The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour

Greece
Pilgrimage
Self-Guided
The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour

The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour

Prices

From $395USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Guesthouses, Hotels

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Highlights

Hike one of the best trails in Europe on this week-long self-guided tour

Practice your Greek pronunciation in villages like Valtesiniko or Magouliana.

Hike through lush vegetation and stunning fairytale landscapes and be rewarded with epic views.

Explore the lesser-travelled-to part of Greece where the altitude reaches 1,500m.

Stop at a monastery built into a cliff near Stemnitsa and the Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana.

During the weeklong Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour, you’ll be experiencing a slice of Greek history. The goal is to walk one of the Leading Quality Trails in Europe. You may not expect woodsy and forested scenes in Greece, but some of these mountain towns even see snow during winter. This tour leads travellers down a remote path where you may not see other humans for hours. If you’re looking for a pilgrimage to clear your head, look no further than this 7-day self-guided tour. The walks will challenge you on some days but know that you have comfortable accommodation waiting for you each night.

Each mountain village you stay in will impress you as soon as you arrive—you’ll have a tough time picking a favourite as each is more charming than the last! The Peloponnese Peninsula comprises forests, mountains, gorges, rivers, and so many villages with old stone buildings. You’ll think you flew into a Greek storybook. By choosing this tour, you are supporting Menalon Trail maintenance and care, and you’ll receive a t-shirt as a souvenir. What are you waiting for?

The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Stemnitsa

After arriving in Athens, you will find your way to the central square in Stemnitsa, a stunning village perched in a valley on the Peloponnese Peninsula. When you arrive, you can visit the Menalon info centre in town to get a brief orientation on the week ahead.

Settle into your accommodation and take some time to wander this enchanting village.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Stemnitsa
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Trek Lousios Gorge to Dimitsana

Begin the trek along the Melanon Trail with a zigzag path leading out of Stemnitsa. Take some time and detour to the Prodromos Monastery built into the cliffside near the village. Continue through a gorge, passing two more ancient monasteries. Through aromatic vegetation, you climb the bank of the Lousios River extending to Dimitsana. Cross a bridge, and the Open-Air Water Power Museum will come into view. Near here is Dimitsana, your destination for the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Dimitsana
Distance
5 hours, 12.5km, 830m of ascent, 950m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Hike to Elati

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at your guesthouse in Dimitsana before trekking to the next town. On today’s journey, footpaths and dirt roads lead you among wooded landscapes and pastoral scenery. You’ll get spectacular views as you hike up, down, and around the Lousios basin.

Stop for a break in a small hamlet to refuel, then continue to the mountain town of Elati to find your home for the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Elati
Distance
7 hours, 19.1km, 900m of ascent, 690m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Trek to Nymfasia

After breakfast, you’ll head for a shorter walk filled with water features, villages, and so many mountain views. Leaving Elati, you’ll head to the Pirgaki Springs with its stone fountains, where you can take a break and splash some water on your face.

Following the path, you’ll walk along the river, into a valley, then up a hill. Midday, you’ll reach a church atop a mountain and get some incredible views of the mountains all around you. The end of the path is marked by a stone bridge and oak and spruce forests, then a descent to Nymfasia, the small village where you’ll sleep tonight.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Nymfasia
Distance
3 hours, 17.5km, 420m of ascent, 770m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Hike via Magouliana to Valtesiniko

Savour breakfast because your day starts with a big climb right off the bat. Hike up to the Kernistsas Monastery amid terraced fields. Follow the ancient, well-marked pathways to Magouliana village, where you can stop for a well-deserved meal in a local tavern.

After lunch, the path opens to incredible views, and you’ll see Valtesiniko in the distance, your destination for this evening. After you arrive, you’ll have a chance to explore this cute village, known for its woodcarvers.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Valtesiniko
Distance
6 hours, 15.5km, 780m of ascent, 500m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Explore Batsi

Fuel up on breakfast on your last day of this tour. Begin the day walking above Valtesiniko for wonderful views of where you just spent the night, then push on to an open meadow. Highlights today include a Byzantine fortress and a gorgeous church. The second leg of the trail leads through pine forests, ascending and descending, challenging your legs. When you see watermills come into view, you’ll know you are close to your final destination, Lagkadia, where the Menalon Trail ends.

Find your hotel and celebrate your accomplishments with a local brew in a tavern.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lagkadia
Distance
5 hours, 13.9km, 600m of ascent, 780m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Departure

Once you’re finished breakfast, you’ll check out of the hotel and the tour comes to an end. Pack up and continue on your way, knowing you just completed a stunning mountain trail across the Peloponnese Peninsula.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Greece is always run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel, and the room type you prefer.

Prices below are per person:

Departure from January 1st to May 5th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €950EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): €775EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): €525EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): €475EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): €450EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (groups of 4 or more): €375EUR

Departure from May 6th to 28th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €875EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): €750EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): €725EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): €475EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): €395EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (groups of 4 or more): €350EUR

Departure from May 29th to September 29th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): €695EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): €650EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): €450EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): €395EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): €375EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (groups of 4 or more): €325EUR

Departure from September 30th to December 31st:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): €950EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): €775EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): €525EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): €475EUR
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): €450EUR
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): €425EUR
  • Price per person staying in quadruple room (groups of 4 or more): €375EUR
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Accommodation on the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour

This tour is based in traditional guesthouses and 4-star hotels.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Night 1

Guesthouse in Stemnitsa

Enjoy Stemnitsa to get acquainted with Greece on your first night. A guesthouse will be chosen based on availability.

Proselinos Guesthouse in Dimitsana

This luxurious cottage in the mountains offers a wonderful respite after a long day of hiking. The suites have fireplaces and hydro-massage tubs.

Night 3

Guesthouse in Elati

Cozy up in a comfortable homestay in Elati, where you can chat with the friendly hosts before resting your head.

Agropoli in Nymfasia

This authentic mountain house welcomes you with private rooms, equipped with small kitchens, fireplaces, and balconies looking out to the mountains. Enjoy a hearty breakfast when you wake up.

Valtesiniko Studios in Valtesiniko

Stay in a nice studio with a beautifully finished bedroom and friendly hosts.

Agnantio Studios in Lagkadia

Cozy, warm, and inviting describe this stunning hotel. With classic architecture and spacious rooms, you’ll feel like you’re in a Greek film portraying life in the mountains.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 6 nights is included. You can book additional nights at any of the hotels along the route.

Transportation during the Tour

While you walk between villages each day, transportation for your luggage is included.

Also Included

  • Detailed hiking map in English
  • Menalon Trail handling fees/sponsoring
  • Souvenir Menalon Trail t-shirt

Not included

  • Flights
  • Visas if required
  • Airport departure transfer
  • Guide services
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Travel insurance and tourism tax
  • Public transportation
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in any accommodation
  • Airport departure transfer

Frequenty Asked Questions about The Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour

How hard is the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable walking 3–7 hours daily. The elevation gain is moderate, but you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The trail is well-marked and well-maintained.

Do I need a visa to travel to Greece?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour?

6 breakfasts are included.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Stemnitsa to start this tour?

You can reach Stemnitsa by bus, train, or taxi from Athens International Airport (ATH) (2.5 hours) and Kalamata International Airport (KLX) (1.5 hours). You can reach Athens or Kalamata Airports from many major European airports.

Is the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour.

Where does the Menalon Trail Pilgrimage Tour end?

The tour ends in Lagkadia. You will be responsible for your own transportation to the airport or you can prebook a transfer as a supplement.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Greece?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Greece?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Greece for this tour?

The best time to travel to Greece for trekking is during the warmest months of the year (May-September), but know that it can get very hot mid-summer (July and August).

S-Cape Travel Greece is a Greek outdoor company, established in 1994 and member of the S-Cape Group of companies since 2010.

At S-Cape Greece you find a varied portfolio of active and adventure trips that offer you a hands-on experience of Greece, having time to slowing down and appreciate the details: view the sites and landscapes, savor the specialties, meet and mingle with the locals and learn about the culture.

All our trips and itineraries are developed by our team of professional walkers and cyclists who have a keen eye for great trails, exciting itineraries, breath-taking scenery and good quality accommodation that share our vision on sustainable travel.

If you travel on one of our self-guided trips, you receive a Destination Manual with information on the country and a state-of-the-art Road Book with detailed route description, turn by turn diagrams of each crossing and explanatory text. On top, you can navigate the route in your own smartphone via our excellent S-Cape Travel App.

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Prices

From $395USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Guesthouses, Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable walking 3–7 hours daily. The elevation gain is moderate, but you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The trail is well-marked and well-maintained.


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Local guide

Maria

Athens, Greece

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