Menú Cerrar

Hiking Zagori and Meteora

Duration

8 days

Airports

Arrival & Departures: Athens - International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos

Transportation

Airplane, minivan & sailboat

There are beautiful places in the world that are hidden, not in the headlines, and you hardly hear about them. This is how the Zagori region in Epirus, Greece can be described. Traditional villages, stone paths, arched bridges and untouched natural beauty.

Join us as we explore the secret trails of the Pindos National Park / UNESCO Geopark, hear about the area’s myths and legends, and inspect the flora and animals. Also, don’t miss out on seeing Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and following in the footsteps of ancient monks.

If you are an experienced hiker or just enjoy nature and mountains and have a basic fitness level, these hiking vacations are great if you want to see a less-known side of Greece and you will be surprised at how mountainous our country is.

During the tour we will:

  • Hike through the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Explore traditional picturesque stone villages untouched by time
  • Cross historical arched stone bridges
  • Hike to the mythical alpine lake of the Dragon “Drakólimni” at 2,050m
  • Observe the flora and fauna of the Vikos and Aoos National Park
  • Follow the trails of the ancient monks and walk to the Meteora monasteries
  • Taste the delicious typical cuisine and experience the hospitality of the local people

By Trip Tailors

Price per person from € 1,140

Check the scheduled departures and prices in the following table.

Departures

Price per person in double room

09/04/2022

1,140€

07/05/2022

1,140€

04/06/2022

1,140€

09/07/2022

1,185€

27/08/2022

1,185€

19/09/2022

1,185€

08/10/2022

1,140€

* Supplement in single room

265€

* 2 nights in Athens at 3 * hotel or similar with breakfast

* 4 nights in 3 * hotels and hotels with charm and 1 night in the Astraka refuge according to the program (sleeping bag is required)

* Regimen as indicated in the day-day program (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners)

* Transfers Airport – hotel – airport in Athens

* Entrance to one of the Meteora Monasteries and the Rizarios photo exhibition

* Accompanying mountain guide in Spanish

* Assistance upon arrival in Athens

* VAT

* Transportation during the tour according to the program

* Transportation of luggage on trekking days

* All the necessary equipment for the trekking days

* Drinks during meals

* Travel insurance

* Tips and extras

* Flights to/from Athens

* Meals not specified

Your steps

1

Athens

2

Athens – Kapesovo – Vradeto – Beloi – Vitsa

3

Stone-made bridges & villages

4

Monodendri – Papigo (crossing Vikos Gorge)

5

Papigo – Alpine Dragon Lake (Drakolimni) – refuge of Astraka

6

Refuge of Astraka -Papigo – Meteora

7

Meteora – Athens

8

Athens

DAY 1

Athens

Arrival at Athens airport, transfer to your hotel in the center of Athens, free day to explore the city.

Optional Activities: Explore our tours in Athens by clicking here
Accommodation: Athens

Vradeto steps

DAY 2

Athens – Kapesovo – Vradeto – Beloi – Vitsa

 

Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we set off for the impressive Zagori area (approx. 5 hours by car).

When we arrive, we’ll enjoy a picnic before embarking on our first hike. Starting at Kapesovo, we will walk towards the Mezaria stream and then up, along the spectacular Vradeto stairs (a stone route erected in the 16th century on the cliff of the canyon), to the highest settlement in Zagori, Vradeto (1340 m). Following a lovely trail through the meadows, we arrive at the Beloi viewpoint (1400m), where we can take in panoramic views of the gorge. We make our way back to Kapesovo through the settlement of Vradeto.

Duration: approx. 3: 30-4hrs / Distance: 11.4km

* Depending on the time of year the tour takes place, in case it gets dark before 18:30, we will offer alternative activities/hikes in the afternoon and we will do this hike the next day (day 3).

Once the hike is finished, we will transfer to a family-run guesthouse in Vitsa where we will spend the next 2 days and enjoy homemade dinners!

Meals included: Breakfast, snack food, dinner
Accommodation: Traditional hotel in Vitsa

Reference point

Altitude

Time elapsed

Total distance

Kapesovo Village

1.150 m

 

0 m

Stairs of Vradeto

1.060 m

20′

1.100 m

Vradeto Village

1.340 m

1:15′

3.300m

Mirador Mpeloi

1.400 m

2:00′

5.300m

Reverse turn (r/f)

 

3:50′

10.600m

DAY 3

Stone-made bridges & villages

A route that will transport us back in time!

After breakfast, we’ll take a walk through the natural countryside, stopping to see stone towns and antique arched bridges.

Starting in Vitsa (980m height), we will follow the picturesque stone-paved path of the Vitsa stairs to the first stone bridge, the Misios bridge (740 m). Then, following along the footsteps of Koukouli, we will arrive in the lovely village of Koukouli for a brief stay (890m elevation). Descending down another route, the next stop will be the magnificent arch stone bridge of Kokoris, one of the most well-known and photographed in the area.

Duration: approx. 4.30hrs / Distance: 12-15km
Elevation: +/- 300-500m
Meals included: breakfast, snack food, dinner
Accommodation: Traditional hotel in Vitsa

Zagori, Greece

DAY 4

Monodendri – Papigo (crossing Vikos Gorge)

A route that will transport us back in time!

After breakfast, we’ll take a walk through the natural countryside, stopping to see stone towns and antique arched bridges.

Starting in Vitsa (980m height), we will follow the picturesque stone-paved path of the Vitsa stairs to the first stone bridge, the Misios bridge (740 m). Then, following along the footsteps of Koukouli, we will arrive in the lovely village of Koukouli for a brief stay (890m elevation). Descending down another route, the next stop will be the magnificent arch stone bridge of Kokoris, one of the most well-known and photographed in the area.

Duration: approx. 4.30hrs / Distance: 12-15km
Elevation: +/- 300-500m
Meals included: breakfast, snack food, dinner
Accommodation: Traditional hotel in Vitsa

Reference point

Altitude

Time elapsed

Total distance

Monodendri Village

1.050m

 

0 m

Vikos Gorge

680m

45′

2.100 m

Klima Bridge

610m

2:30′

5.300m

Voidomatis river springs

480m

5:00′

10.600m

Papigo Village

750m

5:45′

12.300m

 

DAY 5

Papigo – Alpine Dragon Lake (Drakolimni) – refuge of Astraka

Today’s route will take us up to Dragon Lake and then to Astraka’s shelter. It’s a challenging, yet rewarding, journey! Without a doubt, the alpine landscape will captivate you! Continue to the lovely «Dragon Lake,» which is located at an elevation of 2050 meters. After a hard day of hiking, the beauty of this stunning scenery will undoubtedly repay you.

Return to Astraka’s shelter to enjoy the views and the sunset. Dinner at the shelter.

Duration: approx. 6: 30hr (incl resting on the lake) / Distance: 11.6km
Meals included: Breakfast, snack food, dinner
Accommodation: Astraka refuge

Reference point

Altitude

Time elapsed

Total distance

Mikro Papigo village

980m

 

0 m

Astraka Refuge

1.950m

3:00′

6.000 m

Drakolimni

2.050m

4:20′

8.800m

Return to Astraka Refuge

1.950m

5:40′

11.600m

DAY 6

Refuge of Astraka -Papigo – Meteora

Today we will go back to the town of Papigo (descending route).

Duration: around 2: 30 hours / Distance: 6 kilometers

Before arriving in Papigo, we will stop at the Ovires Natural Lakes (or Kolymbithres): a lovely ravine with foam-shaped boulders that form little ponds. Free time in Papigo to eat lunch at one of the family-run restaurants/cafés and departure for Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have free time in Papigo (about 2.5 hours by vehicle).

When we arrive in Meteora, we’ll take a short ride (by car) to a few stunning viewpoints so you can take photos and enjoy the incredible views before settling into our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Meteora

DAY 7

Meteora – Athens

Today we are going to explore the unique landscape of Meteora on foot and admire the spectacular 400-meter high sandstone rocks. We are going to follow the ancient paths used by the monks, through the steep rocks, visit one of the monasteries and enjoy the beautiful views!

Duration: max. 5:00hrs (incl. visits to Monasteries) / Distance: 6 km

Lunch in Meteora and departure to return to Athens (approx. 4.5 hours by car)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Athens

Meteora, Greece

DAY 8

Athens

Breakfast and at the indicated time transfer to Athens airport.

Product Enquiry