Traditional Villages and Impressive Gorges

The Zagoria region 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. Zagoria Self Guided is a hotel based tour of moderate difficulty where you hike with your own pace through the unforgettable nature of Zagoria.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 595 EUR
Holiday type: self-guided / hotel based Minimum group size: 2 people
Dates: April - October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 7 x traditional guesthouse Meal base: breakfast, halfboard on request
Nearest airport: Aktio - Preveza, Thessaloniki Rental Car: included from / to airport Aktio
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Aktio Airport– drive to Elati After your arrival at Aktio airport you drive to the traditional village Elati and your guest house. After a rest you can stroll through the village. Day 2: Vradeto Steps - Beloi An impressive stone path over 300 years old climbs the cliffs of Vradeto. The walk starts from Kapesovo and takes you in one hour with impressive views to Vradeto, the roof of Zagoria, as it is the highest Zagorian village. It is a small but beautiful village, with a lovely square. You continue towards Beloi, a view point of Vikos Gorge. The view is astonishing as you see the gorge from an 800 meter balcony over the huge cliffs. You walk the same way back. Duration: 3 hours Day 3: Old Villages and Bridges Your walk will lead you through the most interesting villages and bridges of the area over stone paths (kalderimia) and donkey trails. You start from Dilofo, a village which is famous for its old impressive buildings, protected from UNESCO as a monument of local architecture. Through the forest you reach Vitsa, the square of the village has one of the biggest plane trees in the area. You continue walking down the Vitsa steps reaching the bottom of Vikos gorge, where you cross Misios Bridge. The walk continues on the kalderimia towards Koukouli. Your way will cross a lovely square with the church and the old school. Then you hike to Kipi, a village famous for the many bridges surrounding it. After a good walk in the forest you return to Dilofo. Duration: 5 hours Day 4: Alpine Lake Drakolimni You hike from Papigo towards the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, reaching an alpine lake at 2050 m. The walk begins at Mikro Papigo, one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori, and continues through beautiful and quite scenery towards Astraka hut. On the way up you will meet a lot of springs so there is no need to carry a lot of water. After a small stop at the mountain hut, you continue another 1.30 hour to the “Drakolimni”, an alpine lake at 2050 m. The scenery is magnificent as you have great views over Pindos mountain range. You walk back the same way. Duration: 9 hours Alternative route for day 4:           Dikorfo – Kipi The walk starts from the road that connects the two villages Elati and Dikorfo. It starts downhill on a dirt road, straight into a beautiful forest. You pass two small churches, and always viewing the high Timfi Mountain. The walk takes you inside a thick forest of pine and oak, pretty unusual for the region. You are walking always next to a stream, passing old bridges which were used from the locals not a long time ago. The path takes you out on a dirt road again and soon you are reaching one of the main roads that lead you to Kipi village. Duration: 4 hours   Day 5: The Voidomatis Gorge The walk is right in the National Park. Your walk starts from the old bridge of Klidonia. You walk next to Voidomatis river, one of the cleanest and coldest rivers of Europe! The walk is always under the huge plane trees at the bank of the river. On your way you visit the old abandoned monastery of Ag. Anargyroi, many times destroyed through the years. The walk continues always next to the magical blue of the river to the bridge of Aristi. On the drive back you can visit the monastery of Panagia Spileotissa with the impressive bell tower, having views to the gorge. Duration: 3 hours Day 6 : The Vikos Gorge You start to cross Vikos Gorge, a very impressive canyon and one of the deepest in the world! You will be transferred to Monodendri (2km), and then you hike downhill, where you meet the small river that flows through the gorge. You continue next to the stream and walk right into the heart of the National Park. In the gorge still a lot of wild animals find refuge, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. Your walk will end at Vikos village after a small ascent, around 40 minutes. Duration: 6 hours Day 7: Monastery of Stomio Today gives you the chance to walk inside a part of the Aoos Gorge. Here you find the wildest side of Mt. Timfi, which rises at 2500m. You start from the town of Konitsa, crossing the impressive arched bridge. The walk always follows a dirt road and an old path. Inside a mixed forest with a lot of wild flowers you walk towards the Monastery of Stomio. The monastery is built on a huge rock having a fantastic view inside the Aoos Gorge under Gamila peak, the highest peak of the mountain. You walk back the same way. Duration: 3 hours Day 8: Departure – drive to Aktio airport

Your Accommodation:

Guesthouse Elati:

Services included:

  • 7 overnights in double rooms with breakfast in guest house at Elati village
  • 1 rental car category A during the trip, pick-up at Aktio airport
  • 3 local transfers for day 4, 5, 6
  • 6 hiking tours of easy to medium difficulty
  • English hiking descriptions, maps and information
  • local representative throughout the trip and in case of emergency
  • local taxes
     
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees and drinks
  • gasoline, toll posts
  • everything not listed above
Extras – can be booked separate:
  • single room
  • halfboard – additional dinner
  • rental car of higher category or from other airports
  • extension days or week, we offer accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us