A two-day excursion and tour of the famous Vikos Gorge, which no one should miss! An action trip from the Green Oliver Alternative Tourism Office to magical and dreamy places in the charming Zagorochoria!
Vikos Gorge is found in the Guinness Book as the smallest opening gorge, just 1100m. at its narrowest point and a depth of more than 900m. Its length is 12 km. and the maximum height of 1200m. It is one of the deepest gorges of the world, which spurs the interest of hikers and nature lovers from all over the world!
The gorge was created after intense geological redevelopments during the geological seasons. The first traces of human activity in the area that have been identified were dated to 40,000 BC.
It is the core of the Vikos-Aoos National Park, where a great variety of rare species of flora and fauna can be found. Indeed, until the beginning of the 20th century, the herbs of the canyon were used by practitioners, the so-called "witches", for therapeutic purposes.
Zagorohoria is a complex of 46 small villages scattered at the foot of Pindos. Their imposing natural landscape is dominated by rivers and impressive waterfalls, ravines and deep gorges, lush forests and steep mountains! A place really dreamy, suitable for a two-day escape from the ordinary!
Our base will be the picturesque Monodendri, which is built at an altitude of 1060 meters. The location of Monodendri is ideal because it is located between the impressive Vikos gorge, which we will cross, and the stone towers of Axia, creating a scenery of fairytale beauty!
Departure by coach on Saturday 21/09 at 07.00 from the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki on Manolis Andronikos (Extension of King Olga and Vas. Georgiou to the center, just after the Town Hall). The stop will take place on 07.10 and the lantern at One Salonica (diagonally opposite Media Markt).
Our journey begins with the first destination of the picturesque Kapesovo! A village in the 17th and 18th centuries had a great reputation for the hagiographers (boogies in the local dialect) and its wood-carvers, whose works were decorated by many of the churches of Zagori and, more generally, Epirus.
There we will stop for coffee and lunch at the traditional village square with the small shops, which are as if they have been sprung from another era!
Then we will take the coach to neighboring Vradeto at an altitude of 1340 meters, from where we will start the short and easy hiking of our first day until the impressive position "Belio"! There we will get a first taste of the Vikos gorge, which will really stir us up for the next day! It is a stone balcony directly above the Vikos Gorge with a breathtaking view!
• Total travel length: 5 mm
• Total walking time: 1.5 hours
• Degree of difficulty: 1/5 (easy)
If one does not want to go hiking, he can stay in the village of Vradeto.
Then we will all go together to our traditional guesthouses in Monodendri. Graphic alleys, stone houses and impressive mansions everywhere! All made according to the style of the region and the uniformity of the gray stone.
After having settled in our rooms, we will all again come together for a delicious meal at the traditional tavern of the village, one of the most famous in Zagori!
Today is our day!
After taking a good breakfast at our hostels, we will begin the life experience, the crossing of the famous Vikos gorge!
We will start our hike from Monodendri with the final destination of Vikos village! At first we will need about 45 minutes to get down from the trail to the river bed. And from there we will follow the most impressive journey of our journey between stunning rocks and a lush natural environment that is constantly changing and impressing!
We will see the liquid element of nature overflowing, while we will still see rare herbs and plants found only in Vikos gorge!
We will visit, of course, the springs of Voidomatis, where the coldest water of Greece is probably flowing!
After four hours of exciting hiking in the gorge we will start climbing up to the village of Vikos.
• Total route length: 16 mm
• Total walking time: 6 - 7 hours
• Degree of difficulty: 2 + / 5 (moderate, good physical condition)
If there is interest in a smaller hike with a minimum of 5 participants, there will be a shorter course from the village of Vikos to the sources of Voidomatis and back (a total of 4 km).
Having finished our enchanting breakthrough, a delicious lunch will be the culmination of our efforts, which will reward us in the best possible way.
Return to Thessaloniki around 21.30.
Participation Information / person
• Single room: 139 € including 24% VAT (112,10 € + 26,90 €)
• Double room / person: 118 € including 24% VAT (95,16 € + 22,84 €)
• Triple room / person: 110 € including 24% VAT (88,70 € + 21,30 €)
The price includes:
• Transportation by coach from Thessaloniki, intermediate journeys and return
• One-night stay with breakfast in Zagori Philoxenia, Zarkas and Matzato Guesthouse
• Residence tax
• Professional escorts of the Green Oliver Alternative Tourism Office
• Liability insurance (professional liability insurance)
• Organizing and coordinating by Green Oliver
• 24% VAT
Optional: Travel insurance from Allianz at an extra cost of 4 euro / person. For a detailed insurance description, please ask us for detailed information at email@example.com.
Entries until exhaustion of positions - Priority will be given
Interested parties must declare their participation by sending their full name, e-mail and mobile phone by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, by emailing the Green Oliver page or by calling 6977 212892 to make a reservation, confirmed by deposit of 30% of the total amount in the next 4 days. Otherwise the position is released.
Payment of the balance no later than 21 days before the day of the trip.
Full refund can be refunded for up to 21 days prior to the start date of the trip. 70% refund (30% down payment) to cancel participation can be made up to 14 days before the day of the trip. Otherwise, there is no refund due to the planned costs of the activity.
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Beneficiary: Zervopoulos Chrysostomos - Green Oliver
In the deposit, do not forget to write down your name and your excursion, and make sure you have closed your seat in advance.
For the better organization of our tour, please complete your registration by depositing directly the 30% deposit.
Necessary for the Excursion
1. Mountaineering or trail running shoes
2. Walking hat (optional)
3. Apparel suitable for the season such as mountaineering trousers, leggings, vests, waistcoats, t-shirts, dri-fit clothing, light jackets, cardigans etc. (for the weather we are updating a few days before the excursion)
4. Waterproof (Necessary)
5. Small mountaineering backpack for walking
6. 1.5 lt water
7. Snacks such as sandwiches, chocolates, cereal bars, pastels, nuts, biscuits, fruits, dried fruits etc
8. Paper towel
9. Cap, sunglasses, sunscreen
10. Personal hygiene articles
11. Swimsuit, towel (optional)
Rules / Conditions
The Chief Leader reserves the right to modify or cancel any part of the tour for security reasons due to natural disasters or extreme weather events that would endanger the team members.
Participants are required to follow the instructions of the Chief-Chief along the entire trip. Each participant bears sole and full responsibility for his participation in the tour.
The activities provided are available to anyone who is intellectually and physically healthy, as well as to a reasonable physical state.
Each participant allows the use of photos and videos to be taken during the tour for promotional and promotional purposes.
Each participant consents to the collection, registration and storage of personal data that has been requested for the purpose of the proper provision of service by the Green Oliver Alternative Tourism office and information on subsequent organized tours and activities. All data is kept with absolute confidentiality and security, and each participant has the ability to promptly request the interruption of the collection of his personal data, as well as the permanent deletion of those collected by Green Oliver.