7 nights starting from
Lake Kerkini – nature and ecotourism at its finest
Lake Orestiada - a listed monument of outstanding natural beauty
Prespes Lakes – one of Greece’s best kept secrets
Ambracian Gulf – one of the biggest wetlands of Greece, both in size and importance
An ‘off the beaten track’ experience
One doesn’t think of Lakes when one thinks of Greece, it is always the sea, the islands and the beautiful coastline and yet Greece is home to numerous lakes that offer a completely different view of this wonderful country. This tour will take you on a journey, off the beaten track at times, to discover some of these beautiful lakes and the nature, scenery, fauna and food that goes hand in hand with these special places. Birds, buffaloes, beans, beautiful scenery, and, of course, convivial meals tasting local specialities of the places visited.
Your Tour Manager Jane Freeman
Jane has spent many years involved with Greece, one way or another, mostly on the island of Crete, where many of our Greek tours are based, but in more recent years, mainland Greece too. Jane enjoys finding something a little different from the usual tourist haunts that she can share with guests and this is where the inspiration for this tour came from. Most of the areas visited will probably not be known by visitors to Greece, but Jane feels they should be shared and Jane hopes these lovely places and their special nature will be appreciated by guests looking for something just a little different!
|10 - June - 2022||Limited Availability||Travel Info On Request||booking-journey/#/start/LNG/10 June 2022/|
Departing: 10th June 2022 at 05:55
Returning: 17th June 2022 at 12:05
|16 - September - 2022||Limited Availability||Travel Info On Request||booking-journey/#/start/LNG/16 September 2022/|
Departing: 16th September 2022 at 05:55
Returning: 23rd September 2022 at 12:05
Day 1: Arrive Thessloniki and transfer to Lake Kerkini and check-in to the Villa Belles hotel for a two-night stay. Welcome dinner at a local taverna.
Day 2: Lake Kerkini, Fort Roupel and the Monastery of Timios Prodromos.
Whether you know the difference between a Grebe and a duck, a boat trip on peaceful Lake Kerkini is a must and a wonderful opportunity to spot birds in their natural habitat. Fort Roupel was built in 1914 but its fame comes from its heroic defence of Greece during the German invasion of April 1941. The lovely nunnery of Monastery of Timios Prodromos, enjoys a tranquil position with panoramic views over Lake Kerkini.
Day 3: Kerkini to Kastoria.
En-route to Kastoria, set on the banks of beautiful Lake Orestiada, we take the opportunity to visit the exceptional site of Vergina and its remarkable recreated tumulus that contains the tombs of Philip II. On arrival in Kastoria, we will check in to the Limneon Spa Hotel and there will be time to relax before going out for dinner altogether to a taverna in Kastoria.
Day 4: Exploring Kastoria and Lake Orestiada.
This morning we will explore the historic and picturesque neighbourhoods of Kastoria, known as Doltso, where the buildings date back to the 17th and 18th centuries, when the city’s economy blossomed due to the fur trade. We will also enjoy a relaxed walk alongside Lake Orestiada passing the beautiful 11th C. Panagia Mavriotissa Monastery, with its well-preserved wall-paintings, as we stroll. The afternoon will be free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
Day 5: Explore Prespes.
The lakes of Prespes, situated 850 m above sea level, share their waters with three countries, Albania, Fyrom and Greece. The whole area, whichever country the Lakes fall in, is known as Prespes and was formalised as an international protected wetland and National Park in 1973. It is an area of nature, culture, ancient settlements and beans! Yes beans! They say the best beans are found here because of the altitude at which they grow. Exploring the area, we will visit Agios Germanos, the biggest village of Prespes, the island of Agios Achillios, littered with Byzantine remains, and Psarades, a listed settlement where we take a short boat trip to see the rock paintings of abandoned hermitages. Lunch included today.
Day 6: Kastoria to Preveza.
En-route to Preveza we will stop at Ioannina and enjoy a coffee by the waters of Lake Pamvotis and some free time for a little exploring. Continuing towards Preveza, we will visit the beautiful Acheron River, known in Mythology as the River Styx, the gateway to Hades! We will have time for lunch by the river in a peaceful shady spot before reaching Preveza and checking-in to the comfortable Daluz Boutique Hotel.
Day 7: The Ambracian Gulf.
This peaceful body of water, a closed internal sea that is connected with the Ionian Sea through a narrow seaway, was created thousands of years ago. Fed not only by the sea but also by two freshwater rivers explains the diversity and richness of the biotopes found here. It is a paradise for birds but bottlenose dolphins and loggerhead turtles are also found here. We will explore this wetland area by boat on a half day tour, which will include lunch, searching for dolphins, turtles and other wildlife. In the afternoon we will visit seaside Preveza before returning to our hotel.
Day 8: Transfer to Preveza Airport 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 19 passengers.
Villa Belles, Akritochori
Overlooking Kerkini Lake, this traditional style hotel offers comfortable rooms and a tranquil countryside position.
Limneon Resort Hotel, Kastoria
This luxury spa hotel has a lovely position right on Lake Orestiaida.
Daluz Boutique Hotel, Preveza
Comfortable modern hotel with swimming pool in peaceful location close to Preveza.