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  Duration: 2 Days
  Group size: 4-10 people
  Departure: Athens center
  Meals: Snacks and meals are provided
  Level: Easy
  Altitude: 1150 m

Trip Introduction

Join us for an exploration of the Flambouritsa, a gorge of great beauty and richness in flora and fauna, which belongs to the Natura 2000 - the largest network of protected areas in the world, offering a haven to Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats. Birthplace of Hermes, God of travellers, Flambouritsa is a welcoming terrain with mild water streams gushing by a abundant forest.

We will head uphill reaching Ntourntouvana, one of the most reknown peaks of the area and we will camp by the lake Doksa at a unique terrain due to the particular geomorphology of the surrounding mountains. The area also is home to the 400 years old monastery of saint George that played an important role during the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire. We will have the chance to visit its premises, talk to the locals and be offered traditional, rose-water tasting, sweets.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Dourdouvana trail is not a technical hike but a good stamina is an advance. No prior trekking experience is required; however having done some hikes before will still be an asset. It is recommended for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before any hike.

Trek Itinerary

DAY1 ButtonHike Flabouritsa gorge - Camp on Doxa lake

For the ones departing from Athens, we meet at Doukissis Plakentias metro station (blue line) at 07.00am. The meeting point for everyone is at Ksilokastro village at 10.00am where everyone we will head towards Flabouritsa gorge.
The Gorge of Flambourtza stands out among the impressive πeaks of Little and Big Ziria and is the most lively and intact part of the mountain.Upon arrival we will only have a short time for a snack to boost our energy levels.Today the total hiking time is estimated about 7 1/2 hours.
We will follow a very nice and interesting circular route. The first half moves to the top, overlooking Mikri and Greater Ziria, where it passes from the top of Gimno, the Ziria Sports Center and the Cave of Hermes. According to mythology, in this cave, Mother, daughter of Atlas, was born the winged floor of the angel of gods, Mercury.
In the second half of the route we descend very gently the Flampouritsa gorge and cross it through a beautiful fir forest. After 1 hour of walking in the heart of Flampouritsa, our uphill course begins towards Varnevos. We will need 1 to 1.5 hours to cover the rest of the route where we will get to the starting point.

We drive towards Doksa lake, our destination for the night. Once we reach our camp site, we cook and share dinner by the fire, we get a short briefing for the next day and we enjoy the rest of the night by the stars.

tent small3    Accomodation in tents
          trek icon small1   7.5 hours hiking         ascent    Ascent : 530m


DAY2 Button Hike Dourdouvana Mt - Swim in the sea - Eat in local tavern


The day starts early as we need to leave lake Doksa already by 07.30. This will give us the chance to enjoy the sun rising behind before we take a path that will take us to the top of Ntourntouvana peak. During this 7-8 hour hike we will cover 12 km And an altitude difference of more that 1150 m. We will return to our base at 14.00 to have a snack before heading towards ksilokastro beach, an hour drive away. A relaxing dive in the sea and delicious local food at a nearby traditional tavern is all we need to release the heat and the tiredness of the day. At about 7 we will take the way back to Athens where we expect to arrive at about 21.00.

  trek icon small1   7-8 hours hiking         ascent    Ascent : 1150m

What is included in the price

 

  • Transportation from Athens to Flabouritsa and Doxa lake and return to Athens.
  • Hiking Equipment (baton)
  • Snacks during the hikes
  • All meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)
  • English speaking guide
  • Camping equipment (tents, carrimats)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Raincoat (upon demand)
  • All taxes


What is not included in the price

  • Booking flights to Athens
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional expences as a result of leaving the tour earlier
  • Additional expences as a result of staying longer
  • All other services that are not listed above

What to bring with you

  • Hiking shoes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Daypack or Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Extra clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

Durduvana Mt. Trek

€ 280

/starting price per person

Hiking Equipment
Camping Equipment
English speaking guide
Transportation
Snacks and meals
Book your hike

Flabouritsa gorge

Explore Flambouritsa the birthplace of Hermes, God of travellers. A gorge of great beauty and richness in flora and fauna

English speaking guide

A local guide speaking fluently English will guide you throughout the hike.

Beautiful trekking area

Hike Durduvana mountain, which belongs to Natura 2000 network, through deep forest and great view to Doxa lake

Camping at Doxa lake

Doxa lake offers a magificent and quiet place for camping and relaxing.

Charateristics of the hike

Trip Duration

Duration of Durduvana trip, including the transportation is 2 days.

Period of operation

Durduvana tour can be done during the months June to October.

Minimum attendance

The minimun attendance for Durduvana tour is 4 persons.

Hiking Level

The difficulty level for the Durduvana hike is moderate.