National Park Vikos-Aoos 7 days trip
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National Park Vikos-Aoos 7 days trip

Highlights

  • Visit traditional villages in the area of Zagori and around throughout the journey
  • Hike Vikos gorge
  • Hike Vradeto steps, a very old stone structure trail with stunning views
  • Rafting in the calm and crystal clear waters of Aoos river
  • Hike up to the amazing dragon lake
  • Taste traditional local food

Descripción

This 7 days tour takes places in the Vikos-Aoos National Park, the most untouched area in Greece, north of the city of Ioannina, in the region of Epirus. The relative small human impact, the rare flora and fauna of the area, and thanks to its wild and unspoiled nature makes this place unique in Greece

We will cross the impressive Vikos gorge, located in the heart of the National Park and we will hike up to a magnificent alpine lake (known as dragon lake) and we will have the chance to stay overnight in the refuge house on the mountain.

We will visit Zagori a mountainous region of stunning beauty, one of the most strictly protected areas in Greece. As the region remained cut off from the rest of the country for decades, you will not find here signs of massive tourism. We will stay at the picturesque stone villages of Zagori, a masterpiece of traditional architecture, ideal for those seeking relaxation and tranquility.

Finally we will go for rafting in Aoos river, ranked as one of the cleanest rivers in Europe and enjoy the stunning nature of the area while paddling through turquoise crystal clear waters.

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Athens, check in at the hotel and dinner in a local tavern.

You will meet our guide in Athens, waiting for you at the hotel. As there not any activity included this day we will have a short walk tour in the lively area of downtown Athens, go for a dinner in a local tavern. and have a tour briefing from the guide.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 Travel to Zagori area, hike Vradeto Steps

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and we drive towards Zagori region. Today's hiking starts from the village of Vradeto the highest village in the area, built at an altitude of 1340m. Until 1974 the village was connected to the rest of the world only by the famous "Vradeto steps", an impressive stone structure using the "native" stone above the Vikos Gorge.

During the hike we will visit Beloi, a natural balcony that offers the best and most imposing view of Vikos Gorge.

We will descent this stone trail for about an hour and we will arrive at the village of Kapesovo. We have free time to explore the village and enjoy a lunch with local delicatessens. We will then move to Dilofo, the nearby village where we will end our day.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Cross Vikos gorge

After breakfast, we will move towards the traditional village Monodendri . Today's day is quite interesting as we will cross the imposing gorge of Vikos. It is located in the heart of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, A magnificent area with great ecological value. A feast of flora and fauna, Vikos is one of the few wildlife shelters in Europe. We will hike for about 7 hours, a 12 km distance, in order to reach the traditional village Vikos, perched on top of the canyon. We will enjoy breathtaking views and then it is time to luch at the local tavern of the village.

We will then drive a 30min distance to Papigko village where we will have free time to walk around and spend the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Snack lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 Hike up to the alpine Dragon lake, and sleep at the refuge house.

We will have an early start as we will be heading towards Dracolimni. We will be walking uphill and our first stop will be the Astracas shelter at 1930m. During the first part of our journey will be passing through forest areas. Soon enough, the landscape will change as we will be entering the alpine zone of Mt. Tymphe. The variation of the surrounding environment is something that we should take into consideration especially during the summer when the temperatures can be really high. Hopefully, on our path will find find three natural refreshing water sources. The journey till our first stop at the shelter will be approximately four hours. There, we will have lunch and some rest. After that we will hit the road again and we will walk for 1.5 hours until we reach our final destination, Dracolimni. The view up there is one of the most mesmerising views that someone can enjoy from the impressive greek mountain peaks. We return back to the refuge for dinner and rest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Descent the mountain, Visit Konitsa village, tranfer to a guesthouse in the woods.

After breakfast we will start our descent of the mountain from the same path we hiked from Papigko village. On our way to Pades village we can have a stop at Ovires natural swimming pools. A truely beautiful and fairly quiet place. In the summer you can enjoy a swim and refresh in one or more of the area's pools or under the small waterfalls. After the stop at Ovires natural ponds, we arrive at Konitsa village.Free time to explore the village and have a lunch.

Our final destination for today is a cosy guesthouse located in the woods and next to the river where we will raft the day after. There is also the option of the tree houses, very comfortable with their own wc. Time to relax and enjoy the nature of the place or have a walk across the river.  For those who still have energy there is an optional activity of zip line. It is an aerial passage over the river with a rope, in which we slide secured to a pulley with special climbing materials. No experience required.

What a better ending of the day to enjoy a bbq in the woods ?

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 Rafting at Aoos river - Travel back to Athens

After breakfast at the guesthouse, it is time to explore Voidomatis river!

An ideal, for beginners or families, relaxing rafting descent in the crystal clear waters of Voidomatis river, ranked as the cleanest river in Europe, in the heart of the National Park of Vikos.

Enjoy the stunning nature of the area while paddling through turquoise crystal waters. Without any technical difficulties during the rafting, is definitely an experience that should not to be missed by anyone.

After the activity ends we will start our journey back to Athens. Check in at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Snack lunch

DAY 7 Departure Day

Our adventure ends today after the breakfast. For those who have a flight back to their country we wish them to have a pleasant and safe journey. For those who continue their holidays in Greece we are sure that they will enjoy wherever they go.

Meals included: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Transfer with private mini van from Athens to National Park Vikos-Aoos and return to Athens
  • All transportation during the trip .
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy (6 nights)
  • Rafting in Voidomatis river / Necessary equipment
  • Hiking Equipment (baton)
  • Public liability insurance
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • NomadsPath english speaking guide/tour leader throughout the trip
  • All taxes

What to bring with you

  • Hiking shoes
  • Headlamp
  • Daypack or Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Extra clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag (is required for the mountain refuges)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen

Additional Information

  • DAY 1 Arrive in Athens, check in at the hotel and dinner in a local tavern.

You will meet our guide in Athens, waiting for you at the hotel. As there not any activity included this day we will have a short walk tour in the lively area of downtown Athens, go for a dinner in a local tavern. and have a tour briefing from the guide.


Meals included: Dinner


  • DAY 2 Travel to Zagori area, hike Vradeto Steps

After breakfast, we check out from the hotel and we drive towards Zagori region. Today's hiking starts from the village of Vradeto the highest village in the area, built at an altitude of 1340m. Until 1974 the village was connected to the rest of the world only by the famous "Vradeto steps", an impressive stone structure using the "native" stone above the Vikos Gorge.

During the hike we will visit Beloi, a natural balcony that offers the best and most imposing view of Vikos Gorge.

We will descent this stone trail for about an hour and we will arrive at the village of Kapesovo. We have free time to explore the village and enjoy a lunch with local delicatessens. We will then move to Dilofo, the nearby village where we will end our day.


Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


  • DAY 3 Cross Vikos gorge

After breakfast, we will move towards the traditional village Monodendri . Today's day is quite interesting as we will cross the imposing gorge of Vikos. It is located in the heart of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, A magnificent area with great ecological value. A feast of flora and fauna, Vikos is one of the few wildlife shelters in Europe. We will hike for about 7 hours, a 12 km distance, in order to reach the traditional village Vikos, perched on top of the canyon. We will enjoy breathtaking views and then it is time to luch at the local tavern of the village.

We will then drive a 30min distance to Papigko village where we will have free time to walk around and spend the night.


Meals included: Breakfast, Snack lunch, Dinner


  • DAY 4 Hike up to the alpine Dragon lake, and sleep at the refuge house.

We will have an early start as we will be heading towards Dracolimni. We will be walking uphill and our first stop will be the Astracas shelter at 1930m. During the first part of our journey will be passing through forest areas. Soon enough, the landscape will change as we will be entering the alpine zone of Mt. Tymphe. The variation of the surrounding environment is something that we should take into consideration especially during the summer when the temperatures can be really high. Hopefully, on our path will find find three natural refreshing water sources. The journey till our first stop at the shelter will be approximately four hours. There, we will have lunch and some rest. After that we will hit the road again and we will walk for 1.5 hours until we reach our final destination, Dracolimni. The view up there is one of the most mesmerising views that someone can enjoy from the impressive greek mountain peaks. We return back to the refuge for dinner and rest.


Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


  • DAY 5 Descent the mountain, Visit Konitsa village, tranfer to a guesthouse in the woods.

After breakfast we will start our descent of the mountain from the same path we hiked from Papigko village. On our way to Pades village we can have a stop at Ovires natural swimming pools. A truely beautiful and fairly quiet place. In the summer you can enjoy a swim and refresh in one or more of the area's pools or under the small waterfalls. After the stop at Ovires natural ponds, we arrive at Konitsa village.Free time to explore the village and have a lunch.

Our final destination for today is a cosy guesthouse located in the woods and next to the river where we will raft the day after. There is also the option of the tree houses, very comfortable with their own wc. Time to relax and enjoy the nature of the place or have a walk across the river.  For those who still have energy there is an optional activity of zip line. It is an aerial passage over the river with a rope, in which we slide secured to a pulley with special climbing materials. No experience required.

What a better ending of the day to enjoy a bbq in the woods ?


Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


  • DAY 6 Rafting at Aoos river - Travel back to Athens

After breakfast at the guesthouse, it is time to explore Voidomatis river!

An ideal, for beginners or families, relaxing rafting descent in the crystal clear waters of Voidomatis river, ranked as the cleanest river in Europe, in the heart of the National Park of Vikos.

Enjoy the stunning nature of the area while paddling through turquoise crystal waters. Without any technical difficulties during the rafting, is definitely an experience that should not to be missed by anyone.

After the activity ends we will start our journey back to Athens. Check in at the hotel.


Meals included: Breakfast, Snack lunch


  • DAY 7 Departure Day

Our adventure ends today after the breakfast. For those who have a flight back to their country we wish them to have a pleasant and safe journey. For those who continue their holidays in Greece we are sure that they will enjoy wherever they go.


Meals included: Breakfast


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Food and water in Greece

Greek food is absolutely excellent and very healthy. It is a huge part of Greek culture. The colourful Mediterranean diet of tasty dishes alongside a fantastic range of fresh vegetables and salads, the excellent ingredients, the lengthy procedure involved in preparing the food, the culture of sharing dishes with others, eating with friends or with the family, it is social event where you get to share a lot more than just food.

Breakfasts will be taken at the overnight guesthouses, buffet style and usually they offer bred, jam, honey, local yogurt, traditional homemade pies, fresh juices, coffee and tea.

Dinners usually include starters, fresh salad and of course local recipes and delicatessens.

All the places on this trip have drinkable water from the tap to fill your personal water bottles. Please check with the tour leader at the various location


Weather in Greece

The weather in Greece during May to September is characterized by warm days.

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