Ioannina: Valia Calda Hike and Cooking Day Trip with Picnic

Activity provider: Epirus Adventures

Ioannina: Valia Calda Hike and Cooking Day Trip with Picnic

Activity provider: Epirus Adventures

From US$ 205.86 per person

Reconnect with nature on a private off-road adventure in the Pindus mountains from Ioannina. Enjoy a short hike, cook a traditional meal, and swim in the natural pools of the Arkoudórema river.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Greek
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Private group


  • Savor traditional Greek flavors with an authentic cooking demonstration
  • Sit down to a picnic with wine and seasonal fruits in the Valia Calda forest
  • Plunge into the natural pools after a hike in the Valia Calda National Park
  • Have time to explore the quaint Vovousa village or go for swim in the Aoos river
  • Breathe in the crisp mountain air at the high-altitude Aoos Springs Lake
Full description

Discover the beauty of the Valia Calda forest on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off from Ioannina. Go for a dip in the natural pools of the Arkoudorema stream, cook an authentic Greek meal, and enjoy a delicious picnic with wine and an aperitif. 

Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the air-conditioned drive in an all-terrain vehicle. Arrive at the starting point of your hike in the heart of the Valia Calda forest. Pass thorugh a magical mountain landscape with spectacular trees on your way to the natural pools. 

Take refreshing a swim in the crystal-clear waters before heading back to the vehicle to cook a traditional meal of trachanas (fermented mixture of grain and yoghurt) and salad. Have a picnic with seasonal fruits, granola bars, wine, an aperitif, and the traditional food.  

Head to the charming village of Vovousa after lunch were you can take in tall black pines, streams, and high peaks. Spend some free time exploring the town or going for another swim in the Aoos river, under the bridge of Vovousa.

Finally, visit the source lake Aoos and the incredible mountain landscapes around the lake on the way back to your accommodation. 

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide/driver‎
  • Fruits and energy bars‎
  • Hiking poles
  • Cooking experience (trachanas and salad)
  • Wine and aperitif
  • Picnic
  • Liability insurance
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Visually impaired people

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Outdoor clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • The forest hike lasts about 40 minutes

Product ID: 418003