Northern Greece stretches across more cultures and terrains than any other region in the country. This 10-day itinerary starts off in the second largest city, Thessaloniki—a magnetic place that breathes history and character, offering some of the best food and wine in the country. From here, you'll go hiking and river rafting on the mainland and then ferry to Corfu island for beaches, kayaking, and a Jeep safari toward ancient monasteries.
The Voidomatis River runs through the area's famous Vikos Gorge, following a route lined with old plane trees and traditional stone bridges. As the river merges with the Aoos River in the Konitsa Valley, you'll find one of Greece's most stunning natural environments. Enjoy views of dense forests, steep mountain cliffs, and deep ravines.
As you make your way to the starting point at Aristi-Papigo Bridge, enjoy views of Mt. Tymphi, the Astraka towers, and the village of Papigo. Then begin to paddle down the river, making a stop to admire the 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi Monastery. You'll also glide under the old Klidonia stone bridge, over a small artificial waterfall, and enjoy plenty of time to swim in the river pools.
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Itineraries with Rafting the Voidomatis River in Zagori
Make the most of your 12 days in Greece with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland. You'll discover the sights and sounds of Athens by bicycle before hiking in the hills of Meteora and Zagori. Stop for a swim in the waterfalls and lakes of the northern Peloponnese, and then head for the historic coastal city of Nafplio for biking and kayaking with a view.
In just over two weeks, you'll see some of Greece's most striking locales by hike, bike, raft, and more. First, immerse yourself in ancient mythology and see Athens on two wheels. Then learn to fish like the locals before heading for the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. From there, you'll hike through the hilly villages of atmospheric Zagori and see its famous stone bridges from your raft on the Voidomatis River. Finally, head to Corfu for more hiking, biking, and a sea kayaking excursion along its rugged coastline.