Active Holiday Halkidiki | Explore Greece's most famous peninsula
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Active Holiday on Halkidiki

Discover Greece’s most beloved peninsula by kayak, bike, and on foot

The Halkidiki peninsula lies south of Thessaloniki, stretching out into the Aegean Sea. Its three fingers, Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos give the peninsula its distinctive look. Athos is certainly the most well-known of the three, being the home of the Autonomous Monastic Republic of the Holy Mountain.

Halkidiki captivates its visitors with its rich contrasts of dreamlike bays, dense mountain forests, and numerous cultural sites. Look forward to a variety-packed adventurous journey on foot, by kayak and bike, and enjoy the incredible views and spectacular landscape.

As we follow in the footsteps of Aristotle, we pass enchanting mountain villages and Caribbean-esque beaches. This trip is sure to leave you with incredible memories.


Highlights

  • Truly delightful: A picnic on Hawaii Beach
  • Steeped in history: Hiking in the footsteps of Aristotle
  • Breath-taking nature: Secluded pine forests with unforgettable views
  • Sand and sea: Enjoy refreshing swimming breaks
  • Utterly charming: Historical villages with beautiful architecture


8 days/7 nights
Jun, Sep
Moderate
Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
Persons: 6+
Age: 10+

Included Activities

  • Guided MTB tours
  • Guided hikes
  • Guided kayak tour

Dates

  • 11 – 18 Jun 2022
  • 18 – 25 Jun 2022
  • 3 – 10 Sep 2022
  • 10 – 17 Sep 2022
  • 17 – 24 Sep 2022

*Individual travel dates are also available on request for groups of 6+ people.


DAY 1
Arrival in Thessaloniki | Individual arrival by plane to Makedonia Airport in Thessaloniki. Our transfer bus awaits you here and brings you to the hotel in the centre of Thessaloniki.

We recommend enjoying dinner in a local taverna on your first evening. There is no shortage of choice – Thessaloniki is not called the gastronomic capital of Greece for nothing!

DAY 2
Sithonia (approx. 22 mi./35 km by MTB) | Ready for a day of activity? We take a transfer bus to the starting point of our first bike tour, Sithonia, the middle of the three fingers of Halkidiki.

Starting from Elia Beach, we ride through the protected pine forests of Sithonia, enjoying unforgettable views of Toroneos Gulf along the way. We make a first stop at the Chapel of St. Paul, which dates back to the early 20th century.

Afterwards, we continue along forest paths to the old village of Parthemonas, 1,150 ft./350 m above sea level. Here we take another break and enjoy a refreshing cool drink and the village’s traditional architecture.

Well rested, we start the descent back down to Elia Beach, where we have time for a swim in the sea before checking into our hotel and enjoying a delicious late lunch at a local taverna.  

DAY 3
Paleokastro – Polygyro – Amaia (approx. 15 mi./25 km by MTB) | Today we explore the mountainous region of Halkidiki around Mount Cholomon, located near the village of Palaiokastro. From here we follow a 15 mi./25 km long bike route to Polygyro, enjoying the breath-taking nature that surrounds us.

Along the way, we take a break and enjoy a delicious picnic in the middle of the forest. After our bike leg, we take a transfer to Amaia, the best-preserved and most authentic village in the region.

We enjoy a longer walk through the village, admire the architecture, and taste some local specialities. Afterwards, the transfer bus brings us back to the hotel.

DAY 4
Vourvourou – Diaporos Island (approx. 5 nautical miles by kayak) | After breakfast, we take a transfer to Vourvourou where we will take an unforgettable sea kayak tour. Once we arrive, we receive a short introduction on how to kayak and on details about the excursion.

Then it’s time to start paddling! Our destination is Diaporos Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and unique landscape. Along the way, we take breaks at two beaches; one on the southern side of the island and one at Hawaii Beach, where we enjoy a small picnic by the sea.

We are taken to a small village nearby, known for some delicious specialities, before returning to the hotel for another night.

DAY 5
Stageira – Olympiada (approx. 8.5 mi./14 km on foot, 1,148 ft./350 m uphill, 2,296 ft./700 m downhill) | Today we visit the ancient city of Stageira, the birthplace of the famous philosopher Aristotle. In Aristotle’s Park, we learn more about his life. Afterwards, we follow a hiking route up Mount Stratoniko, which leads us to the coastal village of Olympiada.

Aristotle would teach his philosophy to his students along the hiking trail, lined with ancient oak and beech trees. After our hike, we enjoy lunch in the nearby village before returning to Sithonia.

DAY 6
Parthenonas – Sykia (approx. 18.5 mi./30 km by MTB) | A new day, a new bike tour! We take a transfer to the starting point of our tour, the historical village of Parthenonas.

Once here, we hop on our bikes and make our way through the pine forests of Sithonia to the eastern side of the peninsula. From here, we enjoy wonderful views of Mount Athos. Our destination is the village of Sykia where we take a short break before heading to the beach.

Our tour ends with a late lunch directly by the glistening water. We then take a transfer back to Sithonia.

DAY 7
Neos Marmaras – Tristinika Beach (approx. 12.5 mi./20 km by MTB) | On our last day in this natural paradise, we enjoy a bike tour to the southern tip of the second finger of Halkidiki. Leaving Neos Marmaras we head to Tristinika Beach, biking through pine forests and never heading far from the coast. Once at the beach, there is time for a refreshing swim before our farewell lunch.  

DAY 8
Journey home | After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and say goodbye to Halkidiki, filled with wonderful memories of the holiday week. Transfer to Makedonia Airport in Thessaloniki and individual journey home or extension of your Greek holiday.

Rental MTB

On our mountain bike tours, we exclusively use high-quality MTBs from GHOST. The standard features include suspension forks, disc brakes, and enough gears to master even steeper climbs.

Carefully selected hotels (3-4 stars)

On this tour, you stay in carefully selected hotels (3-4 stars). All accommodations offer the greatest possible comfort. They are characterised by well-maintained facilities, a feel-good atmosphere, and friendly and helpful staff. Accommodation bookings are subject to availability. You will receive a hotel list and further detailed information about your tour before the start of the trip.

How difficult is the tour?
Bike tours: The bike tours require a good level of fitness from the participants. The routes have a length of 12 – 21 mi./20 – 35 km and lead through hilly to mountainous areas. There are no time restrictions on our bike tours. The tours can include up to 1,148 ft./350 m of elevation. There are also some longer climbs during which you are of course allowed to push your bike. Most of the bike tours lead along forest paths or through the countryside, though we occasionally cycle along asphalt roads. It is mandatory to wear helmets on all cycling tours. We strongly recommend bringing your own (well-fitting) helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (on request).

Hiking tour: The hike requires participants to have a good level of fitness. The route has a length of 8.5 mi. / 14 km and leads through hilly to mountainous terrain. As with the bike tour, there is no time restriction. Most of the time we hike along well-maintained hiking trails. Your guide will provide detailed information about the requirements of the planned tour before it begins. We strongly recommend bringing good walking shoes. The hike is not possible with flip-flops or similar shoes. You may always choose to forego one of our planned activities and instead take a half or full day to do with as you please.

What are the age restrictions for this tour?
This tour is suitable for young people aged 10 and over and adults. Please note that we can only provide rental bikes for persons over 4′ 9″/1.45 m tall.

What is the minimum/maximum number of participants?
A minimum of 6 participants is required for the tour to take place. In order to maintain the exclusive character of the tour, a maximum of 10 people may take part in a tour.

What language is this tour conducted in?
This tour is guided in English and German.

What meals are included in the tour?
The meals consist of 7 breakfasts at the hotel and 7 lunches en route. Lunch may also consist of a picnic. All dinners and drinks are not included.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
In case of extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary.

What should I bring with me on this tour?
We recommend that you bring the following items for this tour:

  • Cycling clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Backpack for cycling and walking
  • Swimwear and beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

BASIC TOUR PRICE

1,990€ per person in a double room

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 8-day hotel, cycling, and walking tour
  • 7 nights in double rooms with shower/WC in selected 3–4-star hotels
  • 7 x breakfast and 7 x lunch or picnic (as per itinerary)
  • Airport transfer on the day of arrival and departure
  • Bottled mineral water and snack during the described activities
  • Guided bike tours or hikes, kayak tour as per programme
  • All mini-bus transfers during the trip (as per itinerary)
  • Support vehicle for all bike tours
  • Rental MTB (Ghost) incl. bike helmet
  • Professional equipment for the kayak tour
  • German and English-speaking tour guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Thessaloniki
  • Meals other than those included in the basic tour price listed above
  • Entrance fees for individually visited sights
  • Tips for tour guide and service staff

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Single room surcharge: 250€/week
  • Additional nights in Thessaloniki: price on request

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