Cultural MYthic paTHS

(Culture, History, Tradition)

The visitor will receive an authentic experience of cultural and traditions linked to the area where to enjoy the endless vibrant blue and green colours of the Olympus area.

10 nights/ 11 days

Beyond the myths of the 12 gods of Mount Olympus and the glorious ancient civilization, the region has a rich cultural heritage as a diverse group of people and cultures make the area rich in customs, traditions, and cultural events. Cultural practices preserved since the time of Homer, traditions and customs inextricably linked to the area. Dances, songs, costumes, musical instruments, arts, literature, philosophy, festivals, fairs, rituals, gastronomy, local products, architecture, language idioms.

The richness, diversity and colorfulness of the customs and traditions of the area are emphasized and fascinate the visitor.

Highlights

  • Discover the endless green and blue of the Olympus region.
  • Authentic Cultural Experience
  • Workshops
  • Sightseeing
  • Live like a local
  • Folklore
  • Tradition
  • Local gastronomy

Sustainability

  • The package highlights an aspect of this area that is less well known.
  • Eco friendly vehicles
  • Bike friendly and green key accommodation
  • The participants are small groups.
  • The cooperating companies are small and familyrun.
  • Organic and local food products
  • The experiences take place in small rural villages.
DAY 1:
ARRIVAL IN THESSALONIKI

Arrival at SKG Thessaloniki airport. Reception at the airport and transfer by eco vehicle to the hotel. Free time for a leisurely walk in the center of Thessaloniki. Dinner at the restaurant, in the center of the city, where we see the process of making bread in a built- in wood oven and we taste fine wines from its rich wine cellar.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 5-6 hours

DAY 2:
THESSALONIKI

Transfer by city bus in Ano Poli to a workshop of traditional instruments, of a well-known composer – musician, where we will get to know and have direct contact with Greek traditional instruments. Walk in Ano Poli and lunch at a local ouzo bar. Dance and song lesson at “Horodentro”. Afternoon cycling with a guide on the new beach, with stops at attractions such as the White Tower and the statue of Alexander the Great.
Free time enjoying the city.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 7-8 hours

DAY 3:
THESSALONIKI

Transportation by city bus to the Folklore Museum of Macedonia Thrace. Food tour in different parts of the city and lunch in one of them. Visit to the Rotonda and the archaeological sites located in Navarino.
Free time for shopping.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 4:
IMATHIA (VERGINA / VERIA)

Departure by ecological vehicle from Thessaloniki to the “Archaeological site of Vergina”. Walk in the alleys of Veria and visit a traditional confectionery workshop (revani), the monument of the Apostle Paul and the city library. Accommodation at the hotel and rest. Departure for the village of Meliki, where first we will visit the house of a well-known dance teacher where there will be a demonstration of weaving traditional costumes on the loom and then the “Ethnographic Center George Meliki – Mask Research Center” where we will see the exhibition and participate in a local dance class. Food in a local taverna accompanied by music. Overnight in Veria.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 7-8 hours

DAY 5:
NAOUSSA

Transfer by ecological vehicle, to the Macedonian tombs of Lefkada and the School of Aristotle in Mieza. Then transfer to Naoussa. Walk in the sights of the city, visit to the museum of wine and vine – wine tasting.
Visit and walk in the traditional settlement of Arkochori. Dinner in a traditional taverna.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 6:
OLYMPUS AREA / PALIAMPELA / KORINOS / LITOCHORO

Transfer to the village of Paliampela, to a traditional pottery workshop – pottery class with the potter Giannis Stagkidis. Delicious sweet “loukoumades” and Greek coffee in square of Kolindros village and visit to the local folklore museum. Lunch with local delicacies and wine tasting in the cellar of a traditional taverna in Kitros village. Pudding in a traditional patisserie in Korinos village. Free time – Swimming on a nearby beach ( it depends of the season ). Overnight at hotel in Litohoro.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 7:
OLYMPUS AREA / LITOCHORO / KATERINI / RACHI

Breakfast and Transfer by ecological vehicle in the city of Katerini. Walking in the city centre and in the city park, with stops in local shops for local delicacies. Departure to the small village of “Ano Milia”. We admire the landscape, visiting picturesque chapels. In the small village of “Kato Milia”, we visit the Folklore Museum and a traditional cafe. Departure for Rachi village. Bicycle ride in the vineyards and cherries. Wine tasting at a winery and food with traditional music and songs by locals. Overnight at hotel in Litochoro.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 8:
OLYMPUS AREA / DION

Visit to the archaeological site of Dion, the holy city of the Macedonians. We continue the tour with a visit to the Museum of Dion, where among other things we will admire the Hydraulys of Dionysus. An ancient theatre class (drama or comedy) will be followed in the Ancient Park of Dion (weather permitting). Lunch in a local taverna. Return to Litochoro. Leisure.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 9:
LITOCHORO VILLAGE / OLYMPUS MOUNTAIN

We start our day with a visit to the Maritime Museum and “Olympus National Park Information Center”. After a short stop at the historic Monastery of Agios Dionysios of Olympus we head to Prionia. Hiking in the amazing gorge of Enipeas, we see the old monastery of Olympus, the sacred cave, the waterfalls. Picnic by the waterfalls. Free time for rest. Dinner in a traditional Greek taverna and overnight in Litochoro.
ROUTE: Medium difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 10:
PIERIA (LIVITHRA / PALEOS PANTELEIMONAS / PALEOI PORI)

Transfer by ecological vehicle to Ancient Leivithra, an ancient city at the foot of Olympus (archaeological site – tour). In the same place, a Greek language lesson through Greek culture. Later we pass through the magnetic field of Olympus. Transfer to the traditional village of Paleos Panteleimonas, meeting with locals and visiting a handicraft workshop. Visit to the village of Paleoi Pori and lunch at the traditional taverna in the shadow of old planes.
ROUTE: Low difficulty
DURATION: 6-7 hours

DAY 11:
DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to SKG airport.

Variations

If this trip takes place in June, the visitor can attend the “Prometheus” events that take place once a year in honor of the ancient Greek worldview. People are dressed like ancients and follow their habits (food, literature, philosophy, music, dance, poetry). From the first of July until the end of August, the famous “Olympus Festival ORFEO” is held at the foot of Mt Olympus in the ancient places. If this trip takes place during this time, the visitor can attend a performance (Ancient Drama, Ancient Comedy, Concert, etc.) at the Ancient Theater in Dion. In the summer, June to August, there are authentic traditional Greek festivals (panigiria) in the villages of the Olympus area. If during this trip, there is such a festival (panigiri) then we will party and dance with the local inhabitants.

Practical Information

Main type of Experience:

Cultural, heritage, workshops, sightseeing, exploring, learning, entertainment, folklore

Additional Experiences:

Strong local experience, nature, arts, crafts, folklore, tradition

Number of nights:

10 nights / 11 days

Type of accommodation:

  • Green key awarded
  • Family Hotel
  • Boutique Hotel

Starting point:

Thessaloniki, “Macedonia” (SKG) airport

Guided or Self-guided tour:

Guided with an English-speaking tour leader.Self -guided with given information in English / German or French language

Group size:

6 – 15 people

Period / Dates:

All year

Price of the package:

  • For 10-15 persons the full package of 10 days the price is 1890 € per person in double room.
  • For 6-9 persons the full package of 10 days the price is 2180 € per person in double room.
  • For children between 8 to 12 years old, the price is 40% of the above-mentioned prices in double room with their parents.

Included:

  • All kind of transportation means (eco-friendly vehicles, bikes)
  • 10 overnights as described with breakfast
  • 4 Workshops / lessons
  • 10 Dinner or lunch as described
  • Snacks when referred
  • Picnic meals
  • Mountain leader
  • Food tour
  • Food Tour Guide
  • Guides
  • Museum fees
  • Wine tasting
  • Tour guides (the days it is written)
  • Roadbook and maps
  • TouristicInsurance
  • All taxes

Not included:

  • Air tickets
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Accommodation tax per room / per night (aprox 1,50 to 4,00 €). According to the Greek Law, the Accommodation Tax be charged to the guest of the room through a special receipt.

Type of travelers:

Family (children 8+), young, adults, seniors in goodhealth condition.

Accessibility options:

Family (children 8+), young, adults, seniors in goodhealth condition.

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Booking:

  • 30% prepayment of total paid amount is required for fixed-date programs at least 45 days before the program’s implementation.
  • Cancellation 21 days before the implementation day, the company reserves 10% of the total payment amount
  • Full payment is required before the program’s implementation.
  • There is extra discount, depends on the booking time.

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