Island of Samothrace

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Island of Samothrace

Days 12

Difficulty 2-3

Season:

Summer / Fall

Activity:

Trekking & Hiking
Backpacking & Camping
Canyoning

Trip highlights

If outdoor adventure is at the top of your list, Samothrace is the right place. This small island in the beautiful country of Greece is brimming with contrasts: rugged mountains meet cascading waterfalls, long, sunny days, excellent temperatures and perfectly blue skies. This stunning Northern Greek Island is the perfect place for an unforgettable summer adventure.

We begin and end our trip in the lively city of Thessaloniki, a hopping university town one hour away from the birthplace of Aristotle and named after Alexander the Great’s sister. We will enjoy great food and a lively night scene. Optional additional free days to enjoy cultural activities, archaeological visits, culinary adventures and shopping.

Discover the amazing island of Samothrace. Referred by mythology as the island of Aeolus, Samothrace (you will also see it spelled “Samothraki”) has the highest mountain of all the Aegean islands, mount Saos, with the highest peak named ‘Feggari’ (moon) Legend has it that Poseidon sat on it’s top to watch the Trojan war. This beautiful island boasts pebbly beaches, streams and rivers, waterfalls, steep peaks and rock formations, springs with healing sources and significant archaeological finds, such as the world renown Winged Victory of Samothrace. The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century B.C. Hellenistic marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). Since1884 it has been prominently displayed at the Paris Louvre and is one of the most celebrated and symbolic sculptures in the world.       

Walk through ancient ruins; hike up Saos Mountain; swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea; descent magnificent canyons, swim in waterfalls and crystal clear natural pools. Eat local cuisine and visit picturesque villages.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to stick to the schedule listed, this itinerary could be subject to change for reasons beyond our control. The final activity selection is left up to the trip leader due to weather or other conditions.

Accommodations

Hotels

Single Accommodations

Single room supplement - $800 

There is no single room supplement if you are willing to share accommodations with a same-gender roommate. If you do not wish to share and request single accommodations, you will be required to pay the single room supplement fee. Please note and be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

What's Included

All accommodations and meals as noted in the daily itinerary (breakfast and dinner); all transfers on location by private bus, transits; half-day sightseeing tour with entrance fees and a professional guide; skilled bi-lingual trip leaders; skilled bi-lingual mountain guides; fully certified professional canyoning moniteurs and gear (wet suits, harnesses, helmets); boat tickets (for Samothrace)
Not included
Airfare to Thessaloniki Greece; airport transfers; optional side trips; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; trip cancellation insurance; alcoholic beverages; optional gratuities to guide(s) and items of a personal nature.
Consider as you sign up
Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Travel Insurance – To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Additional Information

Cancellation and Transfer Policy
A refundable deposit of $400 is required at time of booking to secure space. 
Full payment is required 60 days before departure date.

If you decide to cancel your trip, the following fees apply and are due when we receive notice of your cancellation:
90 days prior to departure = 0
61-90 days = $400
31-60 days prior to departure = 50% of the total trip cost is non-refundable
0-30 days prior to departure = 100% of the trip cost is non- refundable

If you opt to transfer to another trip, the following fees are due at the time of the request:
61+ day prior to departure = $0
31 to 60 days = $400
0 o 30 days prior to departure = 100% of the trip costs is non-refundable

Weather

Spring, summer and early fall are very sunny in Northern Greece. Daytime temperatures average 70-80 F although temperatures can go in the high 90’s especially in July and August. Rain showers are rare. The summer months typically experience a prevailing northern wind called “meltemi” that can be quite strong. Good sun protection is always very important.

Gear List

Required:
Day Pack (21L -35L)
Tee Shirts 
Long Sleeve Shirts
Hiking Pants/Hiking shorts (quick-dry, lightweight)
Hiking socks, liner socks (synthetic or wool)
Hiking Boots
Water bottles or Hydration system
Recommended:
Money belt or pouch
Fleece jacket or sweater
Hooded jacket, breathable
Swimwear
Flip-flops or water shoes.
Sun hat
Sun block and Lip balm
Sunglasses and accessories
Casual clothing for travel and town wear (lightweight, comfortable, smart)
Casual shoes for travel and free time
Toiletries/ Personal Bathroom kit; personal wipes, hand cleaner
Luggage (1 piece)
Electrical adaptor and/or converter
Optional:
Trekking poles
Motion sickness remedies
Personal first aid kit/medications 
Personal beach towel
Travel documents
Airline Tickets (confirmation and itinerary)
Final Schedule – emailed prior to departure date.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set in the current VISTA Travel Adventures reservation information. Additional trip information will be provided upon sign up. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Thessaloniki – Settle in Hotel – Free time in the city

Day 2: Departure for the island of Samothrace, Settle in hotel, Swimming, Dinner 

Day 3: Tour of the ancient sites and location of Nike of Samothrace, trekking

Day 4: Rest – Swimming- Dinner

Day 5: Early departure for Mt. Saos, peak, ‘Gria Vathra’gorge 

Day 6: Boat ride around the island, swimming

Day 7: Early departure for location ‘Vatos’, hiking 8-10 hours

Day 8: Departure for ‘Fonias’ gorge, hiking, swimming

Day 9: Departure for location ‘Pahia Ammos’, Canyoning, swimming

Day 10: Day of rest, visit ‘Gria Vathra’ gorge

Day 11: Departure for Thessaloniki

Day 12: Free day in Thessaloniki –Shopping, farewell dinner

Optional half day trip: Visit to the ‘Vergina’ Royal Tombs

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