Zagoria: the Secret Villages

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Tsepelovo, Greece
  • Ends Ioannina, Greece
  • +5
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  • Walking in the Pindos Mountains of Greece
  • Descend the Famous Vikos Gorge
  • Spectacular Vistas from Cliff Tops and High Passes
  • Ancient Settlements and Friendly Hospitality
The Zagoria: The Secret Villages trip starts from Tsepelovo and ends in Ioannina. It is a walking trip that takes 8 days taking you through Vitsa, Papingo Village, Ioannina and 3 other destinations in Greece. Zagoria: The Secret Villages is a self-guided trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Explore the Zagoria Villages in the Pindos Mountains of Greece. By western European standards Zagoria is a relatively wild and remote area. However the footpaths have been marked and we have prepared route notes, which read in conjunction with the map we provide will enable you to find your way. The walk includes a traverse of the magnificent Vikos Gorge (sometimes referred to as the Greek Grand Canyon), as well as treasures of vernacular architecture. Many of the late 18th century stone-built villages, which we visit, are within what is today a Conservation Area. Maintenance grants assist house owners to repair and renovate using traditional materials. Five nights of the tour are spent in Zagorian villages, one night in a mountain refuge, and one night at a hotel in Ioannina on the shores of Lake Pamvotis.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 17 2019
“The accommodation and breakfasts were good at all locations. The evening meals at the Pension Selini in Vitsa was outstanding and that provided at Voula's Restaurant in Tsepelovo was the poorest but adequate. Buying phone cards are unnecessary as there were a few phone boxes along the route and mobile phone coverage was very good. The service of the Ground Handler was excellent. They were in daily contact to update on weather conditions and provide other information on that days hike.”
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 14 2017
“We had a fantastic holiday, and the walking week was a complete success, and even more interesting, satisfying and stunning than we expected. Accommodation was mostly simple village pensions but that was part of the unusual charm of the itinerary.”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Tsepelovo
  • Day 2 : Tsepelovo - Vradeto - Beloi - Tsepelovo - 15 km /9.3 miles, 4-5 h
  • Day 3 : Tsepelovo – Kipi – Koukouli – Vitsa - 14 km/8.5 miles, 4.5 h
  • Day 4 : Vitsa – Vikos, overnight Aristi - 12.5 km/7.5 miles, 6.5 h
  • Day 5 : Vikos – Papingo (also called Papigo) - 5 km/3 miles, 3-4 h
  • Day 6 : Papingo – Astraka hut – Dragon Lake – Astraka hut - 12km/7.5 miles, 6 h
  • Day 7 : Walk back to Papingo, and then transfer to Ioannina - 6 km/4 miles, 2 h
  • Day 8 : Transfer to the airport
  • 4 nights accommodation in village pensions, 1 night dormitory in a mountain refuge, 2 nights hotels. En-suite facilities available, except at the mountain refuge.
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Transfer from Preveza or Ioannina to the start of the tour (and back at the end of the tour)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • 1 dinner, 2 lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel up to Preveza or Ioannina (and back at the end of the tour)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Zagoria: the Secret Villages tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure.

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Zagoria: the Secret Villages tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Zagoria: the Secret Villages tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

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