LEARNING THE MYTHS & TRUTHS

OLYMPUS - PELION - VOLOS

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Learning the myths and the truths. Olympus – Pelion – Volos (Ancient Iolcus)

From ancient times, Olympus was perhaps the only mountain that had such a mythical character and its grandeur is still well-preserved.

In combination with the unique natural landscape of Pelion and the wider region, a series of documented myths has excited the imagination of the Thessalians.
If you look at the peaks of these mountains, especially if someone climbs Olympus, you feel as though the gods are still living in the palaces.

Olympus was at the center of Greek religion, the home of the 12 gods, the Muses and many other divinities. This can also be seen in the ruins of the ancient cities of Leivethra, Pythion, and Dion at the foothills of Olympus, and Iolcos at the foothills of Pelion.

The wider region around them has been inhabited since antiquity and is an endless treasure of myths, legends, histories and cultural traditions, a paradise for nature-lovers, naturalists, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists, since for millennia gods, demigods and Centaurs, Titans and Giants, nymphs and dryads, kings, heroes and warriors walked here..

This is also where the battle of the “Gigantomachy” took place, the marriage of Peleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles) was held, as well as the first beauty contest between the beautiful and powerful goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Here kings married goddesses, women were sacrificed to save their husbands and Gods and princes went hunting.

What is truly impressive is that all these mythical figures – Peleus, Jason and the Argonauts, Alcestis , Achilles – continue to live in the narratives of the illiterate Thessalians.

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Schedule Tour

Learning the myths and the truths. Olympus – Pelion – Volos (Ancient Iolcus)

Day 1

Day 1

Arrival in Larisa. Transfer from the airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport to our hotel. Briefing by our escort about the program we will follow and the cognitive field that will occupy us. Dinner and overnight at Olympus Terra Boutique Hotel.
Day 2

Day 2

Roundtrip tour in Olympos. After the rich breakfast with local products from the land of Olympus, we will have a tour in mount Olympos. Late in the afternoon, we return to the hotel, where we will watch a presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment, with subject the region of Thessaly, through the myths, legends and the connection to the current reality as recorded by the archaeological discoveries found in archaeological museums of Larissa and Volos. Dinner and overnight at Olympus Terra Boutique Hotel.
Day 3

Day 3

Ancient Theatre and archaeological museum of Larisa. After breakfast, we will visit the ancient theatre of Larisa and the archaeological and Diachronic museum. Late in the afternoon, we return to the hotel, where we will watch the second part of the presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment, with subject the region of Thessaly, through the myths, legends and the connection to the current reality as recorded by the archaeological discoveries found in archaeological museums of Larissa and Volos. Dinner and overnight at Olympus Terra Boutique Hotel.
Day 4

Day 4

Discover the prehistoric times of Magnesia. After breakfast, we will depart for the Ancient Iolcus, where appeared and developed in the beginning of the Neolithic period, around the middle of the 7th millennium before Christ (6800 b. C), the first samples of a permanent establishment in the form of small villages. From the numerous Neolithic settlements of Magnesia the ones that stand out are Sesklo and Dimini settlements, situated 10 and 7 kilometers, respectively, at the west of the city of Volos. Both of them were of the most important settlements not only for the region, but for whole ancient Greece as well. Late in the afternoon we arrive to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 5

Day 5

Approach the prehistoric times of Magnesia. After breakfast, we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Volos, one of the oldest museums in the country and the central museum of Thessaly. By the seaside, we will visit the place, where is the simulacrum of the mythical Argo, we will learn about the efforts of the Institute “Naudomos” to revive the Argonautic expedition, under a research program, and we will attend a presentation with subject the myth of the Argonautic expedition and the relation with the history of the region. Late in the afternoon we arrive to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 6

Day 6

Tour in the mount of Centaurs. After breakfast, we will depart for Pelion to admire the natural beauty and discover the myth of Chiron Centaur, the wisest among the centaurs, who knew the art of the medicinal herbs, while he was a great hunter and musician. Late in the afternoon we settle in our hotel in Agios Ioannis. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 7

Day 7

Free day in Agios Ioannis. After a rich breakfast with local products of the land of Pelion, we will have the rest day free to enjoy the sea and the sun in the east coasts of Pelion, such as Agios Ioannis, Papa Nero and Plaka, with many proposals for activities in the area. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 8

Day 8

Full day boat trip to the east coasts of Pelion. After breakfast, we will start our boat trip to the coasts of east Pelion, enjoy the landscape of Pelion form the Aegean Sea. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel in Agios Ioannis. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 9

Day 9

Walking in the footsteps of the mythical Centaurs. After a rich breakfast with local products of the land of Pelion, we will have a short hiking tour from Tsagarada to Agios Ioannis, we will discover a representative sample of the Pelion’s nature and we will learn about the daily life of the natives, their habits and occupations. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel in Agios Ioannis. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 10

Day 10

Horse riding in Central Pelion. After breakfast, we will depart for the central Pelion and Milies village to the train station of the famous traditional train “Mountzouris” in Pelion. We will visit the riding club and enjoy a ride in the area. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel and attend a presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment with subject the flora of Pelion. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 11

Day 11

Knowing the flora of Pelion. After breakfast, we will visit Tsagarada and enjoy a walking admiring the rich flora and discovering the beauty of the nature of Pelion. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel in Agios Ioannis. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 12 & 13

Day 12 & 13

Discovering the gastronomy of Pelion. After a rich breakfast with local products of the land of Pelion, we will visit Portaria village where we will attend cooking classes with local recipes and learn about the rich gastronomy of the region. Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel in Agios Ioannis. Dinner and overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 14

Day 14

Discover the city of Volos. We will spend our day in Volos, free day for shopping, walking around the city, tasting local specialties or drinking our coffee by the seaside viewing the port of Volos and Pagasetic Gulf. In the afternoon we return to our hotel. A farewell dinner with Greek music will follow. Overnight at Boutique Hotel Kentrikon.
Day 15

Day 15

Departure for the airport. After the rich breakfast with local products from the land of Pelion, we depart for the airport.

The services included in the program:
1. Transfer by bus/mini bus from airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport or another upon request to the hotel and return (days 1 and 15).
2. Daily transfers as indicated in the program (days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Fourteen (14) nights in double standard room.
4. Fourteen (14) breakfasts.
5. Fourteen (14) dinners.

Disposal of a hotel meeting room for the group’s briefing (day 1).
7. Disposal of a hotel meeting room and audiovisual material for presentation (days 2 & 3).

Escort (days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).

Tour in Olympus (day 2).

Guide tour in Ancient Theatre of Larisa and museums (day 3).

Guide tour in Ancient Iolkos, Sesklo, Dimini, Archaeological museum of Volos (days 4 & 5).

Full day boat trip in East Pelion (day 8).

Hiking tour Tsagarada – Agios Ioannis (day 9).

Horse riding in Central Pelion (day 10).

Tour in Tsagarada (day 11).

16. Cooking classes in Portaria (days 12 & 13).