Gods of Olympus canyoning tour

Experience Agia Kori, Orlias, Papa Rema i Enipeas canyons, visit Meteora and bathe on the Laptokarya beaches, all in this 8N/9D tour

Canyoning is definitely one of the youngest outdoor activities. The cause of this is most likely the development of the sports techniques and disciplines, as well of the equipment. This all lead to breaking boundaries and providing a possibility for people to experience canyoning in all its glory. Besides, outdoor activities are becoming available to everyone, and therefore are no longer privilege of only few experts.

In fact, canyoning is a mixture of speleology, mountaineering, swimming, water jumping, trekking… We’ll be doing all of these activities daily in order to reach our final goal – joy, satisfaction and an overall great time that will stick with you for the rest of your life! Canyons of Olympus are unique in their own way, decorated by the numerous tall cliffs and turquoise pools.

Itinerary

Day 1

Friday

  • Arrival in Thessaloniki airport
  • Transfer to Laptokarya  (2 h)
  • Overnight stay in Laptokarya

After a brief and warm welcome, we head directly to our main place for the duration of this adventure – Laptokarya.

With an occasional break we arrive at Laptokarya in an evening time. Just in time to settle in and get a good night rest for our adventure that awaits.

Day 2

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Canyoning through Agia Kori canyon
  • Lunch
  • Free (beach) time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Laptokarya

We have our breakfast and afterwards transfer directly to our first canyon. Since canyoning is a specific activity, before entering the canyon, we’ll go over a training course. There you’ll be introduced to the equipment and how to properly handle it, you’ll learn how to move in a canyon and what are the key do’s and don’ts while we’re in a canyon.

The first canyon we will visit is Agia Kori. This particular canyon is distinguished by 15 waterfalls, the highest of which is 20 meters. The exit from Agia Kori is located next to the church named – Agia Kori, after which the whole gorge and its canyon got its name. After our first foray into the world of canyoning, we’ll have lunch in the nearby tavern and then transfer to Leptokarya. There you’ll have the opportunity to have a little break on the beach, we are in Greece, after all. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 3

Sunday

  • Breakfast
  • Canyoning through Orlias canyon
  • Free (beach) time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay in Laptokarya

Quick breakfast and onto the next one – Orlias Canyon. This canyon is, nature wise, even more beautiful than Agia Kori. Great water, large waterfalls and less walking between the verticals make this canyon an extremely fun one. After our successful completion we transfer to our accommodation. Again, you’ll have free time for a visit to the beaches. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 4

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Meteora (2,5 h)
  • Tour of Meteora
  • Transfer back to Laptokarya
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay

Today we’ll take a break to get to visit the famous Meteora. They are a stone formation that rises in stark contrast from the flatlands surrounding it and contains one of the largest group of Orthodox monasteries after Sveta Gora. After our tour, we transfer to our accommodation where we’ll prepare for the next day. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 5

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Canyoning through Papa Rema canyon
  • Free (beach) time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay

Breakfast and transfer to our new canyon for the day – Papa Rema canyon. Jump, jump and jump! It’s all about jumping going through this one. Papa Rema contains ‘only’ 2 waterfalls where we’ll use the drop rope and for everything else, jump away!

After our fun and tiring day, we transfer to accommodation. Again, you’ll have free time to visit the beaches and go for a swim. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 6

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Canyoning through Enipeas canyon
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay

Breakfast and transfer to our final (and most challenging) canyon – Enipeas. It’s the largest and most dominant canyon in Olympus. Huge amount of water sliding, jumping and swimming are what makes this canyon unique from the rest in this region.

The canyon itself completely changes its morphology several times during our canyoning, so you’ll have a feeling that you were in 3 canyons, not in the one and only – Enipeas, bathing place of the Gods from Olympus (according to some unverified sources). After, we transfer to our accommodation. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 7

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Free (beach) time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay

Today we’ll take a break from the all canyoning we’ve been doing for the past several days and spend the day on the beach, enjoying the beautiful Greece weather and just having a good time. Free time for all. Afterwards, dinner awaits in our accommodation. Overnight stay.

Day 8

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Free (beach) time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay

Today, like yesterday, we’re here to enjoy ourselves. You’ll have free time for yourself, to spend on the beach, walking around or just gift shopping. Dinner and overnight stay.

Note: Anyone who doesn’t want to lay around for these two (7 and 8) days, we can organize a climb to Olympus (2918m) with a licensed UIAA guide. For this activity you need to take your own hiking shoes and clothes. Surcharge for an organized ascent to Olympus is 80 €, per person. The price includes a transfer to/from our accommodation at Leptokarya, a B&B room in a mountain hut and a licensed guide.

Day 9

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Thessaloniki airport (2h)

After our breakfast, we pack our bags and departure for Thessaloniki airport. There, we say our goodbyes and wish you a safe flight home.

Dates & Prices

June 21st, 2019
Spots available: 11 890 €, Per Person
September 20th, 2019
Spots available: 12 890 €, Per Person

Price includes?

To maximize your convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and enjoy our tour. Here’s what’s included:

  • Airport transfer Thessaloniki – Leptokarya – Thessaloniki
  • All transfers to/from the canyons
  • Transfer Leptokarya – Meteora – Leptokarya
  • A day trip to Meteora
  • 8 nights of accommodation in 1/3 or 1/4 bed rooms in a villa house
  • Going through the 4 canyons listed in the program
  • Canyoning training
  • Canyoning equipment: helmet, diving suit, belt, downhill gear, rope, canyon ranch, non-sneakers…
  • Licensed ICOPRO guides
  • 1-day dinner (Day I)
  • 7-day Half Board (Day II – VIII)
  • 1-day Bed & Breakfast (Day IX)
  • Tickets for monasteries in Meteora
  • Supplement for air-conditioning 5 euros per room / if necessary in June
  • USB with photos and recordings with GoPro camera
  • Tourist taxes

F.A.Q

What extra costs are there?
The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Thessaloniki
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal outdoor gear

What is canyoning: Canyoning (also known as gorge walking) is probably best described as white water rafting without the boat. Canyoners navigate their way down water filled gorges by swimming through rock pools, sliding down chutes and clambering over the rocks and other unique features of the canyon landscape. This pastime combines elements from different outdoor disciplines including scrambling, abseiling, cliff jumping and swimming and requires local knowledge and rope rigging skills to be done safely.

What’s the canyons like:
The canyons are from easy to medium. It is activity where you include swimming, jumping, rope technics, trekking. We will spend between 3 to 6 hours in canyons. The canyons are easy accessible. Before all activity, there will be half day of training and education how to use equipment.

What’s the trekking like:
Thessaloniki is one of the biggest and nicest cities in Greece. Plenty of places for shopping, nice walks, restaurants. The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. It is easy trek.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need no experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. You need basic to moderate level of fitness.  You do not need to be a swimmer, but it is recommended.

What do I need to bring with me?
We recommend you bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Pair of trekking shoes for canyoning
  • Pair of snickers for traveling, w/ slippers
  • Towels
  • Jacket
  • T-Shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Shorts
  • Some clothes in layers
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or a hat
  • Personal medicine (as a precaution)
  • Sun Cream – minimum 30SPF
  • Some pocket money
  • Some rucksack (30 l)
  • Water bottle

 

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional local guides.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and freshly cooked, Mediterranean meals. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, vegetables, fish and local, fresh fruit. We can organize your meal in any way you like. Drinks are not included.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between end of May and late September.

What’s the weather like?
This is summer adventure. In beginning of season temp vary from 25 at the sea coast do 18 to 22 in the mountains. In the summer, the temperatures are around 30. In the evening, it can be slightly chilly in the mountains.

Which flights should I book?

Start point?
You will be met at the Thessaloniki airport on Friday. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 20:00 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalize all details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at Thessaloniki airport on Saturday. You are free to book any flight that departs after 10:00 am.

Getting there and away?
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) is served by regular, low cost flights. You can get any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of four or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Enquire now for a private trip.

Important note:

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.