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Zagori Trekking Tour - Vikos Aoos National Park (ZA 1)

 
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    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.

    Highlights

    - 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

    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: Ioannina - Vitsa
    Your guide will meet you in the city of Ioannina ( Airport, bus station or hotel) and we will transfer you to Vitsa, a picturesque village in Central Zagori (approx. 60 min). We check into our guesthouse for the overnight stay.
    Meals: Dinner. Overnight stay in Vitsa

    Day 2: 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 3: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 six hours of walking through lush vegetation in the shady canyon, we reach the picturesque village of Aristi.
    Trekking time: approx. 7 hours. -Trek difficulty level: Moderate
    Trek Altitude: 1050m - 750m - 495m - 960m
    Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. - Overnight stay in Aristi

    Day 4: Springs of Voidomatis River

    After breakfast, we will drive for approx. 5 min to the village of Vikos where our hike starts. We will descend to the springs of Voidomatis River and start ascending to reach the picturesque village of Mikro Papigo after 3 hours of walking.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight stay in Mikro Papigo
    Trekking altitude: 750m - 495m - 960m
    Trekking time: 3 hours
    Trekking difficulty level: Easy

    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.
    Meals: Breakfast.

    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.

    2018 Tour Dates

    June 10 to June 17,
    June 17 to June 24,
    July 01 to July 08,
    July 08 to July 15 and
    Sept. 02 to Sept. 09

    Also available as a private and tailor-made tour anytime between May 15 and Oct. 15

    Price / person: Euro 870,-
    Price is based on double occupancy. Single supplement Euro 120,-

    Price includes:
    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.

    Not included:
    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.


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