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EXPERIENCES

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Aristi Mountain Resort, in collaboration with TREKKING HELLAS, offers a variety of outdoor activities across the surrounding region.
 


 

COOKING WORKSHOP

Discover the perfect cooking course at Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas. 

Dive into Zagori's culinary traditions while exploring the vibrant flavors of local cuisine. 

Immerse yourself in a day-long culinary experience featuring handmade pies, fresh salads, succulent meats, artisanal cheeses, and delightful sweets. Learn to prepare a three-course meal using ingredients from our organic garden or sourced locally, then savor your creations accompanied by a glass of local wine. Fresh ingredients, traditional techniques, and delicious tastes await! 

Minimum participation: 3 people

PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Discover the unique photogenic beauty of Zagori with our photography tours, led by expert photographer Kostas Zisis. Explore the natural wonders and architectural heritage of the region, capturing stunning images with guidance from a seasoned professional. With its unique terrain, wide range of altitude (from 400 to almost 2500 meters above sea level), exceptional biodiversity and magnificent architectural heritage, the photographic exploration of Zagori's 1000 km2 could take a lifetime. Each tour includes transportation, visits to picturesque locations, and a gathering for photo sharing and discussion. 

Whether you're a novice or experienced photographer, our tours offer unparalleled opportunities to capture Zagori's essence. For the best results, guests are suggested to use a camera with manual settings and RAW format capabilities, DSLR or Mirrorless ILC. However, this is not essential. For better control over framing and composition of the photos, carrying a tripod is also recommended. 

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BIRDWATCHING

GET TO KNOW THE AMAZING WORLD OF BIRDS THROUGH AN ADVENTUROUS TOUR AROUND THE WILD NATURE OF ZAGORI

Are you ready to equip yourselves with a pair of binoculars and a fieldscope and join us in our search for the Golden Eagle on the mountaintop of Tymphe?

Embark on an adventurous birdwatching tour through the wild nature of Zagori, part of the Northern Pindos National Park. Explore diverse habitats such as the alpine meadows, the gorges, the oak and coniferous forests. You will have the unique chance to observe over 140 bird species, including the majestic Golden Eagle and charming passerines like the Blue Tit and Subalpine Warbler. 

Whether you're new to birdwatching or a seasoned enthusiast, our guided tours provide an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich birdlife of the area.

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GEOTRAILS

EXPLORING THE GEOLOGICAL HERITAGE OF VIKOS-AOOS GEOPARK

Picture this: you're in Zagori, surrounded by nature's wonders and the incredible story of how people and the Earth have shaped each other over time. This place is more than just a pretty landscape – it's a living tale of evolution, molded by the rugged mountains that define it.
You can dive into this story, exploring the countless geosites that make this region special. Situated right in the heart of Vikos-Aoos Geopark, our backyard is nothing short of spectacular. Picture dramatic mountaintops, like Tymfi, taking turns with the stunning Vikos Canyon and the crystal-clear Voidomatis river.

Geohiking is basically hiking with a twist. No need to be a geology enthusiast; if you're a curious traveler, that's all you need. It's like getting up close and personal with the Earth's history we all share. The landscapes here in Zagori are like an open book, each hill and rock telling a story about how our planet evolved. Geosites tell stories about the Earth that you can uncover by joining us on one of our adventures. Exploring Zagori's geosites isn't just a history lesson; it's a unique and stimulating learning experience that you can easily accommodate with your leisure time at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas. 

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HIKING

FROM VIKOS GORGE TO DRAKOLIMNI

We offer you a variety of different routes:

A) Vikos Gorge
B) Drakolimni of Tymfi
C) Scala of Vradeto
D) Papigo - Voidomatis Springs - Vikos village
E) Hiking in the Voidomatis Gorge
F) Hiking on the paths and stone bridges of Zagori 

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RAFTING IN VOIDOMATIS

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ADVENTURE

Embark on a thrilling rafting experience on the Voidomatis River, just a short distance from Aristi Mountain Resort. The meeting point is in Klidonia, where you'll receive all necessary equipment. You are then transferred to the Bridge of Aristi, where safety instructions for a smooth descent are given and the journey begins.

Covering a distance of 5km, the route offers a second-degree difficulty level, making it perfect for families with no prior rafting experience required. Along the way, marvel at the historic landmarks, including the old collapsed stone bridge from 1911 and the monastery of Panagia Spiliotissa. Discover the archaeological treasures of Boila, with residences dating back to 2000 BC, whose artifacts are showcased at the Ioannina Archaeological Museum. Midway through the route, take a moment to visit the 16th-century monastery of Agioi Anargyroi, accessible via a short climb from the riverbank. Finally, conclude your adventure at the Klidonia stone bridge, where a surprise awaits.

Program duration: 3 hours
Duration of descent: 1.5 hours

HORSE RIDING

HORSEBACK RIDING

RIVERSIDE OR PAPIGO PLATEAU EXPLORATION

Experience the tranquility of Voidomatis River or the picturesque Papigo Plateau with our guided horseback riding tours. Suitable for both children and adults, our routes offer diverse landscapes and seasonal variations, providing a unique perspective of the surrounding area.

CANYONING

EXPERIENCE THE MAJESTY OF NATURE UP CLOSE

Experience the thrill of canyoning, also known as Canyon Crossing, a thrilling adventure sport waiting to be discovered. With the rappel technique, you'll navigate steep canyons and immerse yourself in unparalleled natural beauty. This activity is suitable for adventurers of all levels, provided they don't have a fear of heights or acrophobia. We tailor the choice of canyon to the group's experience level, ensuring an appropriate level of difficulty for an enjoyable adventure.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the majestic Rogovu Gorge in Papigo, sculpted by the mighty waters of Tymfi. Cross the rugged landscape for 3 to 6 hours, depending on your chosen program, whether it's the Family or Advance canyoning option.
Your adventure begins at Megalo Papigo, where you'll be equipped for the journey ahead. Our expert guides provide a comprehensive 20-minute lesson on equipment usage and abseiling techniques before leading you into the heart of the canyon. 

Minimum Participation: 2 people
In the event of heavy or continuous rain, activities will not be carried out for safety reasons. 

YOGA SESSIONS

WELLNESS AND RELAXATION

Unwind with rejuvenating yoga sessions amidst the serene beauty of Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas. With views of the awe-inspiring Astraka Towers, next to the Voidomatis River, our yoga sessions offer a holistic approach to physical fitness and inner peace.

HANG GLIDING

DISCOVER ZAGORI FROM ABOVE

From the village of Asprageloi, nestled in the heart of Zagori, you can embark on a memorable paragliding adventure. Our paragliding excursions take place daily at noon and last for approximately half an hour.

Under the expert guidance of our experienced instructor, you'll glide effortlessly through the air, taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Your flight ends with a gentle landing in the scenic valley of the Fountain of Pasha. 

Duration: 1 hour

GLINAVOS WINERY

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE ART OF WINEMAKING

Just a few kilometers from Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas lies the Glinavos winery, inviting you to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of wine. Begin an atmospheric journey through the captivating history of winemaking and the intricate wine production process. Join us for a wine tasting experience crafted just for you.

Our tour begins in the lush vineyards, offering guests a firsthand encounter with unique grape varieties and the natural splendor of the surrounding landscape. From there, we venture into the heart of the winery, where our knowledgeable guides lead you through the wine-making facilities, aging cellars, and bottling operations. Finally, indulge your senses in our wine-tasting salon, where you'll sample a selection of our finest wines alongside traditional delicacies.

Join us for an unforgettable wine tasting experience tailored exclusively for you.

FLY FISHING

EXPERIENCE EUROPE'S PRISTINE WATERS

For the first time in Greece, we present the opportunity to experience fly fishing in the picturesque region of Epirus. Renowned for their stunning scenery and crystalline waters, the rivers of this area offer a range of fly fishing experiences, from tranquil to challenging. Whether you're a novice seeking an introduction to fly fishing or a seasoned angler looking for new challenges, our expert guides are here to assist.

Beginners will receive personalized instruction on fly fishing techniques and be equipped with everything needed to start their angling journey. For our more experienced guests, we provide valuable insights and guidance to maximize their success in our region's rivers. At the heart of fly fishing lies a profound connection with nature, and we fully embrace the "catch and release" philosophy, ensuring the preservation of wild trout populations. 

No licenses or specialized equipment are required to enjoy this unforgettable experience.

SHEEP WOOL PROCESSING

A JOURNEY THROUGH TRADITION

Join us for a fascinating journey through the art of sheep wool processing. Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas in collaboration with Lena Gerothanasi offer this interactive workshop in the beautiful village of Elafotopos. 

During the seminar, we guide participants through the process of washing, drying, and laying down sheep wool. They also have the opportunity to observe a professional demonstration of traditional fabric-making techniques, including knitting and weaving on the traditional loom. Finally, we explore the felt technique to create a jewelry, for which tools are not necessary

Suitable for all ages
Duration: 2-3 hours
Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 12

ROCKS OF METEORA

GET LOST IN THE HISTORY OF A SACRED PLACE

Immense rocks emerge from the flat surface, in one of the most sacred spots in Greece.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience, from Aristi Mountain Resort + Villas to the tops of Meteora through a magical journey into the heart of nature!
An organized daily experience that will fill your mind and soul with memories of a lifetime! A wonderful trip to the highlands of Greece, where you will have the chance to enjoy, admire and learn the history of the Meteora monasteries, nested into the towering cliffs since the 11th century!

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ZAGORI ROAD TRIPS

Meet Zagori and its most beautiful villages

There are two routes to choose from:

A) A visit from Dilofo to Kapesovo
B) Villages of Vitsa, Monodendri & Kipi

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EXCURSION IN ZITSA

Zitsa is the only appellation in the mountainous Epirus region in north-western Greece. It is the sole appellation in the country that deals and with sparkling white wines.

The continental climate and high altitude here mean that this is one of the coolest wine regions in Greece. The high acidity and delicate aromatics of the native Debina grape variety that dominates Zitsa's vineyards are well suited to the growing conditions and to sparkling winemaking.
Debina may be the only officially permitted grape in Zitsa, but it is not the only variety grown in the area. A traditional wine associated with Zitsa is a blended red made from Bekari and Vlachiko grapes, often produced in a sparkling rosé style. The two varieties are also often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce dry, full-bodied table wines.

Total Duration: 5 hours

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EXCURSION IN ZAGORI

If you do not want to drive but prefer to be guided by experienced guides to the most beautiful of Zagorochoria and to visit their beauties with them, you only have to express your wish to us.

Day tours include a visit to Ovires Rogovou in Papigo, Thesi-Oxia at the top of the Vikos ravine, Skala Vradetou, some of the most famous bridges in the area, such as Kokoros bridge, Kalogeriko, Paliogefyro and Sarakatsaniki stable in Skamneli. Also in the monastery of Agia Paraskevi in Monodentri, and in the place of Beloi in the village of Vradetto.
During the excursion we will have a pick nick with traditional Zagoris pies, seasonal fruit and sweets.

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COMBINED ACTIVITIES

You can enjoy a wide variety of combined activies, as follows:
1) Walking & Rafting
2) Hiking in Voidomatis Gorge with cooking experience in nature and spa

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