A unique summit to the home of the gods
Step back in time to Ancient Greece, the cradle of Western civilization and the land of the gods, where piety was rewarded with their favor and hubris was punished with tragic ruin. This intensive trek to Mount Olympus might just be one of the most epic in the world! As you walk through temples, ruins, and remote villages, and hike along rocky trails up the craggy peaks towards the home of the mythic Olympians, you not only get to enjoy a gods’-eye view of the land you journeyed below, but you get to walk away feeling justifiably heroic. While MTS is not the only company to offer a trip here, we are only company to actually reach the summit. Speaking of legends…
MTS Senior Guide Erik Perez is used to leading epic treks. A mountaineer and published historian, he brings his expertise along with that of his local, assistant guides to lead you on this extraordinary adventure. With an excellent guide-to-guest ratio, you can be assured of an exceptional experience. After a rigorous day on the trail (and there will be several!) you’ll rest easy in well-appointed, four-star hotels, and have exclusive use of the refuge at the foot of Mount Olympus. Unlike other companies, we’ve sweetened your voyage with an extra day and night to appreciate Athens and to gear up for the adventure ahead. As the ancient myths tell us, no odyssey is ever advised without first paying reverence to the city’s patron goddess, Athena!
Starting off on the right foot with a guided tour of the Parthenon, built in the 5th century B.C. for Athena, we’ll take in the city. We’ll fly out the next day to Ioannina to begin our trek in Mikro Papingo, a charming hillside village where its residents still embrace traditional dress. We’ll hike through mountain forests and pastures on our way to Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest in the world. Descending from its dramatic cliffs, we’ll traverse the canyon floor to the spring-fed Voidomatis River to the village of Monodendri. We’ll drive to Kalambaha, Thessaly, home to the dizzying rock towers of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hike to its iconic Megalo Meteoro Monastery to visit is famous post-Byzantine murals—some of the best in Greece. With some time to explore the village of Litochoro, enjoy the spa at the hotel, or take an easy hike, we’ll embark on the final stage of our trek. A long ascent to the Plateau of the Muses will bring us to Kakolos Refuge, a simple mountain shelter where will stay for the night. The next day, with the help of ropes and helmets for the last 100 feet, we’ll reach the Throne of the Gods at Mytikas (9,593’)—the highest and truest of Olympus’ six summits.
Join MTS on this epic adventure to the heights of the ancient world and create your own legends.
6 days moderate to strenuous hiking (max. elev. 9,568'), easy touring
- Kick off your adventure on the right foot with in-depth cultural tours of Athens
- Hike into Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world
- Visit the cliff monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Enjoy 4-star accommodations and private use of a mountain refuge at the foot of Mytikas (9,593’)—the highest of Mount Olympus’ six summits
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Athens End Location: AthensDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, Greece.
Day 2 : Athens
Sightseeing in Athens, including the Acropolis, Agora, and other monuments of the ancient city.
Day 3 : Mikro Papingo
Fly to Ioannina and drive across the Pindos Mountains to Mikro Papingo , a charming hillside village at the entrance of the great Vikos Gorge. Afternoon hike in the village.
Day 4 : Dragon Lakes
Roundtrip hike through forested terrain, then alpine pastureland to starkly beautiful Dragon Lakes (6,888'), on the peak of Astraka (7,992'). En route we'll have great views of Aoos, Mount Smolikas (8,650'), and the impressive serrated crest of Gamila (the camel) peak.
Day 5 : Vikos Gorge
Hike in the spectacular Vikos Gorge, with its lazy turquoise pools of water, crossing the canyon floor to the Voidomatis Riverm and up to Monodendri where we'll overnight.
Day 6 : Arrival in Meteora
Transfer to Kalambaka and the site of Meteora. Upon arrival, hike to a nearby monastery, then descend to Kastraki for dinner in a local taverna.
Day 7 : Meteora
All day hike around the rock towers of Meteora to see some of the clifftop monasteries, built by the monks in the 13th-15th centuries.
Day 8 : Litochoro
Drive to the village of Litochoro at the foot of Mount Olympus. Optional afternoon hike.
Day 9 : Hiking Mount Olympus
Steep 5,000-foot ascent to a private hut on the Plateau of the Muses.
Day 10 : Summit of Mount Olympus
Early morning optional hike to the summit of Mytikas, the highest peak on Olympus. The mountain's massif has a series of six summits-the highest is Mytikas at 9,568'. Descend, stopping for lunch at a mountain hut. Return to Litochoro.
Day 11 : Depart
After breakfast, transfer by car to Athens and depart.
DATES: Best time to go: June, September - October Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
Divani Palace AcropolisAthens
With courteous service and superior amenities a given, Divani Palace's prime draw remains the stunning views of the Acropolis from the hotel's 7 stories' worth of luxury rooms. The hotel is is walking distance to many of Athens's premier attractions.
Mikro Papingo 1700Mikro Papingo
This luxury boutique hotel is named 1700 for the year the oldest building in town - the hotel's restored historic building - was built. Impeccably restored to a classy "eco-chalet," Mikro Papingo 1700 provides a serene haven for guests. Primely situated at the top of Papingo for the best view to the Timfi mountains, the Vikos gorge, and the small and large Papingo settlements below.
Arturos/Zarkadas Guest HouseMonodendri
The Zarkada family built this guesthouse in the Zagori tradition and the style of Epirotic architecture, providing guests with the hospitality of a traditional guesthouse within the comfortable setting of a modern hotel. The guesthouse is on par the old manor houses and natural beauty of Monodentri, with rooms that look onto the Vikos gorge.
Divani Hotel MeteoraKalambaka
A deluxe hotel in Kalambaka village, surrounded by the towering Meteora rocks. The subdued textiles of designer Andre Warwick adorn the rooms, where oak furniture and luminous wood floors shape spacious sitting areas and terraces.
Hotel Olympus MediterraneanLitochoro
This romantic little hotel, situated on a quiet street near the center of Litochoro, is a sophisticated favorite for local travelers. Each of the elegant rooms features a fireplace, and balconies with a view over the town's red roofs, the towering mountains, and the Aegean sea in the distance.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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