There are places in the world, hidden from the first sight, never appearing on headlines, unknown... But after you visit Zagoria villages you will be one of those who can tell about the unspoiled beauty of "the place behind the mountains"
What to Expect
Unexplored Greece: Hiking in Zagoria villages
Day 1: Ioannina airport – Tsepelovo village:
Group’s arrival at Ioannina airport and direct transportation to Tsepelovo village.
Day 2:Tsepelovo – Vradeto – Beloi – Tsepelovo:
From Tsepelovo, we start with an upwards going path towards to the highest village of Zagori called Vradeto, from where, by following a beautiful path at the edges of Vikos Gorge, we will arrive to Beloi viewpoint. From there we can have excellent views to Vikos gorge and a panoramic view of the paths that we will follow the next day. We return to Vradeto village and from there we continue to Kapesovo village through the famous steps of Vradeto (stonepath built in the 16th century at the slopes of Vikos Gorge) and transfer back to Tsepelovo. Overnight in traditional pension in Tsepelovo. (March duration: 5 hours., 12 km)
Day 3: Tsepelovo – Kipi – Koukouli – Vitsa:
We descend to where the Vikos Gorge starts, marked by a stone bridge dated back to 980, called “Paliogefyra” and continue through a forest of beech-trees and pine trees where we will probably have the opportunity to find bear marks on our way. We end up at the village of Kipi for a short stop for lunch and some rest. From Kipi we walk up the stairs of Koukouli (stone steps like the Vradeto stairs) and visit the center of this picturesque village, we walk down into the Vikos Gorge again, and reach crossing the “Misiou” bridge the old stairs of Vitsa and reach the village of Vitsa, built just at the edge of the gorge. Overnight in traditional pension in Vitsa.( March duration: 6 hours 16 km).
Day 4: Vitsa – Vikos Gorge – Aristi village:
Early in the morning we descend the old Vitsa stairs into the Vikos ravine. Traversing the ravine we admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers that have found protection into it. Above us we admire the impressive walls of Vikos Gorge which reach up to height above 1.000mt. After about 4 hours we reach the Voidomatis river springs. Early in the afternoon we arrive in Vikos village and from there we are transferred to Aristi village where we overnight. (March duration: 7 hours.13,2 km)
Day 5: Aristi - Vikos – Mikro Papingo:
Following the old up-hill path we will traverse the beautiful ravines to Papigo village. Above us the “Towers of Papigo” are rising to an inaccessible place that no one can reach. At the natural swimming pool of the village we’ll swim and then we’ll have a rest. Overnight in a traditional pension. (March duration: 4 hours.6km)
Day 6:Mikro Papingo – Dragon Lake – Astraka refuge:
From Papigo we follow the mule track up through juniper scrub and on above the tree line to open grassland, continuing from there up to the Astraka hut on the Astraka Col at 6400ft (3 hours walk). Just to the north lie the mountains of Albania. After lunch at the refuge there will be an optional walk to the Tsoumani (Sarakatsani) sheepfolds and pastures up to the scenic Dragon Lake, perched on the edge of the northern escarpment of Mt Gamila, which at 2497m is one of the great peaks of Pindos range.(narrow, rough, up hill stone paths)and return back to refuge (March duration 6 hours 15,5 km).
Day 7: Papingo - Ioannina:
After breakfast we head back to Mikro Papingo.Transfer from Papigo to Ioannina. Free day at Ioannina to visit the island and the museums.Overnight in hotel in Ioannina.
Day 8: Departure:
Group dates 2014
From 01.07.2014 to 30.10.2014 every week
- All meals during the hike
- 6 nights accommodation in double / twin rooms in traditional hotels and guesthouses
- 1 night in refuge - dormitory style
- All local transfers according the itinerary, luggage transfers and guides services
What's Not Included
- Lunch on day 1, Lunch, dinner on days 7 & 8, Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
- Drinks & beverages during meals, Personal goods and travel insurance
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
6 nights in traditional guest houses and small hotels, All meals included except 2 lunches / one dinner, 5 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, maximum 6 hours hike per day, Guides services, Difficulty level: Moderate
This tour can also be booked privately at any dates you wish from beggining of May, until middle October.