DAY 1: Anatoli village, Kissavos
Arrivals in Anatoli village, which belongs in the Municipality of Aghia. It is a beautiful and picturesque village and it is built at an altitude of 1100 m. The group starts its rich program by visiting an ecclesiastic and folklore – historical museum, where will admire the beautiful church, the picturesque square, the stone bridge, the cobbles streets and the historic churches of the village.
By bike, the group starts off the central square of the village and reaches the renovated, historical Monastery of St John the Baptist, which is only 4 km from the village of Anatoli. It will get to know about the renovated monastery, which had been built out of stones back in 1500 A.C.and the well-conserved church with its rare icons and the exquisite surrounding space. In the following, it will have the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the nuns, to listen to them and to be toured in the monastery’s farm, so as to view the biological methods of cultivation, the mountainous breeding, the way they have managed to be independent with their food and fanatic supporters of any ecological means of growing. It can always offer some help to the Monastery.
As the group leaves the Monastery apart from the glass of milk that will be waiting for each one, can also listen to words of wisdom, tradition, history and Christian love. In the following, the group returns to the central square of the village where everyone can have a short break to grab a snack or even to have lunch in the local tavernas. The group starts hiking, following the path towards the south and cross the old street that was built for the horses, which is now part of the National path O2 (which connects Kissavos to Pelion and to Olympus). The route is easy, suitable for everyone over 12-year-old, very well signed and it passes through a forest path to end up in a cobbled street. After having hiked for almost two and a half hours group arrives at the historic village of Metaxochori, which is built at an altitude of 200 m. It is one of the most beautiful villages of the area, with lots of traditional houses, most of which are mansions, a rich history and tradition, since in the past the people of the village developed an industry of silk, from where it took its name.
The excursion gets completed in Metaxochori. Everyone has the choice to have a break in the square of the village. The group departs by bus and heads to the neighbour picturesque village, Skete (10km). There has the opportunity to be guided in the old but preserved school of the village and to enjoy dinner and have an overnight stay in a traditional hostel. A bath in the swimming pool is for sure the best recovery for everyone!Route Details
DAY 2: At the coastline of Larissa
After having their breakfast, students get off from Skete by bicycle to have a tour in the coastline of the municipality of Larissa. The coastline extends up to 30 km. They start off from Aghiokampos, a popular seaside village, characterized by the small gulfs and the huge beaches, by the shadow of the mountains of Mavrovounio and Kissavos. They stop cycling in a pre-determined area and they board on a bus so as to be transferred in a nearby seaside village, Kokkino Nero. It is a village that is built at the bottom of Kissavos Mountain, very close to Pineios River. The village is very popular and touristic and is famous for its curative natural hot springs. These springs is a natural spa and a lot of people enjoy its red pools. In the following the students have a stop for swimming, lunch in a local taverna and stay overnight.
Students depart from Kokkino Nero to reach their destination.Route Details
DAY 3: holy Meteora
The group moves, by bus, to Kalabaka that constitutes the city-gate of the huge stone complex of Meteora. The cycling tour begins from Kastraki. It nestles between the rocks and it is the most beautiful village in the area and the base of operations for the climbers. The group takes an uphill route with a direction to the monastery «Big Meteoro» and then to the monastery «Varlaam» and then the hovering Monastery of «AgiosStefanos ». The masterpiece of nature spreads before each one eyes. The holy place constitutes a breathtaking spectacle!
The excursion ends at the Central Square of Kalampaka. A stop for coffee or a sweet follows and a free tour to the traditional local shops of the area and then enjoy a visit to the Natural History Museum and the Mushroom Museum.
The excursion is concluded with dinner in a traditional taverna with delicious Greek food, commemorative photos and greetings.Route Details
*The above-mentioned excursion addresses to groups from 10- 30 persons such as students (older than 12-years), or to a group of 2-3 families.
The certain excursion can be adjusted and be custom made by adding a day or a destination to another wonderful sight of Central Greece.