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Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

1. Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

Drive to the rafting base in Klidonia, on the main road from Aristi village to Papingo village. There the rafting team will welcome at 10:30 AM and provide you with the necessary safety equipment. When ready, a minibus will transfer you to the starting location, the bridge of Aristi-Papigo. During the transfer you will have impressive views of Mt. Tymphi, Astraka towers and Papigo villages. A safety briefing will follow, some river practice and off you go! During the descent, the group will stop for an optional refreshing dive in Voidomati’s crystal clear waters and visit the deserted 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi monastery. On the final stage of the trip, the boat groups paddle under Klidonia’s stone bridge artificial waterfalls. The descent finishes shortly after Klidonia’s bridge just outside the rafting base. One thing is certain; by the time you reach the end, at approximately 1:30 PM, you’ll wish you could start all over again!

Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

2. Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

Experience the varied terrain and vistas of the Vikos Gorge in the Pindus Mountains and see untouched and untamed nature. Vikos Gorge is listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, and is famous for its unique natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. The full-day hike starts from the village of Monodendri on the southern rim of the gorge. It's a restored stone village of walled courtyards with fortress-like gates. Follow a signposted path near the open-air theater at the top of the trail, from where the path drops steeply to the Voidomatis River. Walk the course of the river through the shade, with sparkling water as your companion. After about 4 hours, you will reach the Voidomatis River springs. Continue through the woods for a while, hiking uphill to exit at Vikos village. The tour covers a distance of about 7.5 miles (12.6 kilometers), passing towering rocks and virgin vegetation. Upon arrival at Vikos, a transfer will be waiting to take you back to Monodendri.

Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

3. Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

Enjoy a light 3-hour hike with a trek leader from the Chapel of Profitis Ilias to the Beloi viewpoint in the Pindus Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramas of the limestone and dolomite rocks and virgin vegetation. Visitors to the Zagori area will often hear about Vradeto, the highest village in the region. But there is more to see than a mountain village. A stunning ride through varied landscapes leads to this small, picturesque place, from where you’ll start your hike of about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers). Suitable for the entire family, this is one of the easiest hiking routes in the Pindus Mountains, home to the world’s deepest gorge. After you’ve taken in views of the entire length of the Vikos Gorge, return to Vradeto for a short coffee break at the traditional kafenion (café), where you can see a photo exhibition. Next, you will walk the famous Vradeto rocksteps, a traditional stone-made path that used to connect Vradeto with the rest of the region’s settlements. End your tour close to the village of Kapesovo, where a transfer will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Ioannina: North Tzoumerka Sightseeing Tour

4. Ioannina: North Tzoumerka Sightseeing Tour

Experience the rugged beauty of North Tzoumerka on this sightseeing tour. Admire the breathtaking views as you visit the Kipina Monastery, the villages of Kalarrites and Pramanta, the Anemotripa Cave, and more on this day-trip. The first stop is the Arachthos River, the location of the famous and historic stone bridge of Plaka. Then, head to Katarraktis village and to Tzoumerka where you can enjoy views of the waterfalls as well as a break for a coffee, tea, or juice. Next is Anemotripa Cave, a magical place where a river crosses the whole cave. Stop at Pramanta and take a walk in the village and admire the scenery before heading on to the mountains. Built in the 13th century on the side of the mountain. Kipina Monastery is on of the most spectacular in Greece. After Kipina Monastery, visit the traditional village of Kalarrites and enjoy some tasty dishes in Napoleon’s traditional tavern (at your own expense). From Kalarrites, head to Tsimpovo and admire this beautiful spot in the middle of Arachthos Canyon.

Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

5. Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

Where Valia Calda begins, we meet beautiful landscapes, such as Vovousa with the Aoos river that passes through the village, high peaks, steep slopes, stunning colors, spectacular trees, and a strong taste of the wild beauty of the Pindos National Park, combined all together in a magical mountain landscape that nature has given us. An ideal excursion for nature lovers and people who love swimming in rivers. Our excursion starts with Valia Calda as our first destination, and we will head to the core. From the heart of the National Park, we will start our hike to the natural pools of the Arkoudorema stream. Once we reach the natural pools, we will enjoy swimming and return to the vehicle to cook our traditional meal. Then we will head to Vovousa. Our route there gives us an incredible landscape with tall black pines, streams, and high peaks. In Vovousa, we will take a break, and whoever wishes can swim in the clear waters of the Aoos river, under the bridge of Vovousa. Finally, we will visit the source lake Aoos and the incredible mountain landscapes around the lake on our return.

Ioannina: Traditional Food and Culture Walking Tour

6. Ioannina: Traditional Food and Culture Walking Tour

Explore the traditions of Epirus on the guided walking tour of food and culture. Learn about the historic crafts of the area by speaking with true locals and admire the city streets and alleys as you walk. Enter the castle of Ioanna, and try local cheeses, wines, and cold cuts. The day starts most sweetly, trying the traditional bougatsa recipe of Grandma Maria. The route through the picturesque alleys of the city leads to an old hangout of the city, the Gyali Kafene, full of aromas, where you enjoy some freshly-roasted coffee. Then, head to the city's historic center, where the city's craftsmen used to be, and meet Mr. Dimitris. He will introduce you to the old folk art of silversmithing and tell the history of silversmithing from the time of the Ottoman Empire. The next destination is the famous castle of Ioannina. Before entering the castle, visit two friends from Metsovo. They have set up their traditional delicatessen shop and are waiting for you to try their traditional cheeses, cold cuts, and wine that they have been producing for 40 years. Find yourself in the castle afterward, where you wander the narrow alleys and learn the castle's history, Ali Pasha and Kyra-Frosini. After a beautiful walk to the castle and its monuments, end up in a small restaurant to cook a traditional pie and try the local flavors of Epirus.

Ioannina: Zagori Sightseeing Tour

7. Ioannina: Zagori Sightseeing Tour

Discover Zagori's striking natural landscape on a private Jeep tour. See its soaring mountains, deep gorges, clear rivers, and architectural heritage at your own pace with your own local guide. Learn about the local, cultural, geological, and architectural heritage en route. Begin your adventure by driving to the picturesque valley of West Zagori, passing by Aristi, and admiring the evolving landscape en route. Stop at the Voidomatis River, one of the cleanest rivers in Europe, where you can plunge into its icy cold water, should you wish to, and then climb to the villages of Papigo. Head on to visit Ovires Rogovo, natural pools nestled in a narrow canyon, before heading to the village of Mikro Papigo. Then, turn back to cross a 1,090-meter pass to reach central Zagori, where a magnificent view of the Vikos Gorge at its deepest unfurls itself in front of your eyes. Marvel at the world's deepest gorge before heading back to your starting point.

Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

8. Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

Experience the alpine terrain and stunning vistas of Mount Tymfi in the Pindus Mountains and see untamed nature on a full-day hike to Dragon Lake According to legend, the lake was named for the dragon that is said to inhabit its waters. The dragon is said to be in constant conflict with another, from Mount Smolikas, the 2nd highest mountain in Greece after Mount Olympus. The 2 beasts fought each other by throwing pines and rocks, creating the peculiar landscape you will hike through. As you walk, discover a rich fauna, including alpine triton, a very rare amphibian that measures between 8-12 centimeters in length, has a black-brown shaded outer spine, and is protected by law. Hiking from Mikro Papingo, you will follow an uphill path to the Astraka refuge, where you can rest over hot coffee or lunch. Then, continue to the grassy uplands, studded with wildflowers. At some points you might encounter pack snow, even up until July. After approximately 1.5 hours, you will reach the lake. Nestled at an altitude of 6,725 feet (2,050 meters) on Mount Tymfi, it’s surrounded by the towering mountain peaks of Lapatos and Ploskos. Take in this magical scenery - and keep an eye out for the dragon - before retracing your steps back to Mikro Papingo.

Zagori: Alpine Dragon Lake Hike

9. Zagori: Alpine Dragon Lake Hike

Embark on a mountainous adventure on a private guided hike to the Dragon Lake. This hike rewards you with magnificent mountain views, leafy forest trails, and impressive rock formations. Start the hike in the village of Mikro Papigko, which is tucked away in the middle of a lush forest. Pass through the leafy forest to see imposing rock formations surrounding you up high, known as the “Towers of Astraka”. Alpine Dragon lake hike is one of the most famous hiking routes in Greece, which combines the incredible view of the peaks of Tymfi with the enchanting natural landscape. Continue along the path to reach Astraka’s mountain hut. The hut is located at an altitude of 1,950 meters. Here, take a nice break and tuck into a nutritious lunch. Once recharged, set off to reach the legendary Dragon Lake. Learn about the Dragon Lake from your local guide. Mount Tymphi (known as Drakolimni) is located in an environment of limited nutrients, wide variations in sunlight during the summer and the winter months, and acute fluctuations in temperature have turned the Dragon Lake of Mt. Tymfi into a truly unique ecosystem. Hear how the lake's waters are home to the Alpine Newt, a striking amphibian that has been around for thousands of years. It is approximately 10-12 centimeters long with an impressive orange-red color in the lower part of its body – looking remarkably similar to a tiny dragon! Stop to take in the striking natural landscape around you. To the north is the Smolikas mountain range and the Aoos Valley, and to the east is the impressive Mount Gamila. After having your fill of nature, head back to Mikro Papigo, following the same route, before returning to your hotel.

Zitsa: Bread Baking Class And Wine Tasting Tour

10. Zitsa: Bread Baking Class And Wine Tasting Tour

Discover all Zitsa has to offer on a private Jeep tour to see its striking landscape and wineries. Tuck into some wine tastings and try your hand at bread and pie baking on this day out. Enjoy a short walk in the vineyards of Zitsa and marvel at Vlacha's pools' clear waters en route. Start your day with a bread baking and cooking lesson, making traditional pies. Knead the dough and smell the warm aroma of freshly baked bread before enjoying the flavors of bread from a traditional village bakery. Continue your journey by Jeep on a short off-road route and embark on a quick 15-minute hike to Vlacha's pools. Find yourself in a stunning natural landscape inspired by a fairytale. Vlacha’s pools is made up of small waterfalls where anyone can swim in its clear waters. Enjoy nature at its best. After your refreshing stop at the pools, drive on to a local winery. Learn about and taste various varieties of local wines and wines from the local grape variety Debina that is the true essence of of Zitsa. Tase some tsipouro, as the area’s wineries also specialize in the production of tsipouro. Round your day out with a pleasant and short walk through the green vineyards of Zitsa before heading back to your accommodation.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

The tour through the gorge was very impressive and Nikos was a great guide. We needed a total of 6 hours including several small breaks. The hike initially goes downhill into the gorge, then through the gorge (flat parts and partly slight hills) and finally out of the gorge via a stepped path. Niko's wife picked us up punctually upon arrival and drove us back to Monodendri. Most of the hike was shaded and on the climb up at the end we were lucky that it was a bit overcast so it wasn't too hot. Nikos shared a lot of knowledge about the environment, plants and animals with us and was always careful that we crossed the paths safely. Highly Recommended!

very cool experience... not rafting for seasoned rafters but with kids aged 11 and 13 this was a cool first experience. Kostas was a good guide who took the time to give some explanation about the area

Great rafting with great instructors! Christos guide us also for our next places to visit and it’s worth it! Although the rafting was calm, the place was marvelous and with icy water.

Very courteous and a very detailed and interesting tour. I would take Nikos again.

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