Hiking the Spartan Trail

No other part in Greece combines scenic hiking trails in stupendous mountain scenery overlooking the sea with an incredible wealth of cultural heritage and notable archaeological sites and monuments. This is the place where gods and heroes walked the earth for the first time. Filoxenia (hospitality) is very strong here, the food, olive oil and wine are Greece's best. Locals claim to have the best of everything to give and that’s no myth. This is where the remains of the famous classical city of Sparta are, against the impressive backdrop of the Taygetos mountains, the highest mountain in the Peloponnese. The Spartan trail, as part of the European walking route E4 is a meeting point for naturalists, photography lovers, hikers, mountaineers and climbers from all over the world. Beautiful forests, fragrant shrubs, gorges and ravines make hiking here a fascinating experience.

per adult from

$2,717

NZD

Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • All transfers from/to Kalamata or Athens airports
    • Five nights in Guest Houses and Mountain Huts
    • All local transfers
    • All meals (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners)
    • Professional, English-speaking local guide
    • Safety equipment (first aid kit, emergency phone, VHF)
    • Organization and implementation of the trip
    • Luggage transfer from/to lodgings
    • High quality photographs from the trip
    • Liability insurance coverage
    • All taxes
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    What's excluded :
    • Everything not mentioned above such as alcoholic drinks, extra food and beverages. You need to book flights to Kalamata or Athens airports. You need to buy travel insurance in case you wish. You need to have adequate amount of pocket money for any further expenditures you wish to make.
  • Day 1 – Arrive in Sparta

    Arrival day. Get any flight arriving to Kalamata or Athens airports. Meet your guide at the airport for a drive to your hotel in the town of Mystras a suberb of Sparta. Group meeting and briefing about the next days followed by a dinner together.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Mystras

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 2 – The Byzantine Town of Mystras

    Morning meeting with your guide at your hotel’s lobby. Our first hiking day starts from the overwhelming castle town of Mystras built during the Byzantine period.

    Trail distance: 12 kilometers

    Ascend:800 meters,

    Time: 6 hours. 

    Rating: Easy to moderate

    Accommodation: Family owned guesthouse

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunchbox, Dinner

    Day 3 – Hiking the E4 Trail

    After breakfast, we fill our flasks with fresh water from the fountains of Anavriti and start our ascent heading to the mountain refuge that will accommodate us for tonight. 

    Trail distance: 15 kilometers

    Ascend: 1200 meters

    Time: 7 hours. 

    Rating: Easy to moderate

    Accommodation: Mountain Refuge

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunchbox, Dinner

    Day 4 - Hiking at the Summit

    After breakfast we start a difficult and ultimately rewarding hike to the highest peak of the mountain at 2407 meters. Our summit is rewarded with spectacular views of the mountain range,into the Spartan valley of Evrotas and to the Mediterranean Sea.

    Trail distance: 12 kilometers

    Ascend: 1100 meters

    Time: 8 hours. 

    Rating: Moderate

    Accommodation: Mountain Hut

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunchbox, Dinner

    Day 5 – Hiking the Royal Trail

     A region so remote that conquerors through time left it alone. This part of the trail was frequently used by ancient Spartans as an access route to the sea. It passes through Vasiliki (Royal) forest where an amazing diversity is found with Pinus Negra, the black pine tree dominating this ancient forest.

    Trail distance: 19 kilometers

    Descend: 1150 meters

    Time: 8 hours. 

    Rating: Moderate

    Accommodation: Family Owned Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunchbox, Dinner

    Day 6 – Departure         

    Awake and energize with a breakfast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Our last day is a relaxing day where either we can take time to swim and explore the town of Kardamyli. Your trip ends about noon either catching a transfer to the airport or extend your travels.

    Meals: Breakfast
  • Departure Point :
    Mystras 231 00, Greece
    Departure Time :
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Single Supplement:
    • Pricing is calculated based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler and wish to have your own accommodations throughout the tour (or if we are unable to pair you up with another solo traveler), an additional single supplement of 250 € is required.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Explore Messinia

Activity ID: V-12902P9

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