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Peloponnese, Southern Greece with On Foot Holidays

  • Written by Andrew Mevissen

On Foot Holidays announces new self-guided walk for 2020

Explore the mountains, forests and villages of southern Greece

On Foot Holidays has announced a new self-guided walking tour in Europe for 2020 which will see travellers explore the remote mountain villages and natural beauty of the Peloponnese in southern Greece.
The six-night route is the newest of the operator’s 32 inn-to-inn walks throughout Europe, which aim to immerse travellers in a destination as they enjoy ‘the art of slow travel’.

Using many of the old paths and mule tracks that have linked villages together for hundreds of years, the route winds its way through an area of Greece steeped in history – once a hotbed of resistance to Ottoman rule and pivotal in the Greek War of Independence. Journeying through wooded valleys, green hills and pretty stone villages, guests will stay in traditional family-run guesthouses and enjoy local Greek cuisine, including patisserie, sweets, spinach and cheese pastries, yoghurt, honey and free-flowing wine.

The walk begins in the stonemasons’ village of Lagadia, and highlights of the journey include beautiful fir forests, panoramic mountain views, working monasteries, jewellers’ workshops, water mills and the remote and pretty village of Elati in its forest clearing. The final day of the self-guided tour will see guests journey into the wooded Lousios Gorge, where ancient monasteries cling to the cliffs and watermills once turned,
before climbing up towards the final destination, the vibrant hilltop town of Dimitsana – where guests can visit the open-air Water Power Museum before enjoying a well-earned rest at a family-run hotel.

The walk is classified as medium-hard, with options available to suit different walking abilities and itineraries. On Foot Holidays recommends Australians combine the tour with visits to the sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia – birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games.

Including six nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, four picnic lunches and all luggage transfers – meaning travellers only carry a day pack – the walk costs from £720 per person, twin-share (approximately A$1382 depending on exchange rates).

Payments can be made by via Transferwise, a system which offers Australians the convenience of paying for walks in Australian dollars via a local bank, saving transfer charges and credit card fees.

Rated one of Europe’s leading, self-guided, walking tour operators, On Foot Holidays offers 32 self-guided walking tours in 12 countries across Europe, including this newest route in southern Greece.

Accommodation and information packs are provided for all the routes and optional guides are available on select itineraries. Walkers select their departure dates, luggage is transferred between inns each day and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.