9 Days -
|Day 1||Upon arrival in Thessaloniki you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.|
|Day 2|| THESSALONICA|
Day at leisure. Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece, built near the sea is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history. Visit the center of the city, Aristotelous Square the city’s most central square boasting monumental mansions, White Tower is the city's landmark, Palace of Galerius, the Ancient Agora.
|Day 3|| THESSALONICA / VERGINA / DION / LARISSA|
A car will be delivered to the hotel in the morning and you can start your journey toward Vergina (78 km), the legendary burial site of the Macedonian kings. This site is considered a World Heritage Site, it is also known for the Royal Tombs and houses and the tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Continue driving until Dion (74 km from Vergina) which was the "sacred place" of the Macedonians. Since ancient times, a great altar was created for the worship of Zeus and his daughters, the Muses, in a unique environment, characterized by rich vegetation, tall trees, numerous springs and a navigable river. The last stretch is to Larissa (76 km from Dion), which is one of the main centers of agriculture.
|Day 4|| LARISSA / METEORA|
In the morning, departure to Kalambaka and visit Meteora which is one of the largest and most important
complex of monasteries in Eastern Christianity, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on sandstone rock pillars. More than 20 monasteries were built, but nowadays there are only six: Megálos meteors (or Great Meteoro Monastery of Transfiguration), Varlaam, Agios Stephanos (St. Stephen ), Agia Triada (Trinity), and St. Nicholas Anapausas Roussanou. The region is considered a world heritage site by UNESCO.
|Day 5|| METEORA / IOANNINA|
Morning departure to Ioannina, passing through the village of Metsovo (62 km), best known for its traditional architecture, churches, restored mansions and famous for its wine and cheese. Arrival in Ioannina (50 km from Metsovo).
|Day 6|| IOANNINA|
Free day to explore the city of Ioannina, rich in attractions and museums. The most notable attractions are: the Islet on Lake Pamvotis: One of the most notable attractions of Ioannina is the islet on Lake Pamvotis. The island is known as "Nissaki" (Νησάκι, the Greek word for "small island") You can visit the monastery of Agios Panteleimon which has been transformed into a museum and where Ali Pasha spent the last days of his life waiting for a pardon from the Sultan. The National Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, Ioannina castle located in the city center, the Fethiye Mosque, whose final form was given by Ali Pasha in 1795. The Aslan Pasha Mosque and the historic center of Ioannina among others. Also, visit the region called Zagorochoria, an area that contains about 45 villages, known for its traditional architecture. Situated on Mount Pindos, these villageshave not only humble huts of stone and slate, but also fortified mansions of the same material. Many of them were turned into guesthouses.
|Day 7|| IOANNINA / KASTORIA|
After breakfast, departure to Kastoria, a city known for its many Byzantine churches of the Ottoman era, its elegant mansions of the 17th and 18th century, the fur industry and trout. You can go for a boat ride on the lake Orestiada in the afternoon or evening.
|Day 8|| KASTORIA / THESSALONICA|
Morning at leisure mid day departure to Thessalonica.
|Day 9|| THESSALONICA / AIRPORT|
According to your flight departure time you will be transferred to Thessalonica airport.
- Transportation with A/C Luxurious bus
- 8 nights hotel accommodation
- Daily breakfast and dinner as mentioned
- The guided tour as it is in the program
- Licensed English speaking guide
- All taxes
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