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Greece: Self-guided hiking tour takes you deep into Vikos Gorge

Self-guided hiking tour takes you to Greece's beautiful low point: Vikos Gorge

Wandering on foot offers a different way to see the world, particularly if you walk in someone else's footsteps. Britain-based On Foot Holidays offers a new self-guided trail itinerary that takes hikers into the landmark Vikos Gorge in northwestern Greece and to the island of Corfu.

The seven-day route was designed by oil industry worker and tail runner Pavlos Zitakis, according to the company's website, and offers miles of pre-vetted beauty. On this trip, you go on your own (or with a friend or two), set your own pace and follow the maps provided. The company provides B&B-type lodgings and some meals along the way.

Participants spend three days in the Zagoria area near or in the gorge, one of Europe's deepest, which descends as much as 1,600 feet, and the surrounding national park. One day is spent hiking to Beloi, which offers views of the gorge from on high. The next few days take hikers to villages on the steep sides of the gorge and finally into the chasm. The river at the bottom is a good place to take a dip before the steep climb out.

The journey is rated medium to hard, meaning hikers should expect to walk three to eight hours a day.

When: The customized trek is available May to November, though June and July are best times to go.

Price: $1,079 per person, double occupancy. It includes accommodations, daily breakfast, two evening meals, three picnics, detailed itinerary and materials. International airfare and ground transportation (bus, ferry, taxi, etc.) is extra.

Info: On Foot Holidays, 011-44-1722-322-652

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