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Hiking Zagori and Meteora

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 North Western Greece! 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 and you love hiking, join us and explore on foot the secret paths of Northern Pindos National Park (also a UNESCO Geopark) and Meteora, learn more about the history of the area, observe the unique flora and fauna, enjoy spectacular natural landscapes and views, taste the delicious local cuisine and indulge yourself in the hospitality of the locals.

Whether you are an experienced hiker or you simply love nature and mountains and you have a basic fitness level, this hiking holiday is ideal if you wish to discover a lesser known side of Greece and you won’t believe how mountainous our country is!

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 2.050m!
  • Admire the panoramic views over Vikos Gorge and take beautiful photos from Beloe viewpoint (1.400m altitude)
  • Observe the rich flora and fauna of North Pindos National Park
  • Follow the paths of the ancient monks and hike to the cliff-top Meteora monasteries
  • Taste delicious local food and experience the hospitality and warmth of the local people

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Additional information

Tour paceActive/ Vigorous
Suitable forActive travelers
Comfort levelStandard
AvailableApril-October
Min. number of participants3
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Day 1: Athens - Kapesovo - Vradeto steps - Beloe - Vitsa

Early in the morning of day 1 (around 8:00 – 8:30am) you are met and welcomed by your tour leader and you board our private minivan with destination the gorgeous region of Zagori (approx. 5 hrs drive from Athens)*.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a quick snack lunch outdoors, before we set off for our first hike! Starting from the village of Kapesovo, we will hike down to Mezaria stream and then upwards, through the beautiful Vradeto steps (stone path built in the 16th century at the cliff of the gorge) towards the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1340m). From there, following a beautiful path through the meadows, we arrive at Beloe viewpoint (1400m), where we can enjoy panoramic views over the gorge. We return to Vradeto village and from there back to Kapesovo.

  • Kapesovo – Vradeto steps – Vradeto village – Beloe viewpoint (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
Beloe viewpoint 1.400 m 2:00′ 5.300 m
return reverse (r/f) 3:50′ 10.600 m

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

Depending on the time of the year the tour takes place, in case it gets dark earlier than 18:30pm, we will offer alternative activities/walks this afternoon and do this hike the day after (day 2).

Once the hike is over, we will transfer to Vitsa village and to a family run guesthouse, where we will spend the next 2 days and enjoy homemade dinners!

* if you wish to avoid the long drive from Athens to Zagori, you can 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 45 min driving distance).  In case you wish to fly to another Greek airport, please contact us, so we can arrange your transfer to the Zagori villages.

meals included Snack lunch, Dinner                              accommodationTraditional guesthouse in Vitsa

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Day 2: Zagori stone bridges & stone-made villages

After a good homemade breakfast, today we will explore hiking some of the most beautiful historic arch stone bridges of the area, passing by traditional stone-made villages along the way.

  • Arch stone Bridges tour (o/w or r/w)

Starting right from the Village of Vitsa (980m altitude), we will follow the nice stone paved trail of Vitsa steps that will take us all the way down to the first arch stone bridge, Misios bridge (740m). We will then follow the Koukouli steps and reach the quaint village of Koukouli for a short visit (890m elevation). Descending from another trail, next stop will be the spectacular arch stone bridge of Kokoris, one of the most famous and photographed in the area.

If there is no seasonal water in the stream, we can walk through Vikakis stream to find next the arch stone bridges of Plakidas, Myli, Pitsioni and onwards Lazarides bridge near Kipi village.

This hike is very flexible and can be done in many different ways, so your tour guide will adjust the hike accordingly that day.

Hike duration: 4 – 5 hours / Distance: 12 – 15km / Elavation: +/- 300-500m / 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 to Vikos gorge, said to be one of the deepest gorges in the world.  Walking parallel to the river (with several ascents and descents on uneven terrain), 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 Northern Pindos 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 minibus 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 700 m 45′ 2.000 m
Klima fountain 610 m 2:45′ 5.300 m
Voidomatis river springs 600 m 5:15′ 10.400 m
Vikos village 750 m 6:00′ 12.500 m

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

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch      accommodation Traditional guesthouse in Papigo

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Day 4: Hike to the Alpine Dragon lake - Astraka mountain refuge

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

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we start from Papigo village our ascending hike towards the Astraka refuge (approx. 3hrs hike, 1.000m ascent). The surrounding alpine scenery will captivate you for sure! After a short break for lunch and relaxation, we continue until the beautiful “Dragon Lake”, situated at 2050m altitude. The views over the dragon lake and the surrounding mountains & peaks of Greece will definitely reward you after a long hiking day.

Tonight we will stay overnight at the mountain refuge of Astraka, where we will also 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           accommodation Mountain refuge (dorm)

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Day 5: Astraka descent - Papigo - Meteora

Wake up early enough to watch the sunrise and you won’t regret it! After breakfast at the mountain hut, we will start our descending way back to Papigo village (approx. 2.5 hrs, 6km, – 1.000m). This is our last day in the Zagori area, so we cannot leave without making a stop at the natural pools in Ovires. During the summer months, you can also enjoy swimming in the cold waters of the river!

You can enjoy lunch in one of the family run restaurants/cafes, before we depart with destination the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site of Meteora. Upon arrival in Meteora, we will enjoy a short tour (by car) to a couple of nice viewpoints so you can enjoy the striking views and take postcard-like photos, 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                                  accommodation 3* Hotel in Meteora

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Day 6: Hiking Meteora & monasteries - 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 cliff-top monasteries of the area.

In the afternoon, we will return back to Athens (approx. 4hrs drive) and you will be transferred to your hotel.

(Total Hike duration: 3 – 3.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate/ Total Distance: 5-6km / 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, 5 lunches, 2 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 Rizarios Photo Exhibition & to 1 Meteora monastery
All taxes

What is not included :

International airfares
Travel insurance
Transfers to/from Athens airport
 Air ticket from Athens to Ioannina
Any meals not included in the trip notes
 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 2022 (from Athens)

Departs on Price / person
10 April ‘22 970
08 May ‘22 970
05 June ‘22 970
10 July ‘22 1.020 €
28 August ‘22 1.020
18 September ‘22 1.020
09 October ‘22 970
 
Single supplement 140 €

*Min. number of participants to depart: 3 pax

*10% discount on the above prices for groups of 10 & more travelers

Prices per person 2022 (private groups):

Number of guests From Athens/Thessaloniki
2-3 guests 1.390 €
For 4-5 guests 1.000 €
6-12 guests 890 €
13-16 guests 830 €
 
Single supplement 140 €

 *For departures (private groups) between July – mid September, there is an extra cost of 60€ pp for groups of 2 – 7 travelers. 

**10% Discount for children up to 11 years old

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Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 12 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.

May 3, 2019

This tour (in April 2019) exceeded my expectations in every respect: the scenery at both Zagori and Meteora was spectacular, our two guides Danae and Ippo capable, accommodating and attentive, the guest house/hotel accommodation clean and comfortable. Nearly all meals were included and lunches were organised in advance to minimise loss of time. All the walks seemed to include interesting things to see such as small villages, wildflowers, old stone bridges, wildflowers and an enormous spring of clear water at the bottom of the Vicos Gorge. One needs to be fit enough to walk about 18 km in a day with a day pack over sometimes steep and rocky terrain. However I always felt I had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take photos. I feel that this tour is extremely good value for money and can thoroughly recommend it.

June 26, 2019

hello Danae
thank you very much for the arrangement of our hiking trip, We Had A Wonderful time 😀
Especially Thank You to Stavros and Ippokratis for the patience and expertise –
the planning, the pace, the hotel arrangement and with deep apology for the inconvenience caused by my food allergy and diet restriction.
1) We found the whole hiking trip to be well organized, every day there are wonderful and beautiful sights
2) the hotels arranged are unique and cozy and the owners are friendly and warm, Food is excellent too although it is too much food and huge portion, it’s more like a banquet (we learnt it is greek hospitality to have bonding over dinner and wide spread of food, haha )
3) the patience of Stavros and Ippokratis are excellent, they never tell us to Hurry hurry hurry, instead they always said, Relax, take your time, thus it’s a pace we can follow and had enjoyed all the wonderful scenery all the way 😀
4) although we are sad we couldnot hike to dragon lake, we really appreciate Ippokratis’s effort to show us the photographs and explained how the hike trail was like on this area, so we have a chance understand Dragon lake and its surrounding better
5) all villages, bridges, greek culture, national parks, vikos gorge,voidomatis river, meteora monasteries and food are explained and shared with us at every opportunity which make this hiking more interesting and informative
A BIG BIG BIG Thank You, wishing you a blessed, safe and fruitful year2019 and beyond…
till we meet again 😀

sincerely yours
Choy and Anna

December 13, 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing the setting sun reflected in the Adriatic about 80km away through a gap in the mountains from the ridge near the Astraka refuge above Papingo
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take sleeping bag and warm clothing for a night in the refuge in spring and autumn.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, visited small village bars and restaurants., opportunity to buy unique handicrafts
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Stavros was a fantastic leader of the small group. Kept the programme interesting despite the need for changes to accommodate heavy rain and thunder

December 13, 2019

Hi Bob! Thank you for choosing Trails Beyond for your hiking holidays in Greece! We are glad to read you enjoyed your walking holidays and thank you for your wonderful words! Hope to see you back in Greece Regards, Danae & Stavros

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