Scheduled tour dates of Olympus Pass
From 10 to 13 August 2018
Other tour dates upon request
Highlights Olympus Pass
- Cycling on the “Lower Olympus” paths
- The Church of the Holy Trinity and the abandoned village of “Palia Vrontou”
- Ancient Dion and its museum
- View of Aegean sea from Petrostrouga’s refuge
- Olympus peak and its surrounding landscape
- The walking trail following Enipeas River
- St. Dionysius Monastery
- St. Dionysius cave
- Old St. Panteleimon stone village
- Fortress of Platamonas
On the paths of the Gods Olympus Pass
In this corner of Europe, Greece, with the endless peninsulas, the lace-like indented coastlines, and the countless islands that emerge from the blue Aegean Sea; in this small country where the scents of pine and olive trees blend with the ones of thyme, oregano and mint, the divine Mount Olympus rises just a few kilometres away from the coasts of Pieria.
Imposing with its characteristic peaks, Mytikas and Throne of Zeus, the plateau of Muses, its endless paths, streams, caves and its springs. The Enipeas river, which flows ragingly under its peaks, through beech forests and mountain pine trees, leading ancient paths in its beautiful slopes and forming small lakes. Legends and myths, thousands of years now, tell stories from one generation to the next about the Gods of ancient Greeks with their human characteristics and weaknesses, meddling in human affairs, mating with them in order to create demigods with superhuman powers, quarrelling, punishing and taking revenge.
Today, we invite you on a trip on these unique paths that Poseidon used to follow every time he had to join the councils of Gods away from the sea. On the same roads that the Muses chose when they used to leave their residence on the Pierian Mountains in order to play for a while on the plateaus of Mount Olympus, or that the painter Vasilis Ithakisios took to reach his cave, where he portrayed with his paintings the mountain.
What to bring with you on this route
In order to know what necessary things to bring with you on this tour, please check the information at the “What to bring” section of our General Information, but especially for this tour, consider also the following:
You will certainly need:
- Backpack for the three-day hiking
- Anti‑skid boots
- Water flask of 1 1/2 litre
- Sleeping bag or two bed sheets and a pillowcase (for use in the refuges)
- Towel, Toiletries and Slippers/Soft Shoes (for use in the refuges)
- During the hiking a helmet is necessary for those climbing to the peak
- Torch / Headlamp
And it would also be useful to bring with you:
- A baton
How to get there
Departure: from Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki
Please, find on the website of the hotel information about the location and how to get there: Philippion Hotel.
Nearest airport: “Makedonia” International Airport (SKG, Thessaloniki)
Return: at Philippion Hotel in Thessaloniki
Distance on bicycle: 40 km
Elevation gain: Up 475m / Down 1,584m
Biking from the west to the north side of Mount Olympus – This trip starts from Filippion Hotel in Thessaloniki, where we gather at 08.30 in order to meet each other, to settle administrative matters and to board on the vehicles and depart for the little village of Kokkinopilos on the west roots of Mount Olympus.
We will cycle on an easy and pleasant cross country rout, through beautiful forests, abandoned villages and impressive streams of the mountain. We will enjoy the view of its slopes and peaks, until we arrive at the ancient city of Dion, where we will complete our cycling and have lunch.
Here, we will have the chance to visit the museum and the ancient city of Dion, one of the most important cities of Macedonia, where a lot of parts of it are preserved.
We will overnight in the comfortable guest house “To Palio Litochoro” located at Litochoros village, on the foot of Olympus Mountain.
Hiking distance: 12 km
Elevation gain: Up 2,200m / Down 666m
Climbing the mountain – This first day of our three following hiking days will lead us to the “plateau of Muses” after we walk 12 uphill kilometres of unparalleled beauty.
We will go all the way up to “Gortsia” (alt. 1,123 m) by our vehicles, the place where the most beautiful trekking ascent to the mountain starts. Our goal is to reach Kakkalos Refuge, where we will spend our night (alt. 2,651 m). In between, we will stop for food and rest in Petrostrouga Refuge (alt. 1,935 m) with the beautiful view of the Aegean Sea.
We will cover a significant altitude difference, which will tire us but at the same time our reward will be much greater!
Hiking distance: 5 km
Elevation gain: Up 391m / Down 989m
Conquering the peak – When we are in this place the magic of the mountain can restore our lost powers in a even better way than a good meal and a comfortable and quiet sleep.
The view of “Throne of Zeus” very early in the morning, accompanied with a hot cup of coffee, at the moment when the rays of sunrise start very slowly illuminating the mountain peak is an experience that it’s very difficult to leave behind.
On this day, we will walk to “Zonaria” until we get under the famous “Louki” of Mytika’s peak, from where we will climb in order to stand on the highest point of Greece at 2,918 metres.
It’s difficult to describe the feelings one has when enjoying a snack on the peak, next to the “Tartarus”, the deepest point on the west slope of the mountain. We will be very glad to share such a moment with you!
Our descent will start from “Kakoskala”, where we have to be extremely careful, until we meet the path to “Spilios Agapitos Refuge” (alt. 2,100 m). This refuge is named after the great Greek climber and teacher of the climbing technique. It’s located in a magnificent place and it’s the largest, most beautiful and better organised refuge in Greece. This is where we will spend our night.
Hiking distance: 16 km
Elevation gain: Up 928m / Down 2,625m
A pleasant descent – After a hearty breakfast on the balcony of the refuge, we will start our descent following the gorge of the Enipeas river. On our route we will meet “Prionia”, the last trailhead before the ascents to the peaks, lakes, wooden bridges, the St. Dionysius Old Monastery and the cave where St. Dionysius led an ascetic life.
The beauty of the landscape will accompany us on this 17‑kilometre route, until we reach the populous village of Litochoro.
We will have lunch in one of the best taverns of the village, where the tradition of delicious Greek cuisine continues under the shade of platanus trees.
In a distance of a few kilometres from Litochoro, the very beautiful traditional settlement of St. Panteleimon waits to welcome and host us for our last farewell night in the area of low Olympus.
We will walk on the narrow stone alleys of the village and enjoy from the balcony of the square the view of a place that managed to save its architecture because it was abandoned many years ago, being in our days a “window” in time. There we will rest in the traditional guest house “Fegaropetra”.
Distance on bicycle: 15 km
Elevation gain: Up 650m / Down 650m
Cycling in low Olympus – The epilogue of our routes in Olympus will be a pleasant cycling route through chestnut and beech forests in the area, on paths and forest roads around the old settlement of St. Panteleimon. The total distance of about 15 km isn’t difficult and we will be back right on time for our lunch with… what else? With local delicacies that we strongly recommend, since the Greek cuisine, what can we say, is one of the best!
Very early in the evening, we will load the vehicle with our things, and after a short stop in the well preserved Roman fortress of Platamonas we will return to Thessaloniki.
Route specifications table for CYCLING section
|General bicycle route difficulty level:||
|Rider’s ability level (technical):||Elementary experience*|
|Bicycle type:||Mountain bike
|Distance of route:||55 km (in two days)
|Elevation gain:||Up 1,125m (in two days)
Down 2,234m (in two days)
* For a detailed description of our rating scale please refer to the corresponding Levels of Difficulty Tables on our website.
Difficulty level for HIKING section
General hiking route difficulty level: Intermediate to Difficult
Distance of route: 33km (in three days)
Elevation gain: Up 3,519m and down 4,280m (in three days)
The kilometres that we will cycle on this tour are more or less the same with the ones that we will walk. They will not, though, be tiring at all in comparison with the ones that we will have to cover in order to conquer the peak of Mount Olympus. So, mild cycling kilometres await us on the first and last day of our trip. On the three days, though, that we will spend hiking, we will encounter routes of Intermediate to Difficult level, and on the day of the peak the requirements will be more demanding, including even free climbing. In this occasion, Average fitness level and Good psychological condition is required due to the steep slopes.
People suffering from fear of heights are excluded from the climbing to the peak. They will be leaded trough an alternative route.
Please, consult the detailed tables with the routes maps and elevation profiles at the “Itinerary” tab.
Price and what it includes
The participation fee for “Olympus Pass” is the following for a Guided tour:
|Prices||and accommodation options|
|€1,040||double room accommodation in guest houses and dormitories in the refuges (Price per person)|
For discounts for big groups, please contact us.
Full payment of the participation amount should be settled two months in advance of the scheduled start of the event.
What is included and what is not in the Guided tour
|INCLUDED||Accommodations for 2 nights in high standard guest houses and 2 nights in mountain refuges (check the daily programme in the ITINERARY tab of this tour for links to the chosen accommodations)
Snacks, drinks and light lunch (e.g., sandwiches) during the tour
2 attendants (van support driver and bilingual certificated bicycle guide with First-Aid certification)
Support vehicle during cycling tour (equipped with first-aid kit, bicycle repair kit, water and snacks)
Shuttle service during cycling tour (it will transfer luggage from one hotel to the other)
Entrance fee into museums and archeological sites
Souvenirs (jersey clothing)
Bicycle helmet and water flask
Day route maps (directions, distances and elevation profiles)
|NOT INCLUDED||2 Meals
Hotel in Thessaloniki before and after the tour
Bicycle rental (available under request)
Personal purchases and extra expenses than those mentioned above regarding the hotels
Anything that is not mentioned in the Included items