An Autumn Adventure In Northern Greece

7 nights starting from
£1325

  • Authentic Metsovo

  • The spectacular landscape of Meteora

  • Colourful Corfu

  • Historic Ioannina

  • The timeless region of Zagoriahoria

This ‘adventure’ takes us to the surprising landscapes and natural beauties of northern Greece during a period when the colours of autumn should be painting the trees and when most tourists have already departed. The places visited provide a fantastic glimpse of the diversity and beauty offered in this region, not only in its spectacular scenery but also in its local tastes and its distinct culture.

Available Departures

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Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 13th November 2021 at 12:50

Returning: 20th November 2021 at 18:50

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki.
We transfer to and overnight at the Royal Hotel, situated a short distance from the city of Thessaloniki, and will enjoy a dinner altogether, a chance to get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2: Thessaloniki and on to Metsovo.
We have the opportunity this morning to catch a glimpse of Thessaloniki, an atmospheric seaside city overflowing with historic sites and atmosphere.  We will take a stroll through the buzzy Aristotelous Square, the heart of the city, visit the old market and have time for coffee before starting our journey to colourful Metsovo, This evening we will have dinner altogether in a local taverna in Metsovo.

Day 3: Meteora Monasteries.
The joy of visiting Meteora is not just about these special monasteries, which are certainly magnificent in their own right, but it’s also the unusual and dramatic rock formations that provide a sensational setting for these historic monasteries and grab our attention. A visit here certainly provides both history as well as natures grandeur. This evening will be relaxed to spend at leisure.

Day 4: Metsovo and on to Ioannina.
This morning, before leaving Metsovo we will visit the town’s excellent folk museum for a short guided tour, which will provide an excellent insight into how Metsovo became so prosperous.  Leaving Metsovo behind we will venture into the region of Tzourmerka enjoying some wonderful views as we go before sitting together for lunch at a local taverna.  Then it’s on to Ioannina with the evening free to relax and settle into the friendly and very comfortable Anemolia hotel.

Day 5: Discovering Ioannina.
We will spend this morning exploring Ioannina and visit ‘the island’ as it is known, having with us a local guide for the morning to provide us with a little of the town’s colourful history. After our tour is concluded, there will be free time to wander at leisure in Ioannina and have lunch before returning to our hotel. This evening a very tasty buffet dinner will be prepared for us at the hotel.

Day 6: Day trip to Corfu.
We will journey to the port town of Igoumenitsa and catch the ferry to Corfu where we will spend our time discovering the picturesque historic backstreets of Corfu town. We will have a short, guided tour and then you will be at leisure to enjoy the town as you wish. Return late afternoon to Ioannina. Evening at leisure.

Day 7: The Zagoria villages. 
Our final day takes us into the wonderful and timeless region of the Zagoria villages where we will encounter spectacular scenery, timeless authentic villages and wonderful old stone bridges, a trademark of the region.  We will also enjoy a leisurely and tasty lunch altogether at one of the tavernas of the region serving traditional Epirot fare.  Evening at leisure.

Day 8 Transfer to Thessaloniki for return flight to London Gatwick.

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.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki
  • One-night dinner bed and breakfast at the Royal Hotel,Thessaloniki, two nights bed and breakfast at the Kassaros Hotel, Metsovo, and four nights bed and breakfast at the Anemolia Hotel, Ioannina
  • Three dinners and two lunches
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Royal Hotel, Thessaloniki

Situated just 17 kilometres from Thessaloniki and only a 10-minute drive from the airport, the 4-star Royal Hotel provides a good choice for a relaxed place to stay for the start of our tour. Set on a hill, the hotel commands a fantastic view across the Thermaikos Gulf. The comfortable rooms all have balconies with either mountain or sea view, air conditioning/heating. The hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar.

Hotel Website

Kassaros Hotel, Metsovo

The cosy Kassaros Hotel ensures a taste of Metsovo tradition and hospitality. Decorated in the traditional Metsovon style, this comfortable hotel is well-located within easy walking distance to Metsovos central square where you can find shops, tavernas and plenty of local atmosphere.

Hotel Website

Anemolia Resort & Spa, Ioannina 

This very comfortable four-star hotel overlooking Lake Pamvotis is located approximately 4 kms from Ioannina’s city centre. Set in landscaped gardens, facilities include a bar, spa, including sauna and hot tub, various treatments are also available (at an extra cost).  The well-appointed and tastefully decoated bedrooms include all modern amenities.

Hotel Website