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From Parga: Full-Day Cruise to Paxi Islands & the Blue Caves

1. From Parga: Full-Day Cruise to Paxi Islands & the Blue Caves

Begin your boat trip at 10 AM from the port of Parga. After 1 hour and 20 minutes, arrive at Antipaxos island where the boat stops near the beach, one of the most acclaimed in the Mediterranean Sea. Swim in a breathtaking natural bay, snorkel in the incredibly clear water, and gaze at the luxurious sailing yachts. Continue your journey past Kamara and Ortholitho to explore the western side of the island, which is inaccessible from land. Marvel at the incredible shapes and colors of the steep cliffs, and see enormous caves and occasionally dolphins passing by. Here, have the opportunity to swim in the Blue Caves for 30 minutes. Then, cruise to the east toward the capital of Paxi island, Gaios. Once there, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to explore, shop, and eat in this secluded paradise that is characteristic of the Ionian Islands. Admire Gaios' charming architecture, and even swim again in one of the closest bays. At around 5 PM, the boat will bring you back to Parga.

Corfu: Day Cruise to the Blue Lagoon with Visit to Syvota

2. Corfu: Day Cruise to the Blue Lagoon with Visit to Syvota

Your lovely day will start after your departure from Corfu town port or Lefkimmi port, depending on which is the closest port to you. The captain and the crew will welcome you and help you out with anything you might need throughout the whole trip. The first stop will be in the historical cave of Papanikolis where you will have a few minutes to take some pictures and hear about the story of the cave. The second stop will be at the Blue Lagoon beach. You have a whole hour to enjoy the beautiful beach by snorkeling or just enjoying the great view if you do not wish to swim. The third stop will be Bella Vraka beach, where you can continue swimming.  The last stop of the day will be on the mainland of Greece, where you have 45 minutes to explore the small fishing village, Syvota. Enjoy some free time to walk around the village, have a nice coffee, or even an ice cream if you wish. Later the boat will return you to Corfu island.

Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

3. 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.

Corfu: Parga, Sivota and Blue Lagoon Full-Day Boat Cruise

4. Corfu: Parga, Sivota and Blue Lagoon Full-Day Boat Cruise

Marvel at the beautiful coastline of Greece on a full-day boat cruise to Parga and Sivota from Corfu Town. Get stunning views of the Old Town as you set sail and admire the thick woods of the Kanoni Peninsula. Pass the palace and gardens of Mon Repos as you sail towards Plataria and Sivota. Continue down the coast to Parga, known for its beautiful architecture and calm bays. See the remains of a Venetian castle, built by the residents in the 11th century to protect them from pirates and the Turks. Discover the small island with a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Venetian and French-style buildings. Stroll the narrow streets and enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna overlooking the sea, or go for a swim off one of the many beaches. Cruise around the islands of Sivota as you sail back to Corfu and drop anchor at the Blue Lagoon, where Arabian pirates are said to have moored their ships in the Middle Ages. Swim in the blue waters before sailing back to port in Corfu Town.

Sivota: Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

5. Sivota: Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Mega Drafi Beach for a safety briefing and introductory lesson to stand-up paddleboarding. Get kitted out with the necessary gear, then head out onto the water where adventure awaits. Follow your guide out of the bay and visit a selection of isolated beaches, caves, and tunnels. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you paddle across the water, and grow more and more confident on your board. Throughout the trip, your guide will share tips to help you improve your paddling techniques. Arrive at a secluded swim spot and swim in the crystal clear waters in search of colorful marine life. After your swim, hop back on your board for a relaxed paddle back to the beach, soaking up the last of the coastal views along the way. Upon arrival at the beach, say goodbye to your guide and enjoy a well-deserved rest on the shore, you can also grab lunch at nearby tavern which serves tasty Greek delicacies.

Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

6. 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.

Zagori: Vikos Gorge full-day guided hike

7. Zagori: Vikos Gorge full-day guided hike

Vikos gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Greece. The gorge consists of limestone and dolomite formations dating back to 150 million years ago and vertical walls extending up to a height of 1700 m. The hike starts from Monodendri village with a 45-minute descent towards the river bed. The trail is ascending and descending surrounded by steep mountain tops and dense forests of deciduous trees and 1800 plant species. Before ascending to Vikos village, visit the Voidomati Springs, Greece's cleanest and coldest river, with an average all year temperature of 8.5°C. If you are brave you might want to try the experience of a very refreshing dive in the crystal clear waters during summer months. The hike finishes at Vikos village, after a 1-hour ascent from the Voidomatis springs.

From Monodendri: Vikos Gorge Trekking with River Swimming

8. From Monodendri: Vikos Gorge Trekking with River Swimming

Vikos gorge is the deepest canyon in the world. The Vikos Gorge, with a length of 20 km, walls that range from 120–490 m deep, and a width ranging from 400 m to just a few meters at its narrowest part, is listed by the Guinness Book of records. The Vikos Gorge has been designated as a world geopark by UNESCO. Most of the route has no elevation differences except for the start (downhill) and the end of it (uphill). In the middle of the trail visitors may refill their canteens from a spring. At the end of the trail a tour of the nearby Voidomatis springs and the monastery of Panagia will be provided. Visitors also have the chance to swim in Voidomatis cold blue waters and drink water from the springs. Trekking time is about 6 – 8 hours. Difficulty level: moderate. Equipment needed: mountain sports shoes or hiking boots, waterproof jacket.

Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Epirus

Great experience, great discovery. Parga super island we had 2h20 of free time on the island. Visit of Sivota by boat and stop at blue lagoon a feast for the eyes. And little more a visit to a just magnificent poo. I start this cruise again which is just magnificent. We even saw dolphins Super crew and good atmosphere only downside not enough shade for everyone. Also the french translation was cool

It was fantastic I definitely recommend it, the seats are very beautiful, we also saw the dolphins and the guide Maria and all the crew were very good, I would stay there again without a shadow of a doubt, a beautiful experience

The on-board staff, the places visited, as well as the kindness, availability and benevolence of all the staff made it an incredible experience. I recommend it to you!

Incredible, I recommend 100%, paradise beach, we saw dolphins on the way back

Was very beautiful. Seen a lot. Beautiful ship. Nice crew.