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Ioannina Small group activities

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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!

Ioannina: Valia Calda Hike and Cooking Day Trip with Picnic

2. Ioannina: Valia Calda Hike and Cooking Day Trip with Picnic

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. 

Ioannina: Traditional Food and Culture Walking Tour

3. 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: Bread Baking Class And Wine Tasting Tour

4. Zitsa: Bread Baking Class And Wine Tasting Tour

Discover all Zitsa has to offer on a private Jeep tour to see its striking landscape and wineries. Tuck into some wine tastings and try your hand at bread and pie baking on this day out. Enjoy a short walk in the vineyards of Zitsa and marvel at Vlacha's pools' clear waters en route. Start your day with a bread baking and cooking lesson, making traditional pies. Knead the dough and smell the warm aroma of freshly baked bread before enjoying the flavors of bread from a traditional village bakery. Continue your journey by Jeep on a short off-road route and embark on a quick 15-minute hike to Vlacha's pools. Find yourself in a stunning natural landscape inspired by a fairytale. Vlacha’s pools is made up of small waterfalls where anyone can swim in its clear waters. Enjoy nature at its best. After your refreshing stop at the pools, drive on to a local winery. Learn about and taste various varieties of local wines and wines from the local grape variety Debina that is the true essence of of Zitsa. Tase some tsipouro, as the area’s wineries also specialize in the production of tsipouro. Round your day out with a pleasant and short walk through the green vineyards of Zitsa before heading back to your accommodation.

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It was awesome !! Absolute highlight of our road trip. We booked very spontaneously (around 9 p.m. the evening before) and were able to join the tour the next day at 10 a.m., which was great. Our guide was Kristus and he did a really great job and entertained us very well. I would like to highlight the mix of action, fun and interesting information about the river, the habitat of the animals and also the history. We were well instructed “Team Rocket, Go!” And were therefore able to make great progress as a team on the rafting boats. Our group was small (4 people and a guide) and that was a lot of fun. We can heartily recommend Trekking Hellas Ioannina Rafting. For our vacation it was the best venture!

Gladly again :)

Very nice guide, breathtaking landscape and good equipment made the tour uniquely beautiful. We were the only foreign participants and we were integrated very nicely and we were treated well. Highly recommended!!

very cool experience... not rafting for seasoned rafters but with kids aged 11 and 13 this was a cool first experience. Kostas was a good guide who took the time to give some explanation about the area

Great rafting with great instructors! Christos guide us also for our next places to visit and it’s worth it! Although the rafting was calm, the place was marvelous and with icy water.

המדריך היה מצויין ומקצוען. כל תהליך השייט החל מרישום ועד סיומו היה מושלם