Return to the Majestic Meteoras & the Merciless Vikos Gorge (12 people)
Hi I did this tour in May this year as a recce with 14 fellow walkers. They all loved the tour so I wanted to offer it to you, my Atlas Discovery Meet Up Members in May 2020
The Greek Meteoras and the Vikos Gorge
This tour takes in the monasteries of Meteora; serene, spiritual and magical alongside the world’s deepest gorge with it’s dramatic, breath taking views.
These monasteries in northern Greece were the work of hermit monks who scaled cliff faces to their building sites. To them Meteora’s inaccessibility was an asset, a place of retreat from ‘the bloody incursions of the Ottoman empire, and offering a lofty seclusion that quite literally brought them closer to God’. These days the cliff faces are dotted with rock climbers and there are a variety of walks leading to some of the monasteries.
Our tour offers you the opportunity to discover the rocky pinnacles and cliff-top monasteries of the Meteora and the spell-binding mountain landscapes of the Pindos National Park. Marvel at the audacity of the Meteora monks who dared to perch monasteries on tiny summits. Sublime walks explore these unique and mystical monasteries built between the 14th and 16th centuries.
On the second half of the tour follow pristine hiking trails through the unspoilt Zagori region of Greece which incorporates the Pindos Mountains and the impressive Vikos Gorge. Delight in following routes between traditional stone villages, crossing ancient bridges and in the delicious local cuisine at the end of the day.
Finally we enjoy an overnight stay in Thessaloniki for exploration and sightseeing prior to departure on Day 8 to the airport.
Tour Cost £619*
Included in our Tour
Transport to Kalabaka from Thessaloniki Airport Day 1
6 Nights in 3 star hotels with breakfast
1 night in a 2 star Thessaloniki city hotel with breakfast
All walks personally guided by a local experienced guide
Transport from Kalabaka to Vitsa and Vitsa to Thessaloniki (minibus)
Airport shuttle cost
Greek party on the last evening with local wine
Travel insurance (required)
Lunches & Dinners
Drinks and snacks
*Single room supp £180
Experience & Fitness
This tour is graded moderate to strenuous overall. However in the Meteora region the walks are more towards the moderate side. The walks are more challenging in the Pindos Mountains. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks, country roads and cobbled mule paths. This tour is suitable for experienced walkers with good physical fitness. There are light elevation gains and losses to negotiate when walking up to and down from the monasteries but more so up and down the Vikos Gorge and in the zagori region.
Booking Forms and Travel Insurance are essential when you book.
Weather Usually around 19 - 22 Degrees, but cooler in the Zagori region.
Interested please let me know and I can send you a full agenda by email.
Thanks Di and any questions please let me know
Disclaimer: Although I do my uttermost to avoid changes, sometimes there are alterations due to situations beyond my control, for example weather. Note; Please respect the guide always has the final decision on any change on the walks due to safety.