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Canyoning in Vatos Samothraki

Canyoning in Vatos Samothraki

Product Code : 5380

About The Place

Samothraki, a hidden gem in the northern Aegean Sea, beckons travelers with its untamed beauty, mythological significance, and serene atmosphere. Dominated by the imposing Mount Saos, the island offers a distinctive experience blending nature, history, and culture.

Geography and Landscape: Samothraki is the eighth-largest Greek island, covering approximately 178 square kilometers. Its rugged terrain is characterized by mountainous landscapes, lush forests, and cascading streams. At an elevation of 1,611 meters, Mount Saos stands as the highest peak, shrouded in myth and crowned by the ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods.

Nature and Biodiversity: The island’s rich biodiversity is a testament to its pristine environment. Dense forests, predominantly composed of chestnut and oak trees, cover the slopes of Mount Saos. Samothraki is home to a variety of flora, including medicinal herbs and endemic species, adding to its ecological significance. The island’s diverse birdlife and the presence of protected habitats contribute to its appeal for nature lovers.

Ancient History and Mythology: Samothraki’s historical importance is deeply rooted in its association with ancient Greek mythology. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods, discovered atop Mount Saos, was a religious center dedicated to the mysterious Kabeiroi deities. The iconic Winged Victory of Samothrace, now displayed in the Louvre Museum, was unearthed here. Visitors can explore the archaeological site, marvel at ancient ruins, and immerse themselves in the island’s mythical aura.

Landmarks and Monuments: Apart from its archaeological treasures, Samothraki boasts picturesque villages and noteworthy landmarks. The Chora, the island’s capital, is a charming settlement with traditional stone houses, winding alleys, and panoramic views. The medieval castle of Myrina, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, adds a touch of historical allure to the landscape.

Thermal Springs: Samothraki’s therapeutic thermal springs, notably found in Therma, are renowned for their healing properties. The naturally warm waters flow into the sea, offering visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy a soothing dip while surrounded by the island’s natural beauty.

Activities and Outdoor Exploration: The island’s unspoiled nature provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities. Hiking trails traverse the mountainous terrain, leading adventurers to waterfalls, secluded beaches, and scenic viewpoints. The island’s pristine beaches, including Pachia Ammos and Kipos, invite relaxation and the enjoyment of crystal-clear waters.

Cultural Events: Samothraki’s cultural vibrancy is expressed through traditional festivals and events. These celebrations, rooted in local customs and traditions, offer visitors a glimpse into the island’s authentic way of life.

In essence, Samothraki is not merely a destination; it’s an immersive experience that combines ancient mystique, natural wonders, and genuine Greek hospitality. This unspoiled island invites those seeking a tranquil retreat, an exploration of mythology, and an appreciation for the wonders of nature.

 

 

Highlights

  • Preparation and training : 30′

  • Hike before : 1 hour

  • Canyoning duration : 4 hours

  • Hiking afterwards : 1 hour

Total Duration

  • 7 hours

Full description

Embark on an unforgettable canyoning adventure in the captivating island of Samothraki as we journey through the breathtaking Vato Gorge. Our day trip begins with a meeting at Pachia Ammos beach, where we will gather before making our way to the charming chapel of Panagia Krimiotissa. A scenic one-hour walk will lead us to the entrance of the gorge, where the real excitement begins.

Prepare to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Vato Gorge as we kick off the adventure with exhilarating jumps into the pristine lakes. Following the jumps, we will undergo essential training to ensure a safe descent through the stunning canyon, adorned with seven majestic waterfalls. Brace yourself for an action-packed experience filled with jumps, swims, and immersion in the crystal-clear waters of the gorge.

After conquering the canyon’s challenges, we will embark on a leisurely one-hour walk that will lead us to the picturesque Vatos Beach. Take a well-deserved break to relax and indulge in the beauty of the sea, allowing the tranquility to wash over you. For our return journey, we have the option of a scenic boat ride, unless inclement weather conditions necessitate a safe return via an alternative path, ensuring the group’s well-being.

This thrilling canyoning tour not only promises an adrenaline-pumping adventure but also offers a unique opportunity to explore the enchanting southern part of Samothraki, uncovering its hidden gems and natural splendors.

Best Season: July-August

What to Bring

  • Swimming shorts or leggings for hiking

  • An extra t-shirt

  • Underwear for after activity

  • Beach towel

  • Hair elastics (if necessary)

  • Comfortable clothes

  • Individual water bottle

  • Food

  • Sunscreen

  • Hat

  • Wear contact lenses or glasses with optical laces

  • Have an extra pair of sneakers or hiking shoes (non-slip) + a pair of socks

Includes

  • Accredited drivers

  • Your personal equipment provided is neoprene suit, helmet, safety belt, special backpack

  • Photos/videos

Limitations

  • Minimum number of people 8
  • The minimum age is 14 years
  • Normal physical and mental condition
  • Normal body weight
  • Comfort in swimming
  • No previous use of alcohol or drugs
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Itinerary

  • Starting Time 9:00
  • Ending Time 17:00

Meeting point

Pachia Ammos beach, Samothraki

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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Sold By: Hellas Canyon

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