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Kalavryta, the cog railway and the cave of lakes tour from Athens

11 Hours
  • Mini Van of 9 seats, full air-conditioned
  • 07:00 am from Monastiraki square, Ermou 80 str. / Pick up is available by arrangement if you live in the center of Athens
  • Day tour, out of town, local experience, museums & culture, youth & family, nature & landscapes / Youth & Family
  • English
  • Easy to Moderate
  • I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the archaeological sites or museums. But you are going to have any detailed information you need, before your entrance in an archaeological site. Also, you will get for free a small Book guide for the site.
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Overview

Let’s visit picturesque villages, mountains, monasteries and and get to know the food, the wine and the countryside of Greece.

You can’t really know a country if you don’t visit the countryside, and Peloponnese is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Greece.

We will take the train from “Diakofto” for the mountain village “Zachlorou”, a very small but also very beautiful village. The route between the mountains, rivers and gorges for 45 minutes is unique! The great Byzantine monastery of “Mega Spilaio”, was built under a rock and our visit there will be very interesting. Cave of lakes is something unique, Lakes in the interior of a cave (13 lakes) are neither common around the world, nor in Greece, where they constitute a unique geological phenomenon.

This experience is a real acquaintance with Greece. You are going to see landscapes and places that you would not imagine existed in Greece. You will also meet the local food and wine, during our lunch in Kalavryta town.

We think it is wonderful to fill images and emotions! For us that will be the goal!

Highlights

  • • Diakofto Coq railway
  • • Zahlorou
  • • Kalavrita
  • • Cave of Lakes
  • • Byzantine monastery of the Great Cave
  • • Our Lunch

Itinerary

1. We will drive around 1, 5 hours from Athens to the cog railway station of "Diakofto"
2. A first stop before, at Corinth Canal, a technological achievement at the end of 19th century. There is a fantastic view, from there.
3. You will take the cog railway to Zahlorou and I will drive there to wait for you.
4. We will walk and admire the landscape of the small village and from there we will visit the Byzantine monastery of the Great Cave.
5. Next we will visit the small historical town of Kalavryta, we'll have a walk there and lunch in a local tavern. The local food and the wine are delicious.
6. On our way to the Cave of Lakes, we will see several small villages, tower houses and a hidden temple of Goddess Artemis.
7. Finally, a little bit more than 2 hours driving and return to Athens around 19:00.

Includes/Excludes

The Cost Includes

  • • Transportation (I will be your guide and your driver, we will drive from Athens with a minivan of 9 seats, full air conditioned)
  • • Hotel pick up (if you stay at the central Athens or from the Cruise ships terminals)
  • • Water, sodas

The Cost Excludes

  • • Ticket for the Train (9€) and the Cave of Lakes(6€ each)
  • • Lunch

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, a hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. The Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For the Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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  • Mini Van of 9 seats, full air-conditioned
  • 07:00 am from Monastiraki square, Ermou 80 str. / Pick up is available by arrangement if you live in the center of Athens
  • Day tour, out of town, local experience, museums & culture, youth & family, nature & landscapes / Youth & Family
  • English
  • Easy to Moderate
  • I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the archaeological sites or museums. But you are going to have any detailed information you need, before your entrance in an archaeological site. Also, you will get for free a small Book guide for the site.
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