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Mainalo Trail “footsteps of Pan” 6 Days | Unique Hiking mountaining experience

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6 Days | 5 nights

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Specific Tour

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Mount Mainalo is a mountain full of forests right at the center of the Peloponnese. Homeland of the god Pan and lair of the nymphs, it is associated with many ancient myths. In recent years, it became a refuge but also a base for all sorts of insurgents with the... More

Mount Mainalo is a mountain full of forests right at the center of the Peloponnese. Homeland of the god Pan and lair of the nymphs, it is associated with many ancient myths. In recent years, it became a refuge but also a base for all sorts of insurgents with the most famous being Theodoros Kolokotronis, the protagonist of the Greek revolution against the Turks in 1821. Its dense forests, old bridges and picturesque villages make up a landscape ideal for hiking. The path from the village Elati to the village Vitina (which is part of a huge trekking of 75 km (46 miles) named Mainalon Trail) is the most beautiful on the mountain because it combines many elements. There are some spots that really make you think you’re inside a fairytale.The local communities created a 75km (46 miles) hiking trail with great attention to detail. The fairy-tale forests, rivers, traditional villages and many other cultural elements we encounter are the characteristics of this course. Suitable for active families. Duration: 6 days (The stages can be individually adapted to the persons) Difficulty: Medium Saison:  March – June and September – November.

Prices / min 2 up to 4 persons

  • 530€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 400€/Kid age 12+ for 2 participants.

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 510€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 380€/Kid age 12+ for 5 participants.

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

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ancient Greeks used these trails to transfer products and to go from village to village.
  • Vytina,the head village of the region with all the provisions and facilities.
  • Mainalo trail, an impressive trail has “revived” that will guide those of you that will cross it in wonderful sites, in breathtaking cliffs, in gorges, in verdant sides, in traditional clusters of houses build with rocks.
  • The western relief of Mainalo.
  • The valley of Mylaontas River.
  • Milaon River.
  • Pirgaki Springs.
  • stone built Makrinou Fountain.
  • three consecutive abandoned watermills.
  • Artotsi spring.
  • Traditional villages as Dimitsana,Stemnitsa,Vytina,Zigovisti,Elati,Nymfasia,Magouliana,Valtesiniko,Lagadia.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program :
Summary - Program :

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Mainalo area. (Excact point will be advised).
Finishing Point: Lagadia village.
Group Size: 4 up to 30 persons
Ages: 12+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children)

This tour is available March-June and September-November depending the weather conditions 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 in Mainalo, overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 1: Arrival in Mainalo, overnight in a guesthouse.

Meet and greet of the guide and discussion about the following days.

Overnight: In a traditional Guesthouse.
Total driving time: aprox. hours
Total hiking time: aprox. none.

Day 2: Stemnitsa – Dimitsana: 13.5 km – 5h
Day 2: Stemnitsa – Dimitsana: 13.5 km – 5h

The hike starts in the village of Stemnitsa, the small village is located at 1100 m, surrounded by higher mountains and deep valleys and leads us along the Lousios gorge pastsing old abandoned and still inhabited monasteries. In Dimitsana there is a open air water power museum, which we can visit if desired.Overnight in Dimitsana.

Overnight: In a guesthouse at Dimitsana village
Total hiking time: aprox. 5 hours (13.5 km)

Day 3: Dimitsana – Zigovisti – Elati: 18km – 7h
Day 3: Dimitsana – Zigovisti – Elati: 18km – 7h

We start in Dimitsana and walk towards Zigovisti along a dirt road that leads us to the highest point of our route (1643 vertical meters). There we take a little break and enjoy a fantastic view. Shortly at the end of our walk we pass the sacred temple Zoodochos Pigis.Overnight in Elati.

Overnight: In a guesthouse at Elati village
Total hiking time: aprox. 7 hours (18 km)

Day 4: Elati – Vytina – Nymfasia: 14km – 5h
Day 4: Elati – Vytina – Nymfasia: 14km – 5h

This leg is one of the most beautiful of the Mainalo Trail. The hike takes us down to the Millaon River past old watermills and through a magical forest. A stop in one of the most beautiful mountain villages Vytina is a must. Then we continue to the last leg to Nymfasia where we stay overnight.

Overnight: In a guesthouse at Nymfasia village
Total hiking time: aprox. 5 hours (14 km)

Day 5: Nymfasia – Magouliana – Valtessiniko: 15km – 6h
Day 5: Nymfasia – Magouliana – Valtessiniko: 15km – 6h

After leaving Nymfassia behind us, a path begins through an oak forest that leads us to the Cairn Bridge and an impressive monastery that was built into the rock and you need a good eye to discover it. After crossing a thick fir forest and reaching the Whistle Bell, we take a break at a spring. In Magouliana we find another source to fill up our water deposit. A big part of the route from Magouliana to Valtesinikos descends into the valley to the river bed than leats up the village Valtessiniko where we stay overnight.

Overnight: In a guesthouse at Valtessiniko village
Total hiking time: aprox. 6 hours (15 km)

Day 6: Valtessiniko – Lagadia: 14km – 5h
Day 6: Valtessiniko – Lagadia: 14km – 5h

The last part of our walk begins with a climb to a Byzantine castle. Then a descent through a thick pine forest. The path continues along valleys, past shepherd huts and pastures.
Our last destination, Lagadia has an impressive complex of water mills. The completed hike will be finished with a dinner together. You have the possibility to stay there or to leave at the same day.

Deaprture or extra cost for 1 overnight: In a guesthouse at Valtessiniko village
Total hiking time: aprox. 5 hours (14 km)

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

Shoes suitable for the hike.Second pair is optional.
Suitable clothing depending on weather conditions and season (change of clothes) for 6 days.
Sunscreen (sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses).
Backpack with snacks and min 1,5L water.
Swimsuit and towel.
Good mood.

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

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Meeting point : Stemnitsa village.Meeting time will be advised.
Starting Point: Ancient Gortyna.
Finishing Point: Laggada village
Group Size: 4 up to 30 persons
Ages: 12+ years and older (we can adjust the program for families with young children).

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No Hiking or climbing experience required.

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.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 21 days 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

  • Guiding from a local certified mountain guide
  • Five nights (5) with Bed and breakfast at traditional guesthouses in dbl/twin/triple/quadraple rooms.
  • Five (5) snacks.
  • Walking poles.
  • All taxes (including VAT).
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Transfer from/to your accommodation.
  • 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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