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Ecotourism in Pelion Mountain

Duration

8 days

Airports

Arrival & Departures: Athens - International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos

Transportation

Airplane, rental car

Participate in this one-of-a-kind experience with all of your senses!

On this tour, we will walk several of Mount Pelion’s trails. According to legend, the gods of Olympos chose Mount Pelion as their summer dwelling, and it was on Pelion that the Centaurs resided, the most renowned of them was the Chiron Centaur.

The journey will begin in Athens, where you will have a full day to see the city before continuing on to Mount Pelion and the lovely town of Lafkos, which will serve as your base for the following four days. You will depart daily from Lafkos with your mountain guide to see several points of interest.

The sensation of being on top of a mountain with stunning views of the sea will wow you!

We will visit the historic villages of Lafkos, Milina, and Trikeri, as well as the cave of Chiron, caves with crystalline waters like Tzasteni and Vathospilia, and churches and monasteries in the center of nature. You will take part in the Herboristeria workshop, where you will learn about the cultivation, responsible collecting, and drying of aromatic and medicinal plants that thrive on Mount Pelion. You will learn to differentiate everything you come across on your walk in nature by doing practical activities.

By Trip Tailors

This trip can be tailored to your needs. Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page with the dates of your trip, your budget, the number of people, and anything else you think is important for us to take into account in order to send you a personalized proposal.

* Transfers in Athens airport – hotel – airport

* Car rental grp. C (Peugeot 208 or similar) with unlimited mileage and third-party insurance included. Pick up the car on the 3rd day in the morning at your Athens hotel and deliver the 7th day at the time you wish according to the arrival time from Pelion, at the company office in Athens.

* 3 nights in Athens with breakfast included

* 4 nights in Lafkos with breakfast included

* Horboristería and 3-day herbal medicine studio with included study material and walks according to program

* Picnic snack on days 4 and 5

* Afternoon with organic teas and homemade cakes at the hotel on days 4, 5 and 6

* Telephone assistance 24/7

* Detailed information of the trip on places of interest, suggested routes, visits, typical restaurants etc.

* Flights

* Transfers to/ from the airport of Athens

* Not specified meals and drinks

* Optional activities

* Other personal expenses and tips

Your steps

1

Athens

2

Athens

3

Athens - Lafkos

4

Lafkos – Milina – Quiron's Cave – Milina – Lafkos

5

Lafkos – Monastery of Saint Athanasius – Lafkos

DAY 1

Athens

Arrival at Athens airport and transfer to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Athens

DAY 2

Athens

Breakfast and free day in Athens to know the city. 

Accommodation: Athens

DAY 3

Athens - Lafkos

Breakfast and vehicle rental pick-up at your Athens hotel. Departure towards the Pelion region. Arrival in Lafkos where you will meet your guide at the hotel and will be given all the information you need for the following several days.

Accommodation: Lafkos

DAY 4

Lafkos – Milina – Quiron's Cave – Milina – Lafkos​

After a filling and varied breakfast, you’ll take the «kalderimi» (stone walk) to Milina, a lovely seaside village. You will stop along the route to see the stunning views of the Gulf Pagasitikos and to pick therapeutic plants. You will relax and do an activity with the plants you have picked in the courtyard of the little church Mesosporitisa in the middle of the walk.

You will continue your journey to Milina, where you will relax for a little before continuing to the Chiron Cave, which is 2500 square meters in size and 30 meters high. The Centaurs were half horse and half man that lived on Mount Pelion, according to Greek mythology. The ancient Greeks respected the Chiron Centaur for his abilities as a healer and specialist in medical plants. Cronos and the nymph Filira had him as a son. Chiron served as a mentor to Achilles, Jason, Asclepius, and other Greek mythological heroes.

You will have lunch and participate in a herb workshop among the olive trees on the magnificent beach of «Vathospilia,» where you will have time to swim before returning to Lafkos. Upon arriving you will have tea with herbs and traditional pastries on your hotel’s patio with stunning sea views.

Duration: 4.30 – 5 hours
Difficulty: easy-medium
Accommodation: Lafkos

DAY 5

Lafkos – Monastery of Saint Athanasius – Lafkos

Breakfast at the hotel in Lafkos, followed by the start of the trek. Today, you will visit the Monastery of St Athanasius, which was established in 1795 in a distinctive architectural style. During the 7 kilometers that you will drive till you get to the monastery, you will appreciate the views and nature, pick herbs, and snap photos of the area. After lunch, we will have a workshop on the banks of a little river before returning to Lafkos.

Duration: 6 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Lafkos

DAY 6

Trikeri – Agia Kyriaki – Trikeri

After breakfast, you will drive from Lafkos to the fishing village of Trikeri, which is located at the southern extremity of Mount Pelion, where the mountain meets the sea (40 minutes by car). The views of the Pagasitikos gulf will follow you on your journey to Trikeri. On the route to Trikeri, you will stop briefly in the picturesque cove of Tzasteni to take photos and enjoy the scenery.

Once in Trikeri, you will park your car and walk to Agia Kyriaki, a beach hamlet with fish taverns, where you will have free time to explore the area, have lunch, and swim in the water. Return to Trikeri and then travel to Lafkos, where the trip will conclude with tea and traditional Greek sweets and certificates of participation in the «Nature Seminars» courses.

Duration: 3 – 3.30 hours
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Lafkos

DAY 7

Lafkos – Athens

Breakfast and departure to Athens, arrival in Athens and return of the rental car.

Accommodation: Athens

DAY 8

Athens

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Athens airport to board your return flight.

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