The cultural heritage of the ancient city of Dion is combined with the incomparable beauty of the foothills of the mythical Mount Olympus. The residence of the 12 Gods couldn’t be something less than majestic, with the charming nature and its unique biodiversity, forms the first national park in Greece. Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece, interwoven with the greek mythology, is a challenging invitation to discover its greatness and capture amazing photos! Feel the enchanting aura walking through Enipeas Gorge!
WHICH PLACES WE VISIT
Museum and archaeological site of Dion
Enipeas Gorge of mount Olympus – short trekking
STARTING POINTS AND DEPARTURE TIMES
8 hours (2 hours on the road)
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXCURSION
We depart to Dion with the bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,
at 08:00 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the white Statue of Venizelos).
The distance is 90km and lasts approximately 1 hour.
We reach Dion and we visit the archaeological site, walking back in history and admiring the various findings around the ancient park. The unique statues, the mosaics and the various artifacts that were brought to light are left in their original place and that so, we pass through the same paths as the ancient Greeks used to do. Don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient theater with the perfect acoustic balance since antiquity. Until nowadays many ancient tragedies are revitalized by modern actors and various festivals every year. Next we visit the modern museum with many statues and findings of the ancient city with more characteristic the Hydravlis (an ancient wind instrument) and the unique mosaic that represents the “Villa of Dionysos” lying in the building next to it.
Later on we head to Olympus, the mountain of the 12 Gods and we enjoy a 45΄ trekking through the Gorge of river Enipeas, above the village of Litochoro. According to the mythology, Enipeas was the most beautiful among the river gods. The path is magical; let the glory of nature, the running waters, the picturesque wooden bridges, the green banks and the small canyons charm you. We have the chance to admire the view of this “divine area” which was chosen carefully by the 12 Olympian Gods as their residence. More specifically, it is said that the residence of the Olympian Gods were the canyons of the mountain, the “mount folds” as they are described by Homer, where their glorious palaces were also located.
Our day trip ends in the picturesque village of Litochoto where we enjoy our lunch in a beautiful traditional restaurant. Litochoro is located right on the foothills of Olympus and forms the main starting point for the various trekking paths of the mountain that reach until Mytikas, the highest top of Olympus.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the second highest mountain in Balkans and the most mythical of all times!
We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30 and we are back after an hour (around 16:30), making the same stops where we started from.
THE PRICE OF THE EXCURSION INCLUDES
Round-trip transportation to the archaeological site-museum of Dion, Mt. Olympus and Litochoro
English speaking trip attendant-archaeologist
Basic travel insurance (during transport)
Assistance with the ticket issuance process for anyone who wishes to avoid the queue in the ticket office
The entrance fee to the archaeological site and museum of Dion, 8€ in total
Cost of lunch at the restaurant
Tour-guide to the museum and the archaeological site of Dion
Our trip attendant-archaeologist shall wear clothing with the Ammon Express marking so that he/she will be recognisable easily
You should be at the departure point 10΄ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding
Free of charge entrance to the archaeological site and the museums is valid for youths up to 18 years old and University and Technological Educational Institutes students or students of equivalent schools of EU Members
Reduced entrance fee (-50%) is valid for European Union citizens aged over 65 and for students of Higher Education Institutes outside the European Union
In winter season, 01/11 - 31/03, the general entrance fee to the sites is 4€
Wear comfortable shoes to walk around the archaeological sights and the short trekking
In summer season bear in mind to have sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat
Please be consistent with the exact appointment times specified by the Ammon Express escort, so that the excursion will remain unforgettable to all participants
Have a nice trip and an unforgettable experience!
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