CREATIVE TRAILS in ZAGORI
Join Compass Adventures through a multi activity program in the unique Area of Zagori Greece!
- Minimum attendance: 4 participants
- Level requirements: basic physical condition, ideal for families with children over 11 years old
- Difficulty: moderate
Can be customized according to your needs
1st day – Arrival
Pick up from Ioannina airport and transfer to Zagori and village of Elati.
Dinner at the square of the village.
Overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse “Athina”, http://www.zagoriathina.gr
2nd day – Seminar of felt and hike from Elati to kipi (approximately hiking time 3.30 hours)
SEMINAR CREATION Wool FABRIC (FELT)
In 2 to 3 hours you can create something of your own, with the ancient technique of felt, using only your hands, water and sheep’s wool, with Giota’s guidance will build a unique handmade sheep’s cloth.
After the seminar we make a 3 hour hike to the village of Kipi. The walk starts in front of our guesthouse at Elati. For about half an hour we walk the asphalt road and then we enter a forest, hiking on a dirt road on a ridge with wonderful views to the mountain Timfi and the valley bellow us. Soon we enter the path, still in dense oak tree forest and we downhill for about an hour. We cross an old arched bridge and soon we finish the tour at the wonderful Milos bridge a two arched bridge with a renovated water mil next to. We walk directly to our hotel where we overnight and have dinner, http://www.mpagia.gr.
3rd day – Stone bridges of Zagori (approximately hiking time 3 hours)
We start the day with a beautiful hike towards the villages of Koukouli, and Vitsa. Directly from our hotel we visit the impressive triplearche bridge of Plakidas, and then enter a well maintained path, crossing a bridge. After 45mins we enter the beautiful Koukouli village, where we visit the museum of Lazarides, a teacher who devoted his life in collecting and record the plants of the area. Visiting his house we learn also about the way of life in those villages long time ago! The walk continues to Vitsa through Misios bridge and the Vitsa steps a stone path built 300 years ago. We make a nice rest at our hotel and then visit the restaurant of Vasilis.
Discover the secrets of wild mushrooms
Foods collected from the wild have always played an important role in the predominantly vegetarian cuisine of Zagori. Local chef, environmentalist and mushroom expert Vassilis Katsoupas hosts a unique story telling and dining experience focusing on wild mushrooms. Weaving local lore, family stories and science you will be entertained and discover the role of fungi in human evolution, culture, food and medicine from the paleolithic age to modern times. Best of all, the presentation culminates with a 5 course dinner, from starters to main courses and dessert, not including drinks, featuring wild Zagori mushrooms. Overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse, www.hotel-selini-zagorochoria.focusgreece.gr
4th day – Vikos gorge crossing (approximately hiking time 6 – 7 hours)
Early in the morning we transfer to Monodentri where we start the walk to Vikos gorge. We start to cross Vikos Gorge, a very impressive canyon and one of the deepest in the world! We hike downhill, where we meet the small river that flows through the gorge. We continue next to the stream, and walk right into the heart of the National Park. In the gorge still find refuge a lot of wild animals, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. Our walk will end at Vikos village after a small ascent, around 40 minutes. We make a rest at Vikos. Bus will transfer us to Aristi village where we have traditional dinner.
Overnight stay, www.zissishotel.com
5th day – Rafting at Voidomatis river and visit the vegetable garden of “Astra”, Papigo
The process is simple: To the bridge of Aristi where is our start point we give you uniforms and equipment. After we make a small briefing about how we operate in the boat, and we are giving some safety instructions, and we are ready to start!
During the rafting, we will move down from plane trees, you will know the history of the region and of course stop for a swim! Is a unique experience to swim the frozen waters of Voidomatis!!
Also a short visit to the monastery of Agion Anargyron and our great surprise at the end under the Klidonia bridge!! You need only to bring a swimming suite or second underwear.
Duration: 2 hours
After rafting we transfer to Megalo Papigo having our cooking day.
Our cooking day starts by entering our vegetable garden. There, we have the chance to choose the ingredients that are suitable for our dinner. According the season we have two choices either we make a traditional pie with vegetables and greens or we cook a traditional meal with vegetables. The next step is to enter the kitchen and start preparing our dinner. If we cook pie we will learn how to process the flavor for the pie and all the vegetables.
At the end we enjoy a full dinner with what we prepared!
Overnight stay, www.zissishotel.com
6th day – Departure
Transfer from Aristi to Ioannina airport