The land of Alexander The Great, the places where lived the ancient Greeks
on a trip in the nature and its history
The Northern Pindos National Park and the traditional village of Metsovo
Exploration trip to the protected area of Epirus with its significant ecological and cultural characteristics.
Getting to know the unique architecture, the bridges, the history, the folklore and the gastronomy of the Metsovo area, following forest paths in the North Pindos National Park with the Valia Kalda National Park.
Day 1 | The Pindos National Park and the traditional mansions of Metsovo
From Thessaloniki we head towards Grevena starting with the off road routes through the National forest of Pindos.
Next to the river we drive from the valley area of Grevena towards the mountainous range of Hepirus, crossing small rivers and rich flora. Visit the famous stone bridge of Aziz Aga that was built in 1727, near the village Trikorfo and then head to the Gorge of Portitsa with the stone bridge sharing its name.
Finally our route will guide us towards the village Spilaio and then to the Metsovo Village where we can explore traditional small roads, hike, enjoy dinner and the local traditional cuisine.
Thessaloniki - Metsovo
170 km Highway & 60 km National Road
25 klm Dirt-Road & Off-Road
Pindos National Park
Aziz Aga stone Bridge
Spilaio (Portitsa) Bridge
Traditional settlement of Metsovo
Τhe local traditional flavors
Day 2 | the National Forests core of Valia Kalda
Our First stop is in the lake of Aoos with altitude of 1.340meters flowing towards the river that shares its name. It is from here we will begin our off road route to cross the National forest of Valia Kalda.
Driving through one of the most well protected and preserved forests of Greece through abies cephalonica trees and then arriving in Valia Calda and then stop near the river where the bears drink water. Afterwards, we continue our journey through the forest towards the traditional Village of Vovousa where we will dine in its traditional square and reserve some free time to hike, walk around, and enjoy a Greek night dinner and the local cuisine before we rest the night.
Pindos (Valia Calda) National Forests
40 km Paved road
35 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
The National forest of Valia Kalda and the Arkoudorema river
The lake of Aoos
The traditional Village of Vovousa
The Stone Bridges of Epirus
Day 3 | The city, the lake, and the cave of Ioannina
Moving onwards from Metsovo towards the city of Ioannina.
En route we take a small stop to visit the Cave of Perama comprised of several halls with stalagmites and stalagtites and then visit the nearby museum.
Our route goes through the forests of Monodendri village and we stay the night in Zagorochoria Village.
100 km National Road
30 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
The Cave of Perama, the Lake Pamvotida and the old, walled town of Ioannina
Day 4 | Tour of the Vikos-Aoos National Forest and the villages of Zagori
The Day begins with our visit to the extraordinary Vikos Gorge, also holding the guiness record form narrowest canyon in the world and the wooden forest, with impressive rocky natural designs and layers of stone. We follow unique off-road routes through the dense forest, discover the stone bridges and rivers through the 46 villages of Zagorochoria.
Taste all the local traditional cuisine has to offer with the amazing ampitheatric view of the Gorge of Mesaria in 1.110 meters altitude and enjoy a tour in the Local Cheese Factory before we rest the night in Zagorochoria village.
Vikos-Aoos National Forest
30 km Paved Road
40 km Minor Dirt-Road και Off-Road
The Vikos Gorge
The traditional architecture of Stone-built Villages and Bridges
The flavors and the pure products of Epirus
Day 5 | The villages and the rivers in the shade of the stone towers of Astraka peak
Tour of the West Zagori region near Papigo village.
We begin by visiting the naturally formed lake-pools and marvel at the geological designs.
Following a graphic route towards the villages of Mastrochoria and Mount Grammos to end up in the lake of Kastoria where we will enjoy a greek night, dine and rest the night.
Papigo - Mastrochoria - Kastoria
120 km Paved Road
45 km Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Papigo - Mastrochoria - Mount Grammos
The traditional preserved settlements of Papigo
The bridges of Konitsa and Kleidonia
Day 6 | Discovering the Prespes, the Lakes "without frontiers"
Two lakes at high altitude, three states that meet in the water. The entire area around the lakes, regardless of the borders and in all languages, is called "Prespa". It is a unique ark of life and civilization.
Once we reach the village of Psarades, we board the traditional boats of the area. We enjoy the trip to the lake, observing the waterflow and the many impressive caves in which there are isolated fascinating monasteries.
After the boating experience, Grivada and Chiron (local fish) in various versions, cumin, beans and pepper, and many more are served by the lake and remain unforgettable.
Then heading back to Kastoria crossing the beautiful ridge at Piskodendri on Mount.
80 km National Road
35 km Minor Dirt-Road και Off-Road
Prespes (Prespa) National Park
Grivada and Chiron (local fish)
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.