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Voidomatis River Rafting Adventure

1. Voidomatis River Rafting Adventure

We start our 2-hour descent at the Aristi Bridge after we get ourselves fully equipped with specialized rafting equipment. No previous rafting experience needed, the river being Class II. We slide and wade through some of the clearest (and coldest) waters in Europe, through pristine nature shone by Oriental plane trees in a place seeped in history. It was the place of a late Ice Age (actually 17.500-9.500 years ago) where hunters’ settlement that dominated the area, the seat of various monasteries and the site of a murder that plunged the area in a deadly blood feud that lasted for years and destroyed a prosperous village in the process. At the end of the ride we pass below the stone Klidonia bridge (last rebuilt in 1853) and then hop over an artificial dam that creates an exciting rapid. Alpine Zone staff will be waiting for you at the Alpine Zone base, offering traditional syrup sweets, water and washing room/changing room facilities.

Zagori: Voidomatis River Guided Rafting Tour

2. Zagori: Voidomatis River Guided Rafting Tour

Discover the Vikos–Aoös National Park from the water on a rafting tour along the Voidomatis River. Arrive to our rafting base in Kleidonia and set out to paddle along the river's azure waters. See the Vikos Gorge and pass under the ancient stone bridge in Klidonia along the way. Your guide will be waiting for you at the rafting base, where you'll get kitted out with all the necessary safety equipment for the day. Once you're ready, head to the starting location for your rafting tour, the Aristis Bridge. Then, following a short safety briefing, hop into your raft and set out to paddle along the Voidomatis River. Marvel at the green forests, imposing mountains, and deep gorges as you move downstream. Stop along the way and take a refreshing swim in the river's crystal clear waters.  Your tour comes to an end back where it started, at the rafting base in Kleidonia.

Hiking and Rafting in Voidomatis

3. Hiking and Rafting in Voidomatis

The hiking route starts right on the western mouth of the gorge at the single-arched stone bridge of Klidonia, a masterpiece of local stone craftsmanship. It follows the tracks of the Ice Age hunters in this peaceful route, along the winding course of the river through the spectacular Voidomatis gorge. On the way, mostly shaded by timeless plane woods, you will pass the Stone Age rock-shelters (dating back 15,000 – 9,500 years) as well as an abandoned monastery. As you will realize, both are inspired choices, driven by necessity; survival on the one hand and solitude on the other. A relaxing break at the sandy riverbanks or an icy swim in the enticing blue-green river pools for the braver are idyllically accompanied by the serene sound of the crystal-clear water. The hike ends at the Aristi bridge where after a short training we will board the rafts for an easy ride back to the bridge of Klidonia. Rafting in Voidomatis is easy and does not require any previous experience.

From Lefkada: Zagori and Ioannina Private Day Tour

4. From Lefkada: Zagori and Ioannina Private Day Tour

A fairytale ride to the wonderland of Zagori region. Off-the-beaten-path Monodendri makes your photo dreams come true with its unique stone-covered streets and medieval vibe. Walk to the Saint Paraskevi monastery for a thrilling view over the deepest canyon in the world – Vikos Gorge (Guinness). Complete your feed with photos of the distinctive ancient stone bridges of the area. Spend time in the formal center of Ali Pasha’s rule – the city of Ioannina - a modern student town with a drop of Ottoman feeling on a beautiful lake shore.

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