Hiking Day Trip Through the Historic Thermopylae

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Hiking Day Trip Through the Historic Thermopylae


Classical heritage meets nature in this fun one day hiking tour at the historic Thermopylae, the path of Ephialtes.

Visiting Places: Thermopylae, Ephialtes path.
Duration: 1 day

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Customer Reviews

"Absolutely loved the tour. Everyone who helped us out was extremely friendly, will definitely book with the Travel Porter again when we're back in Greece! "- Rachel R., Chicago IL USA

"We had an amazing hike and our guide was fun and personable. A one of a kind experience outside the city life in Athens!" - Jeniffer & Jason, USA

Activity Description

Thermopylae is world famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces, including the Spartans and the Persian forces.
Anopaia path is the route crossed by the troop of Xerxes, guided by Ephialtes, in order to seize the back of the Greek forces in 480BC. The route starts from the monastery Damasta, about 2.5 hours drive from from Athens (15km/20minutes by car from Parnassos mountain) . It's total length is about 16km which requires about 5/6 hours of easy walking. 
The scenery during the route is breathtaking as you will be guided through a forest, surrounded by beautiful Greek fauna of firs, pine and many other species of plants and trees.
During the route you may come across some small, seasonal ponds. 
The 5/6-hour long walk ends at Thermopylae. There, you will get the chance to dive in the hot springs -from which Thermopylae (translated as 'hot gates'!) takes its name- for a warm, relaxing bath after an exciting journey on historic soils. 

Special Features

  • Trekking in the world-famous historic Thermopylae path.
  • Dive in the historic hot springs. 
  • A unique combination of exercise, nature and classical heritage.
  • Chance to experience a traditional meal in a local taverna after the hike. 
  • Door-to-door experience (including all transfers).

Why we like it

Because Greece is not just ouzo and kalamari! Greek mountains are beautiful and the route combines hiking with Greek ancient history and the country's natural beauties.  

Activity Snapshot

Start Date | Time: Daily, All Year | Departure 8am from Athens. This is a private tour. 

Duration: Full Day, hiking duration: 5/6 hours (easy walking) depending on pace.

Meeting Point: Hotel pickup upon arrangement.

Group Size:  This is a private tour of min. 2 - max. 8 persons. More persons may be accommodated upon request. 

Pace: Moderate, car/mini-van and hiking as described. Suitable for adults in basic/good physical condition. 

Spoken Language: English (French and Italian subject to availability upon request).

Included: Transfer by car/van, licensed guide, light lunch pack. 

Excluded: Meal in nearby taverna following the hike, all refreshments and gratuities (optional)

Note:  Equipment required: Backpack, shoes suitable for trekking or sports, warm jacket, fleece jumper, long trousers, warm cap/hat, water, snacks, extra clothes in case of bad weather and rain, swimsuit, towel. Itineraries may be subject to minor changes, depending on weather conditions.

Young Travellers: Suitable for children over 10 years old, in the mood to hike.

Vendor: Milias Camps

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to 21 days prior activity date. 50% refundable up to 7 days before the activity date, thereafter no refund. 

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)  
  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
  • Complete information on Vendor, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. The TravelPorter hand-picks the most remarkable, experienced and reliable vetted professionals for a pleasant experience from booking to completion. 

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