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Northern Greece: Mount Olympus (Self-Guided)

A spectacular 7-day trek to the highest peak of Greece, Mount Olympus. This mythical mountain is the highest mountain in Greece reaching almost 3000 meters. It was known as the seat of Zeus and home to the Greek Gods

  • Greece

  • 6 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Mountains


  • June - October


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Tour codes: 65030

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Walking grade

Grade 7

These holidays are typically in mountainous areas where stamina is important to be able to enjoy longer days. There is plenty of ascent and descent on some rough and steep paths that require good footwear, a steady foot, and a good head for heights. Some days may be shorter in distance or ascent/descent, but the overall effort levels required are of a higher nature.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 10 miles; Ascent/Descent 950m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice. 


Holiday Highlights

  • Reach the highest summits of Greece (almost 3000m)
  • Stay in mountain huts
  • Walk in the home of the Ancient Greek Gods
  • See spectacular views over the Aegean Sea
  • Visit the lively village of Litochoro

This spectacular 7-day trek to the highest peak of Greece, Mount Olympus offers a great challenge. This mythical mountain is the highest mountain in Greece reaching almost 3000 meters. It was known as the seat of Zeus and home to the Greek Gods. It is a challenging hiking tour to some of the peaks of the Olympus, where the air is clear and where you will experience spectacular views and scenery. 

At the start and at the end of the tour, you stay in the mountain village Litochoro in a comfortable hotel, whereas up in the mountain your overnight stays are in mountain huts. The tour starts with a 2 nights stay in Litochoro, a lively village at the foot of Mt. Olympus. On your first hiking day you walk through the Enipeas gorge to the old deteriorated monastery Agios Dionysios. The next morning, starting at the monastery, you will walk through thick forest of pine, and eventually reach the alpine zone and admire superb views over the gorge and the sea. 

Your route continues to the Summit Skolio at 2.911m and after descending from the Summit you walk along to so-called ‘Zonaria’ to reach the alpine ‘Mousson’ plain. You continue your descent via the eastern slopes to the new Koromilia mountain hut where you stay overnight. On your last hiking day, you walk down to a church from where you will be picked up by a taxi and taken to Litochoro.

Please note: specified room type is ONLY on days 1,2 and 6. Day 3-5 is in dormitories.

  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis
  • Transfer Agios Dionysios Monastery-Litochoro
  • Transfer Litochoro-Agios Dionysios Monastery
  • Transfer Agios Konstantinos-Litochoro
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Access to ActiveNav app for route tracking
  • Detailed road book and GPS tracks (digital version only)
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Your Itinerary

Day 1



Arrival in Litochoro, a picturesque town at the foot of Mt. Olympos from where most hikers start their challenge to the Summit. Time permitted you can make a stroll through the village and make your last preparations for the hike starting tomorrow.

Day 2

Litochoro-Ag. Dionysios




  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today you will walk along the Enipeas river to the ruins of the Agios Dionysios Monastery. The walk is not long, but involves a 900 metre ascent. Because of the short distance there is ample time to make the walk and enjoy the scenery. After the walk, you will be transfered back by taxi from the Monastery to Litochoro

Day 3

Start of trek mountain hut to mountain hut




  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


You will be transferred to Agios Dionysios Monastery and hike from here to your mountain hut overnight stay. You pass the beautiful cave chapel where the monk Dionysios lived as an ascetic. Continuing this European E4 route along the river you pass by several river pools and cross the river many times via wooden bridges or stepping stones. The presence of crystal clear water and the various views make this walk very rewarding.  

Day 4

Via the summits and to the Mousson Plain




  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


This is where it is all about! A hefty ascent through an alpine mountaineous area up to the Skala summit (2866 m). From this point you have a breathtaking view of the Mytikas summit (2918 m) and its climbers. Then over a ridge to our highest point: the Skolio summit (2911 m) where you can write your name in the register. Enjoy the views! Go along the Zonaria to the Plateau of the Muses where you stay overnight ina mountain refuge  

Day 5

Mousson Plain-Koromilia




  • Time

    4.45 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After the demanding trek of the past days, todays walk is easier. From the Plateau of the Muses you reach the Giosos pass and descend to the small ridge "Lemos" ("throat"). You descend further until you come to the forested area again. You descend still further on shaded paths interspersed with various views, and finally you reach your overnight accommodation.

Day 6





  • Time

    1 hours

  • Distance

    2.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


From Koromilia you descend further to the east via forest trails, sometimes steeply. In between the trees you have beautiful views over the plains to the sea. The lovely spot near Orlias stream is an invitation for a break. From the church of Ag. Konstantinos you will be picked up by a taxi and take to Litochoro. The remainder of the day you can enjoy free time in the village or go down to the sea for a refreshing swim.  

Day 7

Final day



Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Travel Details

The nearest airport is Thessaloniki airport from where you can travel by local bus (line 78) to the city centre. This bus goes also to the intercity bus station. From the intercity bus station in Thessaloniki you can take the KTEL bus to Litochoro.


Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Xenonas Papanikolaou or similar

Xenonas Papanikolaou guest house is situated in the picturesque town of  Litochoro, named "The City of Gods', at the foot of Mount Olympos. It has 18 cosy en suite rooms with TV climate control and complimentary wifi. 

Mountain Hut Spilios Agapithos or similar

Refuge A (Spilios Agapitos) is a magnificent stone building situated on the E4 route that weaves it's way to the top of Mount Olympus. Located on a well situated, stone outcrop at 2,100m, this welcoming hostel is a great stopping point on your journey to the top. Accommodation is dormitory style with shared facilities. There is a dinning room on site for evening meals and packed lunches.

Mountain hut Christos Kakalos or similar

Alpine refuge Christos Kakalos is located on the Plateau of Muses at the elevation of 2650m. It was named after Christos Kakalos, the infamous Mount Olympus hunter, who guided Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus highest peak Mytikas. With space for just 17 people, this refuge is small and accommodation is dormitory style with shared facilities. There are dining facilities on site.

Koromilia mountain hut or similar

The refuge is located at 1000 meters in 'Koromilia' Dion Olympus overlooking the Thermaikos Gulf. Accommodation is dormitory style with shared facilities. There is a dining room for meals.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

These holidays are typically in mountainous areas where stamina is important to be able to enjoy longer days. There is plenty of ascent and descent on some rough and steep paths that require good footwear, a steady foot, and a good head for heights. Some days may be shorter in distance or ascent/descent, but the overall effort levels required are of a higher nature.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 10 miles; Ascent/Descent 950m; Terrain: varied with rough, rocky and steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs+ / Long Days. 

Please ensure to read the 'Proposed Itinerary' for a more accurate description of daily activities on each holiday, and if unsure please contact one of our friendly experts for advice. 

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

The currency in Greece is the euro.


Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

The nearest airport is Thessaloniki airport from where you can travel by local bus (line 78) to the city center. This bus goes also to the intercity bus station. From the intercity bus station in Thessaloniki you can take the KTEL bus to Litochoro.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.


After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List


Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we strongly suggest good quality waterproof walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread and good ankle support for holidays grade 7 and above.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Head torch
  • Survival bag - What is a survival bag? Click here!
  • Bothy
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.


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  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

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No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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