ANCIENT WONDERS
APOLLO EPICURIUS - OLYMPIA

GENERAL INFO

Ignore the islands, turn left in Athens and head towards the Peloponnese, Europe’s deep south. You will find staggering landscapes, soaring mountains and the mythical heart of Greece. Moreover, you will fill your lungs with the scent of olives, oranges, cypresses and history.
We start in Athens and we head towards the village of Elliniko and the ruins of Ancient Gortys where our hike starts. We will walk on a historic trail along the scenic Lousios Gorge, which crosses ancient stone bridges, passes by old monasteries hanging off the cliffs and takes us to Dimitsana, one of the most fascinating mountain villages in Greece.
Next morning, we first drive towards the temple of Apollo Epicurius, an exceptionally large, well-preserved and mysterious Classical temple, located on a remote mountainside. It is unique in many ways, not least in its daring combination of Doric, Ionic and Corinthian elements. After visiting the site, we will drive to our next destination Olympia, where like the racers starting at the first Olympic Games in 776BC and every fifth year thereafter, you can still put your toe on the starting stone.

DAILY ITINERARY

The area west of Tripoli is a tangle of medieval villages, remote monasteries, precipitous ravines and narrow roads that wind their way through the valleys of the Menalon Mountains. It is the heart of the Arkadia prefecture, and you’ll find it’s an area with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Peloponnese.
Today we will drive from Athens to Ancient Gortys which was among the most important Arcadian cities of the ancient world, known for its Temple of Asclepius. From there we will follow the path which unfolds in parallel with Lousios, a river with crystal clear waters that runs through an incredibly steep gorge towering up above us. On our way to Dimitsana, first we will meet the isolated monastery of Prodromos, which is built into the side of a rock and looks absolutely stunning. Then we will ascend to the Old Philosophou Monastery dating to 963 and then to the New Philosophou Monastery who was founded in a less restricting place in 1691. The path is finishing at Dimitsana, and just before entering the village we will do a stop to visit the Open-Air Water Power Museum, a thematic museum which highlights the importance of water-power in traditional society. Focusing on the main pre-industrial techniques that take advantage of water to produce a variety of goods, it links them to the history and daily life of the local society over the ages.

Overnight in Dimitsana, Enastron (L,D)
Hiking distance:
10 km / Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Driving distance:

Athens to Elliniko 211km / 2h 30 min

The road to Ancient Olympia cuts through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Arcadia, passing traditional villages that are among the region’s loveliest.
First stop will be the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurius, one of the best-preserved examples of classical architecture thanks, primarily, to its isolation. From there we will continue onwards Ancient Olympia, where alongside with your guide, you will walk through the impressive ruins where Olympic Games were held every four years beginning in 776BC. The Olympia museum is also a must visit, as it including some of the most important works of Classical art such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles.
After lunch in a nearby village it’s time to return to Athens. In case you wish further exploration, you can use the option of extending your trip by one more day, and visit the archeological site of Delphi, nestled in a broad cleft on the southern slopes of Mount Parnassos.

(B,L)
Driving distance:

Dimitsana to Apollo Epicurius 55 km / 1h 15min
Apollo Epicurius to Olympia 51 km / 1h 10min
Olympia to Athens 291 km / 3 hours

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PRICE INCLUDES

  • All accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • All transportation during the trip
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees to the Open-Air Water Power Museum, to the Apollo Epicurius archaeological site and Olympia archaeological site and museum
  • Tourist guide for the archaeological site of Olympia
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour
  • Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person

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  • Medical expenses
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  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
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INCLUDED MEALS

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  • Lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary
  • Snacks during activities

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