Family Adventures in Northern Greece

Activities in unspoilt Greece

Summary

An active holiday in a unspoilt location!

Activity code: FAH

Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights

Adventure and activities in an unspoilt part of northern Greece. This family adventure short break offers cycling, rafting, kayaking, hiking and bird watching in glorious countryside.

 

Essential Information

Minimum age: 8 years old. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

All participants must have a basic swimming ability. All activities are suitable for beginners.

Not included:

  • Transfer to and from Greece (we can include flights if required)
  • All personal expenses
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Sites of interest not included in the itinerary
  • Outdoor activities which are not part of this itinerary
  • Meals if not mentioned above
  • Travel and Personal accident insurance

Not included: In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax per room per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. 5* hotel: 4,00€ per overnight per room, 4* hotel: 3,00 € per overnight per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per overnight per room)

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What does your Family Adventure Trip include:

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners.
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer from and to Thessaloniki
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Experienced guides for kayak, biking & hiking and bird watching
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Water activities safety equipment

Itinerary

Arriving into Thessaloniki Airport you'll be met by a member of the team who will drive you to Toxotes, a village very close to the Nestos river and Xanthi town. Time to enjoy a light lunch after which you'll be taken up to an altitude of 890 m. the starting point of the tour. 

Enjoy a cycle along a downhill path sandwiched between abandoned tobacco fields and buildings. You'll probably have the chance to see some wild horses, the only inhabitants of the area. This path also affords a panoramic view of the River Nestos. Continue downhill until you reach the hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight stay in the village of Komnina (an area of Stavroupoli) at the Hotel Nemesis

After breakfast you will be driven to Paranesti where you can visit the Natural History Museum of Rodopi. The rafting tour starts from the Platanovrisi dam (after a short lesson about rafting techniques and safety!). There will be a short break around halfway.

  • Dinner and overnight stay in the village of Komnina (an area of Stavroupoli) at the Hotel Nemesis

After breakfast there will be a drive of around an hour to the starting point of your hike, which begins just after the tiny village of Livaditis. The trail leads through dense vegetation of beech and birch trees to the impressive Livaditis Falls (40 metres). After lunch depart by car to Xanthi, where you'll see one of the best preserved architectural complexes in Greece. Before returning to the hotel you'll have dinner in a local taverna tasting local and oriental delicacies.

  • Overnight stay in the area of Toxotes at Vogdos Resort or Hotel Kokkimelon

This morning you'll have an early start alongside the Kosinthos River up to its estuary at Lake Vistonida. Continue the bird watching tour along the western side of the lake, full of reeds, tamarisks and salt meadows, up to the National Park Information Centre at Porto Lagos. 

You'll continue the tour by the lagoons and arrive in the afternoon at Ismarida Lake, the last bird watching point. Before returning back to Toxotes, you'll stop for dinner in a fish taverna in Porto Lagos.

  • Overnight stay in the area of Toxotes at Vogdos Resort or Hotel Kokkimelon

After an early breakfast, you'll take a 30 minute ride on the train that drives through the gorge from Toxotes to Stavroupolis. The guides will introduce you to kayaking techniques and safety rules. Then you'll start the kayaking tour, crossing the famous Nestos straits and its scenic forest. You'll have your first break after the abandoned station of Livera. 

Continue kayaking in the quiet waters of the river. After you have covered two-thirds of the route you'll have another break, this time for a swim in the clear waters of the river and for a picnic and coffee at the riverside. After the kayak tour you can practice a zip line or archery by the river. Then you will be taken back to Toxotes and your hotel.

  • Overnight stay in the area of Toxotes at Vogdos Resort or Hotel Kokkimelon

After breakfast get the required equipment and depart for Nestos Adventure Park in Galani to enjoy a customized all-in-one activity package, ideal for families who wish to spend their time together in peaceful surroundings. This programme is designed in an innovative way, allowing visitors to enjoy nature through various activities like Zipline - Climbing – Biking – Archery - SUP & Hiking.  Before each activity trained guides explain any necessary techniques, while offering a brief overview of the area at the same time. After lunch in a local taverna and early in the afternoon a transfer back to Thessaloniki.

This trip can be extended by staying in Thessaloniki for a night or two.

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