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Overview

Explore the heart of Greece’s Zagori region, an area of stunning beauty where magnificent gorges, lush forests, and charming villages come together to create an unforgettable hiking experience. This immersive and enriching adventure will take you through some of the most scenic and culturally significant parts of the region, allowing you to connect with the essence of Zagori’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and the hospitality of its people.

Highlights

  • Discover the old paths and stone bridges that connected the villages of Zagori
  • Explore the unique Vikos Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Ascend to Beloi Viewpoint and be awestruck by the panoramic view
  • Discover the famous villages of Zagori and relax in the midst of the picturesque surroundings
  • Get charmed by the friendly Zagori locals and their delicious traditional food
  • Enjoy hiking in Greece’s hiking paradise

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Ioannina / Transfer to Zagori

Arrive in Ioannina by 15:00 pm. From there we’ll take you to Tsepelovo and your hotel in our comfortable vehicle. Our English-speaking assistant will be there to make sure you’re comfortable during the journey.
Later in the day, at the hotel, our representative will give you all the important details about your hiking trip. There will be an interesting presentation about Zagori, where you’ll learn about this traditional and historic place. Feel free to ask questions and get ready for a smooth and enjoyable trip.
The rest of the day is yours to explore Tsepelovo at your own pace. Enjoy the charm of this traditional village and experience its sights, sounds, and flavors.

Day 2 - Tsepelovo to Kapesovo hike

Your adventure begins in the charming village of Tsepelovo, nestled amidst the mountains of Zagori, where you will meet our certifies hiking guide. From here, after a small briefing, you will embark on a 6-hour hike, traversing through the alpine landscapes of Tymfi Mt. and ascending to the Beloi viewpoint, where panoramic vistas of the Vikos Gorge and surrounding peaks await. You will then descend to the traditional village of Vradeto, known for its stone houses and charming cobblestone streets. The trail will lead you up the Vradeto Steps, offering stunning views of the Vikos Gorge and the surrounding mountains. Upon reaching Kapesovo, you will enjoy a delicious lunch and overnight at a cozy guesthouse.

Hike duration: Approx. 5 hours
Distance: 12,4 km
Elevation gain: +561/-515m
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 3 - Stone bridges and villages hike

On your second day, a 6-hour hike from Kapesovo to Vitsa awaits you to immerse in the history and architecture of Zagori. Along the way, you will marvel at the intricate stone bridges that span the Voidomatis River and the traditional villages made of stone, each one a testament to the region’s rich architectural heritage. You will then ascend to the heart of Vitsa, where panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding villages will leave you breathless. After lunch, you will settle into your cozy accommodation for the night.

Hike duration: Approx. 6 hours
Distance: 14,4 km
Elevation gain: +327/-473m
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 4 - Vikos Gorge crossing

Early in the morning, you will transfer by van to the village of Monodendri, the gateway to the iconic Vikos Gorge. From here, you will embark on a 6-hour hike through the gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dramatic cliffs and lush vegetation. As you descend towards Vikos Village, you will witness the cascading waters of the Voidomatis River, the gorge’s lifeblood. After lunch, you will rest and rejuvenate in Vikos Village, nestled at the base of the gorge.

Hike duration: Approx. 6-7 hours
Distance: 12,8 km
Elevation gain: +762/-1041m
Level of difficulty: Moderate

Day 5 - Voidomatis River springs hike

Your final day of hiking will take you from Vikos Village to the picturesque village of Papingo, known for its traditional stone houses and panoramic views of the Vikos Gorge. On your way, you will discover the springs of the Voidomatis River, a refreshing oasis after a strenuous hike. You will also encounter the Papingo rock pools, where you can take a dip and cool off amidst the stunning mountain scenery. After lunch, you will settle into your cozy accommodation in Papingo, ready to relax after an unforgettable hiking adventure.

Hike duration: Approx. 4 hours
Distance: 5,8 km
Elevation gain: +491/-348m
Level of difficulty: Easy

Day 5 - Departure

Our adventure ends today after breakfast. At the agreed time, our driver will transfer you βαψκ to Ioannina. Depending on your travel plans, you can head to your next destination. We would be very happy to assist you with all necessary travel arrangements.

What's Included

  • Accommodation:
    4 nights of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy.
  • Guide:
    Epirus Adventures tour leader/certified hiking guide for the entire trip.
  • Insurance
    Liability insurance included.
  • Meals:
    5 Breakfasts and 4 lunches.
  • Transport:
    All necessary private transportation.
  • Additional Services:
    Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.
    GPX files for the hikes.
    Taxes.

What's not Included

  • Flights:
    International and domestic flights are not included in the price
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price.
  • Meals:
    Dinner
  • Additional Services:
    No optional activities

Additional info

leaderboard Difficulty: Easy

tour Tour Type: Semi-Private tour

group Group size: max 10 participants (for more participants, please send us a request)

workspaces_filled Participation requirements: Good physical condition

boy Age: From 12 years old

hail Pick-up and drop-off are available from Ioannina

people_alt At least 2 adults should accompany children.

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