Rich & Rugged

Trip Highlights

  • Karditsa
  • Ancient monasteries on the rocks
  • Pelion region
  • Makrinitza
  • Skiathos Island

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery invites you to discover Greece through the lens of the adventurer.  Suitable for corporate or private travelers, individuals or groups, the "Rich and Rugged" exploration of Greece is designed to blend a hearty experience with a luxurious touch by staying at the exquisite boutique hotels on the Lifetime Discovery roster. Moving around Greece by jeep, biking and hiking, (or luxury vehicle) the program familiarizes you with the beauty and splendor of antiquity while getting a nice workout and enjoying the extraordinary wonders of nature that attract people from the world-over.  From Mount Olympus to Skiathos Island, this program is especially designed with options for the tailor-made additions that tickle your particular fancy.  The fine-tuning of the details is up to you.

* Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.

 

ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

Days: 1 2

The high quality services and the customer-based approach make Domotel Arni one of the most modern hotels in Karditsa for amazing getaways and business meetings. Its location (at the junction of two key motorways leading: to the central square of Karditsa city, to the lake Plastira, to the Pertouli ski center, to Elati, to Meteora, to Trikala city and to Argithea) offers a great variety of choices for short trips and sightseeing in Trikala and Karditsa areas.Designed by a French architect, it is one of the first hotels in the Balkans (it welcomed its first guests in 1921) and it is a rare sample of rococo architecture. After its renovation in 2006, hotel Domotel Arni has transformed into an A class traditional hotel, presenting an environment ideal for relaxation, business and recreational activities.

Archontiko | Indigenous Lodging

Days: 3

Skiathos Princess Hotel | Skiathos

Days: 4 5

Skiathos Princess Hotel is dedicated to delight the senses of every guest, whether you are traveling with family to relax, on a romantic Honeymoon or Jet setters searching for a luxury Beach resort.
Escape to a sophisticated Greek island retreat with a collection of individually designed rooms and suites set among lush gardens on the Bay of Aghia Paraskevi with a variety of dining choices, a spa and excellent facilities for fun and relaxation.
The Beach Lifestyle with crystal clear waters is only steps away, with a range of water sports and sailing boats to hire.  There is a real sense of getting away from it all in comfortable rooms with private balconies overlooking the sea or gardens.

Skiathos Princess

Day 1: Heading for Karditsa

Accomodation: ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

After arriving in Athens, a Lifetime Discovery representative will meet and escort you to the jeep awaiting you.  Once underway, the first spell-binding moment is when passing the Helikon Mountain Ridge during a trip that takes a few hours.  There is a magnificent view of olive tree orchards and just watching the landscape puts the vacationer in the relaxation mode.  Soon the mountains enlarge on the horizon and the spectacular climb up narrow trails of Evritania slope begins.   At that moment, history begins to unfold as the remains of the Turkish occupation are found during the ride up into the cliffs.  A bit further along the path,  tin monuments with pictures of Mary Magdalene begin appearing on the side of the road, an indigenous custom.  Soon you will reach Arni Domotel Hotel in Karditsa, your superb abode for this part of your trip.

Arni Domotel Hotel

Day 2: On to Meteora & Kalambaka

Accomodation: ARNI Domotel Hotel | Karditsa

Mounting the jeeps after deep slumber in the mountain elevation, the Lifetime Discovery guide will steer you to more enclaves hidden by the mountains where villagers rush to greet the guests and pose for photo-ops.  Continuing on, you will reach an overlook on the breathtakingly glistening Lake Kremaston.  The view and the atmosphere may surprise you, looking more like the Rockies than  Greece.  Village after village appears on the horizon and  soon bathing suits are called for when the entourage reaches the Trikeriotis Canyon River.  The mountains’ waters rush through the canyon, making it rather frigid, so even though the water calls out temptingly, a dip is out of the question for all except the exceptionally rugged.  The next destination is the Grappa Mountain Range, reached via winding roads, demanding from each “assigned driver” a sharp and alert eye.  From Grappa, you will continue to Meteora, situated above the town of Kalambaka.  You will discover an unprecedented view of the towering cliffs and the monasteries perched on cliff-top, looking as though they dropped into place from another planet.  The day is completed with a date at the “rembetiko” (night club) in the town of Trikkala.

Day 3: On to the Pelion and Makrinitza

Accomodation: Archontiko | Indigenous Lodging

We will travel on Day 3 to the Pelion region which will be the experience of a lifetime, due to the striking views and the chance to  stay overnight in the  indigenous lodging, the unique archontiko.  Staying at this kind of authentic Greek building is truly memorable.  On the way we will jeep through the mountains to see, exquisite villages and do some hiking while mounting Pelion mountain.  One of the stops with a short (easy) hike to the UNESCO  World Heritage site “Makrinitza” that has been preserved exactly as it was since it was established in the 1700’s.  Makrinitza is often called “the balcony of Pelion”, and it will provide us with an awesome  view of the Pelion plateau.  Your sojourn at the archontiko, with its unique architecture and décor, will be another lifetime discovery, on a vacation full of them.

Days 4-6: Down to the Shore in Skiathos

Accomodation: Skiathos Princess Hotel | Skiathos

Come down from the mountains to spend your last three days of discovery around water.  Say farewell to the jeeps in Volos and board a ferry boat for a 2 hour jaunt over to the wonderful island of Skiathos.   After check-in at the Aegean Suites hotel, browse the town, and enjoy the eateries a bit before hitting the amazing beaches for which this island is so well known.  The nightlife can’t be beaten. Lifetime Discovery will provide its guests with a gourmet dinner as an added value to a super vacation.

 

Day 5: See Skiathos

Accomodation: Skiathos Princess Hotel | Skiathos

Today, rest and relax, soak up the sun at one of the best beaches in Greece.

Skiathos

Day 6: Homeward or Israel Bound

If this is a Greece-only discovery, Lifetime Discovery liaisons will assist in your easy checkout and departure and then sign-off.  If you have chosen a “rich & rugged COMBO’, the staff will hand you off to the waiting Lifetime Discovery liaisons in Israel, whether you connect by air or by sea.

Come back soon for more adventure discoveries!