Macedonia Epirus Tour
Optional day: Arrive in
Athens, Transfer from the airport to your
hotel by the Acropolis. We'll visit the
Acropolis and the highlights of Athens.
Depart next day to Macedonia
from Athens we drive to
city in Greece and the capital of
Macedonia, the nation's
largest region. It is honorary called
the Symprotevousa (lit. co-capital)
of Greece, as it was once called
the symbasilevousa (co-queen)
of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloníke
retains several Ottoman and Jewish
structures as well as a large number
of Byzantine and Roman architectural
day: Visit the Rotunda, a
massive circular structure with
a masonry core that had an oculus
like the Pantheon in Rome. It has
gone through multiple periods of
use and modification as a polytheist
temple, a Christian basilica, a
Muslim mosque, and again a Christian
church (and archaeological site).
A minaret is preserved from its
use as a mosque, and there are ancient
remains exposed on its southern
3rd day: Visit
a highly important ancient city, certainly
to be identified with Aegae, the first ancient
capital of the kingdom of Macedonia, spreading
over the low hills in the northern slopes
of' the Pierian range, between the modern
villages of Palatitsia and Vergina.
Visit Pella. The
city founded by Archelaus (413–399 BC) as
the capital of his kingdom, replacing the
older palace-city of Aigai (Vergina). After
this, it was the seat of King Philip
II and of Alexander, his son. In 168 BC,
it was ransacked by the Romans, and its
treasury transported to Rome. Later, the
city was destroyed by an earthquake and
eventually was rebuilt over its ruins. By
180 AD, Lucian could describe it in passing
as "now insignificant, with very few inhabitants".
4th Day: Well hidden in the mountains
of Epirus, north of Ioannina, lies one of
the most famous winter & summer destinations
in Greece: Zagorohoria. Forty -six century-
old villages steeped in nature create a
unique haven. The locals have preserved
their land, with respect to the architectural
identity of their villages and the beauty
of the surrounding nature. Zagori means
"the place behind the mountains". There
are 3 distinct parts: The eastern, western
and central Zagori, all criss-crossed by
streams, rivers, gorges and dotted by small
lakes. And the view of the mountains all
around is spectacular.
Voidomatis River. Crystal
waters that come from
springs at the Vikos gorge and meet with
Aoos River further downstream.
Kolybithres. Amazing natural pools created
by the water's flow through the rocks. Located
on the road between Mikro and Megalo Papingo.
Agia Paraskevi Monatery. Built on the
15th century on the edge of Vilkos gorge,
it retains the medieval atmosphere of that
era. Every room is built along a path that
leeds you to several caves on the cliff-face.
Kalogeriko. One of the most famous
bridges in the area, outside Kipi.
Its three dimensional curvature
creates the illusion of a pulsation
Vikos Gorge. An amazing 20 km long
ravine deep in Zagori, among the
Koukourtzos, Kousta, Stouros and
Tymphi mountains. Its a beautiful
verdant place filled with amazing
Daily: 8.00am. Return
approx 7.00 p.m.
on tenth day .
See the main cultural and
and religious highlights of
Greece. Time is
allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal
Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal
1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday,
Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00
Ps : Have in
mind that most of the Archaeological sites
in winter close at 2.45 pm.
All the information & photos on this website
is updated continuously. I myself visit
all sites at least once the month.