7 days Trekking
1st day: Ioannina - Tsepelovo
Arrival at Ioannina airport. Meeting with the guide. Transfer by bus to Tsepelovo, where we spend the night.
2nd day: Tsepelovo - Vradeto - Beloi - Tsepelovo
From Tsepelovo (1050 m) we start walking on an ascending path towards the highest Zagori village called Vradeto (1450m). Following a beautiful path, overlooking the riverbed of the Vikos Gorge, we arrive at the Beloy viewpoint (1650m). From there we can admire almost the entire Vikos Gorge and observe the beautiful paths, which we will follow the next day. We return to the village of Vradeto and continue downhill to the village of Kapesovo. We walk down the famous Vradeto Steps (a stonepath built in the 16th century at the slopes of Vikos Gorge) and then we are transfered back to Tsepelovo. Overnight stay in a traditional pension in Tsepelovo. (4 hours)
3rd day: Tsepelovo - Kipi - Koukouli - Vitsa
We descend to the trailhead of the Vikos Gorge, marked by a stone bridge built in the year 980 A.D., called “Paliogefyra”. We continue through a forest of beech and pine trees, where we will have the opportunity to observe traces of bears passing on our path. We will end our walk in the village of Kipi and have lunch at the local taverna. From Kipi we will walk up the stairs of Koukouli (stone steps like in Vradeto) and visit the center of this picturesque village. We walk down into the Vikos Gorge again, crossing the “Misiou” bridge and we take the old Vitsa steps up, in order to reach the villages of Vitsa and Monodendri, build right on the edge of the gorge wall. Overnight stay in a traditional pension in Vitsa. (5 hours)
4th day: Vitsa village - Vikos village
Early in the morning, we descend the old Vitsa stairs into the Vikos Gorge. Walking on the riverbed we will admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers, that have found shelter in the gorge. Right above our heads stand the impressive walls of the gorge, rising steeply and majestically to 1.000 or more vertical metres. After about 4 hours of walking, we will reach the Voidomatis river springs. Early in the afternoon we will arrive in Vikos where we will spend the night in a hotel. (7 hours)
5th day: Vikos - Papigo
Following the old ascending path, we will be able to view the beautiful ravines around Papigo, in the distance. Above us the “Towers of Papigo” are rising abruptly to treacherous heights. At the natural swimming pool of the village we will have the chance to swim and then have a rest. Overnight stay in a traditional pension. (4 hours)
6th day: Papigo-Refuge-Dragon Lake-Papigo
We follow the mule trail, through juniper scrubs, above the tree line, to some flat countryside, continuing from there up to the hut on the Astraka Col (3 hours). Northward lie the Albanian mountains. After having lunch at the refuge, an optional walk will take place to the Tsoumani (Sarakatsani) sheepfolds and pastures up to the scenic Dragon Lake (2100m), perched on the edge of the northern escarpment of Mt Gamila (2497 m), one of the great peaks of the Pindos mountain range (narrow, rough, up hill stone paths) or/and return back to Papigo. Overnight stay in a traditional pension. Dinner at a local taverna.
7th day: Papigo - Ioannina
Transfer from Papigo to Ioannina. Free day in Ioannina city to visit the unique island, which “floats” in the lake of Pamvotida. The lake features small fishing ports and a boating port. There is a regular boat service to the Ioannina island. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the museums. Overnight stay in hotel in Ioannina.
Transfer to the Ioannina airport. Departure.
The cost from 980 euros / per person
All accommodations, all meals from breakfast on day 2 through breakfast on day 8, all picnic lunches, group transfers from and to the airport, all transportations throughout the trip, luggage transportations, services of the tour leader - guide, entrance fees in the Monasteries all taxes and VAT.
Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance and prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation.
True Adventure is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Period: From April to October .
Transportation : We travel by our own mini-bus or local buses which leaves us to walk and continues, with our baggage, to the next place where we will stay for the night.
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities, village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities).
The trip prices are based on double occupancy.
Food: Every morning we have breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunch en route and a dinner at local tavern. (Vegetarians are welcome on the trips)
Group Size: 6-14 participants.
Difficulty Level: Hike (2) ,
The hikes offer a moderate trek with a maximum of 5-7 hours walk on rocky terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition with a little of experience