Explore Northern Greece on a 9-day leisurely tour starting from historical Thessaloniki. Also be awed by the burial site of the Macedonian kings and the monasteries of Meteora that are perched on high cliff faces. Lastly visit Zagorochoria, a small collection of traditional villages that have adhered to agriculture life for centuries. Please ask for details and pricing.
Upon arrival in Thessaloniki you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day at leisure. Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece, built near the sea is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history. Visit the center of the city, Aristotelous Square the city’s most central square boasting monumental mansions, White Tower is the city's landmark, Palace of Galerius, the Ancient Agora.
A car will be delivered to the hotel in the morning and you can start your journey toward Vergina (78 km), the legendary burial site of the Macedonian kings. This site is considered a World Heritage Site, it is also known for the Royal Tombs and houses and the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Continue driving until Dion (74 km from Vergina) which was the "sacred place" of the Macedonians. Since ancient times, a great altar was created for the worship of Zeus and his daughters, the Muses, in a unique environment, characterized by rich vegetation, tall trees, numerous springs and a navigable river. The last stretch is to Larissa (76 km from Dion), which is one of the main centers of agriculture.
In the morning, departure to Kalambaka and visit Meteora which is one of the largest and most important complex of monasteries in Eastern Christianity, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on sandstone rock pillars. More than 20 monasteries were built, but nowadays there are only six: Megálos meteors (or Great Meteoro Monastery of Transfiguration), Varlaam, Agios Stephanos (St. Stephen ), Agia Triada (Trinity), and St. Nicholas Anapausas Roussanou. The region is considered a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Morning departure to Ioannina, passing through the village of Metsovo (62 km), best known for its traditional architecture, churches, restored mansions and famous for its wine and cheese. Arrival in Ioannina (50 km from Metsovo).
Free day to explore the city of Ioannina, rich in attractions and museums. The most notable attractions are: the Islet on Lake Pamvotis: One of the most notable attractions of Ioannina is the islet on Lake Pamvotis. The island is known as "Nissaki" (Νησάκι, the Greek word for "small island") You can visit the monastery of Agios Panteleimon which has been transformed into a museum and where Ali Pasha spent the last days of his life waiting for a pardon from the Sultan. The National Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, Ioannina castle located in the city center, the Fethiye Mosque, whose final form was given by Ali Pasha in 1795. The Aslan Pasha Mosque and the historic center of Ioannina among others. Also, visit the region called Zagorochoria, an area that contains about 45 villages, known for its traditional architecture. Situated on Mount Pindos, these villages have not only humble huts of stone and slate, but also fortified mansions of the same material. Many of them were turned into guesthouses.
After breakfast, departure to Kastoria, a city known for its many Byzantine churches of the Ottoman era, its elegant mansions of the 17th and 18th century, the fur industry and trout. You can go for a boat ride on the lake Orestiada in the afternoon or evening.
Morning at leisure mid day departure to Thessalonniki.
According to your flight departure time you will be transferred to Thessalonniki airport.
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.
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Travel Information and Guide to Greece
Greece has always been and will be one of the most popular destinations for tourism. It is not hard to see why. The country and surrounding islands, have a colourful historical timeline filled with stories of the ancient gods, and philosophers like Aristotle. It also has superb coastlines filled with beautiful beaches and swimming spots. Throw in the welcoming and interesting cultural aspects like food and cuisine and everything combines to form a holiday hotspot where people truly can enjoy themselves.
Such is the demand for tourism, every type of hotel accommodation is available from the budget hostels for backpackers to 5 star plus spa centres for honeymooning couples. If you book one of our tours, we arrange accommodation for you.
When to Go
From July to August, soaring temperatures are guaranteed. While this is ideal for sunbathers, anyone who wants to explore cultural or historical sites should confine their walks to morning or evening and avoid the peak of temperatures from 12 noon to 3pm.
Aside from these months, January to June and September to November are ideal, although evening temperatures require a light cardigan or jacket. December to March is the coldest months but destinations like Athens are still popular for all year round city breaks.
Currency and Spending
Greece used to be a cheap country until the introduction of the Euro. It is still possible to travel on a budget but travellers should look out for the small establishments serving cheap food and avoid centres where prices of drinks etc are more expensive. An average budget per day is 90 euros including accommodation, food and transport. This can increase with fees to museums and historical sites. Our Greece tours range from budget to luxury and you can see the full range here.
Where to Go
There is huge amount of potential destinations, depending on what you look for in a travel experience. The diversity of regions will ensure that everyone is accommodated for. Many of our tours visit more than one destination so you can see the best of what Greece has to offer, all in one trip. You can see the tours here but the main five highlights of Greece are…
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