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7 Days North Greece - Off Road Safari

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With the help of our Land Rovers you'll cross "off the beaten tourist paths" through Rivers and creeks with crystal clear waters, alpine lakes and stone built villages in one of the most beautiful areas of Pindos. The Zagorohoria Villages.
This Off Road Safari and Trekking Tour covers most of the North Pindos area. We drive you to Metsovo via asphalt and we pass by Aoos Lake, until we reach a view point of the impressive Vikos gorge (the second highest in the world). We head for Vovousa village offroad, to have lunch in a traditional taverna. The route includes the villages of eastern Zagori Tsepelovo, Flabourari and Vrisohori.

The stunning peaks of Mt.Gamila and Astraka at altitudes above 2,000m with the dragon lakes, invite you for demanding hiking amongst rare and countless varieties of flowers. Vikos Gorge, listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, renowned for its natural beauty, crystal river pools in an unforgettable experience.

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Code Departures
Duration Group Size
Price
*LRSNG.1CA

April to October

Every Sunday and Monday
8D/7Ν 4-18
From 790*

Tour options:

*Code: LRSNG.1CA: First Class Accommodation (4* Hotels in Athens - Traditional high-class Gesthouses on trip)

Price per person Adult (Age 17 - 99)
-With your own 4X4 vehicle in a double room.
(minimum  of 2 adults required)
€ 790
-Embarking in our own Land Rovers.
(up to 5 people in 7seats vehicles)
€ 850
-With a rental 4x4 Suzuki Vitara - Jeep Cherokee.
(from 3 to 4 persons in each vehicle).
€ 950
-With a rental 4x4 Suzuki Jimny - Daihatsu Terios.
(up to 2 persons in every vehicle).
€ 990

  • Single Supplement: €100
  • The program is not suitable for children under 17 years.
  • Please contact us for more informations for your journey.
  • Check our Discount Prices for groups > 10pax
Outdoor Activities, Cultural & Theme Tours, Multiday Tours, Off Road Safari Tours
Trekking, Rafting, Hiking Climbimg
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
1 Week Tours
North Greece
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  • Off Road Safari in "off the beaten tourist paths" of Pindos 
  • Hikking to the famous Dragon Lakes 
  • Vikos Gorge trekking, in one of Europe's finest canyons. 
  • 3 overnights in high class, stone build guesthouses, at Zagorohoria Villages 
  • 1 overnight in Mt. Gamila Refuge 
  • 3 overnights in a central 4*Hotel in Athens.
  • Athens free day to see the treasures of Ancient Acropolis or to get a day cruise to the fabulous Greek Islands.

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

  • Transfers from/to Athens Airport
  • English speaking Group Leader
  • Fully insured 4X4 vehicle for 6 Days (if option selected)
  • Transportation with Land Rovers (if option selected)
  • 3x overnights in a 4* Hotel in Athens
  • 3x overnights in High Class Guesthouses
  • 1x overnight in Astrakas Refuge
  • 7x breakfast
  • 3x lunch (light meals or picnic) with coffee and refreshments
  • 1x lunch in Traditional Tavern
  • 4x dinner in Traditional Tavern
  • The guided Trekking in Vikos Gorge
  • The guided Hiking to Dragon Lakes
  • All Transportation and necessary equipment for the Activities
  • UHF communication amongst vehicles
  • DVD with highlights of the activity
  • Air Tickets from/to the country of origin
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • The day trips or excursions on the free
Day 1. Arrival

Arrival from country of origin, transfer from the airport to the central Hotel in Athens, short briefing and free afternoon to visit Plaka for romantic dinner under Acropolis and overnight.


Day 2. Athens – Papingo (B,L,D)

Our Off Road Safari to Zagori Villages begins early in the morning from Athens. Vehicle pick up, briefing on equipment and morning departure for a spectacular crossing of the new bridge at Rio. We will have a few leisurely stops for photos, light snacks and coffee before heading north to reach the town of Ioannina and further our destination. Check in and relaxing free afternoon at Papingo, in one of the 46 villages of Zagori. Dinner and overnight in a very charm, stone build guesthouse.

-Day trip duration: ~ 6 hours | 100 % on-road | Total distance covered: ~450 km


Day 3. Vikos Gorge Trekking (B,L,D)

Ask any Greek to name five beautiful gorges of Greece and the first response will be "The Vikos."

The Vikos Gorge comes first because of its beautiful interconnecting footpaths of many levels of expertise that link stone villages tucked into folds of mountains. And a cool breeze that drifts through the tree-shaded Vikos gorge makes it possible to hike all summer, even when the rest of Greece is baking under blazing August sun.

We start our day with a short Transfer to Monodendri Village where the Trek to Papingo trough the Vikos Gorge begins. A classic Trek in one of Europe's finest canyons. Spectacular cliff walls tower up on both sides as we follow the riverbed downstream, or a small path alongside (Duration: ~ 4 hrs from 1050m down to 550m). We end with a further uphill (Duration: ~2 hrs from 550m up to 1050m) beneath the towers of Papingo. We may cool off with a dip in the natural swimming pool of a nearby stream before settling into our rooms. Overnight in a guesthouse at Papigo.

-Hiking Duration: ~6 hours | Distance ~12km | Altitudinal difference: 500m


Day 4. Land Rover Safari in Pindos  (B,L,D) 

Today with the help of our Land Rovers you'll cross one of the most beautiful areas of Pindos. We drive you to Metsovo via asphalt and we pass by Aoos Lake, until we reach a view point of the impressive Vikos gorge (the second highest in the world). We head for Vovousa village offroad, to have lunch in a traditional taverna. The route includes the villages of eastern Zagori Tsepelovo, Flabourari and Vrisohori.

After some demanding "off the beaten tourist paths" through Rivers and creeks with crystal clear waters, alpine lakes, stone built villages and virgin forests a vast network of dirt roads will bring us back to Papigo for dinner and overnight.

-Day trip duration: ~ 5 hours | 50 % on-road, 50 % off-road | Total distance covered: ~120 km


Day 5. Papingo to Mt Gamila Refuge and Dragon Lake  (B,L,D)

Todays hike starts uphill from Mikro Papingo to the "Astraka" refuge on Mt. Gamila.(Duration: ~ 4 hrs from 1050m up to 1950m).  Here we picnic and leave our packs for the afternoon walk to the first of the Dragon Lakes, an hour away across grassy uplands studded with flowers and (until July) some small snow pack. We will overnight in the refuge of Astraka.

-Hiking Duration: ~5 hours | Distance ~ 8km | Altitudinal difference: ~ +900m


Day 6. Walk down to Mikro Papingo and back to Athens (B,L)

We walk down back to Papingo for launch (Duration: ~ 3 hrs from 1950m down to 1050m) and early afternoon departure to Athens. Overnight in the central hotel of Athens.

-Hiking Duration: ~3 hours | Distance ~ 8km | Altitudinal difference: ~ -900m


Day 7. Athens Free Day (B)

Free day to choose one of our day trips and excursions for sightseeing around Athens. See the treasures of the ancient Athens and Acropolis or take a day cruise to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina for a relaxing day on the sea. Overnight in a central 4*Hotel in Athens.

See our day trips and excursions.


Day 8. - Departure

Transfer from your central 4* Hotel in Athens to the airport and departure.


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The region of Epirus boasts some of the most scenic green nature in the country. The Vikos Aoos National Park, in the area known as Zagori, is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts.

North_Greece_Trekking_2The Zagori is one of the most picturesque regions of Greece with many authentic, stone villages and magnificent views of the Pindos mountains. The region is a real paradise for hiking nature enthusiasts. The stunning peaks of Mt.Gamila and Astraka at altitudes above 2,000m, the dragon lakes, invite you for demanding hiking amongst rare and countless varieties of flowers. Vikos Gorge, listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, renowned for its natural beauty, crystal river pools in an unforgettable experience. The Vikos Gorge, with walls of up to 1 km in height, is also a site of major scientific interest, because it is in almost virgin condition, is a haven for endangered species and contains many and varied ecosystems.

  • This trip offers the chance to experience North Greece magnificent mountain scenery.
  • Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural in Pindos Mountain. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places, and sloped ascents and descents.
  • The walks are moderate in grade, and require an average level of fitness.
  • You will be sharing your experience with 4-18 like minded travelers and you'll have an English speaking group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it is a great value and a great way to meet new people!

Our aim is to complete the activity as described in our Itineray but our priority is safety. Excessive rain or snow fall, deeper than expected river beds, damaged terrain, rapidly worsening weather or any other conditions which might endanger the activity will be dealt with on the spot and alternative routes will be chosen. Frequent visits to the area guarantee vast flexibility in completing the activity irrespective of any unforeseen factors.

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