Epirus is a geographical region in northwestern Greece.
Ioannina is the capital of Epirus 450km Northwest of Athens with a population of 80,000 people and 35km south of the Zagoria region.
In Epirus and Zagoria in particular, the mountains are the most conspicuous element of the landscape and influence every facet of local life. In the northern part of the geographical and cultural entity of Zagoria, rises the mountain of Timfi.
The landscape in the west is more dramatic with the relatively narrow Vikos gorge but 1000m deep.
The Zagoria area is famous for its traditional villages, stone build churches and public buildings. Much of the prosperity was based on the contributions of those who left the villages and were mainly occupied in trade.
Tour duration:6 nights | 7 days
Tour difficulty:Moderate - Rider type B
Month:July | September
Meeting point at Ioannina Airport, an hour’s drive will takes us to our hotel in Kapesovo village and after settling in, and bike fitting, we ride to Vradheto village.
An uphill ride at the beginning then flattens out. We hike to Beloi for a glimpse at Vikos gorge.
The way back is on foot via the "Skala of Vradheto", the loveliest stone-laid path of Zagoria. Cycling back is optional.
Moderate ride to Aristi village. We stop for a short walk to a Byzantine monastery at the bank of Voidomatis river and continue to Papigko village.
The last section of 13km is steeply uphill with lots of tight turns. Riding is optional.
Hiking Vikos gorge, the deepest in the world, is a must.
The path heads downhill to the river bed, moving along the left or right bank of the river.
We shuttle to Kapesovo, riding is optional.
(Rafting, visits to other villages by car, self guided cycle ride is optional)
Moderate ride through the pine forest of mountain Tymfi, crossing the villages of Tsepelovo and Skamneli.
The beautiful mountainous road takes us to Iliochori where we hike for 30min to a lagoon with a waterfall for a swim.
Cycling back is optional.
We spend the day in Ioannina cycling around the lake, visiting the Castle, the ancient oracle of Dodoni and its ancient theatre.
Drop off at Ioannina Airport or transfer by car to the centre of Athens.
All accommodations, daily breakfast, some meals, energy snacks and drinks for each day’s ride, the knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides, the use of a bike, private tours and tastings, entrance fees to all group and individual events, daily route support, all transportation during the trip, luggage transfers, comprehensive trip literature, transfers, hotels and restaurants. The trip specific itineraries can provide more detail on inclusions. Airfare is not included in the price.
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The groups consist of an approximate 8 people.
We need a minimum of five people to run most of our trips. As long as this minimum guest enrolment is met, trips are guaranteed to run. If a trip must be cancelled due to low enrolment, we will make every effort to do so at least 60 days prior to the trip start and a full refund will be issued. Trips will not be cancelled due to low enrolment within 45 days of the trip start.
Our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room.
Because our prices are based on double occupancy, we offer a single supplement to those guests travelling solo who would like to guarantee their own private room. This supplement is in addition to the standard trip price. If you would like a roommate, we often can pair you with another solo traveller (of the same gender). If no roommate is available there is no additional charge if you sign up more than 30 days in advance of the trip. If you sign up within 30 days and we cannot pair you with a roommate, the single supplement fee will be required.
Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in our trips.
You are free to ride as much or as little as you like on any day of your trip. Some days during a trip have less amounts of riding, offering plentiful time to fill your day and immerse you in the local culture.
Although you can ride as much or as little as you like, in order to ensure your enjoyment of your trip to its fullest, it is important to assess you personal level of fitness. For guests who aren’t regularly engaged in cardiovascular training or activity, we recommend working with your physician to assess your level of physical fitness to ensure you will be comfortable on your desired cycling trip.
Yes you can bring your own bike but please keep in mind our company can not assume responsibility for the safety of or damage to your bike. You are responsible for providing the maintenance to your bike and any spare parts that may be used during the trip. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure.
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How I ride:I´m relatively fit and am comfortable with hills that are less than half a mile in length.
Distance:32km (20 miles), up to 56km (35 miles)
Elevation:230m (750 feet), up to 457m (1,500 feet)
Hours in saddle:1-3 hours
Comfortable with undulating terrain.
How I ride:I ride my bike on a regular basis either for fitness, to commute, or just for fun. I enjoy an active lifestyle, as well as a physical challenge.
Distance:48km (30 miles), up to 80km (50 miles)
Elevation:610m (2,000 feet), up to 1.050m (3,500 feet)
Hours in saddle:2-4 hours
Comfortable with undulating terrain, with hills averaging 1 km (0.6 mile), but up to 1,6km (1 mile) in length.
How I ride:Fitness is a central part of my life. I ride my bike on a weekly basis and am comfortable with rides of 2 hours or more at a relatively strong tempo. I like a physical challenge and need to get my heart pumping.
Distance:72km (45 miles), up to 112km (70 miles)
Elevation:1.050m (3,500 feet), up to 2.134m (7,000 feet)
Hours in saddle:3-5 hours
Comfortable with all terrain, with hills averaging 5km (3 miles), but up to 10km (6 miles) in length.