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Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

1. Epirus: Easy Rafting Experience on the Voidomatis River

Drive to the rafting base in Klidonia, on the main road from Aristi village to Papingo village. There the rafting team will welcome at 10:30 AM and provide you with the necessary safety equipment. When ready, a minibus will transfer you to the starting location, the bridge of Aristi-Papigo. During the transfer you will have impressive views of Mt. Tymphi, Astraka towers and Papigo villages. A safety briefing will follow, some river practice and off you go! During the descent, the group will stop for an optional refreshing dive in Voidomati’s crystal clear waters and visit the deserted 16th-century Agioi Anargyroi monastery. On the final stage of the trip, the boat groups paddle under Klidonia’s stone bridge artificial waterfalls. The descent finishes shortly after Klidonia’s bridge just outside the rafting base. One thing is certain; by the time you reach the end, at approximately 1:30 PM, you’ll wish you could start all over again!

From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

2. From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

After pick-up in the morning from your hotel, head to the base of the Mount Olympus protected National Park. Have a light breakfast and sit down for a safety brief by your instructors and photographers for the day. Select your equipment and get ready for the mountain, before you head out. Take a short hike up to the canyon entrance and have a practical lesson on jumping, sliding and abseiling technique to get to know your equipment. Once you are ready, the day is all about having fun in the water with jumping, sliding, swimming in pools and abseiling on ropes. No experience is required as the routes have been selected to offer you a safe and fun environment suitable for all ages.

Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

3. Enipeas: Mount Olympus Half-Day Hiking Tour with A Guide

Embark on a 12-kilometer hike from Prionia through the gorge of Enipeas all the way to the village of Litochoro. Immerse in the mystical wonders of Mount Olympus with its entrancing waterfalls, dense nature and time-honored wooden bridges. Encounter the bathtub of Zeus, the Old Monastery of Agios Dionysios, and a hidden cave. Benefit from pickups from convenient meeting points in the Dion-Olympos area. Begin your tour at the parking lot of Prionia where your private minibus will drop you off. From there, enter the gorge of Enipeas and hike to the first point of interest, the bathtub of Zeus and its small waterfall. Continue your guided hike through the gorge of Enipeas, crossing over wooden bridges. Spot several small waterfalls on the way. Follow the trail all the way to the monastery of Agios Dionysios, the most important monastery in all of Pieria. Carry on your Enipeas tour with a visit to a set of twin waterfalls and a cave, found within the rock formations of Mount Olympus. This hike from has several ups and downs but is an easy trail to follow. Conclude the hike upon reaching Myloi in Litochoro.

Meteora Rocks: Cliff Scramble Experience

4. Meteora Rocks: Cliff Scramble Experience

Get ready for an exciting and breathtaking experience as you prepare to scramble up one of the tallest rocks of the Meteora. After meeting your instructor/guide, you will set off to explore the secret paths to the top of the rocks.  A great ascent awaits you, as you hike up the ancient path of the Great Saint Rock, paved on the edge of the cliffs. As you climb, you can enjoy the astonishing views between the rocks and Kalampaka. You can learn about the history of these secret paths, which were used in the middle ages by the monks who lived in the ruined small monastery of Twelve Apostles.  Follow your climbing instructor in this amazing tour, learn the ways of scrambling, and create the most amazing memories of your time in Meteora!

Meteora: Private Photography Tour at Sunrise

5. Meteora: Private Photography Tour at Sunrise

The tour begins in the early morning, almost an hour before dawn, with pickup from your hotel in Kalabaka or Kastraki. Drive around the rocks of Meteora and then enjoy a short walk through the woodland in order to find the perfect viewpoint for capturing unforgettable photos of the landscape. As the sun rises, admire the Meteora at it basks in the glow and various shades of the morning sky. Listen to tips and tricks from your expert guide on how to capture the perfect photo at this most advantageous time of day. Once the sun has risen, visit a selection of the monasteries of Meteora which were built several centuries ago by Christians seeking refuge from Ottomon rule. Learn about how these monks believed the higher the monastery was placed, the closer they would be to God. After 4 hours of exploration and photography, the tour concludes and your guide will drop you off at your hotel, or somewhere in Kalabaka if you wish to continue your day with a coffee or brunch in the town.

Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

6. Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

Where Valia Calda begins, we meet beautiful landscapes, such as Vovousa with the Aoos river that passes through the village, high peaks, steep slopes, stunning colors, spectacular trees, and a strong taste of the wild beauty of the Pindos National Park, combined all together in a magical mountain landscape that nature has given us. An ideal excursion for nature lovers and people who love swimming in rivers. Our excursion starts with Valia Calda as our first destination, and we will head to the core. From the heart of the National Park, we will start our hike to the natural pools of the Arkoudorema stream. Once we reach the natural pools, we will enjoy swimming and return to the vehicle to cook our traditional meal. Then we will head to Vovousa. Our route there gives us an incredible landscape with tall black pines, streams, and high peaks. In Vovousa, we will take a break, and whoever wishes can swim in the clear waters of the Aoos river, under the bridge of Vovousa. Finally, we will visit the source lake Aoos and the incredible mountain landscapes around the lake on our return.

From Athens: All-day Meteora Photo Tour

7. From Athens: All-day Meteora Photo Tour

Discover the photographic highlights of Meteora rocks with a professional photographer on this all-day photo tour from Athens. Take the train from Athens at 7.20 AM, arriving at Kalampaka at 11.30 AM. A professional photographer will be at the train station waiting for you. He will pick you up in a new air-conditioned car and you will start exploring and photographing the Meteora area.  You will visit one monastery and photograph all six monasteries from outside. Stop at the best spots and your guide will show you the best angles to photograph. The tour can accommodate up to 4 people, which means that there's no rush and you can take your time at every location. The photographer is able to spend time explaining things to you about photography and help you with your camera or your phone. At the same time, you will learn about the history of the area and monastic life. The tour lasts for about 4 hours and you will be dropped off at the train station before you head back to Athens where you will arrive at about 9:30 PM.

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It was a great experience. I (44 female) took part with my 16 year old son and we had a lot of fun. The two guides were super nice and motivated everyone in a relaxed way. The route is easily manageable for every constitution. We were glad to have taken part in this excursion and would do it again at any time.

Unreal. I would be happy to move to Greece and my husband could work for them, rappelling, sliding, jumping and climbing. So much fun and worth the challenge! Great guides with tons of energy and very accommodating. Excellent communication and highly recommended!

The instructors who conducted the activity were super helpful and pros.. Will recommend this activity to everyone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolute friendly and professional!!! Very interesting experience in a safe environment. Many thanks!

המדריך היה מצויין ומקצוען. כל תהליך השייט החל מרישום ועד סיומו היה מושלם