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

1st day: Starting from Athens we drive to Thessaloniki. Second-largest 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 monuments.
2nd 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 side.

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.

The Villages.

Zagoria are famous for its architectural variety. The large number  of villages scattered around the mountaintops are full of surprises.


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.

7th day:
Kalogeriko. One of the most famous bridges in the area, outside Kipi. Its three dimensional curvature creates the illusion of a pulsation
The 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 secrets.

10th day:

Daily: 8.00am. Return approx 7.00 p.m.
on tenth day .
Comment:
See the main cultural and archaeological, historical and religious highlights of Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal roads.

Closed on Holidays: January 1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00. 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. 

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