Greece: Zagori & Meteora

8 days
5 / 5 from 10 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
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Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
Min age:

Explore the secret paths of Vikos–Aoos National Park and Meteora on foot

Unknown to most of the world, both beautiful and unspoiled, the Zagori area is one of the best walking regions in Greece. Learn more about the myths and stories and history of the area, observe the unique flora and fauna and taste the delicious local cuisine. Walk amongst traditional stone made villages, arch stone bridges, gorges, mountains and pristine natural landscapes in Vikos-Aoos National Park, recognised as a UNESCO Geopark Network. Follow this with the chance to visit the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Meteora, exploring the trails of the ancient monks and clifftop monasteries.


Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures. 

Last updated: 5th August 2020

At Exodus we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up to date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday, and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible.

Our general global COVID security measures are described in our Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation.

However, we also expect there to be requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.

Entry requirements.

For all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is

In order to meet the new immigration requirements for Greece you should note the following:

  • 24 hours before entering Greece, you will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where you will be required to share your contact details with immigration officials. Download the PLF here:
  • Greek authorities will be random testing international arrivals, so you must be prepared for the possibility of being required to take a COVID test. Upon being tested, travellers move to their first hotel in Thessaloniki arranged by Exodus. Please note that you will be required to practise social distancing until receiving the test result which will be available within 24 hours from testing. In the event of a positive result, you will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state

Local COVID restrictions

Local regulations or guidelines in Greece require visitors to:

  • Wear facemasks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis, private and public transport, in all medical facilities and in lifts. 
  • From 29 July 2020, it is obligatory to wear a face mask also in supermarkets, cafes, banks, government offices, retail outlets, barbershops, hairdressers and related establishments.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible, usually at a standard distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Visitors should note that certain social distancing restrictions are in place for restaurants, shops and museums.
  • Your leader will reconfirm the latest local government advice and requirements on arrival.

Itinerary changes

DAY 1 and DAY 2 In the event you get tested on arrival you will be required to practise social distancing (for up to 24  hours). You will be able to join the group for the activities scheduled on day 2 but with extra precautions in place until the test results are delivered. These include respecting a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other group members at all times and use face mask during transfers and when distancing may not be possible (public toilets, cafes etc). Your leader will be able to give you more information locally.

DAY 5  The mountain hut will operate at 50% capacity and other enhanced precautionary measures are in place. Please note that all guests are now required to bring their own sleeping bag, towel and slippers so ensure you include these in your packing list.


  • Vikos Gorge and the Zagori arch stone bridges
  • Hike to the stunning alpine Dragon Lake
  • Spectacular Meteora- 'columns in the sky'

Key information

  • 3 full days and 3 half days point to point walking
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader
  • Travel by private bus
  • Altitude maximum 2050m, average 1100m
  • 6 nights 3-star hotels/traditional guesthouses and 1 night in a mountain refuge
  • Countries visited: Greece

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3 full and 3 half days

Days of Walking & Trekking

Moderate/Challenging: Approximately 5.5-7 hours walking per day


Footpaths and mountain terrain,  rocky and loose in places with sloped ascents and descents.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 3.0km/2.0miles
Day 3 17.0km/11.0miles
Day 4 15.0km/9.0miles
Day 5 12.0km/7.5miles
Day 6 6.0km/3.7miles
Day 7 6.0km/3.7miles


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  • Day 1

    Start Thessaloniki

    The group flights usually arrive into Thessaloniki in the early afternoon and the group will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

    After the briefing, you can opt for a walking tour of the city so you can discover its major highlights and learn a bit more about the city. Duration: 2-2.5hrs

    Accommodation: El Greco Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Monodendri, walk to the byzantine church of Agia Paraskevi and then to the Oxya viewpoint

    We depart from Thessaloniki after breakfast and transfer to Zagori area (around 4 hrs). Upon arrival in Monodendri, we will have a picnic lunch. Our first stop is the Rizarios Photography museum which hosts temporary photo exhibitions of Greek photographers as well as the stereoscopic cameras brought by English journalists to Greece to capture the first modern Olympic Games in 1896! In the late afternoon we will take a short walk (approx. 1.5 hr) to the to Agia Paraskevi byzantine church (built in the 14th century), which offers our first panoramic view of Vikos gorge. After that, we’ll head to Oxya viewpoint with its breath-taking view of the Gorge. From there we will stop at the stone forest before arriving at our guesthouse for the next two nights. 

    Accommodation: Selini Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Morning walk through the Vradeto steps up to Vradeto and the Beloi viewpoint. Afternoon walk the beautiful stone arch bridges of Zagoria

    After breakfast we start our hike from the village of Kapesovo down to a small canyon and then upwards, through the beautiful Vradeto steps (stone path built in the 16th century) towards the highest village of Zagori, Vradeto (1340m). From there, following a beautiful path we arrive at Beloi viewpoint (1450m), where we can enjoy panoramic views over Vikos gorge. We return to Vradeto village and from there back to Kapesovo village. After a picnic lunch, we will visit some of the most important and beautiful stone arch bridges of Zagoria, such as Kokoris, Plakidas, Milou, Pitsioni and Kontodima bridges. Most of the stone bridges were built during the 17th and 18th centuries as a means of moving in between the villages and are masterpieces of the local architecture. There are several different trails connecting the bridges we can choose from today, depending on the interest of the group.

    Please note: the distance of the walk may vary depending on the route chosen for the stone bridges walk. 

    Accommodation: Selini Guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk through Vikos-Aoos N.P. and the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest in the world

    Today we will hike along one of the most beautiful, impressive and rewarding hiking paths in the area. We transfer to Monodendri village, and from here we descend down to Vikos Gorge, said to be one of the deepest gorges in the world. Walking parallel to the river, it will take us about 6.5-7.5 hours to walk this part of the canyon. Traversing the ravine, we can admire the rare varieties of wild birds and flowers that have found their habitat in Vikos-Aoos National Park. We will stop at the river springs to relax and eat our picnic lunch. Depending on the season, you can also swim in the river! In the afternoon, we arrive at Vikos village where we will be picked up and transferred to the delightful Papingo village for dinner and overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Nikos & Ioulia guesthouse or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Hike to the stunning alpine Dragon Lake at 2050m

    After an early breakfast, we start our trek today from Papingo village up through captivating alpine scenery towards the ‘Dragon Lake’ and our mountain refuge.  We will arrive at the refuge in the early afternoon, and after a short break for our picnic lunch, will then continue to the beautiful ‘Dragon Lake’, situated at 2050m. Towards the end of spring/beginning of summer, there might still be some snow present. The view of this magical landscape will definitely reward you after a long day!  We’ll return to our mountain refuge where we spend the night. It can feel cold here at night so it is important to bring layers.

    Accommodation: Astraka Refuge
    Mountain Refuge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Final day in the Zagori area, walk to Papingo village; visit Ovires natural swimming pools. To Meteora

    After breakfast at the mountain refuge, we will descend back to Papingo village. This is our last day in the Zagori area, and we cannot leave without making a stop at the natural swimming pools in Ovires. During the summer months, you can also enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the river!  Before leaving Papingo village there will be time for a lovely lunch in one of the family run restaurants before we depart for the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site of Meteora (2.5 hrs driving distance). We aim to arrive in Meteora at sunset, going to several viewpoints where we can enjoy panoramic views over Kalampaka plain and the stone forest of Meteora. 

    Max Altitude 1950m

    Please note: The exact order of activities upon arrival in Meteora will be modified for the optimization of the itinerary, depending on the season (sunset). 

    Accommodation: Meteoritis hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Walk through the spectacular rock pillars of Meteora stone forest; visit cliff-top monastery. To Thessaloniki

    What a better way to start your day than admiring the spectacular rock pillars of Meteora stone forest? After breakfast, we will explore this unique landscape on foot, following the hiking paths of the ancient monks followed by a visit to one of the top-cliff monasteries of the area.
    The area of Meteora was initially inhabited by monks who lived in caves within the rocks during the 11th century. In the late 12th century, a small church called the Panaghia Doupiani was built at the foot of one of the rocks, but during the Turkish occupation it became less secure so the monks climbed higher and higher up the rocks to protect themselves from different conquerors. Numerous monasteries were systematically built on top of the rocks so by the end of the 15th century there were 24 constructed in total; today only 6 of them are still active. The monks had to climb up ladders or use baskets and ropes to transfer the material for the construction of these monasteries and until 1920 this was the only means for getting supplies. In the afternoon, we will return back to Thessaloniki. In the evening we will have a final meal together at one of the local restaurants (at own expense).

    Accommodation: El Greco hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Thessaloniki

    Our adventure ends after breakfast.  Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 2 dinners included.

Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea.

Picnic lunches are prepared by our team each day and will include a sandwich, cereal bar/fruit and juice.

The included dinners are homemade dinners including local ingredients, with a mix of salad and starters for the group to share and a main course and dessert for everyone.

It is possible to cater for vegetarians or clients with special requirements, however please make sure you will advise your Sales Consultant at time of booking or our Customer Operations department before departure.

We suggest you allow approximately €12-€17 each for meals not included, more if you include alcoholic or expensive fruit juice drinks with each meal.


Daytime temperatures will be between 12-24º in May and October, and there is some chance of rain.  Night time temperatures will be cooler (8-15º); at the mountain refuge it will be much colder (3-6º overnight).

In June and September it will be fairly warm, with daytime temperatures between 18-26º, and it will generally be dry with only a small chance of rain.  Night time temperatures will be cooler (13-18º); at the mountain refuge it will be much colder (5-7º overnight).

In July and August it will be quite warm and dry. Daytime temperatures will be between 20-28º. Night time temperatures will be a bit cooler (18-23º); at the mountain refuge it will be quite cold (7-10º overnight).

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 4: Moderate/Challenging

On this trip, we have three full days and three half days of trekking.  The terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be quite rocky and loose in places with sloped ascents and descents. A good level of fitness is required. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. The walks take between 5.5 and 7.5 hours and require a moderate level of fitness.

The trek to Dragon Lake has some more challenging sections and we need to carry our personal belongings for the night and sleeping bag/liner with us (there are no porters available).  Your main luggage will be left in Papingo village and you will collect it the following day. Whilst on this trek we spend the night in a comfortable refuge with dorm rooms and bunk beds, therefore, depending on the formation of the group, these may have to be used as mixed-dorms.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels, Guesthouses & Mountain Refuge

On this trip we will stay at small, comfortable, family run hotels or guesthouses, where possible choosing traditional hotels that highlight the local architecture of each destination. Most hotels will offer free WiFi. 

For one night we will stay at a mountain refuge which is comprised of dorm rooms and bunk beds. For this reason, it may be necessary to use the rooms as mixed dorms where men and women may be sleeping in the same room.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3943
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2020

    Space to breath

    A warm welcome in an unspoilt landscape. Great walking through a rugged landscape with the benefit of joyfully expert guiding.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In a quiet corner of Meteora, far from the madding crowds, absorbing the sheer beauty of a monastery perched halfway up the opposite cliff. And there were many more such moments, including discovering just how good Greek yoghurt with honey can be!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Danae is fantastic. Her enthusiasm for life and the great outdoors, spills out at every opportunity. And she made sure that we got the very best from our trip.
  • Reviewed October 2020

    Escape From 2020

    An amazing trip and break in a truly stunning and lesser known part of the world (that only adds to the charm). The number of highlights are numerous. The ever impressive view points of Vikos Gorge (they get better and better), the charming villages and friendly welcoming locals, to the gravity defining monasteries. Topped off by the walk to, and the nap in the sun by the dragon lake surrounded by the Pindus mountains. Not forgetting the food :) An all round excellent trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    As mentioned above there are many. The different view points of the gorge, the monasteries perched on the cliff tops to the dragon lake and the mountain hut. Not forgetting traditional Greek dancing in the mountain hut with a number of different nationalities!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Changed a couple of days walking around due to weather conditions with the minimum of fuss and ensured everything ran smoothly, including all things Covid related. Danae's enthusiasm for Greece and the Zagori region shone through and she was good fun and company to be around, as also mentioned by Keisuke below.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are contemplating this trip and thinking its not well known, it cant be that good think again. It a real Greek treasure, hidden in plain sight! (Possibly to ensure the landscape is not spoilt, and to ensure the villages keep their amazing charm.) Absolutely do it - you will not be disappointed!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The half day in Thessaloniki was a nice way to ease into the holiday, a pleasant very youthful laid back City.
  • Reviewed October 2020

    Truly enjoyable

    It was one of the best hikes I have ever had in my entire life. I did not know that such wonderful mountains with dynamic views existed in Greece. VIllages in Zagori with stone houses, unchanged for centuries, are truly beautiful. All hotels we stayed, except for one night at a mountain refuge, were family owned. They are converted traditional stone houses and wonderful. Local Greek food were delicious.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Natural landscapes. Astonishing views of mountains and gorges. Hikes were varied from one day to another, from relatively easy hikes to little bit challenging one to get to the mountain refuge. Aperitifs after a walk at stone-house hotels and cafes at a village plaza were wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic. She, young,dynamic and charming, was the best group leader of Exodus hikes so far as far as I am concerned. Despite difficult conditions with COVID, she managed to make our trip truly enjoyable. With uncertain weather conditions, she flexibly adjusted schedule and itineraries so that we could enjoy every day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This hike in unknown parts of Greece should not be missed. I went there in September. I will come again in spring time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hikes in Meteora with visits to monasteries were also very interesting. Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, is a very lively town.
  • Reviewed November 2019
    Kevin Goody

    A brilliant holiday with some great hikes

    I've done several trips with Exodus and none of them have disappointed! The Zagori region was not an area I had heard of before, but the holiday really lived up to its billing. The mix of locations and accommodation was great, from hotels in the bigger towns to guest houses in the villages and the overnight stay in the mountain refuge. The hikes were really good, with some spectacular views especially of the Vikos Gorge and around the Dragon Lake. The guide, Stavros, was very friendly and knowledgeable and worked hard to make sure we saw everything despite having to change things around a bit after an overnight thunderstorm. A really good holiday in a lovely (quiet) part of Greece. Thoroughly recommended!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many inspirational moments: - Looking down into the Vikos Gorge from the various viewpoints - The views from the mountain refuge and Dragon Lake - Sunset from the mountain refuge and from the viewpoint on the Meteora area - The Meteora monasteries - A lovely taverna lunch under the shade of a tree in the village square - A cool beer after a long hike!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stavros was great! Very friendly and very knowledgeable and very keen to make sure we enjoyed all that this region of Greece had to offer. A real ambassador for both Exodus and Greek tourism! Thanks Stavros. :-)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be a reasonably committed walker to enjoy the hikes. You will spend quite a bit of time on your feet and there's quite a bit of uphill - as the trip notes state. You don't need to be super-fit , but if you're only used to walking on gently undulating terrain you'll need to do some training! For example, the trip up to the mountain refuge is about 3.5 hrs of steady uphill. It's not terribly steep, but consistently uphill at a nice steady pace so you need to be prepared for that.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a great holiday. Just go for it!
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Phillip Burrows

    Trekking in the dramatic Pindus Mountains

    Beginning in Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, we travel westwards by minibus for 4.5 hours to reach Zagoria with its spectacular arch stone bridges. The scenery was spectacular walking amongst 5 of the bridges which date back as far as the 17th century and is a masterpiece of local architecture. There was a hike up to the Astraka Mountain refuge which commanded a 360 degree awe- inspiring views of rugged mountains and watching the sunset was amazing. The trek ended in Meteora where we arrive to another spectacular sunset over the rock pillars of mountains where monasteries are located on the tops. We followed the hiking paths of the 12th century monks and visited one of the top-cliff monasteries.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the Astraka Mountain hut and seeing the breathtaking mountains surrounding the area. Also one of the best sunsets I have ever seen. Seeing the monasteries perched on mountain tops and the formation of stone column type mountains was also another highlight for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stavros was very knowledgeable and insightful of the history, geography and culture of all the regions and imparted this on to us with enthusiasm. The group was large and he had many questions to deal with which he did patiently. He was aware of people's abilities and kept everyone in sight and waited at regular intervals for the back markers including myself. He even carried my rucksack at the end of a grueling long day. Stavros was an excellent and patient guide with a great sense of humour and seemed to care for everyone in the group. You always felt in safe hands with Stavros leading.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do train hard for this trek. There are some steep ascents as well as hot weather conditions to contend with. Some of the days are quite long arriving back to the guest houses after 6.30pm. Trekking poles are essential especially helpful on steep descents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trek takes you through some dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery in the Pindus Mountains. Be prepared for sensory overload!
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Jane Bell

    A great introduction to hiking in Greece

    The trip was well constructed with a varied walking itinerary. There were some spectacular views, testing climbs and beautiful riverside moments, as well as the sights at Meteora. The accommodation was comfortable and the food options well thought out.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the first sight of the Monasteries at Meteora - but there were plenty of fabulous views throughout.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader was helpful and responsive. He made sensible adjustments to the itinerary to capitalise on good weather and was sensitive to the wishes of the whole group

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The Dragon Lake day is a long day but reasonably paced. We were very lucky with the weather which is obviously not assured for all trips - good waterproofs would be wise whatever the forecast. It would have been rather miserable if soaking wet and the refuge is unheated in Summer so there would be no chance to dry out. Extra snacks were welcome on the longer days. The ‘kit list’ accurately reflects what is necessary.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The village guesthouses greatly exceeded expectations.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    janice kerrigan

    Memorable Meterora in Gorgeous Greece

    A wonderful adventure due to our fantastic guide Aris ,the spectacular scenery , the lovely people in the group and our driver Elias.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many memorable sights during the trip but for me it was the rock formation at Meteora.

    What did you think of your group leader?


    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?


    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please note that if sleeping with a group in the mountain Refuge be prepared for snoring. Take earplugs.!!
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Nigel Kerrigan

    Gorge - ous Greece

    A varied week of great walking, stunning scenery and delightful villages - led by Aris, an excellent guide, and enjoyed in the company of some excellent fellow travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first proper sight of the Vikos Gorge (followed closely by the Monasteries atop the rocks of Meteora)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - professional, friendly, accommodating, sensitive to the group's needs and abilities and he laughed at my jokes

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have warm layers for the night in the refuge - it can get cold in there. That said, those who used the blankets provided rather than lugging a sleeping bag up the mountain did seem happy enough with them. Oh, and be warned, they only have one COLD shower!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoyed it all. Thessaloniki is a good start and end to the trip. We had a very good first group meal in a local restaurant called Rouga.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Naomi Harris

    As Good As It Gets

    The trip exceeded my hopes and expectations. This was hiking trip through some of the most beautiful and historically significant sections of central Greece. It included satisfyingly challenging hikes through outstandingly dramatic landscapes, stays in traditional picture postcard villages and food that was both characteristic and delicious. Our guide was as good as it gets.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It would be too difficult to choose a single moment. The Vikos Gorge was an outstanding natural beauty and completing that hike was a triumph. Climbing by wild horses, bursting wild flowers, laden burros, a herd of goats and reaching Dragon Lake as the sun came out felt exhilarating. Sitting among the jagged peaks of the wilderness at the retreat as the storm rolled in was other-worldly. The villages were immaculate and picture perfect. The food at our last dinner was almost transformational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aris was outstanding in so many ways. He was humorous, congenial, attentive to every nuance, a skilled hiker, organized (just watch him lay out the lunch provisions!), concerned about our welfare, and knowledgeable and insightful about the area and about Greece in general. He was diplomatic yet directive when he needed to be. There were many balls to juggle at one time and he did it professionally yet remained a true friend of the group. We couldn’t have asked for better.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    While it is classified as “Moderate/Challenging,” the trip notes suggest that this is a trip for someone who I moderately fit. That could be interpreted subjectively. Perhaps reword it to that participants should be able to master challenging sections of hikes.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Nat Black

    Amazing Greek Mountains

    This trip takes you to Northern Greece firstly to discover Zagori National Park. The scenery is spectacular and not what typically comes to mind when someone mentions Greece. Starting in Thessaloniki you head west to Zagori staying in two characterful villages, Vitsa and Papingo, built in the traditional stone style on the mountainside. Unfortunately, the first two days of the itinerary were affected by the weather, but when the weather improved the walking was brilliant. After a variety of walking coupled with dramatic mountain views, you then head to Meteora, how those monks built those monasteries still astonishes me!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, my two favourite days were the Vikos Gorge walk and the hike up to the mountain refuge and on to Dragon Lake. We were super lucky with the weather and views were beautiful. There was still some snow around Dargon Lake. In the summer on the return from the refuge, there are some pools which would be perfect for a refreshing dip!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stavros was a very enthusiastic leader who was obviously passionate about the mountains and surrounding area. He has been leading trips here for 14 years and has gained a wealth of knowledge. This was his first time leading an Exodus trip, with this in mind he did a great job.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The mountain refuge was cooler than I was expecting, so I would recommend taking layers! The water here is drinkable, amazing mountain water, so don't forgot to take your water bottle. Walking boots are a must as the terrain is often uneven, there are walking poles available there if you do not wish to take your own.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This really is a hidden gem, one waiting to be explored!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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