Athens | Delphi |Meteora | Zagorohoria | Ioannina | Messolonghi |Athens

[1.005km/13h.16 min]

Tour 3 is also called “red program” and it is carried out during periods 27.05.19 – 05.06.19 and 14.10.19 – 23.10.19

Hiking tours” take place in: Delphi, Meteora, and Zagorohoria.

Cultural tours” take place in: Athens, Delphi, Meteora, Ioannina and Messolonghi.

Emotional tours take place anywhere – anytime “artistic director” ultimately chooses.

Elegant hospitality” takes place in high quality boutique hotels in Athens (3), and traditional guest houses in Eptalofos (1) and Zagorohoria (5).

Last but not least, “Gastronomy tours” constitute an integral part of our blend, and as such enjoy special care, concerning fresh seasonal ingredients, authentic recipes, exceptional service and elegant ambience.

As part of our own conception regarding the notion of “luxury”, throughout the tour, our guests will be accompanied by the organiser, who attends all administrative matters, and the artistic director, who coordinates the “emotional tour”,  which takes place throughout the trip. In addition, hiking and tourist guides  are involved, as appropriate, whenever such corresponding activities take place.

Tour 3 program

  1. does not include national and religious Greek holidays of 2019 https://www.eortologio.net/argies/year/2019
  2. does not include months July and August (nor Dec-Jan-Feb as well)
  3. includes only one (1) weekend

Detailed program

+1η day (overnight stay in Athens)
Arrival. Our guests are welcomed and picked up from the Athens International Airport by our tourist guides. On the way to the hotel our guests receive a short introduction to the city of Athens.

After visitors have settled in at the hotel, meet their fellow group members from other nations and a meeting with the organizer and our artistic director follows, who concisely inform visitors of the tour schedule. After this meeting, guests have free time to be known each other and get a feel of the city at their own pace.

19.30 – At the end of this day, dinner at a selected restaurant in the city center follows.

+2nd day (overnight stay in Athens)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

08.30 – The group is off to do a tour in the city of Athens, hosted by our experienced and talented experiential tourist guides.

The city of Athens is not only the historic capital of European thought, but also a universal symbol of humankind’s achievements in cultural and artistic expression. Wisdom and power were both crucial components of Athens’ exceptional reputation in the ancient world. Today, the modern city of Athens struggles with austerity measures and urban dissonance to take back its lost balance in moderation and reason.

Athens represents in itself that exceptional mix of oldest history and modern vibrant culture, hard to compete with. The capital of Greece, it kept most splendid monuments along the centuries, so much worth seeing.  Among the pearls, there stands Acropolis, placed in the center of the metropolis, a splendid spot that opens an amazing view on the city. In Athens, you can find it all: majestic monuments dedicated to Greek democracy; worshipped antique figures of Greek Gods along with splendid Christian churches; contemporary architecture along with ancient ruins. The city of contrast, it embarks you easily into a vacation mood the moment you step on the Greek land.

19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the city center follows.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+3rd day (overnight stay in Elaffotopos)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board the bus and head to Delphi archaeological site.
11.00 – Tour at the Museum and walk to the archaeological park.
Delphi is an ancient archaeological spot served centuries ago as a sanctuary for Greek God Apollo. It is situated on Mt. Parnassus and is considered a World Heritage Site due to its unprecedented influence in the ancient world. This UNESCO place is mostly heard of grace to the Delphi Oracle that used to predict future to those who would finally reach the place. History and religions, mingled together with spirituality, benefitting from classic architecture and the choice of the geographical place made this place unique in the whole world. The amazing theatre and temples restored over the last decades present a visual pleasure and bring you back to the basics of human beliefs.
Arachova is a known village, hanging on the rocky edge of Mt. Parnassus 1 km above the sea level with the largest ski resort in the country. The traditional house architecture and the surrounding wooden forests with black pine trees as part of the Parnassus National Park make this place a quite unique destination. Countless trails and roads for the hikers and historical monuments like the famous Time Rock are top things to see. Spice it with delicious food in the form of local cheese ‘formaella’ or handmade pasta, locally knitted woven carpets assorted in vibrant colors and you’re sure to enjoy travelling to Arachova.
17.00 – Transfer to the traditional settlement of Eptalofos.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+4th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board the bus and head to Meteora.

The otherworldly rocks of Meteora stand in the middle of the Thessalian valley. Numbering 2.000.000 years of life the rocks used to be under a gigantic lake which doesn’t exist anymore and consist a unique geological phenomenon. The 6 surviving monasteries out of the 24 that existed there are a religious attraction for the guests. The contours of the rocks, the tile roofs, the main churches flanked by the auxiliary buildings, the outstanding frescoes show how the human habitat can be combined with nature

11.30 – Our hiking route starts from the village of Kastraki at the foot of the rocks. We pass under the ruined monastery of Pantokrator, on the north side of Doupiani rock. The route takes us through the heart of the lush forest and leads us to the abandoned and restored Monastery of Ypapanti, as well as the statue of revolutionary fighter Papadimios Vlachava. From there, the path leads us to the top of the rocks where the view is unique! At that point we will take a break for snacks and photos. We will then continue on to cultural tour of the impressive monasteries “Big Meteorο” and “Varlaam”.

17.00 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement of Kastraki.

19.00 – Depart for Zagorohoria and settle in at our Guest House in the village of Pedina.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+5th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

The enigmatic Zagorohoria is located in Epirus, Northern Greece, its name translating from Slavic as “beyond the mountains”. This mysterious gateway comprises 46 traditional stone-and-slate villages spread on the Pindus Mt. range.

Everything in Zagorohoria is a place to visit: the villages, with their specific stone architecture of houses, cobbled roads; breathtaking views on Vikos Gorge, who alone can bring sensations lasting for months; serpentine rivers and traditional stone made bridges, each a chef-d-oeuvre; and for the most courageous – the lake of Drakolimni (Dragon’s Lake) on the Mt. Smolikas.

Famous bridges lying between the villages of Zagori: the stone arch bridge of Petsionis, the charming Voidomatis bridge towards Papigo, the captivating stone arch bridges of Kokkori and Noutsou.

08.30 – We visit the agritourism guest house in Elafotopos, where you are presented of the agricultural work in their farm, having alongside the opportunity to participate in preparation of bread, traditional pita, butter or even in the harvest of local crops.

12.00 – Departure to the traditional settlement of Kapesovo, hiking to the stone “Skala of Vradeto”.

Kapesovo, another village of Zagori, translated from Slavic as “garden”. The village has a view of Vikos canyon, fabulous at certain spots. Its stone-built houses and roads framed by the green scenery offer an incredible mélange of architectural beauty. Kapesovo used to be conncected to Vradeto through the famous Skala of Vradeto (Staircase of Vradeto), build into the steep mountain as a serpentine road, the only communication between Vradeto and the civilization until 1974. The Staircase is a great work done by the craftsmanship of Epirotic artisans.

In the centre of Kapesovo you can discover a cylindrical cistern 2 meters deep carved in the solid stone – it used to store water for the church it belonged to.

We hike for another 45 min to Beloi to admire the most beautiful view of the Vikos Gorge! The Beloi view is especially beautiful in the sunset. It is translated as “balcony” in Slavic and offers exactly that feeling.

Return to the traditional village of Vradeto for snacks at the traditional little coffee shop.

Vradeto, at the height of 1340m on Pindos range, is the highest located and least populated village of Zagorochoria. Its only connection to the world in the past was the famous Skala of Vradeto (Vradeto Staircase) that linked it to Kapesovo village, the communication corridor until 1974. Skala is a stone-paved trail into the steep mountain with breathtaking view on Vikos Gorge. It is still in shape and many visitors take it to get to Kapesovo for a hike.

Board the bus and head to the guesthouse.

19.30 – Dinner at a themed restaurant (specializing in mushrooms) in the village of Vitsa.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+6th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

08.30 – Hiking tour begins at the old stone paths and the Zagorian villages residents of the of previous century. We then continue on to the “bridge of Mizios” located on the old path that connects Koukouli with Vitsa, built in 1748.

Vitsa the largest Zagori village, the balcony of the Vikos Gorge, opens an amazing view on the Gorge from an altitude of 955m. In Vitsa you can find traditional stone houses, built into the form of cascade due to a specific architectural improvisation. Its antique walls are dating back to 2000 BC.

As most villages in the region, Vitsa is defined by its bridge. Here one can enjoy the double-arched bridge of Missios, impressive and charming through its uniqueness. Visiting the churches of Agios Nikolaos, Kimissis and Taxiarchon, the monastery of Prophet Elias, and the folk museum describing everyday life of Zagoria from the 16th to the 18th centuries are things to do if you’re around.

Afterwards, we walk a track through the gorge of Vikos [at the beginning of the gorge].

According to Guinness Book, Vikos Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world. Part of Pindus mountains, it spreads for 20 km in Northern Greece, lays in the heart of of Vikos-Aoos National Park, a UN World Heritage. It presents a diverse relief with massive rocky cliffs, steep slopes and abrupt altitudinal changes, carved for ages to its present shape by the Voidomatis River, making it a fantastic natural monument.

The geological isolation left the wildlife come with rare species of plants, birds, serpents and amphibians, uniquely from Epirus. The Aoos and Voidomatis rivers host also 7 fish rare species. A 12 km hike with three various routes is available for tourists who want to enjoy a truly exceptional experience.

We then pass over the stone bridge of Noutsou or Kokkoris, one of the most beautiful bridges of Zagori with a height of 13 meters and a length of 23.50 meters. We continue on the same track, climb up through the hills and then walk over the “Kalogerikos bridge” or “bridge of Plakida”, located a few meters before the entrance of the Kipoi Zagoriou village.

We continue onto the stone bridge of Mylos in the village of Kipi, then across the stone bridge of Kontodemos or Lazaridis and finally walk up to the village of Koukouli, ending our hiking tour in the village square, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy a hot beverage and a snack in the traditional stone-built café of the village, under a huge platanus!

Return to our guesthouse for rest and refreshments.

19.30 – Dinner at the taverna located at the Kato Pedina village square.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+7th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (60 min)
08.30 – Departure to the traditional settlement of Aristi.
Aristi village is the heart of Zagorohoria. With the spectacular view on Vikos Gorge and surrounded by forests of beech and chestnut trees, Aristi is a hidden gem of the Pindus Mt. The mountain’s peaks, covered in snow from early autumn to late spring give a sparkling feeling to whoever finds themselves in Zagori. Among this shiny scenery, you get the houses that reflect the traditional character of the region with the stone exteriors hiding from cold. Hikes in the deepest in the world Gorge, climbing the peaks or discovering Ottoman traders’ footprints are among top activities for travelers.

Pappigo is made up of two famous villages, Megalo (big) Papiggo and Mikro (small) Papiggo. The last is more famous due to its scenic location at the feet of Mt. Timfy, 3 km from the Megalo Pappigo, opening the view on snowy peaks of the mountain. However, it’s the mix of scenic view and the Zagori style village that makes it so desired for the destination. The houses are big two-storied mansions with large orchards and traditional chimneys and stone fountains built here and there. The cultural and historic places make the whole Pappigo a national historic monument worth visiting. Trekking in the paths of Timfy is a must do in Zagori.
Return to our guesthouse for rest and refreshments.

19.30 – Dinner at the taverna located at the Papiggo.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+8th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

08.30 –Depart for Ioannina.

Walking through the city, around the castle, and to the museum.

Ioannina, the capital of Epirus, is stretched on the shore of the natural lake Pamvotida. The lake shapes the climate and the character of the city, remaining its symbol. Ioannina is multicultural, having passed through a blend of religions years ago. Here, you can easily find Christian, Islamic and Jewish interactions that left amazing cultural and archaeological monuments. Among them, one might enjoy visiting Veli Pasha Mosque, the Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre, KehilaKedoshaYashan Synagogue etc. Perama Cave, in close proximity to Ioannina, is a product of karst formation, carved for million years, a natural sculpture of truly stunning proportions absolutely worth visiting. Local gastronomy is rich in fish from the lake and frog’s legs, also delicious desserts like sugar pies and baklava and local alcohol-free liqueurs.

We then take a boat and visit the island of Lake.

19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in Ioannina.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+9th day (overnight stay in Athens)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)

08.30 – Having packed our bags we will then board the bus and depart to Messolonghi.

Messolonghi is located in Western Greece and literally translates as a “town between two lakes” (it.). It is built between two lagoons, Messolonghi and Kleisova. The Echoes of the Greek Revolution are still heard here: after 1826, having survived a disastrous siege against the Ottoman Turks and Egyptians for 12 months and having heroically broken through, the city is aftermath called a “Sacred Town” since 1937. Lord Byron died here, leaving its trace in Greece forever.

The lagoons of Messolongi are especially beautiful in the sunset. The lagoons also host Mediterranean’s largest habitats for birds and fish Protected by the Ramsar Convention. Among popular activities, one can do kayaking among the flamingos, an amazing experience for water sports lovers.

15.30 depart for our boutique hotel in Athens.

19.30 – The day ends with a farewell dinner at a selected restaurant in the city center, along with the organizer and the artistic director.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+10h day (Departure)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departure. After breakfast you are tranferred by taxi to the airport.

 

 

Route map Tour 3

Pricing Tour 3

Athens | Delphi |Meteora|Plastira lake | Zagorohoria | Ioannina | Athens

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Price 27/05/2019 – 05/06/2019: 3600€ Ultra all inclusive

Price 14/10/2019 – 23/10/2019: 3000€ Ultra all inclusive

(It is likely that the price will vary slightly in each program individually) 

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