Rafting & Hiking Peloponnese | Explore the magificent Lousios Gorge
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Rafting & Hiking in the Heart of the Peloponnese

Discover the mountainous heart of the Peloponnese along the Lousios River

This tour leads to the mountainous region of Arcadia, situated in the heart of the Peloponnese. The stunning highlands provide numerous opportunities to explore the breath-taking scenery. The region’s picturesque stone villages are also well worth exploring. Here you will experience the warm hospitality of the Greeks and gain an insight into traditional Peloponnese life.

Fun and adventure are guaranteed on the action-packed rafting tour which leads along the crystal-clear river Lousios and through the densely vegetated gorge of the same name.  Along the way, we see the spectacular “Koukos” bridge, which crosses the roaring river.

On the second day, we don our hiking boots and explore the beautiful landscape on foot. A special highlight of the tour is a visit to the intriguing Prodromou Monastery, spectacularly nestled into the cliff face. We immerse ourselves in Greek culture while exploring the traditional mountain villages of Karytaina, Dimitsana, and Stemnitsa.

You can do this tour either with a guide or self-guided. With the guided option, you will be accompanied by a tour guide, with the tour starting and ending in Athens. With the self-guided option, you will receive all necessary information for the tour in advance.


Highlights

  • Experience culture: Explore the picturesque villages of Karytaina, Dimitsana, and Stemnitsa
  • Adrenaline adventure: Rafting tour on the Lousios
  • Something spectacular: Visit the monks in the Prodromou Monastery
  • Breath-taking nature: Hike through the untouched nature of the Arcadian highlands


2 days/1 night
All year round
Moderate
Athens
Athens
Persons: 2-10
Age: 7+

Included Activities

  • Guided rafting tour on the Lousios River
  • Guided hiking tour through the beautiful nature in the Arcadia highlands
  • Visit to the villages of Karytaina, Dimitsana, and Stemnitsa
  • Visit to the cliff monastery of Prodromou

Dates

This tour operates all year round and can start on any day.


DAY 1
Rafting tour on the Lousios River | If you choose the guided tour option, an English-speaking driver will meet you at your hotel in Athens and bring you to the village of Stemnitsa. If you choose the self-guided option, we will send you all the necessary information so that you can begin the tour on your own.

Once in Arcadia, the rest of the day is dedicated to the rafting tour on the Lousios River. According to Pausanias, Zeus, the father of the Olympic gods, bathed in the Lousios after his birth. We paddle along the crystal-clear river through the beautiful and densely vegetated Lousios Gorge.

Before the tour begins, we are provided with wetsuits and all necessary rafting equipment. We then head to the starting point of the tour. Once here, experienced rafting guides explain everything we need to know about safety and paddling during a short briefing. Afterwards, it’s time for the adventure to begin: Grab your paddles – get set – go!

The river trip takes about two hours. Along the way we make short stops to enjoy the natural spectacle that surrounds us. After our eventful day, we spend the night at a cosy guesthouse in the mountain village of Stemnitsa.

DAY 2
Hike to the cliff monastery of Prodromou | After a rich breakfast of homemade delicacies, we drive to the starting point of the day’s hike. We venture into the untouched nature of Arcadia, following historical paths that lead parallel to the Lousios Gorge. The gorge has gained the nickname “Mount Athos of the Peloponnese” because of the monasteries that appear to literally hang from the cliffs.

Along the way, we enjoy a picnic lunch and for those who would like, there is time to take a refreshing dip in the river. During the hike, we visit the famous Prodromou Monastery. Our hike comes to an end at the archaeological site of Ancient Gortys. Naturally, we do not leave before marvelling at the ruins of the ancient acropolis.

Those who chose the guided tour option are transferred back to Athens. If you opted for the self-guided tour, you can either return to Athens on your own or continue exploring the Peloponnese.

Cosy atmosphere in a traditional guesthouse

During the tour, you stay in a homely guesthouse, which was built in the traditional Arcadian style of stone and wood. All rooms are well equipped with their own bathroom including shower, toilet, and hairdryer, and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the guesthouse.

Here you will experience true hospitality, and the thick stone walls of the beautiful house will take you back to times gone by. Most of the rooms have their own fireplace and some also have a terrace. A rich breakfast with lovingly home-made delicacies will give you the energy you need for the day ahead in Arcadia.

How difficult is this tour?
Participants of this tour should have a good basic level of physical fitness. Beyond that, this tour has no special requirements, except that you definitely need to be able to swim.

The rafting tour requires standard physical fitness and some courage. You will receive a detailed introduction to rafting techniques by a professional guide before you start. Surefootedness and sturdy shoes are required for the planned hike.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
Due to the river’s varying current throughout the year and thus the amount of strength required for paddling, the minimum age varies depending on when the tour is booked.

April – May: min. 12 years
June – October: min. 7 years
November – March: min. 16 years

What language is this tour conducted in?
This tour is conducted exclusively in English.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
In the event of extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary or to cancel the tour. If we cancel the tour altogether, you can either reschedule for another date free of charge or receive a full refund.

Basic Tour Price

Self-guided (double room occupancy)

Min. 2 people: 265 € per person 
Min. 4 people: 200 € per person
Min. 6 people: 190 € per person

Guided (double room occupancy)

Min. 2 people: 640 € per person
Min. 4 people: 470 € per person

Single rooms can be booked for an extra charge of 45 € per night (subject to availability).

INCLUDED SERVICES

Self-guided

  • Overnight stay in a double room in a traditional guesthouse incl. breakfast.
  • Rafting tour along the Lousios Gorge incl. lunch
  • Hiking tour along the Lousios Gorge incl. lunch

Guided

  • Transfers to / from Athens
  • Overnight stay in a double room in a traditional guesthouse incl. breakfast.
  • 1 x dinner, 2 x lunch
  • Rafting tour along the Lousios Gorge incl. lunch
  • Hiking tour along the Lousios Gorge incl. lunch
  • English speaking driver and guide

NOT INCLUDED

Self-guided

  • Journey to Stemnitsa
  • Dinner and drinks
  • Tips for service staff

Guided

  • All drinks
  • Tips for transfer driver and service staff

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Single room, surcharge: 45 € per night
  • Additional nights in Stemnitsa (only possible with self-guided option): Prices on request
  • Additional nights in Athens: Prices on request

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