Government Travel Safety Advice
We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.
Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.
Under 18 immigration guidance
Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.
Visa and Passport Information
Greece: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.
Booking a land only package with Explore
Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.
Joining Tour Abroad
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.
Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
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Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.
You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
Northern Greece is a paradise for people who love the outdoors, and there are many ways to explore on foot, by bike or by river. As we have the ability to run this trip at any time of year, it's important to bear in mind that we may tweak the timings of activities in summer vs winter departures, avoiding the midday sun or ensuring that we finish before sundown as the nights draw in.
Walking is the best way to experience rural life in this part of Greece. With hikes in the Pindus Mountains, above the archeological site of Delphi, and among the pinnacles at Meteora, the hiking is beautifully varied. You will pass by pine forest, hike on ancient limestone steps, or 'skalas' dating back hundreds of years, and through small local villages. Getting totally off the beaten track, walks take between one to four hours, occasionally stopping for a picnic lunch depending on the time of day. The highest point of the trip is at 1,400 metres, not high enough to be considered high altitude, but certainly enough to appreciate the incredible views over the Vikos Gorge and the lush, green Vikos-Aoos National Park.
Rafting / 4x4:
Rafting down the Voidomatis River is thoroughly enjoyable, and a perfect experience for beginner rafters. After a safety briefing climb into the six-man rafts and begin the journey downstream to Voidomatis Bridge accompanied by the Explore Leader and a local rafting guide. The river winds gently through a lush natural setting, decorated with springs, small waterfalls and underneath stone bridges. This activity is suitable for beginners, but an ability to swim is nonetheless essential.
In the unlikely event that there are fewer than four people booked onto your trip, we will be unable to go rafting, but instead will take an adventurous off road journey, in 4x4 jeeps, through dense pine forest. You'll have some time for hiking in the Valia Calda National Park, and experience life in the more remote Zagori villages, which still do not have tarmac road access.
Cycling or rock climbing (optional):
On your free day in Meteora, you have the chance to go rock climbing, or discover the pinnacles and monasteries by mountain bike or even on an e-bike. We've put some information for you below, but your Tour Leader will be able to explain all the options in detail for you.
For the rock climbing, there are plenty of options for both beginners and experienced climbers, and all climbing equipment and guiding expertise is provided. However, you should be physically fit. The bizarre formations at Meteora mean that by getting up high you'll be able to see some of the best views around, in a fun-filled morning of single pitch, top-roped climbing.
For the mountain biking, there are different routes to suit all abilities, covering the rolling fields and forests of Meteora. Tougher cycle routes get you up high, for closer views of the monasteries, and across mountain paths. Otherwise there are flatter routes for the first-time mountain biker. These tours don't just include bike and helmet hire, but also are fully guided meaning that you'll see the hidden paths and trails around the awe-inspiring geological phenomena of Meteora.
And if you fancy taking it easy on an e-bike, you can spend a morning or afternoon on a bike that is powerful enough to do the work, so that you can focus on the landscapes without tiring. Again, you'll have a professional guide who will take you to hear stories about tradition, history, and the landmarks that you see along the route, including Meteora's famous monasteries.
Our local supplier reserves the right to adapt any activity to a safe level or length to suit the group dynamics.
Ability to swim
An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.