Discover the hidden treasures of Greece in this action packed small group adventure. Hike above the tree line of the highest mountains in the Peloponnese and paddle around the turquoise waters of Mani peninsula. This is the perfect option for anyone looking for a holiday which combines the very best of the land and sea of Greece. Scale the heights of Mount Taygetus and explore Vyros Gorge amongst ancient Spartan trails. Take a boat-trip to one the most captivating caves in the world, then walk and swim around Cape Tenaro the stunningly scenic, southernmost point of mainland Europe.
HIGHLIGHTS • Go hiking around Lousios river in Arcadia • Visit Dimitsana’s historic Open Air Water Power Museum • Discover the charming and flourishing seaside town of Kardamyli in Mani • Hike through Viros gorge in Mani or to Mount Taygetos summit (2407m.) • Paddle out on your sea-kayaks around the stunning landscapes of Mani • Go swimming to the pristine beaches of western Mani • Visit the stunning Diros cave • Walk to the lighthouse of Cape Tenaro the southernmost point of mainland Europe Day 01Meet your tour leader at Athens International airport and hop into our van traveling to lush Arcadia, through Dimitsana village where we will visit the unique Open Air Water-Power Museum. Enjoy dinner in picturesque Stemnitsa village, perched on the lush hillside of Mt Mainalon, where you can unwind as you choose for the rest of the day. Overnight: Stemnitsa Day 02After breakfast, we will walk towards the impressive Prodromos Monastery, one of the oldest in Arcadia, where we will see 10th Century murals and enjoy stunning views and luxuriant vegetation around the breathtaking Lousios river. Our journey continues to Kardamyli, which oozes quaintly old-fashioned traditional charm, with landmarks such as antique monasteries and medieval tower houses beneath towering Mt Taygetos. Overnight: KardamyliDay 03After breakfast, set off on a hike of the Viros gorge, in the heart of Messinian Mani. Descending from the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias and disgorging itself into the sea at Kardamili, Viros is known as an area of unparalleled beauty. The hike concludes in ancient Kardamyli. OPTIONAL HIKE: MOUNT TAYGETOS SUMMIT: For the experienced hikers the summit of stunning Mount. Taygetos – Prophitis Elias – at 2407m. awaits!Overnight: KardamyliDay 04Today we will take an amazing half-day sea kayak tour around the stunning landscapes of Mani peninsula. Paddle to secret spots such as hidden caves and experience diving in hot water pools. Continue paddling to a beautiful sandy beach and take a swim break followed by a refreshing fruit snack prepared on the spot by our guides. Overnight: KardamyliDay 05Road trip day today! Visit the magnificent Diros cave on a half hour boat ride along the underground lake, explore Vathia village to see its impressive towers, churches, and houses built during the 16th century and walk the trails of Cape Tenaro the stunningly scenic, southernmost point of mainland Europe. Overnight: KardamyliDay 06All too soon it’s time to pack your bags and be transported to the airport for your journey back home or to your next destination.