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Hike and Raft in Greece's Meteora and Zagori

5 nights
Moderate

Hit the trails less travelled in this undiscovered corner of northwest Greece, paddling crystal-clear waters along the way

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 10 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

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Explore ancient paths around the phenomenal rock formations and gravity-defying monasteries of Meteora

Hike through Vikos Gorge – the world’s deepest – and along hidden trails to iconic stone bridges and the Zagori villages

Raft your way down the startlingly turquoise waters of the Voidomatis River, flanked by evergreen forest

Key Information

Day 1

Journey to Meteora

Meteora road, Greece. Photo: Canva - https://www.canva.com/photos/MAD3vg2Y4K0-the-road-ii-meteora-greece/

Driving

4hrs · 360km

Meet up with your host in Athens and hop in the van, settling in for the road trip north. Tuck into lunch on a scenic stretch of the coastal road before continuing on to Meteora, where you'll catch your first glimpse of the iconic rock formations as they come into view. Check into your guesthouse and head out to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site – your guide will lead you to some lesser-known viewpoints over this incredible landscape, before finding the best sunset spot. Head to a Greek taverna for dinner before a well-earned night's sleep.

Day 2

Hiking through Meteora

Meteora, Greece. Photo: Unsplash/Israel Ferrera

Hiking

4hrs · 7km · 200m up · 200m down

Hit the trails straight after breakfast, starting in the foothills of Doupiani Rock, beneath the old ruins of the abandoned Pantokrator Monastery. The trail takes you to the northern slopes of Meteora, the hidden monastery of Ypapanti and the ruins of St Demetrius. Descend along an ancient trail that was used for centuries by monks. In the afternoon you'll hit the road again, stopping for a late lunch in Kalambaka before continuing west towards Zagori and the Vikos Aoos National Park. Reach your next base at the mountain village of Monodendri, settle in and head out for a walk around the village, before diving into a Greek taverna for dinner.

Day 3

Zagori villages and bridges

Zagori stone bridge, Greece
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Hiking

5.5hrs · 14km · 300m up · 300m down

Explore the beautiful trails of the Vikos Aoos National Park after breakfast, setting off from the village of Vradeto. You'll hike all the way to the Beloi lookout, where there are panoramic views of the Vikos Gorge. Hike on to the village of Kapesovo via the famous Vradeto steps. Head to the bridge of Kokkoris near the village of Kipoi and continue on to the bridge of Misios along an amazing trail. In the late afternoon, you’ll have some downtime to unwind in the village of Monodendri before dinner.

Day 4

Hike the Vikos Gorge

Vikos Gorge

Hiking

6hrs · 13km · 500m up · 500m down

Today's the big one. A six-hour hike will take you through the world's deepest gorge – Vikos Gorge, in the heart of the Pindos Mountains, an area of high biodiversity. Hit the trailhead and hike all the way down to the canyon’s base, following one of the Voidomatis River's tributaries, flanked by the huge walls of the gorge. Stop for a riverside lunch and enjoy a (cold) swim before tackling the big uphill section, to reach the gorge’s exit. Tuck into a well-earned feast back in Monodendri and toast to your efforts.

Day 5

Raft and hike the Voidomatis River

Rafting Voidomatis river, Greece
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Hiking

2-3hrs · 6km · 100m up · 25m down

Rafting

3hrs

Time to see this spectacular part of Greece from a different vantage point. Hop in the van for a ride to the bridge of Kleidonia, on the banks of the Voidomatis River. Set off on foot along a trail which heads uphill through the thick, evergreen forest towards the bridge of Aristi. Reach your host's rafting base and get kitted out to hit the water. The Voidomatis is a relatively calm flowing river rated Class I-II, known as one of the cleanest in Europe, with perfectly clear waters. You'll stop along the way for dreamy swims in the river before tackling some of the bigger rapids for an adrenaline hit. Head back to Monodendri for another Greek feast for dinner and perhaps a shot of tsipouro.

Day 6

Road trip back to Athens

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Driving

5hrs

Bid Monodendri farewell with one last breakfast at your rustic base before packing up and hitting the road for the drive back to Athens. Stop en route at the city of Ioannina on the shores of Lake Pamvotis for a walk around the old town, a visit to the 15th-century castle and a spot of lunch. Continue back to Athens in the afternoon, where your adventure comes to an end.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfast at the guesthouses will offer a wide selection of breads, fruits, yoghurt, muesli, plus Greek pies and cakes, tea, coffee and juice. Lunches will be picnics provided by your host on each day of hiking and rafting, which will include sandwiches with a variety of fillings, Greek salads, various snacks and some traditional Greek touches, such as Zagori pie. You'll tuck into a welcome dinner after sunset on Day 1 at a restaurant in Meteora, with various traditional Greek options to choose from. The remaining dinners in the trip are not included: eating out in Greece is a delight, and Monodendri (your base for most of the trip) has some lovely tavernas, cafes and restaurants for you to explore each evening at your own pace. You should budget €20-25 euros per dinner, not including drinks.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request this on your passenger info form. Please note that vegan options can be limited in this part of Greece.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Kastraki, Meteora
Greece
Meteora

In Meteora you'll stay at Hotel Kastraki, a well regarded boutique hotel with views of the Meteora rock formations and a cosy bar to relax in on your first evening. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Depending on availability, you may also stay at Hotel Meteoritis in a very similar location, right in the heart of Meteora.

Monondendri

In the Zagori village of Monodendri you'll stay at Archontiko Zarkada, located just off the central square of this beautiful traditional northern Greek village. There is a restaurant serving traditional food if you don't fancy venturing out to a nearby taverna. After long days hiking you can relax late afternoon at the pool or garden terrace with views over to Vikos Gorge. You'll stay in twin share rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Depending on availability, you may stay at a similar guesthouse in Monodendri, such as Zagori Philoxenia Hotel.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Melina Mercouri Monument, central Athens

11:00 on Day 1

Ends

Athens Airport or Melina Mercouri Monument, central Athens

18:00 on Day 6

Transfers

Your host will meet you at their meeting point – the Melina Mercouri Monument in Athens. This is a very central location, right next to the old town (is a popular part of the city to stay in before or after the trip). On Day 6 you can choose to be dropped off at Athens Airport at around 17:00 or at the Melina Mercouri Monument in central Athens at around 18:00.

Airport transfers are not included in the trip cost. Your host can arrange these on request – please see Optional Extras for the price. The meeting point is accessible by the subway from Athens Airport, which costs €9 and takes around 45 minutes.

Travel options

Athens International Airport is a major international hub, with daily direct flights from airports across the UK, Europe and North America.

If you are unable to get to the start point in time for the meet on day 1, you may wish to spend a night (or more) in Athens before your trip begins. While your host is unable to book pre or post trip accommodation for you, they would be happy to provide you with some suggestions.

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What's included?

  • All your rafting gear

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Small drybag if you want to take a camera or phone on the raft with you

CLOTHES

  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or similar for evenings
  • Warm synthetic jacket (nights are chilly in Northern Greece)
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals or water shoes for river crossings

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 litre
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private airport transfer - Athens Airport to meeting point (each way)

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - Athens Airport to meeting point (each way)

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 270kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

€5 EUR per day

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

The drinking water in Greece is perfectly safe, so you'll be able to fill up at your guesthouse and at refill points during the hikes. Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle or bladder with you.

You'll be able to leave your luggage at your bases in Meteora and Monodendri while you venture out each day with just a daypack.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. Read more information about the local teams we partner with.

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