Thessaloniki | Meteora | Plastira lake | Pelion | Volos | Dion -| Thessaloniki

[720km/10h.15 min]

Tour 2 is also called  “green program” and is carried out during periods 06.05.19 – 15.05.19 and 23.09.19 – 02.10.19

“Hiking tours” take place in: Meteora, Plastira lake, and Pelion.

“Cultural tours” take place in: Thessaloniki, Meteora, and Dion.

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

“Elegant hospitality” takes place in high quality boutique hotels in Thessaloniki (3), and traditional guest houses in Plastira Lake (2) and Pelion (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 2 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 make 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 and 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 lake Plastira)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags, we will then board on our private 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
12.00 – 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”.
17.00 – Depart and settle in at our Guest House in Lake Plastira.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.
+4th day (overnight stay in lake Plastira)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Hiking tour begins around Lake Plastira.
Lake Plastira, with its harmonious looks and a perfect fit into the picturesque villages, fir forests and the Agrafa Mt. range that surrounds it is often called “Little Switzerland”. The artificially created lake is a true miracle with its emerald water and fjord-like cliffs is largest in Greece. The lake’s idyllic view is surrounded by hospitable villages of Neohori, Karitsa with its carved in a huge rock monastery “Panagia Pelekiti”, Mesenikolas with its famous red wine and a rich wine-growing tradition, Neraida (fairy, gr.) a well-known tourist attraction, with its gorgeous stone-built fountains.
Activities: aquatic sport, walks on foot or biking along the lake, canoeing, and horse riding.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.
+5th day (overnight stay in Pelion)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
08.30 – Having packed our bags we will then board on our bus.
After 6 hours touring around Lake Plastira and taking part in activities like boating in the lake or horse-riding, we depart for Pelion.
Mt. Pelion, a mountain in the southeast part of Thessaly, relatively close to Volos, is surrounded by a number of traditional villages with their own specific charms and looks.
The villages are popular both in mid-winter when everything is abundantly covered in snow and in summer, when colors dominate the region and the fir, chestnut, oak trees rise grandly to offer shadows to the thirsty.
18.30 – Settle in at the guest house. (60 min)
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.
+6th day (overnight stay in Pelion)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
Walking through the traditional villages of Pelion.
You can find Zagora on the eastern slopes of Mt. Pelion, with an astonishing and vast view to the Aegean. It is a populated village with its central meeting point at square Ag. Georgios, named after the Church nearby, known for its excellent altarpiece. Another famous spot is the Public Library, dating from 18th Century, that hosts many great rare books, with a reading hall and lending services.
Drakopoulou Mansion in located in a short distance. It represents the Women’s Agro-tourism in the region, where nature comes across tradition, the orchards host abundant citrus-trees – an essential ingredient in the regions’ gastronomy (jam, marmalades and liqueurs), with recipes passing from generation to generation.
Tsagkarada is built 500m above sea level on the eastern side of Mt. Pelion. It finds itself in the midst of a densely wooded area, with a wide panorama on Aegean. Here one can predominantly find chestnut and plane trees, squeezed nicely between the private houses and various buildings. The village is barely populated; however, you can find some places for coffee or food.
Its central square of Agia Paraskevi hosts the great Plane Tree, aged older than 10 centuries. At the entrance of the village, one gets inspired by the beauty of the one-arch stone bridge of the village. Among historic sites are the Achillopouleios Commercial School and the Nanopouleios School, both dated to 1864.
18.00 – Settle in at our guest house. (60 min)
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.
+7th day (overnight stay in Pelion)
07.00 – Breakfast (1h.30m)
Walking through the traditional villages of Pelion.
Agios Lavrentios, on the altitude of 600m, had a view on Pagasitikos Gulf on one side and squeezed into a lively vegetation life on the other side. It has been famous due to the nearby Monastery of Agios Lavrentios. The latter has been founded in 1378, in a place of a more ancient monastery belonging to Order of Saint Benedict.
The tourism developed along the events held in the village, like the Celebration of Cherry in June and the Music event that has been gathering artists from all over the world since 2006. Its traditional touch is found in ancient houses, built from giant stones and the cobblestone paved roads. The local gastronomy is high in olives, grape-wine and fruits.
Vizitsa, with its typical Pelion scenery, catches the eyes with its stone-paved roads and grandiose three-story mansions, unique in Northern Greece, inundated in abundant greeneries and surrounded by stone fountains.
Its harmonious architecture alongside ages-long plate trees make it an idyllic place to recharge from the busy city life. One can simply roam around the village, or hike to nearby Milies or Kala Nera. One can visit the religious monument, the Church of Life-Giving Spring built in 1725 or the monastery of Saint John the Baptist built in 1797. One can get interested in the Esperides, the regional Women’s Agro-tourism Cooperative, popular for its traditional local products ranging from marmalades to home-made pastries.
Milies is stretched on various heights, counting the lowest point of 250m to the highest – 450m. Its village has been populated mostly by craftsmen who transformed, through hard work and determination, this small settlement into a beautiful village over years. Just like other villages from Pelion, Milies had blossomed during the 17th Century, building traditional mansions, a school and library (with an inscription “Psychis Akos” still available). It has been suppressed by Ottomans, burnt by Germans, destroyed by an earthquake. Despite it all, it is still standing today, full of life and traditions. Among the traditional places visit the railway station, the church of Agios Nikolaos “Neomartiras” and the cave of the Centaur Chiron.
Lafkos is a large village in South Pelion with an incredibly wide view on Gulf of Pagasitikos. Its name means clear and bright, the exact description of the village. An ideal combination of mountain and sea, it reminds of a medieval place, built on a steep slope. Traditional cobbled streets and preserved houses offer an image of past times.
Among places to see are the remaining of a fort and tombs dating back to the 4th century BC, the proudly standing Basilica of Genesis of Theotokou, from of Pelion ecclesiastical architecture, the monastery of Agios Athanasios from 1795 with an impressive scenery just a few km from the village.
The village is ideal for unlimited walks with its surrounding green mountains and pure oxygen.
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant in the traditional settlement.
Rest of the evening – Free time for rest.
+8th day (overnight stay in Pelion)
07.00 – Breakfast (60 min)
08.00 – We are heading towards Portaria and then we walk to Makrinitsa traditional village for touring – coffee.
Portaria, a cosmopolitan village of Pelion, just 12 km away from Volos, hosts visitors throughout the year. Placed at the foot of the Mt. Pelion, it represents the gateway from Volos to the Pelion villages and offers an amazing view of the Pagasitikos bay. Portaria has a unique style in the entire region, framed in fresh spring waters, majestic mansions and cobblestoned roads.
A popular destination for both skiing swimming, at its altitude of 650 meters, it opens paths to various tastes regarding the activities. At a short travel from Portaria one might want to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Agios Ioannis Prodromos, rich in Byzantine history and the local waterfalls of Karavos, rich in vegetation and scenic running waters.
We visit the agritourism farm of Karaiskos, 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.
Makrinitsa, the balcony of Mt. Pelion, is the closest village to Volos, 6 km away. Being considered as the most traditional village of the region, it carries its traits, with its big ornamented mansions, hanging out of the green mountain.
Among the dense stone-built fountains, a characteristic of Pelion villages, one can discover a traditional coffee house decorated with a wall painting by the famous Greek painter Theofilos. The Museum of Folk Art and History of Pelion is a must-see place, hosted in the Topali mansion with more than a thousand objects. The latter reveals the everyday life of local population along centuries. Makrinitsa is a popular tourist destination during both winter and summer times.
14.00 – we are heading towards Volos.
Volos is a modern city with mythical roots, tracing back to Argonauts, whose adventurous expedition has been described in Greek epic. Located in the region of Thessaly, middle of Greece, it casts charming views of the Mt. Pelion and the Pagasitic Gulf. Walking the delightful waterfront is a must-do thing if you visit. Don’t miss the symbol of the city, the wooden sculpture of Argo and the beautifully preserved buildings, warmly reflected in the sea.
Being part of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in the past, it gets those traces mingled with Christianity along the time. Places to be visited count in the Volos Castle, the church of Agioi Konstantinos and Eleni, and Church of Saint Tripa on Goritsa Hill.
Among gastronomy, one can enjoy the local meze and tsipouradika
19.30 – Dinner at a selected restaurant (tsipouradiko) in Volos.
21.30 – we return back to the guest house in Pelion.
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 the bus and head to Dion archaeological site.
11.30 – 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.
14.00 – 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 2

Tour 2 route. emotional travel

Pricing Tour 2

Thessaloniki | Meteora | Plastira lake | Pelion | Volos | Dion | Thessaloniki

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Price 06/05/2019  – 15/05/2019: 3600€ Ultra all inclusive

Price 23/09/2019 – 02/10/2019: 3300€ Ultra all inclusive

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

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Thanos ManourisThanos Manouris
Continental Greece in autumn was a notable surprise! The colors and scenery were beyond our expectations. Tour in Plastira lake and Pelion is fully recommended!  
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We relished autumn in Greece in the most genuine way, crossing gorges, visiting craft studios, cooking with indigenous, making new friends from other countries. Special thanks to Afroditi and Yiannis for the drama activities!
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George and Stelios were my travel mates back in 2016 on my 3rd journey to Greece. We were travelling as a group, all strangers between us. We hiked around Macedonia, Epeirous & Thessaly for almost 1 month and I must admit it was a life time changing experience. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, we had the chance to know each other better. Their love for hiking, nature, arts and gastronomy and their willingness to share this love with others, allowed me to undestand modern Greece in a much deeper way. Since then, I travel to Greece at least once a ...
Lotte HollandLotte Holland
I always thought Greece as the country with the most beautiful islands and beaches. And I traveled a lot around the country for at least 6 times in 10 years to be able to confirm that. Yet, It wasn't always a beatiful experience. Crowded islands in the summer is something you would like to avoid, if you were a demanding person like me.  So last year I decided not to follow the herd. I booked a hiking tour in Zagorochoria. Stelios was our group leader and I had one of the best times in my life. Visiting continental Greece in ...
Ivica PanicIvica Panic
Travel for me is about enjoying every minute of my holidays. I can't bare standing in one place doing nothing. This adventure trip seemed tailored made for my tastes. Amazing scenery, strange to watch traditions, art visits, hiking and gastronomy tutoriars  was what I loved most. I will defenetetly do it again. This time in Pelion.
Sara SampaioSara Sampaio
I was afraid of Hiking in trails I did not knew, but joining Stelios and Georges group, made me feel a lot more comforable. They are amazing in organizing things and keep your interest alive. Hiking is perhaps the last think I will remember from this trip. Cheers