Jeep Tour Zagori
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.
Have an authentic, off-road, experience
Explore the unknown Zagori
Cook traditional food from Zagori in the forests of Gyftokampos, close to the river
Lush vegetation and wild life
Panoramic view of the Zagori area
- 7 Hours
Embark on an unforgettable Jeep tour of Zagori, where you’ll discover the fascinating history and natural wonders of this picturesque region. Our road trip begins by exploring the renowned stone-arched bridges that have become iconic symbols of Zagori. Marvel at their timeless beauty before venturing towards the breathtaking Vikaki Canyon and the historic “Old Bridge,” an ancient single-arched marvel that holds tales of the past. Take a leisurely break in the charming village of Tsepelovo, savoring a cup of coffee or tea in the traditional village square.
Continuing our journey, we navigate along a scenic dirt road that winds through the majestic fir forest of Gyftokampos, immersing ourselves in nature’s embrace. Our path leads us to the village of Iliochori, where we embark on a captivating hike to reach impressive waterfalls. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters and savor the flavors of traditional Zagori cuisine as we cook a delectable meal near the river.
After our revitalizing dip, we delve into the rich heritage of the region with a visit to the open-air museum of Sarakatsani Stani. This unique monument offers a glimpse into the nomadic populations that once roamed the area, showcasing their customs and way of life. Finally, we conclude our journey at a breathtaking viewpoint, where the panoramic vistas of the Zagori region unfold before our eyes, leaving a lasting impression of its natural splendor.
Distance: 85 km
Dirt Road: 32 km
Tarmac: 53 km
Suitable Seasons: March-November
What to Bring
Comfortable clothes and shoes
Hat / Sunglasses / Suncream (for summer months)
Beanie (for winter months)
Experienced local Guide
Cooking experience by the river
- Minimum 4 Participants
- 5 years and above
- Basic physical condition
- Starting Time 09:00
- Ending Time 16:00
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