Delphi & Parnassos National Park short break

"Discover the best of Delphi & Parnassos in three days with your own private local guide!.."

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Parnassos is one of the most attractive destinations both for culture and adventure lovers, no matter the season! 

As Mt Paranssos has been inhabited since prehistoric times, it carries the “marks” of the different civilizations that passed throughout the centuries. As you walk with us, you will discover that the area is studded with archaeological sites, museums, castles and fortifications, starting with the world famous site of Delphi! 

Hiking towards the sanctuary of Delphi, on the same paths that thousands of pilgrims in antiquity walked, in anticipation of a prophetic prediction from the oracle, ‘Pythia’, is an unforgettable experience!

Apart from the cultural wonders, Parnassos National Park is one of the oldest and most important in Greece, recognised for its unique flora, fauna and avifauna and incredible landscapes. The mountainous east side is dominated by limestone and boasts peaks such as Liakoura (2,457m), Gerontovrachos (2,396m) and Tsarkos (2,416m). The western side is dominated by flysch rock and is covered with lush forests. Hiking trails, ravines, gorges, steep and minor slopes, curved peaks, rocky elevations, valleys, waterfalls, rivers, caves and rich habitats are waiting for you to explore them!

Apart from hiking, you can enjoy a number of activities depending on the season such as mushroom and herb picking, birdwatching, mountain biking, ski touring, rock climbing, winter mountaineering to name a few… 

 

Join our Delphi & Parnassos National Park short-break adventure holiday and:

images  Walk and explore numerous monuments of ancient Greece such as the sanctuary of Delphi, “the navel” of the earth in ancient times!

images Get introduced and observe common and endemic wildflowers, fauna and avifauna, and learn why Parnassos’ natural heritage needs to be protected and preserved!

images Discover cultural heritage trails and learn about the traditional way of life of people in the mountains ie nomadic stockraising, cheese-making, knife-making, wine-making etc.

images Choose from a wide range of hiking trails crossing the mountain including the Ε4 European long distance path and the National E22 Path that leads to Mt Parnitha in Athens…

images Enjoy different activities according to the season such as rock climbing, mountain biking and canyoning in the summer… ski touring, snowboard and winter mountaineering in the winter to name a few…

images Discover why Theophrastus characterized Parnassos as “full of medicines” because of the abundant aromatic and medicinal plants…

images Collect and taste wild mushrooms, herbs, wild greens and asparagus, mountain tea… which you can take back with you!

images Enjoy the company of our knowledgeable, experienced and friendly mountain guides eager to introduce you to this incredible part of our country!

images Flexible tailor-made itineraries based on your interests and experience…

Here is an example of what you will experience during your Delphi & Parnassos National Park short break adventure holiday…

Join our Delphi & Parnassos National Park short break adventure holiday and you will:


images  Walk and explore
numerous monuments of ancient Greece such as the sanctuary of Delphi, “the navel” of the earth in ancient times!

images Get introduced and observe common and endemic wildflowers, fauna and avifauna, and learn why Parnassos’ natural heritage needs to be protected and preserved!

images Discover cultural heritage trails and learn about the traditional way of life of people in the mountains ie nomadic stockraising, cheese-making, knife-making, wine-making etc.

images Choose from a wide range of hiking trails crossing the mountain including the Ε4 European long distance path and the National E22 Path that leads to Mt Parnitha in Athens…

images Enjoy different activities according to the season such as rock climbing, mountain biking and canyoning in the summer… skiing, snowboard and winter mountaineering in the winter to name a few…

images Discover why Theophrastus characterized Parnassos as “full of medicines” because of the abundant aromatic and medicinal plants…

images Collect and taste wild mushrooms, herbs, wild greens and asparagus, mountain tea… which you can take back with you!

images Enjoy the company of our knowledgeable, experienced and friendly mountain guides eager to introduce you to this incredible part of our country!

images Flexible tailor-made itineraries based on your interests and experience…

images Stay at traditional family run guesthouses and taste the unique Greek hospitality,

images 3 days walking & exploring  which can be combined with 1 day in Athens… adapted to fit your schedule

This unique Delphi & Parnassos National Park short stay adventure holiday is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the famous sanctuary of Delphi and Greece’s unique nature, history and culture, off-the-beaten track… while enjoying the great outdoors to the maximum.

Our recommended itinerary is subject to changes according to the weather conditions, other special events taking place during the week as well as the wishes of our guests. The enjoyment of our guests and their safety are always our priorities. Although there is no need for prior experience, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the mountains, villages and nature of Parnassos, 2, 3 5- day (combined with Athens) itineraries are offered.

We will reserve for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very picturesque location within Parnassos National Park. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts and meals. We’ll send you full details.

We look forward to show you the best Parnassos has to offer

The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of the residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.

We organise our Delphi & Parnassos National Park adventure short break holiday throughout the year.

There is something for everyone, no matter the season:   

  • April to mid June: for wild flowers, mushrooms and asparagus as well as moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
  • July to August: for sunshine, river swimming, wild herbs and mountain tea.
  • September to end of October: for gentle weather and autumn flowers and mushrooms. Grapes and olive harvests.
  • December to March: for winter sports and wild greens.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@nofootprint.gr.

DELPHI & PARNASSOS NATIONAL PARK SHORT BREAK ADVENTURE HOLIDAY FEES

3-day short break multi-activity adventure holiday at family-run guesthouse in Delphi & Parnassos:

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.

  • 2 people – Low Season EUR497 High Season EUR 547
  • 4 people – Low Season EUR 397 High Season EUR 437

Supplement for single rooms:

  • EUR 150

5-day short break multi-activity adventure holiday in Athens (2 days), Delphi & Parnassos (3 days):

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.

  • 2 people – Low Season EUR797 High Season EUR 897
  • 4 people – Low Season EUR 647 High Season EUR 697

Supplement for single rooms:

  • EUR 230

We offer group and special offers. Please contact us for further information…

The fee includes:

  • 3 guided walks at Delphi & Parnassos National Park
  • 2 guided walks in Athens (5-day option)
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 24% VAT
  • Transfer from Athens to Delphi/Parnassos and vice versa
  • Transfers to and from our starting and ending walking points
  • Transfer from and to the airport (5-day option only)
  • Client’s information brief by e-mail
  • An arrival briefing
  • Introduction to the Parnassos biodiversity & local flora and fauna
  • 24 hour support

The fee doesn’t include:

  • Flights to Athens
  • Lunch and supper
  • Meals of the guide

Book your walking holiday at Delhi & Parnassos National Park…

Itinerary

DAY 1: Cultural heritage walk to picturesque Polydroso
Pick up from you hotel in Athens and transfer to ‘unknown’ Άνω Souvala, a small “green” paradise built at 800m, 8km from the ski center of Parnassos that will steal your heart with its calmness and natural beauty. Explore the alleys and narrow paths of the village, accompanied by the sound of the crystal water running and the smells of the apple, chestnut, fir and the pines trees. As both the European hiking path E4 and the national E22 pass near the village, it is an ideal base for excursions.

Today you will discover why Parnassos holds a natural heritage that needs to be protected and preserved. You’ll take an extraordinary path that follows the ravine between the rustic villages of Ano Souvala & Polydroso. On the way you’ll discover traces of human activity from different periods; from the Byzantine observatory and the medieval tower of Mantamia, to the ruined windmills and water-powered workshops of the famous local knife-makers and the abandoned hydroelectric factory of 1924.

Along the way you’ll meet a waterfall with pedestals; an ideal stop for a swim on hot days. You’ll end your walk at the springs of Agia Eleousa, a location of natural beauty, drowned in plane trees, with gushing waters from the springs of Boeotian Kifissos, where there are remains of an ancient temple in honor of the god Kifissos and a Byzantine 6th century church.

On the way depending on the season you will gather common and rare mushrooms which are abundant in Parnassos (October till December, March till May), wild greens (November till May), asparagus and bulbs in spring and herbs and mountain tea in the summer. Our guide will show you how to distinguish what is edible and in the evening, you will have the chance to taste the seasonal ‘gifts’ of the mountain! Beforehand though you will explore the village of Polydroso and stop at the local “kafenio” for a drink and a ‘meze’ to celebrate the end of our first walk.

(Easy to Medium, 9km, 4-6 hours with stops)
Day 2: Hike to the sanctuary of Delphi
According to myth, Zeus left two eagles, one to the east and one to the west, and they met at Delphi, making it the center of the world. At the “Navel of the Earth”, as Delphi used to be called, was the seat of Pythia, the major oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Delphi is now recognised as a World Heritage Site. Imagine yourself hiking towards the sanctuary of Delphi, on the same paths that thousands of pilgrims in antiquity walked in anticipation of a prophetic prediction from Pythia!

Starting from the pretty village of Eptalofo you’ll follow the path that once connected Delphi with the ancient town of Lilaia and is part of the European network E4. Passing from the lush fir forests of the National Park of Parnassos, you will reach the small settlement of Kroki, named after the crocus that grows in abundance, where you can also refresh yourself at the local spring. The stone-paved path continues offering incredible views to the sacred Delphi landscapes, the centenarian olive groves and deep blue waters of the Krissaikos gulf.

After this long but pleasant walk, it’s time to explore the archeological site of Delphi, the two impressive sanctuaries dedicated to Apollo and Athena and its museum. The day will end with a rewarding and fulfilling supper at one of our favourite local taverns!

(Easy to Medium, 15.6km, 5-7 hours with stops)
DAY 3, Option A: Hike through Velitsa ravine to magical waterfalls or Parnassos highest peak!
This is one of the impressive routes in Greece that crosses the ravine of Velitsa, the most pristine and wild part of Parnassos and leads to the peak of Liakoura (2456m), reserved for the adventurous mountain lovers! The route starts from the pretty village of Tithorea, built on the edge of an impressive gorge, at an altitude of about 450m. Above the village dominates the “Aesthetic Forest Tithoreas”, with thousands of firs, oaks, cedars, arbutus and other native trees and shrubs. Beautiful wildflowers such mountain orchids, geraniums, irises, campanulas and Crocuses will accompany your walk!

The route hides many surprises, with the most characteristic being “Dipotamos”, where two rivers merge with “rapid waters”. The rock formations and countless caves create an enchanting landscape, which impresses even the most demanding nature lover. From this point you can head for the peak, a challenging but rewarding option for experienced hikers only, or follow an alternative route that ends at the fairytale waterfalls of Tripi (1250m). These are two parallel waterfalls, a small one which springs through a large hole in the rocks, and a big one which reaches 82m height! It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most beautiful places in Greece reminiscent of the jungle of an exotic tropical destination. An ideal place for a pic nic and a rest.

Those who will continue to the peak of Liakoura must be prepared to walk for 11 to 12 hours and cover a distance of 22 km in order to enjoy the magnificent views of the highest peak of Mt. Parnassos!

You’ll end the day at the local tavern at the central square of the village of Tithorea.

(Medium to Tripi Waterfalls, Difficult to Liakoura peak, 15km and 22km respectively, 7-12 hours with stops)
DAY 3, option B: Circular 'nature' walk to historical cave temple
Today we’ll take the path from the village of Amfikleia that initially moves along the beautiful stream of ‘Keramidi’ which flows full of water all year round. You’ll cross a suspension bridge and leaving the stream you’ll continue for a while on a steep path until you meet the impressive cave temple of St. Jerusalem at 850m. Perched on the steep cliffs of Mount Parnassos overseeing the ravine “Varsamo”, within a cave, it is believed that the temple was built in the 12th century by knights of the Order of the Templars of the 4th Crusade. During the years of Ottoman rule, it is rumored that the hero of the Greek revolution, Odysseus Androutsos, had his hideout inside. The “balcony” of the monastery is the best place to rest and enjoy a picnic, sinking in the beautiful views of the ravine, the plain of Boetian Kifissos and surrounding mountains.

This is an ideal place to observe the unique avifauna of Mt. Parnassos… hawks, golden eagles, woodpeckers and other species can be spotted, many of which are under protection status.

Return to picturesque Amfkleia where you can take a walk at the beautiful cobbled streets, admiring the beautifully built traditional houses, the stone fountains and enjoy a traditional Greek coffee at the local ‘kafeneio’. Opportunity to visit the local Folklore Museum of bread and local professions, unique in its kind in Greece, where you can learn about rural life, customs and traditions.

(Easy to Medium, 7km, 3-4 hours with stops)
Day 3, Option C: Forest walk to “Fairy” cave and Gerolekas peak
Today you’ll visit the most fabulous and impressive cave in Parnassos, ‘Neraidospilia’ (1426m) (“Fairy” Cave in Greek) before aiming for the highest peak of Western Parnassos, Gerolekas (1715m)! The trail starts from the athentic settlement of Vargiani, located at an altitude of 900m, with the beautiful stone houses, age-old plane trees and running waters from the springs of Bourboula, emerging through the impressive forests of western Parnassos. You’ll follow a mountain trail through dense fir forest for a couple of hours till you reach an impressive cave, 100m long, with 3 chambers. Stalagmites, stalactites and natural pools of water compose a fairytale setting, in which one can easily envision the legendary fairies of Parnassos enjoying their bath while singing.

From here you have the option to continue to the peak of Gerolakas where you can enjoy stunning views to the surrounding mountains.

(Medium, 9km-15km, 5-7 hours withs stops)

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