Traditional villages in enchanting surroundings

Zagoria is part of the Pindos Mountain Range, made up of the Gamila and Mitsikeli Mountains and flanked by the Aoos River. It’s also renowned for its beautiful villages and cobbled paths made from local stone and home to the brown bear and lynx. Vikos Gorge, with its rugged riverbed and jagged slopes, is a real wilderness challenge and Europe’s deepest canyon.

 Hike Zagoria is a point-to-point tour of moderate difficulty where you can discover the most impressive spots and landscapes of Zagoria and get in touch with the locals while hiking.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 610 EUR
Holiday type: guided / point to point Minimum group size: 4 people
Dates: May – October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 6 x guesthouses, 1 x refuge Meal base: breakfast, halfboard on request
Nearest airport: Aktio – Preveza, Thessaloniki Contact us with your questions or booking requests


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Aktio Airport– drive to Vitsa After your arrival at Aktio airport you drive to the village Vitsa and your traditional guest house. After a rest you can stroll through the village.  

Day 2: Vitsa – Koukouli – Kipi – Dilofo – Vitsa Leave your guesthouse at Vitsa and hike down the stone steps of Vitsa. You’ll tour the old bridges that years ago connected all the villages. You’ll pass by an old bridge and then on to Koukouli, a beautiful village worth visiting. You’ll head further on to Kipi, a village famous for its antique stone bridge with three arches. You’ll have the chance to see the most spectacular of the famous old bridges around Zagori. Finally you’ll hike through a forest to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. You’ll drive back to Vitsa for overnight.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Altitude: 950 – 800 – 880 – 900 – 950 m

Day 3: Monodendri – Vikos Gorge – Vikos Village – Aristi First you’ll be transferred to Monodendri and then you’ll cross Vikos Gorge, a very impressive canyon and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the deepest in the world! Your hike today will take you through the most beautiful parts of the gorge. Starting from Monodendri, you’ll hike downhill, where you’ll come to the small river that flows through the gorge. You can dive into the pure, deep blue waters of the source of the river. You’ll continue next to the stream and walk right into the heart of the National Park. In the gorge, lots of wild animals still find refuge, such as birds of prey, bears and wild boars. Your walk ends after a 40 minutes ascent at Vikos village. After a rest you’ll be transferred to Aristi, where you’ll spend the night.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Altitude: 950 – 550 – 770 m

Day 4: Vikos – Mikro Papingo Today, after a short drive back to Vikos Village, you’ll first hike down to the spring of the Voidomatis River. A climb up the north-west face of Vikos Gorge will lead you towards Mikro Papingo with views becoming more and more impressive. The path continues through a forest and below the majestic “Five towers of Papingo”, part of Mount Timfi. Soon you’ll reach the village Mikro Papingo, one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori. In the evening you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural swimming pools near the village. The river that runs down from the mountain has created deep holes in the rocks here. The stone houses, alleys paved with cobblestones and the nearly 1000 year old church, combined with the hospitality of the inhabitants, makes your stay here unforgettable. Overnight in Mikro Papingo.
Trekking Time: 4 hrs
Altitude: 770 – 960 m

Day 5: Mikro Papingo – Drakolimni – Astraka Refuge Today you’ll climb more than 1.000 meters, starting from Papingo towards the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, until you reach an alpine lake at 2.050 m, but the beauty of the mountain landscape is well worth the effort. The walk begins from Mikro Papingo, and continues through beautiful and serene scenery towards Astraka mountain refuge. On the way up you’ll find a lot of water springs, so there’s no need to carry lots of water. After a small stop at the mountain hut, you’ll continue another 1.30 hour to the alpine lake of “Drakolimni” or “Dragonlake”, where you can take a short swim if you like. The scenery is magnificent, overlooking the Pindos mountain range. You’ll stay at the Astraka Refuge tonight.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Altitude:  960 – 2.100 – 1.950 m

Day 6:  Astraka Refuge – Tsepelovo After your authentic mountain experience of the previous day, today you will cross the Timfi mountain range, which is a long but beautiful hike. From the refuge you’ll follow picturesque trails in the shadow of the peak Astraka reaching the wide high plateaus of the mountain. Right below the impressive cliffs of Astraka you’ll continue towards the reservoir of Loutsa Robozi, where sheep and other animals drink in the summer. You’ll also reach the beginning of Megas Lakos, an impressive canyon, which ends at Vikos Gorge. The landscape going down is rough, but with a very striking view of the mountain and the rocks around you. You’ll hike to Tsepelovo and spend the night there.
Trekking Time: 8 hrs
Altitude: 1.950 – 1.080 m

Day 7: Tsepelovo – Vradeto – Beloi – Kapesovo – Tsepelovo Starting out once again from Tsepelovo you’ll hike on old roads (kalderimia) through the plains of Vradeto, the highest village of Zagoria. After visiting Beloi, an impressive view point, where you can see the whole Vikos gorge under your feet, you’ll continue to the village Vradeto. After a short rest you’ll hike down the famous Vradeto steps, a path which takes you to Kapesovo. You’ll be transferred to Elati for the night.
Trekking Time: 5 hrs
Altitude: 1.050 – 1.370 – 1.200 – 950 – 1.050 m

Day 8: Departure – drive to Aktio airport

Your Accommodation:

Services included:

  • 7 nights with breakfast
    (6 nights in guesthouses in double rooms and 1 night in a refuge in shared rooms)
  • English-speaking, local and licensed trekking guide during the 6 hiking days
  • local transfers as described
  • luggage transfers – except to refuge
  • local taxes
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees and drinks
  • airport transfer
  • everything not listed above

Extras – can be booked separate:
  • single room – not in refuge
  • airport transfer per taxi, minibus or rental car, also from other airports
  • extension days or week, we offer different accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us
  • rental car