Day 1: Arrival – Kavala
(First day on our program could be modified depending on your flight times)Arrival at ‘Makedonia’ Airport on Thessaloniki, meeting and orientation with our representatives. Transfer by bus to Kavala, and check-in our hotel. We will have a walk on the sites of the city that foretell its rich history. Kavala was known as Neapolis in ancient times and Chrystoupolis during the Byzantine era. Our first stop will be at the Step of St Paul, a memorial monument on the relics of an ancient pillar where Apostle Paul’s left his first footprint on European ground. We will continue, through the old city, to Mohamed Ali square where Christian and Islamic heritages are evident. We will then move on to the late-medieval Acropolis-Castle, used successively by Byzantines and Ottomans, which still overlooks the city. Our next stop is on the impressive 16th century Aqueduct, 52 meters high and consisting of 60 arches; built during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. We will complete our walking-tour by observing the neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses that evoke the memory of a distant past when a multinational (Greek, European and Jewish) wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. Kavala at the time was known as the “Mecca of tobacco”. Dinner, free time and overnight stay.
Day 2: Philippi – Lydia – Amphipolis - Thessaloniki
Day 3: Thessaloniki
Day 4: Thessaloniki
Day 5: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Pella – Ioannina
Day 6: Ioannina
Day 7: Zagorohoria – Kalampaka
Day 8: Kalampaka – Meteora – Volos
Day 9: Volos – Pelion
Day 10: (Daily tour to Chalkidiki) Return
Option A:According to mythology, Kassándra, the first peninsula of Halkidiki, was the site of the Clash of the Titans. Today, Kassándra is one of Greece’s most modern tourist resorts. Afitos is a picturesque traditional village with small squares, cobbled streets and traditional taverns and houses.
Option B:Sithonia looks like a typical Greek island. It is surrounded by the Aegean Sea, to the east it borders the Gulf of Agion Oros (Mount Athos) and to the west the Gulf of Kassandra. In the southern part of Sithonia is Mount Itamos (753 meters high) which is completely covered with pine trees, while the beautiful sandy beaches are one of its striking points. We will make all the tour of Sithonia and stop in two of the most famous sea-side resorts, Sarti and Neos Marmaras.
Transfer to airport and return home.
End of Tour
…Forget the Greek islands and head to the cosmopolitan north instead…
Forget the Greek islands, head north instead…
Greece’s vast north is unmatched for geographical, cultural and even culinary diversity. Here, great stretches of mountains, lakes, forest and coastline remain to be discovered. It’s terrain stretching from the azure Ionian Sea across the rugged Epiros mountains to the Thracian plain and the Turkish border. Northern Greece offers something for everyone, from culture and urban sophistication to swimming, hiking and birdwatching.
The tangible reminders of a history both triumphant and traumatic remain scattered throughout northern Greece. Although the region has only been part of Greece since the Balkan Wars in 1912–13 , it’s hardly a young territory. Macedonians, Illyrians, Thracians and Romans all ruled in ancient times. While the Byzantines, Slavs and Turks later held sway for lengthy periods. Myriad monuments, fortresses, churches and mosques attest to their diverse influences.
Today, with the grand Egnatia Odos spanning the region completed, northern Greece is getting easier – and quicker – to navigate. It’s also becoming a pretty happening place. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, offers outstanding eateries, nightlife and culture. While the university town of Ioannina is a lively spot close to the magnificent Pindos Mountains. Northern Greece also boasts great beaches, both for those looking for summer nightlife and for others in search of more secluded spots.
Kavala, is amphitheatrically built on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo forming one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. The city’s breeze sweeps through its historic buildings, which perfectly reflect the city’s modern character.
Kavala boasts a unique character reflecting its recent past. Neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses evoke the memory of a distant past when a wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. In the “Mecca of tobacco” as Kavala was named in the past, thousands of tobacco workers, male and female, earned their living. Their faces will remain alive for all eternity thanks to the black and white photos adorning the walls of the city’s Tobacco Museum. At the cobblestoned, lined with palm trees port, stand one next to another modern buildings and fish tavernas, while fish boats cast their reflection on azure waters.
Modern Kavala was once ancient Philippi’s port. More infamously, Ottoman Pasha Mehmet Ali (1769–1849), eventual founder of Egypt’s last royal dynasty, ruled here. He ordered his fleet to slaughter tens of thousands of Christian Greeks during Greece’s independence struggle. Islanders still commemorate these events annually.
Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, urban chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful vast sea views. This is Greece’s second largest city, with the streets bursting full of life and vibrancy.
Thessaloniki is a vibrant destination, full of surprises. It evolved into a unique mosaic of different cultures and civilizations, Thessaloniki will offer you a wonderful travel experience. The different neighbourhoods are little worlds unto themselves, and when you climb up to the Byzantine walls and take in the whole of Thessaloniki at sunset, you see what a sprawling, organic city it is. Old and new cohabit wonderfully: the Arch of Galerius, an intricate 4th-century monument, overlooks the busy shopping drag of Egnatia, while Thessaloniki’s most famous sight, the White Tower, anchors a waterfront packed with cocktail bars. The New Waterfront has breathed life and opened up space for long walks and cycling. By night, the city reverberates with music and nightlife.
Wonderful museums, cozy bars, impressive night clubs, and a shopping paradise in Tsimiski Avenue and Mediterranean Cosmos. This city is full of surprises for everyone! The more time you’ll spend walking around the city center, the more secrets will be revealed to you… you’ll get this unique feeling of finding a small treasure in every step!
The World Heritage–listed Meteora is an extraordinary place and one of the most visited in all of Greece. The massive pinnacles of smooth rock could be the setting for a futuristic science-fiction tale, or an ancient one. The monasteries atop them add to the strange and beautiful landscape.
The geological heart of Meteora is the Adrachti, or obelisk, a striking column visible from anywhere in Kastraki. Nearby, on the east-facing side of the Pixari rock face, closer to Kastraki, look for the colourful cave chapel of Agios Andonios. To the left of the chapel, in the hollows and cavities of the rock face, are the Askitaria (Cave Hermitages), complete with hanging ladders and nesting doves. The Askitaria were occupied until the early 20th century by solitary monks, and they remain a testament to the original spirit of Meteora.
Ioannina is one of Northern Greece’s most atmospheric cities. It is set on the western shore of the lovely Lake Pamvotis, and framed by the impressive mountain range that turns lilac at sunset. The walls of the Kastro enclose an atmospheric, tranquil old quarter, and the lakeside area is lined by opulent plane trees that let in dappled afternoon sunlight. Together with jutting minarets, the fantastic fortress and the unique appeal of To Nisi (The Island), Ioannina makes a beautiful place to spend at least a couple of days.
The large student population means that bars far outnumber any other entertainment option – there is a lively atmosphere here year-round. Ioannina’s rich history as an arts and culture centre is still keenly felt throughout the town.
Zagorohoria is one of Northern Greece’s most attractive and mysterious regions and a real must-explore, with 46 traditional stone-and-slate villages, tucked into the Pindos range. If you like silence, quality hiking and nature, plus breathtaking mountain views at each turn, you’ll never want to leave.
Each village has its own character, but all are tranquil and beautiful – romantic Dilofo has only a handful of inhabitants and an uncanny silence, and the region’s loveliest restaurant; the charming and rugged Monodendri is the most popular, while Kato Pedina, Ano Pedina and Aristi are the outdoor activities hubs. The Papingo villages are reached by precipitous mountain roads, while traditional Kipi is slightly livelier.
Once connected only by mountain paths and stone bridges, the villages are now connected by paved roads, some of which enjoy spectacular twists and turns. Hikers also come for the immediate proximity to the Vikos Gorge and other mountain routes.
The Pelion Peninsula lies to the east and south of Volos. It’s formed by a dramatic mountain range, where the highest peak is Mt Pliassidi (1651m). The largely inaccessible eastern flank consists of high cliffs that plunge into the sea. The gentler western flank coils around the Pagasitikos Gulf.
The interior is a green wonderland where trees heavy with fruit vie with wild olive groves and forests of horse chestnut, oak, walnut, fir and beech to reach the light of day. The villages tucked away in this profuse foliage are characterised by whitewashed, half-timbered houses with overhanging balconies, grey slate roofs and old winding monopati (footpaths) and cobbled kalderimia (mule paths).
In Greek mythology, the Pelion was the summer home of the 12 gods of Mt Olympus.
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.