Corfu, Ioannina, Vikos 12 days trekking
1st day: Corfu
Arrival at the airport of Corfu ; Overnight in Corfu.
2nd day: Corfu-Igoumenitsa-Ioannina
By boat to Igoumenitsa (1 hour) and from there the local bus will take us to Ioannina (2 hours). Before we can enjoy our meal at the small restaurant of our hotel, we have time to walk around the island with its beautiful churches and the byzantine monasteries.
3 rd day: Ioannina-Voidomatis-Megalo Papingo (Vikos-Voidomatis-Papigo)
By bus to the green-blue river of Voidomatis. First hiking tour, beginning at the banks of the river and climbing up to the beautiful village of Megalo Papingo.We get acquainted with Ipiros' hard, mountainous but incredibly captivating landscape. The following two nights we spend in this village.
Walking time 5 hours.
4th day: Aoos river
Today we walk up from the village of Papingo to the top of the mountains in our vicinity (300 meters of altitude difference) ; from up there we have a fantastic view over to the albanian mountains and the vally of the river Aoos. Walking time 4 hours.
5th day: Astraka mountains-Drakolimni
The walk takes us up to the refuge of the Astraka mountains.There we are rewarded by the amazing landscape that spreads around us. Leaving our bags and feeling much lighter we can continue to the « Drakolimni », the « dragon’s lake ».Coming back to the refuge we spend the night there, where we can also relax enjoying a nice meal.
Walking time 7 hours,
6th day: Gamila mountain-Tsepelovo
Crossing the Gamila (Tymfi) mountain we arrive at the wonderful village of Tsepelovo after a 6 hours' walk (500 meters difference). In this beautiful village with the traditional architecture we spend the night at Marys' pension, an old « archondiko » - a house that once belonged to one of the former aristocrats of the village. Our dinner is served in our little pension.
Walking time 6-7 hours
7th day: Stairs of Vitsa
Leaving Tsepelovo we will follow the traces of the local bears and wolves while crossing the colored forrests of the region. At the end we walk up the famous « stairs of Vitsa », a 200 years old paved stairway, which will bring us to the lovely pension of Takis and his wife in Vitsa. Meals in the pension that bears the name"selini"-the moon!
Walking time 5-6 hours
8th day: Vikos gorge
We cross one of the biggest european canyons ( about 20km.long ) the gorge of Vikos. Steep rock walls, up to 1000 meters high and a wild river with its great nature – turtles, butterflies, and, sometimes, a snake…
Walking time 6 hours. Overnight in Vitsa.
9th day: Corfu
Back to Corfu. From Vitsa we will have bus and then boat to Corfu where we will spend the night.
10th day: Corfu
Vatos and Pelekas to Liapades.(5 hours walking). There are 2 different areas that we will walk this day, the first walk start and ends in Vatos and the second walk start from Kanakades to Mirtiotissa, once called ' the loveliest beach in the world', and known as Corfu's unofficial nudist beach.
The route continues passing the village of Vatos and the Ropa River bank, bordered by pasture and willow trees, ascending into olive blanketed hills to the ancient village of Liapades
11th day: Corfu
This day we dedicate to the town of Corfu ;we walk through the old part of the town admiring the citadel and the esplanade with its arcades,we visit the town's churches and the Acchilion palace, summer retreat of the austrian empress Elisabeth « Sissi » as well as the archeological museum
12th day: Transfer to the airport for departures
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Period: On Request Basis from April to October.
Transportation: We travel by our own mini-bus, which leaves us to walk and continues, with our baggage, to the next place where we will stay for the night.
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities, village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities).
The trip prices are based on double occupancy.
Food: Every morning we have breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunch en route and a dinner at local tavern. (Vegetarians are welcome on the trips)
Price per person: 2.125,00€
Group Size: minimum 4 participants.
Difficulty Level: Hike (2)
Moderate trek with a maximum of 6-7 hours walk on rocky terrain.