Rafting in Venetikos River (Route B)
About The Place
The journey of the Venetikos begins with the convergence of two streams, one descending from the southeastern slopes of Vasilitsa Mountain and the other from the northeast of Avgo Mountain and the southern Taliaros Hills. These streams, named Aspropotamos from the west and Dotsikiotiko from the north, unite in the gorge of Portitsa, nestled between the villages of Spilaio and Parorio, forming the inception of the Venetikos River. Prior to this juncture, the northern branch carries the name Velonias. From this point, the Venetikos River winds its way eastward, covering a distance of 46 kilometers.
Traversing south of Orliakas Mountain and continuing south of the city of Grevena, the river becomes a visual spectacle at the “Gates of Venetikos,” where it flows between imposing vertical rocks. As it progresses eastward, near the village of Agapi, the Venetikos River merges into the Aliakmonas River. Throughout its course, the Venetikos is fed by numerous streams and rivers, including Smixiotiko, Stavropotamos, Tranos Lakkos, Sarganaiko, Agiouaras, Vathylakkos, Kerasia Lakkos, Paliokastro, Dyo Dendra, Kerasia, and Kryoneri.
The landscapes surrounding the Venetikos River boast molasse formations and alluvial deposits, creating a unique canvas of geological diversity. Its winding course forms a rich tapestry of habitats, from expansive canyons to verdant valleys and dense riparian forests. Adventure seekers can explore this pristine terrain through activities like rafting, embracing the untamed beauty of one of Greece’s most remarkable natural areas.
The riparian forests lining the Venetikos are adorned with common alders, willows, narrow-leafed ashes, and oriental plane trees. As it meanders, the river transitions between wooded slopes adorned with firs and pines, eventually giving way to various oak varieties. The region surrounding the river is a haven for plant species such as Colchicum autumnale, Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis, Dianthus deltoides subsp. degenii, Actaea spicata, Betonica scardica, Anthericum liliago, and Tragopogon balcanicus.
Moreover, the Venetikos region is a paradise for birdwatchers, featuring a diverse avian population. Permanent residents include grey wagtails and dippers, while the river is frequented by grey herons, great egrets, little egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, snipes, and sandpipers. Birds of prey such as lesser spotted eagles, short-toed eagles, and buzzards soar above, contributing to the area’s rich biodiversity.
The Venetikos River, a haven for plant and animal life, becomes a canvas of color during the flowering season, featuring orchids like Cephalanthera damasonium, Epipactis palustris, Neotinea tridentata, and Ophrys species. Amphibians, reptiles, and mammals further enrich the region’s biodiversity, with brown bears, wolves, otters, and a variety of snakes making it their home.
The ichthyofauna of the Venetikos River includes rare fish species like the European spirlin, large spot barbel, Vardar nase, Vardar spined loach, and West Balkan trout. Additionally, the crystal-clear waters invite swimmers to witness this underwater spectacle during the summer months.
- 2 Hours
Experience the ultimate adventure as you embark on an exhilarating rafting journey down the majestic Venetikos River. Join us for a thrilling Class 2 expedition, spanning 10 kilometers and lasting 2 hours, under the expert guidance of certified and experienced athletes-guides. This route is tailor-made for experienced rafters seeking an unforgettable adventure.
Venetikos River, the longest tributary of Aliakmonas, boasts stunning teal-colored waters throughout most of the year. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and historical charm of the river, renowned for its magnificent stone, arched bridges dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
Our adventure begins in the picturesque Eleftherochori Bridge, offering a captivating starting point on the most scenic segment of the Venetikos River. As we navigate the pristine waters, be prepared to be amazed by the breathtaking surroundings and the abundance of wildlife that call this river home. The journey culminates in the charming village of Agapi, where Venetikos converges with Aliakmonas, creating a spectacular finale to our rafting experience.
While the route is relatively easy, it still promises to leave a lasting impression with its rough waters and captivating encounters with nature. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you navigate the rapids and immerse yourself in the sheer beauty of the landscape.
Secure your spot now and be part of this unique rafting adventure, where your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Our certified guides, who are champions in river sports, ensure that you have a secure and thrilling journey from start to finish.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to raft in Venetikos River. Book now and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.
What to Bring
Second pair of shoes that will get wet
Certified guides, champions in river sports.
Boats and paddles, neoprene suits, shoes, helmets, life jackets, anoraks and all the Rafting equipment
Transportation in our own mini buses.
Video and photos recorded on a GoPro (you must have an 8gb or above USB stick)
Be insured against all liability
- Minimum 6 people
- Maximum 50 people
- Ages 8+ accompanied by a legal guardian
- Starting time 10:00
- Ending time 12:00
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