Your trip begins in the heart of mainland Greece where Karpenisi welcomes you with warm hospitality, glorious sunshine and a wonderful history. In the foothills of Mount Velouchi, surrounded by rushing rivers and stunning gorges, the area’s appetite for adventure shines through. Take time exploring the vibrant town, uncovering Greek monuments, statues, ageless churches and relax in delightful cafes that pepper the streets. Hike through the region’s wildest scenery, stop in stone-paved villages that are off-the-beaten track and soak up authentic Greek culture whilst meeting the locals. Discover historic monuments and venture inside to see religious relics and fabulous artefacts dating back to the 12th century. For a real thrill, embrace the cold waters of waterfalls and unearth the ‘always raining’ canyon, a spectacular narrow passage carved between two mountains. Accompanied by expert instructors, challenge yourself in the ultimate caving experience – hike through narrow ravines, climb gorges and explore the scenic Black Cave.
Journey northward, away from the masses to Eastern Macedonia; a low-key region that’s full of surprises. Experience one of the most biodiverse and exciting wild places in all of Europe, the Rhodope Mountains. Imagine pristine countryside, distinct landscapes, remote peaks and abundant wildlife. Venture to Dadia National Park’s luscious environment, a haven for birds of prey and home to several elusive species. Raptors are the star attraction and the main impetus behind this Worldwide Wildlife Fund-supported sanctuary. Accompanied by professional guides, go in search of the brown bears and grey wolves that roam freely in the mountains and learn fascinating tracking techniques. Understand how the rewilding project in operation has stimulated a return of endangered species, boosted local businesses and preserved the wild integrity of the landscape.