Deep canyons, clear rivers, mountain lakes, stone bridges, monasteries & picturesque villages are only some of the highlights of this trekking tour through one of the most remote areas of Greece.
Activity code: GRSGV03
Difficulty: Moderate / Challenging. [Participants should be in good physical condition with some hiking experience.]
Duration: 5 Days
The villages of Zagori, in north west Greece, are extremely beautiful and are well-known for their cobbled paths and traditional villages, all constructed with local stone by the famous stone masons of Epirus, considered the finest in the country. Zagori is a part of the massive Pindos Mountain Range and is defined by Mitsikeli Mountain to the south west and the Aoos River to the east.
The Vikos Gorge is not only the deepest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but it also boasts the cleanest water in all of Europe. It is home to over 1800 different plant species.
One of the many rewards you will find on this tour is the overnight stay at the Astraka Mountain Refuge, located almost 2000 metres above sea level. The magnificent views and the Dragon Lake will remain etched in your memory for years to come.
This walking holiday is available as a self-guided private journey and is one of our most popular suggestions for an exploration of the remote Zagori region of Epirus in northern Greece. The Zagori region is simply beautiful and peaceful and a true taste of Greece "Off the Beaten Track"; you will experience the incredible Vikos Gorge, the Dragon Lake and the traditional villages and stone bridges. Overall this is a hiking lover's dream and has something for everyone.
Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday:
- Bottle/flask of water (1 litre per day)
- Walking poles
- Sun protection & sunglasses
- Bathing suit & towel
- Insect repellent
- Waterproof coat / windbreaker, comfortable clothing
- Torch (Headlamp)
- HIKING BOOTS ARE NECESSARY!
Services at the Mountain hostels include: bunk beds, pillows / pillow cases and blankets. There is also a restaurant, showers (only cold water) and toilets. Guests are welcome to carry their own bed linen / sheets and towels for personal usage.
- Minimum 2 persons
- Overnight Stay Tax: In January 2018 Greece introduced a new tourist tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (e.g. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).
Why not extend your stay with a relaxing few days (or longer) on one or more of Greece's beautiful islands or on Greece's beautiful and varied mainland- please ask us for further information or suggestions!