Northern Greece Private Journey

About Northern Greece Private Journey

Summary

Explore a gorgeous part of Greece: Thessaloniki, Pelion (Land of the Centaurs), the towering Meteora rocks and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Duration: 8 days

* Minimum 4 persons

Dates upon request

Includes:

  • Guide/escort
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation with breakfast in 4* hotels
  • 7 dinners

Not included: Entrance fees for the archaeological sites and tourist guides (tourist guides are optional (Dion, Vergina, Meteora, Thessaloniki).

NB. In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).

We can include flights as part of a fully ATOL-protected package.

Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival in Thessaloniki

    Upon arrival at Thessaloniki airport you will be met by a member of the team and taken to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure so you might like to take a stroll by the sea or visit the Roman Agora next to your hotel. In the evening you'll enjoy local and oriental delicacies at a taverna in the old part of the city, called “Ladadika”.

    Meals: Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Olympia, Thessaloniki.

  • Day Two: Pelion

    From Thessaloniki you'll be driven to Pelion, approximately 3.5 hours away. En route you will stop off at either Dion, the sanctuary of Alexander the Great and his father Philip, or the town of Litochoro located at the slopes of Mount Olympus, where you may choose to take a short walk in the Enipeas valley. From the mountains you'll drive to the seaside for lunch or coffee in a traditional Greek taverna. Then continue south to the city of Volos and to the picturesque village of Portaria for your overnight stay. In the evening dinner will be taken at a local taverna in the village square.
     
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Xenia Palace, Portaria

  • Day Three: Pelion peninsula sightseeing

    Today you'll get to know Mount Pelion, otherwise known as the Land of the Centaurs. Most of this area is covered with lush vegetation and orchards of olive and chestnut trees. There are twenty-four villages in this area, most of them have quaint cobblestone paths and characteristic manor homes.
     
    Along the coastline you'll discover sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages with stunning views at every turn. In the afternoon return to your hotel.
     
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Xenia Palace, Portaria

  • Day Four: Meteora

    From Portaria you'll return to the city of Volos and continue from there west to Kastraki, a small village situated at the foot of the spectacular towering pinnacles of Meteora. You will have a chance to visit one of the monasteries situated on top of these rocks, followed by a short, easy hike to visit some lesser-known abandoned monasteries. Dinner in a local taverna.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
    Accommodation:  Hotel Dellas, Kastraki

  • Day Five: Meteora - Grevena - Veria

    In the morning there will be time for a scenic drive (including the obligatory photo stops!) to enjoy the spectacular views of the monasteries and the giant rocky pinnacles. Then, leaving Meteora behind, you'll drive to one of the lesser-known areas of Greece. After a break at the mountain town of Grevena you'll continue on your way to the city of Veria and dinner in a local taverna.
     
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Aiges Melathron, Veria

  • Day Six: Vergina - Pella - Edessa - Thessaloniki

    In the morning you'll visit the Royal Tombs of Aigai. Also known as Vergina, it was the first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. Today it is one of the most important sites of Greece and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

    The most important remains are the monumental palace and the burial ground. One of the royal tombs, discovered in 1977, has been identified as that of Philip II and another one discovered a year later, as the tomb of Alexander IV, son of Alexander the Great. The underground museum contains the main treasures of the tombs of the Macedonian Kings.
     
    Your journey will continue to the city of Edessa and then on to the archaeological site of Pella, the first capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Macedonia. Finally make your way back to Thessaloniki and dinner in a local taverna.
     
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Olympia, Thessaloniki

  • Day Seven: Thessaloniki at leisure

    Today can be a day of relaxation or you can head out to discover the city of Thessaloniki on your own.
     
    Thessaloniki was built in 316 BC by King Kassandros and named after his wife, the sister of Alexander the Great. For several centuries it was the second-most important city of the Byzantine Empire and played an important role during the Middle Ages. You can stroll by the sea, enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the many fantastic tavernas, visit the archaeological museum or the Byzantine churches, which are listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. Dinner in a local taverna.
     
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
    Accommodation: Hotel Olympia, Thessaloniki

  • Day Eight: Departure

    After breakfast you will be taken from your hotel to the airport for your return flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

Reviews

"Everyone had a most enjoyable holiday, not bad for a party of nine. The arrangements were all as expected, locations, hotels and especially travel arrangements and drivers, which were very good indeed. I am not a smart phone user but most others were and Vamoos got a big following, a real success. Your information beforehand, timings during the two weeks and overall setting of expectations proved excellent. Thank you for all that and please accept my thanks for your professional, knowledgable and genuinely helpful approach that provided us with such an enjoyable holiday. I will certainly recommend Rediscover to others."

M Read, UK, July 2018

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