"Discover the best of Delphi & Parnassos in three days with your own private local guide!.."
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:
Walk and explore numerous monuments of ancient Greece such as the sanctuary of Delphi, “the navel” of the earth in ancient times!
Get introduced and observe common and endemic wildflowers, fauna and avifauna, and learn why Parnassos’ natural heritage needs to be protected and preserved!
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.
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…
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…
Discover why Theophrastus characterized Parnassos as “full of medicines” because of the abundant aromatic and medicinal plants…
Collect and taste wild mushrooms, herbs, wild greens and asparagus, mountain tea… which you can take back with you!
Enjoy the company of our knowledgeable, experienced and friendly mountain guides eager to introduce you to this incredible part of our country!
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…
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
"We knew about Delphi so Parnassos was the real discovery... a true paradise so close to Athens! Thank you for recommending and arranging these amazing walks for us! We had the time of our lives! We'll be back!"