Ancient Path 4 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.
Follow the ancient Greeks steps and part of E4 European path
Conquer the summit Gerondovrachos
Hike on landscapes alternating from alpine to Mediterranean
Unique view on Delphi Ancient sanctuary, the Olive Grove, the Corinthian gulf
Mount Parnassos is a mere 2,5 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.
The Ancient Path 4 Days Hike starts in the village of Polidroso and ends in Delphi, 2,5 hours by car from Athens. 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.
Period of Operation: May to November
Self Guided Mode:
- 320€/pp for min 5-7 participants
- 360€/pp for min 3-4 participants
- 410€/pp for min 2 participants
Fully Guided Mode:
- 430€/pp for min 5-7 participants
- 545€/pp for min 3-4 participants
- 695€/pp for min 2 participants
- Accommodation in double rooms with breakfast hotel and 2 nights in mountain shelter with breakfast.
- Lunch Box on days: 2, 3, 4.
- Dinner in mountain shelter: days 2, 3.
- In the self-guided option, we provide a briefing, GPS routes, maps, and emergency support helpline
- In the guided option a professional English speaking guide
- Transport to Polidroso and from Delphi to next destination
- Personal Expenses
- Anything not mentioned in the above program
- Personal Insurance
Arrive to Polidroso and settle to your hotel. Polidroso is a quiet farmer village in the Northern slopes of Mt. Parnassos. It always has been a fertile land and in ancient times the area was called “Erochos” that means “Love for the Earth”. Today, Polidroso 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 Polydroso village.
A local representative will meet you in Polidroso village the latest at 10:00 in spring / summer and 9:00 in Autumn in order to brief you and give you all necessary material for your tour.
Trekking Hellas representative will transfer you to Ano Polidroso, 10’ by car. The village 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 in Defner mountain shelter at 1800m. Defner refugee, is a classical mountain hut (please note that there are no showers), 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, you can enjoy a great view on the Corinthian Golf from the shelter dinning room.
Distance: 9,6 Km – 5,9 Miles Time: 6 to 7 hours
Ascent: 1050 m / 3444 ft Descent: 50 m / 164 ft
Min Height: 800 m / 2624 ft Max Height: 1845 m / 6053 ft
Today hike is about exploring Mt. Parnassos alpine zone. We suggest a hike to Gerondovrachos summit 2395m that is accessible by foot without any special equipment from Spring to Autumn. The myth says that when Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, resolved to destroy all humanity by a flood, Deucalion constructed an ark in which, according to one version, he and his wife rode out the flood and landed on Mount Parnassos summit. They were ordered to cast behind them the bones of their mother. The couple correctly interpreted this to mean they should throw behind them the stones of the hillside (“mother earth”), and they did so. Those stones thrown by Deucalion became men, while those thrown by Pyrrha became women.
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! Early in the afternoon a hot dinner will be served for you at the shelter.
Distance: 3,2 Km – 1,98 Miles Time: 3 to 4 hours
Ascent: 610 m / 2000 ft Descent: 610 m / 2000 ft
Min Height: 1770 m / 5807 ft Max Height: 2356 m / 7729 ft
After having an early breakfast you will start your way to Delphi. You will first follow a local path from the shelter to Livadi plateau area at an altitude of 1200m, you will than join the E4 European trail. This is a historic and inspiring hike dropping down from the slopes of Mt Parnassos to the village of Delphi. It is the ancient footpath that took Pans worshippers up from the ancient temples of Delphi to the Corycean Grotto to celebrate rites. Following the ancient path in a forested route we descend to Delphi sanctuary overlooking the olive trees valley and the Corinthian Gulf, whilst the mountains of the Peloponnese complete our picturesque scenery. This hike combines the magic of nature with the mystery of ancient temples!
Distance: 21 Km – 13 Miles Time: 9 to 10 hours
Ascent: 400 m / 1312 ft Descent: 1510 m / 4954 ft
Min Height: 610 m / 2000 ft Max Height: 1820 m / 5971 ft