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Tour overview

Ancient Path 6 Days Hike! A unique experience that combines the beauty of wild mountains and ancient mythology.  This hike follows the footsteps of ancient Greek pilgrims that walked from the northern slopes of Mt. Parnassos to the southern area of Delphi.

Mount Parnassos is a mere 3 hours drive from Athens! It hosts the famous Archaeological site of Delphi. The E4, European long trail path connecting Portugal with Cyprus passes through Parnassus. It follows the ancient footpath that Pilgrims took from the northern part of Greece to reach the Delphi sanctuary. Delphi was dedicated to god Apollo, but Ancient Greeks also believed that the forested area of the mountain was home to the Nymphs and god Pan. Today Mt. Parnassus hosts the largest ski resort of Greece on its alpine zone and a protected National Park on its forested area. On the northern slopes of the mountain, the forest is mainly composed of fir and juniper trees. As we walk down the southern slopes the landscape becomes Mediterranean. Great views to the famous UNESCO listed Delphi olive grove and the Corinthian gulf await our hikers. We propose an itinerary that combines parts of the paths 22 and E4 and that offer the opportunity to discover the most interesting areas of Mt. Parnassus.

Highlights:

  • Quiet footpaths with a good mix of forest and Mediterranean landscapes
  • Discover a well preserved wild mountain setting from North to South
  • Visit Delphi Ancient site & the UNESCO listed Delphi olive valley
  • Enjoy a relaxing hiking route with a sea view to the Corinthian Gulf

The Ancient Path 6 Days Hike starts in the village of Polidroso and ends in Itea, approx. 3 hours by car from Athens.  Looking for a less demanding softer hike ? check our  Ancient Path 4 days hike. In case you are interested for more cultural activities you can also extend your stay and follow our Ancient Olive Grove Tasting Workshop or our Cooking Class and Wine Tasting.

Tour Summary

Duration

6 days

Difficulty level

Period of Operation: 25 April – 1 December

Total Hiking:

  • 60,5km/37,6miles
  • 5 days of hiking
  • 30 hours of hiking approx

Price:

Self Guided Mode:

  • 420€/pp for min 4-6 participants
  • 520€/pp for min 2-3 participants

Fully Guided Mode:

  • 750€/pp for min 4-6 participants
  • 1130€/pp for min 2-3 participants

Participation requirements

  • Min Age: 15 years – Max Age: 75 years
  • Good Physical Condition

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

Self Guided Mode:

  • Ancient Footpath Trail GPX files
  • Hiking map of Mt.Parnassos
  • Printed tour booklet
  • 24h emergency telephone support line
  • 2 dinners without drinks (day 3&4)
  • 5 lunch boxes
  • 5 nights with breakfast (Eptalofos, Polydrosos, Defner, Livadi, Delphi) sharing twin/double room (Single Supplement 100€)
  • 5 Luggage transfers
  • VAT

Guided Mode:

  • English speaking Hiking guide
  • 2 dinners without drinks (day 3&4)
  • 5 lunch boxes
  • 5 nights with breakfast (Eptalofos, Polydrosos, Defner, Livadi, Delphi) sharing twin/double room (Single Supplement 100€)
  • 5 luggage transfer
  • Accommodation hotel taxes
  • VAT
Tour exclusions

Self Guided Mode:

  • Transfer of the 1st day to come to Eptalofos
  • Transfer to leave the area on day 6
  • Dinners in villages (day1-2-5-6)
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Entrance to any museum or archaeological site
  • Tour guide
  • Accommodation hotel taxes  (1,5€/room/day payable upon check out by participants)

Guided Mode

  • Transfer of the 1st day to come to Eptalofos
  • Transfer to leave the area on day 6
  • Dinners (day1-2-5-6)
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Entrance to any museum or archaeological site

Itinerary

Arrive to Eptalofos and settle to your hotel. Eptalofos is a very picturesque Greek village with a small waterfall and a typical village square surrounded by centenarians plane trees. A local representative will meet you in the afternoon to welcome you and give you a tour booklet and a hiking map of the region.

Hike on the Northern side of Mount Parnassos following path 22 to Polydrosos quite farmer village. It always has been a fertile land and in ancient times the area was called “Erochos” that mean’s “Love for the Earth”. Today, Polidrosos hosts Argyriou family winery that gives a special emphasis on forgotten ancient local wine varieties and produces 9 different sorts of very interesting wines. Overnight in Polydrosos village.

  • Distance: 12,5km/7,8miles
  • Ascent: 100m/330ft    Descent: 470m/1541ft
  • Altitudes: 850m/2800ft to 380m/1250ft
  • Duration: 5 hr

Polydrosos is surrounded by springs and a dense fir tree forest. Beginning the hike you will notice a number of large cottages as today the place is very appreciated by Athenian families for spending the weekend in winter. Hiking up the path you will cross farming fields and forest areas with endemic species such as Cephalonian fir trees and Juniper trees. Your hiking day will end at Defner mountain shelter  at an altitude of 1845m. Defner refuge, is a typical mountain hut simple with the essentials to rest for a night in altitude.  It is located at the limit of the Alpine zone and the fir tree forest area. After settling a hot dinner will be served. When the weather is clear from the shelter wooden veranda you can enjoy a great view on the Corinthian Golf.

  • Distance:   14 km/8,5 miles
  • Ascent: 1440m/4724ftDescent: 50m/164ft
  • Altitudes:  380m/1246ft  to 1845m/6053ft
  • Duration: 8hr

Today hike is about exploring Mt. Parnassos alpine zone.  We suggest a hike to Gerondovrachos summit 2396m that is accessible by foot without any special equipment from Spring to Autumn. In the alpine zone you will discover rare endemic species of plants and insects. You may run into a shepherd with his sheep or goat flock. Be careful don’t walk into the flock as the shepherd dogs may get nervous. Mt. Parnassos is famous all over Greece for it high quality feta cheese. You will see the circular ruins of the old stone sheep barns that in the past use to host an important number of people during summer period. The 360 degrees view to the surrounding valley from Gerondovrachos summit is splendid! Hike down to Livadi plateau following a local path. Overnight in Livadi area.

  • Distance:  11 km/6,8 miles
  • Ascent: 655 m/2145ft   Descent: 1225m/4020ft
  • Altitudes: 1770m/5800ft – 2356m/7729ft – 1200m/3937ft
  • Duration: 7 hr

 

You will first follow a local path in Livadi plateau area at an altitude of 1200m, you will than join the E4 European trail. This is a historic and inspiring route! It makes its way down the slopes of Mt Parnassos leading to the village of Delphi. It is the ancient footpath that God Pan’s worshipers took from the ancient temples of Delphi to the Corycean Grotto to celebrate holy rites. Your hike starts on the Livadi plateau at an altitude of 1200 m. Following the ancient path through lush forests, you descend to the Delphi sanctuary! A magical spot overlooking the olive trees valley and the Corinthian Gulf with the imposing mountains of the Peloponnese as a backdrop. You will have free time to visit Apollo temple in the afternoon. Overnight in Delphi village.

  • Distance: 12 km/7,5 miles
  • Ascent: 50m/164ft   Descent: 650m/2130ft
  • Altitudes: 1200m/3937ft – 550m/1800ft
  • Duration: 5 hr

 

Follow a downhill path and a rural road from Delphi to the edge of  Chrisso village. The ancient city of Crissa hosted the visitors of the oracle. Following the footsteps of ancient pilgrims, you will continue your day in the heart of the famous Crisaean olive grove. It is listed by UNESCO as a unique landscape composed of more than 1,5 million olive trees. You will enjoy the unique scenery! Observe the silver-green foliage of the olive trees changing colors depending on the time of the day and admire the naturally carved trunks of impressive centennial trees. Your hike end by the sea in Itea little port city.

  • Distance: 11km/6,9miles
  • Descent: 550m/1800ft
  • Altitudes: 550m/1800ft  to sea level
  • Duration: 5 hr

FAQ

  • Small backpack for your personal items and lunch box
  • Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Obligatory light hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Hat or beanie, sunglasses,  sunblock
  • Waterproof jacket/membrane (for the rainy days)
  • Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.

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