Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour

Greece
Walking
Self-Guided
Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour

Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour

Prices

From $495USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Spend 8-days exploring an authentic and picture-perfect region of Greece

Discover a truly authentic region of Greece as you enjoy fantastic hiking on the Pelion Peninsula.

Soak up the unique charm of Pelion as you stay in seaside hotels and historic converted mansions in stunning villages.

Navigate old, cobbled paths through shady forests and take in the turquoise bays as you walk the coast.

Brush up on your Greek mythology as you explore the mountainous peninsula of Pelion, known as the land of the mythical Centairs.

The 8-Day Self-Guided Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour invites you to discover the lush green mountainous peninsula of Pelion on mainland Greece. Walk from village to village via old, cobbled paths, through forests and along coastal paths, flanked by mountains and sea. Enjoy the picturesque, turquoise bays that invite you to swim and this land of the mythical Centaurs, half human, half horse.

As you explore the mountainous peninsula of Pelion, you’ll uncover its magic every step of the way! According to Greek mythology, this land was once inhabited by Centaurs, creatures that are half human, half horse, with great knowledge and wisdom. The Centaur Cheiron, according to myth, has given knowledge to the God of Medicine Asklepios about medical plants and herbs, that grew and still grow on Mt. Pelion today!

You’ll walk through this historical, densely forested landscape where you’ll find streambeds with plane trees and ferns. Beech forests cover the higher areas like a bright green blanket, as you walk at your own pace through apple and olive groves and mountain villages overlooking the glittering Aegean sea.

Discover this authentic region of Greece for yourself. Book the Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour today!

Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Portaria

Arrival in Portaria from Volos, Thessaloniki or Athens airport.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Portaria
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Circular Walk from Portaria

Today your adventure begins with a beautiful loop from Portaria. You’ll walk to the traditional mountain village Makrinitsa first, with its characteristic stone houses and slated roofs. Making your way through the maquis vegetation, you’ll smell the aromas of fresh thyme and oregano filling the air as you explore an idyllic church. Through forests you’ll then head uphill before descending via a towards Portaria, whilst enjoying views over Volos city. The last stretch to Portaria leads you through a lush green gorge, making for a beautiful final section for today.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Portaria
Distance
4.5 hours, 13 km, 550m ascent, 550m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Views of Aidonaki and Ruins on the Walk to Hania

You’ll depart from Portaria this morning and follow a beautiful path that unfolds beneath the shade of conifer trees and the rising ‘Aidonaki’, Pelion’s west peak. After a while the scenery begins to change as you walk through a beech tree forest. Just before reaching the highest hamlet of Pelion, Hania, you pass by the ruins of an old sanatorium lost in the forest.

Arrive in Hania at an altitude of 1250m with its fresh and cool climate. You’ll stay overnight at a spa hotel here.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Hania
Distance
3 hours, 7 km, 560m ascent, 35m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Walk from Hania to Agios Ioannis

Today starts with a transfer with the hotels’ minibus to the start of the kalderimi (paved stone path). You’ll descend via this great path through stunning beech forest. The first section is via a kalderimi,with later sections unfolding on tarmac roads until you reach the picturesque village of Kissos.

After a well-deserved lunch break you’ll continue on a beautiful track to Mouresi village and from Mouresi you’ll descend to Agios Ioannis.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Agios Ioannis
Distance
3-4 hours, 7-11km, 300m ascent, 1100 or 650m descent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Walk to Tsangarada via Damouchari and Fakistra Beach

Another beautiful day of walking awaits you as you set out along the coast this morning via a pleasant, cobbled path to reach the hamlet of Damouchari, a tiny fishing village in a bay. Though tiny it was once of strategic importance in earlier times, when it was the only natural harbor on the entire coast between Volos and Katerini. Today the bay provides a natural swimming pool with a pleasant pebble beach.

From Damouchari you’ll continue along the coast to Fakistra Beach where there is a possibility to visit the ‘Hidden School’ in a cave. From here you’ll walk uphill on a path, now and then crossing the tarmac road, to reach Tsangarda, a wide stretched village with numerous churches and squares.

From the terrace of your hotel in Agia Paraskevi, you can see the village square with its 1000-year-old plane trees.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Agia Paraskevi
Distance
4 hours, 8km, 700m ascent, 300m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Walk from the Village of Tsangarada to Milies

Today you will cross the mountain range at 700m elevation towards the south. First you’ll walk through the lush village of Tsangarada alongside old churches and squares. Then you will ascend through forest to cross the ridge. Continuing via old mule tracks, you’ll walk through limestone landscapes covered with chestnut and beech trees. You’ll then descend to the picturesque mountain village of Milies whilst enjoying great views over the Pagasitic Gulf. Around Milies you’ll find many old olive groves and an array of natural beauty.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Milies
Distance
4.5 hours, 12km, 350m ascent, 400m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Walk to Koropi

For your final walk, you’ll descend this morning via old, cobbled paths from Milies towards the coast all the while enjoying brilliant views. The last section before reaching the coastal village of Koropi is via dirt roads through expansive olive groves. From Koropi you walk to the nearby touristic village of Kala Nera, where you can enjoy lunch in the shadow of the big plane tree on the village square. Then you ascend via cobbled paths via a hamlet until the narrow-gauge railway tracks, that you follow until Milies. The tracks are 200-300m above sea level. Wherever mule tracks cross the tracks, stone road bridges have been built demonstrating fascinating civil engineering features from the past. You will also walk past the cave where, according to mythology, the centaur Cheiron taught Asklepios about medical plants and herbs.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Milies
Distance
4hours, 12km, 475m ascent, 475m descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast this morning your tour comes to an end. Travel to Thessaloniki, Volos or Athens airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour in Greece is always run as a self-guided tour for your group only and the price depends on your travelling dates and the type of room you choose.

The prices below are per person.

Departure from April 28th to May 1st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,050EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €925EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departure from May 2nd to 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €775EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €575EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €475EUR

Departures from June 1st to 5th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,050EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €925EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from June 6th to 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €775EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €575EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €475EUR

Departures from June 27th to July 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €795EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €575EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €475EUR

Departures from July 27th to September 2nd:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,050EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €925EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures from September 3rd to 27th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €925EUR
  • Price per person staying in a single room: €775EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €575EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €475EUR
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Accommodation on Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Standard rooms are of double occupancy. Solo travellers might be required to pay an additional supplement.

Xenia Portaria Hotel in Portaria

Enjoy endless views over the stunning Pagasetic Gulf and Mount Centaurs during your stay at this upscaled hotel featuring an outdoor pool and modern amenities.

Manthos Hotel in Hania

Relax at this laid-back hotel in Hania, where you can refresh yourself in an inviting swimming pool and enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Eleana Hotel in Agios Ioannis

This seaside hotel, situated on a quiet, tranquil street is surrounded by gardens and endless views of the mountains and sea.

The Lost Unicorn Hotel in Agia Paraskevi

This rural village hotel is set in a charming 19th-century mansion and is set in an oasis of greenery and flowers.

Dryalos Hotel in Milies

A well-located hotel in Milies featuring a hot tub and modern amenities.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included throughout the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers and you’ll be walking from one overnight location to another by yourself. Personal transportation is not included, except for one transfer from hotel to trailhead on day 4.

Also Included

  • Transfer from hotel Manthos on day 4 to the starting point of the walk
  • Detailed road book, GPS tracks and maps in English
  • Original map of the region

Not included

  • Any personal transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entrance fees and visits to monasteries and monuments
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide services
  • Tourist tax (paid locally, between 0.5 and 4 EUR per night)

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions

Frequenty Asked Questions about Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour

How hard is the Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You’ll be hiking up to 13km on a mountainous terrain on a daily basis.

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 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 Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour?

7 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 biking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Portaria to start this tour?

The nearest airport to the Pelion is Volos airport (charters only). Thessaloniki and Athens are both possible too. From Thessaloniki airport it takes about 4 hrs by public transport and from Athens it takes app. 6 hrs. by public transport to the Pelion. You may book additional transfers from/to Volos bus- or train station or from/to Volos airport.

Is the Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour in English?

This tour is not guided; however, all the route information will be provided in English.

Where does the Pelion Peninsula Hiking Tour end?

This tour ends in Milies (Greece).

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.

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 $495USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

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’ll be hiking up to 13km on a mountainous terrain on a daily basis.


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Local guide

Maria

Athens, Greece

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+1 (587) 327-9828

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