See some of Greece's most mesmerizing landscapes with this itinerary across the northern part of the country. Delve into the rich history of Thessaloniki, before heading for the photogenic cliffs of Meteora, where you'll visit some of the country's oldest monasteries. Then relax lakeside in Ioannina and visit the stone villages in the mountains of Zagori. Wrap up your adventure with a few days on the Ionian island of Corfu, where you'll explore via Jeep safari, enjoy a delicious food tour, and more!
Typically called Zagorochoria, the Zagori region villages include stone buildings and bridges using a specialized technique. Only masons in the Epirus area have mastered this particular skill! Follow your guide along the old footpaths that link the hamlets, once the only connection between the villages.
This circular hike starts in the town of Kipi, home to some of the most impressive stone bridges of the area. Many originate in the 17th and 18th centuries and feature the name of who paid for the construction. Upon reaching the village of Koukouli, you'll visit the Lazaridis Museum and observe an expansive collection of the rare flora found in Vikos Gorge.
As you head back to Kipi, follow the old stone path of Koukouli, also known as "Koukouli Steps." Then, opt for a stop at the 16th-century Monastery of Pagia Spiliotissa for some extra exploring. The views are worth your time, as the structure sits atop a rock overlooking the Voidomatis River.
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Itineraries with Family Hike in Zagori
Make the most of your trip with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland and Corfu. First, see Athens from a different perspective on a bike tour of its neighborhoods. Then head north to the monasteries atop the cliffs of Meteora. Hike through the mountainside villages of Zagori, and learn to cook a traditional three-course meal before hopping the ferry to beautiful Corfu for some hiking, biking, and kayaking around the island.
Take two weeks to travel to some of Greece's lesser-visited landmarks and villages with this family-focused itinerary. Guided tours specifically designed for school-age children will help keep everyone engaged with stories from history and legend as you visit ancient monuments, gardens, and natural attractions. Start with the main sights in Athens, then hit the road up to the temples of Delphi, sky-high monasteries of Meteora, the northern bustle of Thessaloniki, and stone villages of Zagori.
Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Greek mainland with this 13-day itinerary. Begin in Athens, where you'll see all the sights from two wheels. Then stretch your legs with hikes in the mountains of Meteora and Zagori. Take a refreshing dip in the lakes of the Peloponnese before heading for the coast for a sea kayaking excursion. Finally, reward your hard work with a sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.