Moderate to Challenging
Difficulty Level

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Unknown to most of the world, yet so beautiful and unspoiled, Zagori area is the ultimate hiking destination in Greece! Traditional stone made villages, arch stone bridges and pristine natural landscapes will offer you an unforgettable weekly hiking adventure in Zagori! Plus, do not miss the chance to visit the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Meteora and follow the hiking trails of the ancient monks!

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, join us and explore on foot the secret paths of Vikos – Aoos National Park and Meteora, learn more about the myths and stories of the area, observe the unique flora and fauna, taste the delicious local cuisine and listen to the stories of the local villagers.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Explore the picturesque, untouched by time, stone – made villages of Zagori, wonder around their narrow cobbled streets and admire the traditional architecture
  • Cross historical arch stone bridges
  • Hike to the mythical alpine Dragon Lake at 2.100m!
  • Admire the panoramic views over Vikos Gorge and take beautiful photos from Beloi viewpoint (1.650m altitude)
  • Observe the rich flora and fauna of Vikos – Aoos National Park
  • Follow the paths of the ancient monks and hike to the top-cliff Meteora monasteries
  • Taste delicious local food and experience the hospitality and warmth of the local people

 

Additional information

Tour paceActive/ Vigorous
Suitable forActive travelers
Comfort levelStandard
AvailableApril-October
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Day 1: Athens - Monodendri - Vitsa

Our hiking adventure starts from Athens (or from Thessaloniki, upon request), from where we transfer to Zagori area by car* (around 5 hrs from Athens). You are met and welcomed by our team and your group leader explains briefly the trip details.

We then set off for the village of Monodendri, where we will visit the Rizarios School of Handicrafts and learn how women make handmade textiles and weavings. We will also visit the Rizarios Photo Exhibition, where temporary photography collections are exhibited, as well as the original stereoscopic cameras that British photographers used to capture the first modern Olympic Games in Greece in 1896! We will then take the short hiking path to Agia Paraskevi church and enjoy the impressive views over Vikos gorge! Oxya viewpoint and the stone forest come next.

(Total Hike duration: 1 hrs / level of difficulty: easy)

* You can optionally fly from Athens to Ioannina national airport (1hr flight), from where our team will pick you up and head to Zagori villages by car (around 50 min driving distance).  In case you wish to fly to another Greek airport, please contact us, so we can arrange your transfer to Zagoria villages.

meals included Snack lunch, Dinner                              accommodationTraditional guesthouse in Vitsa

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Day 2: Vradeto steps - Beloi viewpoint & Zagoria stone bridges

After a good breakfast, we start our hiking day from the village of Kapesovo down to Vikos gorge and then upwards, through the beautiful Vradeto steps (stone path built in the 16th century at the slopes of Vikos Gorge) towards the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1340m). From there, following a beautiful path at the rims of Vikos Gorge, we arrive at Beloi viewpoint (1450m), where we can enjoy panoramic views over the gorge. We return to Vradeto village and from there back to Kapesovo village.

After a quick snack outdoors, we will visit some of the most important and beautiful arch stone bridges of Zagoria, dating back to the 16 – 18th centuries.

  • Kapesovo – Vradeto- Mpeloi (return trail)
waypoint altitude elapsed time total distance
Kapesovo village 1.150 m 0’ 0 m
Vradeto steps 1.060 m 20′ 1.100 m
Vradeto village 1.340 m 1:15′ 3.300 m
Mpeloi viewpoint 1.450 m 2:00′ 5.300 m
return reverse (r/f) 3:50′ 10.600 m

(Hike duration: 3.5-4 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate)

  • Arch stone Bridges tour (o/w or r/w)
waypoint altitude elapsed time total distance
Kokori Bridge 700 m 0 m
Plakida Bridge 730 m 20′ 1.500 m
Milou Bridge 740 m 50′ 3.500 m
Pitsioni Bridge 740 m 1:20′ 5.000 m
Kontodima Bridge 750 m 1:40′ 6.000 m
Koukouli village (optional) 870 m 2:30′ 7.800 m
Missiou Bridge (optional) 690 m 3:10′ 10.000 m

*The tour of the arch stone bridges can be done in many different ways, we may hike to all of the bridges or do parts by car (it depends on the travelers’ fitness level and willingness to do parts or all of it, it is a quite flexible trail)

(Hike duration: 2-3.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate)

(Total Hike duration: 6-7.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate)

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch, Dinner     accommodation Traditional guesthouse in Vitsa

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Day 3: Crossing Vikos Gorge

Today we will hike in one of the most beautiful, impressive and rewarding hiking paths in the area! We will transfer to Monodendri village, from where we will descend down to Vikos gorge, said to be one of the deepest gorges in the world.  Walking parallel to the river, it will take us about 6 hours to cross the canyon. Traversing the ravine, we can admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers that have found their habitat in Vikos-Aoos National park. We will make a stop at the river springs to relax and eat our snacks. Depending on the season, you can also swim in the river!

Early in the afternoon we arrive at Vikos village where we are picked up by our mini bus and transferred to Papigo village for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Monodendri – Vikos Gorge – Vikos (o/w)
waypoint altitude elapsed time total distance
Monodendri village 1.050 m 0 m
Vikos Gorge 680 m 45′ 2.000 m
Klima fountain 610 m 2:30′ 5.300 m
Voidomatis river springs 480 m 4:45′ 10.400 m
Vikos village 750 m 5:30′ 12.500 m

(Total Hike duration: 5.5 – 6 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging)

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch      accommodation Traditional guesthouse in Papigko

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Day 4: Hike to the Alpine Dragon lake

Our hiking exploration for today is quite demanding, yet truly fulfilling!

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we start from Papigo village our ascending hiking route towards the Astraka refuge. The surrounding alpine scenery will captivate you for sure! After a short break for coffee and relaxation, we continue until the beautiful “Dragon Lake”, situated at 2100m altitude. The view of this magical landscape will definitely reward you after a long hiking day.

Tonight we will stay overnight at the mountain refuge of Astraka, after we enjoy a homemade dinner.

  • Mikro Papigo – Astrafa refuge – Dragon Lake – Astraka refuge (r/w)

 

waypoint altitude elapsed time total distance
Mikro Papigo village 980 m 0 m
Astraka refuge 1.950 m 3:00’ 6.000 m
Dragon Lake 2.050 m 4:20′ 8.800 m
return to Astraka refuge (f/r) 1.950 m 5:40′ 11.600 m

(Hike duration: 6 – 6.5 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging).

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch, Dinner    accommodation Mountain refuge

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Day 5: Astraka descend - Papigko - Meteora

After breakfast at the mountain refuge, we will start our descending way back to Papigo village. This is our last day in the Zagori area, so we cannot leave without making a stop at the natural swimming pools in Ovires. During the summer months, you can also enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the river!

We’ll enjoy a delicious pick nick lunch by the riverside, before we depart with destination the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site of Meteora. Upon arrival in Meteora, we’ll enjoy a sunset tour for beautiful views and photo shooting, before we check in to our hotel.

  • Astrafa refuge – Mikro Papigo (o/w)

 

waypoint altitude elapsed time total distance
Astraka refuge 1.950m 0’ 0 m
Mikro Papigo village 980m 3:00’ 6.000 m

(Total Hike duration: 2.5 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate)

meals Breakfast, Pick nick lunch, Dinner   accommodation 3* Hotel in Meteora

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Day 6: Hiking Meteora - Athens

What a better way to start your day than admiring the spectacular rock pillars of Meteora stone forest? After breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape on foot, following the hiking paths of the ancient monks and we’ll visit some of the top-cliff monasteries of the area.

In the afternoon, we will return back to Athens and you will be transferred at your hotel.

(Total Hike duration: 3 – 3.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate/ Total Distance: 6km / Altitude difference: 280m)

meals Breakfast, Lunch    accommodation 3* Hotel in Athens

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Day 7: Departures

This is the last day of our weekly hiking adventure. Depending on your flight schedule, you are free to explore Athens, continue your holidays in Greece or make your way to the airport.

meals Breakfast

What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader/ trekking guide
5 days of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy and 1 night in mountain hut (bunk beds in dorms)
All meals as indicated on the trip notes (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners)
 Pick up from your hotel on day 1 or a common meeting point in Athens city center
Transportation with private vehicle for the whole trip, fuel and tolls
 Entrance fees to Meteora monasteries
All taxes

What is not included :

International airfares
Travel insurance
Transfers to/from Athens airport
 Air ticket from Athens to Ioannina
 Lunch on day 7, dinner on day 3, 6 & 7
 Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals
 Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary
 Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Scheduled departures 2018 (from Athens):

Departs on Price per person
22 April ’18 920 €
27 May ’18 920 €
26 August ’18 920 €
07 October ’18 920 €

Prices 2018 for Private groups:

Number of travelers Price per person
2 – 3 guests 1.090 €
4 – 5 guests 935 €
6 & more guests 850 €
  • For single supplement, the extra cost is 95€ per person.
  • 10% discount for groups of 12 & more travelers.
  • Please read carefully our General terms and conditions

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 9 reviews
November 30, 2015

This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!

January 11, 2016

It was great: the country, the people,the food …everything!!! The guides were marvelous; they did our trip especial and we enjoyed a lot.

January 15, 2016

Ha sido un trekking espectacular. Me han gustado mucho la montaña y sus paisajes, los puentes de piedra y los monasterios tanto en Zagoria como en Meteora. Hemos tenido muy buenos guias que han sabido adecuar los itinerarios en función de la climatología, ya que dos días nos llovió mucho. La comida también me ha gustado. En general me llevo muy buen recuerdo de este viaje.

April 8, 2016

En la zona de Zagori hemos visto bellisimos paisajes y remotos lugares poco frecuentados. Hemos estado en hoteles familiares muy tranquilos y muy acogedores. La comida griega buenisima y abundante, pero lo mejor de todo nuestros guías por su profesionalidad, amabilidad y entusiasmo. Volveré.

April 12, 2016

Nos ha encantado todo, tanto los paisajes, los hoteles, la comida y los guías, muy preocupados en todo momento porque estuviéramos bien.
Es un trekking muy agradable, con unos paisajes preciosos y muy cómodo.
Nos hemos quedado con ganas de volver

December 27, 2016

What s fantastic trek with very experienced and highly capable guides who made every effort to maximise our experiences of all the geographical wonders of the region by adjusting the itinerary when rain was likely. Danae and Stavros, our guide were brilliant, the food and inns we stayed at were delicious and charming and the views were spectacular. Great value for money and a tour company I would definitely travel with again and recommend to others. The group I travelled with were fantastic, easy going and wonderful people- an added bonus!!!!

January 2, 2017

Si quieres hacer trekking, descubrir paisajes y pueblos preciosos, conocer gente maravillosa, y disfrutar de la comida…sin duda Zagoria y Meteora es el lugar ideal. La organización excelente gracias a Danae y Stavros.

November 13, 2017

Subscribo la descripción hecha por Marcos: precisa, ponderada y real.
Poco más puedo decir.
El grupito encantador, todo fue fácil y agradable. La pareja de mallorquines super amables y qué decir de Danae, hiperactiva, lista, buena profesional, simpática, ágil, … y Kostas conductor incansable con muchas ganas de aprender nuestra lengua, para lo que se esforzaba cada día más.
En fin, agradecer a los cuatro la amabilidad, cordialidad y simpatía que me hicieron pasar unos días muy agradables.
Hasta la próxima
Rosa M. Udina Abelló

November 13, 2017

Una semana estupenda,conociendo la región de Zagoria al norte de grecia. Preciosos senderos junto a las torres de Astraka que culminan con la llegada al cómodo refugio donde pasamos la noche y al día siguiente otra cómoda subida hasta el lago dragolini. Los siguientes días caminamos por bosques preciosos con un increíble colorido otoñal, ocre, verdes, amarillo, rojos una fantasía de color, puentes increíbles con cientos de años y formas caprichosas y una magestuosa garganta, Vikos.
Dormimos en casas rurales de unos preciosos pueblos rehabilitados, todo en piedra, casas, tejados, pavimento y sus plazas con gigantescos árboles centenarios. Comidas caseras y picnics muy currados.
Asistidos, dirigidos y coordinados por Danae, la creadora de Trails Beyond, simpática, afectuosa y conocedora de la región y la inestimable colaboración de Kosta que se encargo de llevarnos de un sitio a otro. Finalmente pateamos por Meteora un lugar muy especial aunque ya algo más turístico.
En fin, caminatas asequibles a todo aquel que guste andar y muy recomendable.

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