Panorama of Mountainous Mainland of Greece
From South Evrytania and Agrafa to the northern mountains of Pindos
Evrytania’s forests and rivers
One of the most mountainous regions in Greece. The area of Evrytania sinking in the fir trees is an ideal destination for nature and 4WD lovers.
The green slopes in the summer and the alpine landscape in the winter, the rushing rivers, the imposing canyons, the archeological monuments, the historical monasteries, the traditional villages and the cordial hospitality of the residents compose a magical scene that invites us to explore it.
Day 1 | ATHENS - KARPENISI
Driving all the way of the National Road we make a quick stop at Kamena Vourla, a seaside resort, and continue to the town of Spercheiada near the city of Lamia.
Spercheiada sets the starting point for our Off-Road route, through forest paths, with daily endpoint the town of Karpenisi. At 200m altitude our adventure begins with river-crossing on a trail that includes mud and running water under coniferous trees.
At 1650m altitude we finally reach the alpine meadows at Kokkalia plateau. We follow paths through a spruce-fir forest with destination the region of Evrytania and the town of Karpenisi.
Dinner at traditional tavern and overnight at Karpenisi
Athens - Evrytania
220 km Highway & National Road
40-50 km Dirt-Road & Off-Road
Alpine meadows - Kokkalia
Kokkalia - Monument of the Battle of Aetolon vs Gauls in 279 BC
Day 2 | A tour of the villages and the mountains of Potamia
Our second day begins with a mixed route towards the Kaliakouda mountain and the Panta Vrechei (Always Raining) canyon. There we have the option to walk for about 45 minutes along the river to reach the breathtaking “Always Raining” waterfalls. From there we follow a mixed route which includes river-crossing towards the Mavri Spilia (Black Cave) canyon. Right after a visit to the monastery of Prousos which is contracted with the cliffs of Prousos. Our return to Karpenisi is via a dirt-road route through the spruce-fir tree forest of the mountain Chelidona.
Tour of Evrytania
20 Km MajorRoad
40-50 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Panta Vrechei Gorge
Mavri Spilia Gorge
Villages of Potamia
Monastery of Prousos
3-Days exploration in Agrafa mountain range
One of the most unexplored areas of Pindos are the Agrafa mountains with the dozens of wild peaks that follow each other creating the most isolated mountainous complex of Greece.
It is a mountain range of incredible natural beauty characterized by its ruggedness and diverse landscapes.
Day 3 | Journey to the streams, rivers, lakes of Evrytania and Agrafa
We leave Karpenisi behind us, heading towards the mountain range of Agrafa. The streams, the small tributaries and the countless springs, as the water flows downwards, they meet to form the rivers Agrafiotis, Acheloos and Megdovas and empty in Kremasta, the largest artificial lake in Greece. The cliffs of the shady canyons, the wild nature, the imposing mountain peaks, the human wooden and stone structures, the traditional villages and the stone bridges have harmonized with the natural environment creating the unique landscape of Agrafa.
Our route driving among the river Krikeliotis up to the impressive bridge of Episkopi in Kremasta. Our route continues crossing rivers, forests and dirt-roads till the arrival to the traditional village of Agrafa.
20 km Main road
50 km Dirt-Road & Off-Road
Artificial lake Kremasta
Krikeliotis & Agrafiotis river
Monastery of Panagia Stana
Day 4 | Journey to the rugged mountains, rivers and isolated villages of Agrafa
Take a villages tour for the fascinating opportunity to discover the traditional life in mountainous Greece.
Tour to the villages of Agrafa perched at over 1000m altitude. Routes in forest roads next to an through the rivers of the area. We cross the Wildlife Refuge (Tsouka-Sakka) to the traditional forage village of Trovatos under the tops of Mount Demelimi (2160m) to continue for a stop in the traditional cafe with local kickshaws under the hard lacy peaks of Tsekoura and Katarthia.
If the weather allows us to drive to Nialas mountain peak at 1770m to return to our base to have dinner.
At the inaccessible Agrafa
5 km Main Road
40 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Gorges and steep mountains of Agrafa
The villages of Agrafa
The Stone Bridges
Day 5 | The arched stone bridges and the lake in the hug of the Sleeping Beauty of Agrafa
The 4x4 routes in the wild mountains of Agrafa are continued to admire the arched stone bridges joining paths engraved in steep-narrow gorges. Then we head towards Plastira Lake to visit the post-Byzantine monastery of Panagia Pelekiti, built on the steep slopes of the Agrafa mountains above the lake. Offroad route to the deep mud that forms at the shores of the lake Plastira.
20 (to 60) km Main Road
50 (to 30) km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Densely forest mount
Traditional Villages & Stone Bridges
The Northern Pindos National Park and the Zagorohoria of Epirus
Exploration trip to the protected area of Epirus with its significant ecological and cultural characteristics.
Meeting with the unique architecture, history, folklore and gastronomy of the area. Contact with the people living in the preserved and traditional settlements, following inaccessible paths in the North Pindos National Park with Valia Calda and Vikos-Aoos.
Day 6 | The aesthetic forest of Rona and the mansions of Metsovo
We leave Lake Plastira to continue our exploration of the protected area of Epirus, the National Park of Pindos.
Our destination is the traditional settlement of Metsovo through Peristeri mountain and the aesthetic forest of Rona (1000-1700m). Route to alpine lakes, small rivers and traditional mountain villages. Arrival at Metsovo in the late afternoon and dinner to taste the traditional Wallachian cuisine.
In the forests of Aspropotamos
30 km Main Road
40 km Dirt-Road and Off-Road
Aesthetic forest of Rona
Traditional settlement of Metsovo
Day 7 | In the heart of the National Park of Valia Kalda
Starting from Metsovo, we cross the National Park of Valia Calda and visit the traditional village of Zagorohoria, Vovousa.
Routes in one of the most virgin areas in Greece in the shade of the forest with the dense vegetation and under the unique in whole Europe towering fir-trees Mavroelata (Abies-cephalonica).
Route next to the wild river Arkoudorema in the heart of the Valia Calda National Park and from the springs of the Aoos river and the lake of the same name.
Northern Pindos National Park
40 klm Paved road
50 klm Dirt-Road και Off-Road
National Forests of Pindos (Valia Kalda)
Traditional settlement Vovousa
The Stone Bridges of Epirus
Tour in the National Park of Vikos-Aoos and the villages of Zagoria
Two days trip in an exciting off road route on variety of terrains and trails. Our path crosses though deep forest roads and over arched stone bridges of 18th century. Rivers and cliffs will lead us into an area almost at the back side of mount Pindos the Zagora (from Slavic "ZA" which means back and "GORA" which means mountain) now at height 1000+m we are going to meet a network of 46 traditional villages with exceptional local architecture from stone wood and slate. These are the villages of Zagori, the well known Zagorohoria.
Day 8 | Tour of the Vikos-Aoos National Forest and the villages of Zagori
Offroad routes through the dense forest to discover the bridges, the rivers and some of the 46 villages of the area of Zagorohoria.
Gastronomy trip to the Epirotic cuisine. Lunch with traditional recipes prepared from the pure products of the area at the village Kepesovo with amphitheatrical position at the edge of the Messaria gorge at 1100m altitude. Guided tour to a local Cheese Diary to learn about the unique traditional kinds of cheese of Epirus.
Vikos-Aoos National Forest
30 km Paved Road
40 km Minor Dirt-Road και Off-Road
The traditional architecture of Stone-built Villages and Bridges
The flavors and the pure products of Epirus
Day 9 | The villages and the rivers in the shadow of the stone towers of Astraka peak
Tour of the West Zagori region near Papigo village.
We start our tour with a visit to the naturally formed Rock Pools in order to admire these impressive geological formations.
Next stops are at Charadra Aoou and the Voidomatis River that rises in Vikos Gorge, which the Guinness Book of Records lists as the narrowest canyon - deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width.
30 km Paved Road
20 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Charadra Aoou Gorge
Conserved settlements of Papigo
Bridges of Konitsa and Kleidonia
The 16th century monastery of Panagia Stomiou
Day 10 | The majestic rocks of Meteora dominate the area of Kalabaka
The almost euphoric stone rocks of Meteora, that embrace Kalabaka, are an UNESCO Conserved and Protected Monument of Humanity and the largest monastic state of the country after Mount Athos.
After breakfast we drive to Kalabaka to visit of the 24 monasteries, the one on the edge of a steep and ancient rock, the most accessible Monastery of St. Stephen from the 12th century. After lunch, nearby route to admire the sun setting behind the imposing rocks of Meteora. The day closes with dinner and overnight at the nearby town Kalabaka.
130 km Highway & National Road
The cliff of Meteora
St. Stephen monastery
We design & provide route and tour guiding on an experiential journey of 4x4 off-road exploration.
Off-road escort vehicle and activity support equipment
Fully prepared and specially recovery equipped 4WD escort vehicles, driven by experienced off-road drivers.
2Way VHF & CB intercom for all cars.
During our excursions we have manage to establish a continuous two-way communication and tour guidance through all passengers of traveling group in all of vehicles.
First Aid kit
Provision for technical support
Technician for on-route support.
For damage requiring a workshop, we will have been informed locals to support.
Traditional Guesthouses & Flavors
On our tours, we choose to host our guest travelers in 3/4* hotels or traditional guesthouses, with the approach of authenticity and the spirit of traditional Greek home hospitality, usually in small villages not widely known to tourist. Of course all the conveniences for a pleasant stay are there for your satisfaction.
The variety of flavors offered by each area gives the pleasure of our guests to visit Greek traditional cafes and taverns in the villages we visit all the local products and even to participate in the production of some of them. An unforgettable experience of taste and pleasure.
Full breakfast at the hotel.
Picnic or Light Lunch at chosen locations along routes.
Traditional food picnic, snacks, water, coffee.
Light lunch including traditional Greek delicacies, luncheon meats, cheeses, pies etc., dessert, water, coffee.
Dinner: Full meal, wine.
We offer real travel experiences in Greece
You will join us as traveling companions and not as a tourist group and together we will explore and discover the wonders of Greece of present and past which you cannot find in any tourist guides.