The great Mountain bike traverse of Pindos mountains

The great Mountain bike traverse of Pindos mountains

Start: Ioannina airport Finish: Ioannina airport

Visiting: Samarina, Distrato, Vovousa, Laista, Negades, Vitsa, Ioannina


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium

Special diets catered: Jain, Halal, Vegans, Meat, Kosher, Vegetarians

Tour code: mg2

Tour operator: Mountain Goat

Group size: 4 - 10

Age range: 18-65

Tour operated in: English ,French ,German


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Tour Overview

Mountainbike Pindos Trail. A real mountain paradise with rivers, waterfalls, trails, forest! We bike through Zagori, arched bridges and visit the Vikos gorge! Once you enter this mountainious landscape you think that you are in another country!! This is the the most isolated part of Greece, which is still undiscovered. A real mountain paradise with rivers, waterfalls, trails, forest and the people so friendly! A perfect scenery for a multi day mountain bike tour!

Highlights

  • icon6 days in the North Pindos National Park
  • icon Ride in dirt roads in the heart of Pindos mountains!
  • iconTradditional bridges & unique villages
  • iconThe Valia Calda protected area

Places You'll See

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Arrival from airport to the mountains

Location: Samarina

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

It is located on an eastern spur of Mount Smolikas, the highest of the Pindos mountain range and the second-highest mountain in all of Greece. At an altitude of 1.380–1.515 meters, it is considered one of the highest villages in Greece and also one of the highest in the Balkan area. It attracts many tourists due to its scenic location and beautiful pine and beech forests. After settling in the guesthouse, the guide will inform you about the program of the following days. Dinner and overnight in Samarina.

icon Day 2 : Cycling in the Valia Kirna valley

Location: Distrato

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

First day of our tour, starts from the main square of the popular village of Samarina. At the beginning, we cross the water wood saw, the road will take us to the old Monastery of AgiaParaskevi protector of the blind. After the monastery we enter the forest road toward Valia Krna, which is the vlach name for devils valley. After scenic road about 10km under the peaks of Smolikas 2nd highest of Greece, we reach the stream of the valley. A drive of about 3km to the beautiful waterfalls is worth it! We drive back to the main road and continue towards Distrato. The road is very pleasant and beautiful as we drive high through meadows and great views! Soon we downhill to the asphalt road and we can see Distrato village in front of us! Before entering the village, there is an optional stop for a swim in the river. After 1km we arrive at the guesthouse where we overnight. Length of route 27km, Alt. 1440m - 948m

icon Day 3 : Above the Aoos river

Location: Vovousa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This day we are driving basically at the foot of Mt. Vasilitsa! It is an amazing ride mostly through forest. These areas have a lot of stories to tell especially during the 2nd world war! Fallen airplanes, alpine brigades, and partisans were fighting on those mountains! We start going uphill for some kilometers, and after the ride becomes joyful, down hilling on a very well paved forest road we have the chance to enjoy the unspoiled nature and the mountains of AoosValley!. Through thick forest we reach the banks of Aoos River and the village of Vovousa, we have entered the most remote village of Zagori area, and the entrance of the Noational part of Valia Calda. We overnight at Valia calda refuge a bit outside the village. Length 41km Alt. 948m –1466m –985m.

icon Day 4 : In the National Park "Valia Calda"

Location: Vovousa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We start our day by car! A small transfer to starting point and off we go to bike in one of the most amazing forests of Greece! In Vlach, Valia Calda means warm valley! We start down hilling in a well maintained forest road, crossing a spring and the houses of the forest service! After we enter the “core”of the protected forest, at the valley we can see the southest point where the European spruce grows (piceaabies). The road crosses the whole valley under the peaks of Mt. Flegga (2077m), will take as to the Miliacole. From there we drive the tarmac road towards the lake of the Aoos springs. We end the tour at the dam. From there we are again transferred back to Vovousa for the night. Length 54km 35forest road 19 tarmac Alt. 1600m –1296m –1420m- 1340m.

icon Day 5 : Biking to Zagori area

Location: Laista

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we start our route directly from the refuge and we are crossing through Morfa pass, one of the most impressive and challenging routes of the area. We climb almost 600m and reach the pass. The route rewards us with beautiful views of all the surrounding mountains, the impressive Timfi, and Smolikas, as well as the rest of the Zagori area. The fun starts as we begin our down hilling, the forest road towards Laista, one of the most beautiful Zagori villages. We overnight at a guesthouse directly at the village square. Length 27km Alt 985m –1534m –950m.

icon Day 6 : At the forests of Zagori

Location: Negades

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a nice breakfast we start the tour in the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Greece, on the tarmac until Giftokampos area, where we visit the representation of the houses of the nomadic folk “Sarakatsani”. Then we enter a beautiful forest road and drive to another plateau called “Templitses”, an area where a lot of shepards bring their flocks for the summer season. An easy and scenic road takes us through thick forest sometimes, to a beautiful village of Negades, where we overnight. Length 48,2km Tarmac 19,9km forest road 28,3km Alt. 950m –1075m –1285m –1000m.

icon Day 7 : Cycling around the bridges

Location: Vitsa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we mostly do a “sightseeing”tour. We are at central Zagori, where we have a lot of interesting things to see. Old arched bridges, monuments, monasteries and lots of Nature!

We start form Negades towards Kipi village where we see a lot of arched stone bridges, the only connection with the world not long ago…We continue to Monodentri to see views of the Vikos Gorge from Oxia view point and we downhill back to the village and visit AgiaParaskevi monastery. Overnight at a guesthouse in Vitsa and farewell dinner. Length (until Monod.) 27.7 km Alt. 1000m –750m –1100m –1376m.

icon Day 8 : Departure

Location: Ioannina

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport. End of tour.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Fully Guided

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    Local Taxes

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    Meals – Half Board

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    Bike service and bike transfer

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

What's Not Included

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Drinks with Meals

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes we can help you arrange your accommodation before and after the tour.

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

It is possible to have a multi national group.

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Family runned guesthouses usually 2-3 stars.

What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

If the group wont make a minimum of four participants we can run it with an extra cost or if the guests wont accept the offer we cancel and of course return the whole ammount paid.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

All of our guides are local qualified and English speaking.

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Always a guide and if needed an expert in bike repairs.

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Riders must be fit to ride in forest roads and be able to deal with days altitude gain of 1000m in 40 kilometers.

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