Mountain to Sea Adventure – 10 Nights
A trip back in time…
Explore Greece’s hidden gems as you weave your way through the quiet roads of a country steeped in history and culture. Learn of the place, its people, its traditions, its food, and entertainment. On this island, you will find the old-time charm of a city like Rome, tucked away in the rugged stone mountain houses of Zagori. Naturally formed mountain rock-pools, time-passed villages, gorges, and hiking trails carved through the wild and vibrant mountain forests – these are the natural wonders of this region. This adventure will take you kayaking, horseback riding, and food and wine tasting, all in the spirit of connecting visitors to traditional Greece.
Best Time: June-September.
Suggested period: 9-10 Days.
Small Groups, Couples
TIME CAPSULE GREECE – DESCRIPTION
Explore the wild nature and raw beauty of the Epirus region and its unique cluster of 46 traditional picturesque villages in Zagorochoria, a pristine paradise. The breathtaking natural environment of the Vikos-Aoos National Park, its villages, gorges, rivers, mystical mountainous lakes, and extraordinary rock formations set the perfect scene for adventure. The rich traditions, legends of mystical creatures like dragons, and stunning panoramic views are the elements that compose the fairy-tale beauty of this destination you must discover at least once in your life.
In the beautifully preserved Old Town of Corfu, a UNESCO world heritage site, palaces, fortresses, austere public buildings of the Venetian rule blend into tiny alleyways and a complex of narrow cobbled streets. Indulge in superb local delicacies and enjoy its fiercely diverse emerald water beaches, ranging from endless powdery sand-dunes to magnificent rocky cliffs.
For a day trip, visit nearby islands to witness fjord-shaped beaches, underwater caves, and green hills.
What is included
10 nights’ accommodation in 4* and 5* hotels
Transportation to/from the airport, to/from destinations,
Admission fees to all archaeological & cultural sites (optional for a self-served trip)
Optional English-speaking certified guide
24hr phone support/assistance
Mountain to Sea Adventure, Day-by-day itinerary!
Arrive in Athens, the oldest capital in Europe. Visit some of its famous landmarks like the Parthenon and the Acropolis museum and enjoy dinner at the cosmopolitan Athenian Riviera.
Fly to Ioannina, the Capital of Epirus, and start your road-trip to magnificent Zagorochoria. Check-in at the mountain resort and take the entire day to relax and get familiarized with the area.
Hike to Dragon Lake or the Voidomatis River (medium difficulty) for a nature experience with breath-taking views or opt for a leisurely tour of the Zagorochoria villages. Enjoy lunch at one of the local tavernas. Taste locally grown delicacies and traditional dishes followed by a Greek coffee under the mountains. At night there are several options for enjoying dinner and drinks in the villages.
Enjoy a rafting experience down the breath-taking turquoise waters of Voidomatis river, one of the cleanest in Europe. The river is always calm, allowing visitors to enjoy the rich vegetation as they float along. Alternatively, a nearby traditional guesthouse built-in 1873 offers the chance to see how life was back then but also learn how to produce Greek cheese and step by step we shall gather in our hands all the ingredients we need to make the prominent “Zagori pie”.
Leaving behind Zagorochoria, the next stop on this journey is Corfu! From the port of Igoumenitsa, the short boat ride will bring you to the island of endless natural beauty, gastronomy, and incredible history. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore this beautiful town and its numerous options.
Today enjoy a tour of the island’s time-passed villages with stops at the famous Palaiokastritsa bay and a visit to Angelokastro, a medieval castle on top of a hill with endless views of the Ionian blue. On the way back you could also visit the mountainous villages of Korakiana and Doukades, where taverns offer great traditional recipes for lunch or dinner.
Take a boat to Paxoi Island, where you can see the picturesque villages of Lóggos, Lákka, and Oziás. You will find them tucked away in pine and olive trees overlooking sulphur thermal springs and innumerable beaches. Walkthrough the vast olive groves inland and stop by the Olive Museum, once a traditional olive press. If walking becomes tiring, you may take around the island caique-sail tour and visit the extraordinary 40-odd sea caves on the south coast of the island.
Relax at the beach and stroll through Corfu Town at your own pace to enjoy the architecture and visit the market. Mountain to Sea Adventure.
Fly back to Athens. Experience a private guided walking tour through more of the city’s famous landmarks. Afterwards, stroll in the picturesque neighbourhoods of Old Plaka, Monastiraki and Psiri. For dinner, the city offers an array of restaurants of Greek/Mediterranean or international cuisine.
Relaxed and energized, catch your flight back home with a private transfer to the airport. Mountain to Sea Adventure.