Located in Zagoria, Vikos Gorge is a popular site for hiking.

We are pleased to offer for Summer 2020, our new walking holiday to the northwest corner of Greece showcasing a land of rushing rivers and streams, magnificent bridges and the beautiful stone villages of Zagoria. Add to this scenery, a walk through the world’s deepest ravine: Vikos Gorge in the Vikos/Aoos National Park. We are sure you will have a great experience in this hidden part of mainland Greece!

Grade: Medium 

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Why Go?

  • New medium walking week in the company of other Solos travellers
  • Spectacular scenery through gorges and along wild streams and rivers
  • Enjoy exploring off the beaten track in the unspoilt Zagoria region
  • Stay in comfortable hotels with great views!

Itinerary

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Today we arrive in Preveza and transfer to our hotel in Ioannina where we can enjoy a welcome drink and dinner.

  • Accommodation 5 * The Lake Hotel
  • MEALS Dinner included

Today we start our walk from the Chapel of Profitis Ilias, near Vradeto village, and soon after we reach Beloi viewpoint, where we admire the breathtaking view of Vikos Gorge. We visit Vradeto, the highest village in the region of Zagoria and have a short coffee break at the traditional local kafenion. We then continue to the famous Vradeto Rock Steps, a medieval traditional stone-made path which was used to connect the highest village of Zagoria with the other villages of the area. We continue our walk to the Kapesovo, known as the woodcutter / carpenter village of Zagoria, where we enjoy our picnic lunch.

Vradeto: 1340m, Beloi: 1360m, Kapesovo: 1150m

 

  • Accommodation 3 * Archontiko Zarkadas
  • MEALS All meals included

The Kipi area is famous for its magnificent old stone-made bridges and todays walk follows a small path uphill to the Koukouli rocksteps. We continue through the shaded forests and walk downhill until we arrive at the beautiful Missiou Bridge. Finally, we make our way through the gorge to a path leading to picturesque Vitsa village near Monodendri where we can enjoy lunch (at own cost). 

Kipi: 750m, Koukouli: 850m, River Bend: 680m, Vitsa: 955m

  • Accommodation 3 * Archontiko Zarkadas
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Varied terrain, vistas, untouched wild beauty and crystal clear waters are to be experienced at the famous Vikos Gorge. Our walk starts from the village of Monodendri, on the southern outskirts of the gorge. Monodendri is a restored stone village of walled stone courtyards with fortress-like gates. We follow a sign-posted path passing the open – air theatre at the top of the trail. From there the path drops steeply to the Voidomatis springs and river. It continues through the woods along a charming footpath which runs alongside the river. We exit at Vikos village. A picnic lunch is included. This walk really will be a holiday highlight!

Monodendri: 1060m, River bend: 680m, Voidomatis Springs: 480m, Vikos village: 740m

  • Accommodation 4 * Konitsa Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

This walk covers the last, but not less impressive part of the Vikos Gorge. A walk through the shade by the river side, a chance for a ‘swim’ in the crystal clear but cold waters of the river!

We start our walk in the heart of the Aoos National Park, under the bridge of Aristi. We walk along the bank of the Voidomatis river and continue through the woods. On our way we have the opportunity to admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers in the area.  The walk ends at Klidonia Bridge, where we can have lunch in local restaurant. 

Aristi Bridge: 550m, Klidonia Bridge: 470m

  • Accommodation 4 * Konitsa Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

We stroll through the small town of Konitsa and enter the gorge at the old bridge. We walk along the river towards the Monastery of Stomio, where we have the chance to admire excellent views and enjoy our well-earned picnic lunch. 

Konitsa Bridge: 450m, Stomio Monastery: 650m

  • Accommodation 4 * Konitsa Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

We start our walk from Palaia / Klidonia village. We head uphill along a dirt road to the Chapel of Profitis Ilias from where we follow the path to Megalo Papingo, probably Zagoria’s most fashionable village. Along the way we have the chance to admire the beautiful views to The Towers of Papingo and the impressive Astraka mountain range. At the end of the walk we can reward ourselves with a swim in the natural terraced swimming pools near the village!

Palaia Klidonia: 880m, Megalo Papigo: 980m

  • Accommodation 4 * Konitsa Mountain Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

On our way back to the airport we include some sightseeing in Ioannina to visit the magnificent Castle, visit the islet and stop for an optional taverna lunch.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

What's Included

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use 
  • Breakfast and dinner daily and 3 picnic lunches
  • Six guided walks 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Welcome Drink

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Preveza Airport to the Zagoria region is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on weather and traffic.

Walking programme
Six guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Medium and you can expect to walk between 6 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents and some rough underfoot terrain.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort!

  • The weather, even in summer, is unpredictable – particularly in mountainous areas. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:
  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities

We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €25 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Jun & Sep 25ºC 

Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Please contact us for further information 0208 951 2800.

What's Included

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use 
  • Breakfast and dinner daily and 3 picnic lunches
  • Six guided walks 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Welcome Drink

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