Trekking the Greek Peloponnese

Trek along rushing rivers and climb to isolated summits on an 8-day adventure in Greece.

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Trekking the Greek Peloponnese

Trek along rushing rivers and climb to isolated summits on an 8-day adventure in Greece.

The Peloponnese Peninsula in Greece is famous for its diverse landscape of mountains, gorges, beaches and rivers. Experience the best of Greece on this sea-to-summit adventure. You’ll ascend two mountains, hike the Lousios River and Viros Gorge, relax on peaceful beaches, and explore ancient mountain and seaside villages. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 7 nights of accommodation in boutique cottages
  • Full board
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking trip guide and mountain guide
  • All ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Mount Menalo hike
  • Teygetos Peak hike
  • Lousios River and Dimitsana hike
  • Viros Gorge hike
  • Southern Peloponnese road trip

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for hikers who want to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Peloponnese Peninsula and learn about the region’s fascinating and ancient history.

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Day 1: Arrival and orientation

Your guide will meet you at the Kalamata International Airport and drive you to the town of Stemnitsa on the slopes of Mount Mainalon.

Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring the town, then rejoin your guide for dinner and a brief orientation.

1.5 hours driving

Day 2: Ostrakina Peak hike

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast, then drive to the trailhead in the village of Levidi (860m). From there you’ll ascend through fir forests to a mountain refuge (1600m) where you’ll enjoy lunch.

From the refuge finish the climb to the highest on Mount Menalo, called Ostrakina Peak (1981m). You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views in every direction.

Descend to the village of Alonistaina (1200m) and drive back to Stemnitsa for the night.

1.5 hours driving, 6 - 9 hours walking

Day 3: Lousios River and Dimitsana hike

After a restful night you’ll drive to the Lousios River Valley to hike to Dimitsana, a tiny village perched high in the mountains. The trail passes monasteries along the way.

Spend the afternoon exploring the scenic town and enjoying a fresh lunch. Visit the Open Air Water Power Museum and its display of pre-industrial hydropower methods, including a restored gunpowder mill.

From Dimitsana you’ll drive to Kardamyli, your base for the next 5 nights. The village features historical sites, sea views, and charming streets to explore.

2.5 hours driving, 5 hours walking

Day 4: Viros Gorge hike

In the morning you’ll take a quick drive to the Viros Gorge to trek the length of it. The Viros Gorge is a steep-sided canyon filled with lush vegetation that extends from the foot of Mount Profitis to the sea.

In the evening you’ll enjoy dinner at a wonderful taverna with sunset views.

5 minutes driving, 4 hours walking

Day 5: Taygetos Mountain hike

After breakfast drive to the Taygetos Refuge at 1600m. From there you’ll hike to Profitis Ilias, the highest summit on the Peloponnese Peninsula.

The hike will take you through forests of pine, cypress, maple, smoketrees and more, until you emerge in the alpine. Attain the summit (2407m) to enjoy views in every direction, then descend back to the trailhead and return to Kardamyli.

2 hours driving, 4 - 5 hours walking

Day 6: Rest day

You have the entire day to yourself. A nice way to pass the time is to visit on of Kardamyli’s beautiful beaches to sunbathe, swim, snorkel or practice yoga. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.

Day 7: Southern Peloponnese road trip

Explore the southern reaches of the Peloponnese on a classic road trip.

Stops include Diros Cave for a half-hour underground boat tour; Vathia village, a 16th Century ghost town with towers, churches and views; and Cape Tenaro, where you can see the ruins of Tainaron, a sea cave called the “gate to Hades”, and a walk to a lighthouse on the southernmost tip of mainland Europe.

Return to Kardamyli for your last dinner and night in the charming town.

7 - 8 hours road trip, 1.5 hours walking

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the Kalamata International Airport or bus station to continue your travels or fly home.

1 hour driving

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

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In each town you’ll stay in family-run cottages featuring ensuite rooms, traditional stone and wood architecture, and wood furnishings. The cottages are warm, cozy and welcoming, with beautiful views of the town, coast or mountains.

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This trip can run for private groups of 4 to 12 people from April until October.

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The Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southern Greece separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Corinth. The region features in countless Greek myths, and it’s easy to see why: the landscape is a complex jumble of snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches, and rushing rivers. Two of these rivers, the Lousios and Neda, have carved deep gorges through the peninsula.

The region isn’t heavily touristed, and famous Greek hospitality is alive and well. You’ll be charmed by the friendliness of the locals in tiny mountain and seaside villages. Many villages are also home to Venetian and Byzantine castles and churches.

The Taygetus Massif is a 100km long chain of mountains on the Peloponnese Peninsula. Its highest point is Profitis Ilias (2407m), an ultra-prominent peak that dominates the skyline. The mountain is composed of limestone and covered in forests of black pine and Greek fir. It has carried the same name since ancient times, and is even mentioned by name in the Odyssey.

Start point?
You will be met at the Kalamata Internaional Aiport ont he first day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Kalamata International Airport. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
The Kalamata International Airport (KLX) is served by British Airways, easyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines, as well as domestic flights from Athens.

Frequently Asked Questions back to top

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Kalamata International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner on day 6
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to museums, caves and other sites
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 12. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

What’s the food like?

Breakfasts are taken in the guesthouses and may include tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals, occasionally eggs, and bread with jam, honey or cheese.

During treks lunches are either sandwiches eaten picnic-style on the trail, or are taken at a mountain refuge. On non-trekking days you’ll stop at a taverna.

Evening meals are taken at local tavernas, with a choice of food or a set meal with vegetarian and meat options.

Greek food is fresh and flavorful. Common dishes include Greek salad, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Breakfasts are typically light, with fresh fruit, olives, and yogurt providing the staples.

Can my dietary needs be accommodated?

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

How fit do I need to be?

A good level of fitness is required. Treks last upwards of 8 hours with plenty of opportunities for rests. It is recommended that you spend some time walking in hilly terrain in the weeks before the trip.

What’s the weather like?

The climate in the Peloponnese is Mediterranean. Summer temperatures average 15 – 26 °C, and winters cool down to about 11 – 19 °C. Days are generally clear and sunny, especially in the summer when there’s very little chance of rain. Mountain weather is typically a bit cooler and possibly windy.

What should I pack?

  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking trousers and shirts
  • Hiking socks
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket or sweater
  • Warm base layers
  • Sunglasses, sunhat, sun block
  • Small (30 - 35L) rucksack
  • 1L water bottle
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Casual clothes for non-trekking days
  • Swimming suit and towel
  • Casual shoes and/or sandals

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