Pelion walking vacation in Greece

“Enjoy a week of walking in amongst the foothills of Mount Pelion where ancient forest footpaths lead to remote monasteries, white washed chapels and untouched Aegean beaches. ”

Highlights

Kastraki | Meteora | Kalambaka monasteries | Mount Pelion | Milies | Tsagarada | Damouchari | Agios Ioannis | Aegean beaches | Makrinitsa village | Chania | Optional hikes to Agriolefkes |

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07 May 2017
£ 875
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15 May 2017
£ 890
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02 Sep 2017
£ 885
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01 Oct 2017
£ 875
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30 Apr 2018
£ 850
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14 May 2018
£ 850
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03 Sep 2018
£ 875
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30 Sep 2018
£ 845
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Responsible tourism: Pelion walking vacation in Greece

Environment

Our local agency specialises in sustainable adventure and wildlife vacations in Greece. They offer diverse travel packages that allow for flexibility, affordability and variety. Our customers can choose from a small group trip or a completely tailor made option for minimum two persons.

Our aim is to promote ecotourism and sustainable adventure vacations at the same time as providing a unique travel experience and allowing you to enjoy the fantastic nature and scenery of this wonderful part of Greece, a world away from busy tourist resorts.

Our treks and vacations throughout Greece, encompassing National Parks, Protected Environmental Areas, Archaeological Sites, Caves & Hot Springs - places that have great natural, geological, cultural, and historical value, and the local guides provide further information about the environment and the benefits of sustainable adventure vacations. All staff have a wide knowledge of local areas that you visit during the trips and, most importantly, they know how to protect them.

On this tour we use a Hyndai mini van with natural gas fuel (currently this is the most environmentally friendly fuel source for vehicles); and we keep our groups to a maximum of 8 persons to avoid excessive trampling on the sensitive coastal paths, in particular. In all of our tours we try to avoid as much driving as possible. So we walk. Just this fact helps makes our tours more sustainable. Especially during the spring time, we see a lot of orchids in Pelion. Although for all of our visitors it is obvious, we inform them that orchids are rare and protected. More interested visitors get details about the Greek Flora and Fauna which is one of the richest in Europe.

We strongly believe in the need to protect and enhance the places we travel to, and in the potential of responsible tourism, to be a positive force in environmental and cultural conservation. Our guides provide lots of information to our clients and encourage them to research and support the two specific NGOs:

1. Archelon - The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
2. Arcturos - The Society for the Protection of Wildlife in Greece (with current emphasis on the Brown Bear and Wolf).

For 2016 & 2017 they plan to donate a percentage of the tour price to maintain ancient paths in the Zagoria area (Vikos National Park) and Pelion.

We ask all our customers to respect the fragile mountain environment by, for example, taking their litter away with them. All our trips are either in very small groups or tailor made for individuals to minimise the impact of large groups on this mountain region.

Community

100% of our guides and drivers in Greece are local people. We firmly believe that a local licensed guide can offer more insight into the countryside and region as a whole as well as enhancing the local economy. Their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and the environmental impact of your visit. This is preferable, in our opinion, than sending a guide from another country or even from elsewhere in Greece. All food on the included trek is bought locally, which provides employment for local shops.

The accommodation used on the tour is in small, family run establishments which have been in business for many years. Many of these hotels are traditionally built, respecting the local architecture and surroundings. Of course at the same time, these enterprises have to offer high standard of quality in dining and accommodation. Food in the hotels is primarily sourced locally. Last, but not least, we have a personal relationship / friendship with all of our providers.

In Meteora we stay in Hotel Dellas, which is owned from the family Dellas; they have 5 more employees, all locals from Kastraki and Kalambaka. We have our lunches and dinners at the Restaurant Paradisos, a family run (couple serving and mother is the cook) with 2 more employees. In Pelion, we mainly stay in Hotel Triantafiles, operated by the same family who owns the restaurant Kritsa at the village's main square. In Milies we use the family run Hotel Dryalos and our favourite restaurant on the whole trip is there - the “Panorama”. Depending on arrival and departure of the flights, we visit two more family run restaurants. One is a small fish taverna in Platamonas by the sea named “To Kaiki Tou Saki” (our head guide says it maybe the best fish restaurant he ever ate in) and in Veria a traditional taverna named Aggelikon.

In all of these villages, the main income of the locals is tourism. Since the economic crisis in Greece, the number of the Greeks visiting the area reduced dramatically. There are no official reports to support this statement yet, but we know it. Greeks used to be the majority of the tourists in the area now only some Greeks can afford a trip there.

Reviews of Pelion walking vacation in Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 16 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Every walk was in itself memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local people for sure and supported conservation, as the guide is for sure taking care of the condition of the paths within his possibilities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Among the group organized vacation, this is the best I have ever had.

Reviewed on 17 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our guide Thanasis Pantes who runs walking vacations in this part of Greece (Pelion peninsula) was simply outstanding. He was a mine of information about all things Greek: culture, politics, food, history, mythology etc. He grew up in the area and knows all the footpaths, local restaurants, best items on the menu to choose and so on. The views of the monasteries in Meteora, the walks along
the cliffs overlooking tiny unspoiled beaches were particularly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared to experience a variety of accommodation--it isn't all 5 star! But even the simplest had something to offer like a wonderful location, and our favourite the Triantafillies guest house in Portaria had the best breakfast!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. For example, Thanasis used locally-owned restaurants which might have been overlooked by tourists.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Memorable! I particularly enjoyed trying all the wonderful Greek food.

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