Epirus and Vicos Gorge Tour
Six to Seven days tour
Meteora, Metsovo, Ioannina, Vicos/Vikos Gorge, Zagoria, Papigo, Monodendri, Dodoni, Nafpactos, Delphi
Optional day: Arrive in Athens, Transfer from the airport to your hotel by the Acropolis. We'll visit the Acropolis and the highlights of Athens. Optional tour Athens by night.
Let Us Take You To Hidden & Known Places in Greece
1st day: Leave Athens at 8.00 a.m. for Meteora through Thermopylae (short stop to visit Leonidas' monument) via Lamia to Trikala and Kastraki (overnight). Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in Mid - Air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art.
Of the 24 monasteries that grew up between the 13th and 16th centuries only six are still inhabited: The Great Meteoron, Agia Triad, Agios Nikolaos and Varlaam by monks: Agios Stephanos and Roussanou by nuns.
2nd day: Arrive in Metsovo (overnight), which is admirably situated in a mountain comb just below the highest road pass in Greece (alt 1705m/5594ft) which marks the borders between Epirus (west) and Thessaly (east). Brown bears and wolves survive in the surrounding ancient forests of beech and pine trees. The traditional town is not only a summer resort offering the benefits of bracing mountain air but also a winter sports centre with skiing on the slopes of Mount Karakoli (ski lift). Metsovo is famous for its trout, its wine and its cheese as well as for its embroidered cloth and wood carvings.
Depart for Ioannina, a modern town except for the old district near the lake which dates from the Turkish occupation.
Local craftsmanship produce embroidery and silverwork, there are shops in Odos Averoff, Gastronomic specialties include eels, frogs, trout and crayfish from the lake, cheese from Dodoni and sparkling white wine from the region of Zitsa.
Visit the island in the middle of the lake, access by boat (15 min).
Continue for Vikos Gorge (overnight in Monodedri in restored traditional houses)
In these wild mountains, where bears and wolves still roam, Greek troops defied the advancing Italian forces when they invaded from Albania in November 1940.
5th day: Vikos Gorge, the grey stone buildings of the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi cling to the rocks directly above a precipitous drop into the bottom of the gorge 1000m/3281ft below, which the river Voidomatis has created.
A path starting from the monastery winds down the face of the cliff past some terraces once cultivated by the monks and some caves which provided shelter for Klephts and Hermits, it reaches a platform overlooking the confluence of the Voidomatis and a neighboring mountain stream, the atmosphere is oppressive and wild.
DEPARTUREDaily: Six to Seven day tour. All year round. However high periods such as Christmas, New Years Day, Easter and the middle of August are extremely busy and are best avoided.
Comment: See the main cultural: archaeological, historical and biblical highlights of Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal roads.
Delphi, Meteora Monasteries, Metsovo, Epirus and Pindos Mount, Ioannina and Vicos Gorge, Zagoria Villages, Papigo, Monodendri....
Closed on Holidays: January 1st., March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.