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Walking the Pelion Peninsula

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $1949per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Saturday departures from 8 Oct '22 to 18 Nov '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 5 picnics
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfer on day 5
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes
      from 6 reviews

Miss Barr says...
Varied walking,steep and challenging at times.Lovely scenery.
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Walking the Pelion Peninsula

  • Walk in the Pelion region, 'Land of the Centaurs' according to Greek mythology along kalderimia, ancient cobbled trails
  • Reach isolated beaches where you can enjoy swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea
  • Discover traditional mountain and coastal villages; lush vegetation of beech and chestnut forests; herb-scented maquis and olive groves dotted with wildflowers

This self-guided walking holiday explores the Pelion Peninsula in mainland Greece. It is named the 'Land of the Centaurs' due to its associations with Greek mythology, with its name coming from King Peleus, father of Achilles. Walk from village to village on old cobbled donkey paths, called kalderimi that were mostly built in the 18th and 19th centuries to connect the villages and transport olives and honey.

Discover the contrasts of the region from the lush green mountainous interior to coastal trails on the Aegean Sea. The flora of the area is characterised by orchards, olive groves and forests of oak, eucalyptus, walnut, chestnut and beech, wildflowers and herb-scented maquis. The mountain villages have whitewashed, half-timbered houses with grey slate roofs. On the coast discover hidden coves, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages and enjoy stunning views on almost every route.

Starting in Milies with its traditional Pelion architecture you'll start to get a feel for the region with its old houses, mansions and spring water fountains. Tsagarda is considered one of the most beautiful villages of the Pelion and is known for its 1750 year plane tree that measures 14m in diameter. On the coast at Damouchari you can see old Venetian houses and a Byzantine castle and enjoy an array of tavernas with sea views, the village was also used as a set location in the first Mamma Mia film. Heading back into the mountains enjoy stays in Chania and Portaria and visit the 'Balcony of the Pelion' at Makrinista for amazing views out to the Pagasestic Gulf.

The hotels you'll be staying in are a range of small, family-run properties and larger properties with more facilities, and you will find a choice of restaurants and tavernas so you can enjoy the local cuisine each evening.



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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Milies

Arrive in the traditional mountain village of Milies.
Stay at the Hotel Dryalos or similar (breakfast included)

Day 2: At Milies 12km/7.5mi

Today follow an old stone path to the village of Kala Nera. Take time to relax at the beach, have a swim and enjoy lunch at a small fish restaurant before hiking back to Milies.
Stay at the Hotel Dryalos or similar (breakfast included)

Day 3: Milies to Tsagarada 11km/7mi

Cross the mountains from south west to north east walking on a forest road and old kalderimi (stone paths) through chestnut trees to reach the village of Tsagarada. At the square admire the oldest plane tree in Europe, more than 1750 years old
Stay at Lost Unicorn Hotel or similar (breakfast and picnic lunch included)

Day 4: Tsagarada to Damouchari 8km/5mi

Our destination today is Damouchari on the Aegean Sea - following the kalderimi out of Tsagarada head first to the isolated beach of Fakistra where you can enjoy your picnic and a swim in the crystal clear blue water before following a coastal path to Damouchari.
Stay at Damouchari Taditional Hotel or similar (breakfast and picnic lunch included)

Day 5: Damouchari to Kissos (Chania) 8km/5mi

Continue along the coast to Agios Ioannis and the magnificent white sandy beach Papa Nero. Ascend towards Chania stopping at the village of Kissos from where a transfer will take you the rest of the way to the highest village in the area where you spend the next 2 nights.
Stay at Manthos Mountain Resort & Spa or similar (breakfast and picnic lunch included)

Day 6: At Chania 12km/7.5mi

Follow the road up the mountain to the ski centre at 1580m and from there you can enjoy fantastic views of both the Aegean Sea and the Pagasestic Gulf. Continue through the forest of aspen and beech trees in a circular route back to Chania.
Stay at Manthos Mountain Resort & Spa or similar (breakfast and picnic lunch included)

Day 7: Chania to Portaria 8.5km/5.5mi

Today you will follow the path that was used according to Greek Mythology by the Centaurs, the half-horse, half-human creatures. The path leads us to the village of Portaria. In the afternoon continue to Makrinitsa, another picturesque village of the area with many old mansions, known as the 'Balcony of Mt. Pelion', offering amazing views to the Pagasetic Gulf and the city of Volos.
Stay at the Hotel Kriti or similar (breakfast and picnic lunch included)

Day 8: Leave Portaria

After breakfast, leave Portaria.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel Dryalos, Milies

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The rooms are all spacious and very bright, have good ventilation and views, tastefully furnished in traditional Pelion color and decorated each one having its own personal character.


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The Lost Unicorn Hotel, Tsgarada

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The Lost Unicorn Hotel offers eight rooms and occupies an 19th century mansion on the edge of Agia Paraskevi square - it features a magical flower-filled terrace from where guests can enjoy fine quality European and modern Greek cuisine with a selection of the best Greek wines while overlooking the oldest Plane Tree in Europe.
All rooms have private bathrooms and most have balconies and high ceilings with colonial fans or air conditioning. The hotel features a well-stocked library where guests can relax and enjoy a book or listen to vinyl records. and an aristocratic Salon filled with antiques where guests can have a drink from the bar.


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Traditional Hotel Damouchari, Damouchari

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Traditional hotel Damouchari offers simple but comfortable accommodation with stone walls and heavy wood furniture. The garden area is an oasis of calm with beautiful flowers and a swimming pool.


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Manthos Mountain Resort & Spa, Chania

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At the top of the mountain, surrounded by lush fir trees, overlooking the Pagasitic Gulf, is the luxurious Manthos Mountain. The elegance of the space, the cozy decoration and the exceptional attention to detail, create a unique accomondation experience. Combining the nature of Pelion with modern spaces, Manthos Mountain is a welcoming, luxurious residence making every stay a special adventure. The large windows overlooking the nature, the large fireplaces and the elegant furniture meet the indoor boutique, the open-air restaurant, the bar with fireplace and the luxurious spa area.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Hotel Kritsa, Portaria

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In the central square of Portaria, amidst the blooming hydrangeas, the ancient plane trees, and the running waters from the mountain springs, Gastronomy Hotel Kritsa offers you warm Greek hospitality.
The combination of its romantic rooms, its famous Greek breakfast, as well as the traditional flavours of our restaurant, is an authentic experience.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Miss Barr, 30/09/2022

Varied walking,steep and challenging at times.Lovely scenery.


Miss Porter, 21/09/2022

What a complete break from the everyday. Warm welcomes, and enthusiasm to communicate at every hotel, from discussing Greek education systems to the barefoot chef and the amazing discovery that Greece has winter ski resorts, every day had a great balance of activity and interest. Your rep mr thannassos was amazing, I am sure he even arranged for the dolphins to swim past us on our last afternoon . Fabulous scenery, food (especially lost unicorn and hotel Kritsa) and comfortable hotels. the Pelion is a real gem.


Mr Bottomley, 19/09/2022

Excellent on site agents and staff. It was tough to get things booked and agreed at short notice but the staff were very nice


Mrs Hall, 06/07/2022

A brilliant holiday! The Pelion is such a beautiful part of Greece, with our route taking in very different terrain, from beautiful beaches and coves to the wooded hills and flower filled meadows. The hotels were very varied, each wonderful in their own way, and all our hosts were exceptionally welcoming, kind and helpful.

The walking was fairly challenging at times, with many of the paths quite steep, rocky and overgrown - we got lost a few times. More of the red path markers and more information re timings would have been helpful on some days. However we enjoyed the challenge and loved the peace and solitude - we hardly met another soul on the paths, though were helped a couple of times by a local goat and a couple of friendly dogs who led us up the path to Kissos!

The organisation and support from the Headwater Team was excellent, with staff being unfailingly helpful and friendly, and the local support and pick ups organised by Thanassis in Pelion were easy and reliable.

Thank you!


Mr Rawes, 24/06/2022

A great holiday in lovely walking country. Good service from Headwater but let down in place by local agents (although not really the fault of the rep Thanassis).


Mr Oliver, 18/06/2022

This walking holiday was well organised with excellent transfers and a good level of interesting and varied walks. The fact that we went in mid May meant the temperature was perfect- hot but not overwhelming. The hotels and villages we stayed in were generally of a good standard and very pleasant. Do bother to clamber down to little coves when you can because they are the best beaches, imho. I would also strongly suggest you get one of the navigation apps and your own map as the written instructions are not terribly accurate and the map provided doesn’t have enough detail. Great holiday though and would thoroughly recommend it!



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

All breakfasts and 5 picnics

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels

Walking transfer on day 5


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Saturday departures from 8th Oct 2022 to 18th Nov 2023, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and 5 picnics

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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