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Evritania Adventure
Overview

There is nothing like a multi activity adventure to discover a region, and this one is no exception.

Tour Overview

Off the beaten track, untouched by mass tourism and a true hidden gem in the Central Greek Highlands, the mountainous region of Evrytania, often referred to as “The Greek Alpes”, offers an endless choice of outdoor activities. The unique alpine landscapes, the great rivers of the West and the impressive flora and fauna are not to be missed by any adventurer roaming the Greek mainland. On this Multi Activity Adventure, the mountain town of Karpenisi is our base, and from there we set out to go trekking and rock climbing through beautiful mountain trails, mountain biking in dense forests, waterfall canyoning and camping in the most scenic mountain gorges. We also explore the authentic cultural routes of the region that lie in the picturesque villages and historic monuments scattered across the mountain ranges of Evrytania.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the rich culture, delicious cuisine and explore the millenia spanning history of the city of Athens.
  • Go camping in the scenic gorge of “Panta Vrechi” and swim under the flowing waterfalls.
  • Take a mountain bike ride through the dense forests of the Karpenisi valley.
  • Follow the trails to the Black Cave and rock climb Via Ferrata.
  • Have an adrenaline infused canyoning experience at the Vothonas gorge.
  • Savor the warm and authentic atmosphere of the traditional villages in Evrytania.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking alpine views from the top of the Agrafa mountains

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Athens

During the first day of your trip, you get a chance to explore the sights of downtown Athens. The world famous Acropolis hill, with the magnificent Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the Roman Agora and the Temple of Zeus are all within close distance from your hotel. For those of you who want to get a first culinary taste of Greece, the nearby neighborhoods of Monastiraki and Plaka are bustling with traditional tavernas and are popular year round. If you feel like immersing yourself further into the history and culture of Athens, there is the option of joining a walking tour that guides you through the main archaeological sites and areas of cultural interest in the center of Athens. Early evening we organize for you our Historical Athens Treasure Hunt , a three hour walk through history game that includes visiting the most iconic of Athenian landmarks. In the evening a welcome dinner takes place at a local bistro. As the chefs prepare delicious interpretations of traditional Greek dishes, we introduce you to the detailed schedule of activities and sightseeing opportunities the rest of your trip holds.

Overnight Stay: President or Titania 4* Hotel in Downtown Athens

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Arrival at Karpenisi Horseback

Riding

Our meeting point is the Athens International Airport, or another location in Athens set beforehand. There, we board our minibus, while our tour leaders briefly introduce the group to the tour itinerary. Driving along the national highway, we arrive at the beautiful town of Kammena Vourla, where we take our lunch at a local seaside taverna. Crossing the mountain range of Timfristos, we admire the amazing panoramic view of Karpenisi valley and head to our hotel in Karpenisi. Early evening, we saddle up and explore the green valleys and slopes around our base on horseback. For the next few hours we gallop through stunningly beautiful landscapes, guiding our horses through mountain trails.

Overnight : Oniropetra Guesthouse in Karpenisi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

Proussos Monastery Black Cave Rock Climbing Via Ferrata

After breakfast, we visit the historic monastery of Proussos, built on the rocky cliffs of the Karpenisiotis river gorge. From there, we follow the narrow mountain trail to the Black Cave, a mountain hike through a plane and fir tree forest that takes us to a waterfall cave with a rich history. Hiking through the gorge, we rock climb Via Ferrata, a unique climbing route in Greece, that goes over steep rocks, next to incredible waterfalls.

Total hiking and climbing time: 3-4 hours

Overnight: Oniropetra Guesthouse in Karpenisi

Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic lunch (only on guided tours)

Day 4

Mountain Biking In the Valleys of Evritania

A morning mountain bike ride, through the magical fir and chestnut tree forests of Evrytania, takes us to the picturesque village of Kefalovriso. The century old plane trees and the flowing waters of the Karpenisiotis river create an incredible setting for relaxation and rest. We take a walk through its cobble paved little streets, stone bridges and visit one of the most important historic monuments of the region, dedicated to a great battle that took place in Kefalovriso during the Greek War of Independence. Later that evening, we visit the village of Megalo Horio, have a coffee at one of its traditional cafes, enjoy the warm atmosphere and admire the unique traditional architecture.

Total mountain biking time: 3 hours

Overnight: Oniropetra Guesthouse in Karpenisi

Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch (only on guided tours)

Day 5

Exploring the Agrafa Mountain Villages

This day is an activities free day, where we get a chance to explore the region by car. We drive over the mountain range of Agrafa and get the chance to enjoy the most spectacular views of our adventure tour. Having the Agrafiotis riverbed next to us, we climb to the isolated mountain villages of Agrafa, the highest altitude villages of Evrytania. On the way there, we do an hour long hike, by the river. The traditional tavernas, the cozy guesthouses and the hospitality of the locals, surrounded by a purely alpine natural scenery creates a uniquely warm and pleasant atmosphere and gives a sense of authenticity that is rare to find.

Overnight: Oniropetra Guesthouse in Karpenisi

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6

Canyoning at the Vothonas Gorge

After breakfast we set to go canyoning in the Vothonas gorge, one of the most striking gorges in Greece. created by 9 successive waterfalls. Rappelling down the steep cliffs next to the impressive waterfalls provides a great deal of excitement and pumps up our adrenaline. In the afternoon we visit Fidakia, one of the most charming villages of Evrytania. A walk through the cobbled streets and stone built houses of Fidakia gives the impression that time here stands still. On our way back to Karpenisi we cross Mount Helidona, where we cherish the breathtaking panoramic view of the Kremasta Lake and Bridge, meeting point for 4 rivers of Central Greece.

Total canyoning time: 4 hours

Overnight: Traditional Guesthouse in Karpenisi

Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch (only on guided tours)

Day 7

River Trekking Camping at Panta Vrechi Canyon

In the morning, we leave Karpenisi for an all-day outdoor adventure in the canyon of Panta Vrechi. Using a 4×4 vehicle, we cross mount kaliakouda driving off road, heading to one of the most impressive natural settings in Evrytania. At the entrance of Panta Vrechi we park the vehicles and begin our river trekking through the Krikelopotamos river that crosses the gorge. Along the way we admire the waterfalls and the natural pools formed at their bases, ideal for a swim in the cold waters. At the end of our river trek, we arrive at a magical scenery, surrounded by flowing waterfalls that create beautiful natural colors, the ultimate place to relax, take photos and swim. On the way back we set up our campsite, have a barbeque and spend the night by Krikelopotamos riverside.

Total river trekking time: 2 hours

Overnight: Camping at Panta Vrechi Canyon

Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, and Barbeque Dinner

Day 8

Return to Athens

On the last day of our trip we head back to Athens, with an afternoon break for a swim and lunch at a seaside taverna. We arrive in Athens late in the evening and our adventure ends.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Drivers need to be at least 21 years old, have their international driver’s license with them and show it prior to departure.
  • Being as light as possible is always important on an adventure tour plus space is limited on board a sailing boat so, our travellers are expected to bring with them a backpack or suitcase as well as a daypack for personal items and valuables.
  • We strongly advise you to have a valid Personal Travel & Health Insurance and bring your personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets, sunglasses, insect bite gel.
  • We would recommend you for Clothing/walking/swimming gear to bring with you fleece/softshell, jacket, waterproof & windproof jacket, sun, hat, long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries and churches), shorts, swimming costume, extra towel for swimming, t-shirts, hooded tops, trainers/walking shoes, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, personal mattress or a sleeping bag (should you choose to sleep on the yacht’s sundeck or a mountain refuge), torch, umbrella, snorkelling mask and fins.

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata-Artemida, Greece
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Accommodation: 1 night at President or Titania 4* Hotel (Athens), 6 nights at Oniropetra guesthouse (Karpenisi), 1 night camping Panta Vrechi Canyon (optional, alternatively you can also spend the last night at Oniropetra Guesthouse in Karpenisi) Meals/Drinks: All Breakfasts, 1 Dinner ( Day 1), Picnic Lunches (Days 3,4,6,7) Transport: Economy class car rental costs, Opel Corsa, Toyota Yaris or similar (for 2 persons), Compact class car rental costs, Opel Astra or similar (for 4 persons), Mercedes Vito or similar (for 5-7 persons), Airport transfers Tour Staff: Tour leader, Fully certified outdoor activities instructors Tour Activities: All outdoor activities, necessary equipment and guided tours as listed in the tour itinerary, Route Notes/Instruction Set
Excluded Amenities: Airline tickets, Fuel costs, Tolls costs, Personal expenses, Travel insurance, GPS (optional when you pick up the car), Entrance fees to archaeological sites to be paid on spot
Minimum number of guests needed: 4
Maximum number of guests: 14
Physical Level: Difficult. Previous experience is not required. Advance level of fitness is highly recommended but not required for travel bite enjoyment.

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