Perfect Parnitha: Explore Athens’ most famous mountain escape on a nature and culture hike

Location: Parnitha, Attica, Greece
Majestic Mother Nature
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About this experience
Highlights
  • Surround yourself with the diverse fauna and flora of the National Park of Parnitha, a protected Natura 2000 area
  • Visit the “fortress of democracy” in West Parnitha
  • Soak up the beauty of the Byzantine Monastery of “Kleiston” and discover the “secret” stories of the nuns
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Athens
  • Your destination angel, an experienced scientist, will share useful inside information and awaken the culture, history and natural charms of Parnitha
  • Embark on an easy hike route via an ancient aqueduct
  • Explore the “Great Wall” of Greece, the Dema Wall
  • Savour Greek tastes in a traditional taverna
Description
Did you know that within just 45 minutes of downtown Athens, there’s an alpine playground where you can wander for hours on hidden trails amid a beautiful and reviving landscape of firs and pines? And where impressive ancient monuments, byzantine monasteries, traditional tastes (and the area’s famous red deer) are waiting to reveal themselves to you?
Parnitha’s National Park belongs to the network of protected areas Natura 2000. Found here are at least 1,000 of the 6,000 plant species of Greece, alongside an extremely rich array of fauna (the star of which is Greece’s largest herbivore mammal, the red deer).
The National Park of Mount Parnitha is Athens’ most popular alpine escape and one of the most fortified mountains of ancient Greece! On a full day active adventure, you’ll discover how the natural features and biodiversity of this magic mountain have ensured its cultural wealth.
 
In ancient times, Parnitha supplied important raw materials, such as fresh water and timber, to the broader region and was also a hub of culture and civilization. Nowadays, this lush mountain still has many highlights for you to discover: An ancient fortress overlooking the Attica landscape, a unique monastery built on the rocks with a splendid view of a canyon, and a path built atop an ancient aqueduct, to name a few.
Have you heard about the “Great Wall” of Attica? What role did Parnitha play in the holy procession to the legendary Oracle of Delphi (Pythida)? And how did refrigerators work in old Athens? Your destination angel for the day, an experienced scientist and guide, will enrich your experience with answers to these kinds of questions and offer colourful insights about the environmental and historic legacy of this special destination.
 
You will visit the "fortress of democracy", in the West of Parnitha, where General Thrasyvoulos consolidated democracy in 404 BC (get your camera ready for the epic view across the Athenian plain!). Next up is the Monastery of "Κleiston”, clinging to the edge of gorgeous “Giannoula” Gorge. Discover the remarkable trick the resident nuns used to carry the candle across the monastery and through the canyon to the cave of Faneromeni.
 
Now let’s hike on a section of wooded trail built on the ancient aqueduct that once transferred spring water from the Keladan River, supplying the city of Eleusis. If we are lucky, we may meet the most beautiful resident of Parnitha ... the red deer! Finally, we will refuel with a traditional Greek meal at one of Parnitha’s well known tavernas before stopping in briefly at the Ancient wall of Dema.
Experience Details
Cancellation guidelines:
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Service period
Year round upon request 
 
Duration (approximate): 8.5 hours
Transportation time is included
Recommended age group:
Any age group over 18
Children:
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not suitable for children under 10 years
 
Required number of participants:
Min 1 / Max 15
Price
€285 per person for a private group of 2 
€225 per person for a private group of 3
€204 per person for a private group of 4-5 
€187 per person for a private group of 6
€170 per person for a private group of 7-8
€153 per person for a private group of 9-10
€136 per person for a private group of 11-12 
€119 per peson for a private group of 13-15  
Children 10-12: €99 per child 
Languages:
English - Greek
What is included
Your English speaking destination angel-an experienced scientist
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation by air conditioned vehicle
Entrance Fees
Drinks (wine, beer and bottled water)
Lunch
What is not included
Gratuities
Personal expenses
Beverage/drinks other the ones mentioned
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General Terms and Conditions

Before proceeding with the final booking, customer has to agree on applicable terms and conditions 

Payment terms

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Deadline for reservations
The latest deadline for submitting your booking request is 7 days before the desired date
Restrictions that might influence the operation
As per terms and conditions (extraordinary cancelations)
This experience is subject to weather conditions, (rain- strong winds)
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Know before you go
  • Walking duration:3 hrs
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • It is important to know in advance if the guests have any food allergies/dietary requirements
  • Good physical condition & sturdy and comfortable shoes are required
  • Guests must be without heart, lungs or breathing health problems
Starting time
09:00 am
What to bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sun protection cream, hat and loose fitted clothing
NOT suitable
  • Wheelchair users / People with mobility impairments
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 10 years
Meeting point
Your hotel 
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