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Hiking in Zagoria Epirus

Spectacular nature with eagles, vultures, bears, waterfalls, a magnificent view and the deepest gorge in Europe: the Vikos Gorge in northwestern Greece in the Zagoria Epirus.

While hiking in Zagoria Epirus you will experience imposing mountains, deep gorges, steep slopes, countless springs, wild streams, deep blue rivers, crystal clear mountain lakes, quaint quarries, venerable monasteries and picturesque villages. They are the highlights of this hiking tour in one of the most beautiful and undiscovered areas of Greece. The pride of the Greeks – a jewel still little known in our latitudes: the deepest gorge in Europe! The area is famous for its natural beauty, especially the Vikos Gorge is known far beyond Greece. The 46 traditional stone Zagoria villages on the mountain slopes enchant visitors. A very special experience – hiking in the Vikos Gorge!

8 days / 7 nights

Number of participants: Min. 8 persons, Max. 16 persons

Price per person without flight 922,00 EUR

Surcharge for single occupancy on request

Price valid for the period from the end of April to the beginning of June and for the months of September and October.

Other dates are possible depending on availability. Please inquire.

Activities

On our hikes we cross the deepest gorge in Europe, we discover the sources of the cleanest river in Europe, the “Voidomatis”, and we visit the natural swimming pools “Oviros”. Another hiking destination is the high plateau of the mountain “Astraka” (1.940 m) and the alpine lake “Drakolimni” (dragon lake 2030 m), which is often frozen until the end of May – an incredible natural beauty! In addition, a walk along the beautiful river “Aoos” to the monastery Stomiou is part of the program.

Highlights

The hiking highlights are the beautiful hikes in the Vikos Gorge and the hike to the Dragon Lake. We also visit the world wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site “the floating monasteries of Meteora” – a very special and impressive experience! Another highlight is the city walk in Thessaloniki, the metropolis and second largest city in Greece. In the city centre you can feel the Mediterranean joie de vivre, day or night. With each step you discover new secrets: Historic cafés, cosy bars and clubs in industrial locations and concerts in old warehouses.

Accommodation

In the traditional mountain village “Megalo Papingo” you stay in a beautiful hotel or in a beautiful traditional guesthouse (depending on availability) at 960 meters altitude at the foot of the mountain massif Astraka. After checking in, the owner invites us to enjoy local homemade culinary specialties, fruit and homemade wine. So we are greeted immediately with the authentic, warm Greek hospitality! In Thessaloniki you stay in a beautiful 3* hotel in the heart of the city.

The price includes

  • All transfers on site according to the programme
  • 6 bed and breakfast in double room in hotel or guesthouse (subject to availability) in the mountain village of Megalo Papingo
  • 6 culinary Greek traditional dinners in Megalo Papingo (excluding drinks)
  • 4 beautiful guided walks in the region
  • Visit to the Meteora monasteries (without entrance fees 2.00 EUR per person per monastery)
  • 1 night with breakfast in a double room in a 3* hotel in Thessaloniki1
  • Culinary dinner in Thessaloniki (excluding drinks)
  • 1 guided evening walk in Thessaloniki
  • Including English-speaking guide
  • Including certified mountain guide

The price does not include

  • Flight tickets (we can offer flight tickets)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fee Meteora monasteries (2,00 EUR per person per monastery)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Private expenses
  • Accomodation tax

Accommodation tax: Since January 2018 there is a new accommodation tax in Greece. It is not part of our price and has to be paid by the guests directly at the reception of your hotel according to the law.

Per room and night it amounts to:
2 star hotels 0,50€
3 star hotels 1,50€
4 star hotels 3,00€
5 star hotels 4,00€

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