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Αγαπημένοι μας, φίλες και φίλοι!

Βρισκόμαστε στην πολύ ευχάριστη θέση, να σας ενημερώσουμε, πως πλέον, δεχόμαστε το ” freedom pass “, για τις διθέσιες πτήσεις μας!! Ελάτε λοιπόν, να πετάξετε και να χαθείτε μαζί μας, ελεύθερα και ανέμελα, στην απαράμιλλη ομορφιά των τοπίων, γύρω μας! Σας περιμένουμε με μεγάλη μας χαρά και σας ευχαριστούμε!

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NEW TANDEM ROUTE LEFKADA 2021 !

An extra class passenger flight is offered here!

Our new route, which we have in our program this year gives passengers a unique, never-before-seen view of Lefkada’s west coast, which you can enjoy again and again with the included fly video!

Approaching the coast after 8km flight !

Our “Special flight” is suitable for everyone who has ever had a tandem flight and is looking for an upgrade, but also for our guests who choose a flight that stands out from the regular standard flights.

Awesome view at Pefkoulia Beach!

There is an 8 km flight over Lefkada’s west coast. For this we use our private launch site (SUNSET) which is located at an altitude of 800m.

Ideal wind conditions during the flight give the aviators the opportunity to maintain the altitude and to fly over the turquoise sea.

• Starting place: “Take off Sunset”

• Height: 800m

• Wind direction: W, (NW, SW)

• Landing: Pefkoulia Beach

• Flight duration: between 20 and 30 minutes

• Flight video and photography

• Transfer to the starting places

• Optional transfer hotel

• Special prices for groups !

NEW FLY PLACE-TOUR SEASON 2021

We are pleased to announce to our flying friends that we will be adding a new, and very special, flight area to our program for the next tour season. Thus we would have an alternative quite close to Lefkada that we could head to when the overall wind conditions are weak.

Perganti is a mountain range in the arcane area. The Akarnan Mountains (Greek: Ακαρνανικά όρη, Akarnanika ori) is a mountain range in the northwestern part of the Etholia-Akarnania regional unit in western Greece.

In order to test the beautiful flight area we invited a few pilots who took the opportunity to fly this great mountain and take a few photos and videos. The task to be tested was to take off from Mount Perganti, to reach Sereka westwards and to land on Pelekas on the coast.

In order to test the beautiful flight area we invited a few pilots who took the opportunity to fly this great mountain and take a few photos and videos. The task to be tested was to take off from Mount Perganti, to reach Sereka westwards and to land on Pelekas on the coast.

For our project we chose a fairly stable day with a supraregional weak westerly wind. Around noon we met in Monastiraki and drove up to one of the radar systems with a great launch area in front of it! As soon as we reached the top the wind turbines were slowly turning to the west.

At the summit of 1428m there are several radio tower systems and also a few wind turbines. There is a road up to take off that is paved most of the way.
Between the village of Monastiraki at the foot of the Perganti and the mountain peak there is a large plateau at an altitude of 700m

The first pilots thought it was an ideal time to start and already ventured out! Some climbed quickly to 2100m.

From take off you can enjoy an unbelievable backdrop with a view of the Ambracian Gulf, the Ionian Sea and even to the north of the central mountains in Epirus!

For our mission the pilots were to head to Serekas 5 km away from which it is easy to continue the cross country flight.

Serekas (1171m) is the first mountain range behind the coastal town of Pelekas (landing site right on the beach)

After an extensive flight they enjoyed a large landing area directly on the beach of Pelekas with a beach bar in front of it!

Conclusion:

A great flight area which, however, should generally only be flown in weak wind conditions. To do this, you must not ignore the sea wind, which often picks up in the afternoon.

The ideal time for this excursion is between the end of September to the end of May. In summer it’s always too windy up there.

For this small task a pilot should have some thermal experience.

NEW GLIDERS LEFKADA SEASON 2021

For the upcoming Lefkada summer season 2021 we ordered two new tandem paragliders that finally arrived yesterday.

Since we set the highest safety standards for our services we purchase new tandem gliders prior to the start of each yearly season.

We look forward to testing both gliders in thermal conditions in the mountains soon and taking a few beautiful photos.

JANUARY IMPRESSIONS 2021

January made perfect flight conditions possible in our beautiful mountain landscape in Ioannina and the surrounding area.

The mostly sunny weather with bases between 1800-2100m was partly used by our flight beginners to get their first XC experiences.

A few impressions of it

SUMMER TOURS FOR XC PILOTS – LEFKADA 2021

For the experienced paragliding pilot who is spending the summer months in Lefkada we have added a new highlight to our program for the 2021 season.

We are offering diverse day tours to the mountains for groups between 5 and 16 pilots.

We will watch for weather patterns that are very stable or light wind systems covering a wide region. On such warm days one has the opportunity to join a group for a day tour to the inland mountainous region of Ioannina.

Our flying mountain Mitsikeli, from which also the Greek cross country record was flown, is a 25km long mountain ridge. It runs from the north west to the south west along the eastern shore of the Pamvotida Lake (Ioannina-Lake)

With an elevation difference of 1300 m over Pamvotida one has in the summer months with an appropriate weather pattern bases of up to 4000m.

Tour details

Elevation difference: 1300m

Landing zone: PERIVLEPTOS

Driving timeLefkada-Ioannina: between 2 and 2 ½ hours (depending on traffic)

Price: 80 Euro per pilot

Notes:
Since paragliding is weather dependent we request that you be flexible during your stay since we always try to choose the best day for you!

Please contact us if you wish further information.

INFORMATION FOR PASSENGER FLIGHTS!

We would like to briefly inform our prospective passengers that as of July 1, 2020 our location has changed.

We are now located directly at the beach bar “DECK” in Pefkoulia Beach.

You can book your flights in a nice atmosphere or simply come and get information about our services. While you wait for for our shuttle service that will take you up to the starting place enjoy a cool cocktail by the pool.

Pefkoulia is a beautiful and uncrowded bay with a turquoise sea and even better wind conditions than our previous location. Over the past two months we have tested this beautiful flying area extensively for passenger flights and come to the realization that this is the best flying area in Lefkada.

Advantages of Pefkoulia:

  • Better wind conditions for long and high flights
  • Free and easy parking
  • Nicer ambience
  • Cafe and dining options
  • Uncrowded beach
  • Free camping on the beach possible

ACRO SECRET TIP – LEFKADA

Lefkada has been attracting more and more pilots from all over Europe in recent years.

Beautiful bays, turquoise sea, plus ideal and stable wind conditions throughout the day are becoming increasingly popular within the European acro scene.

Our launch at Pefkoulia is suited just right. It is a 500 meter high slope where the wind comes up 90% of the year from the right direction and strength.

To test it we proudly invited two professional pilots from the acro scene who came and flew the area for an entire day; Veso Ovcharov (World Record Tumbling 614), and the Greek World class pilot in Paramotor Slalom – Kolliakos Dimitrios.

With laminar winds of 25km/h at launch (100m MSL) up to 15 acro wings were able to climb near the slope. Dream conditions for acro freaks!

We summarized the day in a short video.

For more information regarding Pefkoulia or our services just contact Akis.

NEW VAN 2020

For the upcoming season 2020 we have ordered a new van to use on our tours and airport transfers. Finnaly it has arrived.

Looking forward to many safe and easy kilometers, and to adding to the quality of the services that we provide.

PARGA THE INSIDER’S TIP

Parga is a beautiful coastal town located on the north part of the Ionian Sea, and lies on the way from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada as you follow the coast southwards. It has long been a favored holiday destination for thousands of visitors from all over Europe, and is one of Greece’s most stunning. The town’s most distinguishing manmade feature are the ruins of an old castle on a cliff above the sea.

Just to spend some time and soak up the atmosphere of this small coastal town is fulfilling enough. Well, almost, if we were not paragliders that must combine flying with everything. And, lucky as we are there is a 500 meter high hill directly behind the town, on which a handful of local pilots some years ago cleared a starting place from which we can still start.

The first time I flew in Parga was in 2009, and I invited a few people from Skywalk, who used the backdrop of Parga for a photo shooting for their new 2010 paragliding models.

Information regarding flying in Parga

Parga and the 500 meter hill faces towards the south. With a weak prevailing main wind up to 3 beaufort you can also fly thermally. If you fly further down, you can soar above Parga and the castle ruins on the sea. Landing is always done on Valtos Beach. In the months of July and August the beach is very full, and therefore it is no longer possible to land there. In these two months one should not fly in Parga.

If you would like further information, contact us!

VIP PASSENGER FLIGHTS LEFKADA-SEASON 2020

For our tandem passengers starting with the 2020 season we have introduced a new highlight. We offer for groups of at least 4 people an organized hiking and flying adventure.

Our new take off location is east facing and has an elevation difference of 1000 meters.  In particular in the early morning hours you can use this opportunity to see and enjoy Lefkada’s beautiful east coast from the air.

Tour details:

After having ensured that the weather conditions are appropriate we set our schedule and contact our guests.

Usually we are ready to start driving by 8 in the morning. After a 40 minute drive we arrive at the place where we park our vehicles. From here also begins our 30 minute hike to the take off location.

Once in the air there are between 20 and 40 minutes to film one another or to take beautiful photos.

After landing we are picked up by our shuttle service and return to the agreed upon departure location.

For such an adventure one must calculate spending an entire morning.  Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Takeoff: STAVROTAS TOP

Elevation difference: 1100m

Landing: NYDRI

Flight duration: between 20 and 40 Minuten (depending on weather conditions)

Notes:
Since paragliding is weather dependent we request that you be flexible during your stay since we always try to choose the best day for you!

Please contact us if you wish further information.

UNUSUAL SEPTEMBER FLYING WEEK

The weather gave us the gift of a successful and interesting flying week to start off our safari season on the island and in the mountains.

Thermal bases of up to 2300 meters were able to be enjoyed easily by all participants.

Following are a few impressions:

LEFKADA IN DUTCH MAGAZINE “LIFT”

Flying in Greece, and in particular in Lefkada, is becoming more and more well known throughout Europe.
A recent publication is in the July edition of the Dutch magazine “Lift” with a very good article about flying in Greece with beautiful photos, one of which was used as the cover photo.

Winter Flights in Ioannina-Epirus

A few Impressions of our Winterflights in Ioannina.

Mount Mitsikeli, a 35 km long ridge whose highest elevation is 1,810 meters, is located to the north east of Ioannina, and has the distinction of holding both the distance and altitude records for paragliding in Greece at 195 km, and 4,300 meters respectively.

METEORA WINTER SPECIAL!!

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“Active Tours” is now offering something very unique;

the chance to fly over Meteora in a two seater Trike.

We have three Trikes with three experienced pilots, which means that 3 passengers can fly simultaneously and experience the wild, beautiful landscape of Meteora from the air; the breathtaking cliffs, the monasteries.

We fly with discretion over the monasteries so as not to disturb the monks, but you will be able to see from above their life on the cliffs.

Come and enjoy the magic! Anyone can fly with us! For transportation we have a mini van. Contact Active Tours!

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ΖΑΓΟΡΙ WINTER SPECIAL!!

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Το ACTIVE TOURS ενημερώνει για μία καταπληκτική προσφορά,που ξεκινά αυτό το τριήμερο,στις 28 Οκτωβρίου,και θα ισχύει καθ΄ όλη τη διάρκεια του Χειμώνα. Το πακέτο αυτό περιλαμβάνει,μαζί με μία διθέσια πτήση” παραπέντε, και το βίντεο με τη φωτογράφιση, αποτυπώνοντας τη μοναδική εμπειρία μαζί με την πανοραμική θέα ,στην οποία θα πάρει μέρος αυτό το μαγικό ταξίδι! Και βέβαια συμπεριλαμβάνει και την μεταφορά από και προς το ξενοδοχείο,στα Ιωάννινα,την Κόνιτσα και το Ζαγόρι. Σας περιμένουμε με χαρά να πετάξουμε μαζί!

Καλό γιορτινό τριήμερο και καλό Χειμώνα!

 

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, σας παρακαλούμε, επικοινωνήστε μαζί μας.

Με τιμή

ΚΑΡΑΚΑΤΣΑΝΗΣ ΘΕΩΔΟΡΟΣ

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nice shooting day by acrobat tv and peter andre in lefkada

We are pleased to announce that Active Tours was part of the team working on the filming of a Greek Odyssey.

Peter Andre, a well known actor in England, has the leading role in this series. While in Greece he used the opportunity to fly tandem with us and present Lefkada’s beautiful scenery from the perspective of a bird.

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The Crazy Thermal Town

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In order to add even more variety to our palette of flying areas we set out to find a place so strikingly different from our already varied offerings which cover soaring on the coast of Lefkada and top thermal flying in the mountainous region of Pindos.The goal being to find an idyllic town that we could thermal above.

Our search brought us to Edessa, a relatively unknown flying area which is flown for the most part by pilots from an older generation. Edessa is situated exactly halfway between Thessaloniki and Ioannina.

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At the beginning of March the right weather conditions arrived for us to give Edessa a try, so we set off to meet up with the flying school that developed the flying area with a starting place directly at the edge of town.

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We wanted to get an impression of what it is like to fly in Edessa and take some good photos of the area. When we arrived at the starting place we were standing at a cliff start that is just 50 meters high. After the first minutes of flying our expectations had already been more than met; we were 300 meters above the town, and thinking that this was going to be an interesting day. We flew for more than three hours in gentle thermik reaching over 1400 meters, and this was just the beginning of March. We were speechless!

Information for flying in Edessa:

Edessa is a flying area with very active strong thermals, and is oriented to the south/south east. It is a very good location for flying FAI triangles.

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The starting place is a 50 meter cliff start located directly at the edge of town on a flat field. When the prevailing main wind is weak the local wind system can be counted on to take effect already at 10 am and to prevail throughout the day flowing up the hill, and allowing for beautiful flying conditions all day long.

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The landing zone is at a field in the valley next to an archeological site.

Because the flying area is located in a town special rules apply which must be followed. Pilots must check in with the flight school that maintains the starting place and which offers a shuttle service. The flight school will call the town to let them know that people will be flying on this day.

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The pilot must be of a high level being able to start very well and land very well. Landing is always to be done in the valley. In the unfortunate case that one should fly too low and no longer be able to reach the front of the hill, there is just one possibility to land, and that is directly in town on the town’s soccer field. There are no other possible places to land! That the flying area exists, depends on the good relations of the flying community with the town, the mayor of the town, and the fact that there have never been any accidents.

For more information contact us!!

Report by Akis