- Churches | Monasteries
- Culture | History
- Family friendly
- Hiking | Trekking
- Horseback riding
- Meals included
- Mountain adventures
Wild mountains & rivers adventure
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 mountains, ideal 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 forests, alpine landscapes, magical lakes and rivers, arch stone bridges, delicious local food and the hospitality of the local people are waiting for you to explore them! Plus you will have the chance to explore the UNESCO site of Meteora beyond the ordinary way!
Take advantage of Greece’s mild weather and enjoy a weekly adventure beyond the beaten bath…
This adventure is also ideal for families who love active holidays and are looking to explore destinations through multiple outdoor activities and interesting cultural experiences suitable for the entire family!
- Explore Athens, the city where democracy was born
- Visit beautiful and unspoiled traditional mountainous Greek villages
- Explore the magical lake Plastira on a kayak or hydro-bike
- Enjoy horseback riding under the stunning Astraka towers in Zagori
- 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, Voidomatis
- Taste delicious local food and wines
- Follow the paths of the old monks and visit the cliff – top monasteries of Meteora
|Suitable for||All travelers, Families|
|Available||All year round|
|Min. number of participants||3|
Day 1: Arrival in Athens - Explore 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.
A welcome dinner awaits for you tonight, so you get to meet your tour leader and group fellows. Get a first taste of the Greek cuisine and learn more about the schedule of the coming days!
*If you wish to enjoy a guided walking or bike tour of the city, please contact us.
Day 2: Athens – Lake Plastira - Meteora
After breakfast, your tour leader will pick you up from your hotel and you will depart with direction the dreamy Lake Plastira, a destination that harmonically combines serenity with adventure (approx. 4 hours driving distance). Upon arrival at the lake, you will enjoy picnic lunch by the lakeside, before you set off on exploring the lake on a hydro-bike or canoe/kayak. You can also try your hand at archery!
Activity duration: approx. 1.5 – 2 hours, level of difficulty: easy
In the afternoon, you will head to Meteora, a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site and an absolute must see for anyone visiting Greece (1:20hrs drive). Upon arrival in Meteora, we will take you on a tour around this unique landscape, so you can get a first glimpse of the “stone forest”, admire the rock pillars rising 400m over the ground and the monasteries built on top of them! We will make a couple of stops in some of the best viewpoints, so you can admire the breathtaking views and take your postcard-like photos.
Hotel check in and dinner in one of the local restaurants will end this long, yet rewarding day.
Day 3: Hike Meteora & monasteries – Vitsa
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 clifftop 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 other hidden gems of Meteora and of course admire the breathtaking views.
(Total Hike duration: 2.5 – 3 hours / Total activity duration, incl. the visit to the monasteries: 4 – 5 hrs / Level of difficulty: easy / Total Distance: 5-6km / Altitude difference: 280m)
After lunch in the great outdoors, you will board our car with destination the stunning area of Zagori (approx. 2.5 hrs driving). First destination will be the beautiful village of Monodendri, located at a height of 1.060m. From the square of the village, you will 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.
Hike duration: 1 hour, level of difficulty: easy
Early in the evening, you will check in at a traditional guesthouse in Vitsa village and enjoy homemade dinner.
Day 4: Vradeto steps, Beloi viewpoint & Zagori 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!
After lunch, we will explore hiking some of the most important and beautiful arch stone bridges of the area.
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 / Hiking Distance: 10.6km / Level of difficulty: easy to 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: 1.5-3 hours / Distance: 5 – 10 km / Level of difficulty: easy
Total Hike duration: 6-7.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
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||2:45′||5.300 m|
|Voidomatis river springs||480 m||5:15′||10.400 m|
|Vikos village||750 m||6:00′||12.500 m|
Total Hike duration: 6 hours / Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging
Day 6: Papigo: rafting & horseback riding
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.
Activity duration: approx. 1.5 hours in the water – 3.5 hrs total / Level of difficulty: easy
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a nice horseback riding experience in the area around Papigo village. Among the village’s cobblestone paths or the large agricultural fields and small dirt foot paths, we will take you on a fun horse ride around this impressive landscape! Route and duration depend on your experience, but no previous experience is required.
Day 7: Rogovos natural pools – return to Athens
Today you will unfortunately have to say goodbye to this wonderful, pristine part of Greece! But before you do so, we will take you to a nearby well-kept gem. Just 10min walk from Papigo village lies a gorgeous small canyon, Rogovos. The stream running down the canyon forms some beautiful natural pools around the unique rock formations. In summertime, you may even dare to dive in the freezing waters!
We will then depart for our trip back to Athens (approx. 5.5 hrs drive). Depending on your holiday schedule, we can either drop you off at a central location in Athens city center or take you to the airport to catch your flight.
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, 5 lunches, 4dinners
Transfer to/from Athens Int. airport on days 1 & 7, private transportation for the whole trip, fuel consumption and tolls
Entrance fees to 1 Meteora monastery
Cost for all activities included in the tour program and all the necessary equipment
What is not included :
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 2021
|18 April ‘21||990 €|
|19 June ‘21||1.020 €|
|28 August ‘21||1.020 €|
|17 October ‘21||990 €|
Prices per person 2021 for private groups:
|Number of guests||Low Season||High Season|
|2-3 guests||1,500 €||1,580 €|
|4-5 guests||1,090 €||1,150 €|
|6 -11 guests||980 €||1,020 €|
|12 – 16 guests||940 €||960 €|
|Single Supplement||130 €||150 €|
*10% Discount for children up to 11 years old
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