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Hellenic Alps Jeep Safari

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 906 $ 181 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Drive off road through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled mountains of mainland Greece, also called the “Hellenic Alps” or the “Switzerland of Greece”
  • Enjoy river trekking in the spectacular “Panta Vrechi” canyon or rafting in Trikeriotis river
  • Visit traditional small villages, untouched by  time
  • Explore the dreamy Plastira Lake on a canoe or hydro-bike
  • Visit the cliff – top monasteries in Meteora and explore the centre of the Greek orthodox spirituality

Short Description

If you love 4WD off road adventures through unbeaten mountain trails, if you want to escape and revitalize yourself in an entirely refreshing lush landscape, then this is the right exploration for you! You will combine soft adventure with cultural activities and visit to the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Meteora.

Available all year round, the “Hellenic Alps” tour will give you a different experience, depending on the season you are visiting Greece. Whether you seek for winter adventures or for a fresh getaway during the hot summer, this exploration can offer you all that you want!

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Athens
End City Athens

Trip Includes

  • Trails Beyond tour leader for the whole trip, local guides & activity instructors
  • 4 days of accommodation in 3 hotels and traditional guesthouses, based on double occupancy
  • All meals, as indicated on the trip notes (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • 4x4 Car rental for all days, fuel consumption during the whole trip and tolls
  • Entrance fees to Meteora monasteries
  • Cost for all activities included in the tour program
  • All taxes  

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Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Karpenisi

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation Traditional 3* Hotel in Karpenisi

On day 1, you will be met and welcomed by your tour leader, who will give you some explanation about the itinerary of coming days and the convoy concept that we’ll follow during our off – road adventure. We will then depart with destination Karpenisi, the capital of Evrytania prefecture. On our way there, we can make a short stop at Leonidas monument in Thermopylae. Upon arrival in Karpenisi, we will check in to our hotel and relax. In the evening, we can visit some of the nearby traditional villages (such as Mikro and Megalo Chorio) and enjoy dinner all together.

*Optional activity: horseback riding

Day 2: Exploring Karpenisi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Traditional Hotel in Karpenisi    

Karpenisi is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled and clean areas in Greece, ideal both for nature lovers and history/culture enthusiasts. After breakfast, we will visit the Prousos Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in Greece, built on a steep rock, above a deep canyon. After the monastery, we will hike to the gorge of Mavri Spilia (Black cave), passing through ponds, cascades and small stone bridges, ending at a magnificent 7m waterfall and the black cave.

At the end of our visit, we will arrive at the village of Prousos, where the local butcher shop of “Stremmenos” produces high quality cold cuts, naturally matured with no preservatives! You are free to try the “Greek” prosciutto, or the salami from the delicatessen and you can buy whatever you like from the shop. On our way back to Karpenisi, we will off road drive through Mt Chelidona, a beautiful mountain trail offering stunning views over the Lake Kremasta, the meeting point of 4 rivers in Central Greece. You have your evening free for optional activities in the area, such as horseback riding, mountain biking or simply relaxing in this refreshing natural surroundings.

Depending on the season, we can also visit the spectacular canyon of “Panta Vrechi” (translated to “it always rains”), a natural paradise lying between Mt Kaliakouda and Mt Platanaki. After a short hiking path, we enter Krikelliotis river canyon and we start walking under massive rocks and huge trees until we arrive at the waterfalls! Waterproof clothes and swimming suits are necessary since we can swim under the beautiful waterfalls! 

* River trekking in Panta Vrechi is available only between June – October. The rest of the year, there are other alternatives to this activity, such as canyoning through the Via Ferrata or rafting in Trikeriotis river, at an extra cost.

Day 3: Karpenisi – Lake Plastira (through Agrafa Mountains)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3*- 4* Hotel in Lake Plastira

Early in the morning, we leave Karpenissi and we bound to Viniani Bridge. After a sort coffee/tea break, we continue our off road driving in one of the most remote and unspoiled areas in Greece, through Agrafiotis River canyon with destination Agrafa village. We visit the village and we have lunch in a local tavern, where we can eat locally fished trout, from the rivers of Karpenissiotis and Krikeliotis. Crossing the famous wild mountains, we continue to the dreamy Lake Plastira, a synonymous to peace & endless natural beauty. We will first visit the dam of the lake and enjoy the panoramic views it offers, before checking in to the hotel. Relaxation and dinner after a day full of adventure!

Day 4: Lake Plastira – Meteora

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Meteora

We start our day with a canoe or hydro - bike tour in the Lake, so you can explore this magical place beyond the ordinary way! For the bike lovers, you can explore the lake on mountain bikes.

In the afternoon, we arrive at the UNESCO “stone forest” of Meteora. We will drive around the monasteries and make stops at some beautiful viewpoints, so you can enjoy the striking landscape and take panoramic photos!

Check in to our hotel and dinner at a local restaurant

Day 5: Meteora – Athens

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, we will explore the monasteries of Meteora and the surrounding stunning landscape. You have the option to choose between a hiking tour and just a jeep tour around the area. After lunch, we depart for Athens, where we will arrive late in the afternoon.

Depending on your flight schedule, you can either head straight to the airport or spend your last night, enjoying the city’s nightlife.

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llevo muy buen recuerdo de este viaje.

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Ha sido un trekking espectacular. Me han gustado mucho la montaña y sus paisajes, los puentes de piedra y los monasterios tanto en Zagoria como en Meteora. Hemos tenido muy buenos guias que han sabido adecuar los itinerarios en función de la climatología, ya que dos días nos llovió mucho. La comida también me ha gustado. En general me llevo muy buen recuerdo de este viaje.
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Enjoy a trip under Trails beyond guidance.

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It was an excellent choice of ours to enjoy a trip under Trails beyond guidance. The places were amazing and it seemed like we wouldn’t find our way around if it wasn’t for Dane, our guide, who revealed to us the most special corners of the area we visited. Rafting in Voidomati was so much fun and the hike through vikos gorge was an unforgettable experience. It’s nice to combine the feeling of safety and adventure without losing the leisure feeling of one’s own holiday! We would repeat it any time and recommend it to everybody!
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We enjoyed a lot.

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It was great: the country, the people,the food …everything!!! The guides were marvelous; they did our trip especial and we enjoyed a lot.

Fantastic guide

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Enjoyed the trip very, very much and highly recommend Trails Beyond to anyone who wants to travel to Greece beneath the beaten tourist tracks. Danae was such a fantastic guide who really lives her passion to show the unknown parts of her beautiful country to the travellers. Ευχαριστώ πολύ Danae!!!
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Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!

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This is a really very nice trek, and we have been very lucky with the professional and kindly guides. Greek people is very friendly, and we have been fortunate to share with them home, food, landscape and such nice things. The trip is very rich because is very variate, the impressive Vikos gorg, the nice small towns of Vradeto or Beloki, the refugee in Astraka and the blue Dragonlimmi and at the end the astonishing landscape sharped by mounts and monasteries in Meteora. Great value !! Don’t miss it !!!
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel transfers to/from the airport
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary
  • Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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