Christmas In Greece

7 nights starting from

  • The hotels for this tour; the very comfortable and hospitable Anemolia Hotel, Ioannina and the well-situated four-star Modernist Hotel, Thessaloniki

  • Two interesting and very different locations; scenic, historic, cosmopolitan Ioannina and vibrant, atmospheric, seaside Thessaloniki


  • The magnificent Meteora Monasteries

  • Tradition, cuisine, atmosphere and exceptional scenery

  • The incredibly scenic Zagoria villages

Enjoy the wintery, scenic atmosphere of northern Greece where snow should be blanketing the mountains and fires roaring in the tavernas! A twin centre tour bases us first in the historic city of Ioannina, which spreads out around picturesque Lake Pamvotis with a magnificently dramatic mountain backdrop. Then to lively, cosmopolitan Thessaloniki, that sits right next to the sea, a city with a wealth of history, a diverse culture, a lively seaside promenade and a remarkable local cuisine.

Available Departures


22 - December - 2022 £ 1545.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 22nd December 2022 at 08:40

Returning: 29th December 2022 at 14:45


Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki
Transfer to Ioannina, Epirus and check in to the Anemolia Hotel, Ioannina, where a warm welcome awaits us. Relaxed evening with a buffet dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Exploring Ioannina. A leisurely morning will be spent exploring the historic city of Ioannina, a fascinating crossroads of cultures and religions. We will enjoy a guided tour to learn a little about the city’s historic highlights and its famous Ali Pasha Island, that sits in the middle of Lake Pamvotis, and which we will visit by boat. The rest of the day will be free for you to explore at leisure and take in the city’s lively Christmas atmosphere.

Day 3: Seaside Preveza. Today provides an opportunity to visit a little of the scenic Epirus coastline. Surrounded by sea on three sides, Preveza is defined by its international yacht harbour and, contrastingly, the Ambracian Gulf, an ecosystem of exceptional ecological value. The town has a scenic ‘old quarter’, which should be quite lively on Christmas Eve, a pretty water-front and some excellent fish tavernas and ouzeries.  Returning to Ioannina, we will enjoy a Christmas eve dinner at a local taverna.

Day 4: Zagoriahoria and Christmas Day lunch 
After a relaxed breakfast we take a short drive that brings us to one of the most beautiful parts of Epirus, the Zagoriahoria, an area of 46 stone-built villages that sit in the shadow of the majestic Pindos Mountains, where impressive humped-back bridges span ice cold rivers, once the only connection to the outside world! Alongside the magnificent scenery, an impressive nature abounds in all directions. We shall enjoy Christmas lunch at a taverna in one of the villages where a warm fire and, of course, a warm welcome will await us. Return to our hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 5: The Meteora Monasteries
We journey through beautiful scenery to the village of Kalambaka where we find the impressive ‘sky-high’ Meteora Monasteries. Built on tall pinnacles of majestic rocks these serene inspirational monasteries cling to the top of these isolated and unusual rock formations. As early as the 11th century monks occupied the caverns found on the rock faces and by the 14th century the first monasteries of a total of twenty-four monasteries were built. Today only six remain in use and our visit here will include one or two of them.

Day 6: Morning visit to Metsovo and transfer to Thessaloniki
Today we journey back to Thessaloniki and check in to the comfortable and well-positioned Modernist hotel. En route, we will take the opportunity to visit the scenic ‘Vlach’ village of Metsovo, which hosts a colourfully picturesque and traditional character. We will visit  the Tositsas mansion, an excellent folk museum, which provides a fascinating snapshot of  life in the past as well as an understanding of the famous benefactors of Epirus who were so vital for the survival of the region. After checking in to our hotel in Thessaloniki there will a short orientation walk that will include Aristotelous Square, the central square of Thessaloniki, and Ladadika, a popular pedestrianised historic neighbourhood that offers a great atmosphere alongside excellent choice of restaurants. The evening will be at leisure.

Day 7: Thessaloniki
We join our bus in the morning for a short visit to the upper part of the city where the walls of old castle sit. It’s a great spot for views across the city and the sea where, on a clear day, a snow-capped Mount Olympus may appear in the distance. For the energetic it’s possible to walk from here back down to the centre of the city, otherwise our bus will bring us back to the city and the rest of the day will be at leisure for you to choose where else you might like to visit, there are plenty of possibilities; the excellent Archaeological Museum with its great displays of Macedonian Gold; the historic White Tower, the most photographed spot of Thessaloniki; The Rotunda, the oldest monument of Thessaloniki with its beautiful mosaics. Or just promenade on the seafront, take in the lively atmosphere and enjoy a leisurely lunch!

Day 8: Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport (30 minutes) for the return flight to London Gatwick

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.


  • Return scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki
  • Five nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Anemolia Hotel, Ioannina
  • Two nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Modernist Hotel, Thessaloniki
  • Buffet dinner on the first night
  • Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch at local tavernas
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary as detailed
  • Tour manager throughout


  • Insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Personal items such as drinks, meals, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Meals other than those stated


Anemolia Resort & Spa, Ioannina

A very comfortable four-star boutique style hotel, located about 2.5 miles from Ioannina’s city centre, overlooking the lake. The hotel is a wonderful base for a relaxing stay over the festive period. Set in landscaped gardens, facilities include a bar, spa including sauna, hot tub and various treatments (at extra cost) as well as well-appointed bedrooms with all modern amenities and a sumptious breakfast that includes a variety of local flavours, such as the famous Epirus pies. The comfortable, modern rooms, with all facilities, ensure a relaxed stay.

Hotel Website

The Modernist Hotel, Thessaloniki

This attractive hotel, set in a striking 1920's heritage building that has been restored in a minimalist yet sensual style that moves between art deco, mid-century detailing and Danish design, combines old-world grace and casual comfort. Centrally situated in the heart of Thessaloniki, close to the historic Arch of Galerius, and just a 6-minute walk to the lively seafront andthe famous Aristotelous Square. This elegant hotel offers comfortable modern rooms with a choice of small (15 - 17 msq) or medium rooms (17 to 20 msq). Details from the hotel website are as follows for each room type:


S is all about compact comforts over 15-17 m2. Grand high ceilings, original cornices and tall windows, some giving out onto small balconies, recall the building’s heritage, offset by new parquet floors, elegant lighting and furniture that was made to measure. Your comfortable queen, king-sized or twin bed is dressed in fine cotton sheets with high thread count and the bathroom with shower is stocked with locally produced organic toiletries.


M offers all the amenities of its smaller cousin S, over 17-20m2 that includes a seating area and writing desk, as well as a furnished balcony for some. It’s all about beautiful volumes, with high ceilings, original cornices and tall windows that recall the building’s grand heritage, complemented by parquet floors, elegant lighting and furniture that has been custom-designed to fit the space. Your king-sized beds are dressed in fine cotton with high thread count and the bathroom with shower is stocked with locally-produced organic toiletries.

Hotel Website

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