The Ipiros Tour – September 2017

A Lifetime Offroad Experience!






This is a purely Level 2 tour. Offroading can become quite tough in these areas! We constantly drive on mountains and the altitude is almost always above 1.000 meters and up to more than 2.200 meters! The area offers also numerous hiking possibilities.
Total distance on Greek ground: aprox. 260 km on paved road, aprox. 700 km offroad!
Recommended time of the year: Late spring (April, May, June), fall (October, November, early December).

Day 1:


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  • After a short briefing, we have the chance to get acquainted (and why not enjoy a breakfast or brunch made with care by our hosts Aikaterini and Marianthi).
  • The real adventure starts right away! Pure offroad driving, heading north. We will reach our next camp location driving through a beautiful gorge!

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Day 2:
  • We start this day heading east. Our goal is to reach the Aoos reservoir for our picnic, through some challenging offroad trails!

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  • After a nice break by the water, we will head to the Tsouka Rossa peaks in order to find a beautiful camp location for our next overnight!

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Day 3:
  • Today, we will enter “Valia Calda” (the famous for its natural beauty “Warm Valley”), through the Stavros Passage. We will take our time here, as the valley has many offroad trails and exploration areas to offer! There we camp for the night.

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  • PA day full of offroad fun in Valia Calda and the nearby streams is ahead of us!

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  • Later, we take the Papagiannis passage out of the valley and we drive towards Krania to the comfort of Pindos Resort and Babis’ and Sofias’ warm hospitality.

Day 4:
  • The exploration of the two most beautiful traditional stone bridges of the area, Aziz-Aga and Portitsa is our main activity today. In order to reach them we will have to do quite some offroading of course!

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  • Our next overnight is right on the summit of mount Liagouna. The 360 degree view that it offers, is an experience by itself and the trail to get there is also… interesting! If the terrain is wet we will have to go to an alternative camp site, since in wet conditions the summit is unreachable by any vehicle (even ours!).

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Day 5:
  • Our journey through the beautiful countryside goes on and this time takes us through Mikrolivado, Avdela and Distrato, to the “Valia Kirna”, the “Condemned Valley”, where we will spend the night under the stars!

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Day 6:
  • Next morning, an invigorating hike inside the Valia Kirna is the ebst way to start our day! After that pure offroading is on!

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  • We leave the village of Samarina behind and enter the Zouzouli region keeping our north heading. In the afternoon, we will find a good spot to set up camp!

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Day 7:
  • This morning we should start quite early, as a longer than normal “leg” is in front of us. We will have to reach the country road through the offroad trails of Zouzouli, Fourka, Drossopigi and Lagada. We end the day right outside Plikati (a great hiking destination) where we find the Agriolouloudo guesthouse for our next overnight in its cosy huts. Giorgos and Vasso, will take care of our dinner, cooking for us with delicious homegrown ingredients; It can’t get better than that!

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Day 8:
  • We leave Plikati through a very interesting trail towards Aetomilitsa and to the WWII monument and later the Civil War Monument. Breathtaking view to a 360 degree horizon, often over the clouds is not uncommon here!

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  • The village of Aetomilitsa offers a nice Coffee break possibility.

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  • After our power break, we get on the south trail to the Arena lake. This is also our next amazing camp location!

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Day 9:
  • Today, we will be heading south! Our offroad trail brings us close to Aetomilitsa and then through a demanding track, to the main road.

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  • Our next task, is to connect the villages of Monastiri and Elefthero through a beautiful trail. At the end of the trail, should we wish, we will have the chance to hike to the Dragonlake of Smolikas mountain and if we feel like it, to reach the mountaintop at an altitude of 2.630 meters! It is up to us…

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  • If time permits, we can also visit the Iliochori waterfall on our way to the incomparable Arvanita camp location, in the shadow of the Timfi mountains!

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Day 10:
  • Our tour continues on trails that will definitely impress you with their beauty!

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  • The time has come to leave the offroad trails for good on this tour. Offroading maybe over but the good times are still on! Now, we will drive to the village of Monodendri and visit the famous Vikos Gorge! A bite to eat and a coffee or refreshment can also be found here. Kikitsa’s handmade pies at her beautiful place in the heart of the village is a must-try!

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  • Our next stop is Aristi and the lovely Voidomatis river. We have two alternatives here: Either we enjoy a picnic by the river bed, or we jump into the adventure once again, and go rafting in one of Europe’s cleanest rivers!

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  • The “Grand Finale” of this tour will be performed in the world-famous village of Papigo – the gem of the Zagorochoria region! We will spend the night at Guesthouse “Avragonio”, a dreamlike place where tradition meets luxury! Georgia and Petros are always there attending to every detail and taking care of our every need!

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  • Our farewell dinner at Pantheon restaurant is an experience of its own; Voula and Tassos will spoil us with a variety of traditional dishes (always cooked to perfection) and maybe the best Tsipouro of the tour!

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Day 11:
  • Our last day together begins somewhat later (and lazier) than usual with a hearty breakfast in Avragonio. A large selection of delicacies (all freshly handmade by Georgia) will fuel us before we take the road to Ioannina and straight to the car wash.

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  • We will say goodbye either here, or at a Cafe on the promenade in Ioannina depending on the time. Guests that travel back by ferryboat will be looking to another 85 km highway drive to Igoumenitsa port and if travel later in the evening, it is definitely worth visiting Ioannina’s famous lake and old town.



Date: 28.08.17 to 07.09.17
  • Further dates on request
  • Are you a group of min. 2 cars? Then you can get your own tour on your preferred dates! Contact us for details!
Price:
  • 2 persons (car, driver, 1 passenger, 3 overnight stays in double rooms): 1.650,00 EUR
  • Please contact us about pricing for children and additional passengers!
Price structuring:
  • Included:
    • 1 or 2 fully equipped 4×4 support vehicles
    • VAT 19%
    • English speaking guides
    • Equipment list
    • Handheld VHF/UHF receiver for each participating vehicle
    • Complete safety equipment for a smooth and problem-free tour
    • All (3) overnight stays in quality accommodations
    • Breakfast only on accommodation overnight stays
    • Picnics only on days following accommodation overnight stays
    • Access to maps
    • USB Flash memory or SD card with tour pictures and videos
    • Our unique “Tour implementation warranty”
    • Sticker, specially printed for the route
    • Absolutely no hidden expenses
  • Excluded:
    • All travel costs to and from the port or pre-agreed meeting point
    • All fuel costs
    • All other meals (accommodation-breakfast and picnics excluded)
    • All costs incurred by unavoidable disruption of the travel pattern (e.g. unplanned overnight stays because of breakdowns, bad weather, delays, etc.)
    • All vehicle repair, salvage, recovery costs that may emerge