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The Trek

This self-guided, 7 day trek has been designed to be as varied as possible making the most of the wonderful terrain in the Exo Mani covering coastal merchants’ routes, gorge and hill walking and mountain trails. The 50 mile route starts from the small coastal village of Kardamili and winds its way down the Mani peninsula following the Exo Mani to its border with the Messa Mani.

The Walking

You walk from village to village mostly following the thousand year old mule paths called kalderimis which were used daily right up the 1950’s when the first tarmac roads arrived in the area. 

These paths are of good quality and take you through mountain villages and fishing villages from mountain foothills to coastal paths. We provide full walking notes and local walking maps. You can combine this trek with 7 extra nights in Kardamili.

Baggage transfer


Your bag will be transferred daily to your next hotel so you can enjoy walking with a day pack. These transfers are included in the cost.

 

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 2805m, Descent 2795m, 50 miles.

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Outer Mani Trek

Your hotels and pensions (guest houses) are all comfortable family run establishments. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. They provide a buffet style breakfast and a locally cooked dinner for the first 3 nights, then you are free to choose from local tavernas for dinner, with breakfast included by the hotel. They have been selected for their location and their filoxenia (friendliness and hospitality to strangers).

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Day 1 Arrival Day – Arrive Kalamata airport or coach station. Transfer to hotel in Kardamili, if you arrive early stroll around the town or maybe take a dip in the inviting Mediterranean sea.

Day 2 Sotirianika to Kardamili. (Ascent 430m Descent 675m 10 ½ miles 6 hours walking). The ancient path up to Sotirianika  soon drops into the dramatic Koskaraka Gorge before wandering through olive groves to elegant Kambos famed for its Byzantine church and smallest chapel in Messenia. On to Stavropigio (ancient Mycenaean tomb ruined 18th century tower) climbing to 300m before descending to the coast.

Day 3 Viros Gorge. (Ascent 845m Descent 275m 6 ¼ miles 5 hours walking). A peaceful and serene walk up the Viros Gorge (200m) to view the Byzantine chapels before climbing steeply to the hill-side villages of Pedinon and Tseria (600m). Descend to the Gorge and a wide dirt track up to the mountain village of Exochori (450m).

Day 4 Exochori to Stoupa (Ascent 185m Descent 595m 8 ¾ miles 5 hours walking). A less strenuous day. The trail follows an ancient kalderimi down to the historic bishopric of Proastio (240m) with its eclectic collection of over 30 Byzantine churches and chapels. The track then follows the dirt foothills down to Neochori and the coast at Stoupa. Transfer to your hotel in Aghios Nicholaos.

Day 5 Aghios Nicholaos. (Ascent 360m Descent 345m 7 miles 4 hours walking). A circular hill ascent from Aghios Nicholaos up to the hamlet of Kotroni and onwards up to Platsa with its beautiful neoclassical houses (380m). The trail then meanders to the chocolate box village of Pigi before descending to the coast.

Day 6 Either: Aghios Nicholaos to Lagadha. (Ascent 590m Descent 200m 8 ¼ miles 5 hours walking). The coastal merchants’ route from Aghios Nicholaos to the smaller hamlets of Aghios Dimitrios and Trachila. A gradual ascent to 380 metres and the villages of Nomitsi Thalames (Mani Museum and Morea Olive Oil Stone Mill) and Lagadha (10th/11th century church Aghios Sotiris). Or: start from the remote mountain village of Milea  and take the old pilgrim trail up a well-preserved kalderimi to the impressive monastery of Panaghia Giatrissa perched high on top of a promontory at 1000m.  (9 ½ miles 5½ hours 680m ascent 635m descent) Late afternoon transfer to seaside hamlet at Nea Oitylo. 

Day 7 Nea Oitylo to Dirou Pirgos. (Ascent 305m Descent 265m 7 miles 6 ½ hours walking .). A slower more leisurely day a fitting end to the week’s trek. Follow the kalderimi to the historical town of Areopolis (200m) and onwards to the world famous underground caves at Dirou Pirgos. Alternatively a rest day; enjoy the quiet seafront ambience explore Areopolis or take a short taxi ride to the caves. Late afternoon taxi transfer back to Kalamata or hotel 1 if you have a hire car from where you drive to Kalamata.

Day 8 Departure day. Maybe a little shopping for souvenirs in the old part of town; silk scarves large black Kalamata olives virgin olive oil, pasteli (peanut & sesame seed bars covered in honey) are particularly recommended. Finally, taxi transfer back to Kalamata airport or coach station.

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The walking season is generally best during April to June and September to November. During April the spring flowers are prolific with the area particularly renowned for its many varieties of orchids. Quite often there
are still vestiges of snow on the tops of the mountains until early May. July and August are too hot for walking and then the second spring starts again in September.


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Charter flights direct to Kalamata from a number of regional UK airports are available as well as non stop scheduled flights from Gatwick, also connections via Athens. We provide transfers to your accommodation and return from the airport 1½ hours for the centred holiday and the trek. There are flights to Athens from a number of UK airports where you can either collect a prearranged car hire for a 3½ hour car journey or take a 4 hour bus journey to Kalamata where we will pick you up and take you to the hotel.

There are flights as follows:

Kalamata - nonstop (Summer only) from Gatwick, Heathrow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle.

Athens - nonstop from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Glasgow. There are connecting flights from London City, Jersey, Guernsey, Newqua,y Bristol, Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Isle of Man, Leeds, Humberside, Durham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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Peloponnese Trek - Outer Mani

Included:

  • 3 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board* and 4 nights with bed and breakfast  

  • Transfers between Kalamata airport and first/last trek hotels

  • Baggage transfers between the hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Any additional people transfers as indicated in the itinerary

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • Car hire from Kalamata or Athens is available for a supplement

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* between London Gatwick and Kalamata airport. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request).

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2017/18


Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

 

3 nights half board* 4 nights B&B

With Flights

3 nights half board* 4 nights B&B  

Own International Flights

Extra Night per person

Single Supplement per night**

01 Apr – 26 Jun

899

679

POA

28

27 Jun – 31 Aug

909

689

POA

28

01 Sep – 01 Nov

909

689

POA

28


* Half board is dinner bed and breakfast
** No single travellers travelling alone on this trek

POA – Price upon application

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