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Mount Olympus, in northeast Greece, has been known as the home of Zeus and the major Greek gods since before the time of Homer. The semi-legendary author of the Odyssey and the Iliad included this dramatic mountain in his stories of the gods and as the source of thunderbolts from Zeus. It's no surprise that magical stories grew up around Mount Olympus. It rises almost straight from the Aegean Sea to a height of 2917 meters (that's 9570 feet or nearly two miles), making it the tallest mountain in Greece and the second tallest mountain in the Balkans. Its lower slopes are broken by narrow, densely forested gorges marked by waterfalls and caves where lesser gods and other spirits were said to live. Its peaks - and there are 52 separate peaks - are snow-capped for 8 months of the year and often hidden in the clouds the rest of the time. In this journey, we will explore the culture, history, gastronomy, and lush nature of the area starting from the village of Litochoro, situated at the foothills of the mountain, and will hike our way all the way up to the Mytikas peak and the throne of Zeus while staying in mountain refuges along the way.

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Pick up from Thessaloniki airport and transfer to your hotel in Litochoro village just in time for dinner. Dinner and overnight in Litochoro
We visit the National Park museum where we'll have our virtual ascending from the foothills to the top of the mountain and learn about the history, flora, and fauna of Olympus. We will then find the place where the cause of the Trojan war started, learn about some local myths and tales and for those who are brave enough you can also dive on the crystal clear and freezing waters of Enipeas river. At the end of the day, we will visit the old monastery of Saint Dionysios and the cave where he lived as a hermit for his whole life. Dinner and overnight in Litochoro
Our goal is to reach Muses Plateau. We will pass from Ithakisios cave, where the great painter used to live for more than 15 years and we will visit the place where shepherds used to have their settlement. At Petrostrouga refuge we will have our light lunch. After recharging our batteries, we will start our ascending to Muses Plateau, 3 more hours and we will be standing in front of the Throne of Zeus. Dinner and overnight in Apostolidis Refuge
Today we climb to Mytikas summit, for those that want and can. All the group will have the change to visit Profitis Ilias summit and its highest chapel in the Balkans! We will have some free time and before the sunset, we will start our descending to Petrostrouga Refuge. Dinner and overnight in Petrostruga Refuge
Early in the morning, we will enjoy our coffee in the best balcony of all Mount Olympus with its exceptional panoramic views towards Thermaikos gulf and all the Pieria Riviera. As soon as we reach Gortsia we will head towards to Vergina and the King's tomb of Phillip II, a great King of Macedonians and the father of Alexander the Great. The end of the day will find ourselves relaxing and rejuvenating in an outdoor hot bath, in Aridaia region. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse
Depending on the time of your departure we will adapt our schedule accordingly (visit etc.) and then take you back to Thessaloniki Airport.
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