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The region of Epirus boasts some of the most scenic green nature in the country. The Vikos Aoos National Park, in the area known as Zagori, is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts. The Zagori is one of the most picturesque regions of Greece with many authentic, stone villages and magnificent views of the Pindos mountains.

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Pick up from Ioannina and transfer to Monodendri village, where you will settle in your friendly guesthouse and meet with your guide. Depending on the time of arrival, we may visit the monastery of Agia Paraskevi, close to the edge of the gorge. O/N in a guesthouse or similar. (Dinner)
Hike from Monodentri to Vitsa. We hike from Vitsa to Koukouli, Kipi, where we tour around the old bridges that connected the villages, years ago. The walk starts from Vitsa, down hilling the Vitsa Steps, in the heart of Vikos Gorge. We cross one of the famous arched bridges and start up hilling towards Koukouli. The village square calls for a refreshment!! The walk continues to Kipi, where we rest and see some more beautiful bridges, a real work of art! Through dense forest we hike to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. We rest at the square and walk back to Monodentri. O/N in a guesthouse or similar. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Hike to Mikro Papingo through the Vikos Gorge with its turquoise river-pools (5 to 6 hours). A classic trek in one of Europe's finest canyons. Spectacular cliff walls tower up on both sides as we follow the riverbed downstream, or a small path alongside (4 hrs). We end with a further 2 hours uphill beneath the towers of Papingo. We may cool off with a dip in the natural swimming pool of a nearby stream before settling into our rooms. O/N (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today's hike starts with 3 hours uphill from Mikro Papingo to the 'Astraka' refuge on Mt. Gamila, at 1950m. Here we picnic and leave our packs for the afternoon walk to the first of the Dragon Lakes, an hour away across grassy uplands studded with flowers and (until July) some small snowpack. We return to the refuge for the night. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This is our peak day, the choice is to hike on one of the beautiful peaks, Astraka 2436m, or Gamila, the highest 2497m. Both options are good and quite demanding, as for the Astraka walk you must hike for about 6 to 8 hours and Gamila is closer with 5 hours. A great walk on alpine meadows and very impressive views of the steep cliffs and peaks! We return to the refuge for the night. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
A long day is ahead of us today as we have to cross Timfi mountain range, a long but beautiful walk. We start down hilling from the refuge reaching the big plains of the mountain. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka we continue direction a small water reservoir Loutsa Robozi. A place for the shepherds to water the animals in summer. The walk brings us at the beginning of Megas Lakos an impressive canyon which ends at Vikos. As we cross a water spring we continue to the lands of Tsepelovo our final destination. O/N in the guesthouse (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Tsepelovo to Ioannina.
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