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Cycling tour at Olympus mythical mountain-159 km

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Duration: ~7 hours
Leptokarya
Leptokarya
Min Age : 18+
About this activity

Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, the second highest mountain range of Balkans, the holy mountain, a landmark of Greek Mythology, the residence of the twelve Gods of Antiquity, a National Forest since 1938, but also universal monument of culture.

It overlooks imposing and sumptuous in Central Greece with a range of high summits, sluices and sills, canyons and plateaus, alpine grasslands, bushy forests, deep caves and imposing rocks. It is a unique ecosystem of rare biodiversity that hosts more than 1.500 species of plants, tens (decades) of wild animal species, as well as rare birds.

Mytikas (2.917 m.) and Stefani or throne of Zeus (2.909 m.) are its cloud covered summits. Here, within dense clouds, the “Twelve Gods of Olympus” lived according to the religion of ancient Greeks. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. From there he launches his bolts showing this way his divine anger.

The mountain of Gods with its impressive height, its mythical appeal and the easy accessibility, constitutes an attraction for thousands of visitors from any corner of the world. Roads and paths cross the massif with the European Path E4 being the most important one, moving westwards from Litochoro to the peaks, through the Enipeas gorge.

The charm of Olympus is so imposing that leads you to discover in yourself the soul of a legendary conqueror!

The organized refuges host thousands of visitors:

  • Refuge “Spilios Agapitos”
  • Refuge S.E.O. “Yossos Apostolidis”
  • Refuge “Christos Kakkalos”
  • Refuge Petrostrouga
  • Refuge “Vrysopoules” or “K.E.O.A.H.”
  • Refuge in the area “Koromilies” of Leptokarya
  • Refuge in the area “Krevatia” of Vrontou
  • Refuge “Stavros” or “Dimitrios Mpountolas”
  • Refuge in the area “Koromilia” of Dion

Emergency:

  • Refuge “Ano Pigadi”
  • Refuge “Kostas Migotsidis”
  • Refuge “Agios Antonios”
  • Refuge “I Kalyva tou Christaki”
  • Refuge “Livadaki”
  • Emergency refuge “Salatoura”

Mythology

The twelve gods live in the gorges, in the “folds of Olympus” as Homer calls them – where their palaces are located. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. The Dodecatheon is completed by Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite and Hephaestus.

On the eastern slopes of Olympus, in Pieria, the mythological traditions placed the nine Muses, protectors of Fine Arts, daughters of Zeus and the titan Mnemosyne: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope.

Price Includes

  • Experienced and certified cycling guide.
  • First aid kit.
  • Bike Service.
  • Trailer for the bikes’ transfer.
  • Entrance fees to all the attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Snack ( bar, fruits, nuts /person).
  • All the activities (cycling, etc)
  • The Value Added Tax

Price Excludes

  • The transfer from hotel to the start area for less than 4 customers
  • Admission to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of Khafre (grave chambers)
  • Alcohol drinks.
  • Other meals.
  • Other personal charges.
Full description

You will be picked up by air-conditioned vehicle at your hotel in Marsa Alam early in the morning and welcomed by your tour guide in Cairo. Your guide will accompany you throughout your tour of Cairo and tell you all about the history of Egypt.

The first destination on the day trip to Cairo is the Egyptian Museum. There you can explore the ancient treasures of the pharaoh Tutankhamun. After visiting the museum you will have time to rest a little and enjoy lunch at a selected restaurant.

After lunch you will visit the oldest surviving Wonders of the World – the Great Pyramid of Giza – as well as the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. Enjoy the fantastic view of all the pyramids of former kings and queens. You can then admire the famous guardian of the pyramids – the Great Sphinx.

At the end of the tour you will fly back to the airport in Hurghada and then driven back to your hotel in Marsa Alam.

Prepare for the activity

Meeting Point: Paralia, Pieria

GOOD MOOD!
Small cycling back bag.
Bicycle bag for personal items.
Helmet
Bandana
Wind-waterproof sleeveless jacket (optional).
Wind-waterproof jacket (optional in case of rain).
Hat, cap or headband
Sunglasses.
Sun cream & lips sun cream.
Camera, personal items.

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