Premium Safari Athens Tour: Escape in Parnitha Mountain
Mount Parnitha is a densely forested mountain range 40 km north of Athens. It is an ideal place for the 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 bird 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 Voutima 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 before our eyes. Then we head on the asphalt road and drive 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 driver of our premium off road vehicle 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, an exciting adventure to embrace the renowned Greek hospitality, enjoy the sights and professional yet relaxed service!
- Hotel pick up/drop off service
- Off-road luxury vehicle
- Expert escort-driver
- Coffee, tea or juice
- Greek traditional lunch and wine
- Liability Insurance and local taxes
- Coffee/beers or refreshments in tavern
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities (optional)
Please note that the tour is not recommended to people suffering from car sickness, have mobility or kinetic problems, back problems, pregnants, children younger than 7 years old as we don't provide baby seats, people taller than 1,95cm or heavier than 130 Kg. Alcohol consumption is not allowed to minors under the age of 18 years old. In case of unfavorable weather conditions we reserve the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary. This can be done without prior notice.