Mythical Peloponnese

Discover the hidden treasures of Greece in this action packed small group adventure. Hike above the tree line of the highest mountains in the Peloponnese and paddle around the turquoise waters of Mani peninsula. This is the perfect option for anyone looking for a holiday which combines the very best of the land and sea of Greece. Scale the heights of Mount Taygetus and explore Vyros Gorge amongst ancient Spartan trails. Take a boat-trip to one the most captivating caves in the world, then walk and swim around Cape Tenaro the stunningly scenic, southernmost point of mainland Europe.

DEPARTURES

Departure date
Return date
Theme
Price Per person
 
12/05/2018
18/05/2018
Multi Active
€1039
Fully Booked
02/06/2018
08/06/2018
Multi Active
€1039
01/09/2018
07/09/2018
Multi Active
€1039

HIGHLIGHTS

Athens city introductionGo rafting and hiking around Lousios river in ArcadiaVisit Dimitsana’s historic Open Air Water Power Museum
Discover the charming and flourishing seaside town of Kardamyli in ManiHike through Viros gorge in Mani or to Mount Taygetos summit (2407m.)Paddle out on your sea-kayaks around the stunning landscapes of Mani
Go swimming to the pristine beaches of western ManiVisit the stunning Diros caveWalk to the lighthouse of Cape Tenaro the southernmost point of mainland Europe

Itinerary

Welcome to Athens, a vibrant city brimming over with striking ancient landmarks at every turn and lively, ultramodern museums, multi-arts spaces, shops and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the beating heart of the city; lose yourself in the colourful network of streets in the town centre and in the island-like paths of Anafiotika neighbourhood in Acropolis. Tonight we’ll have our first briefing at the lobby of your hotel.

Overnight: Athens

Accommodation: 3* city hotel

Meals: –

Activity: –

Off we go! Right after breakfast hop into our van travelling to lush Arcadia, where an energizing rafting experience awaits you at Lousios river. Enjoy rafting in the friendly and crystal clear waters, past the eye-catching scenery of the lush gorge. From Lousios river you will continue to Alfios River and conclude at a quaint bridge, where we will kick back in the coolness of the waterfalls.

After an action-packed morning, you will check in and refresh yourself at a lovely family-run cottage.

Next, it’s time for lunch in picturesque Stemnitsa village, perched on the lush hillside of Mt Mainalon, where you can unwind as you choose for the rest of the day. The village was where revolutionary leader Theodoros Kolokotronis was based during the War Of Independence, and in more modern times was known for its people’s traditional know-how in the art of silver-smithing and other crafts.

Overnight: Stemnitsa

Accommodation: Family run traditional guesthouse

Meals: B L

Activity: Rafting (4 hours)

 

After breakfast we will go for a walk amongst Lousios river, starting from Dimitsana village, all the while embraced by luxuriant vegetation and pausing to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and the impressive Prodromos monastery, where we will see 10th Century murals. Just before we start our walk, we will have the opportunity to explore the unique Open Air Water-Power Museum, which showcases fascinating pre-industrial mechanisms and workshop rooms that utilized water power to manufacture numerous major utilitarian products.

Following your exploration of Dimitsana, we take you to Kardamylli, which oozes quaintly old fashioned, traditional charm, with landmarks such as antique monasteries and medieval tower houses. The area, beloved to ‘explorers’ like the legendary author Patrick Leigh Fermor and his friend Bruce Chatwin, now attracts a larger variety of eclectic visitors from around the world for its rich history, natural beauty, welcoming locals and exceptional ambience.

Overnight: Kardamyli

Accommodation: Family run traditional guesthouse or 3* hotel

Meals: B L

Activity:  Hiking (3-4 hours) Ascend 430m Descend 940m

After breakfast, set off on a hike of the Viros gorge, in the heart of Messinian Mani. Descending from the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias and disgorging itself into the sea at Kardamili, Viros is known as an area of unparalleled beauty. The hike, following well-marked paths among tall cypress trees, will take you past pretty villages with stone houses and historic churches such as Moni Lykaki, the interior walls of which are covered with antique, richly colored frescoes. The hike concludes in ancient Kardamyli. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing and rewarding dinner at a fantastic taverna serving fresh and delicious local food, looking out to the horizon and an outstanding sunset.

OPTIONAL HIKE: MOUNT TAYGETOS SUMMIT

For the experienced hikers the summit of stunning Mount. Taygetos – Prohitis Elias – at 2407m. awaits! Follow our expert guide on an off-road drive to the starting point of today’s challenge.  Mount. Taygetos is the highest mountain in the Peloponnese, stretching more than 100km, one of the largest alpine routes in the country, known as Pentadactylos, offering panoramic views which reach even Crete on a clear day. A great part of the mountain is covered by ‘black’ pine trees. There are also cypresses, junipers, oaks, evergreen maples, eurasian smoketrees and more.

After our descent, we will transfer back to Kardamyli for dinner and some serious relaxation.

Overnight: Kardamyli

Accommodation: Family run traditional guesthouse or 3* hotel

Meals: B D

Activity: Trekking

Ascent/Descent: 700m Vyros (Gorge) 3 hours

Ascent/Descent: 1600m (mount Taygetos) 6 hours

Today we will take an amazing half-day sea kayak tour around the stunning landscapes of Mani peninsula. Paddle to secret spots such as  hidden caves and experience diving in hot water pools. Continue paddling to a beautiful sandy beach and take a swim break followed by a refreshing fruit snack prepared on the spot by our guides.The rest of the day is yours to unwind as you choose.

Overnight: Kardamyli

Accommodation: Family run traditional guesthouse or 3* hotel

Meals: B L

Activity: Sea Kayak, swimming. (4 hours)

Road trip day today! Visit the magnificent Diros cave on a half hour boat ride along the underground lake, taking in remarkable natural sculptures created by the stalactites and stalagmites over millions of years ago.

Explore Vathia village to see its impressive towers, churches and houses built during the 16th century. Most of the ghostly-looking village was abandoned by the late 20th Century.

Later on, follow the trail to Cape Tenaro the stunningly scenic, southernmost point of mainland Europe. At the tip of Cape Tenaro is the legendary sea cave that is said to be ‘the gate to Hades’. Tenaro was once a vivacious Roman city. At the end of the walk there is a restored light house from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Cretan sea.

Overnight: Kardamyli

Accommodation: Family run traditional guesthouse or 3* hotel

Meals: B L

Activity: Road-trip, culture, swimming, walking (1.30 hours) Ascent/Descent: 70m.

 

Transfer to Athens International Airport is scheduled at 8:30am (estimated driving time 3:30 hours). We recommend booking any flight departing after 4:00pm

Meals: B

INCLUDED

Professional English-speaking Personality Journeys tour leaderProfessional qualified mountain guideGuided rafting activity in Lousios riverGuided hiking activity in Lousios Gorge, Viros Gorge & Cape Tenaro
Sea Kayak experience in Mani/PeloponnneseSingle timed airport transfer on day 7Αll accommodation in 3* hotels or traditional guesthouses6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
All land transport involved in the itineraryEntrance tickets to Dimitsana museum and Diros cave

NOT INCLUDED

Travel insurance (required)Mount Taygetos summit Hike (100€/person including off-road transfer to/from starting point, qualified mountain guide, snack)
BeveragesGratuities (optional)
Single supplement

ACCOMMODATION

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Athens city hotel

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Stemnitsa Traditional guesthouse

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Kardamyli Traditional Guesthouse

TRIP INFORMATION

How to book

By clicking the 'Book now' button above, you will be asked to pay a deposit of 20%. This is to secure your booking with us.
On receipt of your booking we will send you full written confirmation of your booking, together with your trip invoice, which is usually due for payment 8 weeks prior to departure. The date payment is due will show on the invoice. The confirmation will include personal details, flight information (if booked), joining instructions, visa application advice, a kit list and a copy of the trip notes. It will also include a checklist to ensure you get everything ready for your holiday. The joining instructions will explain how to meet up with others in your group and include a contact number should you be delayed. We will not send out any further information prior to travel. However, we will inform you of any changes to your joining arrangements.

The remaining amount is settled 60 days before the trip.

Please read our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions for further information. Alternatively you can call us to secure your booking on +30 2152151629

Arriving in Athens / Our first briefing

A single group transfer using public transport will be provided from the airport to the hotel, which is located in Athens center close to the main square (Syntagma). Ιn the evening, at 7.00pm. we’ll have our first briefing at the lobby of your hotel.

Group size

Minimum guests: 2
Maximum guests: 14

Accommodation & Single supplement

We will spend 1 night in Athens city, 1 night in Stemnitsa village in Arcadia/Peloponnese and 4 nights in Kardamyli seaside village, in traditional stylish village accommodations with en-suite facilities. Guesthouses have rooms in which we sleep on a twin share basis. In such case of solo travelers booking a room on their own, there is a single supplement charge applied (230€).

Tour leader & Activities guides

Our tour leaders are qualified, native Greek professionals, fluent in English, with excellent organisational skills and vast knowledge of the regions visited. Our rafting, sea-kayak and mountain guides are qualified local professionals.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken in the hotel or the guesthouses and may include tea and coffee, orange juice, marmalade mage of local fruits, cereals, occasionally eggs, plus bread with jam, honey or cheese. Lunches and dinner are taken at a traditional taverna, depending to the schedule of the day, with a choice of food or we may have a set meal with vegetarian and meat options.

Fitness level

In order to better appreciate the uniqueness of your holiday we advise you to be in good physical condition. Participation in all the activities is optional. Our guides will be happy to recommend alternatives should you wish to skip a scheduled activity.

Mount Taygetos summit trek

Mount Taygetos summit trek is optional as it is more demanding in terms of fitness requirements and experience. We wake up at 5.00am and after breakfast we jump on our van for a 90 minutes' drive to the starting point at 1600m elevation. Most of the drive is off-road. Your expert mountain guide will take you to one of the most breathtaking ascents in Greece. It is no coincidence that one of Greece's most prominent writers, Stratis Myrivilis named Mount Taygetos 'The male mountain'.
Mount Taygetos trekking activity is not included in the main itinerary. The cost is 100€/person including transfers, guiding & snack.

Travel Insurance

If you have not already arranged appropriate insurance cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers. It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with Personality Journeys that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment.

Min and Max age limit

Trip participants must be at least 15 years old. Guests less than 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents.

What to bring

• Hiking boots or hiking shoes
• Hiking trousers & socks
• A pair of shoes that will get wet
• Swimming suit and beach towel
• Base-layer shirts (long sleeved and short sleeved)
• T-shirts and/or casual shirts
• Windproof jacket or similar
• Sunhat
• Eye wear - sunglasses
• Daypack (30 - 35 litres)
• Headtorch
• Sun protection (including for lips)
• Water bottles 1 Litre
• Antibacterial handwash
• Small padlock
• Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent.
OPTIONAL:
• Trekking poles (recommended)
• Trainers or sandals
• Shorts
• Camera and batteries
• Penknife (for taking a fruit snack during trekking)

Weather

The weather in the Peloponnese during spring, summer and autumn is characterized by warm days and occasionally chilly evenings. Water temperature is relatively cool during spring and warm during summer and autumn.

Make this trip private

Adjust this itinerary to suit your preferences. You can choose your preferred dates and we will plan a custom multi-activity adventure for you and your friends.

 
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