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Tour overview

E4 Trail in Delphi – 4 Days Soft Hiking Tour! A unique hiking experience that combines the beauty of central Greece and ancient mythology.  This hike is considered as one of the most beautiful parts of the European Long Distance Trail E4. It follows the footsteps of ancient Greek pilgrims that walked from northern Greece to Delphi.

Highlights of E4 Trail in Delphi – 4 Days Soft Hiking Tour:

  • Follow a beautiful part of the E4 Footpath with a good mix of forest and Mediterranean landscapes
  • Visit Delphi Ancient site & the UNESCO listed Delphi olive valley
  • Enjoy a relaxing hiking route with a sea view to the Corinthian Gulf

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 a smooth itinerary that follows the E4 European Long Distance Path and is suitable for everyone who wishes to enjoy a unique hiking vacation! E4 Trail Delphi starts in the village of Eptalofos and ends by the sea in Itea.

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.

Technical Characteristics:

  • Total Hiking Distance: Hiking: 26km/16,15mi in total
  • Total Hiking Duration: 14 hours approx

Tour Summary

Duration

4 days

Difficulty level

Period of Operation: 25 March – 1 November

Price:

Self Guided Mode:

  • 230€/pp for min 4-6 participants
  • 310€/pp for min 2-3 participants
  • 530€/pp for min 1 participant

Fully Guided Mode:

  • 400€/pp for min 4-6 participants
  • 630€/pp for min 2-3 participants
  • 1160€/pp for min 1 participant

Participation requirements

  • Basic Physical Condition
  • Min Age: 8 years – Max Age: 75 years

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

SELF GUIDED MODE

  • Ε4 Trail Delphi GPX files
  • Hiking map of Mt.Parnassos
  • Printed tour booklet
  • 24h emergency telephone support line
  • 3 lunch boxes
  • 3 nights with breakfast (Eptalofos, Arachova, Delphi) Single room supplement 50€
  • 3 Luggage transfers

GUIDED MODE

  • English speaking Hiking guide
  • 3 lunch boxes
  • 3 nights with breakfast (Eptalofos, Arachova, Delphi)
  • 3 Luggage transfers
  • 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 4
  • Dinners
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Entrance to any museum or archaeological site
  • Tour guide
  • Accommodation hotel taxes 1,5€/room/day

There is a possibility of urgent support on the spot when needed with a supplementary cost of 70 €.

Self guided routes are suggested to the client that undertakes to follow them at his own risk.

 

GUIDED MODE

  • Transfer of the 1st day to come to Eptalofos
  • Transfer to leave the area on day 4
  • Dinners
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Entrance to any museum or archeological site
  •  Tour guide

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.

You will follow the E4 European trail that connects Portugal to Cyprus. This is probably one of the most beautiful parts of this trail. 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 worshippers  from northern Greece to  the  temples of Delphi. You will follow a smooth path in a forested environment. For Ancient Greeks Mount Parnassos alpine zone was home of the beautiful Nymphs, daughters of mother earth «Gaia», dancing around all day long to honor the Gods. You will have the opportunity to see some of the entrances of Eptastomos underground cave. “Eptastomos” means “7 mouths” because the cave had 7 entrances. The cave was formed by the southern glacier of Europe and was considered by the ancients as one of the underworld entrances.

Overnight in Arachova. Arachova is a mountain village, on the slope of Parnassos mountain, mainly built of stone houses, narrow streets and springs. Despite its huge tourist growth due to the ski resort, its heritage has been well preserved. The region is famous for its agriculture, cattle breeding and bosts some high quality products like olives and olive oil, tsipouro, formaella & feta cheese, yogurt, opsimotiri cheese, halvah, frumenty and noodles. Arachova is also famous for its handmade, pure woollen textiles, which are made using traditional looms and natural colors.

Distance: 7 Km  Time:  4-5 hours

Ascent: 450 m  Descent: 100 m

Altitude: 850 m to 1300 m

 

You will start the day with a 40’  transfer from Arachova to Marmara. The first part of your hike is a a forested environment and it second part on a downhill dirt path with some stone steps and rocks as it is the actual ancient 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: 8 Km Time:  4 hours

Descent: 850 m  Altitude: 1400 m

 

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: 11 km  – Duration: 5 hr

Descent: 550 m  Altitude: 550 m to sea level

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