Kayaking Navarino Bay, Peloponnese
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5.0
| 8 reviews

Canyons to Coast Adventure in Greece

6 nights
Moderate

Hike, kayak, SUP and canyon your way through the glistening Peloponnese Peninsula in southern Greece

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking local guides

Hotel

6 nights in a 4-star waterfront hotel

Meals

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your kayaking, SUPing and canyoning gear

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

5.0
| 8 reviews
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
October 2023
Rachael
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
October 2023
Rachael
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
October 2023
Rachael
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
October 2023
Rachael
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
October 2023
Rachael
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
October 2023
Haidee
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
October 2023
Haidee
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
October 2023
Haidee
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
October 2023
Haidee
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
October 2023
Haidee
From the pick up at the airport to the drop...
October 2023
Jody
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...
May 2023
Emma
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...
May 2023
Emma
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...
May 2023
Emma
Kayaking Navarino Bay, Peloponnese
Host image: Explore Messinia
Canyoning Neda
Host image: Explore Messinia
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Paddle along the Peloponnese coastline to reach hidden coves and dreamy picnic spots

Hike through gorges, forests and lagoons on the hunt for idyllic beaches and natural pools, perfect for a swim

Jump, slide, scramble and abseil your way through the azure cascades of the Neda River Canyon

Explore the charming town of Kalamata, settling in to a waterfront hotel overlooking the Mediterranean

Key Information

Day 1

Settle in to Kalamata

Your host will meet you on arrival at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, right on Kalamata Beach. Settle into and enjoy some downtime, explore Kalamata town or relax on the beach. In the evening, you'll meet your guides and fellow adventurers at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner and a chat through the adventure to come.

Day 2

Hike Ridomo Gorge

Hiking

4hrs · 8km · 466m up · 466m down

Kick things off with a drive to the village of Vorio, where you'll find the trailhead for a hike through Ridomo Gorge. The gorge is located at the foot of the Taygetos massif, one of the highest ranges in Greece – and one which makes an appearance in Homer's Odyssey. Descend the winding trail before climbing some tougher sections, which require a spot of scrambling over the boulders dotted through the gorge. Tuck into a picnic lunch amongst the geological formations. Later, you'll reach the most impressive part of the gorge – a narrow corridor between vertical walls, where you're able to touch both walls at the same time. Head back to Kalamata for a sundowner and dinner in a taverna.

Day 3

Kayaking Navarino Bay

Kayaking Navarino Bay, Peloponnese
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Kayaking

4hrs · 6km

Take a short drive to Pylos, a beautiful spot along the coast from Kalamata. Your guides will show you the ropes here as you prep the kayaks and then hit the water. Paddle west towards an imposing islet at the side of Navarino Bay, get up close to a natural stone arch and explore some sea caves before paddling on to the uninhabited island of Sphacteria. Stretch your legs with a short hike to the island’s viewpoint over the Mediterranean, and then on to a secluded beach for dreamy sea swims and snorkelling. Tuck into a picnic of homemade local delicacies on the beach and relax under the sun before setting off for the paddle back to Pylos. Enjoy a free evening to stroll around Kalamata and hit some of its restaurants and bars.

Day 4

Hike above Kalamata

Hiking

5hrs · 10km · 500m up · 500m down

Today's scenic hike is a route up above Kalamata and the Messinian Bay on the ancient trails of Mount Kalathi (1316m). You'll pass by an old greek settlement lost among the groves of olive trees, walnuts, mulberries and fir trees. Breathe deeply and take in the scent of the wildflowers and herbs that grow across the hillside. Enjoy a picnic lunch of local delicacies and fresh fruits while you take in the stunning views of the coastline. For those preferring a more relaxing day, there is the option on this day to spend more time at the hotel right on the beachfront.

Day 5

SUP time

SUP Peloponnese 
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Stand Up Paddleboarding

4hrs · 4km

Head south to Kardamyli for another day on the glistening Greek sea – this time on a paddleboard. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles swimming below the surface, they are plentiful in this part of the Peloponnese. Hug the imposing cliffs along the coastline to find hidden beaches and coves unreachable by land. Paddle into sea caves and explore the rocky shore. Stop at a cove to lap up the turquoise waters with swims and snorkelling before a delicious picnic of fresh local foods. Head back to Kalamata for sunset on the beach and to find your next favourite Greek taverna.

Day 6

Canyoning the Neda Waterfalls

Canyoning Neda Gorge, Peloponnese
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Canyoning

4hrs

Head to Neda Gorge, a hidden gem in the southern Peloponnese. Get kitted out and run through a safety talk with your guide before the fun begins. Slide, swim, scramble and jump your way through the myriad natural pools in the canyon, and abseil and rappel your way down waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic on the riverbank before heading back to Kalamata, where your guides will select one of their favourite restaurants for a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 7

The adventure ends

Kalamata coastline
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Bid farewell to the Peloponnese after one last breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean as your host drops you back off at the airport for your onward flight.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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Food is a highlight on any trip to Greece. Overlooking the Mediterranean in a taverna after a hard day of adventuring with a cold bottle of Mythos, a Greek salad, fresh bread and a bowl of tsatsiki, grilled fish and gemista... life doesn't get much better. Breakfasts will be provided at your hotel using local, seasonal products with hot and cold options, sweets, fresh juices and coffees. Your guides are also experienced cooks who will prepare delicious lunches of fresh bread, local cheeses, hand-picked vegetables, tasty dips seasoned with local herbs, and seasonal fruits. Your host will both welcome you and bid you farewell with dinner in their favourite restaurants in Kalamata, tucking into a range of classic Greek dishes. In between, you are free to dine anywhere you like in the town, exploring the myriad options – your guides will make suggestions about where the best food is available.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Pharae Palace Hotel

Your base for this adventure is the 4-star Pharae Palace Hotel, situated right on the waterfront of Kalamata. This is a modern hotel which incorporates some traditional Greek touches, and boasts incredible views over the Mediterranean. Expect all the usual amenities and comfort levels of a modern, 4-star hotel in an awesome location, which you'll use as a launchpad for your days out adventuring and evenings exploring the bars and tavernas of Kalamata. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

You'll need a decent level of fitness for this trip. The kayaking and paddleboarding days will see you spend a good chunk of time on the water, while the canyoning will keep you on the move with an extra hit of adrenaline. You won't need any experience in any of the activities, as full instruction is provided by your experienced guides. The hikes on this trip are easygoing, though the Ridomo Gorge will involve some light scrambling over boulders in some sections.

What will I need to carry?

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of activities.

The Peloponnese is known for its sunny and warm weather. We run this trip in May, June, September and October: the best months to visit this part of Greece. The average temperatures during these months are typically in the mid- to high-20s Celsius (70s-80s Fahrenheit) during the day and in the low- to mid-20s Celsius (60s-70s Fahrenheit) at night. The months of July and August are more crowded and the temperatures can reach uncomfortable highs, so we don't currently offer trips in the Peloponnese during these months.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Athens Airport (ATH)

14:00

Ends

Athens Airport (ATH)

12:00

Transfers

On Day 1, meet your host at 14:00hrs at Athens Airport to join the included group transfer to Kalamata, approximately 2.5-3hrs away on the Peloponnese peninsula. On Day 7, your host will drop you back off at Athens Airport at approximately 12:00hrs. You should book an onward flight departing from 14:00hrs or later. If you are arriving earlier or later and need an airport transfer on a different day or additional night's accommodation in Kalamata, please see Optional Extras for details.

As an alternate airport option, you can also look at Kalamata Airport (KLX), which is local to the where trip is based, however asa regional airport there are fewer flight options to choose from compared to Athens International Airport. Your host can provide a short transfer at any time on Days 1 & 7 from Kalamata Airport to the hotel should you choose to use this airport.

Travel options

Athens International Airport (ATH) is the main hub for Greece with multiple direct flights arriving daily from the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Kalamata Airport (KLX) is the main gateway to Greece's Peloponnese region, with flights from the UK and major European hubs throughout the summer season (May to October).

If arriving early or departing on a later date, as an alternative to a private transfer, you can travel by express bus service from Athens to Kalamata. First, you'll need to get from Athens Airport to the Kifissos KTEL Bus Station in Athens. You can do this by taking the X93 bus from the airport, which departs approximately every 30 to 40 minutes. The ride to Kifissos Bus Station takes around 50 minutes. Once you arrive at the Kifissos Bus Station, look for the bus to Kalamata. These buses run multiple times a day, with the trip taking approximately 2.5 to 3 hours and costs about £20/€23/$25.

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What's included?

  • Single and tandem kayaks
  • Inflatable paddleboards
  • Life vests
  • Wetsuit, neoprene socks, helmet and all safety gear for canyoning

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for daypack
  • Small drybag to carry phone/camera etc. whilst out on the water

CLOTHES

  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Buff or neckscarf for sun protection on the water
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear (multiple sets)
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Trainers for canyoning (neoprene socks provided)
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Sandals

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post trip accommodation in Kalamata - Double/twin room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Kalamata - Double/twin room

Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Kalamata - Single room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Kalamata - Single room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Private airport transfer from Kalamata Airport - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer from Kalamata Airport - each way

Per Person

Private airport transfer from Kalamata Airport - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer from Kalamata Airport - each way

Per Person

Michael(October 2023)

The trip was a brilliant experience. Fotis and his fellow guides were great- friendly, enthusiastic and full of local knowledge. Fortis’ recommendations for evening restaurants were all spot on. We were based in a good quality Kalamata hotel near the sandy local beach. All the activities were enjoyable and well organised with canyoning the stand out. Good balance between activities and relaxation time. Thank you Fotis!!

Rachael(October 2023)
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...
Stunning scenery, excellent host and activi...

Stunning scenery, excellent host and activities, comfortable hotel. Scenery is breathtaking. Do it!

Haidee(October 2023)
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...
Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week expl...

Truly wonderful diverse, exciting week exploring land and sea! Totally brilliant hosts who go above and beyond to make everything work seamlessly. Safety and environmentally conscious, the guides were great fun and very knowledgeable. Fabulous food, great hotel and so much fun! The canyoning day was incredible! Don't miss out!

Simon(October 2023)

The guide was great. Very knowledgable and very well equipped. He has a community around him that can help contribute and organise the success of the trip. He was a natural host and good fun. As well as having local flavour and an accurate undersdtanding of culture you are also surrounded by luxury should you choose to indulge.

Elaine(October 2023)

Amazing trip, highly recommend. Great for anyone worried about going alone or not being fit enough as activities can be altered for individuals if needed. Tour guides are excellent, really go the extra mile to provide a fantastic trip. Guides took photos of everything so we could just enjoy the trip!!!

Jody(October 2023)
From the pick up at the airport to the drop...

From the pick up at the airport to the drop off at the airport the trip was absolutely fantastic. The hosts were exceptional, bravo to all of them. I'll definitely be booking in the near future. Thank you very much, best holiday... EVER!!!!

Emma(May 2023)
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...
This trip is the perfect balance of activit...

This trip is the perfect balance of activity and relaxation. The trip is very well organised from the moment you reach Kalamata. The local guides are very approachable, friendly and make sure that you are well looked after. The hotel is in the perfect location on the beachfront which is great for an afternoon of relaxing 😊 Lunches provided on the trip are simple but lovely. Maybe take an extra snack if you're used to a big lunch 😆

Lindsay(May 2023)

The trip was amazing. First of all, the guides were top level, they were born in the Kalamata region and are highly qualified in all activities even on a rainy day they make things work and are really careful in what we can do, they make everything easy, they care about you and do not hesitate to do more than what they should. The activities are also great, the landscape is breathtaking. You need a good level of fitness overall but this still feels like holidays and this is not as strenuous as a trek.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 293kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You'll need a decent level of fitness for this trip. The kayaking and paddleboarding days will see you spend a good chunk of time on the water, while the canyoning will keep you on the move with an extra hit of adrenaline. You won't need any experience in any of the activities, as full instruction is provided by your experienced guides. The hikes on this trip are easygoing, though the Ridomo Gorge will involve some light scrambling over boulders in some sections.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

€5-10 per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

The tap water in this part of Greece is perfectly safe to drink. You'll be able to refill your reusable water bottle up at the hotel each morning and at various refill spots each day as you go about the activities.

The Peloponnese is known for its sunny and warm weather. We run this trip in May, June, September and October: the best months to visit this part of Greece. The average temperatures during these months are typically in the mid- to high-20s Celsius (70s-80s Fahrenheit) during the day and in the low- to mid-20s Celsius (60s-70s Fahrenheit) at night. The months of July and August are more crowded and the temperatures can reach uncomfortable highs, so we don't currently offer trips in the Peloponnese during these months.

In the event of unfavourable weather conditions, your host may need to adjust the order of the trip's activities. This decision would be made solely with the safety and enjoyment of the group in mind. While the guide(s) aim to stick to the original plan as closely as possible, sometimes these adjustments are necessary. Your understanding and trust in these situations is appreciated.

You'll be able to leave your main luggage in your room at your base in Kalamata throughout the trip.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of activities.

You'll be paddling in either a single or tandem sea kayak. Sea kayaks are generally longer and faster than touring kayaks, and perform better in testing conditions. Sea kayaks are outfitted well with multiple hatches and deck layouts to maximise storage space and access.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

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