A Suggested Programme

All our itineraries can be changed to meet your needs. Our main priorities are your safety, comfort and enjoyment. We have intimate knowledge of the local trails so walks can be shortened or lengthened as needed.

DAY ONE:
Arrival day

Pick up from Athens airport 3pm or Corinth railway station 4pm. Drive to Tyros and settle into Oceanis hotel on Tyros seafront. 7.30pm stroll along the coastal resort of Tyros to Akroyiali Taverna for drinks and welcome dinner. Drive back to hotel.

DAY TWO: Explore the local villages (full day walk)

Set off from hotel at 10am walking up on paths and tracks following the coast to Melana village with spectacular sea views. Drop down into the village to the local coffee shop for a snack and mountain tea. Onward and upward through Sourniali valley with views over the mountain cliffs, with Profitis Ilias church and Apollon Temple ruins above us. Walk through Ano Tyros protected historical village and back to Sapounakeika village and our early evening dinner at taverna Konatsi.

A traditional village in the Parnon mountain range

DAY THREE: Historical villages and river gorge (half day walk)

Leave hotel 9am for a drive of an hour or so up into the mountains and chestnut forest surrounding Kastanitsa village. We walk through chestnut and black pine forest down into the untouched Mazikas gorge with watermill ruins and up to the semi-abandoned stone village of Prastos. Minibus takes us 30 minutes into Kastanitsa village for lunch at Parnon Taverna. Return to Tyros. Free Evening.

DAY FOUR: Over the cobbled paths to the white pebble bay (full day walk)

10am set off in minibus for a drive south down the coast to Poulithra Ag Georgios. Walk up on cobbled path to ridge between 2 bays with extensive views North. Follow small path down into Fokianos Bay for a snack stop and a swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay. Option to stay here longer and be picked up by minibus or continue walk up out of the bay on the old mule path to Pigadi. All meet at Glystres Taverna for early evening meal. Drive back to Tyros.

Spetses Island seen from the hills above Tyros

DAY FIVE: Mountain views to Sparta (half day walk)

10am leave hotel to drive to Kosmas village, the highest continuously inhabited village on the Parnon range. Walk through forest paths and mountain tracks toward Laconia with spectacular views to the Taigetos range and summit of Profitis Ilias. Return to Kosmas for Taverna lunch and shopping at the handmade pottery and local produce shop. Return drive down Dafnonas Gorge, stopping at Elonas Monastery. Free Evening

DAY SIX: Heads above the clouds (full day walk)

Set off from hotel at 8am for 90 minute drive up to the mountain refuge on Parnon mountain.This is our longest and highest walk. We follow mountain stream beds up to the open plateau below the Parnon summit at 1,935metres. Here we find amazing endemic plants which can only be seen here. There is an option to walk to the summit above us before we follow tracks through the forest trails down toward Malevis Convent and Ag Petros for early evening taverna.

The Parnon mountains overlook the sea

DAY SEVEN: Byzantium hanging on the cliffs.

Leave hotel at 10am for drive through Leonidion and on to Tsitalia gorge. Walk up old path towards the Byzantine Castle and Ag Athanasios church both clinging to the rocks above the sea. Return on cobbled path and tracks to Tsitalia village. Minibus pick up to drive down to Poulithra and the seaside taverna Myrtoon for lunch and swim. Drive back through Leonidion for shopping. Evening Free

DAY EIGHT:

Drive back dropping off in Corinth at 11am and Athens Airport 12midday

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Your Experience

Your day will start at the Oceanis hotel on the seafront in Tyros where you have uninterrupted views to the sea for the sunrise and time for a quick early swim or wander for a few photographs along the water's edge.

Breakfast will be laid ready by Roula and Tassos with fresh bread, local marmalade, honey and eggs of your choice with Greek yoghurt and fruit in season.

There will be plenty of coffees and teas to choose from including the mountain tea picked locally on the slopes of Parnon.

The minibus will take you for an hour's drive through fantastic scenery or you will start the walk directly outside the hotel.

You spend your day walking on the mountain paths with views to the sea or to mountain peaks passing through villages with traditional buildings and meeting with shepherds. You will stop to see the flowers and mushrooms, monasteries and ancient ruined walls and temples half hidden in the greenery and catch sight of the buzzards and eagles hunting around you.

After a few hours you stop for your snack or picnic lunch specially prepared by Roula, including a homemade pie different every day with leek, cheese, spinach or chicken to choose from and pastelli biscuits to follow.

The day may end with a swim at a white pebble beach and a taverna with a blazing fire depending on the weather! You will try the local dishes of rabbit stifado, or pork with chestnuts accompanied by fried cheese bread, salads and handpicked mountain greens. Those with a sweet tooth can have mastica or honeycomb, chestnut, orange or walnut cake accompanied with Greek yoghurt or homemade ice cream.

Back to Tyros you will have a chance for a late stroll along the seafront for a nightcap or sit on your balcony to watch the moon rise over the windmills and water.

Through the week you will also have opportunities to shop for pottery, handloom tapestries and carpets,and rural products from the women's cooperative. Also you have the chance to use the small library to check out the flora and fauna and local history that you have seen.

Finally if the weather is really bad or you would like a rest day we can organise a visit to Nafplion where you can visit the excellent archaeological museum and Palamidi Castle. Alternatively we can take you to Kastanitsa and the Parnon Environmental Centre with an afternoon cookery lesson at Anna's taverna.

Our terrain is varied, from level coastal paths to mountain peaks. Underfoot we walk on dirt tracks, cobbled paths and smaller trails. We balance our routes to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment for the minimum effort but most routes include uphill stretches (rocky at times) with up to a 300m height differential.

You will enjoy walking with us if you are a regular walker used to days of up to 12 miles.