Et in Arcadia ego !

Groups of 10 to 24 people

Included in the Tour:

  • Athens pick-up and drop-off (toll fees, fuel, liability insurance included as well)
  • Two (2) nights in the hostel, one (1) night in the mountain refuge of Mainalo.
  • Entrance fees to the Forestry Museum, Open-Air Water Power Museum, Kapsia cavern, Kalogris Winery
  • Five (5) meals.
  • Activities (hiking-horse riding). 

1η Day 1 : Athens-Kapsia Cave-Kalogri-Vytina-Piana winery. (198 km)

Our Arcadia sightseeing tour starts by visiting Kapsia village with the homonymous cave, located just 154 km away from Athens, which claims a place among Greece’s 10 most remarkable caverns.

Just a stone’s throw from the cave, we will drive to Kalogris Winery,ο Peloponnese’s first certified organic winery.

Kalogris family will welcome you with a guided tour in the restored building dating back to the 1870s where you can get a spectacular insight into organic agriculture and taste unique organic wines accompanied by traditional pastries!

Our next stop is at Vitina picturesque village. Wander the charming narrow streets of this amazing place, take time to do your shopping among the traditional shops (don’t miss out on the local honey!) and grab your coffee next to Aghios Trifonas church placed in the central square.

As a wonderful day comes to an end and we ride back to our hotel through a magnificent itinerary surrounded by the fir-tree forest of Mainalo, round off your day with appetizing meat plates and delicacies (mezedes) at “Panas” traditional taverna in the local square of Piana!

Arrival at Papanikola hotel

2η Day 2: Dimitsana - Power Water Museum - Stemnitsa - Prodromos monastery - Ancient Gortyna - Hrisovitsi - Piana (109 km)

After a typical Greek traditional breakfast has been served, we start our day off with a visit to the Open - Air Water Power Museum on the outskirts of Dimitsana. Thanks to the museum’s great audiovisual equipment, you will have a great chance to discover the traditional installations and water- powered mechanisms such as the gunpowder mills, the watermills and the tannery and travel back in time to a period when hydromovement was being exploited by residents and small businesses catering to local needs, such as weft cleaning, tsipouro liquor distillation and flour production.

 

We continue our day trip to Stemnitsa, undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary traditional villages in Greece and of course a great spot to enjoy your coffee or dessert in its charming square or take a stroll along the beautiful cobble-stoned roads with the scenic houses.

 Enjoy a breathtaking 15 minute trail to the Holy Monastery of Timios Prodromos, which was built in the 16thο century. Hanging off the cliff precariously perched, offers panoramic views across the Lousios gorge and its verdant landscape. We will follow a 2km very well maintained and signposted hiking trail, taking us to Ancient Gortyna on the river’s mouth - one of the most significant Arcadian cities of the ancient times - where you can admire the impressive archaeological remnants.

On your way back to the hotel, sample a great variety of delectable local specialties like delicious appetizers, salads, home-cooked meals and freshly grilled meat plates, as you stop at a traditional restaurant in Hrisovitsi village. Immerse yourself in the region’s rich culinary culture at “To Steki tou Moria” !

Transfer to hotel and overnight stay.

3η day 3 . Chrysovitsi Forest History Museum - Horse Riding - Kolovotrona House Limovovisi - Mainalo Shelter (75km)

After breakfast we will start for the forest history museum of Mainalo in Chrysovitsi. It is a place that traces the first steps of the industrial revolution in the Arcadian area and at the same time highlights the importance of the great mountain in the history of the place.

Then, we will visit the village of Elati and we will live a unique riding experience with Christos and his horses in the green forest. 

Along the way, you will also discover the historical village of Libovisi,village of the Kolokotronis family which stands invincible, towered up at 1200 metres altitude above the Mainalo canyon. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the place, where twelve generations lived and prepared for the constant threat of attack during the Greek War of Independence in 1821. You will get the chance to explore the ancestral home of Theodore Kolokotronis - prominent hero of the Greek Revolution - which now runs as a museum and hike on a nearby path for approximately 2 hours, following in the footsteps of the great leader. Don’t leave without tasting greek traditional pasta and fresh meat right next to the historical café and quenching your thirst with babbling water right from the water spring by the centenarian plane-trees.

After the meal we will leave for the mountain refuge of Mainalo where we will settle in our common rooms we will spend free time in the warm living room and we will enjoy moments of calm and peace at 1620 m altitude. In the evening we will enjoy appetizers and local wine by the large fireplace.

Day 4 Mainalo Shelter - Ancient Mantineia - Athens (169km)

After breakfast there is an optional circular trail lasting 2:15 minutes with Mars driver in charge of the shelter and a certified mountain escort.

Then, free lunch and return to Athens with a short tour of the archeological site of ancient Mantineia, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. For accommodation in the shelter you will need optionally sleeping bag or set of sheets, pillow case.

* In case you do not have one you may supply from the shelter with a € 3 charge.

Total distance 531 km

Price: 600 euros/person (VAT not included)