Greece

Walking in the Outer Mani

Trip code: W07OM 5 (2 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Enjoy coastal merchants' routes, scenic gorges, and hill walking, and refreshing mountain trails
  • Discover the renowned underground caves at Dirou Pirgos, known worldwide for their natural wonders
  • Explore ancient 'Kalderimi' mule paths, unveiling dramatic gorges and Byzantine chapels, for a truly immersive and historical walking experience

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Car transfers as per itinerary

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Steeped in myths and history, the Peloponnese region echoes ancient legends of heroes like Hercules and gods who once roamed its lands. The famous Spartans also trace their ancestry to the Peloponnese. Divided from the Greek Mainland by the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal, the Peloponnese's three arms stretch out, with the central one forming the Mani peninsula. Mani's interior is hilly and rugged, while its coasts bear the mark of nature's artistry, with Mount Taygetus towering over. This region is a picturesque amalgamation of mountains and history, adorned with remnants of the diverse civilisations that once thrived here.

Begin in historic Kardamili, where cobbled streets wind through ancient ruins and lovely tavernas sharing local tales. Explore Outer Mani's untouched paths once walked by Spartans. Follow the ancient route to Sotirianika, descending into the dramatic Koskaraka Gorge and passing through olive orchards to elegant In this captivating landscape, you'll discover the joy of hill walking. The air is laden with the delightful aroma of sage and thyme, from the enchanting town of Kyparissia to the slopes of Mount Taygetus. And when it comes to local flavours, Peloponnese is a true culinary delight. The region is renowned for its wines, particularly the celebrated red Agiorgitiko and the crisp white Mantineia, both unique to this area. Additionally, Peloponnese takes pride in being the home of Corinthian raisins, adding a sweet touch to its culinary selection. And of course, we can't forget Sfela, the regional cheese. Like feta but with a harder texture, Sfela embodies the rich heritage of Greek cheese-making, providing a taste of the region's unique gastronomic traditions.

When it comes to accommodation, expect nothing less than traditional authenticity. Our hand-picked hotels are carefully chosen to immerse you in the genuine essence of Greek hospitality. These establishments offer more than just a place to stay; they are a gateway to the Peloponnese simple way of life. Wake up to the aroma of a traditional Greek breakfast, setting the perfect tone for your day of exploration and adventure in this remarkable land.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Kardamili

Arrive in Kardamili, if you arrive early stroll around the town or maybe take a dip in the inviting Mediterranean Sea.

You stay at Gorgones Rooms.

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Gorgones Rooms, Kardamili

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Experience the enchanting allure of Kardamili with a stay at Les Sirenes (Gorgones), a charming guest house that captures the essence of traditional Peloponnesian charm. Nestled along the scenic coast, this delightful retreat offers guest rooms equipped with convenient amenities such as a kitchenette, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi and savour the local flavours at the on-site restaurant, located by the sea, where you can bask in the refreshing breeze and soak in the picturesque views. Les Sirenes (Gorgones) invites you to embrace the authentic spirit of the Peloponnese, right at your doorstep.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 2: Sotirianika to Kardamili (17km/10.6mi)

A transfer takes you to the start of the walk in Sotirianika. The ancient path up to Sotirianika soon drops into the dramatic Koskaraka Gorge before wandering through olive groves to elegant Kambos famed for its Byzantine church and smallest chapel in Messenia. On to Stavropigio (ancient Mycenaean tomb ruined 18th century tower) climbing to 300m before descending to the coast.

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Day 3: Viros Gorge (10km/6.2mi)

A peaceful and serene walk up the Viros Gorge to view the Byzantine chapels before climbing steeply to the hill-side villages of Pedinon and Tseria. Descend to the Gorge and a wide dirt track up to the mountain village of Exochori (450m). Transfer back to Kardamili.

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Day 4: Exochori to Stoupa (14km/8.7mi)

Transfer to Exochori. A less strenuous day. The trail follows an ancient kalderimi down to the historic bishopric of Proastio with its eclectic collection of over 30 Byzantine churches and chapels. The track then follows the dirt foothills down to Neochori and the coast at Stoupa. Transfer to your hotel in Agios Nikolaos.

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You stay at Stephanou Inn.

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Stephanou Inn , Agios Nikolaos

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Nestled in Agios Nikolaos, Stephanou Inn offers a tranquil retreat near the beach. Enjoy stunning mountain views, a refreshing pool, and convenient parking. Indulge in a hearty breakfast featuring fresh local produce and traditional treats like pies, pastries, and yogurt with organic honey. The inn supports the local community by sourcing ingredients locally and is conveniently situated near lovely tavernas for delightful dining experiences. The inn also provides a serene space for indoor and outdoor yoga sessions, inviting guests to rejuvenate both body and mind in a peaceful setting.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 5: Agios Nikolaos (11km/6.8mi)

A circular hill ascent from Agios Nikolaoss up to the hamlet of Kotroni and onwards up to Platsa with its beautiful neoclassical houses. The trail then meanders to the chocolate box village of Pigi before descending to the coast.

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Day 6: Agios Nikolaos to Lagadha (14km/8.7mi or 15km/9.3mi)

The coastal merchants’ route from Agios Nikolaos to the smaller hamlets of Agios Dimitrios and Trachila. A gradual ascent to 380 metres and the villages of Nomitsi Thalames (Mani Museum and Morea Olive Oil Stone Mill) and Lagadha (10th/11th century church Agios Sotiris). Or: start from the remote mountain village of Milea and take the old pilgrim trail up a well-preserved kalderimi to the impressive monastery of Panaghia Giatrissa perched high on top of a promontory at 1000m. Transfer to the seaside hamlet at Nea Oitylo.

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You stay at Porto Vitylo.

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Porto Vitilo, Nea Oitylo

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Porto Vitilo is a welcoming boutique hotel located by the peaceful bay of Itilo in southern Peloponnese. Featuring 40 comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel offers a relaxed vibe with natural tones, cosy beds, and carefully selected furnishings. Guests can enjoy a refreshing pool with a delightful sea view, ideal for a leisurely swim. The hotel serves a delicious breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients, providing an authentic taste of the region. Experience a laid-back stay at Porto Vitilo, where modern charm meets Greek hospitality.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 7: Nea Oitylo to Dirou Pirgos (11km/6.8mi)

A slower more leisurely day and a fitting end to the week. Follow the kalderimi to the historical town of Areopolis and onwards to the world-famous underground caves at Dirou Pirgos. Alternatively, a rest day; enjoy the quiet seafront ambience explore Areopolis or take a short taxi ride to the caves. Late afternoon transfer back to Kalamata.

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You stay at Pharae Palace.

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Pharae Palace, Kalamata

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Pharae Palace Hotel, a sophisticated 4-star retreat, offers an exquisite stay in the vibrant city of Kalamata. With 76 recently renovated comfortable rooms and 4 luxurious suites, the hotel radiates elegance and charm. Guests can unwind at the hotel's bar and restaurant, both boasting stunning sea views, while savouring the delights of Mediterranean Greek cuisine made from top-quality local products. The hotel's simple yet elegant aesthetics, modern facilities, and attentive staff guarantee an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation, making it an ideal choice for a stylish getaway in Kalamata, no matter the season.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Day 8: Depart Kalamata

After breakfast, leave your hotel for Kalamata airport.

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OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Stansted to Kalamata with Jet2
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Jet2 London Stansted to Kalamata, then private transfer (approx. 1.5hrs) to hotel in Kardamili.

Return: Private transfer (approx. 15minutes) from hotel in Kalamata to Kalamata airport, then Jet2 Kalamata to Stansted.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

This was a really good holiday , great introduction to the Mani. Taxi logistics with Nico excellent .Communicated by What's App. The Vardia with the sea view provided an excellent start but it is slightly out of town if you don't use the steps. The Porto hotel was lovely but bit tricky walking to the bars along the road ,you are slightly out of it.

Stephen Dentith, 5 May 2024

 

The itinerary is very well organised and documentation provided is extensive and comprehensive.

Damien Healey, 17 Sep 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

14.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £999

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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