Vikos–Aoös National Park

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Vikos–Aoös National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

    1. Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

    Drive to the rafting base in Klidonia, on the main road from Aristi village to Papingo village. There the rafting team will welcome at 10:30 AM and provide you with the necessary safety equipment. When ready, a minibus will transfer you to the starting location, the bridge of Aristi-Papigo. During the transfer you will have impressive views of Mt. Tymphi, Astraka towers and Papigo villages. A safety briefing will follow, some river practice and off you go! During the descent, the group will stop for an optional refreshing dive in Voidomati’s crystal clear waters and visit the deserted 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi monastery. On the final stage of the trip, the boat groups paddle under Klidonia’s stone bridge artificial waterfalls. The descent finishes shortly after Klidonia’s bridge just outside the rafting base. One thing is certain; by the time you reach the end, at approximately 1:30...

  • Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

    2. Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

    Experience the varied terrain and vistas of the Vikos Gorge in the Pindus Mountains and see untouched and untamed nature. Vikos Gorge is listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, and is famous for its unique natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. The full-day hike starts from the village of Monodendri on the southern rim of the gorge. It's a restored stone village of walled courtyards with fortress-like gates. Follow a signposted path near the open-air theater at the top of the trail, from where the path drops steeply to the Voidomatis River. Walk the course of the river through the shade, with sparkling water as your companion. After about 4 hours, you will reach the Voidomatis River springs. Continue through the woods for a while, hiking uphill to exit at Vikos village. The tour covers a distance of about 7.5 miles (12.6 kilometers), passing towerin...

    we had wonderful time walking in Vikos canyon from Monodendri to Vikos. Our guide was great and we even managed to have interesting conversations. as we were only 2 people we did it in quite a good pace and by the end we were sorry that we did not continue to Papigo We definitely recommend this activity

  • Vikos Gorge Aristi to Klidonia Bridge 3-Hour Hike

    3. Vikos Gorge Aristi to Klidonia Bridge 3-Hour Hike

    This 3-hour walk covers the last, but no less impressive, part of Vikos Gorge, hiking through the shade of trees and alongside the crystal clear waters of the Aoos and Voidomatis Rivers. Aoos River snakes for 154 miles (257 kilometers) through Greece and Albania, but it’s the springs in the Pindus Mountains that form the backdrop to this adventure, where the impressive canyons are breathtaking. Walk from Aristi Bridge, close to the picturesque village of Aristi, following the banks of the Voidomatis River through shaded woods. Continue downstream, enjoying the amazing views of the little gorge formed by the flowing water. See the small stone church of Agioi Anargioi, and look out for rare wild birds and flowers. You will trek just over 4 miles (7 kilometers) to Klidonia Bridge, where you can have lunch in the local trout restaurant, or even swim in the ice-cold waters of the river! Tr...

  • Vikos: Voidomatis River Trekking with Picnic Lunch

    4. Vikos: Voidomatis River Trekking with Picnic Lunch

    Your trek begins from the village of Vikos, from where you will head downhill towards the Voidomatis Springs. It will be at this location where you will suit up, and start entering the gorge. Throughout this amazing trek you will have the opportunity to cross the river several times, swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters, and enjoy the magnificent scenery that the gorge offers. You will also enjoy a traditional picnic lunch at the halfway point of your experience, which will help you to regain your energy. Following your short break, you will continue towards the Aristi Bridge, where your trek will come to an end.

  • Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

    5. Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

    Enjoy a light 3-hour hike from the Chapel of Profitis Ilias to the Beloi viewpoint in the Pindus Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramas of the limestone and dolomite rocks and virgin vegetation. Visitors to the Zagori area will often hear about Vradeto, the highest village of the region. But there is more to see than a mountain village. A stunning ride through varied landscapes leads to this small, picturesque place, from where you’ll start your hike of about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers). Suitable for the entire family, this is one of the easiest hiking routes in the Pindus Mountains, home to the world’s deepest gorge. After you’ve taken in views of the entire length of the Vikos Gorge, return to Vradeto for a short coffee break at the traditional kafenion (café), where you can see a photo exhibition. Next, you will walk the famous Vradeto rocksteps, a traditional stone-made path that...

  • Epirus: Vikos Gorge & Voidomatis Springs Hike

    6. Epirus: Vikos Gorge & Voidomatis Springs Hike

    Vikos gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Greece. The gorge consists of limestone and dolomite formations dating back to 150 million years ago and vertical walls extending up to a height of 1700 m. The hike starts from Monodendri village with a 45-minute descent towards the river bed. The trail is ascending and descending surrounded by steep mountain tops and dense forests of deciduous trees and 1800 plant species. Before ascending to Vikos village, visit the Voidomati Springs, Greece's cleanest and coldest river, with an average all year temperature of 8.5°C. If you are brave you might want to try the experience of a very refreshing dive in the crystal clear waters during summer months. The hike finishes at Vikos village, after a 1-hour ascent from the Voidomatis springs.

    Absolutely perfect. Extremely professional guide, excellent timing and effort management regarding to the weather condition, one of the hottest day in 2019 Greek summer, 38C during the walk... We were kindly welcomed and we enjoyed a lot this hike, even it was so warm! The Vikos Kanyon is a must for every trekker visiting Greece. A trek agency highly recommendable, 10 stars over 5.

  • Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

    7. Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

    Experience the alpine terrain and stunning vistas of Mount Tymfi in the Pindus Mountains and see untamed nature on a full-day hike to Dragon Lake According to legend, the lake was named for the dragon that is said to inhabit its waters. The dragon is said to be in constant conflict with another, from Mount Smolikas, the 2nd highest mountain in Greece after Mount Olympus. The 2 beasts fought each other by throwing pines and rocks, creating the peculiar landscape you will hike through. As you walk, discover a rich fauna, including alpine triton, a very rare amphibian that measures between 8-12 centimeters in length, has a black-brown shaded outer spine, and is protected by law. Hiking from Mikro Papingo, you will follow an uphill path to the Astraka refuge, where you can rest over hot coffee or lunch. Then, continue to the grassy uplands, studded with wildflowers. At some points you mig...

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What people are saying about Vikos–Aoös National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

It was awesome !! Absolute highlight of our road trip. We booked very spontaneously (around 9 p.m. the evening before) and were able to join the tour the next day at 10 a.m., which was great. Our guide was Kristus and he did a really great job and entertained us very well. I would like to highlight the mix of action, fun and interesting information about the river, the habitat of the animals and also the history. We were well instructed “Team Rocket, Go!” And were therefore able to make great progress as a team on the rafting boats. Our group was small (4 people and a guide) and that was a lot of fun. We can heartily recommend Trekking Hellas Ioannina Rafting. For our vacation it was the best venture!

we had wonderful time walking in Vikos canyon from Monodendri to Vikos. Our guide was great and we even managed to have interesting conversations. as we were only 2 people we did it in quite a good pace and by the end we were sorry that we did not continue to Papigo We definitely recommend this activity

The most amazing nature experiences and hiking trip we have ever been on. The guide was very aware that the speed suited us and was constantly looking for the safest route. We drove 2.5 hours to get to this trip and it was definitely worth it.

Gladly again :)

Very nice guide, breathtaking landscape and good equipment made the tour uniquely beautiful. We were the only foreign participants and we were integrated very nicely and we were treated well. Highly recommended!!

The guide was excellent. Both knowledgeable and pleasent