The Mainland

Pelion, Meteora & More
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The Mainland


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Discover Meteora Monastery & the enchanting Pelion Peninsula!

Pelion has been inhabited for more than 6000 years and it is not difficult to understand why! This is where you find the most beautiful landscapes of Greece, golden sandy beaches, small villages, fruits, flowers and herbs of all kinds.
On the eastern side of the peninsula, the Pliasidi Mountain rises majestically and this side of the coastline is “wilder” than the western. The area is rich in apple, cherry and walnut orchards, olive groves and chestnut trees and on your way around the peninsula you will be able to buy the most delicious delicacies sold along the road…
The south coast is abounding with tiny lagoons suitable for children, cosy villages with houses build in the traditional Pelion-style in stone and with narrow windows. In each of the small villages you will find the “main square”, often with a huge plane tree right in the middle, and this is where you meet the locals. Visit the “Kafenion” and taste delicious “Karidopita” (walnut pie) in company with a frothy Greek coffee. Swing by the local bakery at Milies. This bakery simply makes the best pies in Greece …!
The legend says that the God of Healing and Health, Asclepius, lived in Pelion and were educated in the art of medicine by the Centaur Cheiron, the wisest of all the unpredictable centaurs …
Pelion offers the best conditions for a perfect vacation – do we have to mention that the 12 gods of Olympus had their summer residence here?!

10 nights / 11 days
  • Departure

Day 1: Athens airport – Kamena Vourla, 175 km/110 miles.

Driving directly from the airport towards the north, through the fertile regions of Viotia rich in cotton fields and vineyards. One of the most acknowledged wineries in Greece, the “Hatzimichali” is located in Atalandi and we recommend a stop here After a couple of hours drive, you reach the seaside village of Kamena Vourla. Relax at the beach promenade and enjoy the first good Greek meal. Overnight in Kamena Vourla.

Day 2: Kamena Vourla – Meteora, 185 km/115 miles.

The tour continues through the cities of Lamia, Karditsa and Trikala to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora, passing mountains and valleys with tobacco and tomato fields. At the foot of the impressive rocks of Meteora, you find the village of Kalambaka. A quick check-in at the hotel and the journey to the sky tall rocks begins ... In hundred of meters height you will find the Byzantine monasteries. Six of them are still in use and inhabited. In the century there were around 24 monasteries, but many of them has disappeared due to the vulnerable location. Steps and hikes were made in the 1920’ties, making the monasteries more accessible and a religious rise began and many monks and nuns returned to Meteora. The rocks of Meteora are an absolute ”must” to visit. We dare to say that it’s one of the most impressive sites in the world. Overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 3: Meteora – Pelion/Portaria, 155 km/95 miles.

The Meteora cliffs are left behind while the tour continues toward south-west, via Larissa to Volos, with the busy harbor, and the gate to the Pelion Peninsula. From Volos you will climb up the steep, but safe, road to the village of Portaria, located in altitude 650m. Here is an amazing cozy and laid back atmosphere and you will find yourself among the finest and oldest establishments. A small trip to the neighbor village of Makrinitsa is recommended. Overnight in Portaria.

Day 4: Portaria – Agios Ioannis, 26 km/10 miles.

Driving northeast via Hania, you will see one of the most popular ski resorts in Greece. During spring, summer and autumn, you can follow the local production of honey and buy sweets and marmalades from the local shops along the road. We suggest a visit to Kissos with the distinguished church of Agia Marina. Kissos is also a good place for a lunch break at one of the small taverns in the village. Agios Ioannis and Horefto are located right on the seashore. Both places are wonderful surrounding for the following 3 overnights. Spend the days at the beach or explore the nature. There are many walking trails for nature lovers. To the south you will find Damouchari with its small natural harbor and white sandy beach and the village of Tsagarada lies in 450m altitude with panoramic view to the Aegean Sea. Here you can enjoy the finest houses with beautiful gardens and the impressive 1000 years old plane tree at the local square, right at the church of Agia Paraskevi. The popular beach at Milopotamos is also worth a visit. With its crystal clear water, it attracts many people every year. Fourth, fifth and sixth overnight: Agios Ioannis or Horefto.

Day 7: Agios Ioannis – Platanias/Kalo Nero/ Horto, 45 km/28 miles.

You will leave the east coast and head towards the western side of the peninsula to the areas around Platanias, Kalo Nero and Horto. Thhis is an area with excellent swimming conditions in the quiet bay of Pagasitikos. Platanias is among the biggest fishing villages in Pelion, known for its delicious food. Follow the small path along the sea and after 10 min. walk, you find yourself at the beautiful Micro beach with golden sands. Horse riding is possible at the neighbor village of Katigiorgis. Horto is an ideal place for children as it is located right at the sea with calm waters and has received the Blue Flag for its unique beach area. The village is known for its cultural arrangements in the summer season. Kalo Nero (in Greek: the good water) has fine sandy beaches. Eucalyptus and plane trees are characteristic for the area as well as the many springs. Few minutes’ drive from Kalo Nero you find the village of Vizitsa, which has been awarded with “The Golden Apple” for being the best kept village in Pelion. Regardless where you stay, a tour to the most southern point, the Agia Kyriaki, is unavoidable. Make a stop on the way at Trikeri and enjoy refreshments at the local market place. Agia Kyriaki is called the Venice of Pelion. Small canals are twisting around the small harbor and fresh fish and calamari are served at reasonable prices. The village Milies is named called after its production of apples. Looking at the beautiful houses of this village, you will be astonished. It is also in Milies you find the best bakery in Pelion and from this village you can enjoy a ride with the veteran train. We will be pleased to advise you the schedule. Seventh, eighth & ninth overnight: Platanias / Horto / Kala Nero.

Day 10: Pelion - Rafina, 375 km/235 miles.

Leaving Pelion and heading back towards Athens airport, passing Lamia, Agios Konstantinos and Malakassa. You will reach the village of Rafina, very close to Athens airport and Marathon. Who hasn’t heard the story of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, who in 490 BC ran all the way from Marathon to Athens, with the message of the Greek victory in the war against the Persians. From Marathon the original Marathon run is originated every year and ends up at the Olympic Stadium in the centre of Athens. Tenth overnight: Rafina.

Day 11: Rafina – Athens airport, 25 km/15 miles.

A short drive of 20 minutes will take you to the airport for your return flight.

Tour Location

Discover: Kamena Vourla, Meteora, Kalambaka &The Pelion Peninsula: Portaria, Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Platanias, Kalo Nero and Horto