Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking

Greece
Trekking
Self-Guided
Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking

Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking

Prices

From $295USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Guesthouses, Mountain Huts

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Highlights

Hike to the summit of Greece’s legendary Mount Olympus

Discover the ancient monastery and a chapel hidden in a cave as you start your hike.

Celebrate your ascent of Mount Olympus by signing the registry at the Skolio Summit.

Explore the Plateau of the Muses and lush forests as you descend the mountain.

Keep your backpack light by taking advantage of the kitchens and beds at the mountain huts on your route.

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the fabled home of Zeus and the Greek Gods. This self-guided trekking tour takes you on the legendary path up the mountain and into the clouds, where you can look out over the expansive landscape of Mount Olympus National Park with the Aegean Sea to the east.

During your trek, you’ll visit a cave chapel, the Agios Dionysios Monastery, and the Skolio Summit. Your accommodation will be in simple mountain huts, where you’ll have a bed and a place to prepare your meals—no need to carry a tent on this trek, making each step easier. An ultimate and unforgettable week-long expedition to this mythological hot spot awaits you on the Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking Tour.

Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Prepare for Your Journey in Litochoro

When you’ve arrived at the foothills of Mount Olympus, you’ll find the town of Litochoro. This is where most hikers begin their trek up the mountain. You’ll have time to explore a little bit and get any last provisions you’ll need for your hike.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Litochoro
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Monastery Hike

Your trail starts along the Enipeas River and quickly begins to climb 900 meters to the Agios Dionysios Monastery. Take your time! The path is short and steep, so take breaks all afternoon to appreciate your surroundings.

You’ll finally reach the ruins of the Agios Dionysios Monastery, which is where your taxi will meet you to drive you back to Litochoro.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Litochoro
Distance
4 hours, 9.6km, 900m of ascent, 350m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Begin Your Olympus Trek

This morning, a transfer will take you back to the monastery, where you’ll begin your walk again. Along your route, you’ll pass an ancient chapel in a cave and many sparkling rivers and river pools. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a fairytale as you cross the water on little footbridges and stepping stones.

Settle into a mountain hut for the night.

Overnight Location
Mountain hut on Olympus
Distance
4 hours, 8.8km, 1300m of ascent, 90m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Enjoy the Summit Views

Today, you’ll trek to new heights as you climb higher up the alpine terrain. You’ll reach the Skala Summit first (2866m), and then you’ll climb the ridge to Skolio Summit (2911m), which is the highest point of the trek. From both summits, you’ll have unmatched views of the surrounding mountains.

Continue your hike to the Plateau of Muses, where you’ll rest for the night.

Overnight Location
Mountain hut on Olympus
Distance
6 hours, 11km, 1230m of ascent, 650m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Begin Your Descent to Koromilia

You’ll enjoy the easier pace today after the challenging hikes yesterday. You’ll slowly descend from the Plateau of Muses to the Giosos Pass and Lemos Ridge.

Eventually, you’ll find you’ve left the alpine heights behind and as you walk through the forest again. Reach your third mountain hut and get a well-earned rest.

Overnight Location
Mountain hut on Olympus
Distance
5 hours, 10.5km, 55m of ascent, 1675m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Finish Your Walk and Return to Litochoro

Today will be a short and pleasant walk through the forest. Occasionally, the trees will break and offer you a tremendous view of the sea. When you reach the church of Ag. Konstantinos, your transfer will meet you and drive you the rest of the way to Litochoro.

Take an afternoon swim or explore Litochoro to celebrate your successful journey.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Litochoro
Distance
2 hours, 4km, 735m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Final Day in Litochoro

This morning, your tour is officially complete after you’ve checked out of your hotel. You can return to the Thessaloniki airport or depart for your next destination.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour of Mount Olympus is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the type of room you prefer.

Please note that your preferred room types are not available from night 3 to 5, due to all accommodations on Mt Olympus being dormitory-style and the room types mentioned below only apply to the remaining nights. These prices are per person:

  • Price per solo traveller: €550EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2+): €450EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: €375EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €325EUR
  • Price per person sharing a quadruple room: €275EUR
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Accommodation on Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking

This tour is based in 2-star guesthouses and mountain huts. The hotels offer comfortable double occupancy rooms, while the mountain huts will be dormitory-style with shared washroom facilities and small kitchens.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or prefer a single room where possible (mountain huts only offer shared rooms), the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Xenonas Papanikolaou in Litochoro

This tidy guesthouse will welcome you to Litochoro. It combines the atmospheres of both a mountain and seaside town so you’ll have plenty to explore.

Mountain Hut “A” – Spilios Agapithos, Olympus

This beautiful stone mountain hut offers shared dorm-style rooms and is a convenient place to stop directly along your route to the Olympus summit.

Night 4

Mountain Hut “C” – Christos Kakalos, Olympus

There is room for 17 people in shared dormitory spaces in this tiny mountain hut. It rests in the Plateau of Muses at 2650 metres.

Night 5

Koromilia Mountain Hut, Olympus

Spend the night at this mountain hut that overlooks the Thermaikos Gulf. It can accommodate 18 people between its three dormitory rooms.

Xenonas Papanikolaou in Litochoro

This tidy guesthouse will welcome you to Litochoro. It combines the atmospheres of both a mountain and seaside town so you’ll have plenty to explore.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking?

Meals

5 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 5 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Litochoro or Thessaloniki are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included as outlined in the itinerary. Transfers from Thessaloniki to Litochoro are not included.

Also Included

  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance
  • Route guide and maps
  • Transfer from Agios Dionysios to Litochoro
  • Transfer from Litochoro to Agios Dionysios
  • Transfer from Agios Konstantinos to Litochoro
  • GPS tracks

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Tourism tax to be paid locally at each hotel (normally no more than 3 EUR per night)
  • Admissions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Visas if required
  • Personal equipment
  • Fees not mentioned as “included”
  • Gratuities for servers and drivers if desired
  • Sleeping bags or sheets for sleeping in mountain huts

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplements
  • Additional nights accommodations are available before and after the tour in Litochoro, as well as at any of the accommodations on your route

Frequenty Asked Questions about Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking

How hard is the Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. The climb up Mount Olympus is strenuous, with long distances and significant altitude gain. You’ll also be required to carry a backpack with your necessities. The footing can be tricky at times on the rocky footpaths. Active hikers comfortable in varied mountain terrain will be able to get the most out of this tour.

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 Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking?

5 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

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

How do I get to Litochoro to start this tour?

The nearest airport to Litochoro is Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (SKG). From the airport, the local bus (Line 78) will take you to the intercity station in the city center. From here, you can take the KTEL bus to Litochoro.

Is the Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking Tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will be provided with route maps and a destination guide in English.

Where does the Mount Olympus & Northern Greece Hiking Tour end?

This tour ends in Litochoro. From here you can take the bus back to Thessaloniki Airport.

Will I need to bring camping equipment?

No, the mountain huts provide a dining hall and kitchens for your use. They also offer beds with blankets and pillows, however, you may want to bring your own sleeping bag or sheet as there are no sheets provided.

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 Mount Olympus for this trek is from July to October when the weather up on the mountain is at its mildest.

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 $295USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Guesthouses, Mountain Huts

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 4/5. The climb up Mount Olympus is strenuous, with long distances and significant altitude gain. You’ll also be required to carry a backpack with your necessities. The footing can be tricky at times on the rocky footpaths. Active hikers comfortable in varied mountain terrain will be able to get the most out of this tour.


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Athens, Greece

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