Easy to Moderate
Difficulty Level

Hikingculturefood and wineHorseback ridingMountainsChurches-monasteriesRafting-kayaking

Have you even been to a place, unknown to most of the world, but so beautiful and magical, that you want to keep it secret for yourself, yet, at the same time, scream it out to the world? Have you ever thought of Greece as a place with wild and steep mountainsideal for adventure holidays?

You simply have to join us on our “Wild Mountains & rivers” adventure and discover the secret beauty of the Greek mainland! Traditional stone-made villages untouched by time, lush fir forestsalpine landscapesmagical lakes and riversarch stone bridgesdelicious local food and the hospitality of the local people are waiting for you to explore them!

Take advantage of Greece’s mild weather and enjoy a weekly adventure beyond the beaten bath…

Tour Highlights

  • Explore on foot Athens, the city where democracy was born
  • Visit some of the most beautiful and unspoiled traditional Greek villages
  • Explore the magical lake Plastira on a kayak or hydro-bike
  • Enjoy horseback riding in the lush meadows of Pertouli, surrounded by dense forests
  • Climb the Vradeto steps and enjoy the stunning views over Vikos gorge from Beloi viewpoint
  • Hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world
  • Go rafting in one of Europe’s cleanest rivers
  • Taste delicious local food and wines
  • Follow the ancient paths of the monks and visit the cliff – top monasteries of Meteora

Additional information

Tour paceActive/ Vigorous
Suitable forAll travelers, Families
Comfort levelStandard
AvailableAll year round
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Day 1: Arrival in Athens - Exploring the city

Upon arrival in Athens International Airport, you are met and welcomed by our team. You transfer to your hotel and, since your fellow travel companions arrive in different times of the day, you have the day free to explore the city of Athens and its numerous cultural and historical places of interest, such as the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, the unique Acropolis museum, the Ancient and Roman Agora. You can also walk around Filoppapou hill, visit the flea market in Monastiraki and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea in one of the beautiful cafes in Thisio.

*If you wish to enjoy a guided walking or bike tour of the city, please contact us.

meals On your own                     accommodation 3*  Hotel in Athens

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Day 2: Athens – Lake Plastira - Elati

Early in the morning, we depart with direction the dreamy Lake Plastira, a destination that combines harmonically serenity with adventure (approx. 4 hours driving distance). Upon arrival at the lake, we will enjoy picnic lunch by the lakeside, before we set off on exploring the lake on a hydro-bike or canoe/kayak.

Later in the afternoon, we depart for the beautiful mountainous traditional village of Elati. On our way there, we will make a stop at the beautiful arch stone bridge of Saint Vissarion, built in the 1527. You are free to enjoy a walk by the riverside, a refreshing tea/coffee by the bridge or buy herbs, honey and traditional drinks by local vendors. Once in Elati, you can explore the village, admire the traditional architecture of stone-made houses and enjoy the delicious local cuisine in one of the village’s family run tavernas.

Activity duration: approx. 1.5 hours, level of difficulty: easy

meals Breakfast, Picnic Lunch               accommodation 3* Hotel in Elati

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Day 3: Elati – Pertouli – Vitsa

After breakfast, we will drive to Pertouli meadows, a beautiful plateau, surrounded by mountains with dense forests, rivers and enormous fir trees, which we will explore while riding our horses! Coffee break, before we board our car with destination the stunning area of Zagori (approx. 2:50 hr driving).

In the afternoon, we will reach Monodendri village and we’ll first visit the Rizarios School of Handicrafts to find out how local women make traditional handmade carpets and textiles. 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! Visit to Oxya viewpoint and the stone forest come next.

In the evening, we will check in at our traditional guesthouse in Vitsa village and enjoy homemade dinner.

Hike duration: 1 hour, level of difficulty: easy

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

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Day 4: Vradeto steps, Beloi viewpoint & Zagoria arch stone bridges

After breakfast, we will drive towards Kapesovo village. From there, following the beautiful stone trail of Vradeto steps, we’ll reach the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1450m) and 2km later at Beloi viewpoint (1650m), where we can enjoy striking panoramic views over the gorge! (Hike duration: 3-4 hrs, level of difficulty: moderate)

After lunch, we will explore hiking some of the most important and beautiful arch stone bridges of the area (Hike duration: 1.5 – 3 hrs, level of difficulty: easy to moderate).

Dinner and overnight in Vitsa village

  • 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, 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 5: Crossing Vikos Gorge

This morning, we will take one of the best and most impressive hiking trails in all the Zagori area! Starting from the village of Monodendri, we’ll hike all the way down into Vikos ravine, one of the deepest canyons in the world. We hike parallel to the stream, and walk right into the heart of the National Park. The surrounding environment is a paradise for nature lovers that can observe the rich flora and fauna. The gorge is shelter for a lot of wild animals, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. We will have a nice break for snacks at the river’s springs, before the small steep ascend to Vikos village.

From Vikos village, we transfer to Papigo village, for dinner and overnight.

*If you are on a family holiday with young children (less than 12 years old) or you are not keen in long hikes, we can do shorter hikes in Vikos gorge.

  • 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 6: Papigo (rafting) – Meteora

Prepare yourselves for rafting in one of the clearest rivers in Europe! Starting from the beautiful stone bridge of Aristi, we will cross the National Park of Vikos – Aoos, while rafting across Voidomatis river. This is an easy route, ideal for everyone, yet very impressive because of the river’s crystal clear waters and the surrounding natural landscape.

In the afternoon, we will depart with destination the UNESCO Heritage Site of Meteora, also called the “stone forest”. Upon arrival in Meteora, we’ll enjoy a sunset tour for beautiful views and photo shooting, before we check in to our hotel.

*Alternative activity: horse riding tour in the Zagoria

Activity duration: approx. 2 hours in the water – 3.5 hrs total, level of difficulty: easy

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

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Day 7: Meteora – Athens


What a better way to wake up rather than admiring the spectacular sandstone rocks of Meteora, rising over 400 m above the ground!
After breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape and the impressive top-cliff monasteries beyond the ordinary way! We will follow the ancient paths that the monks used to follow, through the steep rocks, visit some of the monasteries and admire the breathtaking views.
In the afternoon, we depart for our way back to Athens. For those of you having a late evening flight from Athens International Airport, you can be transferred straight to the airport or you can enjoy your last night in beautiful Athens, if you continue your vacations in Greece!

Total Hike duration: 2 – 3 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate/ Total Distance: 6km / Altitude difference: 280m

meals Breakfast, Lunch      accommodation Depends on your trip schedule

What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader for the whole trip, local guides & activity instructors
6 days of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
Transfer to/from Athens Int. airport on days 1 & 7, car rental for the whole trip, driver, fuel consumption and tolls
Entrance fees to Meteora monasteries
Cost for all activities included in the tour program and all the necessary equipment
All taxes

What is not included :

International airfares
Travel insurance, mandatory
Hotel transfers to/from airports other than Athens airport or on different dates than day 1 & 7
Any meals not specified in the itinerary, 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:

Departs on Price/person
25 March 2018 920 €
28 April 2018 930 €
01 July 2018 940 €
14 October 2018 930 €
04 November 2018 920 €

*Single supplement: 105€

Prices per person 2018 for private groups:

Number of guests Jan-March & Nov-Dec April – October
For 2-3 guests 1.170 € 1.200 €
For 4-5 guests 995 € 1.040 €
For 6 & more guests 897 € 915 €
Single supplement 105 € 115 €

*10% Discount for groups of 12 & more travelers

*10% Discount for children up to 12 years old

*Please read carefully our General Terms & Conditions

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Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 7 reviews
January 8, 2016

Enjoyed the trip very, very much and highly recommend Trails Beyond to anyone who wants to travel to Greece beneath the beaten tourist tracks. Danae was such a fantastic guide who really lives her passion to show the unknown parts of her beautiful country to the travellers. Ευχαριστώ πολύ Danae!!!

January 11, 2016

it was an excellent choice of ours to enjoy a trip under Trails beyond guidance. The places were amazing and it seemed like we wouldn’t find our way around if it wasn’t for Dane, our guide, who revealed to us the most special corners of the area we visited. Rafting in Voidomati was so much fun and the hike through vikos gorge was an unforgettable experience. It’s nice to combine the feeling of safety and adventure without losing the leisure feeling of one’s own holiday! We would repeat it any time and recommend it to everybody!

January 15, 2016

Exploration, nature, action, history, food, freedom, landscape, stars, moon… this tour was amazing, a big experience. Everybody love exploration and to feel radical have to book it! I hope to do it again. Let me end saying thank you to Danae, ours guide…the best one with the right stuff! Yhooo!!!!!

January 15, 2016

we never thought that Greece mainland would be so beautiful and there are so many secret places that if it wasn’t for Trails Beyond, we wouldn’t have been there! Combining adventure, culture, good food and hospitality with a great sense of safety, this tour exceeded our expectations! Thank you Danae for this amazing experience! We’ll definitely join you again 🙂

May 5, 2016

I can’t recommend this tour and Trails Beyond enough. The Greek mountains are breathtakingly beautiful, photos can’t do them justice. The hotels we stayed in were very nice, but the guesthouses were even better, with a real sense of Greek hospitality. Our guides, Danae and Stavros, were so warm and friendly. We were a very small group so it seemed less like a tour, and more like two people showing their friends around their awesome country. The itinerary packed a lot in, but we never felt hurried. The hikes were a bit taxing, but that was part of the appeal. The other activities were all fun and allowed additional opportunities to see the landscape and learn about the area. An unexpected bonus was all the delicious food we ate. This could almost have been a gastronomic tour! All of these combined to make one of the best experiences I have ever had.

August 17, 2016

As off the beaten track explorers our expectations were high and met, even exceeded in many areas! Danae and Stavros spent the week driving us and sharing many authentic experiences throughout the mountains always smiling and sharing valuable tips. From daily hiking to amazing places (my favourite being the stone bridges day), to meals shared at quiet hotels, drinks in local pubs, rafting on the Papigo River and horse riding through the fir forest, every day was filled with adventure and smiles. Nothing was too much for this pair, sharing sunglasses when mine were broken, adapting walks to suit fitness, tiredness or over enthusiasm to watch a sunrise. Accomodation was always very comfortable in small locally run hotels where we had a chance to chat with the owners and experience local food cooked especially for us, even my husbands difficult dietary requirements were catered for. Stavros was forever ready with his camera snapping amazing shots featuring us that we would not be able to capture. From pickup on day one to drop off on conclusion nothing was too much trouble for these fantastic guides and it was sad to say goodbye. I would recommend Trails Beyond if you are looking for an authentic adventure with plenty of activity. Thankyou Danae and Stavros for our week with you, a highlight of our 8 weeks in Europe!

November 13, 2017

Trails Beyond went above and beyond to make the most memorable trip to Greece for my Mom and I. From the lovely accommodations, to the daily activities, to the planned meals… everything was so well thought through. Every day was memorable and would have never been able to explore this mountain region of Greece without the guidance of Denae. The villages were incredibly picturesque, the hikes beautiful and interesting, as well as Greece’s cultural daily life we learned along the way. Not to be missed. Can’t thank Stavros and Denae enough for a great week together, we didn’t want them to leave us!

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