you to the picturesque village of Milies (Mileai) at Mount Pelion. On Pelion a centuries-old network of kalderimia (cobbled-paths) weaves through the trees and connects picturesque mountain villages to seaside villages. You will check into the hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon you will follow an old stone path and head towards the village of Kala Nera. Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim before hiking back to Milies (Mileai) following another path (or alternatively get a transfer) where you will stay overnight.

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Day 4 | On today’s hike you’ll cross Mount Pelion from South West to North East. Starting from Milies (Mileai) village, walking on a forestry road through chestnut trees to reach the village of Tsagarada. This is a classic, well-worn and beautiful route in Pelion. Your starting point is the library building, with the inscription ”ΨΥΧΗΣ ΑΚΟΣ” (psychis akos, “therapy for the soul”). Most of the route is on kalderimi (stone paved path) through the forest and at the end you pass over the river bed of Mylopotamos on the wonderful old stone bridge. You are now almost in Tsagarada. On arrival in Tsagarada you check into your guesthouse. The rest of the day you can spent exploring Tsagarada.

Hiking Time: 5 hours

Day 5 | The destination on today’s hike is Damouchari, passing from the isolated beach of Fakistra. You leave from the Agia Paraskevi square, where you can admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1.000 years old. You will follow the kalderimi through a beautiful chestnut forest. When arriving at Fakistra, with crystal clear blue water, we can stop for a nice swim, rest and lunch. On your way to Damouchari, still close to Fakistra beach, we go down to the chapel-retreat of Krifo Scholio (hidden or concealed school). An underground school for teaching the Greek language and Christian doctrine, provided by the Greek Orthodox Church under Ottoman rule in Greece between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Continue the path and enjoy the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, until you arrive on the pebbly beach of Damouchari, just beneath the ruins of the old medieval castle. If we walk a little further along the paved road, we reach a small harbor with the deserted building of the old customs and two taverns. A great place to rest and have dinner.

Hiking time: 4 hours

Day 6 | Today’s hike, starting from Damouchari, follows the path along the shore to Agios Ioannis and the magnificent sandy beach Papa Nero. There is an opportunity to jump into the turquoise water of Papa Nero beach before you are driven up to Chania village, the highest among the settlements of the area (1190m).

In the afternoon there is an optional walk to Agriolefkes with fantastic views of both the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitic Gulf.

Hiking time: 1 hour

Optional extra hike time: approx. 3.5 hours

Day 7 | Today you will follow the same path that was used according to Greek Mythology by the Centaurs. “The centaurs were half horse-half human creatures that constantly struggled with their two natures, one beastly and one civil. The best known however of their breed and a notable exception was Chiron, famous for his modest and learned ways. He was known for his medicinal skills and teaching abilities and was the tutor of a number of mythical Greeks such as Achiles an Asclepius”. This path, which begins in Chania at an altitude of approximately 1.200 meters and overflowing with Mediterranean vegetation, leads us to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon you will continue to Makrinitsa, another picturesque village of the area with many old mansions, also known as the “Balcony of Mount Pelion”, offering stunning views to the Pagasitic Gulf and the city of Volos.

Hiking time: 6 hours

Day 8 | After breakfast, you will be transferred to Thessaloniki Airport* for your return flight.

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