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Athens Tour. Escape in Parnitha Mountain Park

Highlights

  • Visit the Parnitha National Park and enjoy the panoramic views
  • Embark on a semiprivate safari tour up to 6 persons per vehicle
  • Follow incredible off-road routes through dense vegetation
  • Savor coffee, tea or juice
  • Lunch with traditional Greek food and wine
  • 7 Hrs Approx.

  • Distance

    130 km

  • Difficulty
    3.0
  • Altitude Dif:

    670 m

Pick Up Times

Mon - Wed - Fri -Sun

8:00 Neos Kosmos     8:00 Nea Smyrni

8:10 Fix                     8:10 Hilton

8:15 Koukaki              8:15 Ilisia

8:20 Akropoli            8:25 Mavilis Square

8:35 Plaka                 8:35 Ampelokipoi

8:40 Zappeio             8:50 Lycabettus              

8:40 Syntagma          9:00 Pedio Areos

8:55 Monastiraki        9:05 Gkyzi

9:10 Psyrri                 9:10 Polytechneio

9:20 Omonoia           9:25 Kerameikos

9:30 Metaxourgeio     9:35 Stathmos Larisis

Schedule

Whole year round: Mon - Wed - Frid - Sun

Price Includes

  • Free hotel pick up and drop off
  • Premium 7 seater off-road vehicles driven by multilingual escort-drivers
  • Coffee, tea or juice
  • Lunch with traditional Greek food and wine
  • Liability Insurance and local taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Coffee or beers or refreshments in tavern
  • Gratuities

Description

Escape to Parnitha’s National Park on a semiprivate safari tour for up to 6 or 8 persons per vehicle. Mount Parnitha is a densely forested mountain range 40 km north of Athens. It is an ideal place for the residents or guests of Athens city, as it provides the opportunity to enjoy nature and relax while leaving behind the city stress. Parnitha’s national park is full of pine and fir forests. It is a true oasis for many species of wildlife, such as red deer, foxes and many kinds of birds, as well as the main getaway for the hot summer days and a vast snow-covered playground during the winter. 

Our day starts after we pick you up from your hotel or a point close to the indicated hotel if car access is not possible. We will follow the national road which leads to Mount Parnitha and pick up our morning coffee, tea or juice on the way. It will take less than an hour of driving to leave Athens’ noisy city-centre and enter the entrancement of the mountains. Our first stop will take place at an altitude of 600m, at Lake Beletsi which is an artificial lake that seems to belong in a fairytale. The landscape resembles the Alps and is not at all reminiscent of Athens, Greece. Continuing our route to Mount Parnitha we follow a unique off-road route through the forest full of pine trees, goats, chapels, monasteries and natural springs. After our little adventure, we will approach Avlonas Village. Crossing the village and heading onwards, the mountain adventure starts again through an off-road route to Vountima wildlife refuge. The uniqueness of the terrain, the dense vegetation, rare species of endemic plants, the different kinds of mammals and species of birds are spread in smaller or larger areas of the mountain. Reaching the west slope of Mount Parnitha, a panoramic breathtaking view of the Saronic gulf with the islands of Salamina and Aigina will appear in front of our eyes. Then we head on the asphalt road, driving away while enjoying the panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf from above. As we work up an appetite we arrive at Hasia village. There we are going to visit a traditional Greek tavern where we will be welcomed by the owner. He will introduce us to the Greek Mediterranean cuisine and heartfelt Hellenic hospitality with plenty of local food and wine. After our lunch break, we will follow the road back to Athens through picturesque villages before reaching the city of Athens. 

The escort drivers of our premium off -road vehicles will create a memorable day out with the best panoramic views of Parnitha's mountain and amazing photo opportunities to capture each and every moment! A unique escape and exciting adventure, embraced by the renowned Greek hospitality, as we enjoy the sights and professional but relaxed service!!!

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Don't Forget

Don’t forget your face masks, comfortable shoes, for example trekking shoes or sandals, camera, sun protection, etc. During spring and autumn, we advise you to bring a jacket. 

The trip is not recommended to people suffering from car sickness, having mobility or kinetic or back problems, pregnant women or for children younger than 7 years old as we don't provide baby seats, or people taller than 195 cm or heavier than 130 kg. Alcohol consumption is not allowed to minors under age of 18 years old. Uncharted Escapes reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in case of unfavourable weather conditions. This can be done without any prior notice. 

Reservations must be done no later than 24 hours prior to departure. Any cancellation must be made according to our cancelation policy mentioned under “Terms & Conditions”. In case of late cancellations, no refund will be granted from Uncharted Escapes. If a tour is cancelled due to insufficient number of participants or adverse weather conditions, Uncharted Escapes will refund 100% of made payments. For more information about our terms and conditions please follow this link: http://www.unchartedescapes.com/terms-conditions

Adventure Tips

The trip is ideal for everyone who's looking for an experience beyond the ordinary, for example youth groups, single or couple participants, families with older children, and companies.

The trip has guided stops every 30-40 minutes, for everyone's convenience.   

When meals are included, Uncharted Escapes can arrange vegetarian alternatives, but information is required upon reservation. This also counts for any kind of food allergies, in order to find suitable alternatives if possible.

Travelers Info: COVID-19

Being always concerned about our guests’ and staff wellbeing and having as a priority your health and safety, we remain committed to our premium standards, fully complied with all necessary measures set by the Government. Always ready to welcome you, we act with responsibility. We stay up to date following the guidelines set by The World Health Organisation and the National Public Health Organisation. We know that your holidays with family and friends are very important to you, so we are here to make sure you can relax, enjoy and dream the way you want to.

In detail:

Before Your Tour:

  • We recommend that you should be at the pick-up area (your hotel or another indicated point nearby your hotel) 10 minutes prior to your pick up time. Our driver/escort will be on time to welcome you and show your seat, in order to keep social distancing guidelines.
  • Our vehicles are filled up according to governmental covid-19 law of their capacity. Those governmental laws and regulations against covid-19 infections might change, but are strictly followed at all times.
  • The body temperature and wellness of all those participating in the tour (escort, driver, staff and guests) will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or other symptoms.

On Board:

  • Please follow all the instructions given to you by your guide.
  • Sanitising dispensers are available at each vehicle.

During Your Tour:

  • Everybody that is taking part in the tour (escort, driver, guests etc...) will wear face mask throughout its duration as long as it is required by law.
  • Sealed lunch boxes will be given on some of our day tours. On day tours which include meals served at restaurants, those will be provided only at restaurants following all the applicable hygiene protocols.

Cleaning Standards:

Enhanced Vehicle Cleaning:

  • The average cleaning effort in all vehicles is doubled both during the day and after the end of each tour.
  • All sensitive touch areas such as seats, armrests, sidewalls etc. are intensively cleaned and sanitised daily before and after each tour.

Air Circulation On Board:

Our vehicles are equipped with A/C (and when used, the internal air circulation is turned to OFF) but as our safari tours are mainly operated in country side we strongly recommend the tours to be conducted with open windows for continuous fresh air circulation and to feel the freshness of the countryside.

Our Staff:

Our staff is trained in the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures. They use personal protective equipment (face masks/shields and optional gloves) to ensure a safe travel experience for you and themselves.

Greece is well known for its long history and unique hospitality throughout the centuries. We remain confident that our services are of high value and will provide the most memorable experience in Greece to you, your family or friends. We are looking forward to escape the ordinary with you!