Kayak and Hike the Greek Peloponnese

Paddle along Greece’s stunning southern coastline and hike between villages on the ancient Royal Road to Sparta. 1 day off work.

  • Greece
  • March—June, September, October
  • Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens (ATH)

The Peloponnese region of Greece is famous for its pristine landscape and wealth of historic sites. Kayak to hidden beaches and snorkel in secluded coves, then hike among villages, forests and Medieval forts on the scenic coast. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 nights in a 3-star guesthouse
  • 1 day guided sea kayaking
  • 1 day guided hiking
  • All meals
  • Professional, BCU-certified, English-speaking guide
  • All kayaking and snorkeling equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Digital photos of your trip
  • All taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This is the ideal weekend getaway for active travelers seeking a surf-and-turf blend of kayaking and hiking in the Mediterranean.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International flights to/from Greece
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks except as noted in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

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

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 10. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

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.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A good level of fitness is needed, but no previous kayaking experience is required. More important is an adventurous and positive spirit!

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.

You have the option of single or double kayaks. A paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, drybag and waterproof jacket are included. Your guide will have all necessary safety equipment, including a first aid kit, throw rope, and extra paddles.

Please bring lightweight, breathable clothes for kayaking; a long-sleeved shirt and trousers; waterproof jacket and trousers; hiking shoes and socks; beach sandals; a swimsuit and towel; sun protection; and a warm jacket or sweater for the evenings. Also bring a small rucksack to carry personal items throughout the day.

Start point?
You will be met at Athens International Airport or Kalamata Airport (KLX) upon arrival. You can schedule your flight for any time on Friday, however we recommend to arrive no later than 17.00 at Athens International Airport to comfortably check-in before dinner. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. You can book any flight departing at 19:30 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways (seasonal), EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

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Location

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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. The region isn’t heavily touristed, and famous Greek hospitality is alive and well.

The Mani Peninsula on the southern coast of the Peloponnese is a treasure trove of turquoise coves and pristine beaches. You’ll stay in tiny, coastal Kardamyli (pop: 417), a town mentioned in Homer’s Iliad. Important local sites include a Medieval castle, many example of fine Venetian architecture, and the church of Saint Spyridon. A unique feature of the local beaches is the abundance of perfectly round stones, a phenomenon that is not fully understood. The town and surrounding area are peaceful, relaxed, and utterly charming.

Start point?
You will be met Friday at the Athens International Airport upon arrival. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

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

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flight year round, including flights on British Airways (seasonal), EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Fly into Athens International Airport. Meet your guide there and transfer to your accommodation in Kardamyli.

Check in, get settled, then enjoy a delicious light dinner and some ouzo while gazing out over the Mediterranean.

Saturday: Kayaking

Your kayaks await you on the beach in front of the guesthouse. Review safety and skills, then embark on a day of adventure along the coast.

Paddle beneath the imposing bulk of Mount Taygetos, visit secluded coves, explore sea caves, and keep an eye out for sea turtles.

Stop at a remote beach for snorkeling, swimming, cliff jumping and lunch, then paddle back to your accommodation.

Sunday: Hiking and departure

Wake up in a Mediterranean paradise and enjoy a fresh breakfast.

Your hike starts at the fortress towers in Kardamyli’s Old Town and continues along the cobblestone path connecting the area’s villages. In ancient times the path was part of the Royal Road leading to Sparta.

You’ll spend the morning exploring ancient ruins, visiting quaint villages, wandering through forests of pine and cypress, and learning about the region’s incredible history.

Head back to Kardamyli for lunch, then transfer back to Athens Airport for your flight home.

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.

Accommodation

In Kardamyli you’ll stay at a modern, 3-star, family run guesthouse just meters from the beach. The guesthouse features ensuite double rooms with a TV and fridge, and free wifi.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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