Mount Olympus & Pelion Private tour to the Land of Gods & Centaurs
Legend has it that Olumpus mountain was the Gods home and Pelion mountain was the summer resort of the Gods of Olympus and the magic country of the Centaurs. It rises, imposing and green, above Volos between the Pagasitic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Here in the magnetic atmosphere of the Pelioritic Landscape, history mingles with legend, the wild with the tranquil, yesterday with today.
DAY 1: Olympus Pelion tour departs from Athens (or other terminal - up request) via Lamia. We will stop at Thermopylae (where in 480 B.C. a battle between the ancient Greeks and Persians took place)to visit Leonidas Monument and then on via Trikala (Magnificent town, short stop). Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in Mid - Air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Of the 24 monasteries that grew up between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoron, Agia Triad, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks: Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns
DAY 2: Olympus Pelion tour drives through the mountains of Pindos to Vergina/Aegea, first capital of Macedonia. Aegae, the first ancient capital of the kingdom of Macedonia, spreads over the low hills on the northern slopes of' the Pierian range, between the modern villages of Palatitsia and Vergina. This city was the most important urban centre in the region until the 4th c. BC. Here were to be found the ancestral sanctuaries of the Macedonians, and the palaces and the tombs (with their famous treasures) of the Argead dynasty, which traced its origins to the mythical hero Heracles and gave Greek history its most captivating figure, Alexander the Great. Visit the Royal tombs of Philip,
Continue to Mt.Olympus, the house of the gods. Geologist research has uncovered that Mt.Olympus is one of the most anciently formed mountains on Earth. Visit the first shelter in the mountains to get a view of the landscape, central Macedonia and Aegean Sea. We visit Dion, the sanctuary of Zeus, the most sacred sanctuary of ancient Macedonians...Overnight in Litochoro, a beautiful village on the slopes of the mountain Olympus
DAY 3: Olympus Pelion tour, departs before noon for Volos and Pelion. Modern Volos is built on the area of the ancient cities of Pagasae and Iolcos. Iolkos was the homeland of mythological hero Jason, who boarded the ship Argo accompanied by the Argonauts and sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece to Colchis.. The road continuous to climb towards Portaria with a view over Volos Bay. Portaria, 650m/2133ft. A pleasant resort in summer, cool and fresh, with a view up to Makrinitsa and down over Volos Bay, beautiful village square with superb plane trees (cafes, restaurants) and characteristic houses. From Portaria will take the road (panoramic view) to Makrinitsa (overnight). Makrinitsa 700m/1297ft. The village occupies a magnificent site on a verdant slope facing Volos Bay, it is pleasant to stroll through the steep and narrow streets among the splendid old houses, some of them are quite large and have been well preserved and restored. The main square (platia) is especially attractive with its fountain and its plane trees.
Volos port & Argonauts ship
DAY 4: Return to Portaria and continue to climb. Agriolefkes (Hania Pass) 1200m/3937ft. Winter sports resort (ski lift), set in beech and chestnut woods, there is a road from here to the summit of Mount Pelion. The road descends towards the Aegean through beech and chestnut woods before reaching the level of the orchards 13km/8mi from the pass bear left to Zagora (overnight in traditional mansion Zagora, this was an important centre of Greek culture under the Turks when the Pelion region enjoyed a certain autonomy. Zagora is a little town of houses set in orchards and gardens watered by many fountains. It was also a centre for hand-woven cloth which was exported by boat from the port at Horefto. From Zagora a side road plunges downhill to Horefto, a fishing village with a long beach of fine sand.
DAY 5: Return towards Hania Pass, take the narrow but picturesque road to Tsagarada (overnight)after visiting Agios Ioannis (very white beach at the foot of green hills). Tsagarada 500m/640ft. Peaceful resort where the houses are dispersed among the trees, the village boasts one of the oldest and largest plane trees (15m/49ft circumference) in Greece. Nearby is Milopotamos which has two beaches flanked by rocks.
DAY 6: Continue for Millies and Vizitsa with many typical old mansions (overnight). Millies, this is a pleasant resort, which was a centre for Greek culture under the Turks and possesses a history library containing some rare volumes. The road back to Volos follows the line of the famous Pelion railway along the shore of the bay. Greece Taxi departs to Delphi. We arrive late evening. Overnight at Mount Parnassos
DAY 7: We visit Delphi the centre of the Ancient world - the "Ompfalos" Navel of the Earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world, where in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Return to Athens at evening
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DEPARTURE - Daily: 8.00am. Return approx 18.00. on last day. Schedule depending weather condition and day light save hours in winter. Please read our Touring/Info*
Comment: See the main cultural, archaeological, historical and religious highlights of Greece. Visit most popular sites in Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal roads, with majestic scenic views... Highly recommended.Closed on Holidays: January 1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00-17.00.