Athens Sightseeing – Tour of Peloponnese – Epirus – Central-West Macedonia- Meteora – Pelion -Delphi
The ultimate experience in touring Greece mainland
The first destination during the 15days/14nights tour is the city of Athens. The capital of Greece is a modern city, but its heart, the Acropolis of Athens -where the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena the goddess of wisdom, is located- is more than two and a half millennia old. Visit this architectural marvel along with the Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the museum of Cycladic Art with the onsite guidance of experts who will travel you back in time and provide the historic, political and anthropological perspectives concerning these monuments from the time of their construction till today.
Enjoy a walk tour of the picturesque neighbour of Plaka below the Acropolis, theatre Irodou Atticou, Arch of Adrian , Zappeion, National Gardens, Kallimarmaro Stadium, Syntagma Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Monastiraki Square. Discover the south coast of Athens and swim at the sandy beach of Vouliagmeni.
The next four days discover Peloponnese. Its name means the island of Pelops, and that is true in a way, because looking it at the map looks like a big island connected with a narrow strip of land to Attica. Travel back in time at the era of the Trojan War by visiting the Palace of king Agamemnon in Mycenae, and the Palace of king Nestor in Pylos, admire the audibility of the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and the architectural perspective of Ancient Messini, explore the premises of Asklipieion in Epidaurus which was an ancient therapeutic center established by Asclepius the father of modern medicine, and finally visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia where the ancient Olympic Games were taking place every four years. Our experts guide you through this exciting trip back in time and help you understand the historic and political reasons hidden behind the construction of these monuments.
Visit the Corinth Canal, the old city of Nafplion, the medieval castle of Methoni and the one of Monemvasia with a small town behind its walls, explore the Caves of Diros with its famous stalactites and stalagmites through a 40 minutes boat trip, enjoy the route from Nafplion to Leonidio which has been proposed as one of the most scenic routes in Europe, take the Odontotos cog railway from the city of Kalavrita to the seaside town of Diakopto passing through the marvellous Vouraikos Gorge, and finally swim at some of the most picturesque beaches in Greece. Enjoy a culinary event at the city of Kalamata, where cooks who love to share their knowledge and experience teach you secrets to prepare simple dishes of the Peloponnesean cuisine.
The following 2 days discover a hidden treasure located northwest, Epirus. Its name means “mainland”, “terra firma” in Latin, situated between Pindus Mountains and the Ionian Sea. Visit the lake city of Ioannina capital of the prefecture of Epirus known for its silver jewellery craftsmanship, and the nearby stalactite-reach Perama Cave which is among Greece’s largest and more impressive, and also Metsovo a scenic town with grand mansions and stone paved streets hidden up in the mountains of Pindus, famous for its cheese, wines and textiles.
Visit North and South-East respectively of the city of Ioannina the area of Zagorochoria and the area of Tzoumerka. Zagorochoria consist of 46 villages situated in Zagori, an area with two National Parks , while Tzoumerka probably the less known and widespread area of Epirus is a unit of beautiful villages and traditional settlements surrounded by gorges canyons and steep mountains. Hike along the river Voidomatis in Zagori and along the path connecting villages Syrrako and Kalarites in Tzoumerka. Visit Kipina monastery sculptured in a rock and enjoy the second culinary event, where cooks share with you the secrets of the famous pies of Epirus.
The next 3 days you have the opportunity to visit some of the most idyllic areas and important archeological sites of Central-West Macedonia in Northern Greece. Enjoy your stay at Kastoria a picturesque lakeside city with grand mansions, known for its many Byzantine churches, Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry, and trout. Visit the Neolithic lakeshore settlement of Dispilio, the city of Edessa known for its waterfalls, the archeological site of Vergina where the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great is located and final arrive at Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, known for its diversity, Roman and Byzantine monuments, its excellent cuisine and nightlife.
On the twelfth day you arrive at Meteora, a formation of monolithic pillars and hills included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the monastery of Varlaam located on one of the pillars and built in the mid 14th century. Then you head South-East to the village of Tsagarada in the area Pelion, which took its name after the homonymous thickly forested mountain with both deciduous and perennial forests, mainly of beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees, with plane tree groves surrounding places with water. Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year: hiking trails and stone paths give access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes. Hike in the forest around the village of Tsagarada and swim in the crystal clear water of the nearby beach.
On the fourteenth day of the tour you head South West and visit the archeological site of Delphi. What a better way to end the day with a visit to a nearby vineyard and winery, for a farewell dinner party where you can taste some fine small production wines along with local dishes.
During the tour, you stay in 4* hotels and you can everyday enjoy lunch and dinner in different restaurants carefully selected by us, thus, you have the chance in each region you visit to experience its gastronomic diversity which contributes to the formation of its cultural identity and tourist profile, offering you the opportunity to taste the wealth of the Greek gastronomic tradition in each and every meal you have.
|Departure||Athens International Airport|
|Arrival||Athens International Airport|
|Dress Code||Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket, umbrella, sun protection cream.|
Accommodation to 4* and 4* hotels
Escort, Translator and Guides
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Visits to archaeological sites
Visits to spots of outstanding natural beauty
Swim in the most picturesque beaches of Peloponnese, Cyclades and Attica
Visits to vineyards and wineries
Hiking through scenic areas
Visits to jewellery workshops
Support if Medical Care is needed
Tickets for Archaeological Sites
Travel Medical Insurance Plan
Day 1: Departure
Arrival at the Athens International Airport. Welcoming and coach transfer from the airport to the hotel. Lunch. Guided tour of the Acropolis archaeological site and the Acropolis Museum. A tour of the picturesque neighbour of Plaka below the Acropolis, theater Irodou Atticou, Arch of Adrian , Zappeion, National Gardens and Syntagma Square. Dinner. Free time and return to the hotel.
Morning awakening. Breakfast. A tour of the Athens city center (Kallimarmaro Stadium, Syntagma square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in front of the Greek Parliament, Omonoia square and Monastiraki). Shopping. Lunch. A tour to the south coast of Athens. Swimming at the beach of Vouliagmeni. Dinner and then free time. Return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Peloponnese. A short stop at the Korinthos canal which separates Attica from Peloponnese. Guided tour of the Archaeological site of Asklipieion of Epidaurus which includes the Ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Asklipieion of Epidaurus and the Archaeological Museum of Asklipieion. Then, guided tour of the archaeological site of Mycenae which includes the palace of Mycenae, the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon or Treasury of Atreus and the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae. Then visit to the seaside medieval city of Nafplion. Lunch followed by a walk around this picturesque medieval city, the first capital of Greece after the liberation from the Turks. Board on shuttle heading to the seaside village of Poulithra. This route has been proposed as one of the most scenic routes in Europe. Arrival at the hotel. Late evening swimming for those who wish. Dinner and relaxation.
Early morning awakening. Swimming for those who wish in the crystal clear waters of the Poulithra beach. Breakfast. Boarding on the bus and heading to the medieval castle of Monemvasia through a scenic route.The town’s name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning “single entrance”. Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia’s nickname is “Gibraltar” of the East or “The Rock”. Stroll through the narrow streets of the city-castle and then break for lunch. Boarding on the bus again and after following a seaside route passing through picturesque villages, arrival at the Caves of Diros. Guided tour of the the caves that formed hundreds of thousands of years ago. The stalactites and stalagmites that are currently under water formed when the sea level was much lower than the current level. The temperature is about 14 C, while the air ranges from 16 to 19 C. After the tour once again on the bus heading to Kalamata through a majestic seaside route along the west side of the second peninsula of Peloponnese. Arrival at the hotel. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Ancient Messini. Guided tour of the site. Visit to the famous beach of Voidokilia near Gialova. Swimming in its turquoise waters. On board again heading to Pylos. Lunch and then visit to the nearby city of Methoni with its medieval castle. Return to Kalamata through a seaside route passing from Finikounda, Koroni and Petalidi. Gastronomy event aiming to the introduction to the secrets of the local kitchen, the use of olive oil, along with wine tasting of some of the most exquisite wines and spirits of Kalamata region. Free time to explore the city or just relax.
Early morning awakening. Swimming for those who wish. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle heading to Olympia. Guided tour of the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia where the Olympic Games took place in the antiquity, and the local archaeological museum. Lunch and then heading through an idyllic mountain route to Kalavrita. Everybody boards the Odontotos rack railway. Odontotos is not just a train. Vouraikos gorge and Odontotos rack railway Diakopto – Kalavrita is a unique attraction in Greece. An area full of towns, villages, hospitable inhabitants, unique environment and the scent of Greek life. After one hour trip the train arrives at Diakopto. Boarding on shuttle again heading to Ioannina the lakeside capital of the prefecture of Ipiros. 2 hours and 30 minutes later arrival at the hotel. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast. Boarding on shuttle and heading north to Zagori, a region and a municipality of unparalleled beauty in the Pindus mountains. It has an area of some 1,000 km with striking geology and two National Parks and contains 46 villages known as Zagori villages (or Zagorochoria). In one of the two national parks, the National Park Vikos – Aoos, there is a path about 5km long that runs parallel to the river Voidomatis and it is easy to walk (grade 2). Hiking along the path. Arrival at the village of Aristi. Lunch combined with a gastronomy event aiming to the introduction to the secrets of the local kitchen. Return to Ioannina. Free time to walk around the city and those who wish do shopping. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast. 45 minutes guided tour of Perama Cave at the outskirts of the city of Ioannina. Stalactite-rich Perama Cave is among Greece’s largest and most impressive.Boarding on shuttle and heading to Tzoumerka, probably the less known and widespread area of Epirus.It is located South-East of Ioannina and actually is a unit of beautiful villages and traditional settlements surrounded by gorges, canyons and steep mountains. Arrival at the village Katarraktis (Waterfall) famous for its twin waterfalls. After passing a number of picturesque villages locating on this scenic route, arrival at Kipina monastery, one of the best in Greece, literally built on the cliff of a mountain. Break for lunch and then heading to the hotel in the village of Syrrako. Those who wish can hike along the path connecting Syrrako with the village of Kalarites and return back to Syrrako. A relatively easy path to walk (grade 2). Total hiking duration approximately 2 hours. Dinner and relaxation.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast and then boarding on the shuttle heading North-East to Metsovo, a small traditional town of exquisite beauty with grand mansions and stone-paved streets, famous for its cheese, wines and textiles. Stroll through the narrow streets of the town, shopping for those who wish and then break for lunch. Boarding on the shuttle again and heading north to Kastoria a picturesque lakeside city with grand mansions, known for its many Byzantine churches, Ottoman-era domestic architecture, fur clothing industry, and trout. Arrival at the hotel. Visit to the the Cave of the Dragon, located on the northern part of Kastoria, close to the lake and the monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa,characterized by its large number and variety of stalactites and stalagmites and the 7 underground lakes, 10 halls and 5 passages. Free time to walk around the city and those who wish can go for shopping. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast and then boarding on shuttle heading 8 km south of Kastoria to visit the Neolithic lakeshore settlement of Dispilio, which occupied an artificial island near the modern village of Dispilio on Lake Orestiada. People occupied the settlement 7,000 to 8,000 years ago and one of the many artifacts found in the area was the Dispilio tablet that is the oldest known written text that predates the Sumerian writing system. On board again heading North-East to the city of Edessa known for its waterfalls. Free time to enjoy this great sightseeing. Lunch and then heading South-East to the archaeological site of Vergina, where Aiges capital of Macedonian is located. Visit to the tomb of Philip II father of Alexander the Great and the archaeological museum of Vergina with its unparalleled treasures. On the shuttle once again heading to the hotel in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, nicknamed as co-capital. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast and then tour of the city visiting among others the White Tower, Rotunda of the Arch of Galerius, Aristotle’s square concluding with a walk along the renovated beachfront of Thessaloniki. Break for lunch at Ladadika district, famous for its restaurants. Free time for relaxing or shopping. Dinner. Return to the hotel.
Morning awakening. Breakfast and then boarding on shuttle heading southwest to Meteora, a formation of immense monolithic pillars and hills like huge rounded boulders dominate the local area, associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visit the monastery of Varlaam located opposite of the Great Meteoro Monastery and it was founded in the mid 14th century by Hosios Varlaam. After the visit break for lunch, one hour free time and the back on the bus heading South-East to the picturesque village of Tsagarada in mount Pelion. Arrival at the hotel. Dinner and relaxation.
Morning awakening. Breakfast and then exploration of mount Pelion around Tsagarada. It is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Parasitic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. It is thickly forested, with both deciduous and perennial forests, mainly of beech, oak, maple and chestnut trees, with plane tree groves surrounding places with water. Pelion is considered one of the most beautiful mountains in Greece and is a popular tourist attraction throughout the year: hiking trails and stone paths give access to springs, coves and numerous beaches, sandy or pebbly, set among lusciously green slopes.In Greek mythology, Mount Pelion (which took its name from the mythical king Peleus, father of Achilles) was the homeland of Chiron the Centaur, tutor of many ancient Greek heroes, such as Jason, Achilles, Theseus and Heracles. Rest of the day relaxation by the beach, enjoying specialties of the local kitchen during lunch and dinner at seafront restaurants. Late evening return to the hotel.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast and then boarding on the shuttle heading South-West to the archaeological site of Delphi, known most for its oracle which was very famous in the antiquity. Arrival after a four hours route. Guided tour of the site and the local archaeological museum. Visit to a well known local winery estate. Tour of the vineyards and return to the winery, where the third gastronomy event of this excursion takes place, with introduction to the local specialties and wine tasting of a selection of wines produced by the winery. Farewell dinner-party and souvenirs awarding. Late return to the hotel in Athens. Relaxation.
Early morning awakening. Breakfast. Coach transfer from the hotel to Athens International Airport. Departure
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