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UNSPOILT GREECE

from £999
One for nature lovers and visitors seeking a quieter holiday. Forests, olive groves and vineyards give way to golden beaches, azure seas and picturesque harbours.

Guided Walking Holidays - Unspoilt Greece

After a day roaming the Greek countryside, walking from hilltop chapels to small settlements, seeing an abundance of flora and fauna, what better way to end the day than a cool beer overlooking the sea.Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Greece’s verdant Sithonia peninsula in Halkidiki, appeals to nature lovers and visitors seeking a quieter holiday. Pine and oak forests, olive groves, orchards and vineyards give way to golden beaches, azure seas, small harbours and fishing hamlets. Our walks lead us around the peninsula following woodland tracks, country trails and coastal pathways. Walking on the Kassandra peninsula, rich in flora and fauna, offers wonderful panoramic views to the coast, and on a clear day, possibly to Mount Athos.

Once abandoned hill side villages now bustle with life and in spring time the hills are adorned with flowers, wild strawberries and herbs. We might even see wild tortoises and hear the song of nightingales. We stop in small mountain villages with time to appreciate the characteristic stone architecture, and tranquil churches, stroll on beaches and relax over lunch taken in one of the many waterfront tavernas we pass on our way.

Add to all this, the delightful local cuisine and wines, the genuine Greek hospitality, and you have all the elements of a really great holiday.


We offer another one week holiday in Halkidiki, Olympiada 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

  • Follow the peninsula along unspoilt coastal, mountain and forest pathways.
  • Explore the Mount Holomontas Range with panoramic views to the coast.
  • Visit traditional villages and small coastal towns to appreciate the characteristic stone architecture.
  • Delight in uncrowded beaches and the warm azure sea.
  • Savour delicious cuisine and wines in the local tavernas.
  • Relax at the end of the day in our superb hotel with excellent facilities.
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
      Half board en suite accommodation with some dinners at local restaurants
      Two picnic lunches
      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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 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

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Gatwick to Thessaloniki. On arrival we travel approximately 1 hour by road to the Athena Pallas Village, located at Elias Beach, on the green peninsula of Sithonia. There will be time to check in and relax before dinner in the hotel's main restaurant this evening.

  2. Day 2

    Our walk today is in the nearby hills, without the need for transport, with panoramic views over the coastline. After a short ascent through olive groves, our route follows a mixture of wide forest paths and narrow tracks, passing St Paul's chapel and St Peter's rock. A picnic lunch is included in the arrangements for today, before eventually dropping down to the coast and probably dropping into a Taverna for well-earned refreshments.  Distance: 12kms, 4 hours walking; Ascent/Descent 385m, Max Elevation 262m

  3. Day 3

    Our walk today take us to the Itamos Range, to the south of the Athena Pallas Village.  From our drop-off point on the main road, we ascend gradually through olive groves and woodland to the once-deserted village of Parthenonas where we can enjoy an included lunch stop at  a Taverna.  Parthenonas is situated below Mt Itamos and it offers views to the west and the nearby Kassandra peninsula. There are picturesque descents through varied terrain with some steep sections.  Distance: 13kms, 4.5 hours walking, Ascent 590m Descent 605m Max Elevation 250m

     

  4. Day 4

    Kassandra is the lowest of the three peninsulas and our walk will have less climb. We start at the town of Kriopigi, head up behind the town where we walk through olive groves, pine forests and a dry riverbed.  Our walk is a circular one, stopping at the small village of Kassandrino for a snack lunch at a taverna (or picnic if you wish) before returning to Kriopigi for refreshments. Distance: 13km, 4.5 hours walking; Ascent/Descent 430m, Max Elevation 200m

  5. Day 5

    The area offers a few options for a day at leisure. The hotel pools, spa and beach are good for relaxing or you could take a Mount Athos cruise, visit Neas Marmaris or perhaps take a day trip into Thessaloniki, Greece's second city.

  6. Day 6

    From Porto Koufo, a walk on the southern tip of Sithonia, offers magnificent views of the sea and towering cliffs. We start close to the beach of the harbour, then follow farm tracks through olive groves and scrubland. Ascents and descents are fairly gradual. There is the opportunity to swim in one of the bays en route. Distance 12kms, 3.5 hours, Ascent /Descent 280m

  7. Day 7

    Making the short drive to the village of Nikiti, we begin our walk with a visit to the weekly market and then through the delightful old town. There is a steep ascent on forest roads and tracks, passing Agios Georgios' Chapel (the Chapel of St George), before descending on forest roads to Agios Nikolaos (the oldest village in the area) with its central square of tavernas and cafes. After a lunch we return via an interesting section up a narrow path towards to Nikiti before descending wide forest roads. Distance: 12kms, 4.5 hours walking, Ascent / Descent 470m  Max Elevation 257m

     

  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
  • 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 Athena Pallas Village, Sithonia

The family owned, superior category Athena Pallas Village is located directly on the coast at Elias Beach on the Sithonia peninsula. The extensive grounds have a village feel, where there are restaurants, a shop, four swimming pools, health club & spa (charges apply), tennis courts, bar, and even a folklore museum. The owner of the hotel used to build churches before he constructed the hotel and there are two small churches on the hotel grounds. There is access to the quiet beach (down steps) which connects to a sister hotel, which has a beach bar. There is free Wi-Fi connection. All nicely decorated rooms are en suite, have a hairdryer, TV, safe, climate control, mini-bar, telephone, and a balcony with chairs and table. Breakfasts and dinners at the hotel and local tavernas are included. Long trousers are a requirement for men at dinner at the hotel. Two lunches are included in the holidays cost and other lunches that are not included can be bought from the hotel or may be at a local taverna.


Meals in Halkidiki

Meals on this holiday are a delight. Dinners are taken at a mix of local restaurants and the hotel's main restaurant, Doxato. The hotel offers a mix of international and certified Greek dishes both at breakfast and dinner, while local tavernas offer the opportunity to sample authentic local Greek specialities and wines. This region is famous for its olive production and honey.  Two lunches are included on our walking days, while for other lunches not included, you may have the opportunity of a taverna stop or picnic.Vegetarians are well catered for in Greece. No one will go hungry in Halkidiki!


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