- Churches | Monasteries
- Culture | History
- Family friendly
- Hiking | Trekking
- Horseback riding
- Meals included
- Mountain adventures
Wild mountains & Rivers Adventure
Have you even been to a place, hidden from the most, yet so astonishingly beautiful and magical, that you both want to keep it secret and share it with the world? Have you considered Greece as a destination blessed with wild, rugged mountains, perfect for adventure holiday seekers? Simply join us on our “Wild Mountains & Rivers” Adventure and begin a journey to uncover the secret beauty of the Greek mainland through a range of exhilarating outdoor activities!
You will have the opportunity to explore traditional stone-built villages frozen in time, lush fir forests, alpine landscapes, enchanting lakes and rivers, ancient arch stone bridges, delicious local food and the warm hospitality of the local people. Moreover, you will have the chance to discover the UNESCO site of Meteora in a unique and extraordinary way!
During this 7day adventure in mainland Greece, you will have the opportunity to enjoy hydro-biking on a serene lake, hike along stunning mountain paths, have a thrilling rafting experience ,and optionally horseback riding in the National Park of Northern Pindos. Last but not least, explore Aoos Canyon through a breathtaking Via Ferrata excursion!
Make most of Greece’s mild weather and enjoy a week-long adventure beyond the beaten bath…
This adventure is also perfectly suited for families wseeking active holidays that provide multiple outdoor activities and immersive cultural experiences appropriate for the entire family!
- Discover Northern Pindos National Park, one of Greece’s most pristine regions.
- Explore the beautiful and unspoiled traditional mountainous Greek villages.
- Enjoy the serenity of Lake Plastira on a kayak or hydro-bike.
- Climb the Vradeto steps and savor the stunning views over Vikos gorge from the Beloi viewpoint.
- Experience the thrill of rafting in Voidomatis, one of Europe’s cleanest rivers.
- Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Aoos Canyon with a Via Ferrata adventure.
- Taste the delicious local food and wines, savoring the flavors of the region.
- Follow the paths of ancient monks and visit the cliff – top monasteries of Meteora.
- Conclude your adventure with a guided walking tour of Athens and the legendary Acropolis.
|Suitable for||All travelers, Families|
|Available||All year round|
|Min. number of participants||3|
Day 1: Athens - Lake Plastira - Meteora
On this first morning, your tour leader will pick you up either from your hotel or a designated meeting point in Athens city center. From there, you will begin your journey to the enchanting Lake Plastira, a destination that harmonically combines serenity with adventure (approx. 4 hours of driving). Upon reaching the lake, a delightful lakeside picnic lunch awaits you, followed by the opportunity to explore the lake on a hydro-bike or canoe/kayak. For those feeling adventurous, there’s even the chance to try your hand at archery!
Activity duration: approx. 1.5 – 2 hours, level of difficulty: easy
In the afternoon, you will make your way to Meteora, a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site that is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Greece (approx. a 1:20hrs car drive). Upon arrival in Meteora,a guided tour will take you around this unique landscape, providing a first glimpse of the “stone forest”. You will admire the towering rock pillars rising 400m over the ground and the monasteries perched atop them! Along the way, we will make several stops at some of the most picturesque viewpoints, allowing you to capture breathtaking views and create postcard-worthy photos.
The day concludes with hotel check in and dinner at one of the local restaurants, marking the end of this fulfilling day.
Day 2: Hike Meteora & Monasteries – Vitsa
What better way to wake up than by admiring the spectacular sandstone rocks of Meteora, soaring more that 400 m above the ground! Following breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape and the remarkable clifftop monasteries, offering a perspective beyond the ordinary way!
We will trace the ancient paths monks once used to take, winding through the steep rocks, visiting selective monasteries and uncovering other hidden gems of Meteora all while taking in the breathtaking views.
(Total Hike duration: 2.5 – 3 hours / Total activity duration, incl. the visit to the monasteries: 4 – 5 hrs / Level of difficulty: easy / Total Distance: 5-6km / Altitude difference: 280m)
After lunch, you will set off in our car for the stunning Zagori region (approx. 2.5 hrs driving). Your first stop will be the charming village of Monodendri, located at a height of 1.060m. From the village square, you will begin a short hike leading to Agia Paraskevi church, offering splendid views over Vikos Gorge! Following this, you will visit the Oxya viewpoint and the stone forest.
Hike duration: 1 hour, level of difficulty: easy
In the early evening, you will check in to a traditional guesthouse in Vitsa village and enjoy homemade dinner.
Day 3: Vradeto steps, Beloi viewpoint & Zagori arch stone bridges
Following breakfast, we will drive towards Kapesovo village. From there, following the beautiful stone trail of Vradeto steps, we’ll reach the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1450m). Just 2km further, we will arrive at the Beloi viewpoint (1650m), offering striking panoramic views over the gorge!
After a snack lunch, we will explore and hike some of the area’s most significant and beautiful arch stone bridges.
Dinner and overnight in Vitsa village.
- Kapesovo – Vradeto- Mpeloi (return trail)
|waypoint||altitude||elapsed time||total distance|
|Kapesovo village||1.150 m||0’||0 m|
|Vradeto steps||1.060 m||20′||1.100 m|
|Vradeto village||1.340 m||1:15′||3.300 m|
|Mpeloi viewpoint||1.450 m||2:00′||5.300 m|
|return reverse (r/f)||3:50′||10.600 m|
Hike duration: 3.5-4 hours / Hiking Distance: 10.6km / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
- Arch stone Bridges tour (o/w or r/w)
|waypoint||altitude||elapsed time||total distance|
|Kokori Bridge||700 m||0 m|
|Plakida Bridge||730 m||20′||1.500 m|
|Milou Bridge||740 m||50′||3.500 m|
|Pitsioni Bridge||740 m||1:20′||5.000 m|
|Kontodima Bridge||750 m||1:40′||6.000 m|
|Koukouli village (optional)||870 m||2:30′||7.800 m|
|Missiou Bridge (optional)||690 m||3:10′||10.000 m|
*The tour of the arch stone bridges can be tailored to suit various preferences. We can choose to hike to all of the bridges or do some parts by car, depending on the travelers’ fitness levels and preferences.
Hike duration: 1.5-3 hours / Distance: 5 – 10 km / Level of difficulty: easy
Total Hike duration: 6-7.5 hours / Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
Day 4: Papigo: Rafting & Optional afternoon activities
Get ready for an exhilarating rafting experience on one of Europe’s clearest rivers ! Our journey begins at the picturesque stone bridge of Aristi, leading us through the breathtaking National Park of Vikos – Aoos, as we navigate the gentle waters of the Voidomatis river. This route is beginner-friendly and suitable for all, with its primary allure lying in the remarkably transparent river waters and the captivating surroundings.
Activity duration: approx. 1.5 hours in the water – 3.5 hrs total / Level of difficulty: easy
In the afternoon, you can choose amongst a range of optional activities, such as: an afternoon hike from Mikro Papigo to the Red Rock and back (2km/way, 4 km in total. Hike duration approx. 2 hrs), a horseback riding experience in the area around Papigo village (available at an extra cost) or simply taking a leisurely afternoon to relax in the village. You can discuss all available options with your guide and choose the one that suits you the best.
Activity duration: approx. 1 hour / Level of difficulty: easy
Day 5: Via Ferrata in Aoos River/Canyon
Prepare yourself for a unique, unforgettable experience today, as you will explore the magnificent Aoos river in acompletely different and fun way! Just north of Papigo and Mt Tymfi, lies the scenic canyon of Aoos, carved by the Aoos river and surrounded by majestic mountains, such as Smolikas and Tymfi.
Our adventure will start from Konitsa old bridge, which will captivate your eyes! A 45min hike alongside the river will lead us to the beginning of the Via Ferrata. Along the way, we will encounter two bridges: a small one in Gravos measuring 6-7m in length, and a longer one, known as Aoos’ Tibetan bridge, stretching 17m in length and at 35m above the river! Several impressive climbs follow, on steel ladders and a vertical rock face, reaching heights of 60-70m above water. About half-way through, we will come across some hiking trails, offering stunning scenic views before we and we conclude our journey back at Konitsa bridge.
**Via Ferrata is an exceptional activity with an adventurous spirit that does not require prior experience. It required an average level of fitness, however one must not be afraid of heights. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old.**
Activity duration: approx. 4 – 5 hrs, level of difficulty: easy to moderate
In case you are traveling with young children or you are not confident with heights, an alternative option is available – a hike following a similar route in the Aoos canyon. Starting from the Konitsa old bridge, we will hike to Moni Stomiou, a historical monastery built in 1774 nestled between two steep mountain slopes. The path is easy and beautiful and will take you to the monastery in about 90min of hike. We will follow the same trail back to Konitsa bridge.
Total Hike duration: 3 – 3.5 hours / Distance: 10km return way / Level of difficulty: easy
During the summer months, you can enjoy a revitalizing swim in the clear fresh waters of Aoos river!
Day 6: Rogovos Natural Pools – Return to Athens
Today, it’s time to bid farewell to this magnificent and pristine part of Greece! However, before you do so, we have a special treat for you. Just a 10min walk from Papigo village, lies a delightful hidden gem known as Rogovos Canyon. The stream that winds through the canyon has created some beautiful natural pools around the unique rock formations. During the summertime, you might even be tempted to dive in the refreshing cold waters!
Afterwards, we will begin our trip back to Athens (approx. 5.5 hrs of driving), with an estimated early evening arrival (around 18:00pm). We will drop you off at your hotel, and the evening is yours to enjoy the city the way you wish.
Day 7: Athens & Acropolis Guided tour - Departures
This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of Athens city and the iconic Acropolis arcaeological site, a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site and the landmark of Athens. Your tour begins as you meet your guide at a designated location and join for an enlightening historical tour. You will pass the Greek Parliament, Syntagma Square, the National gardens, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, concluding your journey at the Acropolis site. As you enter from the southern slope of the Acropolis, you’ll visit the Dionysus Sanctuary and Dionysus Theater before ascending the slope leading to the Acropolis monuments. This experience will provide you with panoramic views and in-depth insights into Athens’ ancient history, serving as a fitting end to your rewarding active holiday in Greece.
Tour duration: approx. 3.5 hrs (you will finish around 12:00 – 13:00pm).
With this, your wonderful adventure comes to an end! In the afternoon, you can either arrange your own way to the airport or continue your holidays in Greece. If you prefer, we can arrange a private transfer for you.
What is included:
Trails Beyond tour leader for the entire trip, local guides & activity instructors.
6 days of accommodation in 3* hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy.
All meals as indicated on the trip notes: 6 breakfasts, 4 snack lunches, 2 dinners.
Private transportation for the entire trip, including fuel consumption and tolls.
Entrance fees to 1 Meteora monastery and the archaeological site of Acropolis.
Cost for all activities included in the program and all the necessary equipment (all hikes, rafting, hydro-bikes, canyoning, Athens guided tour).
What is not included :
Any meals not included in the itinerary, any beverages or 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
|Departs on||Price / person|
|26 March ‘24||1.340 €|
|22 April ‘24||1.380 €|
|26 May ‘24||1.380 €|
|1 September ‘24||1.440 €|
|29 September ‘24||1.380 €|
|29 October ‘24||1.340 €|
|Single supplement||240 €|
*Min. number of participants to depart: 4 pax
Prices per person 2024 for private groups:
|Number of guests||Low Season||High Season|
|For 2 guests||2.160 €||2.230 €|
|For 3 guests||1.750 €||1.790 €|
|For 4-5 guests||1.580 €||1.620 €|
|For 6-11 guests||1.330 €||1.350 €|
|For 12-16 guests||1.220 €||1.250 €|
|Single supplement||240 €||260|
*10% Discount for children up to 11 years old
Please read carefully our booking terms & conditions.