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Halkidiki Hiking Adventure
Overview

This Halkidiki hiking adventure, combines the beautiful coastline with the magnificent nature of the mountainous surroundings. Easy or moderate hikes around pinewoods and olive groves with great view over the coastline where our routes will end each day.

This is a week long hiking oriented suggestion for the initiated hikers who want a less demanding route. The amount of hiking per day and the elevation will be 10km per day +/- 600m. The  excellent choice of the local taverns and restaurants for the everyday lunch make this hiking trip a unique travel experience of nature food and Greek culture.

Halkidiki is a majestic three-pronged peninsula in Northern Greece; it is a local favorite as a vacations destination, with spectacular natural beauties and home to Mount Athos, a World Heritage Site and self-governed state consisting of 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. The peninsula is a land of hidden treasures, home to a coast of 500 kilometers in length. It possesses countless world-famous beaches of superb quality, most of which have acquired the trademark ‘’blue flag’’ sign.

Tour Highlights

  • Easy Hikes
  • Magnificent view of the coastline
  • Great food and wine

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival your hotel at Marmaras Region from Thessaloniki Airport

Day 2: Nikiti – Ag. Nikolaos

This walk is a route with two options. One short route (5,5km) which goes direct to Agios Nikolaos. The long route use a road who leads in Agios Georgios chapel and then in village. Mainly uses forest tracks to cross over the hill behind Nikiti to visit the small town of Ag. Nikolaos. The start of the walk is beside the school in Nikiti. Coming from the north turn left at the traffic lights and find a parking place along the roadside (taxi place). Following the main road who leads in old Nikiti (traditional houses and rock roads) there are signs to Agios Nikitas church and start of hike. Also, a must sightseeing is the old chapel above prime school of Agios Nikolaos with 146 steps to climb and a nice view of the sigitikos gulf.Lunch at Ag.Nikolaos square on traditional tavern.

  • Route: Nikiti – Agios Nikolaos (bus pick up from Ag.Nikolaos)
  • Total Hiking distance: 5,5 km short path or alternative 8,5 km long path
  • Total time: 2h – 3h
  • Hotel-start hike: 25 min
  • Meeting time: 09:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Greek Lunch

 Day 3: Elia Beach – Ag. Pavlos – Summit Petros – Elia Beach

This high level easy route is a circular walk starts at the roadside just opposite the back entrance to the Athena Palace Hotel at Elia Beach in a farm of olive trees. It is an easy woodland walk along forest roads and narrow tracks, which give fine views of the coastline and beyond. The walk visits the church to Paul the Apostle on the hill above Elia Beach and also summit “Petros” (298m), the very large rock, with a trig point on its summit, which pokes up through the trees (25m scrambling to reach the summit). This is the highest point on the ridge and those with a good head for heights can ascend the rock to enjoy the excellent views over the peninsula. Ag. Paulus (The church of St Paul the Apostle) is built near an ancient spring with very pure water.

  • Route: Elia beach-summit Petros
  • Total Hiking distance: 6,5 km
  • Total time: 2, 5 h
  • Hotel-start hike: 10 min
  • Meeting time: 09:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Greek Lunch

Day 4: Parthenonas (Mt. Itamos-summit Dragoudeli)

This long walk visits the very old village of Parthenonas and the walker has the opportunity to visit and explore rare forest roads of Mt. Itamos. Also, from Profitis Ilias chapel to Diaporos island is one of the most icredible view of hike. Furtheremore, hike pass from Psaria, a wonderfully forest area with benches and water where you can have a traditional bbq with greek tastes.

  • Route: Parthenonas – Pr.Ilias – Psaria
  • Total Hiking distance: 10 km
  • Total time: 4 h
  • Hotel-start hike: 40 min
  • Meeting time: 09:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Greek Lunch

Day 5: Porto Carras – Coastal walk

A route that follows the beautiful coastline with its many sandy bays to the south of Porto Carras. The route is mostly along a traffic free road and one returns by the same route so the length of walk can be changed to suit the weather and other circumstances. On reaching the farthest point at the vehicle barrier it is possible to continue another 2 kilometres to a beach taverna if desired.The start point for both of these walks is Kohi Beach, just beyond the Porto Carras Marina. From the car park at Kohi Beach walk south on the road past the barrier. The road climbs and turns to the left at its highest point curving round and descending to pass round a small sandy bay. Soon large metal gates block the way for vehicles, but walkers can pass through. Of course the hiking goes to remote beaches who can have a swim.

  • Route: Porto Carras
  • Total Hiking distance: 9 km
  • Total time: 3 h
  • Hotel-start hike: 30 min
  • Meeting time: 09:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Greek Lunch

Day 6: Porto Koufo – Kapros – Porto Koufo

This easy walk starts at the beautiful natural harbour of Porto Koufo on the west coast of Sithonia. The route uses farm and goat tracks to reach Kapros the remote southern peak of the peninsula. The path passes through an area rich in flora and fauna and fine views can be obtained from Kapros of the precipitious cliffs along the coast. On a fine day the Sporades Islands can be seen to the southwest.

Porto Koufo featured in recent history. The finenatural harbour with its very deep waters made it an excellent base for the German U-boats based in the Eastern Mediterranean. Remains of a concrete water reservoir and antiaircraft gun platforms can still be seen on the summit of Kapros. Lunch at a fish tavern at Porto Koufo.

  • Route: Porto Koufo – Kapros – Porto Koufo
  • Total Hiking distance: 11 km
  • Total time: 3,5 h
  • Hotel-start hike: 40 min
  • Meeting time: 09:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Greek Lunch

Day 7: Thessaloniki walking tour

The capital of northern Greece, a city with a continuous history of more than 2.000 years, has an enviable reputation for good food and patisserie, culture and romantic atmosphere. On the crossroad of East and West, conquered by the Romans and the Ottomans, Thessaloniki became the co-capital of the Byzantine Empire and the ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’. A cosmopolitan and wealthy city with rich commercial and cultural activity over time, Thessaloniki is still considered the most attractive and influential urban centre of Greece. The highlights of this tour are the panorama of the city from White Tower and tasting local sweets and traditional products.

Route: Historical centre of Thessaloniki, Walk on the traditional neighborhood of Upper Town, Stop at the Byzantine church of St. Demetrius, Stop at the Roman Forum, Aristotelous Square / Coffee Break / Kapani Market, Stop at the Byzantine church of Hagia Sophia, Stop at the Galerius Imperial Complex (Navarinou Square), Visit to the Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and to St. Georges Church (Rotonda).

  • Total time: 4 h
  • Meeting time: 9:00 am
  • Meeting point: Your Hotel
  • Meals Included: Lunch at a beautiful tavern in the city

 Tips

  • We advise you to bring a backpack, trekking footwear, windproof/waterproof membrane, light pants and short pants, base layer, fleece, T-shirt, underwear, sun protection cream, sunglasses
  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Neos Marmaras, Halkidiki, Greece
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: All local transfers except transfer from Thessaloniki airport to Marmaras Region Day 1 and transfer from Marmaras Region to Thessaloniki Day 6, English speaking guiding all the times, Greek lunch daily (incl. water and wine) in local restaurants after the walks, Maps, Hiking dossiers with information about the walks, First Aid, Local emergency support, Professional guide for the Thessaloniki walking tour, All Transfers from and too your hotel for the Thessaloniki walking tour
Excluded Amenities: Personal Travel & Health Insurance, Accommodation, Dinner, Breakfast, Transfer from Thessaloniki airport to Marmaras Region Day 1 and transfer from Marmaras Region to Thessaloniki Day 6
Minimum number of guests needed: 2
Maximum number of guests: 12
Physical Level: Moderate difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Average level of fitness is needed for travel bite enjoyment.

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