The amazing Peninsula

Halkidiki is the three-pronged peninsula, which extends from the centre of Macedonia-Greece, southward into the Aegean Sea. As a result of its shape and the proximity of the sea, Halkidiki enjoys a mild climate and has the longest coastline on mainland Greece. The three smaller peninsulas that form Halkidiki are all beautiful and very different. They are called Kassandra, Sithonia and Agios Oros. You’ll be stationed on the middle one, called Sithonia (about 110 km from Thessaloniki), due to its diverse natural features and pure, inspiring and powerful natural surroundings. Sithonia provides excellent opportunities for walking, trekking or mountain biking. This area is known as Greece’s “Green Gardens” because of its mixture of oak and pine trees and vineyards and wheat fields. With Sithonia’s unspoiled hills, charming coves and welcoming residents, it is almost an untainted piece of Greece. Sithonia & Athos self-guided is a hotel based tour of easy difficulty, where you hike in your own pace through the unforgettable region of Halkidiki.
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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 445 EUR
Holiday type: self-guided / hotel based Minimum group size: 2 people
Dates: April - October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 7 x hotel in Nikiti / Sithonia Meal base: breakfast, halfboard on request
Nearest airport: Thessaloniki Rental Car: included from / to airport Thessaloniki
Contact us with your questions or booking requests
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Trip Itineray

Day 1: Arrival After arrival at Thessaloniki airport you pick-up your rental car and drive to your hotel on Sithonia. After check-in you have time to explore the region or just relax on the beach.
Day 2:
Porto Carras – Vineyards - Porto Carras This walk will begin at Porto Carras and take you up into the vineyards high above Neos Marmaras, giving astonishing views over the sea. You can see the variety of wildflowers and fruit-bearing plants. The return path drops to the coast and meanders through open forest, passing several beautiful sandy coves with fine beaches along the way. Hiking Time: 5 hours
Day 3: Neos Marmaras – Parthenonas Village This longer walk takes you to the very old village of Parthenonas and it can be altered and adjusted to your abilities. Starting at Taverna Drossia (1,5 km north of N. Marmaras), you can either ascend by a strenuous path to an old water mill and dam and then through olive groves and forests to the village. Alternatively, you could ascend with an easy forest path or a short but steep route which follows a mountain stream bed. Hiking Time: 4,5 hours Day 4: Area of Sikia This walk takes one on a circular trip, north, around the ridge directly above the town and has lovely views of the town, surrounding countryside, and Sithonias’ Coast. The route makes use of old charcoal burners paths, goat tracks and unsurpassed farm access roads. Parts of the circuit involve rather steep rocky roads with bizarre rock formations. Hiking Time: 4 hours Day 5: Day-trip by boat around Mount Athos You’ll take the ferry boat from Ormos Panagia and make a trip around the third finger of Halkidiki, Athos. There is an amazing view on the monasteries and Mount Athos. The boat stops in Ouranoupolis where you have the opportunity to go for lunch in a tavern with special Greek food and music. After, you will go to Ormos Panagia back by ferry boat. This will be an unforgettable day for you!
Day 6: Elia Beach – Ag. Pavlos This route is an easy level route, along forest roads and narrow tracks, providing an excellent view of the coastline and beyond. It will take you south-east to an olive grove. As the ascent continues you’ll reach the Church of the Apostle Paul, which contains a holy spring. The plateau here is covered with massive rocks that have pine trees, flowering scrubs, heathers and other plants growing up in between them. You can also savour the sweet smell of honey coming from the outskirts of the forest path lined with beehives. As the track gets sandy it leads to a narrow woodland path and a rock named after his ‘owner’ Peter. ‘Petros’ is a very large rock that comes to a point at the top. This is the highest point of the ridge and anyone brave enough can ascend and enjoy a breathtaking view of the peninsula, before returning back to Elia. Hiking Time: 3,5 hours Day 7: Nikiti - Agios Nikolaos - Nikiti This walk is a circular route that uses forest tracks to cross over the hill behind Nikiti to visit the small town of Ag. Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas). The start of the walk is beside the school of Nikiti. You’ll pass goat shelters, olive groves, beehives, and woodlands and 2 small churches. At the picnic area there, you can take a well-deserved respite and delight in the beauty of the valley from here. Afterwards, you’ll return again to Nikiti. Hiking Time: 4 hours Day 8: Departure – drive to Thessaloniki airport

Your Accommodation:

Hotel Xenios Zeus in Nikiti / Sithonia

Services:

  • 7 overnights in a middleclass hotel in double rooms with breakfast
  • rental car category A for the whole week, pick-up at Thessaloniki airport
  • 5 trekking routes with English trekking information and material
  • Athos Boat trip – lunch not included
  • local taxes
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees, and drinks
  • gasoline, toll posts
  • everything not listed above
Extras – can be booked separate:
  • single room
  • additional halfboard
  • rental car of higher category
  • extension days or week, we offer accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us