Have you even been to a place, unknown to most of the world, but so beautiful and magical, that you want to keep it secret for yourself, yet, at the same time, scream it out to the world? Have you ever thought of Greece as a place with wild and steep mountains, ideal for adventure holidays? You simply have to join us on our “Wild Mountains & rivers” adventure and discover the secret beauty of the Greek mainland! Traditional stone-made villages untouched by time, lush fir forests, alpine landscapes, magical lakes and rivers, arch stone bridges, delicious local food and the hospitality of the local people are waiting for you to explore them!
Take advantage of Greece’s mild weather and enjoy a weekly adventure beyond the beaten path…
- Explore on foot Athens, the city where democracy was born
- Visit some of the most beautiful and unspoiled traditional Greek villages
- Explore the magical lake Plastira on a kayak or hydro-bike
- Enjoy horseback riding in the lush meadows of Pertouli, surrounded by dense forests
- Climb the Vradeto steps and enjoy the stunning views over Vikos gorge from Beloi viewpoint
- Hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world
- Go rafting in one of Europe’s cleanest rivers, Voidomatis
- Taste delicious local food and wine
- Follow the ancient paths of the monks and visit the cliff – top monasteries of Meteora
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Athens – Exploring the city
Upon arrival in Athens International Airport, you are met and welcomed by our team. You transfer to your hotel and, since your fellow travel companions arrive in different times of the day, you have the day free to explore the city of Athens and its numerous cultural and historical places of interest, such as the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, the unique Acropolis museum, the Ancient and Roman Agora. You can also walk around Filoppapou hill, visit the flea market in Monastiraki and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea in one of the beautiful cafes in Thisio.
Day 2: Athens – Lake Plastira – Elati
Early in the morning, we depart with direction the dreamy Lake Plastira, a destination that harmonically combines serenity with adventure. We will first visit the Dam of the artificial lake and enjoy the stunning views it offers! After lunch in one of the traditional taverns around the lake, we will explore the endless natural beauty of the area on a hydro-bike or canoe/kayak! For those of you that prefer mountain biking, there are numerous trails around the lake.
Later in the afternoon, we depart for the beautiful mountainous traditional village of Elati. On our way there, we will make a stop at the beautiful arch stone bridge of Saint Vissarion, built in the 1527. You are free to enjoy a walk by the riverside, a refreshing tea/coffee by the bridge or buy herbs, honey and traditional drinks by local vendors. Once in Elati, you can explore the village, admire the traditional architecture of stone-made houses and enjoy the delicious local cuisine in one of the village’s family run tavernas.
Day 3: Elati – Pertouli – Vitsa
After breakfast, we will drive to Pertouli meadows, a beautiful plateau, surrounded by mountains with dense forests, rivers and enormous fir trees, which we will explore while riding our horses! Coffee break, before we board our car with destination the stunning area of Zagori (approx. 2:50 hr driving). In the afternoon, we will reach Monodendri village and we’ll first visit the Rizarios School of Handicrafts to find out how local women make traditional handmade carpets and textiles. We will then take a short hiking path to Agia Paraskevi church and the impressive cliff-hanging trail that follows! (Hike duration: 1 hour, level of difficulty: easy) Visit to Oxya viewpoint and the stone forest come next. In the evening, we will check in at our traditional guesthouse in Vitsa village and enjoy homemade dinner.
Day 4: Vradeto steps, Beloi viewpoint & Zagoria arch stone bridges
After breakfast, we will drive towards Kapesovo village. From there, following the beautiful stone trail of Vradeto steps, we’ll reach the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1450m) and 2km later at Beloi viewpoint (1650m), where we can enjoy striking panoramic views over the gorge! (Hike duration: 3-4 hrs, level of difficulty: moderate)
After lunch in one of the local small cafes/restaurants, we will explore hiking 6 of the most important and beautiful arch stone bridges of the area (Hike duration: 2 – 4 hrs, level of difficulty: easy to moderate). Dinner and overnight in Vitsa village
Day 5: Crossing Vikos Gorge
This morning, we will take one of the best and most impressive hiking trails in all the Zagori area! Starting from the village of Monodendri, we’ll hike all the way down into Vikos ravine, one of the deepest canyons in the world. We hike parallel to the stream, and walk right into the heart of the National Park. The surrounding environment is a paradise for nature lovers that can observe the rich flora and fauna. The gorge is shelter for a lot of wild animals, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. We will have a nice break for snacks at the river’s springs, before the small steep ascend to Vikos village (Hike duration: 5.30 – 6 hrs, level of difficulty: moderate). From Vikos village, we transfer to Papigo village, for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Papigo (rafting) – Meteora
Prepare yourselves for rafting in one of the clearest rivers in Europe! Starting from the beautiful stone bridge of Aristi, we will cross the National Park of Vikos – Aoos, while rafting across Voidomatis river. This is an easy route, ideal for everyone, yet very impressive because of the river’s crystal clear waters and the surrounding natural landscape.
In the afternoon, we will depart with destination the UNESCO Heritage Site of Meteora, also called the “stone forest”. ). Upon arrival in Meteora, we’ll enjoy a short, yet funny, hiking trail to the “Holly Spirit” pillar, before we check in to our hotel. (Alternative activity: horse riding tour in Zagoria with our professional guide)
Day 7: Meteora – Athens
What a better way to wake up rather than admiring the spectacular sandstone rocks of Meteora, rising over 400 m above the ground! After breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape and the impressive top-cliff monasteries beyond the ordinary way! We will follow the ancient paths that the monks used to follow, through the steep rocks, visit some of the monasteries and admire the breathtaking views. In the afternoon, we depart for our way back to Athens. For those of you having a late evening flight from Athens International Airport, you can be transferred straight to the airport or you can enjoy your last night in beautiful Athens, if you continue your vacations in Greece!
- 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.
- We would recommend to bring with you good walking (closed toes) shoes with non-slippery soles, a camera hat, sunscreen
- Single occupancy with extra charge 90 euro per person (in case of interest please send email from contact us section or here)