Trips, Experiences

Rivers and Mountains of Greece (8 days)

Rivers and Mountains of Greece

Duration

8 days

Airports

Arrival & Departures: Athens - International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos

Transportation

Airplane, minivan & sailboat

A trip of moderate level between rivers and mountains, suitable for families and small groups that can be performed all year round.

Explore traditional villages that have lasted through time, arched stone bridges, alpine landscapes, taste the typical delicious cuisine and get to know the hospitality of the local people.

During the tour we will:

  • Get to know Athens, the city where Democracy was born.
  • Visit Elati, Pertouli, Metsovo and other typical stone villages of Greece
  • Explore Lake Plastira in Kayak or Hydrobike (water bike)
  • Enjoy horseback riding or mountain biking through the lush meadows of Pertouli, surrounded by dense forests.
  • Walk the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Taste delicious local dishes and local wines
  • Visit Timios Stavros, a unique church with 13 domes
  • Rafting on Voidomatis, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe
  • Follow the ancient paths of the monks in the Monasteries of Meteora

By Trip Tailors

This trip can be tailored to your needs. Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page with the dates of your trip, your budget, the number of people, and anything else you think is important for us to take into account in order to send you a personalized proposal.

* 3 nights in 3* hotel in Athens with breakfast included

* Transfers in Athens airport – hotel – airport

* 4 nights in 3 * hotels and traditional accommodations during the tour

* Tickets to the Meteora Monasteries

* Accompanying guide during the tour, local mountain guides and monitors in each activity

* All transfers in a minivan with toll included

* All the activities mentioned in the program and the necessary equipment

* Meals according to program

* International flights, check price according to airport and date of departure

* Meals not specified in the program

* Optional activities that are not included in the itinerary

* Personal expenses

* Tips

Your steps

1

Athens

2

Athens

3

Athens - Lake Plastira - Elati

4

Elati - Pertouli - Kalirroi

5

Kalirroi - Metsovo - Vitsa

6

Vikos Gorge

7

Papingo - Meteora

8

Meteora - Athens

DAY 1

Athens

Arrival and transfer to your Hotel

Accommodation: Athens

Parthenon Athens Atenas

DAY 2

Athens

Free day to discover Athens, its archaeological treasures and the neighborhoods of the center full of life.

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Accommodation: Athens

DAY 3

Athens - Lake Plastira - Elati​

On the third day, you will begin your journey by heading to the artificial Lake Plastira, where you will explore the dam and enjoy lake sports such as hydro-bike or canoe/kayak.

Accommodation: Elati

Lago Plastira

DAY 4

Elati - Pertouli - Kalirroi

The Pertouli meadows are our next stop, a lovely plateau surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lush forests that you will explore on horseback or by mountain bike. You can make your selection based on your preferences! Then we’ll go to Agia Paraskevi Church and Timos Stavros Church, the only church in Greece with 13 domes.

In the afternoon, we’ll head to the Folklore Museum, where we’ll view traditional gold-embroidered clothing and weapons from the Greek War of Independence.

Following that, we will go to the traditional “Mantani” and witness how women used to wash woolen items in the past. Finally, before dinner, we will visit a winery and sample local organic wines as well as the traditional tsipouro.

Accommodation: Kalirroi

DAY 5

Kalirroi – Metsovo – Vitsa

On the fifth day, we will go to the Chaliki village, which is located at 1150 meters above sea level in the midst of alpine scenery. We enter Epirus after continuing north and over Mount Lakmos. Our first stop will be at Metsovo, where you will have free time to explore and eat lunch. We arrive in the afternoon at the Zagori region, where further surprises await us!

Accommodation: Vitsa

DAY 6

Vikos Gorge

The next day, we’ll cross the Vikos Gorge and descend the Vikos ravine’s historic Vitsa steps. Vikos is one of the most magnificent canyons/gorges in the world, with a depth of 900 meters and a width of 1100 meters.

This is one of the area’s most beautiful, spectacular, and rewarding hiking paths. The canyon will take us around 6 hours to cross. We may enjoy the uncommon variety of wild birds and flowers that have sought refuge in the ravine as we cross it. We’ll take a breather at the Klima fountain before continuing on to the Voidomatis fountains before descending to the settlement of Vikos. We will drive from Vikos to Papingo village for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation: Papingo

DAY 7

Papingo - Meteora

On our final day in the Zagori area, we will go rafting on one of Europe’s cleanest rivers! We will begin at the Aristi Stone Bridge and descend the Voidomatis River, passing through the Vikos-Aoos National Park.

It is a simple route that is suitable for everyone and highly spectacular owing to the river’s crystal clear waters and the natural beauty that surrounds it. We’ll leave in the afternoon for Meteora Monasteries.

Accommodation: Kalambaka

DAY 8

Meteora

On the final day of the tour, we will go across Meteora’s distinctive landscape, admiring the 400-meter-high sandstone rocks. We will follow the old trails used by the monks across the steep cliffs, see some of the monasteries, and take in the breathtaking vistas.

Accommodation: Athens

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