Arcadia: Between Mountains and Sea

Guided walking holiday in Greece

From £ 650.- / 8 days

Price per person

  • Winter walking possible
  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement by prior arrangement
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • White coastal village in bay seen from mountainside
  • Walkers coming up a rocky mountain path
  • Group of lady hikers posing in front of a bay in Greece

A wonderful week of walking in the Greek Peloponnese. Your experienced guide will take you to places that you would never find alone and where you feel as if you are literally on top of the world, surrounded only by nature.

This part of Greece is a fantastic location and ideal for walking. There is a great variety to explore in the area. From beautiful monasteries and exquisite villages set in fabulous mountain forests, to deserted white pebble bays.

The nature is beautifully rich with carpets of wild flowers and the wonderful smells of herbs as you brush by them. There are also many birds to see and hear, such as Golden Eagles, Buzzards, Falcons and a wide variety of songbirds.

Accommodation in Arcadia

Your base for this walking holiday is the charming village of Tyros. The hotel is very friendly and right by the harbour.

Your day will start at the Oceanis hotel on the seafront in Tyros where you have uninterrupted views to the sea for the sunrise and time for a quick early swim or wander for a few photographs along the water's edge.

View across a harbour with small fishing boatd Exterior of Hotel Tyros Bedroom with seaview

Breakfast will be laid ready by Roula and Tassos with fresh bread, local marmalade, honey and eggs of your choice with Greek yoghurt and fruit in season.

There will be plenty of coffees and teas to choose from including the mountain tea picked locally on the slopes of Parnon.

The minibus will take you for an hour's drive through fantastic scenery or you will start the walk directly outside the hotel.

Walking in Arcadia

Whether walking for you is about the big pictures of open scenes of mountain tops or horizons over the sea, or about small details of a flower you can see nowhere else in the world, walking in Arcadia can give you what you are looking for and so much more.

Arcadia is the original vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature, an idyll of unspoilt wilderness. It is still here, alive right under your feet as you walk the old paths.

Experience the details and the vistas, the simple enjoyment of walking the old ways, with birdsong and goat bells. Not a sign of the modern world to interrupt the sun rising over the water and touching the green peaks above.

A pair of walkers resting on a ledge overlooking a village in a valley below Looking down a steep drop from a high viewpoint past a Greek flag blowing in the wind towards a coastal village and marina in front of a dark blue sea

You will walk with small groups (no more than 8) of like minded people.

You spend your day walking on the mountain paths with views to the sea or to mountain peaks passing through villages with traditional buildings and meeting with shepherds. You will stop to see the flowers and mushrooms, monasteries and ancient ruined walls and temples half hidden in the greenery and catch sight of the buzzards and eagles hunting around you.

After a few hours you stop for your snack or picnic lunch specially prepared by Roula, including a homemade pie different every day with leek, cheese, spinach or chicken to choose from and pastelli biscuits to follow.

The day may end with a swim at a white pebble beach and a taverna with a blazing fire depending on the weather! You can try the local dishes of rabbit stifado, or pork with chestnuts accompanied by fried cheese bread, salads and handpicked mountain greens. Those with a sweet tooth can have mastica or honeycomb, chestnut, orange or walnut cake accompanied with Greek yoghurt or homemade ice cream.

The walking terrain is varied, from level coastal paths to mountain peaks. Underfoot you'll walk on dirt tracks, cobbled paths and smaller trails. Routes are balanced to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment for the minimum effort, but most routes do include uphill stretches (rocky at times) with up to a 300m height differential.

You'll enjoy this walking holiday if you're a regular walker used to days of up to 12 miles.

Beachhead with decidous trees bordering the sea Three hikers going through a mountain landscape covered in light snow

More about Arcadia

Arcadia is a microcosm of Greece. All the elements you picture when Greece comes to mind are here in one small area that is easy to get to (3 hours from Athens airport). Then Arcadia adds even more with surprises you would not normally expect to find in Greece. It truly is the richest area balancing everything a walker could want to see.

The area is home to a huge national park of protected environments from the mountain tops of the Parnon range to the wetlands of Moustos. This protection means that the area is managed with environmental benefits in harmony with the local rural economy to safeguard its 69 endemic plants and the wide range of wildlife including the golden jackal and otters.

Both the mountain range and the wetland are home to a huge range of birds including golden eagles, short toed eagles, Bonelli’s eagles, marsh harriers, osprey and kingfishers to name a few.

On the nearby coastline we have deserted and untouched pebble beaches fringed by sea daffodils and yellow horned poppies.

Arcadia has a fascinating history. Starting with pre-historic sites such as Kastro (10 minutes walk from our base in Tyros), through the ancient times of Mycenae and the city states with tombs, temples and ruined cities, often unexplored and unvisited. Through Roman times with aqueducts we can follow through the countryside over spectacular bridges spanning river gorges and Roman Villa sites still being unearthed today. On to Byzantium where we can explore ruined castles and living monasteries clinging on to gorge walls and hidden away in tiny valleys. We can visit examples of all periods in our weekly itinerary. Inside the park there are numerous protected and preserved historical villages.

Explore Arcadia walking holiday itinerary

Panorama over the Peloponnese in Greece Person hiking and looking out over a landscape of green hills

This itinerary can be changed to meet your needs. Our main priorities are your safety, comfort and enjoyment. We have intimate knowledge of the local trails so walks can be shortened or lengthened as needed.


Greece on Foot aims to balance safety and adventure and exercise with relaxation. Our programmes combine planning with flexibility and include days in the mountains and time by the sea.

Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from Athens airport 3pm or Corinth railway station 4pm. Drive to Tyros and settle into Oceanis hotel on Tyros seafront. 7.30pm stroll along the coastal resort of Tyros to Akroyiali Taverna for drinks and welcome dinner. Drive back to hotel.

Day 2: Explore the local villages (full day walk)
Set off from hotel at 10am walking up on paths and tracks following the coast to Melana village with spectacular sea views. Drop down into the village to the local coffee shop for a snack and mountain tea. Onward and upward through Sourniali valley with views over the mountain cliffs, with Profitis Ilias church and Apollon Temple ruins above us. Walk through Ano Tyros protected historical village and back to Sapounakeika village and our early evening dinner at taverna Konatsi.

Day 3: Historical villages and river gorge (half day walk)
Leave hotel 9am for a drive of an hour or so up into the mountains and chestnut forest surrounding Kastanitsa village. We walk through chestnut and black pine forest down into the untouched Mazikas gorge with watermill ruins and up to the semi-abandoned stone village of Prastos. Minibus takes us 30 minutes into Kastanitsa village for lunch at Parnon Taverna. Return to Tyros. Free Evening.

Day 4: Over the cobbled paths to the white pebble bay (full day walk)
10am set off in minibus for a drive south down the coast to Poulithra Ag Georgios. Walk up on cobbled path to ridge between 2 bays with extensive views North. Follow small path down into Fokianos Bay for a snack stop and a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. Option to stay here longer and be picked up by minibus or continue walk up out of the bay on the old mule path to Pigadi. All meet at Glystres Taverna for early evening meal. Drive back to Tyros.

Storm brewing above mountains behind the coastal village of Thysos Woman on a rock path along a mountain ridge

Day 5: Mountain views to Sparta (half day walk)
10am leave hotel to drive to Kosmas village, the highest continuously inhabited village on the Parnon range. Walk through forest paths and mountain tracks toward Laconia with spectacular views to the Taigetos range and summit of Profitis Ilias. Return to Kosmas for Taverna lunch and shopping at the handmade pottery and local produce shop. Return drive down Dafnonas Gorge, stopping at Elonas Monastery. Free Evening

Day 6: Heads above the clouds (full day walk)
Set off from hotel at 8am for 90 minute drive up to the mountain refuge on Parnon mountain.This is our longest and highest walk. We follow mountain stream beds up to the open plateau below the Parnon summit at 1,935metres. Here we find amazing endemic plants which can only be seen here. There is an option to walk to the summit above us before we follow tracks through the forest trails down toward Malevis Convent and Ag Petros for early evening taverna.

Day 7: Byzantium hanging on the cliffs.
Leave hotel at 10am for drive through Leonidion and on to Tsitalia gorge. Walk up old path towards the Byzantine Castle and Ag Athanasios church both clinging to the rocks above the sea. Return on cobbled path and tracks to Tsitalia village. Minibus pick up to drive down to Poulithra and the seaside taverna Myrtoon for lunch and swim. Drive back through Leonidion for shopping. Evening Free.

Day 8: Departure
Drive back dropping off in Corinth at 11am and Athens Airport 12midday

Dates and availability

Hikers walking through a bushy mountain landscape in Arcadia Group of hikers walking towards a cave entrance

Walking holidays run from Saturday to Saturday.

Winter: 29 October 2016 to 11 March 2017 £650.- / 8 days

Spring: 11 March 2017 to 3 June 2017 £795.- / 8 days

Autumn: 16 September 2017 to 28 October 2017 £725.- / 8 days

Winter: 28 October 2017 to 10 March 2018 £650.- / 8 days

Spring: 10 March 2018 to 2 June 2018 £795.- / 8 days

Solo travellers welcome and no single supplements payable!

Each season has its highlights but we particularly recommend March through to June. Our trails for these weeks are specially chosen to be easy underfoot with spectacular views but the flowers are the stars! We also offer extra days with a professional photographer to teach how best to capture the plants and flowers we see. We suggest that the best time for our flower trails are the Spring from the beginning of March until the end of May. Get in touch to build a personal itinerary for you or your group.

Please contact Greece on Foot, through the contact form, for more information.


Map of Greece showing the Peloponnese

Holiday type

Winter walking possibleOne accommodationGuided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Full board (except for 3 free evenings)

Price

From £ 650.- / 8 days

Price per person

Special rates for group bookings

  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement

Included

7 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. All lunches either packed or taverna. 4 Evening meals including wine or beer. Pick up from Athens airport or Corinth railway station. All transport in the week. Guides and assistance.

Not included

All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

Walking holiday reference

WH-GD-GRGOF01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills to low mountains
  • Hills to low mountains
  • Easy to moderate walking
Walking holiday in low to high mountains
  • Low to high mountains
  • Moderate walking

Remarks

  • Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

Mid September through to end of May


Walking Holiday by:

Greece on Foot

Wendy Copage

www.greeceonfoot.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, Greek

Getting there

  • Athens Airport (119 mi)
  • Corinth Train station (94 mi)
  • Location map


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