Learning though travelling

Learning about the culture, the history and the natural environment of a place is always a lifetime experience.

In Olympus Education, the participants of our programmes are learning and experiencing the world known culture and natural beauty of Greece.

Our selected visits include world known sights with cultural interest (archeology, history, religion, architecture, art etc.) and natural interest (fauna, flora, geology, unique coastline and more).

OLYMPUS MOUNT & NATIONAL PARK

National Geographic «Olympus National Park boasts a history that is second to none»

One of the most famous mountains in the world and the highest mountain in Greece. In Greek mythology Olympus was the home of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world – namely: Zeus, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus and Hestia. The mountain's highest peak is Mytikas or Pantheon (2,917 meters - 9,573 feet) and it is believed it was the meeting place of Olympus Gods.

Olympus is considered one of the richest flora regions in Greece with more than 1,700 plants, representing 25 percent of all Greek flora. It is the first National Park in Greece, declared in 1938.

In 1981 UNESCO proclaimed Olympus ΄΄Biosphere Reserve΄΄. European Union has listed Olympus in the ΄΄Significant for Birdlife Regions of European Union΄΄. It is also registered in the list of Natura 2000 European Network as a special protection area and a site of Community interest.

The whole region of Olympus was declared archaeological and historical site for the preservation of its monumental and historical character. There are also several Christian monuments and many traditional settlements and villages.

METEORA

National Geographic "Meteora was among the top 8 destinations in the world for stargazing" (2016)

Lonely Planet "… an extraordinary place. The massive pinnacles of smooth rock are ancient and yet could be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale."

A unique landscape of huge dark rocks on the tops of which are built monasteries from the 11th century. The name Meteora means literally "middle of the sky" or "in the heavens above".

From 1988, Meteora are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.

From the thirty monasteries existed historically, today there are six visiting monasteries. The monks climbed to the monasteries with ropes, nets or with bare hands introducing a centuries-old tradition (medium rocks altitude 313 meters).

These huge rock hills were formed about 60 million years ago during the Paleogene Period. The creation of this unique geological landscape has not been yet clearly explained.

SKIATHOS ISLAND

Lonely Planet “Skiathos is blessed with some of the Aegean’s most beautiful beaches…”

One of the most popular, cosmopolitan and greenest islands in Greece. It is famous for some of the best beaches in the Aegean sea and the shooting of “Mama Mia” movie.

The island has more than 60 beaches. Among them, Koukounaries and Lalaria beaches are the most famous in Greece and the Mediterranean. Next to Koukounaries lies the small lake of Strofilia - home to rare species of birds.

The picturesque town (Chora) of the island is representative of the Greek island architecture with red roofs, narrow streets and countless options for entertainment and dining. At the entrance of the port stands impressively the Bourtzi, a Venetian castle of the 13th century.

The island has more than 50 churches and monasteries, where art has a strong presence through old and magnificent frescoes.