Vikos & Meteora Trekking Tour (ZA 1)
Deep canyons, blue water rivers, mountain lakes, stone bridges, old monasteries and picturesque villages are only some of the highlights of this trekking tour, through one of the most beautiful areas of Greece.
• Discover the gorge of Vikos, one of the deepest in the world
• Visit the picturesque traditional villages of Zagori
• Marvel at Drakolimni Mountain Lake
• Walk over the old stone arched bridges of Zagori
• See Voidomatis River, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe
• Visit the famous monasteries of the Meteora (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Trip Code: ZA 1
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Group size: 2 to 8 persons.
Participants should be in good physical condition with a bit of hiking experience.
Day 1: Thessaloniki Int. Airport - Meteora
On arrival at Thessaloniki Int. Airport (SKG) you will be met by your guide. We will transfer you to Kastraki, a village situated among the spectacular rocks known as Meteora. We check into our guesthouse for the overnight stay. A dinner in a local tavern will follow.
Meals: Dinner. Overnight stay in Kastraki
Day 2: Meteora - Zagori
On our first hike we will walk between the rocky pinnacles of the famous monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The best way to explore the beauty of this unique area far from the madding crowd is on foot. So we'll walk on the same old trails which were used by the monks a few hundred years ago and come across the sanctuaries built on these sandstone rock pillars. After lunch we'll visit one of the six operating monasteries which are open to the public and continue our way having short breaks for photo shooting. Then we'll drive to the picturesque village of Vitsa at the National park of Vikos-Aoos.
Trekking Time: 4 hours. Trek Difficulty Level: Easy / Moderate
Trek Altitude: 275m - 330m - 470m - 275m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Vitsa
Day 3: Panoramic walking tour
After breakfast we will drive to Vradeto from where our hike starts. First stop is Beloi, the best observation point of the gorge. We continue hiking to the village of Vradeto located at an altitude of 1340m/ 4396ft the highest among the villages of the area. We will hike down its famous stone staircase and continue to the village of Kapesovo for a short break. After our break we continue hiking through the small but quaint village of Kapesovo and enter an oak forest while walking downhill towards the gorge. Once inside the gorge and after a short distance we come upon a very old stone bridge and then ascend the stone staircase of Vitsa that leads to the homonymous village and our hotel.
Trekking time: approx. 8 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Moderate/ Challenging
Trek Altitude: 1200m - 1340m - 1450m - 960m - 750m - 945m
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Vitsa
Day 4: Vikos Gorge
Today we hike through the magnificent Vikos gorge, according to the Guinness book of records the world's deepest canyon in proportion to its width. Starting from the village of Monodendri we follow the hiking trail into the gorge and after seven hours of walking through lush vegetation in the shady canyon, we reach the picturesque village of Papigo.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Moderate
Trek Altitude: 1050m - 750m - 495m - 960m
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Mikro Papigo
Day 5: Mikro Papigo, Astraka and the "Dragon Lake"
After breakfast we start hiking from the village of Mikro Papigo through mountainous terrain to reach the mountain refuge of Astraka, situated at an altitude of 1950m / 6397feet.
After our lunch break at the refuge, we continue with our hike to "Dragon lake", which is set on the edge of a cliff at an altitude of 2000m / 6562feet, enjoying a magnificent view to the peaks of the Pindos mountain range. After a break we head back to the mountain hostel and turn in for the night.
Total trekking time: 6 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Moderate
Trek Altitude: 960m - 1935m - 2000m - 1935m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. - Overnight stay in Astraka Mountain Hostel
Day 6: Aoos Gorge
From the Mountain Hut we will hike downwards till we reach the Monastery of Stomio, build in 1774, enjoying magnificent views. Then we'll walk into the gorge of the river Aoos and have the opportunity for a nice swimming into the clear water of the river. At the end of our walking tour we will reach the famous stone bridge of Konitsa. The Arched Bridge, built between 1823 and 1871, with a height of 20m and a width of 40 meters is one of the biggest in the Balkan area.
Trekking time: 6 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Moderate/Challenging
Trek Altitude: 1935m - 1800m - 650m - 465m
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Konitsa
Day 7: Voidomatis River - Thessaloniki
After breakfast we'll walk along a shady path, under willows and plane trees along the blue waters of the Voidomatis River. It is considered to be the cleanest river in Europe, so clean that you can drink from it at any time during our walk. On our way back to Thessaloniki we'll visit the traditional settlement of Metsovo, famous for its winery and delicious dairy products. In the evening we will all enjoy a farewell dinner at a local tavern.
Trekking time: 2 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Easy
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, we transfer you to Thessaloniki International Airport for your return flight.
Please note that this tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.
2017 Tour Dates
May 23 to May 30,
June 05 to June 12
June 13 to June 20 and
June 27 to July 4
Also available as a private and tailor made tour any time between May 15 and Oct. 15
Price / person: € 938,-
Price is based on double occupancy. Single supplement € 120,-
√ 6 nights on BB basis in double rooms in selected guesthouses and hotels.
√ 1 night in the mountain hostel, in dormitories.
√ 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 picnic lunches and 7 dinners.
√ All local transfers as per itinerary.
√ Luggage transfer
√ Experienced English-speaking mountain guide (full escort).
√ All hiking tours as per itinerary.
× Transfer to and from Greece.
× All personal expenses.
× Alcoholic Beverages.
× Other sites of interest not included in the itinerary.
× Outdoor activities which are not part of this itinerary.
× Meals if not mentioned.
× Travel and personal accident insurance.
We select accommodation which has been personally inspected and experienced by our team.
We have chosen traditional hotels and guesthouses, with a friendly and very homely atmosphere, comfortable and fully equipped with en-suite facilities.
Services at the Mountain hostels include: Bunk beds, pillows / pillow cases and blankets. There is also a restaurant, showers (only cold water) and toilets. Guests are welcome to carry their own bed linen / sheets and towels for personal usage.