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pureTrail Adventures - Mani Pensinula, Peleponnese, Greece

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Tuesday 28th April to Saturday 2nd May 2020

Bookings Open
Friday 1st November 2019 at 18:00
Bookings Close
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Booking Fees

Hotel (with Breakfast)
£575 Single Occupancy
£745 Based on 2 people sharing a room

Self-Catering
£525 Single Occupancy 
£645 Based on 2 people sharing a room

Payment Terms - 50% deposit; 25% by 31st January and Final Balance by 17th March.

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pureTrail Guides and Race Directors - Mark and Steve

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Our fourth 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 days guided running/hiking
  • 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 £123 RETURN on Thursday 31st 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. Late April is warm, and the sea is warm enough for swimming after our daily excursions up into the hills. Average daytime temperatures average low to mid-twenties Celsius, the heat is already there.. so our runs are tailored to make the most of the afternoons for relaxing and soaking up the rays.
April is slightly cooler than our Autumn Adventure, though not always! The sea hasn’t had the burning summer to warm it through yet, but the landscape is green, carpeted with wildflowers and orchids and the wildlife abounds. Typical daytime temperatures range from 22-24.
 

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 
A guided run/hike up through the olive groves and old villages along the edge of the Vyros Gorge. Duration is likely to be 3-4 hours with a brief stop for coffee or coke at a restaurant up high on the edge of the gorge.

Day 3   
We take on another route up into the hills and gorges above Kardamyli, this time going higher into the Vyros Gorge, with two brief taverna stops along the way. A run and hike of between 4 and 5 hours with incredible views afforded for the duration of the run.

Day 4 - 'The Long Day'
Day 4 is our longest and last day out on the trails. It will extend to between 4.5 and 5.5 hours, It will include some sharp, technical climbs, and steep descents, but also a meander back down through olive groves towards the sea. Incredible views to the mountains and out across the Ionian will be afforded at most times for the duration of the run.

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 mark@puretrail.uk should you have any questions


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