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Greece’s most northern region of Macedonia is Greece at its most welcoming, with quiet coastal towns, uncrowded beaches, and, the quintessential Greek hospitality.

Guided Walking Holidays Olympiada

You hear it long before you see it – the music of water playing over stones. The Varvara waterfall, tumbling down through ancient rocks is the dramatic climax of a sun-dappled forest walk through European yews, ash and beech trees. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Greece’s most northern region of Macedonia is Greece at its best, with quiet coastal towns, uncrowded beaches, and of course, quintessential Greek hospitality. Walks lead us through the picturesque countryside, into pleasant woodlands of pine, fir and chestnut, we follow forest tracks and enjoy panoramic coastal trails.

From the tranquil seaside town of Olympiada, we follow a beautiful section of the 19 mile Aristotle Trail and walk the green Marmari peninsula. At Ouranoupoli, which borders the World Heritage Site of Mount Athos, there is the possibility of a cruise to view the magnificent hanging monasteries and enjoy a local walk. The ancient city of Amphipolis, inhabited from the 5th century BC includes a recently excavated tomb, probably that of one of Alexander the Great’s family.

The food in this part of Greece could be some of the best you have ever tasted. Breakfasts often include homemade dishes. Dinners will be taken at one of the town’s delightful sea front tavernas and the hotel’s resident owner/chef Loulou gives an excellent demonstration of Greek cookery.

Olympiada is ideal for those looking for a quieter holiday in a more traditional part of Greece. Nature is on our doorstep with walking trails, waterfalls and pine forests all around us.

We offer another one week holiday in Halkidiki, Unspoilt Greece which may be of interest, or, for the best of both worlds, why not combine both weeks with our two week Exploring Halkidiki holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk to the sparkling Varvara waterfall.
  • Discover a tranquil region superb for nature lovers.
  • Walk Aristotle’s Trail with views over Olympiada.
  • Explore the archaeological site of Amphipolis, inhabited from the 5th century.
  • Take an optional Mount Athos cruise to view the magnificent hanging monasteries.
  • Enjoy time in our small hotel which offers a great welcome.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation and breakfasts taken at the hotels
      Dinners taken at the sea front Germaniko taverna
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Gatwick to Thessaloniki. On arrival we travel by road to the Hotel Liotopi, located in the quiet seaside town of Olympiada. After we have checked in at the hotel, we'll take an orientation stroll around the town and enjoy a coffee and freshly made loukamades in the main square. Dinner, as it is every evening, is at a sea front taverna.

  2. Day 2

    Ancient Stagira, the remains of the town of Aristotle's birth, lies a short walk from Olympiada. Here we'll learn about the history of the area and discover the local plants and flowers with a local botantist. There are wonderful views overlooking Olympiada and the Strymonian Gulf from the hill top. Distance: 3kms (8kms with optional extension;) Ascent/Descent: minimal (+/- 300m with optional extension)

  3. Day 3

    We take transport out to the Mamari Peninsula today, which is encompassed within a nature reserve. Our coastal path takes us along good beach tracks, past a mussel farm and fishing huts. Great views on offer as we walk. There will be time for a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim too at Diavorvoro beach! Distance: 16kms; Ascent: 150m; Descent 332m

  4. Day 4

    Ouranopoli, meaning Heavens Gate, is a town that lies on the border with Mount Athos, a sacred site in the Greek Orthodox church. From here we take a short walk from the Ouranopoli tower to the Mount Athos border and may have the opportunity to visit the monastery at the border. There will be time for lunch and a free afternoon of exploring the town, or you may wish to take a cruise along the shores of Mount Athos where you can see the numerous magnificent monasteries. Depending on numbers, we may be able to offer a short ferry crossing to Ammouliani island for a walk through the main town and saltpans which offers some good views of the Athos peninsula. Distance: 4kms; Ascent/Descent: 100m

  5. Day 5

    Our walk today takes us along a part of "Aristotle's Way", in total a 23km path that starts in New Stagira and ends at Aristotle's birthplace in Old Stagira. We visit the interesting Aristotle Park then make an initial ascent to the ridge, where we follow broad forest tracks through chestnut, then beech and coniferous woodland. We catch glimpses of the sea as we walk. This is a path with varied flora and fauna and makes an interesting day. Keep an eye out for wild tortoises. Distance: 14kms; Ascent 271m; Descent 446m

  6. Day 6

    Today is mainly a sightseeing day as we take hired transport for a visit to the ruins of Amphipolis, best known for the magnificent ancient Greek city and later Roman city, whose impressive remains can still be seen. We visit Stavros open air market en route and return via the village of Mikra Volvi where we can see the pretty little church of Ayia Marina. Amphipolis, which offers wonderful flowers, butterflies and other fauna, is famous in history for events such as the battle between the Spartans and Athenians in 422 BC, and where, after Alexander the Great's death, his wife Roxane and their small son Alexander IV were exiled and later murdered. We will visit the museum and see the unique and interesting statue - the Lion of Amphipolis.

  7. Day 7

    A short distance from the hotel you'll find the Vavara waterfalls and Kalivia Valley. We follow a mainly easy track that starts in the inland hills, descends to two tall waterfalls then continues on forest tracks through pleasant woodland to a valley with a very old settlement. We then head towards the coast and back to the hotel along the beach. Distance: 12kms; Ascent 100m; Descent 320m

  8. Day 8

    Transfer by road to Thessaloniki Airport.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Thessaloniki (British Airways) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Liotopi, Olympiada

The family run Hotel Liotopi offers a warm and intimate welcome to guests, and is in keeping with its boutique size of 16 rooms in total. Close to the beach in Olympiada it is a stone’s throw from shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel prides itself on its homemade breakfast, which is taken outside in the charming garden in good weather. Rooms are uniquely decorated and are ensuite with a/c, fridge, TV and a hairdryer. All rooms have a balcony with either sea or mountain view. Free Wi-Fi is offered to guests. Breakfasts and taverna dinners are included in the holiday charge. Dinners will be taken at the hotel’s seafront taverna which offers an extensive range of Greek dishes. Lunches are not included.