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“Waves and Torrents”

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Type: Adult individuals / Small groups - Physical demand "High" 8 days /
 
7 nights.
 
 
Best suggested period: From mid April to mid October.
 
 
  

Trip Profile: An exhilarating multi-activity holiday, based around Mt. Olympus, Tempi Valley and Pinios river, Mt. Kissavos the coast and the Aegean and the north Mt. Pelion in Eastern Thessaly, set in a region of outstanding historical interest and natural beauty. This is a varied and exciting itinerary catering for people of all abilities and fitness levels. It covers a wide area, giving the opportunity to the participants to experience as many different places as possible, while enjoying our first class activities! This active holiday program consists of a combination of mostly full and lesser half day activities, as they are described in this website in the one-day mountain, river and sea activities. As it is mostly aimed for the independent travelers, gives a great freedom and autonomy for exploring the endless beaches and the special places of natural beauty and historical interest that our area plentyfully offers.

 
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Itinerary: Please note, that this itinerary can be subject to slight changes in response to variable local weather conditions concerning mainly the time sequence of the activities.

wavesandtorrents2Day 1. Arrival and welcome. Transfer from the airport to your accommodation by public transport or your own means of transport. If you travel from Thessaloniki airport by the public transport, we meet you at the "Nei Pori" or "Rapsani" train station, where you get off, very close to any of the accommodations you have chosen. If you travel from Athens to Larisa or Rapsani, then we meet at Rapsani or at Larisa town train station. If you travel in your own rented car, you will be directed to your accommodation by us and the detailed information for the independent traveler about how you come in the area, in our website. In the evening, after setting in, there will be a pre-tour introduction with your Guides.

Day 2. Sea kayaking and sea cave abseiling. We explore in our kayaks the amazing sea caves of Veneton and swim in marvelous isolated beaches. Along the ride we stop at a small cove, and after the abseiling briefing, a 15min walk brings us to the top of the big cave and its roof hole. The sight is just breathtaking. You live through a unique experience as you abseil in space 35m down to the turquoise water. After swimming and diving in the cave, return to the path and the kayaks to continue our kayak ride and the sea cave exploration. For more about this one - day activity, here. Paddling time 2.30’ hours.

Note that this activity is very sensitive regarding to the weather conditions and it is likely to be moved to a later day in the week for more favorable conditions. Still, if this proves to be not possible throughout the week, the alternative will be:

Cycling and river canoeing in the Pinios river delta. We start from the seaside village of Stomion and an 8km very pleasant bike ride through the fields and side streams of the delta, takes us to the main river and the starting point of our canoe ride. Rich vegetation, tree-lined riverbanks and a great variety of wild life will accompany us to the mouth of the river and the open Aegean sea. We end up at an isolated beach for a swim and a picnic barbecue. (In case you do not wish to have this as an alternative, then the actual cost of the sea kayaking and sea cave abseiling will be refund). For more about this one day activity, here.

wavesandtorrents4Day 3. Canyoning 1. From mid March to the end of June we go to the unique and a must for every canyoning lover, Kalypso full canyon with its amazing 68m waterfall!! Abseiling down this nature’s miracle is quite an experience which will stay in your mind for very long!
Then, a series of natural slides, as well as abseils and fly-foxing over long pools, swimming, jumping and diving, completes a great active day with lots of fun and a high dose of adrenalin
e!

In July, August, September and October, we go to the Rakopotamos full canyon (Rakopotamos I & II) for a relatively different but equally exhilarating full day canyoning experience!

Day 4. Free day to spend at the beach , sample some good local wine or visit places of interest in the greater area (we will be there to propose or organize it for you, especially if you do not have your own means of transport), or sample the shops and the cultural life of nearby Larisa, or a day trip to the impressive landmark of Meteora rocks and its monasteries.

Day 5. Mountain Biking. A full day mountain biking on beautiful long crossings over Kissavos’s northern and eastern slopes with a great variety of mountain terrain culminating in views of the Pinios River Delta, Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea. Halfway, we come across a picturesque mountain village where we enjoy a drink in the village’s square with the locals. A picnic lunch will be provided en route. For more about this one day activity, here (Mt. Biking route 5) or here (
Mt. Biking route 6).  Length of cycling route about 40km of mainly forest dirt roads and a little asphalt.

Day 6. Rock climbing and hiking crossing the Tempi valley. Just after breakfast, an early start brings us to an impressive white limestone rock face above the cliffs of the north side of the Tempi valley, with amazing views of the western end of the valley towards the Thessalian plain and Mt. Kissavos on the other side of the valley, where you are about to try probably your first vertical steps. This is a great combination of physical and mental effort. 

wavesandtorrents5The right body placement and focused concentration on the next move, will give unexpected great results, under the instruction and supervision of our guides. An exciting game against gravity! After having charged our batteries with enough adrenalin, we have a pleasant break for a cup of hot tea and cookies and a light snack.

After the break and a few meters away from the rock, we start our walk. We follow a path, which takes us along and over the cliffs of the Tembi Valley and onto the Pinios River. This is a high crossing of the valley with stunning views of the river down below and Mt. Kissavos, all the way along the trek. We will have a lot to talk about, as we cross this historic valley. The place holds amazing stories and myths from the very - very old times… We finish at a picturesque chapel where the picnic is waiting for us, at about 100m. A wonderful walk indeed and a very special way to close the day!

The first and longes tpart of the walk is almost flat and the last part is a slight downhill. It takes 2.00’ to 2.30’ hours of moderate walk. For more about this combined activity, here.

Day 7. Rafting or inflatable kayaking / monorafting. This activity runs until the end of May and some times mid June in the Pinios river, the Vernezi section (route). A thrilling rafting ride of plenty III and IV grade rapids and big waves to play with, take us to our rafting base, where you can enjoy a riverside barbecue prior to returning to your accommodation. In May the rafts give their place to inflatable kayaks and monorafts, due to less water in the river, for much greater control and personal feel than with the larger rafts. In both cases, a two-hour exiting ride will definitely give you great emotions and moments to remember! For more about this one day activity, here.
In June, July, August, September and October rafting and inflatable kayaking give way to canyoning 2.

Canyoning 2. This time and in the months of June, July and until mid August, we go to the Orlias canyon to do the Orlias I & Orlias II sections as one. A demanding canyon, especially when someone does both sections as one, with 13 abseils! Apart from the abseils there are a lot of jumps and waterslides. From mid August to mid October we go to Mt. Olympus in the Enipeas II canyon making sure for once more that we get the best out of this activity. A unique canyon in the very heart of Mt. Olympus, with jumps, slides, a lot of swimming, abseiling down waterfalls – the longest being 45m!! – and very pleasant walks in and out of the canyon in amazing surroundings. Another special and unforgettable day out in the wild!
 
Day 8. End of program. Departure.
 

Extend your stay. It is possible to stay in Greece for an extra week as an extension to this holiday. If you decide to do so, you can choose to spread the above activities over the two weeks period of your stay. We will be happy to help you organize this.
 
wavesandtorrents3Price
  
Accommodation in Kastania Gi or equivalent. 
  
Two sharing room: From 635.00€ to 705.00€ p.p.
 
Three sharing room: From 591.00€ to 661.00€ p.p.
  
Four sharing room: From 566.00€ to 636.00€ p.p.
 
Single room: From 765.00€ to 840.00€ p.p.
 

Note that the above prices range due to the dual activity option on program's day 7.

For other than the above type of accommodation in the area, you can book yourself if you wish. In this case you will be given by us the price for the activities program only.     

Pricing policy: For you who “Plan your own holiday” or if you want to “Do it yourself”. By being retailers and providers at the same time on these actual programs, we are able to deliver and provide a personalized service at an excellent price, without compromising on the quality of our activities. As local activity suppliers, our expert knowledge of the area ensures for you a more personal feel and direct communication with us and the area, thus, more control on your behalf, over your holiday. Just take the advantage of it, at prices that you will find nowhere else for such full and high quality activity programs!

So, the above Prices apply mainly to the independent traveler, who will have their own means of transport, thus, come independently from their accommodation to the meeting point for every activity and back, with our and our website’s directions at all times. During the booking procedure and contact with us you will also be given all the information / directions needed to get from the airport to your accommodation. The “Google Maps – our activities Destinations” in our website will help you a lot towards it. We take care of the appropriate accommodation for you, being close and handy to the activities area.  

As it is explained below (“Things you should know “ at “Transport”), if you do not have your own means of transport, the transfers from the arrival stations to your accommodation and back, as well as the transfers from the accommodation to the activity’s location and back, will be done by us at an extra cost.
 
Note that if you are less than 4 persons without other participants in your actual available dates, we can do the full program exclusively for you if you wish, at an additional 25% if you are 3 persons and 45% if you are 2 persons on the activities price. This means an 18.5% for 3 persons and 33.5% for 2 persons on the above total (activities + accommodation) prices.
 
 
What is included in the above prices?

. 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in the above stated kinds of accommodation.

. Picnic lunch with homemade traditional Greek dishes and flavors for every activity, during or at the end of it.

. Hot drink, juice and cookies during every activity (while off Mt. Olympus).

. All specialized equipment for the activities.

. Guides / instructors.

. Beginners’ tuition and supervision.

. Local transfers from the activity's finishing point back to the meeting / starting point and your vehicle, when this is needed. 

The VAT is not included in the above prices.
 

Things you should know

Meals & Meal Plan: This trip is organized on a half board basis only on the activies' days. Breakfast is included in your accommodation. Lunch is included in the price and it is a picnic meal with traditional Greek dishes and tastes prepared with great care by Olympos Trek team, usually during or after the activity. Evening meals are not included in the price and can be taken in the plentiful local restaurants and this will give you the perfect opportunity to sample real Greek hospitality and delicious food, typical of the region. Water and hot drinks will be included but alcoholic drinks will be extra.

Transport: From the airport to your accommodation, in case you do not have your own or hired means of transport (rented vehicle), the best suggested way is the public transport (train or bus), as our area of activities and the accommodation establishments are very close to the main road and rail streams of transport on the eastern side of the country. The nearest airport is the Makedonia airport of Thessaloniki, 1.00’ hour by train or bus to N. Pori or Rapsani train stations, being very close to the activities area and the various accommodation establishments. The “Proastiakos” train runs almost every hour  from Thessaloniki to the above destinations for 28.00€ return. From the airport you take the bus (number 78) to the main train or bus station in Thessaloniki. It takes 20’ to 30’ and costs €01.00. The buses also run in the same manner, although a bit more expensive than the train. They run from Thessaloniki central bus station and stop at the Rapsani train station on their way to the south. From either station you have arrived (Rapsani or N. Pori), we pick you up and take you to your accommodation, 15’ away by road.

If you land at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport in Athens, the train seems to be again the best option.  Only the journey in this case takes 4.15’ to 5.00’ hours, depending up on the train you are using.  From the airport you take the metro or the Proastiakos train to the “Stathmos Larisis” (Larisa’s station) in Athens, from where you take the train to Larisa. We pick you up from the station in Larisa to transfer you to your accommodation, about 45 minutes by road. The pickups from the arrival train stations to the accommodation will be done at an extra cost (8.00€ to 10.00€ p.p.)

During the activities, all local transfers will be provided by Olympos Trek to and from the activity's starting and end points. If you have your own means of transport, you come to the prearranged meeting point for the day’s activity.

If you wish to be transferred from your accommodation to the activity's starting point and back to it after the end of the activity, this can be done at an extra cost (8.00€ to 10.00€ p.p. for every activity's day).

Essential Equipment: Given the variety of different activities on this trip, we suggest you take with you apart from your seasonal clothing, the following: Day sack, well worn-in trail or walking shoes to be wet in the canyon, any kind of light water sea-shoes, comfortable trousers or shorts for land based activities (not jeans), Bermuda trousers for sea kayaking or river canoeing, swimming gear and towel, sunhat, sunglasses and sun protective cream and large water-bottle. Please Note: All safety equipment (helmets, life-jackets, harnesses, wetsuits etc) is provided by Olympos Trek. If you have your own please feel free to take it with you.

Group size and Staff: Maximum group size is 16 people and minimum 4. This trip is led by Olympos Trek and supported by expert local instructors/guides.

Health: No specific requirements on this tour. If you are reasonably fit and in good health, have a sense of adventure and basically swim (for canyoning), any previous experience is not necessary.

Insurance: It is a prerequisite of booking any Olympos Trek holiday that you possess adequate Insurance.

Responsible Tourism: Tourism has an effect on any area, it is essential to minimise the negative impact that we may cause. We do not allow our clients or staff to damage the physical environment by leaving litter or rubbish lying around. Anything we take in to an area we must take out again.

 
 
 
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