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Hiking Zagori and Meteora

Unknown to most of the world, yet so beautiful and unspoiled, Zagori region is the ultimate hiking destination in Greece! Traditional stone made villages, arch stone bridges, alpine mountains, beech forests and lush nature will offer you an unforgettable week-long hiking adventure in North Western Greece! Plus, do not miss the chance to visit the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Meteora and follow the hiking trails of the ancient monks!

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and love hiking, we invite you to join us on this extraordinary adventure and explore on foot the secret paths of Northern Pindos National Park (also a UNESCO Geopark) and Meteora. Learn more about the history of the area, observe the unique flora and fauna, soak in the breathtaking natural landscapes and views. Along the way, savor the delicious local cuisine and immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the locals.

Whether you are an experienced hiker or simply have a basic level of fitness and a deep love nature and mountains, this hiking holiday is made for you. It’s an ideal opportunity to uncover a lesser-known side of Greece and be amazed by the rugged mountainous terrain our country has to offer!

Tour Highlights

  • Hike through Vikos Gorge, one of the world’s deepest canyons.
  • Explore the picturesque, untouched by time, stone – made villages of Zagori, wander along their narrow, cobbled streets and admire the traditional architecture.
  • Cross historical arch stone bridges.
  • Hike to the mythical alpine Dragon Lake at 2.050m altitude!
  • Admire the panoramic views of Vikos Gorge and capture stunning photos from Beloe viewpoint at 1.650m altitude.
  • Discover the rich flora and fauna of North Pindos National Park.
  • Follow in the footsteps of ancient monks and hike to the cliff-top Meteora monasteries.
  • Savor the delicious local food and immerse yourself in the hospitality and warmth of the local people.


Additional information

Tour paceActive/ Vigorous
Suitable forActive travelers
Comfort levelStandard
Min. number of participants4

Day 1: Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Athens!
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, you will either make your way to your hotel (or we can arrange a private transfer for you). Since your fellow travel companions arrive at different times, you will have the day free to explore Athens, one of  Europe’s most important cities!
Your hotel is conveniently located down town, allowing you to take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque neighborhoods of Plaka, Monastiraki and Thissio. You can visit the UNESCO site of Acropolis with the Parthenon, explore the Acropolis Museum,  pass by the Parliament House and wander through the National Gardens. Don’t forget to hike up Philopappou Hill, offering superb views of the Acropolis and the city or simply explore the city, look for souvenirs and enjoy the vibrant town with its numerous bars & restaurants.
Optional activities can be arranged for today, such as a guided walking tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum, an e-bike tour to explore the city’s major highlights, or even a food tour etc., depending on your preferences.
A welcome briefing is scheduled for early evening when everyone has arrived, giving you the chance to get to know your guide and your fellow travel companions. Optional group dinner.

meals included On your own                                  accommodation3* Hotel in Athens city center


Day 2: Athens - Kapesovo - Vradeto steps - Beloe - Vitsa

Early in the morning of day 2 (around 8:00 – 8:30am) your tour guide will pick you up, and you will board our private minivan with destination the stunning region of Zagori (approx. 5.5 hrs drive from Athens)*.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a quick outdoor snack for lunch, before we set off for our first hike! Starting from the village of Kapesovo, we will hike down to Mezaria stream and then ascend via the beautiful Vradeto steps (a stone path built in the 16th century at the cliff of the gorge) towards the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1340m). From there, following a beautiful path through the meadows, we will arrive at Beloe viewpoint (1400m), where we can enjoy panoramic views of the gorge. We return to Vradeto village and from there back to Kapesovo village.

  • Kapesovo – Vradeto steps – Vradeto village – Beloe viewpoint (return trail)

Hike duration: 4 hours / Distance: 10.6km  / Elevation gain/loss: +720m/ -720m /
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate

Depending on the time of the year the tour takes place, in case it gets dark earlier than 18:30pm, we will offer alternative activities/walks this afternoon and reschedule this hike for the following the day (day 3).

After completing the hike, we will transfer to Vitsa village, where we will check on at a family run guesthouse. Here we will spend the next 2 days and enjoy homemade dinners!

* If you prefer to avoid the long drive from Athens to Zagori, you can opt for a one-hour flight from Athens to Ioannina National Airport. Our team will pick you up and head to Zagori villages (around a 45 min car drive).  In case you wish to fly to another Greek airport, please contact us, so we can arrange your transfer to the Zagori villages.

meals included Snack lunch, Dinner                              accommodationTraditional guesthouse in Vitsa


Day 3: Zagori stone bridges & stone-made villages

Following a rich homemade breakfast, today we will explore hiking some of the most beautiful historic arch stone bridges of the area, passing by traditional stone-made villages along the way.

  • Arch stone Bridges tour (o/w or r/w)

Starting our journey from the Village of Vitsa (980m altitude), we will follow the charming stone-paved trail of Vitsa steps,  leading us all the way down to the first arch stone bridge, Misios bridge (740m). Continuing along the Koukouli steps, we will reach the quaint village of Koukouli for a brief visit (890m elevation). Descending via another trail, our next stop will be the spectacular arch stone bridge of Kokoris, one of the area’s most famous and photographed landmarks.

If there is no seasonal water in the stream, we can walk through Vikakis stream to find the arch stone bridges of Plakidas, Myli, Pitsioni and onwards Lazarides bridge near Kipi village.

This hike is very flexible and can be customized in many ways, with your tour guide making adjustments accordingly.

Hike duration: 4 – 5 hours / Distance: 12 – 15km / Elavation: +/- 300-500m /
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch, Dinner     accommodation Traditional guesthouse in Vitsa


Day 4: Crossing Vikos Gorge

Today we will hike on one of the most breathtaking, impressive and rewarding hiking trails in the region! We will begin the day with a transfer to Monodendri village, from where we will descend to Vikos Gorge, renowed as one of the world’s deepest gorges.  Walking alongside the river (with several ascents and descents on uneven terrain), it will take us about 6 hours to cross the canyon. Traversing the ravine, we will have the opportunity to admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers that have found their habitat in Northern Pindos National park. We will take a break at the river springs to relax and enjoy our snacks. Depending on the season, you can also swim in the refreshing river!

Early in the afternoon we arrive at Vikos village where we are picked up by our minibus and transferred to Papigo village for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Monodendri – Vikos Gorge – Vikos (o/w)

Hike duration: 6-6.5 hours / Distance: 14km / Elevation gain/loss: +1.150m / -1.430m /
Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch      accommodation Traditional guesthouse in Papigo


Day 5: Hike to the Alpine Dragon Lake - Astraka Mountain Refuge

Our hiking exploration for today is quite demanding, yet incredibly rewarding!

In the early morning, following breakfast, we will begin out ascent from Papigo village to the Astraka refuge (approx. 3hrs hike, with a 1.000m ascent). The surrounding alpine scenery is sure to captivate you! After a brief pause for lunch and relaxation, we continue until the beautiful “Dragon Lake”, situated at an elavation of 2050m altitude. The views over the Dragon Lake and the surrounding mountains and peaks of Greece will undoubtly reward you after a full day of hiking.

Tonight, we will stay overnight at the Astraka Mountain Refuge, where homemade dinner awaits.

  • Mikro Papigo – Astraka refuge – Dragon Lake – Astraka refuge (r/w)

Hike duration: 6 – 6.5 hours / Distance: 11km / Elevation gain/loss: +1.450m / -450m /
Level of difficulty: moderate to challenging

meals Breakfast, Snack lunch           accommodation Mountain refuge (dorm)


Day 6: Astraka Refuge descent - Papigo - Meteora

Begin your day early to witness the beautiful sunrise – you won’t regret it! Following breakfast at the mountain hut, we will start our descent way back to Papigo village, a journey of approximately 2.5 hrs (6km). This marks our last day in the Zagori region, and we can’t bid farewell without making a visit to the natural pools in Ovires. During the summer months, you may even take a refreshing swim in the cold river waters!

Lunch can be enjoyed at one of the family run restaurants and cafes, before we depart with destination the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site of Meteora. Upon arrival in Meteora, we will enjoy a short tour (by car) to a couple of scenic viewpoints, allowing you to admire the striking views and take postcard-perfect photos, before checking into our hotel.

  • Astraka Refuge – Mikro Papigo (o/w)

Total Hike duration: 2.5 hours / Distance: 6km / Elevation gain/loss: – 1.000m /
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate

meals Breakfast                                  accommodation 3* Hotel in Meteora


Day 7: Hiking Meteora & monasteries - Athens

What better way to start your day than by admiring the spectacular rock pillars of Meteora stone forest? After breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape on foot, tracing the ancient monks’ hiking hiking paths  and visiting some of the cliff-top monasteries in the area.

In the afternoon, we will return to Athens (estimated time of arrival around 18:00pm). Depending on your holiday plans, we can either drop you off at the airport if you wish to catch your flight, or in Athens city center in case you are staying longer.

Total Hike duration: 3 – 3.5 hours / Total Distance: 5-6km / Altitude difference: 280m /
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate

meals Breakfast, Lunch    accommodation On your own

What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader/ trekking guide for the entire trip.
5 days of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy and 1 night in mountain hut (bunk beds in dorms).
All meals as indicated in the trip notes (6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners).
Pick up from your hotel on day 2 or a common meeting point in Athens city center.
Transportation with a private vehicle for the entire trip, including fuel consumption and tolls.
Entrance fees to one monastery in Meteora and Rizarios Photo Exhibition.
Costs for all activities included in the tour program and all the necessary equipment.
All taxes.

What is not included :

International airfares.
Travel insurance (which we can arrange for you).
Airport transfer on day 1.
Air ticket from Athens to Ioannina (if you choose to fly there).
Any meals not included in the trip notes.
Any beverages and alcoholic drinks during meals.
Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary.
Other expenses of personal nature and tips.

Scheduled Departures 2024:

20 April ’24 1.180 €
18 May ’24 1.180 €
08 June ’24 1.220 €
23 June ’24 1.220 €
07 September ‘ 24 1.220 €
21 September ‘ 24 1.180 €
05 October ‘24 1.180 €
19 October ‘24 1.180 €

Single Supplement : 210€

*Min. number of participants to depart: 4 pax

*10% discount on the above prices for groups of 12 & more travelers

Prices per person 2024 (private groups):

Number of travelers Price per person
2 guests 1.950 €
3 guests 1.525 €
4-5 guests 1.380 €
6 – 12 guests 1.150 €
13 – 16 guests 1.080 €
Single Supplement 210.0 €

*For departures (private groups) between June 15th – September 15th, there is an extra cost of 70€ pp for groups of 2 – 7 travelers. 

**10% Discount for children up to 11 years old


Please read carefully our Booking Terms & Conditions.

Tour Reviews

5/5 based on 25 reviews
November 30, 2015

This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!

January 11, 2016

It was great: the country, the people,the food …everything!!! The guides were marvelous; they did our trip especial and we enjoyed a lot.

January 15, 2016

Ha sido un trekking espectacular. Me han gustado mucho la montaña y sus paisajes, los puentes de piedra y los monasterios tanto en Zagoria como en Meteora. Hemos tenido muy buenos guias que han sabido adecuar los itinerarios en función de la climatología, ya que dos días nos llovió mucho. La comida también me ha gustado. En general me llevo muy buen recuerdo de este viaje.

April 8, 2016

En la zona de Zagori hemos visto bellisimos paisajes y remotos lugares poco frecuentados. Hemos estado en hoteles familiares muy tranquilos y muy acogedores. La comida griega buenisima y abundante, pero lo mejor de todo nuestros guías por su profesionalidad, amabilidad y entusiasmo. Volveré.

April 12, 2016

Nos ha encantado todo, tanto los paisajes, los hoteles, la comida y los guías, muy preocupados en todo momento porque estuviéramos bien.
Es un trekking muy agradable, con unos paisajes preciosos y muy cómodo.
Nos hemos quedado con ganas de volver

December 27, 2016

What s fantastic trek with very experienced and highly capable guides who made every effort to maximise our experiences of all the geographical wonders of the region by adjusting the itinerary when rain was likely. Danae and Stavros, our guide were brilliant, the food and inns we stayed at were delicious and charming and the views were spectacular. Great value for money and a tour company I would definitely travel with again and recommend to others. The group I travelled with were fantastic, easy going and wonderful people- an added bonus!!!!

January 2, 2017

Si quieres hacer trekking, descubrir paisajes y pueblos preciosos, conocer gente maravillosa, y disfrutar de la comida…sin duda Zagoria y Meteora es el lugar ideal. La organización excelente gracias a Danae y Stavros.

November 13, 2017

Subscribo la descripción hecha por Marcos: precisa, ponderada y real.
Poco más puedo decir.
El grupito encantador, todo fue fácil y agradable. La pareja de mallorquines super amables y qué decir de Danae, hiperactiva, lista, buena profesional, simpática, ágil, … y Kostas conductor incansable con muchas ganas de aprender nuestra lengua, para lo que se esforzaba cada día más.
En fin, agradecer a los cuatro la amabilidad, cordialidad y simpatía que me hicieron pasar unos días muy agradables.
Hasta la próxima
Rosa M. Udina Abelló

November 13, 2017

Una semana estupenda,conociendo la región de Zagoria al norte de grecia. Preciosos senderos junto a las torres de Astraka que culminan con la llegada al cómodo refugio donde pasamos la noche y al día siguiente otra cómoda subida hasta el lago dragolini. Los siguientes días caminamos por bosques preciosos con un increíble colorido otoñal, ocre, verdes, amarillo, rojos una fantasía de color, puentes increíbles con cientos de años y formas caprichosas y una magestuosa garganta, Vikos.
Dormimos en casas rurales de unos preciosos pueblos rehabilitados, todo en piedra, casas, tejados, pavimento y sus plazas con gigantescos árboles centenarios. Comidas caseras y picnics muy currados.
Asistidos, dirigidos y coordinados por Danae, la creadora de Trails Beyond, simpática, afectuosa y conocedora de la región y la inestimable colaboración de Kosta que se encargo de llevarnos de un sitio a otro. Finalmente pateamos por Meteora un lugar muy especial aunque ya algo más turístico.
En fin, caminatas asequibles a todo aquel que guste andar y muy recomendable.

May 3, 2019

This tour (in April 2019) exceeded my expectations in every respect: the scenery at both Zagori and Meteora was spectacular, our two guides Danae and Ippo capable, accommodating and attentive, the guest house/hotel accommodation clean and comfortable. Nearly all meals were included and lunches were organised in advance to minimise loss of time. All the walks seemed to include interesting things to see such as small villages, wildflowers, old stone bridges, wildflowers and an enormous spring of clear water at the bottom of the Vicos Gorge. One needs to be fit enough to walk about 18 km in a day with a day pack over sometimes steep and rocky terrain. However I always felt I had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take photos. I feel that this tour is extremely good value for money and can thoroughly recommend it.

June 26, 2019

hello Danae
thank you very much for the arrangement of our hiking trip, We Had A Wonderful time 😀
Especially Thank You to Stavros and Ippokratis for the patience and expertise –
the planning, the pace, the hotel arrangement and with deep apology for the inconvenience caused by my food allergy and diet restriction.
1) We found the whole hiking trip to be well organized, every day there are wonderful and beautiful sights
2) the hotels arranged are unique and cozy and the owners are friendly and warm, Food is excellent too although it is too much food and huge portion, it’s more like a banquet (we learnt it is greek hospitality to have bonding over dinner and wide spread of food, haha )
3) the patience of Stavros and Ippokratis are excellent, they never tell us to Hurry hurry hurry, instead they always said, Relax, take your time, thus it’s a pace we can follow and had enjoyed all the wonderful scenery all the way 😀
4) although we are sad we couldnot hike to dragon lake, we really appreciate Ippokratis’s effort to show us the photographs and explained how the hike trail was like on this area, so we have a chance understand Dragon lake and its surrounding better
5) all villages, bridges, greek culture, national parks, vikos gorge,voidomatis river, meteora monasteries and food are explained and shared with us at every opportunity which make this hiking more interesting and informative
A BIG BIG BIG Thank You, wishing you a blessed, safe and fruitful year2019 and beyond…
till we meet again 😀

sincerely yours
Choy and Anna

December 13, 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing the setting sun reflected in the Adriatic about 80km away through a gap in the mountains from the ridge near the Astraka refuge above Papingo
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Take sleeping bag and warm clothing for a night in the refuge in spring and autumn.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, visited small village bars and restaurants., opportunity to buy unique handicrafts
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Stavros was a fantastic leader of the small group. Kept the programme interesting despite the need for changes to accommodate heavy rain and thunder

December 13, 2019

Hi Bob! Thank you for choosing Trails Beyond for your hiking holidays in Greece! We are glad to read you enjoyed your walking holidays and thank you for your wonderful words! Hope to see you back in Greece Regards, Danae & Stavros

May 23, 2022

It was the first group tour I participated in and worth repeating!
The trip was super well organized and a great way to get to know the Zagoria. Danae guided our international group of 6 people. It was a very nice group. And Danae is a cheerful enthusiastic supervisor. Danae paid attention to everyone. For those for whom a stage was too difficult, she had an alternative.
The area is very attractive and rugged! The villages are very charming. Meteora is a wonderful addition. We had good places to stay and the food was delicious. There has been abundant late snowfall in the mountains. As a result, the 2 days in the high mountains unfortunately expired. But we had a good alternative.

May 23, 2022

Fantastic. Gorgeous Greece is an excellent place for a hiking adventure.

Through the mountains and beautiful villages: this trip exceeded my expectations in every way. Great organization, a fun guide, Danae, who is an advocate for the outdoors and for Greece in general. With our knowledgeable guide, our group explored and adventured our way through the itinerary.

The food and accommodation on the trip was also excellent.

The hiking was varied and will show you some of the beauty and history of Greece’s interior. I would highly recommend this trip.

May 29, 2022

What a fantastic tour with Danae, our wonderful organised and guide. I’m still talking about it as so many tourists head for the Greek Islands and forget that there are stunning places to visit in the mountains. The Zagori region is one such region and with the help of Trails Beyond we saw the best of this area. Food and accommodation were great. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is seeking an adventurous walking holiday.

June 8, 2022

This was such a wonderful trip! I can’t say enough positive things abour Danae, our leader. Her enthusiasm for the land, her connection to the people, her flexiblity and her fun…she made this trip so special. There was a lot of variety in the hiking, the food was amazing and fresh, and it was a great group of six people so the size was right. If you want to get away from the touristy crowds and see the mountains of Greece this was the way to do it. Danae also worked with a few of us in adding extra days, making suggestions for other areas and generally being a good resource.

October 9, 2022

Go on this trip!! You will be amazed at the extraordinary scenery, the history and the variety of experiences. Danae and Voula our guides were excellent. Highly experienced, thoughtful, friendly and knowledgable. Trek the deepest gorge in the world, stay in a mountain hut and see wild horses, visit monasteries perched on top of mountain pillars like you’ve never seen. This is an area of the world that will be missed by many but should be on your bucket list.

October 10, 2022

A great weeks walking in an unknown, beautiful, rugged part of Greece. Sheer limestone cliffs, strange towering boulders, a night on a 2000 metre mountain, a walk through the deepest gorge in the world, a maze of ancient Ottoman, crescent shaped bridges and the monasteries of Meteora – they’re all there. Within a landscape of rural, welcoming, slow paced villages and towns run by Greeks for Greeks.
This is a well put together, nicely balanced trip, led by experienced, fun, informative, guide Danae and her team. You’ll hear about flowers, butterflies, bears, the Ottoman Empire, the Greek Orthodox Church, karst scenery, Byzantine churches and much more. Our drivers name was Socrates – what more can you say.

October 19, 2022

This trip went far beyond our expectations.
Hiking allowed us to experience the beauty of the landscape and learn about the flora, fauna, geology and history of the unspoiled and uncrowded Northern Pindos National Park from our very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Danae.
A highlight was hiking to the mountain hut and stepping off the rocky trail enroute to Dragon Lake to allow 40+ wild horses to pass our group, then seeing them frolic in the grassy meadows below.
Staying in local guesthouses and visiting the monasteries at Meteora were also highlights.
We came away with a real feel for the land, culture and history of this beautiful, unspoiled area. We hope to return someday!

April 19, 2023

Very nice tour. The weather was not great, but they still managed to organize a nice trip.

April 19, 2023

Its was perfect! What made this experience so great was our tourguide – Dimitris. He had lots of stories from all the places we went and hiked. He recommended the best places to eat and have a hot drink or pie. Dimitris alone made our trip a 10/10 alone 😀 The landscapes and the hike was excellent aswell, easy to low-intermediate difficulty. Anybody could make them 🙂 Great views and nature wonders 🙂 I recommend all who’re reading this review 🙂 You won’t regret it. Ask for Dimitris as a tourguide. You Won’t be dissapointed 🙂

June 12, 2023

I wanted to say that our trip to Zagori was beyond our expectations.
The organization was well done, including last minute changes due to our flight cancellation.

The places we were taken were great and there was flexibility where needed (especially Dimitris guest house in Vitsa).
(The only comment we have is on regarding the guest house we stayed in Papigo, where the rooms where to small and break fast was a bit poor – but not to influence the beauty and our enjoyment of that day).
On top of all, we must say that Niovi was no doubt the highlight of the trek! We could not ask for more: her patience, her knowledge in Biology, Geology and History, her curiosity and above all, her never-ending energy to take us everywhere we requested and provide us with all our needs always with good spirit and a wonderful smile.
Thanks you and Niovi for all, we hope to come back to Greece for more wonderful experiences in the future.

Shachar, Haim, Dany, Avishay.

June 2023.

October 4, 2023

We were a small group and had a brilliant guide, who took very good care of us. The hotels were charming and the mountain hut an experience – there the lack of ventilation in a small room full of people was disturbing. When choosing a car given to our group they had not realised that we all had big suitcases plus other bags, so it was difficult to get all in, but our guide was a master organizing it . Altogether amazing experience, thanks again to our guide Spiridoula!

October 4, 2023

It was excellent. I have taken several guided trip to “Europe”. The guide was the best. Very knowledgeable, Courteous. professional and a joy to be around with.

December 5, 2023

Exceptional trip from start to finish. The gear list and pre-travel coordination was excellent, very helpful in setting expectations and making sure we had everything we needed to get going. On the trip itself our guide Alex was personable, enthusiastic & knowledgeable, always ready to teach us something about the region in specific or the country in general as well as offer advice related to the hike. The guest house accommodations were charming, with amazing food and comfortable rooms. The hiking was challenging but approachable broken up into achievable daily segments with clearly communicated levels of effort required. The views of the countryside were breathtaking throughout with the section traversing Vikos Gorge & the section from the Astraka Mountain Hut to the Dragon Lake being absolute highlights. I cannot stop showing off my pictures & bragging about going to a place before any of my friends. I would 100% consider using Trails Beyond for further trips or even re-doing this tour it was that good!

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