Embark on an odyssey across Greece, a land of crumbling ruins, postcard-perfect towns, and epic scenery. Tour the ancient Acropolis of Athens, one of the world's greatest architectural sites, then journey to the Peloponnese to summit its highest peak and explore the beautiful Mani Peninsula - praised for its traditional stone architecture and crystal-clear waters. After hiking through fir and pine forests, slow down at pretty fishing villages, and then paddle along pristine shores to sparkling sea caves and underwater springs. End your journey with a sample of locally pressed olive oil, then head out for a nighttime stroll on the cobbled streets of Areopolis.
Explore a legendary land filled with UNESCO-listed wonders, soaring mountains, stone villages, and a picturesque Peloponnese coastline
Summit Profitis Ilias at 7,897 feet and survey the Taygetus Massif - towering over ancient Sparta
Kayak turquoise waters to sea caves and underwater springs on the wild and scenic Mani Peninsula
Arrive in the capital of Greece today and check into the hotel. Gather in the evening for a short walking tour of the city and a welcome dinner in a traditional Greek tavern in Plaka, the old part of Athens.
After breakfast, head out for a guided tour of the Acropolis, the ancient citadel that stands on a hilltop, presiding over Athens as one of the world's greatest monuments. Continue on to Panathinaikon, the stadium where the first Olympic Games were held in 1896, and the striking new Acropolis Museum. After lunch, drive to the Peloponnese peninsula and the UNESCO-listed archeological site of Mystras, showcasing medieval ruins - the fortress, palace, churches and monasteries in a stunning landscape.
After breakfast at the hotel, leave for a gentle hike into the Taygetus foothills, rich in history and culture. Through magnificent landscapes, discover the gorge of Lagadiotisa and the monastery of Zigouna. Finish the day enjoying splendid views of Sparta from the shade of the plane trees in the ancient village of Parori.
Start the day with a short transfer to the trailhead. Ascend through spectacular alpine landscapes towards the summit of Profitis Ilias at 7,897 feet - the highest peak in the Taygetus Massif. The climb to the pyramid-shaped summit takes just under 3 hours. On a clear day, enjoy amazing views as far away as Crete. Hike back down and transfer to Kardamyli, our base for the next two nights. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the mountain air.
Enjoy a loop hike to the springs of beautiful Vyros Gorge, a deep river gorge that runs from the foot of Profitis Ilias to Kardamyli. Walk along the dry riverbed to the ancient monastery of Lykaki, where you can see frescoes dating from 1783. After visiting the monastery, return to Kardamyli.
The picturesque fishing villages and dazzling coastal landscape of the western Mani region offer a chance to slow down and discover Greece's hidden treasures. Starting from Kardamyli, hop in a kayak to explore sea caves, underwater springs, and the famed golden beach of Kalogria. End the journey in the pretty village of Agios Nikolaos, and from here transfer to the hotel in Limeni.
Wake for breakfast and set off on a comfortably paced paddling adventure around Limeni, one of the most picturesque coastal villages in the region. Explore Oitylo Bay and head north to visit the natural salt ponds, where locals collect salt flowers by hand. Stop for a relaxing swim and enjoy a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic fruits and vegetables, and local olive oil and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over, paddle back to Limeni for an evening in town.
Drive to Cape Tenaro, the southernmost point of mainland Greece, stopping on the way to visit the old tower village of Vathia. Today's 2-hour hike follows a route from the settlement of Kokinoghia, along the coast to a lighthouse. Look out for the decorative Roman mosaic near the start of the path. West of the lighthouse is a cave that Ancient Greek legend claims was the home of Hades, the god of the underworld. After lunch we return back to Athens, where you can connect to your homebound flight. Those who depart from Athens the following morning will be delivered to the Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport located directly across the road from the international terminal.
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MT Sobek has been crafting unique itineraries for adventure seekers since 1969, working with top local guides to pave new trails.
This journey perfectly blends legendary must-see wonders with a Peloponnese hiking and kayaking adventure for a refreshing twist.
Immersive insights into the culture and nature of the region from expert MT Sobek guides, plus summit the highest mountain in the Taygetus Massif.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Touring ancient sites, a challenging summit climb to the highest peak in the Peloponnese, sea kayaking, and olive-oil tasting at a traditional press.
Enjoy charming hotels with local character and delicious homemade Greek breakfasts. Spend two nights in rustic mountain refuges located in beautiful settings
Expect mild and sunny weather. Temperatures will range between 55º-75º F. Water temp is chilly in spring, warmer in fall.
You will be met by your guide(s) or an MTS representative at the Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (ATH) on Day 1, and transferred to the group hotel in Athens.
This trip ends at the Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport located directly across the road from the international terminal of Athens International Airport.
Sea kayaking experience is helpful, but is not mandatory. Although the kayaking is not on rough water, the distances covered would be challenging for someone with no previous kayaking experience.
Medium weight hiking boots with good ankle support and lug soles.
The tap water in Greece is safe and drinkable. We encourage our guests to bring a refillable water bottle, and plan to replenish from the tap. Unfortunately, plastic water bottles continue to go in to landfill, or washed out to sea.
You absolutely should! Popular islands include Ios, Mykonos and Santorini, but Crete, Rhodes, Hydra, Paros and Naxos are also beautiful. All can be accessed by ferry from Athens.
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