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4 Day Activity in Zagori

4 Day Activity in Zagori

Product Code : 9673

About The Place

Zagori, a region in the northwestern part of Greece, is a captivating and rugged landscape celebrated for its traditional stone villages, pristine nature, and rich cultural heritage. The Zagori area, officially known as the Zagori National Park, encompasses the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world, and the Pindus mountain range, creating a unique tapestry of landscapes and experiences.

Geography and Landscape: Nestled in the Pindus mountain range, Zagori is a mountainous region with elevations ranging from 500 to 2,497 meters. The landscape is characterized by dense forests, alpine meadows, and an intricate network of rivers and streams. The Vikos Gorge, a central feature of Zagori, is renowned for its dramatic limestone cliffs and the Vikos River, which has carved its way through the rugged terrain.

Traditional Stone Villages: What sets Zagori apart is its collection of stone-built villages, known as Zagorochoria, each with its unique character and architectural charm. Villages like Papigo, Monodendri, and Vitsa are characterized by well-preserved stone houses, cobbled streets, and arched bridges. These settlements are not only aesthetically pleasing but also offer a glimpse into the region’s historical and cultural identity.

Vikos Gorge: The Vikos Gorge, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Greece, is a natural wonder that attracts hikers, nature enthusiasts, and adventure seekers. The gorge is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare species such as the wild goat. Numerous hiking trails provide opportunities to explore the depths of the gorge, with the Vikos-Aoös National Park offering a well-maintained network of paths.

Bridges of Zagori: Zagori is renowned for its stone bridges, known as “kokkorades,” that span the region’s rivers and ravines. These architectural marvels, often dating back to the 18th century, showcase the craftsmanship of the local builders. The most famous among them is the Kokkoros Bridge, a three-arched bridge near the village of Koukouli.

Cultural Heritage: Zagori’s cultural heritage is reflected in its local traditions, festivals, and religious celebrations. The area is dotted with monasteries and churches, such as the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi, which add to the cultural and spiritual richness of the region. The villages host various events throughout the year, offering visitors an opportunity to engage with the local community and experience traditional customs.

Outdoor Activities: Zagori is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, leading to panoramic viewpoints, waterfalls, and traditional settlements. Rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the Voidomatis River, providing a thrilling experience amidst the pristine nature.

Culinary Delights: The local cuisine of Zagori reflects the region’s agricultural abundance and traditional recipes. Locally sourced ingredients are used to create dishes like “kontosouvli” (spit-roasted meat) and “pites” (pies), showcasing the flavors of the Zagori mountains.

In conclusion, Zagori is more than a destination; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of nature, culture, and history. The region’s unique blend of mountain landscapes, stone villages, and cultural traditions offers a one-of-a-kind experience for those seeking an authentic and enriching escape.

Highlights

  • Discover beautiful architecture in the picturesque traditional villages.

  • Hike the world’s deepest canyon

  • Discover the beauty of Voidomatis springs

  • Observe the impresive dolomites rock formations‎

  • Have fun whilst swimming and jumping in the crystal clear waters

Total Duration

  • 4 Days

Full description

4 Days unforgettable adventure exploring the captivating Zagori region, one of the most picturesque areas in Greece. Immerse yourself in the beauty of traditional stone villages, breathtaking mountain views, and a stunning natural environment. Preserved from the outside world until recently, Zagori exudes a sense of authenticity and tranquility, adorned with lush forests, deep gorges, and crystalline blue rivers. Discover this hidden gem off the beaten path during our Active & Culture Tour Zagori, where you’ll experience hiking in pristine nature, exploring charming villages, savoring delicious meals, paddling down the roaring Voidomatis River, and venturing into the awe-inspiring Vikos Gorge, one of Greece’s most stunning gorges.

The Zagori region is home to 44 traditional villages, each with its unique charm and character. As you traverse the interconnected footpaths that wind through the folds of mountains, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of the stone villages nestled within the landscape. The cool breeze that drifts through the tree-shaded gorge allows for year-round hiking, with Maples, beech, fig, and oak trees along Greek National Trail #03 providing a kaleidoscope of colors and natural splendor.

In the well-preserved villages of Zagori, you’ll find traditional guesthouses offering warm hospitality and mouthwatering meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients. This soft adventure cultural tour allows you to experience the highlights of the region, but we are also flexible and can customize the activities to suit your preferences, whether you prefer a more relaxed or adventurous itinerary.

Activities / Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival in Zagori

Your tour begins in Ioannina, where you can fly from Athens or arrive by road from the closest airports (Corfu, Preveza, and Thessaloniki). Your guide will greet you and transfer you to the village where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Aristi village.

Day 2: Bridges & Villages Hike

Embark on a captivating circular hike that reveals the hidden gems of Central Zagori. Starting from Vitsa village, you’ll visit iconic traditional villages such as Vitsa, Koukouli, Kipi, and Dilofo. The hike showcases the arched stone bridges that once served as the lifeline connecting the villages before the advent of roads.

Overnight in Aristi village.

Day 3: Vikos Gorge Crossing

Begin your hike in Monodendri village and enter the majestic Vikos Gorge after a 45-minute walk. Traverse the gorge for approximately 4 hours until you reach the springs of Voidomatis, and then continue for another hour until you reach the village of Vikos. The 20 km long gorge, with 12 km belonging to the Vikos-Aoos National Park, presents a diverse landscape characterized by steep slopes and precipitous rocky cliffs shaped over millions of years by the Voidomatis River.

Overnight in Aristi village.

Day 4: Rafting Voidomatis & Departure

Conclude your adventure with a serene rafting descent in the crystal-clear waters of the Voidomatis River, located in the heart of the Vikos-Aoos National Park. As you glide along the waterway adorned with age-old plane trees and traditional stone bridges, you’ll be immersed in the tranquility of the surroundings. After this exhilarating experience, we’ll transfer you back to your pick-up point to continue your journey.

Not Included:

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Meals
  • Hotel stayover tax

Suitable Seasons: Throughout the year

What to Bring

  • Large, comfortable rucksack (40 – 50 liters) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside

  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes

  • Good waterproof top with hood

  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)

  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or poly-cotton not denim)

  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sunburn)

  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block

  • Swimsuit, towel

  • Your own personal water bottle

  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)

  • Photographers: bring your cameras

Includes

  • Accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis in guesthouses or hotels (3 nights)

  • The trekking and rafting activities as mentioned in the program (activities may vary dependent on season)

  • Transfers Ioannina Airport to Aristi

  • Transfer Aristi to start of Bridges & Villages hike and return

  • Transfer Aristi to Monodendri – start Vikos and from end of hike to Aristi

  • Transfer Aristi to Kleidonia and after rafting to airport

Itinerary

  • Day1 : Arrival in Zagori
  • Day2 : Bridges & Villages hike
  • Day3 : Vikos gorge crossing
  • Day4 : Rafting Voidomatis & Departure

Meeting point

Ioannina Airport or City center

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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