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Sail from Thessaloniki to discover the hidden treasures of Pieria coast, archeological sites, and local legends before ascending to Greece's highest point and sleeping beneath Zeus' throne.

There is no better place to combine sea, adventure, and archaeology than Thessaloniki and Olympus Riviera. In just eight days, we'll travel into Poseidon’s kingdom, visit the legendary birthplace of Orpheus, and ascend to the summits of Olympus, where the Gods shaped the universe and the Muses infused it with joy!

Itineraries

Day 1

Sailing

On the first day of the trip, we will be given instructions on how to operate the sailing boat, and then we will go for a short trip in the Thermaikos gulf to become familiar with the boat and get to know more about Thessaloniki. At the end, we will have a great dinner on the sailing boat and sleep on the boat.

Day 2

Sailing to Zeus

We'll take a sailboat from Thessaloniki to Platamonas on the second day. Passing through the delta of Axios, we'll see the Salines of Pieria, the ports of the Macedonians, Olympus, and Platamonas; we'll dock in the enchanting Platamonas. The view to Olympus is remarkable and unique. Dinner and overnight on board!

Day 3

Getting to know Pieria region

After breakfast on the boat, we'll start our tour on electric bikes at the castle of Platamonas and end in the traditional and beautiful village of Paleo Panteleimon. There, we'll stay in a great guesthouse with a panoramic view of the whole area. Accommodation and dinner at the guesthouse!
Our belongings will be moved in a private car.

Day 4

Cycling and history

Our day will start early, and we will go to Livithra, the place where Orpheus was born, and visit the archaeological site. The more we learn about the area, the more interesting Olympus becomes. On our way back to Paleo Panteleimon, which, depending on the time and season, we can combine with a trip to the beach.

Day 5

Hiking to Petrostrouga

A traditional breakfast is required today as we begin our ascent to meet Zeus. We will proceed to our starting point after an inspirational tour of the National Park Exhibition Center. We'll need three hours to get to Petrostrouga Refuge, where we'll be captivated by the panoramic view of Thermaikos Gulf! The refuge provides accommodation and dinner.
Distance: 5,2km
Gain altitude: 880m
Difficulty:1/5

Day 6

Petrostrouga to Muses Plateau

Olympus Riviera will draw our attention as we ascend to Muses Plateau, but the ridge leading to Muses Plateau with the Throne of Zeus in the background will captivate us. When we arrive at Muses Plateau, we can take a break and, depending on the weather, climb to Mytikas, Greece's highest point.
Distance: 5,5km
Gain altitude: 834m
Difficulty: 1/5
Climbing activity: 480 meters up and down
Difficulty: 3/5

Day 7

Muses Plateau - Prionia

Today, we'll get up before the sun rises and hike 20 minutes to the Temple of Prophet Elias, where we'll watch the sun rise from the highest temple in the Balkans. After that, we'll take our staff and head to Refuge Agapitos, where we'll make a brief stop for breakfast. Following the rest, we will walk the final 6 kilometers to our destination, Prionia. We will arrange for a pick-up from Prionia to Litochoro, where we will refresh ourselves and have our festive dinner!
Distance: 11,8km
Gain altitude: 230
Difficulty: 1/5

Day 8

Departure day

After we have finished our delicious breakfast at the picture-perfect Litochoro and taken in one last look at the surrounding peaks, we will board the train to Thessaloniki and continue to the airport from there.

  • Sailing boat with skipper
  • Local transfers by minivan with LPG or electrical (depending on the availability)
  • 7 meals (dinner)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 snack pack
  • 1 tour leader
  • Guided tour at Leivithra archaeological site
  • Entrance fees at museums
  • All the necessary equipment and materials for staying on the sailing boat
  • All the essential safety equipment for climbing to Mytikas
  • Mountain guide for the climbing
  • Liability coverage
  • Alcohol, water, or beverages
  • Early departure cost
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optionally)
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