Traditional Greece can still be found in Zagoria, where stone-built villages perch above the Vikos Gorge. We discover this realm on hikes along shepherds' paths and across arched stone bridges that span the gorge. Heading to the famed monasteries of Meteora, we'll follow the monks' footpaths through these airy medieval sanctuaries, built in the 13th century. Our grand finale is an incredible hike up Mt. Olympus, storied home of the gods, where we gaze over the ancient world from the summit. Our Trip Leaders make culinary adventures a highlight of the journey, and we'll fuel our hikes by sampling seasonal delights of northern Greek cuisine.
Arrive: Ioánnina, Greece
Depart: Thessaloniki, Greece
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
With its exquisite location on a hillside near the village of Lyggiades, this stylish 14-room boutique hotel overlooks Lake Pamvotis and the city of Ioánnina. Constructed on several levels, the hotel's buildings are connected with stone-paved walkways interspersed with lovely gardens and terraces. Individually decorated guestrooms have superb views...
Days 2-3 (2 nights)
This family-owned hotel is located within a five-minute walk to Tsepelovo and is surrounded by beautiful trees. Guest rooms are simple yet comfortable, with wood accents and nice views. The lobby has a lovely fireplace and...
Days 4-5 (2 nights)
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
Nikos and Ioulia Guesthouse is set within beautifully preserved buildings near the center of Pápingo and has panoramic views of Tymfis Mountain. The complex has 10 separate houses, with either double, triple, or quadruple bed configurations....
Day 8 (1 night)
Day 9 (1 night)
Mt. Olympus, Greece
Day 10 (1 night)
Day 11 (1 night)
Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.
Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are many steep ascents and descents and there are some sections that cross rough or rocky trails. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Regular hiking or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.
All hotels and pensions we stay in are chosen for their history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings the rooms may not conform to the international standards that you may be accustomed to in more cosmopolitan areas. We hope that you will be able to enjoy them for their charm and local color. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.
Please note that in Greece, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 8:00 pm.
"An absolutely wonderful trip—perfect for anyone looking to get it away from it all with beautiful challenging hikes."
"This is a great way to experience Greece."
Barbara Kay C.
"Nothing beats a day of challenging exercise followed by a great dinner surrounded by friends. I’ve taken a number of exceptional trips, but this one will be hard to beat."
Del Mar, CA
"I am so grateful I had this opportunity to see Greece on foot. My highest regards to our Trip Leader and his team; they showed me the difference between a Sunday stroll and a real hike up the mountain."
"I loved exploring this part of Greece—a unique area and so much beauty and history."
"Wonderful excursion—the blend of history, hiking, and outstanding food and lodging make this an A+ outing."
"The trip was a wonderful introduction to Greece. We loved everything we saw—the people, the food, the incredible history."
"We had a great time, off the beaten path, away from the crowds, the best lodging available in the area."
"Trip exceeded our expectations and should be on everyone's to-do list."
Jim and Carol B.
"This is a very well designed trip."
"This was a very unusual experience that we couldn't have had on our own, with our Trip Leader sharing his knowledge of this area that he knows so well."
Castle Rock, CO
"Once again, WT comes through with a memorable and unique experience."
"The time in Zagoria was especially magical. The food was spectacular and unforgettable. We enjoyed staying in smaller guest houses—all good choices."
"Every day was an adventure with new sites and challenges."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.