Mt. Olympus and Meteora

At almost 3000 meters above sea level one can find Mytikas (2918m), Mt. Olympus’ highest peak. Climb to the home of the Greek Gods in this 2N/3D tour.

Mt. Olympus! Mountain of the Gods! At almost 3000 meters above sea level one can find Mytikas (2918m), Mt. Olympus’ highest peak. Declared as a national park 50 years ago, a regime of conservation was carried out with the aim of preserving the flora and fauna, maintaining a biodiverse ecosystem which allows us to see many plant and animal species today. With the help of our licensed guide we will commence our two-day ascent of Mt. Olympus, knowing that in the wake of our descent warm beaches will await us. In our return, we will also visit the Meteora as well as the nearby St Stephen’s Monastery.

First day

Departure from Belgrade at 4 am from the agreed place (parking in front of the Sava Center). Arrival in Katerina / Paralia about 12h, just in time for a lunch break and a brief dip into the sea. At 15h we continue to Prionia (1100m) and at 15:45 we start to climb. Ascent goes through a beautiful coniferous forest, and then continues through beautiful terrain overlooking some of the surrounding peaks. After 3 hours of hiking, we arrive at the Spilios Agapitos home (better known as the home A) at a height of 2100m, for a well-deserved dinner and good night rest.

Total length 6km, 1000m ascend.

Second day

We get up early, at about 5 am, and then after breakfast start our ascend. The beautiful forests from the day before give way to a rock and stone terrain, and the trail becomes harder due to a somewhat stronger climb. As we approach the summit, a glimpse of the beautiful landscapes of Olympus opens. We come to the top of Skala (2866 m), a slippery slipway path, which can be tiring due to a slightly higher inclination and partly unstable soil. From Skala you can go left for another top, Skolio (2911 m), and if someone is not able to climb Mitikas, this will be a plan B.

We are at the top just before 9 am, that is 3h from the beginning of the ascent and enjoy the glorious view from the top. After that, we are going the same way back to Prioni where we left our vehicles. It takes about 5 hours total for our descent.

The total length of the track is about 3.7km and 800m of climb. The total length of the slopes is 9.5km along the 1800m altitude difference. We continue with our transportation to Larisa, and then Kalambaka. Free time and overnight.

Third day

We wake up early, and have breakfast at around 8 am. Then, we head to our tour of the Great Meteora Monastery and Sveti Stefan Monastery. Afterwards, at 11 o’clock we departure to Nei Porija for a well-deserved rest on the beach, and lunching at around 15:30 pm. Finally, we are packing in to our transport and start our road trip to Belgrade, with the occasional stops. We arrive in Belgrade sometime after midnight.

Itinerary

Day 1

Friday

  • Departure from Belgrade at 04.00 h
  • Transfer from Belgrade to Katerina: 04.00 – 12.00 h
  • Lunch break and a brief dip in the sea: 12.00 – 15.00 h
  • Ascend to 2.100m, to home A (Spilios Agapitos home): 16.00 – 19.00 h
  • Dinner and overnight stay
Day 2

Saturday

  • Breakfast: 5.30 – 6.00 h
  • Climb to Mitikas peak: 06.00 – 15.00 h
  • Transfer from Prionia to Kalambaka: 15.00 – 19.30 h
  • Dinner and overnight stay
Day 3

Sunday

  • Breakfast: 08.00 – 09.00 h
  • Tour of Great Meteora and Saint Stefan monasteries: 09.00 – 11.00 h
  • Transfer to Nei Porija for a rest on the beach: 11.00 – 15.00 h
  • Lunch and departure for Belgrade: 15.00 h
  • Arriving in Belgrade at around 00.00h

Dates & Prices

July 12th, 2019
Spots available: 6 199 €, Per Person
September 6th, 2019
Spots available: 9 199 €, Per Person

What’s included in the price?

  • Transfers
  • Services of a licensed UIAA guide
  • 2 HB accommodation in a ½ room

The price doesn’t include the following:

  • Travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses

 

F.A.Q.

What’s the hike like?
This is a perfect hike tour for people who are already experienced hikers. It’s a two-day hike. On the first day the tour is intermediate and the hike will take around 6 to 8 hours. Second day is summit day. It will be shorter in duration, but harder, because of its steeper side. We will climb a 2.918m high peak. At the top of the peak, the terrain is exposed, but it’s secured with cables.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need moderate walking experience. This is a great tour for those who want a proper adventure and to experience something new.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking pants and shorts
  • Flip flops, sun hat, swimming suit, sunglass and a towel
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Clothes in layers
  • Socks
  • Couple of T-shirts
  • Rain jacket
  • Small rucksack with one liter of water and some candy
  • Some pocket money

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 is freshly cooked. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, dry meat specialties, fish, local fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. Drinks are not included.

What’s the weather like?
Summer and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region (from middle of June to end of September). In summer the average temperature is around 26-28 but it can be more than 30 degrees. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant.

How do I meet the transfer?
We will notify you where the pick-up location will be (in most cases it will be the parking lot of Sava Center). 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 6 people, and a maximum of 20. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Important notes:

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.

We can’t guarantee availability of twin rooms for the duration of the tour. All rooms will, in most cases, be double, or single upon request.

In a highly unlikely case of insufficient number of people accommodated in one of our selected hotels, dinner will be served on a basis of a predetermined menu of 2 or 3 meals.