8 Days – 7 Nights in free camping
WITH YOUR OWN TENTS – 1 NIGHT IN HOTEL – WITH YOUR OWN 4×4 (LOW RANGE)
*difficulty level to 5 May to October ***** – November to April *****
IGOYMENITSA – VIKOS CANYON – PAPIGO – ALIAKMONAS RIVER
KASTORIA – SAMARINA – METEORA – VALIA CALDA – METSOVO
Loose the sense of time in one of the most beautifull mountainous areas of Greece.
A continuous change of scenery between rough cliffs, canyons, plateaus, rivers, waterfalls and traditional villages with house and bridges made of stones.
Thrilling offroad in challenging tracks will keep your adrenaline high.
This itinerary combines AOOS two main forests with VIKOS CANYON (world’s deepest according to GUINESS BOOK OF RECORDS) and offers a great offroad experience due to it’s muddy terrain (especially during winter). Area is of great ecological value and our priority is to leave nature unharmed by our passage.
OFF ROAD AdVENTURES has planned and selected all itineraries to be safe and beautiful throughout the entire season visited. Each route is checked the day before your excursion by our team to ensure safety and accessibility.
Our route crosses the most beautiful mountainous passages combined with a lot off roading. Let OFF ROAD AdVENTURES and our 20 years experience guide you to the “unknown” Greece though secret trails enjoying quality offroading.
An unforgettable experience through forests, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and traditional villages.
- 1st DAY (160km Approx) IGOUMENITSA-VIKOS CANYON-PAPIGO -KONITSA
Arrival at IGOYMENITSA port and meeting with our guides. We head for the traditional villages
complex of ZAGOROHORIA through a moderate track to familiarize with the terrain.
We stop at VIKOS to admire the view of the deepest canyon on earth and then proceed to the principal village of PAPIGO famous for it’s stone built houses and the rocky roofs. We stop for a coffee break and proceed for VOIDOMATIS river (one of the coldest and cleaner of EUROPE) where the brave cab swim during summer.
We arrive at KONITSA to refuel. We head for free camping site at the shore of river AOOS.Dinner and rest.
- 2nd DAY (140km Approx). KONITSA-GRAMMOS-NESTORIO-KASTORIA
We depart at 09:00 after breakfast and we head for AETOMILITSA, village built at 1550mt altitude.
After a stop here we head for the alpic lake of ARRENES at 1700MTS altitude close to the Greek-Albanian borderline.
The difficult track will lead us to NESTORIO village for refuelling. Our final destination for today will be NESTORIO outskirts for free camping.
Dinner and rest at river’s ALIAKMONAS shore. (swimming in the river is possible from May to September)
- 3rd DAY (120km Approx). KASTORIA – SAMARINA
At 09:30, after breakfast we depart for the second highest village in Greece, SAMARINA
, located at 1523mt altitude.
Following a 2-5/5 difficulty track we will drive along the muddy roads, the furious rivers and the thick forests to find our way to SAMARINA where we are expected to arrive in the late afternoon. Dinner and rest in free camping at a preselected spot in the forest.
- 4th DAY (100km Approx). SAMARINA-VALIA CALDA –KRANIA
We leave at 09:30 after breakfast for refuelling and we start our adventurous descend towards VENETIKOS river.
We pass from the impressive stone built bridge of PORTITSA placed at the exit of a canyon and then after crossing the river three times we reach (weather permitting) the arched bridge of AZIZ AGA. Coffee break by the river and maybe a swim for the daring one during summer.
Following unpaved tracks through the pine forests we head for the mountainous village of KRANIA. Dinner and rest at the local guest house.
- 5th DAY (120km Approx). KRANIA-HASIA MOUNTAINS
Today is dedicated to hard core offroading (difficulty 3-4/5). After breakfast we stop for refuel and we head for HASIA mountains, the offroaders paradise.
Uncharted tracks, mud, difficult crossings, rivers, you name it, place offers. After a hard and difficult day with only one break we head for our free camping site for a well earned dinner and rest.
- 6th DAY (150km Approx). KRANIA-KATARA-METEORA
After breakfast we depart at 09:00 for refuel and we head for the mountainous pass of KATARA
which means THE CURSE (needless to explain why!!)
Continuous difficult tracks (3-4/5) will lead us to 1700mts altitude. A break for coffee and a snack and we reach the famous METEORA with it’s impressive monasteries.
Dinner and rest in free camping at the shore of river IONAS.
- 7th DAY (130km Approx). KALABAKA – VALIA CALDA – METSOVO
We depart after breakfast at 10:00 for the national park of VALIA CALDA a nature’s paradise where entrance is permitted from JUNE to NOVEMBER. During winter months we remain at lower altitude.
Intense offroading ( difficulty level 3-4 to 5) but also walking in the forest and across the river ARKOUDOREMA.
Rare flowers, huge variety of mushrooms, lakes and small waterfalls justify the small paradise description. After a snack-coffee break we head for the traditional town of METSOVO known for it’s architecture, winery and dairy products.
Goodbye dinner at a local tavern and we head for our free camping site at river’s AOOS shore.
- 8th DAY (150km Approx). METSOVO – AOOS LAKE – IGOUMENITSA
After breakfast at 10:00 we leave for a 3hours game at the muddy shores of lake Aoos.
After a coffee – snack break free departure to IGOUMENITSA PORT.
TOTAL KM : 1050 approx
• COST:FROM 450€/PERSON
For children’s please contact us with the number of them and their ages.
*MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS 6 VECHICLES/12 PERSONS
**COST IS CALCULATED BASED ON 2 ADULTS/VECHICLE
***FREE CAMPING IN PRESELECTED SPOTS.
DURING ITINERARIES THERE WILL BE BREAKS IN PRESELECTED SPOTS FOR REGROUPING AND REST.
- 1 NIGHT IN A DOUBLE ROOM/BB BASIS
- 2 DINNERS IN TRADITIONAL GREEK TAVERNA (4th and 7th DAY)
PRICE ALSO INCLUDES
- UHF RADIO COMMUNICATION
- DVD WITH ADVENTURE’S HIGHLIGHTS
- SUPPORT AND ESCORT VECHICLE FULLY EQUIPED WITH
– 12/220V INVERTER
– SATELITE PHONE
– FIRST AID KIT
– ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT FOR OFF ROADING
- FERRY TICKETS
- PERSONAL EXPENSES
- GEAR, BREAKFAST AND DINNERS FOR CAMPING BASED PARTICIPANTS
- TRAFFIC TICKETS
- ENTRANCE IN MUSEUMS, ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES AND SIGHTSEEING
- ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED IN PROGRAMM
NECESSARY VECHICLE EQUIPMENT
- LOW RANGE
- TOW POINTS (1 FRONT ,1 REAR)
- A/T TYRES (M/T TYRES DURING WINTER)
- RECOVERY STRAP WITH HOOKS
- HAND SAW AND HOE
- 40 LT WATERPROOF BAG (FOR MUDDY OBJECTS)
- GARBAGE BAGS
- SPARE TYRE (NOT EMERGENCY TYRE)
- FIRE EXTINGUISHER
- FIRST AID KIT
- SPARE TYRE CHANGE TOOLS
NECESSARY PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
- DRINKABLE WATER
- FOOD FOR ONE DAY
- MOUNTAIN BOOTS
- WORKING GLOVES
- ATHLETIC SHOES
- WATERPROFF WINTER JACKET
- SWIMWEAR AND TOWELS
- PROPER OUTWEAR FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
* For OVER 6 vechicle/12 persons groups program and difficulty can be altered on request.
** During our tour there are fuel and provisions supply spots.
*** Participants can choose non preselected tavernas and restaurants at their cost.
INFORM YOURSELVES ON PARTECIPANT’S RULES