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pureTrail Adventures - Mani Pensinula, Peleponnese, Greece

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Tuesday 30th April to Saturday 4th May 2019

Bookings Open
Monday 29th October 2018 at 18:00
Bookings Close
Monday 29th April 2019
Booking Fees
£700.00 - based on 2 people sharing a room (£350 p/person)
£450.00 - based on Single Occupancy

A non-refundable deposit is payable now with the balance payable at any time before 1st March 2019. 

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pureTrail Guides and Race Directors - Mark and Steve

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Our second Puretrail Adventure to the Mani..  The ultimate trail running destination under the sun. 

The Mani Peninsula is the undiscovered mountainous ‘middle finger’ of the Peleponnese, in Southern Greece. 

The Taygetus Mountains run down the spine of the Mani and rise to a height of 2407 metres to form a spectacular panoramic backdrop to our adventures here. The highest peak – ‘Profitis Ilias’ is often snow-capped in Spring and late Summer and is visible from all directions and from our base on the coast. 

Deep river gorges cascade precipitously down from the high peaks and form the natural access routes into the hills. The myriad of mule tracks and goat trails reach tentatively upward through the olive groves from Kardamyli, a small town at the foot of the mountains on the crystalline shores of the Ionian Sea. 

Kardamyli has been chosen as the base for our Mani Adventures. It is part of the Messinian Mani, the northern section of the peninsula, less than an hour’s drive from Kalamata, our destination airport. It is a small, friendly, relaxed and typically Greek town with an ambience of tranquillity, balanced perfectly between the mountains, gorges, olive groves and blue waters of the Ionian.  

It is an idyllic place to run, hike, mountain bike and generally hang-out and chill-out for a while. 

What you Receive:-

Transfers to and from Kalamata Airport 

4 nights at the Hotel Vardia, Kardamyli including Breakfast each morning

3 guided runs/hikes

pureTrail technical t-shirt

pureTrail multi-functional headwear

We fly from Gatwick to Kalamata. Using Easyjet. The flight takes 3 hours 20 minutes. -easyJet flights from Gatwick to Kalamata were £106 RETURN on Friday 26th October, based on the dates required to attend, these are to be arranged separately by the entrant.

Shuttle transfers to and from our base in Kardamyli (transfer time approximately 1 hour) are included.

ACCOMMODATION 

As we approach the town, from high above to the North, we see the terracotta red rooves in a sea of grey-green olive trees to one side and the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea on the other. With the gorges running down viscerally to the shore, it’s a dramatic first impression. 

We have procured a delightful hotel for your stay, just above Kardamyli town with incredible views over the olive groves and rooftops and facing westward for magnificent sunsets over the Messinian Gulf.  

Breakfast is included within the Puretrail Adventure package. 

The town is easily accessible within a 5-10 minute walk to the centre and for sea swimming. 

Kardamyli has a such an ambient vibe, very low-key and laid back. October is warm, the sea is at its warmest for swimming and the late summer light is mellow in the afternoons and evenings. Daytime temperatures average 24-25 degrees, still quite warm, so our runs are tailored to make the most of the afternoons for relaxing and soaking up the rays. 

ITINERARY 

Day 1          
The first day is travelling to our base in Kardamyli. 

Arrival at Kalamata airport at 11.20am.  

Shuttle transfer to Kardamyli hotel. 

Arrival in Kardamyli at approximately 12.45pm.

As the first day starts with an early flight from Gatwick, airport transfer to the hotel and meeting and greeting your guides Mark and Steve, pureTrail Race Directors, you will be given the opportunity to explore the town, swim, and generally chill out before the running begins next day, but you can also take advantage of a short introductory run in the early evening if you so wish. 

Day 2 
The first full day's guided run/hike up through the olive groves and old villages along the edge of the Vyros Gorge. Duration is likely to be 4 hours with a break for lunch at a restaurant up high on the edge of the gorge.  

Day 3   
THE LONG DAY 
Day 3 is the longest day out on the trails. It will extend to between 4 and 5 hours, again with a stop for lunch. It will include some sharp, technical climbs, and steep descents, but also a leisurely meander through the vast Kalamata olive groves down to the sea.  Incredible views to the mountains and out across the Ionian will be afforded at most times for the duration of the run. We can also offer a shorter run on this day if preferred. 

Day 4    
We return to the trails and find a new route up high above the olive groves and hill villages to the head of the Vyros Gorge. Once again, the duration of the adventure will be approximately 3-4 hours including running and hiking with a stop for lunch. 

Day 5
Shuttle bus pick-up from our hotel at 9.30am for transfer to Kalamata Airport, in good time for the Midday flight. 

Arrival back at Gatwick at 1.45 pm local time. 

Please email admin@puretrail.uk should you have any questions

 


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