Lousios Gorge Hiking, Olympia, Vasses, Delphi & Hosios Loukas Tour

Duration: 3 days

This 3 days tour explores the natural beauty of Greece covering important traditional locations of great spirituality, archaeological sites, monuments and monasteries uplifting ones spirit and mind.

Join this tour to experience the incredible steep Lousios Gorge, the history behind the Olympic Games on their birthplace, in Olympia, the oracle of Delphi and the monastery of Hosios Loukas.

Lousios Gorge Hiking, Olympia, Vasses, Delphi & Hosios Loukas Tour / Details

The reference list of what you will see and experience during the 3 Days Lousios Gorge Hiking, Olympia, Vasses, Delphi & Hosios Loukas Tour includes but is not limited to:

  • View of the Saronic and Corinthian coastline
  • View of the Salamis Island
  • Corinth Canal
  • Hiking at Lousios Gorge
  • Traditional Villages of Dimitsana, Stemnitsa and Vitina
  • The Prodromou and Philoshophou Monasteries on the limestone rock formations or the Open Air Museum of Water Power
  • Archaeological Site of Olympia
  • Temple of Zeus
  • Town of Nafpaktos
  • Archaeological Site of Delphi
  • Archaeological Museum of Delphi
  • Athena Pronaia Sanctuary with the renowned Tholos
  • The Castalia Spring
  • The Temple of Apollo
  • The Great ancient theater
  • The stadium, where the so called Pythian Games
  • The treasuries that the city states erected in Delphi
  • The famous statue of Antinoos
  • The unique bronze statue of the Charioteer
  • Traditional Village of Arachona
  • Temple of Hera
  • The Stadium
  • Archaeological Museum of Olympia
  • Famous statue of Hermes of Praxiteles
  • Monastery of Hosios Loukas

We can customize this tour to your needs.
If you want to skip or add something, please let us know in advance.

Day 1

Meet your chauffeur at lobby of your accommodation early in the morning to leave for the Lousios Gorge at Peloponnese. We will drive westwards and you will have the chance to enjoy the magnificent Greek coastal scenery along the Athenian coastline. After 50min of an easy ride we will arrive at our first stop the enginnering marvel of Corinth Canal.

From there we will continue straight to Lousios Gorge. Lay back for the next 2 hours and enjoy the marvelous scenic beauty of Greek countryside till we will reach our final destination, Lousios Gorge.

Lousios gorge is located in the area of mountainous Arcadia in the heart of Peloponnese and offers great opportunities for adventures for the nature lovers. The remote picturesque Stone villages Dimitsana, Stemnitsa and Vitina with their cobblestone winding paths staring at the gorge of Lousios are waiting -almost untouched- to be explored.

Ideally visited during spring or summer, the magnificent Gorge provides an opportunity to step your foot in the beauty of Greek nature and explore its local flora and fauna. Follow the meandering rocky paths and you will see how the gorge is a shelter to small mammals and water creatures but also a nest for predatory birds. You can spent about 3 hours to explore the area and start your little hiking adventure.

If time and mood permits the Monasteries that exist in the area worth to be visited. The limestone rock formations have served as a living space for hermit monks in the old times. This natural hideaway became a foundation for the monasteries named The Prodromou and Philoshophou that are lying to this day in the Arcadian gorge of Lousios.

Your chauffeur will be waiting for you at the drop off point. At the end of your hiking adventure we suggest a break for lunch.

We will continue to Vasses for a stop. Next stop Olympia, that we will reach after a 2hrs driving.

Overnight in Olympia.

Day 2

Ancient Olympia is a place whose beauty and value cannot be fathomed by words and descriptions. It is the place that has been admittedly the most glorified and worshiped sanctuary of the ancient world, dedicated to the father of humans and the Gods, Zeus.

The first Olympic Games were held here in honor of God Zeus back in 776B.C. and has become nowadays an international athletic celebration, that exceeds borders and nationalities, begins in this exact place every four years.

You will be able to see the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, of the Temple of Hera, the Stadium with its spectacular capacity of 45000 people. Take your time to explore the ruins of the ancient facilities on site and then continue to the Museum. Archaeological Museum, is filled with remarkable exhibits, including the famous statue of Hermes attributed to the sculptor Praxiteles. We will have 3 hours to explore it.

At this point we suggest a break for a lunch.

Next, we will depart from Olympia to Delphi. On our way to Delphi we will have a stop at the magnificent town of Nafpaktos. After approx. 3,5 hrs and the wonderful scenic ride.

Overnight in Delphi.

Day 3

Early in the morning we will begin with our visit to the navel of the world, the Archaeological Site of Delphi.

Delphi used to be the most important sanctuary dedicated to God Apollo, the place through which the God was believed to be offering his Oracles through Pythia, the Priestess of the Sanctuary, who was always eager to give her advice to everyone from mere citizens to mythical heroes and legendary leaders of cities.

The perpetual inner need of mortals and the endless effort of the human race to foresee and learn about the future but also have the blessing of the Gods gradually converted the Oracle of Delphi into an important information and cultural center and allowed it to collect all the offerings that the cities were sending as donations, which resulted in the creation of a local treasury of immense value.

You will see the Temple of Apollo but also explore the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia with the renowned Tholos, The Castalia Spring, the Temple of Apollo, the Great ancient theater, the stadium, where the so called Pythian Games and the treasuries that the city state erected in order to express the gratitude towards the Gods.

Inside the archaeological museum of Delphi which is our next stop you will have the chance to admire many important ancient Greek artifacts from the excavations at Delphi, including the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dated from 475 B.C.

You can spend approx. 3hrs on the Site and its Museum.

After our visit to the Site we will depart to Athens. On the way we would never miss to stop at the beautiful traditional and picturesque village of Arachova, where you can enjoy a nice stroll in the village.

Then, we will depart for the Monastery of Hosios Loukas. Hossios Loukas is the largest surviving monastery of the Middle Byzantine period in Greece, famous for its Byzanitne mosaics, founded in the early 10th century by the hermit Hosios Loukas whose relics are kept in the monastery to this day. You can spend about 1,5hr for your visit to the Monastery.

After all we will follow the way back to Athens. Driving time to Athens 2,5 hrs

 

Entrance fees into Olympia area & Museum are 12 Euro pp (combined ticket obtained at the ticket office) and for temple of Epikourios Apollon is: 9 €

Entrance fees into the archaeological areas of Delphi and its Museum are 12 Euro total pp (combined ticket obtained at the ticket office) and 3 euro for Hosios Loukas monastery

Free admission for:

  • Journalists
  • Persons under 18 (with current identification to prove age)
  • University students from Greece and the E.U
  • University students and Students of Higher Education Institutes
  • Technological Educational Institutes
  • Military Schools or equivalent Schools of member states of the European Union
  • Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card
  • Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age

Free admission for all on the following dates:

  • 6 March
  • 5 June
  • 18 April
  • 18 May (International Museums Day)
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

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  • Summer Period: 1 April – 31 October
  • Winter Period: 1 November – 31 March

Opening hours for the archaeological area of Ancient Olympia:

  • Winter period: Tuesday – Sunday: 08:00-15:00, Monday: 10.00 – 17.00
  • Summer period: 08:00- 20:00

Opening hours of the Temple of Epikourios Apollon:

  • Winter: 8:30 – 15:00
  • Summer: 8:00 – 19:00

Οpening hours for the archaeological area of Delphi:

  • Winter period: 8:30am – 15:00
  • Summer period:8:00am – 19:00

Opening hours for Hosios Loukas monastery:

  • Monday closed Tuesday-Sunday 09.00-17.00

All sites and museums are closed or have reduced opening hours, on the following holidays:

  • 1 January: closed
  • 6 January: closed
  • Shrove Monday: 08.30-15.00
  • 25 March: closed
  • Good Friday: until 12:00 closed
  • Holy Saturday: 08.30-15.00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday: 08.30-15.00
  • 1 May: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08.30-15.00
  • 15 August: 08.30-15.00
  • 28 October: 08.30-15.00
  • 25 December: closed
  • 26 December: closed

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There are a few things that are useful for you to know before participating in one of our tours:

  • Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended for most locations. Sun glasses, a hat and sun screen are also suggested since the Mediterranean sun is extremely hot during the summer months.
  • Photography is permitted in almost every site throughout the tours and if it is prohibited you will be informed beforehand.
  • Local currency (euros) might be needed in order to pay at the spot small entrance fees and small expenses.
  • In case one of our guests has some special needs, is under certain medication or has a limited walking endurance you can let us know during the organization of your customized tour and we will make sure that small breaks are incorporated into your itinerary.
  • Also it is suggested that you bring with you a small bottle of water or something small to eat in case you need to during the tour.
  • Furthermore if an individual has advanced accessibility needs you can let us know and allow us to customize the tour to fit your needs.
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We would like to inform you that our company implements all the safety and health protocols against Covid-19, while also following the national health organisation instructions.

COVID-19 health and safety measures:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Passengers and the driver are obliged to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.