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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!

Greece: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

2. Greece: Europe eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Greece hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Greece and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vatican City. Carriers to use in Greece: T-Mobile (Cosmote), Vodafone, and Wind

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.

Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

4. 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.

Ioannina: Zagori Sightseeing Tour

5. 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.

Vikos Gorge Aristi to Klidonia Bridge 3-Hour Hike

6. Vikos Gorge Aristi to Klidonia Bridge 3-Hour Hike

This 3-hour walk covers the last, but no less impressive, part of Vikos Gorge, hiking through the shade of trees and alongside the crystal clear waters of the Aoos and Voidomatis Rivers. Aoos River snakes for 154 miles (257 kilometers) through Greece and Albania, but it’s the springs in the Pindus Mountains that form the backdrop to this adventure, where the impressive canyons are breathtaking. Walk from Aristi Bridge, close to the picturesque village of Aristi, following the banks of the Voidomatis River through shaded woods. Continue downstream, enjoying the amazing views of the little gorge formed by the flowing water. See the small stone church of Agioi Anargioi, and look out for rare wild birds and flowers. You will trek just over 4 miles (7 kilometers) to Klidonia Bridge, where you can have lunch in the local trout restaurant, or even swim in the ice-cold waters of the river! Transfers back to Aristi Bridge will be available.

Zagori Sightseeing Daily Tour

7. Zagori Sightseeing Daily Tour

We begin our daily guided tour from the picturesque valley of west Zagori, passing by Aristi, admiring the evolving landscape in the meantime. We stop at River Voidomatis, 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. We visit Ovires Rogovo, natural pools in a narrow canyon, and then the village of Mikro Papigo. Then we get back to cross a 1,090 m. pass to get to central Zagori in order to have a magnificent view of the Vikos Canyon at its deepest (almost a kilometer). There we have a small snack with traditional pies (like spinach pies reinforced with goat cheese and local herbs for a better taste), as well as season’s fruits and continue by visiting Dilofo, a village at the center of Zagori. After that, we marvel at some of the more than a hundred stone bridges surviving. The itinerary is open to suggestions, as we can, also, visit Monodendri, including another view of the Vikos Canyon, the villages of Kapesovo and Vradeto, or we can admire the Vikos Canyon from Beloi, skipping some of the original program.

Zagori: 7-Day Self-Guided Tour with Transfers

8. Zagori: 7-Day Self-Guided Tour with Transfers

Day 1: Ioannina – Kipi Village Depart from Ioannina and head to Kipi Village. At Kipi Village, you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. Day 2: Vradeto – Beloi – Vradeto Rocksteps – Koukouli – Kipi Depart for Vradeto Village in the morning. Hike from Vradeto village to the Beloi viewing point. Take in the views of Vikos Gorge before heading to the famous rock steps of Vradeto. Cross the Kontodimou Bridge and return to Kipi Village for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 3: Kipi – Monodendri Begin the day on the same trail as yesterday. Follow the path from Koukouli Village and head uphill to Vitsa. Enjoy some free time to relax and explore the village. Next, head to Monodendri, where you’ll spend the night. Day 4: Monodendri – Vikos Gorge – Vikos – Aristi Start your day with an early morning descent into Vikos Gorge. Follow the river for approximately 4-hours to Voidomatis River Springs. Continue uphill to Vikos Village, where you’ll be picked up and transferred to Aristi Village. Spend the night at Aristi Village. Day 5: Aristi – Mikro Papigo Be transferred back to Vikos Village in the morning. Begin your hike at the gorge and head uphill to Papingo. Admire the views of the surrounding Papigo Towers. After approximately 2-hours, you’ll arrive at Mikro Papigo, where you’ll spend the night. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to walk to the natural swimming pools between Mikro and Megalo Papigo. Day 6: Mikro Papigo – Dragon Lake – Astraka refuge From Mikro, follow a trail towards Astraka mountain hut. Enjoy a short break for lunch before heading to Dragon Lake. Visit Dragon Lake, located in the Timfi range, it stands at an altitude of 2050 meters. Hike to Astraka refuge, where you’ll spend the night. Day 7: Mikro Papingo – Ioannina Return to Mikro Papigo, where you’ll be transferred back to the city of Ioannina.

Ioannina: Traditional Food and Culture Walking Tour

9. 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.

Zitsa: Traditional Pies Cooking Class

10. Zitsa: Traditional Pies Cooking Class

Explore the charming village of Zitsa in Greece and savor a 4-hour cooking adventure at our Bakery. Led by Kostas, a master baker with 31 years of experience, we offer both sweet and savory treats. We use fresh ingredients from our family farm. Step into our bakery to meet Kostas and Anna, a couple who fell in love with Zitsa. Learn about their journey and passion. Zitsa is famous for its bakery and sparkling wine, with wineries to visit nearby. It's also close to Zagorahoria, a nature lover's paradise with stunning landscapes. At our bakery, Kostas will teach you to make traditional Greek pies and sweets. Enjoy hands-on baking, stories about the village, and the culture of Epirus. After the fun activities, we'll share a delicious Greek lunch, including your creations, salads, local cheeses, fresh bread, Zitsa wine, and your dessert. Join us to uncover the magic of Greek pie-making in a warm and cultural setting.

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based on 37 reviews

This is by far the best part of our trip to Greece. Every single bit of the tour was so well planned and I will take this trip a 1000 more times. My favourite part of the trip was seeing the Vikos Gorge, especially from the other end. It was an experience of a lifetime. George was the best - he told us about the history about the place and took us to some of the unique places/spots. Lunch at Frosso’s was another highlight of the trip. I will highly highly highly recommend the experience. While this is slightly expensive, I would recommend cutting costs on buying souvenirs and spend that money experiencing Zagori with George. Efcharisto George

The tour was great, amazing views and even great drives. We visited the mountains, some villages and water sources of all kinds, while getting to know the super interesting stories behind each and every one. The best thing must be George the incredible tour guide, perfect English, answered all questions and was super helpful for us and every person we met on the way. It was a pure pleasure, definitely recommended and will try another tour with him in the future for sure. Thanks for everything !

I wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience. That was an amazing rafting in a legendary view. Valisis, our guide was the best. He demonstrated professionalism and a vast knowledge to include a lot of words in Hebrew and all of that with a smile. I highly recommend this activity.

Was a great experience! Our guide was super nice and the landscape there is simply beautiful! We were virtually alone at the end of September and were able to enjoy it to the fullest!

Georgios was excellent! We highly recommend his tour! Great food but best of all great conversation. You feel like friends by the end of the tour😊