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Walking in the Outer Mani

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  • Holiday code
    W07OM
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily Departures from 1 Apr '23 to 28 Oct '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Art & history, swimming opportunities, coastal routes

Greece

Walking in the Outer Mani

  • Enjoy coastal merchants' routes, gorge and hill walking as well as refreshing mountain trails
  • Follow ancient 'Kalderimi' mule paths to dramatic gorges and Byzantine chapels
  • Visit the world-famous underground caves at Dirou Pirgos

Bursting with legend, the Peloponnese is home to the mighty fight between Hercules and the Nemean lion, where Gods walked the earth meddling in mortal affairs. Divided from the Greek Mainland by the magnificent engineering feat of the Corinth Canal, and consists of three spindly fingers, the middle of which is known as the Mani peninsula. The Mani has a mountainous interior and deeply indented coasts, with Mount Taygetus as its highest point. The scenery is outstandingly beautiful and dotted with fascinating relics of the many civilisations that once called it home.

This self-guided, 7-night linear trip has been designed to be as varied as possible making the most of the wonderful terrain in the Exo Mani (Outer Mani) covering coastal merchants' routes, gorge and hill walking and mountain trails. The 50-mile route starts from the small coastal village of Kardamili and winds its way down the Mani peninsula to its border with the Messa Mani. You walk from village to village mostly following 'kaldaremi' a network of ancient, cobbled mule tracks. Discover the spectacular Viros Gorge as you follow the 'Royal Road', which connected ancient Sparta with the port of Kardamili. Limestone cliffs tower above scattered with impressive Byzantine chapels and monasteries. End your week with a visit to the impressive Caves of Diros, among the most significant natural sites in Greece, the impressive stalactite and stalagmite reflect in the crystal-clear waters of the cave.

Your accommodations are all comfortable family run establishments selected for their location and 'filoxenia' (friendliness and hospitality to strangers). They provide a buffet style breakfast and a locally cooked dinner for the first 3 nights, then you are free to choose from local tavernas for dinner.



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

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 Kardamili

Arrive in Kardamili, if you arrive early stroll around the town or maybe take a dip in the inviting Mediterranean Sea.
Overnight Gorgones Rooms, Kardamili (dinner included).

Day 2: Sotirianika to Kardamili 17KM/11MILES

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.
Overnight Gorgones Rooms, Kardamili (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 3: Viros Gorge 10KM/6.5MILES

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.
Overnight Gorgones Rooms, Kardamili (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 4: Exochori to Stoupa 14KM/9MILES

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.
Overnight Stephanou Inn, Agios Nikolaos (breakfast included).

Day 5: Agios Nikolaos 11KM/7MILES

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.
Overnight Stephanou Inn, Agios Nikolaos (breakfast included).

Day 6: Agios Nikolaos to Lagadha 14KM/9MILES or 15KM/9.5MILES

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.
Overnight Porto Vitylo, Nea Oitylo (breakfast included).

Day 7: Nea Oitylo to Dirou Pirgos 11KM/7MILES

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.
Overnight Pharae Palace, Kalamata (breakfast included).

Day 8: Depart Kalamata

After breakfast, leave your hotel for Kalamata airport.

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.

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Gorgones Rooms, Kardamili

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Just a short distance from Kardamili Beach, these lovely apartments offer a welcome stay in the Peloponnese.


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Stephanou Inn , Agios Nikolaos

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Set in the picturesque fishing village of Agios Nikolaos, just a stone's throw from the beach, this cosy inn offers comfortable accommodation with beautiful views to the mountains. Relax in the swimming pool and enjoy a traditional Greek breakfast.


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Porto Vitilo, Nea Oitylo

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This boutique hotel boasts a beachfront location, right in the middle of the beautiful bay of Itilo. All 40 rooms are decorated in natural tones to reflect country chic and make you feel right at home. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and a local breakfast at their onsite restaurant.


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Pharae Palace, Kalamata

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Centrally located in Kalamata, close to the beach, this elegant hotel has 76 comfortable rooms and suites. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and dinner at their onsite restaurant alongside a drink to end the night at the Pharae Palace bar.

Travel

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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 3 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Luggage transfers between hotels


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.

Please call for prices

We do not currently have departure dates and prices available on-line. The season may have ended for this tour, or we are still in the process of adding these details to our website. Please contact us for further details.

Holiday details

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

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

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Private transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Kalamata airport to Kardamili hotel at 13:20, and from Kalamata hotel back to Kalamata airport at 13:45.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above 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 above to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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