Lakes Of Northern Greece

7 nights starting from
£1295

  • 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!

Available Departures

From

16 - September - 2022 Limited Availability Travel Info Please Call

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 16th September 2022 at 05:55

Returning: 23rd September 2022 at 12:05

ITINERARY

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.

INCLUDED

  • Return scheduled flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki and from Preveza to London Gatwick (some regional flights may be available, please enquire)
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the three-star Villa Belles Hotel, Kerkini, three nights at the five-star Limneon Spa Hotel, Kastoria, and two nights at the four-star Daluz Boutique Hotel, all on bed and breakfast basis and based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two dinners and two lunches
  • Three boat trips
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary as detailed
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

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

HOTELS

Villa Belles, Akritochori

Overlooking Kerkini Lake, this traditional style hotel offers comfortable rooms and a tranquil countryside position.

Hotel Website 

Limneon Resort Hotel, Kastoria

This luxury spa hotel has a lovely position right on Lake Orestiaida.

Hotel Website

Daluz Boutique Hotel, Preveza

Comfortable modern hotel with swimming pool in peaceful location close to Preveza.

Hotel Website

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I really loved all the boat trips, especially on the first day at Lake Kerkini and the final day in Ambracian Gulf. The hotels were good but yet again, I seem to be jinxed when it comes to room allocation. Jane is aware! IN the first hotel, I was allocated a side room - but with a view of half the lake from my balcony. In the second hotel I had a 'soulless' standard room whereas most others in the group - including singles, had a junior or deluxe suite. 'Why me?'...... Hotel reception were great and moved me to another room the following night. The feel and decor of this room was totally different and made me feel a lot better. I really enjoyed the joint meals and selection of food. As a single traveller, I felt a bit lost on evenings when meals were not arranged as there was not always the opportunity to link up with someone to eat with. The journeys between hotel locations I found a bit long and tiring. I would have liked to stay longer in Previza - and that hotel - and explore more of the area. Jane was fantastic throughout.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 10-June-2022


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Marked admin down as Jane had no idea of my dietary requirements, gluten free & veggie. She was aware of another lady who was gluten free. Accommodation in the 2 latter hotels was wonderful although no restaurant in the last one, despite being advertised. Jane was brilliant and although I didn’t know anyone when I joined the trip, I settled down very quickly. Jane made sure we went to some wonderful places both for meals and sightseeing trips. The last day was one of my favorite.

Review by Tourikis who travelled 10-June-2022


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Jane Freeman, the tour manager, was excellent, concerned all the time that we were all well-informed and enjoying ourselves! Nikos was much more than a very safe driver, constantly alert for any way to help us. The sheer variety of activities offered was impressive and included several boat trips where we saw pelicans, turtles and dolphins. We visited historical and cultural monuments, tasted local food and wine. and saw beautiful parts of Greece, little visited by British tourists. Norma Cook and Brita De Cata.

Review by Cook who travelled 10-June-2022


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 10-June-2022


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Small group, reliable transport and well organised. Very good your overall.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 10-June-2022


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A delightful new tour, ably managed by Jane Freeman as always. Wonderful lakes, many birds, loggerhead turtles, dolphins, water buffalo, even hints of bears. Needed more time to see everything.

Review by Pinder who travelled 10-June-2022


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Very enjoyable holiday. Our Tour Manager, Jane excelled at care and consideration for everyone in the group, and informed us efficiently of each day’s activities in advance. However, we felt that we would have benefitted from a specialist guide for some aspects of the tour, especially cultural and natural history. Overall, an excellent holiday.

Review by Parrott who travelled 10-June-2022