One of Greece's remotest areas (Zagori) with vibrant Thessaloniki and the majestic Meteora monasteries.
START / FINISH - Thessaloniki
Activity code: GR-FD-04
Duration: 9 Days/8 nights
Driving through the north of Greece is a real pleasure, the region is rich in cultural and religious history and has an abundance of natural beauty. This popular self-drive holiday takes you on a tour of the lesser-explored regions of northwestern mainland Greece, focusing particularly on the beautiful region of Zagori. Your itinerary also includes one of the most iconic locations along the way - the monasteries of Meteora. The greater regions of Epirus and Thessaly are still relatively remote and certainly lesser-travelled parts of Greece.
Starting in Greece's second city, Thessaloniki, enjoy a pleasant drive south and inland to the pretty village of Kastraki where you will be stunned by the scale and beauty of the magnificent rocks with mediaeval monasteries perched on top. If you arrive after dark then your first sight in the morning will be simply stunning. After exploring Meteora it's time to drive into the north western province of Epirus and its wild and beautiful national park. There is time in the Zagori region to do some hiking in places such as the Vikos Gorge but you will also love their remote villages & iconic stone bridges. In the middle section of your holiday you can choose to visit the coast and spend a couple of nights in Parga, for example, or you may wish to do some more hiking, such as to the Dragon Lake. Whichever you choose there are so many fascinating places to visit along the way such as Ioannina, Dodoni, Perama caves and the Necromanteion. You may also wish to visit Metsovo and Vergina on your way back to Thessaloniki.
Significant archaeological sites are located close to Thessaloniki making it a good base for exploring the most important attractions of Northern Greece. We feel that the best finale to this holiday is a few nights in Greece's second city where you can relax, enjoy some activities and sightseeing without your car or you may wish to head to the beach in nearby Halkidiki or consider a second week in Pelion or extend your holiday with extra days in Macedonia.
This is our recommended route and definitely our favourite, it is a tried and trusted itinerary allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the countryside as you travel - we have designed it so that you have the opportunity to do some hiking at each location. If you are looking for any modifications then we will also be very happy to discuss a completely tailor made itinerary. All we would need to know are approximate dates of travel, what standard of hotel you would prefer, and if there are any particular areas or classical sites which you would like us to include (or to exclude!) in your itinerary. Your fly drive can be as active or leisurely as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.
If you would like to visit these wonderful places but don't wish to drive then we have a choice of guided tours or we can offer you a private driver for the itinerary you have chosen.
Not included: 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).
Why not extend your stay in Greece with a relaxing few days on one of the islands or on the mainland. Please ask us for further details or suggestions!