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Enjoy two very different locations on this tour; the village of Loutra Ypatis, an off-the-beaten-track peaceful, natural haven; and Arachova, understandably known as the ‘balcony of Parnassus’ due of its location and marvellous views
Karpenisi, a beautiful natural area that is known as the ‘Switzerland of Greece’
The monasteries of Meteora – extraordinary, impressive, immense, inspiring
Mount Pelion and its charming traditional villages
Delphi - one of the most infamous sites in Greece
This two-centre tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the lesser-known sites of north-east Greece, both natural and historic, as well as one of the most iconic sites of ancient Greece, Delphi. Our main base for this tour is a wonderful small village with thermal springs (and thermal swimming pool) situated in the shadow of Mount Oeti, a mountain of unique beauty and a designated national park. This position provides the opportunity to journey in various directions to discover some of the highlights of this region. We will visit Karpenisi, a beautiful area that has become known as ‘the Switzerland of Greece', with its wonderfully clean air and overflowing nature; the extraordinary towering Meteora monasteries built on dramatic rock pinnacles; Makrinitsa, one of several lovely villages situated on the Pelion peninsula with a traditional Pelion architecture; and historic Delphi and its wonderful panoramic location in the foothills of Mount Parnassus.
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Departing: 02nd October 2019 at 08:55
Returning: 09th October 2019 at 13:35
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Athens.
Transfer to Loutra Ypatis. Welcome dinner at a local taverna.
Day 2 A relaxed day exploring the local area.
We drive up into the foothills of Mount Oeti and visit the 14th C. Agathonos monastery and then enjoy an easy walk through fir trees and nature to the small village of Kastania. Returning to our hotel in the early afternoon provides an opportunity to enjoy the village's thermal swimming pool, emptied every evening and refilled every morning with the ever-flowing thermal waters.
Day 3 Karpenisi.
The mountainous capital of Evritania has a wonderful alpine feel with chalet style accommodation and forested slopes; pine, oak and chestnut; flowing rivers, steep villages and wonderful views. Our visit here is designed to enjoy the exceptional scenic nature of the area. We will visit the lovely village of Megalo Horio and enjoy lunch, with some traditional specialities, in the village of Mikro Horio.
Day 4 Magnificent Meteora.
The joy of visiting Meteora isn’t just about the monasteries, which are magnificent in their own right, but the unusual and dramatic rock formations, a sensational setting, that host the monasteries. A visit here offers both history and natures grandeur.
Day 5 Makrinitsa and Volos.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Pelion Peninsula, a large lush mountain area, is situated just above the coastal port town of Volos and is dotted with preserved mountain villages that are rightly considered architectural gems. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Thessaly region combining the allure of the sea with the mystical charm of the mythical Centaurs, who chose this place for their battles and celebrations.
Day 6 Loutra Ypatis to Arachova.
Leaving Loutra Ypatis behind we enjoy a scenic journey through the foothills of Mount Parnassus, stopping along the way at one of the prettiest of the Parnassus villages, Eptalofos, a true gem in the area. After checking in to our hotel in Arachova there will be free time to explore this lovely village.
Day 7 Delphi and Galaxidi.
Guided visit to the UNESCO site of Delphi. After our visit at this magnificent site we will drive to the seaside village of Galaxidi to enjoy a farewell lunch altogether.
Day 8 – Transfer to Athens Airport for return flight to London Heathrow
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.
Alexakis Hotel - five nights
Comfortable, family-run hotel with lovely views, situated in the spa town of Loutra Ypatis. Bedrooms are comfortable, and include a shower room, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, fridge, safe, hairdryer and wi-fi.
Alexakis Hotel Website
Likoria Hotel, Arachova - two nights
At 990 metres above sea level, the comfortable four-star Likoria Hotel is situated in the heart of the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Each spacious and tastefully decorated room has a private balcony with views over the valley of Delphi. Hotel facilities include a bar, sauna, steam room, heating/air-conditioning and wi-fi. Rooms all have a private bathroom with bath or shower, balcony, TV and minibar. There is a good choice of tavernas within easy reach on foot from Likoria and some great local shopping too!
Likoria Hotel Website
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Jane Freeman had worked so hard in organising such a great new trip. Her attention to detail, and caring attitude to each individual was excellent, which meant our whole group had an amazingly enjoyable experience. Thank you to the whole team. Our driver Nico, and Hotel Alexakis a very special mention too!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
A super tour in every way. Jane was an excellent tour manager and also great fun and we all had lots of laughs. She chose wonderful food for our included meals in very good tavernas. I had long wanted to see the Meteora and they did not disappoint and we loved all the other days- villages, museums, churches, flowers, the little train, bathing in the hot spring water. The scenery was beautiful and the weather good.
Review by Casemore who travelled 08-May-2019
Excellent as always and encouraged me to book the Scenic Epirus tour in October, so looking forward to returning.
Review by Anonymous who travelled 08-May-2019
A lovely experience of 'green Greece', all snow-capped peaks and verdant valleys with many spring flowers. Both hotels were fine and welcomig particularly in Loutra Ypati. Lovely villages, quiet roads and friendly locals. Jane Freeman was a splendid tour manager, aided and abetted by excellent driving from the unflappable Nikos. Good food and wine, especially at the last seafood lunch in Itea.
Review by Pinder who travelled 08-May-2019