My name is Dimitris Kyrsanidis, friends call me “DK”. I am a professional Freerunner and a Red Bull Athlete. I have been doing Freerunning since 2007. I am a Christian Orthodox and God is my main inspiration in LIFE. I come from Thessaloniki, Greece. When I do something, whatever this is, I want to do it perfectly no matter what.
I never stop till that happens. I enjoy working hard and achieving in the end. I don’t believe in “luck”. I like travelling. Travelling has become a part of my life since summer 2014. I wanna have my own Parkour/Freerunning/Tricking academy in the near future. Also I want to become a pro film maker in the future. This is ME!
I am looking for virtuousness and success. My dream at the moment is to make Greece, especially my city Thessaloniki, one of the top places in the world for a Freerunner to visit and make my own academy in the near future.
Winning the Red Bull Art Of Motion 2 years in a row and making my dreams come true.
The most difficult thing that I personally have encountered is the fight with myself, sometimes you get scared and afraid of doing anything, cause the mind is playing with you.
You need to be 100% in focus, most of our injuries are coming from underestimating the easy tricks.
Well most of the time I am alone, I prefer going to the park next to my house, or to the center of Thessaloniki where we have the only Parkour/Freerunning Park in Greece that the city mayor and I created 4 years ago. Sometimes I go to a gymnastics gym also.
First thing I do is my cross, God is EVERYTHING to me, so I pray for some seconds, and then I start. Short warm up, then I find a cool thing to do and I do it several times till my body feels warm.
Then I just move around, most of the times I get inspired from videos and try new things that I saw or imagined.
When I am competing I am most nervous about getting hurt and failing to do the things I planned to do.
I would say my family could be my biggest fan. Cause they never stopped supporting me, since the very beginning they were there.
Then goes my girlfriend, she even started doing Freerunning. And lastly my friends. Cause they are my friends.
The best of advice I have ever received was: “don’t compete to win, compete to have fun”. Then I completely changed, I stopped being nervous, I started to enjoy 100%.
By Paulo Victor Freitas.
My future plans? Well I really want to create my own Parkour, Freerunning, Tricking, Street Workout academy all in one.
I wanna travel even more and make creative videos. Make a living out of Freerunning and never stop living my dream.
Period of operation: Year round – Best season 20/4 to 20/10
Duration: 6 days (5 nights).
Activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking, ATV, Cooking Lessons, Sight Seeing
Skill level: Suitable for all skill levels.
Minimum participants: 2.
Minimum age: 5 y/o
You can take your pick and design your own schedule. Get in touch and get a price!
Pick up from: El. Venizelos airport or Athens or the port of Patra or Kalamata Airport and transfer by car to the small but picturesque traditional hotel in Langadia, 200 km distance and over 2 hr and 30 min drive.
Get settled in and enjoy the rest of the day with great views of the surrounding scenery, rest and relaxation. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner consisting of a plethora of local dishes, drinks and more.
8:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” consisting of: coffee and/or beverages of your choice, trachana soup, traditional homemade bread toasted on charcoal, butter and homemade jams, natural fruit juice, local free-range eggs and honey, pies and local sweets. (Breakfast will be repeated for all days of the program).
9:30 Depart for the traditional village of Dimitsana, visit the Open Air Water-Power Museum, the Monastery of Prodromos and Ancient Gortyn.
The Open Air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana is a thematic museum that highlights the importance of water- power in a traditional society, presenting the basic pre-industrial techniques that use water as the main source of energy for the production of various products. The area is approximately one square kilometer, in which a large craft complex was operating in the pre-industrial period that used the water of the homonymous source, the famous headland of Saint John as driving power.
The Monastery of Prodromos (Baptist) is built at the root of a cliff on the left side of the gorge Lοusios, near the beautiful villages of Stemnitsa and Dimitsana. The landscape is impressive and reminds Meteora and the Great Cave. The church of St. John the Prodromos is a single aisle, domed, basilica temple and is decorated with remarkable Christian paintings. Frescoes are also featuring the outside of the temple, magnetizing the eyes of every visitor.
The archaeological site of Ancient Gortyn is located on the right bank of the river Lousios, in a charming location at the exit of the gorge. It is drivable from the villages of Greek (6 km) and Atsicholos (4 km) and also the Monastery of Prodromos. Ancient Gortys was an important town of Arcadia in ancient times. Even today the ruins still attract the interest and admiration of visitors, combined with the natural beauty and tranquility of the place.
14:00 Lunch at a nearby village on the way to Lagadia.
Relaxation – Leisure
7:30 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”.
9:00 Day hiking in the 1st Certified Greek trail “Menalon Trail”, route 8 Valtessiniko-Lagadia (duration 4-5 hours, necessary hiking equipment). Mountain guide upon request. Stop for rest and brunch at the spot of “Grias Lithari”.
The Menalon Trail received a certificate of competence as one of the Leading Quality Trails (Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe) and is now proposed by the ERA to all European hikers as a coherent, interesting and safe mountain adventure. The Menalon Trail is the 8th European path that has received this important quality and safety guarantee.
15:00 Lunch at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”
16:00 Relaxation – Leisure
19:00 Cooking Lessons – Seminar of local dishes preparation
8:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
9:00 Depart to the archaeological site of Olympia (65 km – 1.5 hours)
An amazing route connects the village of Lagadia with Ancient Olympia. The harmonious alternation of landscapes gives the feeling of traveling through time. Deep dense canyons, lush vineyards, pine-covered slopes and riverside areas. The Ladon River meets Alpheus that passes through the valley of Olympia near the archaeological site. Words are just unnecessary…
One visit is just not enough in the place that gave birth to the Olympic Games. The greatness of the ancient Greek culture never ceases to impress. In this corner of Peloponnese you will love the father of Gods, Zeus in his holy place. Just imagine raised in front of you one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, the imposing gold and ivory statue of Zeus of 13.5 m, sculptured by Phidias. You will also admire with awe the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. You will feel the aura, glory and wisdom of a culture that enchanted the whole world and also that you are in the starting line for a trip back in history, to the glory of ancient Greece.
14:30 Return – Visit to a river trout farm and meal
Relaxation – Leisure
08:30 A rich traditional breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, including coffee or other drink of your preference, trachanas soup, handmade bread, butter, variety of homemade marmalades, fresh fruit juice, local eggs and honey, traditional pies and local sweet treats.
10:30 Transfer to a natural beauty area of the Menalos Mountain for mountain biking
14:00 Lunch in a traditional tavern of the area with local delicacies
16:00 Return to Lagkadia – Rest
18:30 Tour of the traditional village of Lagkadia – acquaintance with the local sightseeing’s, the history and culture of the place.
A short walk around the neighborhoods and streets of the village feels like a travel back in time, when stone was the primary material in the hands of the skillful craftsmen whose chisels resound in the narrow village streets.
In the neighborhood higher up, close to the church of St. John, one can see the old stone mansion of Deligiannis (former Prime Minister of Greece) and feel his presence still strong around. The central road of Lagkadia is particularly impressive. It once was a very commercial one, since Lagkadia are situated in the central road connecting Tripolis with Pyrgos.
The pride of the village is the church of the Archangels, built in 1808 with the monumental steeple-clock (1910) proudly superimposing among the buildings of stone. In the central squares, the huge trees surround its views. Further up, one can see the school, built in 1864, dominating over the stone steps bringing up memories from the historical days when the first practical high school opened its doors after the revolution of 1821.
The afternoon stroll is finishing with a visit at Panagia of Gounaris where, weather permitting, the majestic sunset over the Ionian Sea will steal your heart. End your thirst in the natural spring below the chapel.
Relaxation – Leisure
08:00 Traditional Greek breakfast at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma” including coffee or beverage of your choice, trachana soup, browned hand-made bread, butter and home-made jams, natural fruit juice, local fresh eggs and honey, traditional pies and local desserts.
09:00 Departure to visit the Kapsia Cave. The Kapsia Cave is around 15km outside Tripolis and 1.5km away from Kapsia village. Experts rank the Kapsia Cave in the top 10 list of the most valuable caves in Greece. The cave is located in the confined geological basin of the Mantinean plateau and is associated with the complex system of natural sinks, a characteristic of the aquifer. Among the findings in the cave, are human bones and pottery of everyday utensils.
10:30 Departure for one of the following : Mykines or Ancient Korintos or the Acropolis Museum, upon communication with the group. Greek fast-food lunch – gyros souvlaki. Return to the airport for departure.
Our role starts at the entrance point of the clients/groups in our country (airport, port or other) and finishes again at the point of departure.
We take care of everything required for a pleasant and safe stay of our clients within our country.
These include the below:
- Transportation from the point of entry to the place of accommodation and return to the same point for the departure. The transportation includes the equipment and luggages carried along for the purposes of their activities.
- In the case where special equipment is needed for each activity, this has to be made known in advance so we can arrange for it if possible. Where this is not possible, the clients are required to arrange for it themselves.
- All transportation’s by car/bus within Greece, needed to complete the activities, including additional costs (tolls etc).
- Accommodation and breakfast. Our choices of accommodation include fully-furnished apartments and rooms, with bathrooms and kitchen equipment, terrace with view, free
- Wi-Fi, private parking, maximum capacity of 23 beds
- One lunch or dinner per day, at the Snack Bar Cafe “Aroma”, or other place depending on the schedule.
- Drivers fee, mountain guide, safety escort, trainer or anyone else necessary or as mentioned in the schedule. All aforementioned escorts are chosen upon presenting relevant certifications on the skills needed.
No expenditures are included for transportation on own initiative whether in group or individually which is not included or needed for the purposes of the activities.
Museum tickets or tourist guide’s fees if requested. These often change and may not interest everyone.
Any other activity or need beyond the ones described in the suggested program, unless previously agreed with the organisers.
Travelling costs from an individual’s or group country of residence to Greece and back are not included in the total cost of the excursion, hence must be arranged by the individual or group itself.
The schedule may be modified by the organizers according to the number of participants.
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