METEORA & MOUNT OLYMPUS

DISCOVERING THE MAGIC OF METEORA & MOUNT OLYMPUS

Meteora Olympus

Meteora-Olympus

Herodotus and other ancient writers, have transmitted to us the belief of the ancient Greeks that Thessaly was once a huge lake, until terrifying earthquakes tore the mountains into two, creating the Tempe valley, where the lake discharged its waters.When the geologists began their research in the region of Meteora, in the early 20th century, they realized that the ancient Greeks were actually right. They have also come to some other interesting conclusions.. While studying the rocks of Meteora, Pelion and Ossa (Kissavos), they observed that they were full of the fossils of sea creatures, showing that these mountains once formed the bed of the sea.

The rocks of Meteora are a complex of giant dark rocks that rise outside Trikala, close to the first ridges of Pindus and Chasia. The monasteries of Meteora, which are built on the peaks of some of the rocks, today form the second most important monastic community in Greece, after that of Mt Athos. Of the thirty historical monasteries, only eight are still in operation today, and these were included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1988.

Μountain Olympus is Greece’s first National Park, a reference point for history and mythology, a real paradise for mountain climbers and hikers, the habitat for thousands of species of plants and animals. Encased for thousands of years in the haze of myth.

A combined visit to Meteora and Olympus gives participants of this program the opportunity to enjoy the landscape with a few short and easy walking routes.

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

Ascent to the peaks of Olympus. After the rich breakfast with local products of the land of Olympus, we will depart for mount Olympus, where we will start our hiking trip from Prionia (1.100 meters). We will cross the Gorge of Enipeas, with ascents and descents and we will walk by the river side through the forest with tall trees, oaks and pine trees and other species of trees and bushes, admiring the unique landscape. Late in the afternoon we will reach the area “Myloi”, one of the entrances of the National Park at the north of Litochoro. We return to our hotel and we will watch a presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment with subject the land of Olympus through the myths, legends and the relation to the natural beauties of the region, the fauna and flora. Dinner and overnight at Olympus Terra Boutique Hotel.
Day 3

Day 3

Hiking tour Kokkinopilos-Roudi-Kitros After breakfast, we will depart for the southwest side of Olympus, where we will have a hiking tour from Kokkinopilos (1.150 meters) to Kioski (1.350 meters), and finally Kitros (2.450 meters). We walk back to our initial point, return by bus to our hotel. Briefing from our escort for the program to be followed the next days. Dinner and overnight at Olympus Terra Boutique Hotel.
Day 4 & 5

Day 4 & 5

Visiting the Stone Forest of Meteora. After the rich breakfast with local products from the land of Olympus, we will visit Meteora. We will admire the unique landscape, visit one or two monasteries and in the afternoon we will arrive in Kastraki. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Kastraki. Next day, we will visit the monasteries and in the afternoon we depart for Larisa. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Larisa.
Day 6

Day 6

Ancient Theatre, Archaeological and Diachronic Museum of Larisa. Aster breakfast, we will enjoy a short walk in the city of Larisa, visit the Ancient Theatre, the Archaeological and Diachronic Museum. Free time in the afternoon. Farewell dinner and overnight in hotel in Larisa.
Day 7

Day 7

Departure for the airport. After the rich breakfast with local products from the land of Olympus, 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 7).
2. Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel to Olympus and return (days 2 & 3).

Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel to Meteora and return (days 4 & 5).

Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel to the archaeological sites of Larisa and return (day 6)

Six (6) nights in double standard room.
6. Six (6) breakfasts.
7. Six (6) dinners.

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

Escort (days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Mountain escort (days 2, 3, 4).

Guide tour in Meteora (day 5).

Guide tour in Ancient theatre and museum of Larisa (day 6).

Guide for the presentation of the region (day 2).