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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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
We fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Gythion by coach. The transfer takes approx 3.5 hours, but we will make a refreshment stop en route.
Our walk this morning is fairly short but takes us up in the hills behind the village of Gythion, with some lovely views and, in season, many flowers can be found along the track - including orchids. 4.6kms; +160m/-160m; 2.15 hours walking time. Our afternoon walk again gives us good views and completes our orientation of the village and surrounding area. 8.5kn; +160m/-160m; 2 hours walking time
We travel by coach to Tanero with a stop just above Vathia to see the unique architecture of the Mani en route. Our ridge walk takes to a lighthouse, with plenty of time to admire short walk and an early dinner in the village. We return to Gythion after dinner. 6.7km; +180m/-260m; 1.10 hours walking time.
This day is primarily visiting the Archaeological Museum, Ancient Sparti and Mystras. There are great flowers and views on our walk, particularly at Mystras. First we'll make a stop at the Archaeological Museum before continuing to Mistra village. From here we'll enjoy a gorge walk to the ancient Mistra site and the Kastro. There will be time to visit the site before a taverna lunch stop and our day concludes with a visit of Ancient Sparta before returning to Gythion.
Distance: 5.2kms; +275m/-238m; 1.45 hours walking time
Today is a free day where you may wish to relax, further explore Gythion or take a local excursion. Your group leader will be able to give you more information.
The Langada Pass in the Taÿgetos Mountains has been described as one of the most scenic roads in the region. We travel there today for a lovely mountain ridge walk (1500m) with interesting tree line flora and great views over to Kalamata Bay and into the deep Langada Gorge. 13km; +619m/-602m; 3.30 hours walking time. Due to the height of our walk today, you may find the air cooler than at sea level so make sure you have a fleece or jacket and gloves.
The Anavryta Gorge walk is considered to be a highlight of the holiday and probably one of the best flower walks on offer. The ascent can be steep at times, but taken at a leisurely pace is within grade. We'll take a local bus to the start of the walk and stop at a local taverna for lunch. The afternoon offers an extended walk if you wish. Dinner is at a local restaurant in Gythion.
Distance: 4kms,; +384m/-0; 2 hours walking time
We say goodbye to Gythion and transfer by coach to Athens Airport. If we didn't stop at the Corinth Canal on our arrival transfer (subject to flight times) we will try to do so on the return. At the airport we board our flight to London Heathrow.
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