Historical villages, steep gorges and fascinating landscapes

 Away from the mass tourism that descends on the coastal region during the summer, lie the spectacular mountain ranges of Olympus, Ossa and Pieria. These mountains are home to very unique and diverse flora and fauna, a rich culture and deeply rooted traditions and stunning natural landscapes. The three mountain ranges run from north to south along the coastal plains of the Thermaikos Gulf and the northern Aegean Sea and are separated by river valleys and gorges. It is this contrasting sea & mountain climate that forms the identity of its countryside and people, whether they live in the traditional mountain villages nestled in the foothills or on the high mountain plateaus of Mt. Olympus.
This area is home to humanities ancient cultures, which can be explored at archaeological sites like Dion and Vergina. In the vicinity of these world–famous sites are a multitude of little-known places with a rich, intriguing history, hidden in the mountains and valleys. These beautiful areas are some of the most diverse and fascinating landscapes in Europe. Nature-lovers  as well as people interested in culture and history find an ideal backdrop for their holidays here.

Nature & Culture Olympus self-guided is a hotel based tour of easy to medium difficulty, where you hike in your own pace through the unforgettable region of Mount Olympus.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 490 EUR
Holiday type: self-guided / hotel based Minimum group size: 2 people
Dates: April, May, June, September and October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 7 x hotel at Olympic Riviera Meal base: breakfast, halfboard on request
Nearest airport: Thessaloniki Rental Car: included from / to airport Thessaloniki
  Contact us with your questions or booking requests


Trip Itineray

Day 1: Arrival – drive to hotel
After arrival at Thessaloniki Airport you’ll drive to your hotel at the Olympic Riviera, the starting point for your walks. After checking-in, you have some time to relax at the beach or to discover the area.

Day 2: The Valley of Tembi and the historical village, Ambelakia
From the historical village of Ambelakia, you’ll walk to the impressing vantage point at Profitis Ilias, with a unique view of Tembi Valley and the delta of the Pinios River. The tour passes from the historic guard post at Kastro Orias and leads you back to Ambelakia. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the local museum and learn about the interesting history and mansions of the old cotton-mill village.
Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 3: The Peak of Golna
The Peak of Golna is located just before the impressive main peaks of Mount Olympus. You’ll start your walk at the market square of Litohoro. You’ll go through the quaint village roads of to a path which leads you directly to the Peak of Golna. At the top, enjoy the beautiful view into the famous Enipeas Gorge and the Aegean Sea. This hike is unique for its combination of the high mountain range with spectacular sea views. Your way back to Litohoro takes you through shady forests.
Walking time: 5 hrs

Day 4: The Enipeas Gorge
The drive towards Litohoro offers commanding views of the highest peaks of the Olympus Mountains and the steep cliffs of the famous Enipeas Gorge. Here, in the mountaineering village, at the foot of Olympus, you’ll take a remarkable hike through the gorge. On small wooden bridges, you’ll cross the Enipeas River and rest at vista points overlooking the Aegean Sea. You’ll also pass picturesque waterfalls, where the brave can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear pools. Before reaching Prionia you’ll pass the old mountain monastery of Agios Dionysios. At the end of your hike, a taxi will be waiting to take you back up to the top of the gorge where you can pick up your car again.
Walking Time: 6 hrs

Day 5: Relaxation Day
You can spend the day on the beach or try some other sports.

Day 6: The old mountain villages
This marvelous hike links the two ancient mountain villages, Paleos Porus and Paleos Panteleimonas. The route takes you across the impressive forest with old chestnut, pine, oak and plane trees and along with other mountain flora. And throughout the entire trail, you can enjoy your view of the Aegean Sea, the old castle of Platamonas and the Olympus Mountain range.
Walking Time: 5 hrs

Day 7: The Meteora Monasteries
This day highlights the cultural aspects of the area. The famous Meteora Monasteries were built on 24 large rocks in the flats of Thessalia and are an impressive example of architectural ingenuity, as well as possessing spectacular vistas of the surrounding flatlands and mountains. Short walks connect the monasteries, which you’ll visit (appropriate clothes are required, i.e. no shorts or tanks-tops). You can take a coffee break here and then head back to the hotel.
Sightseeing Time: 3 hrs
Walking Time: 2 hrs

Day 8: Departure – drive to the airport

Your Accommodation:

Services included:

  • 7 overnights in a middle class hotel at Olympic Riviera in double rooms with breakfast
  • rental car category A during the trip, pick-up at Thessaloniki airport
  • local representative throughout the trip and in case of emergency
  • 1 local transfer for day 4 to Enipeas Gorge
  • 5 hiking tours of easy to medium difficulty
  • English hiking descriptions, maps and information
  • local taxes
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees and drinks
  • gasoline, toll posts
  • everything not listed above
Extras – can be booked separate:
  • single room
  • halfboard – additional dinner
  • rental car of higher category
  • extension days or week. We offer accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us.