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.
- 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
|Tour pace||Active/ Vigorous|
|Suitable for||Active travelers|
Day 1: Athens - Monodendri - Vitsa
Our hiking adventure starts from Athens, from where we transfer to Zagori area by car* (around 6.5 hrs driving distance from Athens). You are met and welcomed by our team and your group leader explains briefly the trip details.
We then set off for Monodendri, where we will visit the Rizarios School of Handicrafts and learn how women make handmade textiles and weavings. We will then take the short hiking path to Agia Paraskevi church and the impressive cliff-hanging trail that follows! Oxya viewpoint and the stone forest come next.
(Total Hike duration: 2 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). This trip can also start from Thessaloniki. In case you wish to fly to another Greek airport, please contact us, so we can arrange your transfer to Zagoria villages.
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 (1450m). From there, following a beautiful path at the rims of Vikos Gorge, we arrive at Beloi viewpoint (1650m), 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 the 6 most important and beautiful arch stone bridges of Zagoria and we’ll return back to Vitsa village through the famous Vitsa steps (similar to the Vradeto steps stone trail).
(Total Hike duration: 7-7.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate)
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.
(Hike duration: 5.5 – 6 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate)
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.
(Hike duration: 6 – 6.5 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging).
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.
(Hike duration: 4 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate)
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)
What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader and trekking guide
5 days of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy and 1 night in mountain refugee
All meals as indicated on the trip notes (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners)
Transfer from/to Athens airport
Car rental for the whole trip, fuel and tolls
Entrance fees to Meteora monasteries
What is not included :
Transfers to/from airports other than Athens airport
Air ticket from Athens to Ioannina
Lunch on day 7, dinner on day 6 & 7
Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals (except for house wine at dinners)
Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary
Other expenses of personal nature and tips
Prices 2017 for Scheduled departures:
|Departs on||Price per person|
|10 April ’17||920 €|
|27 May ’17||920 €|
|27 August ’17||920 €|
|08 October ’17||920 €|
Prices 2016-2017 for Private groups:
|Number of travelers||Price per person|
|2 – 3 guests||1.240 €|
|4 – 5 guests||930 €|
|6 & more guests||850 €|
- For single supplement, the extra cost is 90€ per person.
- 10% discount for groups of 12 & more travelers.
- 20% discount for children up to 10 years old
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