Thessaloniki|Dion|Platamonas Castle |Paleos Panteleimonas |Olympus | Meteora | Zagorohoria | Ioannina| Vergina | Thessaloniki

[722km/10h.21 min]

Tour 1 is also called “blue program” and is carried out during periods: 11.03.19 – 20.03.19 and 17.06.19 – 26.06.19

Hiking tours” take place in: Enipea (Olympos), Meteora, and Zagorohoria.

Cultural tours” take place in: Thessaloniki, Dion, Vergina, Platamona castle, Ioannina and Meteora.

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

Elegant hospitality” takes place in high standard quality boutique hotels in Thessaloniki (3), and traditional guest houses in Palaios Panteleimonas (2) and Zagorohoria (4).

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 1 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 Thessaloniki)
Arrival. Our guests are welcomed and picked up from Thessaloniki International Airport by our tourist guides. On the way to the hotel our guests receive a short introduction to the city of Thessaloniki.

After visitors have settled in at the hotel, they meet with their fellow group members from other countries. A meeting with the organizer and our artistic director follows. Both concisely inform visitors of the tour schedule. After this meeting, guests have free time to get to 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 famous city restaurant follows.

+2nd day (overnight stay in Thessaloniki)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – The group is off to do a tour in the city of Thessaloniki, hosted by our experienced and talented tourist guides.

Thessaloniki’ was founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon it developed into an important metropolis during the Roman period, becoming Symvassilevousa (co-reigning city) of the Byzantine Empire, alongside Constantinople. A Byzantine metropolis that steadily evolved into a cultural capital, it served also as a major transportation hub for Greece and the southeastern Europe. Under Ottoman rule between 1430 and 1912, the city acquired an Oriental character as almost all Christian churches, whether parish churches or monastery catholicons, were converted into mosques. After the resettlement of Jewish refugees from Spain in 1500, Thessaloniki acquired a multicultural, multireligious and multicollective character, which would be retained until its liberation in 1912. Thessaloniki can reasonably be called an open Byzantine Museum, as all city monuments, Byzantine, Post–Byzantine and Ottoman, have been declared as historical landmark monuments. Furthermore, fifteen (15) of the Early Christian – Byzantine monuments were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.

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 Palaios Pantelehmonas)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board on our private bus and head to Dion archaeological site.
10.00 – Tour at the Museum and walk to the archaeological park.
Walk in nature and immerse yourself in a historical and mythical atmosphere, absorbing the strong vibrations of the place. The religious centre of Ancient Macedonia, is a unique archaeological site. Within a natural landscape, you can discover Hellenistic and Roman buildings, temples of Zeus Demeter Isis the Egyptian mother of the Gods, theatres and many more. Roman baths and great houses roads is a “must” see. Dion is considered the only archaeological park of Greece. The nearby museum expands in 3 floors, with the oldest organ of the world and the bronze statue of the emperor Alexander Severus

13.00 – Departure for Platamonas Castle.
13.30 – Walk and tour around Platamonas Castle, one of the best-preserved castles of Greece, stands close to the borders between Macedonia and Thessaly. An ancient city Herakleia, later the fortified village of Platamon that means “long bay”. Actually, the beach below is a stunning landscape with the mountain touching the sea. In the castle the guest can enjoy the octagonal tower named “the kip” and the water cistern in the inner yard. Canons, fortifications, and ruined churches add to the stunning views of Mount Olympus and the Aegean Sea.
16.30 – Transfer to the traditional settlement of Palaios Panteleimonas.
18.00 – After settle in at the guest house, we explore the traditional settlement.
Palaios Panteleimonas, a rustic, traditional village, whose archaeological evidence dates back to 14th Century, is hovering on the Mt. Olympus at the height of 700m. It opens a stunning view of the mountain, on the Aegean Sea and on the nearby Venetian castle, Platamonas. It is famous for its strictly uniform traditional touch in the architecture, with its peak, the church of Old Agios Panteleimonas, a local gem. The closely standing National Park of Mt. Olympus offers an unlimited exploration of beech, chestnut and arbutus tree forests. Among activities, one can do hiking in the forest trails and round up their day in local delightful taverns with traditional meze dishes and tsipouro made from local berries.

19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+4th day (overnight stay in Palaios Pantelehmonas)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – On the road to Mount Olympus.
Mount Olympus, listed as Unesco World Heritage Site, is the highest Greek mountain and the cradle of the country’s famous mythology. Also declared as National Park, the mountain is rich in plant, animal and bird species, some of them very rare. The mountain impresses by its marvellous gorges, plateaus, deep caves and daunting rocks, opening stunning views of spots like Throne of Zeus and the Muses’ Plateau.

Enipeas Gorge is a famous 10 km trail on Mt. Olympus along the river Enipeas. It originates in Prionia, at 1100m height, takes you through a rich in vegetation landscape, natural crystal-clear pools and ends in the village Litochoro. It is considered a moderate level walk with long hours. Besides the rich vegetation of pine, beech and ash, one might encounter during the trail a variety of rare bird, amphibian and reptile species of Olympus. The human touch will be visible in the decade’s old, traditional wooden bridges, crossing the river now and then. One of the must-see historic sites around is the St. Dionysius Monastery, standing proudly in the middle of Olympus and the reachable secret cave of the famous Greek monk, who once lived here.

10.00 – Hiking tour begins. Our route starts from Stavros [950m], passing through a beautiful beech forest in Chadolia, and will then continue on to the Enipea Gorge and the cave where St. Dionysios was asceticed [760m]. The end of our route finds us in Prionia [1100m]. The route is part of the European path E4. (4h.30 min). Alternatively, for those who so desire, there will be the opportunity to walk a smaller section of the path and then rest in the warm and welcoming “Prion” shelter.
17.00 – Dinner at the shelter “Prionia” or “Stavros”.
19.00 – Depart from Olympus and head to our guesthouse, in the settlement of Palaios Panteleimonas.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+5th day (overnight stay in Zagorohoria)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board on our 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.
11.00 – 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”.
16.00 – Depart for Zagorohoria and settle in at our Guest House in the village of Pedina.
Kato Pedina, meaning the “lower field” (gr.), is one of the oldest settlements in Zagorochoria and serves as an easy gateway, due to its easy access to Ioannina and the rest of the villages. Thus, it is a convenient place to stay due to its proximity to places like Vikos Gorge, Agia Paraskevi Monastery in Monodentri, the Voidomatis River at Aristi Village, as well as to the natural swimming pools at Papingo or high altitude lakes at Tymphe Mt.
One of the archaeological sites in Kato Pedina is the temple of The Archangels (Taxiarchon). It is known as the best-preserved landmarks of Zagori, an “outstanding natural wonder” monument of Greece. The church dates back to 14th century, being renovated in 1611-1612.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+6th 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”.
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. Once it was 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 lays at the height of 1340m on Pindos range, which makes it the highest located village of Zagorochoria and it is the least populated village. Its only connection to the world in the past was the famous Skala of Vradeto (Vradeto Staircase) that linked it to Kapesovo village, its only way of communication 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.

+7th 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.
Afterwards, we walk a track through the gorge of Vikos [at the beginning of the gorge].
Vikos Gorge presents a diverse relief with massive rocky cliffs, steep slopes and abrupt altitudinal changes. The gorge has been 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 refreshment
19.30 – Dinner at the taverna located at the Kato Pedina village square.

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 in the lake of Ioannina.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in Ioannina.

Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.

+9th day (overnight stay in Thessaloniki)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board on the bus and depart to Vergina.
12.00 – Tour at the Museum and walk to the archaeological park.
Every step you take on this famous land. Visitors of this special part of Northern Greece, will have the chance to see King Phillips grave and other graves of eminent Macedonians under the Royal Tumulus. Apart from the gold and silver treasures, visitor will have the chance to discover the stunning frescoes, which enriched the history of art with large scale painting that we lack in the Greco Roman world.
14.30 – Depart for Lagada Byzantine thermal springs for a warm and healing bath and then to our hotel in Thessaloniki.
Thermal Spring Lagadas are Byzantine thermal baths located close to Thessaloniki. The springs are known for their healing properties and are built in the natural environment offering therapeutic procedures for skin, circulatory system, etc. The place has rich historical, traditional and cultural values, tracing back to the times when Roman military doctor Iustinianos established them. They have been known also, legendary, due to the emperor Constantine the Great who had visited them together with his mother, St. Helena. Archaeologically, together with Byzantine churches, it represents the only monuments left from those times. Today it is a modern thermal city with springs heated to 39 degrees Celsius, very popular among tourists.
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. After breakfast you are transferred to the airport.

Route map Tour 1

Tour 1 route map. emotional travel

Pricing Tour 1

Thessaloniki|Dion|Platamonas Castle |Paleos Panteleimonas |Olympus | Meteora | Zagorohoria | Ioannina| Vergina | Thessaloniki

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Price 11/03/2019 – 20/03/2019: 3000€ Ultra all inclusive

Price 17/06/2019 – 26/06/2019: 3600€ Ultra all inclusive

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

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