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Meteora and the Pindos Mountains

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Mountain landscapes of Meteora and the Pindos National Park.
  • Crossing the Vikos Gorge, one of the world’s deepest.
  • Traditional stone villages, wildflowers, lakes and mountain peaks.
  • Monasteries perched on cliffs in the Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Local cuisine such as “batsaria”, a fragrant pie and artisan cheeses.
Discover the rocky pinnacles and cliff-top monasteries of the Meteora and the spell-binding mountain landscapes of the Pindos National Park. Marvel at the audacity of the Meteora monks who dared to perch monasteries on tiny summits. Sublime walks explore these unique and mystical monasteries built between the 14th and 16th centuries. Follow pristine hiking trails through the unspoilt Zagori region of Greece which incorporates the Pindos Mountains and the impressive Vikos Gorge. Delight in following routes between traditional stone villages, crossing ancient bridges and in the delicious local cuisine at day’s end.

What To Expect

If you like being immersed in unique and unspoilt mountain landscapes and discovering the “real” Greece, then this tour is for you. This tour is graded moderate to strenuous so you will need to have plenty of hiking experience to fully enjoy the walking. Stay in comfortable accommodations and enjoy eating traditional cuisine in the local tavernas.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Navigation

There is some way marking but generally, you will have to rely on your route notes and map. GPX tracks are available on request for those who wish to take a GPS unit.

Experience & Fitness

This tour is graded moderate to strenuous overall. However in the Meteora region the walks are more towards the moderate side. The walks are more challenging in the Pindos Mountains. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks, country roads and cobbled mule paths. This tour is suitable for experienced walkers with very good physical fitness. There are elevation gains and losses to negotiate when walking up to and down from the monasteries and also up and down the Vikos Gorge, etc.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations provided on this tour are a mix of comfortable hotels and guest houses.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Unfortunately, we cannot offer this tour to solo walkers due to the remoteness of the walks.

Meals

For lunches, you can buy local cheeses, meats and bread in local markets and shops or perhaps stop in a taverna en route if there is one available. For dinner, you can either eat at your accommodations or find local restaurants in the villages where you are staying.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels and guest houses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transfer from Kastraki to Vitsa on Day 4
  • Transfers to 2 local hikes on Days 5 & 7
  • Route notes and maps, and detailed information pack
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in Greece and our office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Kastraki
  • Travel from Vitsa
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Private transfers to and from Thessaloniki Airport
  • Transfers to and from Kalampaka Train Station

When To Go

Spring and Autumn are great walking seasons as the temperatures are milder. You can walk in the summer months but the recommendation is to begin walking early so that you miss the heat of the day. In the spring the countryside will be full of spring flowers. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) there may be snow in the Vikos Gorge, therefore an alternate walk is provided at this time of year.

Getting to the Start

There is also a train from Thessalonika to Kalambaka (we would then provide the transfers to and from Kalambaka to Kastraki and Vitsa as part of this option, which is the most inexpensive choice). There are several trains per day (but only one direct train). The journey takes from 2.45H to 3.30H depending on the schedule. Please check the TrainOSE website for schedules.

You can also fly out of Ioannina Airport at the end of the tour as it is quite close to Vitsa, but flights out of here are limited and it is necessary to fly via Athens. Please ask us about adding transfers to and from Ioannina Airport.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred with you from Kastraki to Vitsa on Day 4. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes the standard gear we advise.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kastraki and overnight. Day 2 Loop Walk to the Great Meteoro and Varlaam Monasteries 4.5 miles / 7 km Day 3 Loop Walk from Kastraki to Holy Trinity and Roussanou Monasteries 3.5 miles / 6 km Day 4 Transfer to Zagori and the Pindos Mountains Day 5 Walk from Tsepelovo to Kapesovo 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Old Bridges and Villages of Zagori 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Walking the Vikos Gorge 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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