Athens, Delfi & Zagori - Epirus 11 days (10 nights)

If you are dreaming of passing 11 days in some of the most legendary places of Greece, then you should trust our knowledge and deep love and passion for our country, being is being shared in this 11 day tour in the mainland of Greece. Travelling back to time in ancient Athens and Delfi, traversing ancient routes, trekking in to the wild nature park of Vikos-Aoos, savoring flavorful traditional food, walking in picturesque villages and meeting locals through their everyday activities are some of the basics of this travel proposal organized and offered by our team of experts. We are here to offer you unforgettable experiences planned with the point of view of the suspicious traveler, eager to learn, hear, feel and touch. Contact us! With a car rental. 2 Preferably with children above the age of 9-10 and accustomed to big trips, trekking.

Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)
Athens, Delfi  &  Zagori - Epirus   11 days (10 nights)

Detailed programme day by day

 

Day 1 – Arrival in Athens

Welcome to Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world with recorded history that dates back over 3,000 years. Philosophy, tragedy, comedy, history, art and architecture – all symbols of a city that is regarded as the birthplace of democracy.

Your transfer from the airport to your hotel in the centre of the city, will last approximately 45 minutes. At your hotel you will be met by our representative who will give you all the necessary documents for your trip to Greece. After this meeting, you will have free time to get a feel of the city at your own pace. Athens is vibrant and lively all year round!

Travel time: 36 km (45min)

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* in central Athens.

 

Included: Transfer from the airport to the hotel, meeting with our representative and delivery of material for your trip

 

Day 2 – Athens tour

East meets West and classic meets contemporary in this iconic European capital.  Athens is the crown jewel of Greece and a fascinating city for any visitor. A city of legends – legendary heroes, legendary beauty and legendary hospitality – Athens is a place to delve into ancient history and to be immersed in Europe’s exciting contemporary culture.

You can start our day with a visit to the world-renowned sites of Acropolis and the Parthenon and later head to the New Acropolis Museum. You can explore the archaeological site and the museum on your own or with the help of a certified guide (with an extra charge). Then you can have a walking tour through downtown Athens, visit the Greek Gastronomy Museum, where you will learn all about the culinary secrets of this country and later head to the colourful Central Food Market Varvakios Agora, a gastronomic delight, with an amazing range of local traditional products such as olives, spices, cheeses and deli treats. You can finish your day enjoying a dinner of traditional Greek cuisine in a restaurant in Monastiraki or Plaka.

Accommodation:  The same Hotel 3* in central Athens.

 

Included: Accommodation, breakfast,

Services with extra cost (optional):  Escort by a certified guide for the archeological sites (cost: … euros for your group, to be paid in situ)

 

Day 3 – Delfi

Full Day Private Tour to the Sanctuary of Delphi, the 'Navel of the Earth'

Visit Delphi – one of the most important archaeological sites in Greek history – on this full-day trip from Athens! Travel with us to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town, home to the Temple of Apollo, and stroll around Delphi Archaeological Museum. Learn all about Greek mythology and history while seeing fascinating monuments, and visit the pretty village of Arachova.

Travel time: 182 km (2h 35min)

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* in Delfi

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

Services with extra cost (optional): Escort by a certified guide for the archeological site (cost: ………. euros for your group, to be paid in situ)

 

Day 4 – Zagori

Arrival at Zagori and settling into the rooms.

Later in the day, meeting with our representative, delivery of the documents needed for the trip in Zagori and discussion on the programme.

Free time.

Travel time: 387 km (5h 58 min)

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* in Zagori

 

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast, meeting with our representative and delivery of the documents needed for your trip in Zagori

 

Day 5 – Trekking into the “stony paths”

We start and finish in the village of Dilofo (circular itinerary). In this hike we’ll find five stone arched bridges with different characteristics as the size, the number of arches and some of those exceed two centuries of life. 

We’ll move near the stone built villages like Kipoi and Vitsa while we’ll walk and admire the traditional architecture in the beautiful village of Koukouli. During the route we are walking in stonemade paths called “kalderimia” and natural paths in oak forests while we can see part of the Vikos gorge between the villages of Koukouli and Vitsa. It’s very impressive and one of the most important points of the itinerary is the ascent of the Vitsa stairs a sinuous path climbing the steep slope after the Misios bridge in the village of Vitsa.

Walking time: 5 hours

Accommodation:  same hotel in Zagori

 

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

Services with extra cost (optional): Escort by an experienced mountain guide (cost: 100 euros or the group, to be paid in situ)

 

Day 6 – Participation with expert locals into a variety of traditional workshops

(Either with Manolis or Sevasti, in relation to the season)

Option 1:  «Apiculture in Dilofo»

ONLY FOR JULY AND AUGUST

We’ll visit an apiary to discover bee’s life into the beehive. We’ll walk around the region to see which flowers or trees the bees are visiting for nectar or pollen. Depending on the time of the season we’ll harvest honey, we’ll collect and clean pollen or we’ll watch how to produce royal jelly. We’ll learn to handle the beekeeping tools.

The duration of the program is 4 hours (question for allergies)

OR

Option 2:  « to collect mushrooms ».

ONLY FOR APRIL, MAY AND JUNE

Depending on the season we’ll walk into the woods in order to identify and collect different types of wild edible mushrooms that grow in the Zagori region. The edible types can be cooked with different ways like in a mushroom pie, fried with vegetables or grilled, in the Lithos restaurant with the help of the chef “Takis” and finally we’ll enjoy them with a beautiful view towards the mountains relaxing in the restaurant’s balcony.

The program’s duration is 4-5 hours (100 euros).

OR

Option 3:  «Beeswax and products in everyday use».

ALL YEAR ROUND

We are looking for the beeswax journey from the flower and the blister to our door. We discover its miraculous uses in the hive but especially in our everyday life.

The fire is burning and together we produce the romantic candle that also renews the atmosphere, the hydrative and healing balm, the protective lip balm.

 A multisensory approach that will follow us during our trip.

Duration 3 hours.

                     

 

Option 3:  «honey bites»

ALL YEAR ROUND 

Exploring the honey production from the bee.

Learning its uses and properties.

Discovering ideas for its use in our daily cuisine.

We prepare together honey bites: bars with unbaked honey, sesame, dry fruits but also honey balls with unbaked honey, cacao, fruits and pollen.

We’ll enjoy them and keep them for the rest of the trip.

Duration: 3 hours

Accommodation:  same hotel in Zagori

 

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast, escort by our expert and presentation of the thematic programme with all the material /equipment required

 

Day7 – Tour in the Zagori villages

You can travel by car to the villages of the western Zagori, starting from your hostel.

From the Vikos village, a small traditional village with incredible view to the Vikos gorge watching the higher point of it in the 1250 m and the largest one 900 m. Next stop the Aristi village, the Voidomatis river and the riverside forest with the inhabited women monastery “Panagia Spiliotissa” of the 17th century.

After this we’ll rest in the “Mikro (small) Papingo” in the roots of the Astraka Mountain, the “Megalo (big) Papingo with the amazing architecture and the marvelous view and to the “Rogovo Ovires”, the natural pools in the beginning of a beautiful gorge.

This day’s itinerary ends with the Monodendri village (with the very old monastery of Agia Paraskevi built with a traditional technique in 1412 in the edge of the Vikos gorge), the Oxia position point and the gorge of “Mega Lakos”. At last you will stop to the stone forest with the impressive limestone figurations.

Return to your hostel

Accommodation:  same hotel in Zagori

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

 

Day8 – Hiking into the Vikos Gorge, the epicenter of the Geopark

We walk in the deepest and most spectacular gorge of Greece in the heart of the Geopark Vikos-Aoos, starting from Monodendri to the Vikos village, through a route of impressive vertical limestone rocks that were created in the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago.

In the last part of the route we meet the first springs of Voidomatis river, the most clean and cold river of the country with annual temperature 8,5 C where the more daring visitors can refresh themselves.

Trekking time: 6 hours

Accommodation:  same hotel in Zagori

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

 

 Day 9 – «Bridges»

ALL YEAR ROUND

You start from Dilofo where you will visiti the paved alleys in the most architecturally well maintained village of Zagori. 

Visits to the famous brisges of the region, in Kipoi village with the old square and the traditional café-taver “Vikoiatros” where you can enjoy traditional beverages and meals. From there you will continue to the Vradeto village, the highest village (1340 m). The route to Vradeto is spectacular with limestone and flysch rocks varieties competing between them, and intense kasrtification phenomenon with many gorges and caves. 

After you will continue to the Tsepelovo village, the ancient dense forests of Black pines and fir and finally in the region of “Giftokabos” where the old houses of the “Sarakatsani tribe”, the old traditional huts where they lived during centuries these nomad tribes until the middle of the 20th century in the biggest part of continental Greece.

Return to the hostel

Accommodation:  same hotel in Zagori

 

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

 

Day 10 – Return to Athens

After your breakfast, you depart for Athens. The trip is long but we will make some suggestions to you about the places you can make pauses.

Traveltime: 485km (6h54 min)

Accommodation:  Same hotel in Athens

Included: Car rental, mix insurance, accommodation, breakfast

 

Day 11 – Departure

After your breakfast you are transferred to the airport.

Flight back home

 

Included: Transfer to the airport, breakfast

 

COST

Low season

2 pax = 1260 euro / per pax

4 pax = 1060 euro / per pax

6 pax = 1035 euro / per pax

8 pax =   975 euro / per pax

 

High season

2 pax = 1355 euro / per pax

4 pax = 1160 euro / per pax

6 pax = 1135 euro / per pax

8 pax = 1070 euro / per pax

 

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

What is included?

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Athens

    Assistance at the hotel in Athens (Providing the maps and printed material for your trip and talking thoroughly on the trip)

  • Private rented vehicle throughout the tour from Athens to Epirus (category: medium car) with mix insurance
  • A detailed manual specially prepared for your self-guided trip
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels or characterful local guesthouses with breakfast

Hotel at Delfi:  Domotel Anemolia Arachova

Hotel at Zagori (village Ano Pedina):  Pirrion Sweet Hospitality

  • Guiding in Athens  (day 2)
  • Trekking of day 5
  • Participation in a local activity with a local (day 6).
  • Phone support 24 hours a day  
  • Liability Insurance
  • All applicable taxes

Included with an extra fee to be paid in situ: escort by an experienced mountain guide to the gorge or Vikos (day 8) and transfer from the end of the trek bask to the hotel (extra cost 130 euros divided by everyone).

 

What is not included?

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • Guided tours by a certified guide in the archaeological sites (available upon request with an extra charge)
  • Drinks and beverages if not mentioned above
  • Lunch and dinner, unless otherwise mentioned in the proposal above
  • Anything not mentioned above

 

Payment and cancellation terms

Conditions of payment

In order to confirm your reservation you have to pay a deposit of the 50% of the total price of your trip either with a credit card or with direct debit, by clicking on the link that will be provide by your local agent.

You should have paid for your trip at least 30 days before your departure.

Conditions of cancellation

All cancellations need to be done by e-mail to the local agency. The money to be paid varies depending on the date of the cancellation:

  • more than 50 days from the date of departure : 100 euros for the cost of the ‘planning of Dossier”
  • 49-30 days from the date of departure : 20% of the price
  • 29-21 days from the date of departure : 50 % of the price
  • 20-8 days from the date of departure : 70% of the price
  • 7-4 days from the date of departure : 90% of the price
  • less than 3 days from the date of departure or after the date of departure : 100% of the price

 

SERVICES RENDERED

  Services not used

  • All trips which are cut short, or all services concerning land, rivers, sea or air if they are not used for any reason, there will be no reimbursement by the local agent.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to draw an insurance contract based on which he will be able to be reimbursed in case services are not rendered.]

 

 

Off the bitten track // Addressed to families , couples, groups of friends & trekkers // Possibility to adapt the programme according to the trekking experience of the travelers

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