Zagoria - Vikos Gorge Tour

Day Trips & Excursions in Greece

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Travel through wonderful scenery to the beautiful mountain villages of Zagoria and see the breathtaking Vikos Gorge. These tiny sleepy villages nestle beneath pine-clad towering peaks, are made up of humble stone cottages and grand mansions that were once connected only by paths and old stone bridges. Chance to get up close to some of the oldest and most impressive ones. Visit to the Monodendri, one of the most beautiful Zagorian villages, to enjoy the walk to the 15th Century monastery of Agia Paraskevi. 
Until as recently as the Fifties the stone-arched bridges that criss-cross the Zagori region played a vital role in linking communities. Today, many of these bridges, which date from the 18th and 19th centuries, can be seen from the modern roadside. Chance to get up close to some of the oldest and most impressive ones like Kokkori bridge, dating from 1750, which is backed by a pinnacle stack and spans a high arch above the Voidomatis river, and bridge of Kalogeriko, three-stringer bridge that was built in 1814. It is one of the few three-stringer bridge that exist which has given it particular fame. The bridge serve the residents of the two villages in their transportation and it is one of the most photographed bridges of Zagori. It will surely impress you.The next is Vikos Gorge, with a length of 20 km, walls that range from 450m  to 1,600m deep, and a width from 400m. It is the jewel of Greece’s Vikos-Aoos National Park and listed by the Guiness Book of Records as the deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width. With walls of up to 1 km in height, the gorge is spectacular. The gorge has been carved over millions of years by the Voidomatis River, a tributary of the Aoos. The Vikos Gorge is also a site of major scientific interest, because it is in almost virgin condition, is a haven for endangered species and contains many and varied ecosystems. Monodentri exists since 1753. Before that year it used to be a community consisting of three neighborhoods. During the 17th and 18th centuries, some local benefactors took charge of some important constructions that remain until our days. Near Monodendri, you will find the abandoned monastery of Agia Paraskevi, built in 1412, providing an impressive view of the entire village. the village hosts some beautiful two-storey mansions, in fact, this village is one of the most beautiful Zagorian villages and has been declared as a national historical monument.

What’s included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks (except what is included)
  • Gratuities

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
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