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Mainalo & Lousios gorge | Hiking experience

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5 hours

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Specific Tour

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Unlimited

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Overview

Mainalon Trail is located in Arcadia right at the central part of the Peloponnese in south Greece. This is the first certified trail in Greece by the European Ramblers Association (ERA). The area is not just mountainous but it is also characterized by a rugged relief composed of extensive mountain ranges with continuous valleys, long canyons, big plateaus and bare peaks. The biggest part of this area is covered by fir forest while high shrub forests and open meadows are spreading in lower and higher altitudes.

Accompanied by our enthusiastic team of local guides, you will walk in trails parallel and through Lousios river gorge, also known as the “Mount Athos of the Peloponnese”, on account of the monasteries that appear to be literally hanging from the cliffs. You will visit the most historical monasteries and end the hike at the archaeological site of Ancient Gortyna, along the rushing Lousios river that used to be named Gortynios in the ancient times. Your experience ends with a delicious homemade picnic made from Greek local ingredients. During the summer time you can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of Lousios.

This trip starts from Stemnitsa the village of goldsmiths, ends in Dimitsana the village of watermills. These are two of the most important settlements in the Peloponnese and one of the most picturesque of Arcadia. Both excellent examples of traditional stone architecture, dominant in every public building, dwellings and churches and in the
village paths, which still remain unspoiled. We will walk into a versatile environment and encounter the Byzantine Monasteries of Prodromos and the Philosophos dating to 963, as well as the imposing gorge of Lousios River. We will end our journey at the Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana, a place highlighting the importance of water power in traditional society.

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

75€/person for minimum 2 participants.
75€/Kid age 10+ for 2 participants.

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

60€/person for minimum 5 participants.
50€/Kid age 10+ for 5 participants.

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A little visited destination with a spectacular scenery.
  • Hikikg in a truly unique landscape.
  • An authentic and rewarding hike.
  • This is a great trip for adults and fit, older teens.
  • Mainalo, the first certified trail in Greece by the European
  • Ramblers Association (ERA).
  • Stemnitsa and Dimitsana, traditional settlements and villages.
  • Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana, a place highlighting the importance of water power in traditional society.
  • The Byzantine Monasteries of Prodromos and the Philosophos dating to 963,built on the cliffs of the gorge.
  • The archaeological ruins of ancient Gortys.
  • Picnic and refreshing swim in Lousios riverbanks.
  • The imposing gorge of Lousios River.
  • Unique scenery of the spectacular gorge.
  • The monastery of St.John Prodromos built on the cliffs of the gorge.
  • The old Philosofou Monastery, which is today deserted, is the oldest monastery in Arcadia and one of the most historic ones in Greece.
  • The archaeological ruins of ancient Gortys.
  • Picnic and refreshing swim in Lousios riverbanks.
  • Incredibly photogenic landscape.
  • Ideal for the summer time, as the walk is in shade.
  • Experienced and trusted tour leader.

Itinerary

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Summary - Activity plan :
Summary - Activity plan :

This tour is available during March-November. Winter trips are largely dependent on the on the rainfalls and the weather but are still possible. You can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.

This trip starts from Stemnitsa the village of goldsmiths, ends in Dimitsana the village of watermills. These are two of the most important settlements in the Peloponnese and one of the most picturesque of Arcadia. Both excellent examples of traditional stone architecture, dominant in every public building, dwellings and churches and in the village paths, which still remain unspoiled. We will walk into a versatile environment and encounter the Byzantine Monasteries of Prodromos and the Philosophos dating to 963, as well as the imposing gorge of Lousios River. We will end our journey at the Open-Air Water Power Museum in Dimitsana, a place highlighting the importance of water power in traditional society.

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.

09:00: Stemnitsa square
09.00-10.00: Transfer to the starting point at Filosofou Monastery.
10:00-10:45: Visit the Filosofou Monastery.
10.45-12:00: Hike to St.John Prodromos Monastery
12.00-12.30: Visit St.John Prodromos Monastery
12.30-13.15: Hike to Ancient Gortys
13.15—14.00: Picnic.Photos exhange and end of Activity.

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

Comfortable shoes - clothing.
Hat.
Sunglasses.
Bottle of water 1,5lt.
Sunscreen (especially during summer months).
Hiking shoes (low or high). Trainers, open shoes like sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable.
One day hiking backpack 20lt (if available).
A spare T-shirt.
A windstopper jacket.
A snack.
Swimsuit and towel.
Extra clothing for change.

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

Meeting Point: Stemnitsa square, aprox 09:00 a.m
Tour Ends: Dimitsana,Open air Museum aprox 15:00- 15:30
Group Size: min 2 - max 20 people
Age: Kids 10+, young children with some hiking experience.

Departure time and information will advice by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

This is not an extreme hike, but hiking in a gorge like Lousios can still provide a challenge. You should be fit enough to walk for a few hours at a time and be ready to climb up in some parts of the route.
This is a great tour for individual, solo travelers, families with older teens, as well as small groups or couples.
If you’re not sure about your level of fitness and suitability to this trip, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk it through with you.

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.

Duration: 5 hours
Difficulty: Challenging - Medium
Meeting Point: Stemnitsa square, aprox 08:30 a.m
Tour Ends: Dimitsana,Open air Museum aprox 13:00- 14:00.
Distance : 14 km.
Group Size: min 2 - max 20 people
Age: Kids 10+, young children with some hiking experience.

Important notice :
Important notice :

For any tour is required a minimum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

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

  • All necessary local transfers for the operation of the activity.
  • Professional Hiking guide-escort with professional instructions.
  • Picknic snacks with local Arcadian products with soft drinks and water.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Transfer from/to your hotel.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

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I'm not staying in a hotel, what is the closest pick up point?
You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure point (Nedontos 79 str.).
Are you offering special group rates?
Trigilidas Travel as a tour organizer is specialized also to groups and private tours so please mail us at info@trigilidas.gr or info.trigilidas.com.
Can I change/amend my booking?
It may be possible to amend your booking however, this depends upon the type of amendment required and is at the discretion of the travel service provider. Contact Trigilidas Travel customer care department with your current booking details and specific details of your amendment, and we will be able to advise if the change/amendment is possible.
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