Walking in the Garden of the Gods Tour
Arrival – Athens/ Alexandroupolis Arrive at Athens and take a domestic flight to Alexandroupolis, a thriving resort with a picturesque port. Dinner and overnight here.
Soufli/ Dadia Forest/ Alexandroupolis Visit Soufli, a town famous for traditional silk production. Continue to Evros Delta, ecologically one of Europe's most important wetlands, and the Dadia Forest Reserνe, a dense pine forest which plays host to the largest range of birds of prey ίn Europe. Dinner and overnight in Alexandroupolis.
Porto Lagos/ Thessaloniki We depart for Thessaloniki. Οn our way, a short visit of Porto Lagos Lake, a haven for endangered birds. Continue our drive through the beautiful Thrace region, to reach Thessaloniki in early evening. Dinner tonight will include special Greek delicacies. Overnight here.
Thessaloniki We explore this great city starting with a drive along the waterfront to the massive White Tower and nearby Triumphal arch of Galerius, built in 303 AD. We continue with visits to Byzantine churches St. Sophia and Agios Demetrios. We will also see the Archaeological Museum. Dinner tonight at Anchialos, overnight in Thessaloniki.
Dion/ Mt. Olympus Today we visit ancient Diοn, the sacred city of the Macedonians and continue for Μount Olympus, home of the Greek Gods. After a unique walking experience on the slopes of Μt. Olympus, we take our bus for the Katsaros estate to sample the aromatic, robust and slow maturing Cabernet Sauvignon! Return to Thessaloniki for a special dinner and overnight.
Edessa/ Florina/ Prespes Lakes Visit Edessa, famous for its waterfalls that plunge down a ravine from the town to the valley floor below. Continue to Prespes Lakes, which boast an ecologically rich wetland and are home to 1300 species of plants and 422 species of birds some of which are οn the endangered list. Walk around these beautiful secluded lakes or tour the lakes by boat and visit the island of St. Achilios, where a beautiful little Byzantine chapel is located. Dinner and overnight in a traditional settlement in Prespes.
Kastoria/ Ioannina Continue to Kastoria, the 3rd most important city of the Byzantine Empire and certainly one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. Then on to Ioannina, the capital and largest town of Epirus. The city has numerous monasteries and churches from the Byzantine period. Visit the Little island in the lake of Ioannina, a place filled with legends and ancient traditions! Dinner and overnight in Ioannina.
Dodoni and Nekromandeion Visit Dodoni, Epiros' most important ancient site. Christianity also left its mark on Dodoni, as evidenced by the remains of a 6th century Byzantine Basilica, which was built over the remains of a sanctuary dedicated to Hercules. We continue to visit the Acheron River Nekromandeion (Oracle of the dead) and return to Ioannina. Α memorable dinner in a lakeside setting! Overnight in Ioannina.
Vikos Gorge/ Ioannina The focal point of this region is the 10 km long Vikos Gorge. Το walk the length of the Vikos Gorge is to undertake what is arguably the greatest walk in Greece. This is a paradise for nature lovers - several birds of prey including the Egyptian vulture are commonly seen here. After our walk in the gorge, we return to Ioannina for a nice dinner and overnight.
Metsovo/ Meteora We continue to the town of Metsovo, a town which has an air of its own! Locals dressed in traditional costumes, local handicrafts, regional cuisine; stone built mansions, and a superb mountain setting ideal for walking! After a nice walk, we shall taste some of the fine local cheeses and wine! Depart for Meteora; ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, stand suspended between earth and sky, on top of huge granite rocks! Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
Delphi Drive to Delphi, visit the treasury of Athenians, the temple of Apollo and the museum. After approximately 40 minutes of walking in the ancient pathway, we reach the famous stadium, one of the best-preserνed in all of Greece! We depart Delphi, taking the road to Athens. This evening we will enjoy a marvelous farewell dinner
Departure Τransfer to Athens airport for your departure flight.