GREECE NORTH & CENTRAL MOUNTAIN REGION 4X4 TOUR

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Forest Mountains, Gorges, Lakes, Rivers, Caves, unspoiled villages and the nature in its best, that is what you’ll enjoy in this 8 day 4×4 jeep tour
Evrytania, the most mountainous prefecture of Greece is a true wonder of nature and has very picturesque scenery, mountains with forests, deep valleys, rivers, waterfalls and lake
Zagori tucked in the northwestern corner of Greece, in the region of Epirus, is a mountainous region of stunning beauty in the Pindus and Tymfi mountain range.
Tzoumerka the imposing Tzoumerka mountain chain stands in a wild area which remains untouched by the modern civilization. Deep gorges, bare rocks, rich natural environment, impetuous rivers and traditional settlements are some of the characteristics that compose a scenery of unique wild beauty.

TOUR DETAILS

Tour Code: SAFncgr_02
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Season: April – October
Location: North & Central Greece mountain region
Style: Jeep 4X4 tour

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Adventurous journey through mountain forested landscapes
  • Explore Evritania, the most wild mountaineer part of Greece
  • Explore Zagori area with its 46 traditional villages, Vikos gorge and Voidomatis river
  • Explore the unspoiled Tzoumerka
  • Visit Prousos monastery and hiking to beautiful Black cave path
  • Guided visit to Meteora monasteries
  • Meet the local daily life and test the culinary local dishes in the traditional mountain villages
  • Enjoy one Greek night with Greek dishes and bouzouki music

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
The following activities are available in the area. They are not included in the package, can be included upon request.

Rafting
Canyoning
Kayak
River Trekking
Via Ferata Black Cave
Horse riding

INCLUDED

  • Jeeps 4X4
  • Hotels 3* or 4* or traditional guesthouses
  • Meals Full Board(B,L,D) Lunch(L) = pick nick
  • Experienced En speaking driver / tour leader
  • Guided visit to Meteora 2 monasteries
  • Meet & Greet on the arrival at the airport
  • Greek night
  • Car emergency kit

NOT INCLUDED

Flight tickets
Escort Jeep (upon request)
VHF communication equipment (upon request)
Pick nick kit (upon request)
Accommodation tax (0.5€ per day per room for guesthouses -1.5€ per day per room for 3* hotels – 3€ per day per room for 4* hotels) paid directly by the clients to hotel.

*All packages are flexible and dynamic for any changes according to any personal needs and desires upon request.

*The tour is also available on Self Drive Mode upon request.

*The itinerary can also start from Thessaloniki

Day 1: Athens – Karpenisi.(_,L,D)
Arrival in Athens. Meet our staff at the a/p. Pick up the Jeeps and drive to Atalanti, lunch at Glaros Tavern next to the sea. Continue to Ptelea – Timfristos with an off road driving (about 1 hr) next to Sperchios river and we arrive to Karpenisi, Koryschades village

Day 2: Explore Evritania, Crossing Kalakouda mountain – Panta vrechi waterfalls – Prousos Monastery – Black cave (B,L,D)

We drive south on the slopes of Mount Kaliakouda, a ride at a high of 1700m through beautiful forests and vertical cliffs we arrive at Krikellopotamos river from where we start our river hiking (aprox1 hr) to “Panta Vrexi* (Always Raining) waterfalls which form ponds where we can swim. Picnic in the area. Following the spoil road again and driving next to Spylias canyon we arrive to Prousos Monastery where we can visit the monastery, Then hiking(1 hr) through the beautiful gorge of Black cave with the wooden bridges and incredible waterfalls we reach Black Cave. Return to hotel in late afternoon with a stop at Megalo Chorio to enjoy the local sweets with a nice cup of coffee. In the evening Greek night at a tavern with bouzouki music (and optional dancers) at a nearby village.

Day 3: Crossing East Agrafa to Plastyras Lake (B,L,D)

We start our day passing the villages Marathias, East Fragista with beautiful squares, trees and cool waters. There we will visit the Monastery of the Savior in the beautiful forest and the stone bridges and also have panoramic views of Lake Kremaston. Then driving parallel to Agrafiotis river on dirt road, surrounded by firrees and steep slopes at the mountain edge we arrive to Agrafa village with its plane trees, fountains with cold water and its lovely flour mill. From Agrafa dirt road to the forest village of Dryades and from there to the dam of Plastira Lake. We continue the road with panoramic views of the lake to Neohori village for overnight.

Day 4: Neochori – Elati – Cross Koziakas mountain – Metsovo – Monodendri / Zagorochoria (B,L,D)
Today we continue driving north with panoramic views of lake and passing the village of Kalyvia Pezoulas, take dirt road to Kerassia,we reach Mouzaki. Then we pass the stone bridge of Portas and we drive north to Elati, Glykomilia. In this beautiful track on our right we see the imposing presence of Mount Koziakas. We continue the road to traditional village of Metsovo where we stop for coffee. Walk around in the variety of handmade crafts shops and test its delicious smoked cheese. From Metsovo drive north-west to Fragkades and arrive to Monodendri for overnight.

Day 5: Explore Zagori Traditional villages – Vikos gorge – Voidomatis river (B,L,D)
Morning short walk to Agia Paraskevi monastery and to Vikos vantage point – the world’s deepest gorge.- with the breath taking views, then explore some of 45 Zagorochoria villages, Papigo, Kipi with the 3 arch stones bridges, stop at “Oxia” vantage point to admire the gorgeous gorge, Voidomatis . Rafting in Voidomatis river. Return to Monodendri. In the evening is time to test the local wine and the delicious local pies.

Day 6: Ioannina – Tzoumerka – Arachthos river – Sirrako – Pramanta (B,L,D)
After breakfast drive to Ioannina, walk along the lakeside, visit the Old City, the castle and the craft market Then explore Tzoumerka area, Arachthos river, Petrovouni, Sirrako, Pramanta for overnight. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6:Twin waterfalls – Kipina monastery – Kalarites village – kalambaka / Kastraki. (B,L,D)
After breakfast drive to Kataraktis village for the twin water falls. Then drive to Kalarites village. On the way visit the Kipina monastery (1212 AC), wedged into a vertical cliff. Continue to explore Tzoumerka and then drive to kastania and next to Kalambaka / Kastraki for overnight. Farewell dinner at a ocal tavern with live bouzouki music.

Day 8: Meteora monasteries – Athens – Departure (B,_,_)
Short drive to Meteora. Guided visit two monasteries hanging between earth and the sky atop of huge rocks and admire fantastic views. We start our long driving to Athens a/p. with short stop at Leonida’s monument. Drive to Athens airport for your flight back home..