Difficulty level: Moderate
Min – Max Group Participants: 2 – 8 persons
Tour Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Price per person: € 938 (Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement € 120)
Deep canyons, blue water rivers, mountain lakes, stone bridges, old monasteries and picturesque villages are only some of the highlights of this trekking tour through one of the most remote areas of Greece. The villages of Zagori in North Western Greece are of an extraordinary beauty and well-known for their cobbled paths and traditional villages, all constructed with local stone by the famous stone masons of Epirus, considered the finest in all of Greece. Zagori is a part of the massive Pindos Mountain Range and is defined by Mitsikeli Mountain to the south west and the Aoos River to the East.
The Gorge of Vikos is not only the largest in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but it also boasts the cleanest potable water in all of Europe. It is also home to over 1000 different plant species.
One of the many rewards you will find on this tour is our overnight stay at the Astraka Mountain Refuge, located almost 2000 meters above sea level. The magnificent views and the Dragon Lake will remain etched in your memory for years to come.
This tour is combined with a hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora. These monasteries, stunningly built atop steep sandstone peaks (the monks used rope ladders and nets to ascend and descend) are in themselves one of the most breathtaking sites in the world and were built by the monastic community that established themselves in the area around the 11th century A.D. Today, only 6 out of the 22 monasteries are inhabited and accept visitors.
Arrival in Thessaloniki and transfer to Meteora
Upon arrival at Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) you will meet your guide. We will transfer you to Kastraki, a village nestled between the spectacular rocks of Meteora. We check into our guesthouse for the overnight stay. A dinner in a local tavern will follow.
Meals: Dinner. Overnight stay in Kastraki
Meteora – Tsepelovo
On our first hike we’ll walk between the rocky pinnacles of the famous monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to explore the beauty of this unique area is on foot. You’ll feel centuries of history beneath your feet as we walk on the same old trails used by Orthodox monks and come across the incredible sanctuaries they miraculously built atop these sandstone rock pillars. After lunch we’ll visit one of the six operating monasteries which are open to the public and continue our way while taking short breaks for photo opportunities. We’ll then drive to the picturesque village of Tsepelovo at the National park of Vikos-Aoos.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Tsepelovo
Trekking altitude: 275m – 330m – 470m – 275m
Trekking time: 5 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Easy/Moderate
Panoramic walking tour
Today’s hike starts from Tsepelovo. First stop is Beloi, the best observation point of the gorge. We continue hiking to the village of Vradeto located at an altitude of 1340m/ 4396ft the highest among the villages of the area. We’ll hike down its famous stone staircase and continue to the village of Kapesovo for a short break. After our break we continue hiking through the small but quaint village of Kapesovo and enter an oak forest while walking downhill towards the gorge. Once inside the gorge and after a short distance we come upon a very old stone bridge and then ascend the stone staircase of Vitsa that leads to the homonymous village and our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Vitsa
Trekking altitude: 1200m – 1340m – 1450m – 960m – 750m – 945m
Trekking time: approx. 8 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate/ Challenging
Today we will hike through the magnificent Vikos gorge, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s deepest canyon in proportion to its width. Starting from the village of Monodendri we follow the hiking trail into the gorge and after seven hours of walking through lush vegetation in the shady canyon, we reach the picturesque village of Papigo
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Mikro Papigo
Trekking altitude: 1050m – 750m – 495m – 960m
Trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate
Mikro Papigo – Astraka – Dragon Lake
After breakfast we start hiking from the village of Mikro Papigo through mountainous terrain to reach the mountain refuge of Astraka, situated at an altitude of 1950m / 6397feet.
After our lunch break at the hut, we continue our hike to the Dragon lake, set on the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 2000m / 6562feet, enjoying the magnificent view to the peaks of the Pindos mountain range. After a nice refresh swimming we return back to our hut for the overnight
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Astraka Mountain Hostel
Trekking altitude: 960m – 1935m – 2000m – 1935m
Trekking time: 6 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate
Today we will hike downwards from the mountain refuge till we reach the Monastery of Stomio, built in 1774 and enjoy the magnificent view. We will then enter the gorge of the river Aoos where we will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the river. At the end of our walking tour we will reach the famous stone bridge of Konitsa. The Arched Bridge, which was built between 1823 and 1871, with a height of 20m and a width of 40 meters, is the biggest in the Balkan region.
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Konitsa
Trekking altitude: 1935m – 1800m- 650m – 465m
Trekking time: 6 hours
Trekking Difficulty Level: Moderate/Challenging
Voidomatis River and Thessaloniki
After breakfast we’ll walk along a shady path, under willows and plane trees along the blue waters of the Voidomatis River. It is considered to ber the cleanest river in Europe, so clean that you can drink from it at any time during our walk. On our way back to Thessaloniki we will visit the traditional settlement of Metsovo that is famous for its winery and delicious dairy products. In the evening we’ll all enjoy all together a farewell dinner at a local tavern.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki
After breakfast, we transfer you to Thessaloniki International Airport for your return flight.
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This tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.
Services at the Mountain hostels include: Bunk beds, pillows / pillow cases and blankets. There is also a restaurant, showers (only cold water) and toilets. Guests are welcome to carry their own bed linen / sheets and towels for personal usage.
Walking Holidays Greece Pelion Zagoria Pindos Olympus Meteora Trekking Hiking
Responsible for the program:
Thanasis Pantes (Authorized Trekking Guide)
K.Kartali 270, 382 21 Volos – Greece
Starting Date Bookings until Availability 19/05/2016 19/04/2016 CLOSED 09/06/2016 01/05/2016 CLOSED 15/09/2016 15/08/2016 OPEN
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Who of us, when reading the Greek myths, would not dream to see the mountain awing the ancient Greeks? Even these days Mytikas’s (Mount Olympus’s modern name) peak can be rarely seen as it is almost always hidden behind the dense clouds. Due to this reason, the ancient people believed Mount Olympus to be the place of residence of Gods, unreachable and invisible to human. Mytikas means "nose" and takes the name from its shape reminding of a human’s nose. Every proud-hearted Greek should at least once ascend the mountain; it is almost a duty, an unwritten rule, so to say, and numerous Greeks, sometimes in big groups, often ascend the mountains without wearing any special shoes or helmets.