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.
We will first visit the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurius, one of the best-preserved examples of classical architecture thanks, primarily, to its isolation. In the afternoon, we will hike towards the isolated monastery of Prodromos, which is built into the side of a rock and looks absolutely stunning. The path unfolds in parallel with Lousios, a river with crystal clear waters that runs through an incredibly steep gorge towering up above you.
Overnight in Dimitsana, Enastron (L,D)
Hiking distance: 3km / Hiking Duration: 1h 30min
Athens to Apollo Epicurius 224km / 3h 30 min
Apollo Epicurius to Dimitsana 55km / 1 hour
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. The Olympic Games were held here every four years beginning in 776BC. Alongside your guide, you will walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and ran in the ancient stadium. The Olympia museum is a must visit, 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.
Dimitsana to Olympia 77km / 1h 30min
Olympia to Athens 329km / 3h 30min
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