Hello everyone! My name is Konstantinos Lyketsos and I am a professional skier. I was born in Athens, Greece on October 24th 1982. I have studied Business Administration at Deree College in Athens and when I am not skiing I create websites. I have won the Alpine Ski Hellenic Championship 3 times until the age of 18 in both disciplines Giant Slalom/Slalom and I have been competing in many World Cups for teenagers and the Winter Olympic Games under 18 yr in Poprad, Slovakia. At the age of 20 I started freestyle ski which I haven’t stopped since now.
I compete in FIS Halfpipe ski competitions in world cup level and many other European level events when I have the chance. Besides the competitions my passion is to create ski videos with my friends. When I ski, I live in a different world full of creativity and happy thoughts! The best part in skiing is that you can enjoy the sport with your friends. I would recommend skiing to everyone without second thought!!!
- 1996: Winner 1st place Hellenic Championship Alpine Ski Giant Slalom/Slalom
- 1996: Bambi Cup Serbia 7th place
- 1996: Abetone World Cup competitor Alpine Ski Giant Slalom/Slalom
- 1999: Poprad - Tatry Slovakia Youth Olympic Games Giant Slalom/Slalom/Super G competitor
- 2000: Winner 1st place Hellenic Championship Alpine Ski Slalom
- 2005: 4th place Winner Hellenic Championship Alpine Ski Giant Slalom
- 2007: European Open Freeski Laax Switzerland Halfpipe/Slopestyle competitor
- 2008: European Open Freeski Laax Switzerland Halfpipe/Slopestyle competitor
- 2010: European Open Freeski Laax Switzerland Halfpipe/Slopestyle competitor(halfpipe semi-finals)
- 2011: Europa Cup Halfpipe Saas-Fee Switzerland (knee injury)
- 2013: World Cup test Event Sochi Russia 40th place
- 2013: World Championship Halfpipe Oslo Norway 33rd place
- 2013: North American Cup Halfpipe Copper Colorado USA 31st place
- 2013: World Cup Halfpipe Copper Colorado USA (injury)
- 2014: World Cup Halfpipe Calgary Canada 31st place
- 2014: World Cup Halfpipe Breckenridge Colorado USA 34th place
- 2014: North-American Cup Halfpipe Copper Mt. Colorado USA
- 2014: World Cup Halfpipe Calgary Olympic Park Canada
- 2014: European Open Freeski Halfpipe/Slopestyle Laax Switzerland
- 2014: Member of the Hellenic Freeski Team
Every year I’m trying to become better on my sport and be as competitive as I can against the other riders. A big accomplishment for me is to be able to land perfect all my tricks in my halfpipe run. In the long run I’m trying to accomplish personal satisfaction and lots of good memories in what I do.
My greatest achievement will be to be able to pass all the ski knowledge I have to the new generations through coaching.
For countries like Greece that has no real snowparks and halfpipes to train, the only way to become a freestyle ski competitor is to spend a lot of money in ski trips around Europe and the US for proper training. If we had the facilities in our country I believe that the level of the Greek riders would be the same as the European ones.
The atmosphere around the competition. The speaker saying your name. All competitors know each other and the environment is super friendly. In some comps music is the key factor for better performances. The crowd at the bottom watching you perform. I think it is a great feeling.
During training I have to be focused in what I have to accomplish that day. If I want to learn a new trick I will focus only on that trick instead of just skiing around the park. I will find the right jump of wall in the halfpipe and try my new trick all day. Repetition is key to success.
Hahahaha…I really don’t know.
For the next 4 years I will be training and competing in halfpipe comps mostly and the final goal is the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea 2018. There is also the coaching part of the sport that fascinates me and I have plans to get some certification on that.
Period of operation: May to June and September to October
Duration: 7 days (6 nights)
Activities included in the package: Bungee jumping, Canal crossing, Canyoning, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Lake Kayak, Mountain Biking, Free time for local sight seeing
Extra options: Yoga & Massage sessions, Grape harvest (September), In-house wine-tasting workshop, Traditional ceramics workshop, Greek cooking lesson
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels. Good physical shape is necessary.
Minimum participants: 6.
Minimum age: 18 y/o
Accommodation: 3 nights in fully-furnished apartment in a hotel complex by the sea & 3 nights in a self-catering traditional stone house in the mountain
Breakfast: Homemade & local products, organic where possible
Guests arrive at Daphne’s Club Hotel Apartments in Sykia/Xylokastro.
Check-in, welcome drink and free time to explore the surroundings.
Morning departure for the Canal of Corinth.
Bungee jumping session!
Transfer to Isthmia for embarkation on the boat – Canal crossing & Excursion to Lake Vouliagmeni – Free time for lunch, swimming, relaxing.
Late afternoon return by boat to Loutraki – Free time in Loutraki for strolling, dinner etc.
Late evening return to Daphne’s Club.
Morning departure for the Fonissa Gorge.
Early afternoon return to Daphne’s Club – Free time.
Extra options available for late afternoon and early evening.
Morning check out from Daphne’s Club and transfer to Frygani Crag.
Lunch stop in Kalliani-Stymfalia.
Afternoon transfer to En Arhi Guesthouse (Trikala), check-in and free time to explore the area.
Extra options available for the late afternoon and early evening.
Early morning transfer to mount Kyllene.
Hiking to the Ziria summit or Flabouritsa Gorge (depending on weather conditions).
Early afternoon to Trikala, free time for lunch etc.
Extra options available for the late afternoon and early evening.
Early morning transfer to Lake Doxa.
All day mountain biking & lake kayak! Lunch break in-between.
Early evening return to Trikala.
Guests depart from En Arhi, whole-hearted goodbyes!
- 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
- All activities mentioned in the description (instructor & equipment)
- 2 meals (recommended meals “Welcome dinner” & “Farewell Dinner”)
- All applicable taxes
- Travel insurance
Period of operation: Year round * except river trekking in Neda (day 4 available from June to September).
Duration: 7 days (6 nights).
Activities: Rafting, Sea Kayak, River Trekking, Hiking, Scuba Diving, Flying Fox, Archery.
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 4.
Minimum age: 8 y/o *except river trekking in Neda, minimum age 12 y/o.
Price: You could choose activities you prefer from this package. Send us your request and let us know which activity you want to do and how many days so as to set the price
Peloponnese is among the top mainland destinations in Greece for those who want to follow an off-the-beaten-path activities tour. Vast gorges, crystal clear rivers, sandy beaches, azure waters, excellent dive sites and rugged mountains as well as Venetian fortresses, classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine churches and historical legends.
Our journey consists of some of the best activity and historical sites in Arkadia (Central Peloponnese) and Messinia regions (South Peloponnese), starting from Ancient Gortys.
Pick up from Athens or Kalamata airport to Dimitsana.
Dimitsana is one of the most beautiful mountainous villages in Arkadia. Built on a mountain slope of 950m high, Dimitsana is a stone built village with remarkable traditional houses and rich history. We get settled in the hotel and have the rest of the day off to get to know each other, go sightseeing, eat great food and prepare for the next day.
Hiking Tour– Flying Fox – Archery: 4 hours
Our destination is Ancient Gortys. We arrive with our mini bus to the New Philosopher’s Monastery, where the hiking begins. We visit the old monastery of Philosophos which was built in 1661 on the west side of Loussios gorge and is widely known as a“Secret School”. We then continue our hike until the famous Prodromos Monastery. The view over the Loussios gorge is unique.
We end our hike in ancient Gortys where we see the remains of the Temple of Asclepius and the ancient road that Spartan athletes used to follow so as to reach ancient Olympia for the Olympic Games.
After enjoying a delicious snack, we continue with archery and flying fox over the Loussios river.
River Rafting in Loussios and Alfios rivers : 3 hours
The perfect way to discover the river where the nymphs used to bathe Zeus and explore its dense vegetation and crystal clear waters is rafting. Our experienced guides will take you through both Loussios and Alfios Rivers and initiate you in the secrets of rafting while you’ll be enjoying this amazing paradise on earth!
The river run is suitable for all skill levels and lasts for 2 hours. At the end of the activity, we enjoy a full Greek lunch by the river with wine, fresh salad and a special main dish cooked and served by our friends in the rafting base.
River Trekking in Neda (summer season only from June to September): 4 hours (from Arcadia to Messinia, Temple of Apollon)
Neda river lies on the borders of the Ilia and Messinia region and is the only river in Greece with a feminine name. Driving from the Arcadia region to the Messinia region before we reach Neda river we make a stop at the stunning Temple of Apollo Epicurius or the Parthenon of Peloponnese.
Arriving at the spot where our river trek starts, the breathtaking scenery will definitely amaze you. As we trek through the river gorge, we pass through narrow cliff openings no more than 1.5m wide at some points where we have to swim crossing stone bridges and underwater caves until we reach the spectacular Neda waterfalls.
Sea Kayaking – Hiking Kardamili in Mani Messinia: 5-6 hours with breaks
Once we arrive at our activity base, we get our kayaks and begin to enjoy an excursion at the foot of mount Taygetos where each little cove hides a special surprise. Hidden caves, cliffs with spectacular formations and unique beaches such as the well hidden beach of Foneas with the white pebbles or the beach of Kalogria with fine golden sand and turquoise waters.
The beach of Kalogria is also known as the beach of Zorbas, as this was the place where writer Nikos Kazantzakis met his hero of his book, Zorba the Greek. Halfway we make a stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with local traditional delicacies.
Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called ‘’royal road’’, connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way, we walk through the narrow streets of traditional villages as we learn about their history.
A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us an additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees.
Scuba Diving Kardamili in Mani Messinia. DSD Course for beginners or an Exciting Dive for Certified divers: 3 hours
What a great way to Discover Scuba Diving (also called DSD ). This is an application of recreational diving in which an un-certified diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Arriving at Kalogria beach we set foot on the diving center where we prepare ourselves for a dive.
The dive site has an amazing sandy bottom with crystal clear visibility and offers many surprises to explore such as grass lands, caverns and rocky reefs. The area is also characterized by fresh water springs which emerge from underground caverns into the sea-floor.
If you are a certified diver, we can schedule an exciting dive from the shore or boat.
Messinia to Athens Airport or Kalamata Airport
What is Included in the price:
- Car transportation – fuel- tolls.
- Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights*.
- Certified guide throughout the 7 day activities.
- All the necessary equipment.
- Photos from the activities.
- Liability Insurance.
*We can also arrange for you to stay in 4-5 star hotels. In this case, price varies depending on the season and the hotel.
What to bring with you:
- Comfortable clothes.
- Swim suites (at least 2 pairs).
- Sun glasses / sun screen / hat.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
The schedule of the tour, may change in case of bad weather conditions.
Meet your Guide:
- Padi Scuba Diving Instructor.
- Rafting Guide.
- River Trekking / Hiking Guide.
- Sea Kayak guide.
Antonis is into action sports since a very young age. Despite living in the city, he has never been a city boy. He studied Electrical Engineering; however, his real passion is nature and outdoor activities. Everything started when he first got his feet on a snowboard. From that moment on, he couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and leave the city.
Traveling is also a big passion for Antonis. While travelling in South East Asia, he got interested in scuba diving and guess what! He is a PADI scuba instructor now. The element of water is everywhere in his life. Since 2005 he is a Rafting, River Trekking, Hiking guide but even that, it was not enough!
Sea Kayaking was coming his way, so he did that too and now he is a 3 star BCU (British Canoeing Union) paddler. But that’s not all. He has tried everything from surfing to sailing, windsurfing to climbing and even babysitting !!!
- Positive energy.
- Good looks.
- He gets really really, REALLY enthusiastic once in the outdoors.
More facts: Studied Electrical Engineering in Greece and took his Masters degree in London U.K. Works as an engineer since 2002. During the winter season, he goes snowboarding and at least once a year he travels somewhere far away from home.
What else… his friends call him little Antony because they say he will never grow up. Want to meet him? E-mail us for more info on the amazing South Peloponnese Adventure Tour!