_our excursion

A two-day visit to the unique Zagorochoria, the stone bridges of the area and the Vikos Gorge! A route – crossing that should be planned by every hiker – nature lover with satisfactory physical condition. The Vikos Gorge is one of the most famous in Greece and the deepest gorge, in terms of length-width-height, worldwide. It forms the core of the Vikos-Aoos National Forest, in the area of which a wide variety of rare species of flora and fauna find refuge. It is about 11 kilometers long and in many places the depth exceeds 1,000 meters. For those who wish, they can choose the rafting activity instead of crossing the Gorge.

1st day

On Saturday, around 12:30, we arrive at Zagorochoria and the village of Kipoi for a short hike on the four stone bridges of the area. Then we will head to Oxya, a spot with a breathtaking view of the gorge! In the afternoon we will end up in the Upper Plains and our amazing hotels Pirrion Boutique Hotel & Ameliko where we will have free time to rest, eat, socialize and prepare for the next day’s crossing!

2nd day

On Sunday we will have an early breakfast, check out and depart for Monodendri and the entrance of the gorge. The route lasts 5-6 hours, with a strongly downhill path in the first hour and a strongly uphill path in the last hour, and ends in the village of Vikos. There we will have free time for our lunch before we start for the return.

The group that chooses to go rafting in Voidomatis will move to the base of the activity in Klidonia to get ready with the appropriate equipment. Then it will move with our partner’s mini vans towards the starting point of the route. At the end of the activity we will all meet together in the village of Vikos, where we will have free time for our lunch before starting for the return trip.

_activities

hiking-crossing | Vikos gorge | 14km | 6 hours | medium difficulty | ages: 12+ (accompanied by guardian)

Starting from the village of Monodendri and ending in the village of Vikos, the journey takes about 6 hours. From the whole route the first 1.5km and the last 2km have a big altitude difference. The rest of the route is with smaller slopes, next to and through the canyon bed.

rafting | Voidomatis | 3 hours | easy difficulty | ages: 6+ (accompanied by guardian)

Starting from the bridge of Aristi and ending in Kledonia, the route takes about 1.5 hours. The total time of the activity (preparation, transport to the starting point, training) is about 3 hours.

_hotels

Pirrion Boutique Hotel 4*

Pirion Boutique Hotel 4* is a high standard hotel, a fairy tale born on the mountain. It consists of two stone buildings that harmonize perfectly with the tradition of Zagori. It has 10 rooms, each uniquely decorated, all inspired by spoon sweets. In all rooms you will find a dreamy Coco-mat bedding system, a TV, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms have a fireplace, for an even warmer atmosphere, while some suites also have a jacuzzi. In the restaurant you can enjoy excellent Greek and Mediterranean dishes, and accompany them with a wine from the hotel’s large collection. The Pyrreion also has a traditional hammam, and a heated outdoor jacuzzi with stunning mountain views. Here is the ideal destination for those looking for a luxurious and peaceful getaway in the heart of nature.

Ameliko

Ameliko is housed in a traditional mansion dating back to 1850. Painted wooden ceilings, hand-embroidered curtains with traditional patterns, decorated fireplaces, atmospheric spaces, comfortable beds and rooms characterized by tradition and comfort, covering all accommodation wishes, with public point of reference the outdoor garden, waiting for you to enjoy the tranquility that the natural landscape generously offers.

_departure

*If you wish to join the excursion but you’re a solo traveler, don’t worry at all as you can join Explosivo’s large group and stay in the room with the rest of the people traveling solo.

The excursion takes place with a minimum required number of participants of 25 people and a maximum of 50 people. Upon request there is also the possibility for a date and schedule of your choice.

_prices are per person in a double room and include:

  • transportation from Thessaloniki & local transfers
  • accommodation in a double room with half board at the Pirrion Boutique Hotel & Ameliko hotels in Ano Pedina
  • dinner at the Pirrion Hotel with a three-course set menu
  • escort by experienced Explosivo escorts
  • hiking sticks
  • liability insurance | legal taxes

_prices do not include:

  • the activity of rafting in Voidomati, with a surcharge of €30/person for those who choose it
  • extra meals and drinks

_do not forget:

  • hiking / trekking / mountaineering shoes
  • small backpack for the hiking activity
  • snacks (pastels, chocolates, power bars) | water (1.5lit)
  • raincoat – windstopper

_route details:

  • kilometers: 14km
  • Required physical condition: good