One day private tour to Zagori, west area
Zagorohoria constitute a unique residential, historical and cultural unity of 46 villages north of the basin of Ioannina, in the north-western edge of Pindos. The physical boundaries are mountain Mitsikeli on the south side, river Aoos on north, the mountains of Ligou on the east and the mountain Timfi on the west.
Zagori, geographically, is divided into three sections: the Central, West and East Zagori with twenty, ten and sixteen villages respectively.
Today Zagorohoria maintains their cultural heritage in an effort to continue the traditions and customs of the region. The particular architecture, the traditional music, the natural beauty, the wild beauty of the mountains and rich flora and fauna of the region are those characteristics that distinguish it.
In the region of Zagoria is developed a unique architecture, based on the abundance of stone and wood. The architecture of Zagori is a good example of imitation of the nature by human. The habitants of Zagori had to face the harshness of the climate and space. A constant struggle characterized the relations between human and the area. So, the houses are very tied to the landscape, the mentality and lifestyle of local residents.
Aristi is built at an altitude of 650 m on the northern slopes of the Grabala Hill or for the locals “Roynikos“, on the opposite side of the impressive rocks of Astraka. The village is located at the boundary of the Vikos – Aoos National Park and it is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori.
Papingo consists of two villages: Megalo Papingo and Mikro Papingo. There is a single road that provides access first to Megalo Papingo and a kilometre further to Mikro Papingo.
The village of Papingo is located very near the northern end of the Vikos Gorge and is inside the Vikos–Aoös National Park. It attracts many hikers and mountaineers from around the world. The Vikos Gorge is the largest canyon in Greece and arguably in all of Europe: it is the gorge with the greatest depth to width ratio, according to the Guinness Book of Records 1997. The village of Papingo is surrounded by deciduous forests and topped by the snowcapped Astraka peak of Mt Tymphe, that towers over the village. It has modest lodging provisions as well as tavernas serving traditional food, coffee, and spirits.
Total Duration: 11 hours
- Bottled water
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Private tour
- Round-trip ferry tickets
- Transport by private vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Museums and archaeological site entrance fees
Pick up service from accommodation.