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Kalamata – Peloponnese “Messinian Mani” 8 Days | Hiking experience

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8 Days | 7 nights

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Specific Tour

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63 people

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Overview

Messinian Mani.. the Land of traditional stoned villages , tower stoned houses and castles, wild and untamed !! A land of tower houses, castles, ancient sites, Byzantine chapels, beautiful beaches and spectacular ravines in the Messinian Mani Peloponnese Dry, bare and rugged. Mani is the land of the prickly pear,... More

Messinian Mani..

the Land of traditional stoned villages , tower stoned houses and castles, wild and untamed !!
A land of tower houses, castles, ancient sites, Byzantine chapels, beautiful beaches and spectacular ravines in the Messinian Mani Peloponnese

Dry, bare and rugged. Mani is the land of the prickly pear, bristling with forbidding tower houses, stone villages, Byzantine chapels, delightful coves and astonishing caves. The people here are frugal and close-knit, still adhering to traditions, centuries-old bloodlines and family ties.

Barricaded behind the crags of Mt Taygetos , the fortified stoned towers and ready for battle, the Maniots developed a powerful sense of autonomy, answerable to no one. What you see today is only what they consider permissible and acceptable. But you’ll be overwhelmed with images of authentic Greece because here, in this far corner of Peloponnese,in the Messinian Mani,everything is dramatic and bewitching.

Each day you will discover a new suprise : a known or hidden landscape, a traditional village or a new route at the plenty ravines,  will amaze you with the rich cultural diversity which provide you.

Prices / 8 up to 14 persons

  • 1180,00 €/person for minimum 8 participants.
  • 1040,00 €/Kid age 4+ till 12 yrs for 8 participants.

Prices / 15 up to 20 persons

  • 880,00 €/person for minimum 15 participants.
  • 670,00 €/Kid age 4+ till 12 yrs  for 15 participants.

You can also plan your individual road trip with us, which is adapted to your wishes and needs for you and your friends / family.

The price depends on the number of participants. For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

The group can extend its programme with one week holidays in a hotel or apartments. The price for this extra week is not included in the tour prices.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Messinian Mani,the Land of traditional stoned villages , tower stoned houses and castles.
  • Kardamili,a spectacularly beautiful seaside Maniot village.
  • All hiking routes in the area of Kardamyli to tranditional villages Petrovouni, Exochori, Tseria, Platsa,Kotroni, Agios Dimitrios,Agios Nikolaos.
  • Stoupa, the most famous resort in Mani.
  • Luxury Vip bus for the wholo tour.
  • English experienced guide - escort for Peloponnese.
  • Available for French,German,Italian, Russian too.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program :
Summary - Program :

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Starting Point:Kalamata airport or Athens airport.
Finishing Point: Kalamata airport or Athens airport.
Group Size: 8 up to 63 persons
Ages: 4+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children)

This tour is available all year depending the weather conditions,national holidays and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.

If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.

Day 1: Arrival Kalamata airport or Athens airport - Kalamata Km 11 or Km 250.
Day 1: Arrival Kalamata airport or Athens airport - Kalamata Km 11 or Km 250.

Arrival in Kalamata airport or Athens airport.Transfer by bus to your hotel in Kalamata.Kalamata,the enticing seaside city that dances to a different tune.Kalamata, the capital and central port of Messinia, is situated at the site of ancient Farai. Check-in at your hotel depending your flight arrival.After check-in we will have 2 hour for panoramic sightseeing.

Overnight:In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata
Total driving time: aprox. 30 minutes from KLX airport (11Km) or 4 hours from Athens airport ( Km 250).

Day 2: Kalamata - Kardamyli - Old Kardamili - Tombs of the Dioskouri twin brothers - Byzantine church of Agia Sofia - Petrovouni - Kardamyli - Kalamata Km 35.
Day 2: Kalamata - Kardamyli - Old Kardamili - Tombs of the Dioskouri twin brothers - Byzantine church of Agia Sofia - Petrovouni - Kardamyli - Kalamata Km 35.

Breakfast and departure with your late model bus to the Mani area. After 1 hour we will arrive at Kardamyli.Kardamili is a spectacularly beautiful seaside village located in the Mani, a stunning region in the southern Peloponnese, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur. Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, wild olive groves, verdant rolling hills and distant snowcapped mountains, it is one of the prettiest of villages that overlook the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf.

Beautiful circular trek on the foot of the imposing Taygetus Mount, with recurrent views on the intensely blue Aegean Sea on the Kalamata or Messinia Golf; beginning and ending in the nice, unspoiled, marine and Greek-Venetian designed village of Kardamyli passing through Old Kardamyli, with its noticeable venetian church of Saint Spyridon and the imposing maniot tower of Mourtzinos with destination at the byzantine hermitage of Agia Sofia, and return by the olive groves of Petrovouni.
We will start our gorgeous two-three hours loop walk.A walk in the past : Old Kardamili can today be reached on foot by leaving the village main street just next to the bridge and following the path that leads up to a main gateway. You quickly arrive at the 18th century church of Aghios Spiridon (Saint Spiridon), whose slender 17 metre-tall bell tower bears ornamental designs depicting the sun and moon, the stars, concentric circles and a double eagle. Further along, there are more fortified houses and the small chapel of Aghios Theodoros (Saint Theodore). As you walk back down towards modern Kardamili, you pass through enchanting olive groves and fruit orchards and see the last tower-houses that now belong to the descendants of the Troupakis-Mourtzinos patriarchs: the Dimitreas, Petreas and Theodoreas families. The fortified enclave has been recently converted into a beautiful museum. Follow the signs to Old Town Kardamyli, then take the old stone path hat leads up to the Agia Sofia church. On our route you will see ,the two-chamber tomb of Dioskouroi is carved in a vertical, natural rock. They are two rectangular cavities, next to each other, 1,20x 0,60 in dimension and 1 meter in depth. According to the morphological elements, the tomb dates to the Hellenistic period, (3rd-2ndcentury B.C.). The visitor, in order to reach the settlement, has to follow the path from the Old Kardamyli towards the area of Agia Sopfia. We shall point out that the entrance to the interior of the tombs is forbidden.According to the description of Strabo, the tombs belong to the twin brothers Castor and Pollux, mythical children of Leda, (queen of Sparta), and Zeus. According to another legend, the tombs belong to the heroes Nikomachos and Gorgasos, sons of Machaon, (son of Asclepius), who had healing abilities.Follow the path down through an enchanted forest section (tangled vegetation, scent of pine) towards Petrovouni, with a fantastic view of the coast en route. Descend to Kardamyli along a zigzagging stone path.Check-in at your hotel in Kardamyli.Free time. Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel at Kardamyli village.
Total driving time: 45 minutes ( Km 35).
Hiking time : 2-3 hours Easy.

Day 3: Kardamyli -Tseria - Walk to Vyros Gorge - Kato Chora - Agia Sofia - Petrovouni - Kardamyli Km 15.
Day 3:  Kardamyli -Tseria - Walk to Vyros Gorge - Kato Chora - Agia Sofia - Petrovouni - Kardamyli Km 15.

Breakfast and Transfer by bus to Tseria for a hiking tour to Vyros Gorge - Kato Chora - Agia Sofia - Petrovouni - Kardamyli.
Tseria,a stone-built traditional village, it supervises the circular settlements of the area of ​​Tseria, known as the Balcony of Mani, due to the panoramic view. It is located on the slope of the mountain, in the pines. The layout of the settlements was chosen old for fortification.We start our hiking day from Tseria through Vyros Gorge to Kardamyli.
The Vyros Gorge is a deep river gorge situated in the 'Outer Mani' region of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. It runs from the foot of Profitis Ilias to Kardamyli. In Summer it remains bone dry, however in winter it is known to flood spectacularly, turning into a river which often carries debris such as tree branches and rocks to its mouth in the town of Kardamili, where it empties into the Messenian Gulf, a part of the Ionian Sea.On our way we have we will pass and visit Kato Chora,Byzantine church of Agia Sofia.Follow the path down through an enchanted forest section (tangled vegetation, scent of pine) towards Petrovouni, with a fantastic view of the coast en route. Descend to Kardamyli along a zigzagging stone path.End of our activity...it's time for relax and free time or a swimm to the blue waters of Kardamyli.Overnight.

Overnight:In a 3 star hotel in Kardamyli.
Total driving time: aprox. 45 minutes (km 15).
Hiking time : 3,5-4 hours Medium.

Day 4: Kardamyli - Moni Sotiros - Vyros Gorge - Kardamyli (Hiking tour).
Day 4: Kardamyli - Moni Sotiros - Vyros Gorge - Kardamyli  (Hiking tour).

Breakfast and departure for our hiking tour from Kardamyli to Moni Sotiros and Vyros Gorge.The Viros Gorge is a sublime experience.This hike starts in Kardamyli, going up the Viros Gorge for about 5 km as far as Sotiros Monastery, then climbs out of the gorge on a good road and descends to Kardamyli via Agia Sofia church. There's no path in the gorge, you walk on cobbles in the dry riverbed. The walking is not difficult, but it's often slow. You pass a number of caves in the canyon walls. The landscape at first isn't dramatic, but the gorge narrows and deepens as you ascend, with overhanging walls draped with stalactites.

There are a few places where blue/white paint blazes direct you out of the riverbed onto a path, but these just seem to be for high water conditions, and it's easier to remain in the riverbed. Sotiros Monastery is apparently unoccupied, and was all locked up. The climb out of the gorge is on a road, and you stay on roads until Agia Sofia. Beyond that, it's mostly kalderimi paths back to Kardamyli.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kardamyli.
Total driving time: -
Hiking time : 3,5-4 hours Easy/moderate.

Day 5: Kardamyli - Petrovouni - Exohori - Kardamyli ( Hiking tour).
Day 5:  Kardamyli - Petrovouni - Exohori - Kardamyli ( Hiking tour).

After our breafast we start our hiking tour to Exochori.
Exochori is a stone-built village with a very old tradition, mentioned several times in history as Androuvista, first seen around 1278 AD. It is located at an altitude of 450 m above Kardamili, in the Taygetos mountain fringes. It used to be the old mountainous capital and the fortress of Kardamili, not only in medieval but also in ancient times.
This is like a short taste of west Mani but fully rewarding as an experience. The exploration starts from Kardamili, as we follow the old stone path entering the mountain, walking through some of the upland villages.
Passing through olive groves, we end up in Exochori village, where we can have a breathtaking view of the Viros Gorge, the largest gorge in west Mani. Then, taking a different route to our way back to the starting point, we visit Aghia Sofia. This is a famous church built in the 16th century situated on the 2500-year-old stone path that connected Kardamili with Sparta. This is the path that will guide our steps back to Kardamili through its historical old quarter.Free time, Overnight.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kardamyli.
Total driving time: -
Hiking time : 4-5 hours.

Day 6: Kardamyli - Platsa - Kotroni - Agios Nikolaos - Stoupa - Kardamyli Km
Day 6:  Kardamyli - Platsa - Kotroni - Agios Nikolaos - Stoupa - Kardamyli Km

Breakfast and transfer by our bus to Platsa, village. Walk easy downwards to the coast through Kotroni village and seaside villages as Agios Dimitrios,Agios Nikolaos.Nice route full of colors , nice beaches and traditional settlement.You can swimm on your route if you wish. Our hike will end at Stoupa. Free time for swimming and your Lunch. Early afternoon you will take your bus which waits you at Stoupa, and pick you back to your hotel.

Overnight: In a 3 star hotel in Kardamyli.
Total driving time: aprox. 1 hour.
Hiking time : 2-3 hours Easy.

Day 7: Kardamyli free day.
Day 7:  Kardamyli free day.

Breakfast and all day at your disposal to relax or to scroll around the village of Kardamyli, go for swimming or enjoy your meal at a tavern in Kardamyli or in Stoupa. Time for shopping at the main street of the village with all kind of shops. Overnight.

Overnight:In a 3 star hotel in Kalamata.

Day 8: Kardamyli - Kalamata airport or Athens airport flight back home Km 45 or Km 300.
Day 8: Kardamyli  - Kalamata airport or Athens airport flight back home Km 45 or Km 300.

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight back home full of impressions , experiences of a wonderfull area of Messinian Mani in Mythical Peloponnese.

Total driving time: aprox. 45 minutes for KLX airport (35 Km ) or 5 hours from Athens airport ( Km 290).

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Shoes suitable for walking.Second pair is optional.
Suitable clothing depending on weather conditions and season for 8 days.
Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses.
Your medications and medical treatment.
Βαckpack for daily use.
Swimsuit and towel.
Enthusiasm and good mood.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Duration: 8 Days / 8 Nights
Starting Point: Kalamata airport or Athens airport.
Finishing Point: Kalamata airport or Athens airport.
Group Size: 8 up to 64 persons
Ages: 4+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children).

Meeting time according to your flight arrival.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.No touring experience required.

No hiking experience required. Light walking is neccesery.

If you have any food ingredient allergy or allergy on other natural sources like eg bees, please let us know.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.

Preparing For Your Trip :
Preparing For Your Trip :

Before you travel, we encourage you to learn about the region you'll explore while on a tour. From local weather conditions to information on geography, local history and culture, all are essential in order to make the most out of your tour, while minimizing the possibility to face unexpected,unpleasant circumstances.

Weather Information :
Weather Information :

Greece in general has warm and humid summers lasting from May till October. In May and October weather can be less predictable with some rain and chilly temperatures being possible especially in the
Greek mainland. Greek summers are generally hot, with temperatures rarely getting lower than 25 degrees Celsius in most of our destinations, while temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius during the
day are not unheard of in July and August. In the open sea, weather can be tough to predict all year round, but in the summer the seas are generally calm and ideal for sailing. Generally, cool temperatures
and occasional rainfalls occur especially at night, especially in the mountains, a fact that you have to take into account when packing for your adventure.

Packing for your tour :
Packing for your tour :

Being as light as possible is always important on an adventure tour plus space is limited on board a catamaran so our travelers are expected to bring with them a backpack or suitcase as well as a daypack
for personal items and valuables.
Travel documents: Passport, visa if required, valid travel/activity insurance.
Personal health care items: personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets,
sunglasses, insect bite gel.
Clothing/walking/swimming gear: fleece/soft-shell jacket, waterproof & windproof jacket, sun hat,long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming
costume, extra towels for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, personal mattress or a sleeping bag (should you choose to sleep on the yacht's sundeck),umbrella.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

Cancellation received more than 30 calendar days before the tour , full refund.
Cancellation between 29 to 15 calendar days will incur a penalty of 50%.
Cancellation between 14 to 6 calendar days will incur a penalty of 70%.
Cancellation received within 5 calendar days will incur a penalty of 100% per person.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.

Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus).

The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.

Masks are required, please bring your own..

Included/Excluded

  • Transfers with luxurious airconditioned bus during the tour.
  • Seven (7) nights : two (2) in Kalamata, five(5) in Kardamyli- in 3 star hotels with breakfast during your trip.
  • English speaking Escort of TRIGILIDAS HOLIDAYS during the trip.
  • English speaking expert for hiking and trekking for all mentioned routes.
  • All taxes (including VAT).
  • Maps and information of the area.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Entrance fees to any archeaological site and museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages (Optional).

Tour's Location

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