10 Days Private Tour: North Greece

This 10 day tour of northern Greece was set up for our guests who wish to see the treasures of the north (and those on the way) without the hustle and bustle of working out routes and what sights are well worth the visit.

per adult from

$3,513

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Duration

10 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Accommodation (We work with some of the best hotels. We have to know the number of the rooms)
    • Entrance Fees
    • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
    • Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost)
    • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Hosios Loukas
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Apollo
    • Entry/Admission - Delphi Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Historical Information Center Thermopylon
    • Entry/Admission - Great Meteoron Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Roussanou Monastery
    • Entry/Admission - Agios Stefanos
    • Entry/Admission - Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre
    • Entry/Admission - Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History
    • Entry/Admission - Perama Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Lake Pamvotis
    • Entry/Admission - Aigai Theater
    • Entry/Admission - Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina)
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum of Pella
    • Entry/Admission - Rotunda
    • Entry/Admission - Filippi Archaeological Site
    • Entry/Admission - Dion Archaeological Park
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum of Dion

  • Day 1: Hosios Loukas - Delphi

    Pass By: Mount Parnassus, Delphi Greece
    You will have a breathtaking view of the mountains full of olive trees literally in front of you.

    Stop At: Monastery of Hosios Loukas, Distomo 32005 Greece
    Our first stop is going to be the monastery of Hosios Loukas, which represents the second golden age of Byzantine art (11th -12th century) in particular its golden mosaic decoration and fine architecture, protected by Unesco.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Delphi, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central Greece
    We will drive to the ancient site of Delphi, a famous sanctuary with a PanHellenic character dedicated to Apollo. It served as an oracle and was considered ‘the naval’ the center of the world. Today Delphi is a symbol of Greek cultural unity. The scenic location allows you to have a soothing view of the Greek mountains.

    Stop At: Temple of Apollo, Delphi Greece
    On location you will visit the mystical temple of Apollo where Pytheia spoke to the God, the ancient theater and the stadium.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Ethniki Odos Amfissas - Livadias, Delphi 330 54 Greece
    While in the museum you will be able to see the famous charioteer and Gold Ivory statues.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Arachova, Arachova, Boeotia Region, Central Greece
    Aráchova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of Mt. Parnassós in Viotia, Southern Greece.It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favourite for passionate ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. Its modern ski resort, its close proximity to Athens, and its breathtaking mountainous landscape are the strongest reason why. Apart from the mountain activities, Aráchova is also famous for its bustling nightlife and as the favorite mountain resort of Athenians.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Delphi in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 2: Thermopylae - Kalambaka - Meteora

    Stop At: Battlefield of Thermopylae, Thermopylae Greece
    We will visit the battlefield of Thermopylae’s, travelling through time you will feel the presence of all who died for their freedom against the Persians.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Leonidas Monument, Lamia, Thermopylae 350 09 Greece
    Next, you will see the statue of Leonidas standing right opposite Kolonos Hill where the persisting Spartans left their last breath.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Historical Information Center Thermopylon, Lamia 35009 Greece
    In the historical center of the site you will enjoy a 3D movie, traveling through the time you will feel the presence of all who died for their freedom under a foreign conqueror.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Kalabaka 422 00, Greece
    Following, we will continue with a drive through the mountains, not taking the national highway, to see the real Greek country side. Passing by the cities of Lamia, Trikala and Karditsa we will reach Kalambaka, a beautiful small city that is dominated by the Meteora. You will have time to visit the Merteora Monasteries and enjoy a local dinner after settling at the hotel.

    Stop At: Great Meteoron Monastery, Eparhiacos dromos Meteoron, Kalambaka 42200 Greece
    We will visit the monasteries and a have closer look at the holy rocks. On the rocks that are like suspended in the air (that’s what Meteora means) there is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox Monasteries still in use. Meteora combines natural beauty and cultural heritage a fact that make them a unique destination between the world’s monuments.
    Great Meteoron is the biggest and most impressive one.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Roussanou Monastery, Kalambaka Greece
    The beautiful wall-paintings of the Catholicon were executed in 1560. Visit Roussanou for a different view of the surrounding cliffs and the adjacent Monasteries. Follow the pathway from this monastery to the upper main road and discover an off-the-road panoramic view point spot that allows you to walk on bear rocks!
    Roussanou is is also a nunnery hidden in the trees.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Agios Stefanos, Kalambaka Greece
    The Holy Monastery of Agios Stefanos is one of the few female monasteries of Meteora. The exact date of the monastery's construction is unknown but according to some evidence it was built in the 15th century.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Kalambaka in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 3: Ioannina - Dodoni

    Stop At: Dodoni Sanctuary and Theatre, Ioannina 455 00 Greece
    We will drive to the Ancient Greek Oracle of Dodoni where a huge site is preserved. It reveals where the ancient Greek theater, the Temple and the Oracle of Zeus functioned. The sanctuary of Dodoni was a major spiritual area in ancient Greece. It was the oldest of the Greek oracles and ancient people traveled great distances in order to consult the priests who foretold the future.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pavlos Vrellis Museum of Greek History, 12th km National Road Ioanninon - Artas, Bizani 45500 Greece
    It is the biggest museum of wax effigies in Greece and also a great heritage in our history. Everything in this museum, from the moment their idea was perceived until the stage of its creation, was handcrafted by a man, who wanted to enliven elements of his country’s history with lots of love and passion.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Perama Cave, Perama 45221 Greece
    Set on the western shore of the lovely Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina is one of northern Greece's most atmospheric cities, and one of its more cultured and wealthy, as it was famous throughout the Ottoman Empire for its silver artisans. The walls of its old fortified city, the Kastro, enclose a tranquil quarter, spiked with minarets, and an island in the lake is a quiet, car-free escape. Just before Ioannina we will reach the region of Perama. Here you can visit the Cave of Perama, this timeless cave (covering a distance of 1,5 km) is full of openings with beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites created 1,5 million years ago.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Ioannina in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 4: Zagorochoria - Ioannina

    Stop At: Zagorohoria, Zagorohoria, Ioannina Region, Epirus
    Continuing our tour we will depart from Ioannina for a day tour in Zagorohoria. This is a group of picturesque, elevated villages and small bridges above the river. There you will have a traditional Greek lunch before we return back to Ioannina to spend the rest of the day.
    Duration: 10 hours

    Stop At: Lake Pamvotis, Ioannina Town, Ioannina 452 21 Greece
    The lake is also one of a kind as it is the only one in the world that has a small inhabited island and it’s just across from the city.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ioannina Castle, Old Town, Ioannina Greece
    The southeast part of Ioannina is a beautiful fortified old town, and it’s the area’s historic landmark. This is the oldest Byzantine fortress in Greece, continuously inhabited until today.
    Enter the castle’s big gate bearing the coat of arms of Ali Pasha (the area’s Ottoman ruler during the late 18th – early 19th c.); it was a period when Ioannina was the administrative centre of western and central continental Greece, then a part of the Ottoman Empire. Read about his great love for Kira Vasiliki, a Christian lady who became his wife, and the story about killing Kira Frosini, his son’s lover. During his rule, the town of Ioannina developed into a major educational, political and cultural hub.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Ioannina in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 5: Metsovo - Vergina - Pella - Thessaloniki

    Stop At: Metsovo, Metsovo, Ioannina Region, Epirus
    This tree-shaded village, retaining its traditional character, dots the mountain side below Katara Col in the Mountain Range of Pindos. Metsovo is full of life throughout the year generously offering you its natural surrounding beauties. Particularly during winter, the famous vlach village, birthplace of various national benefactors, is Epirus’ beloved tourist destination.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Aigai Theater, Vergina 59031 Greece
    The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina, in northern Greece. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina), Imathia, Vergina 590 31 Greece
    You will be able to visit the museum that developed around the original location of the Royal Tombs full of their golden belonging and more importantly you will face the imposing tomb of Philip II, father of the Alexander the Great.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pella Region, Pella Region, Central Macedonia
    Pella is one of the most important sites of the Hellenistic Period. It was chosen to be the capital of the huge Macedonian Empire in the end 5th century BCE. The archaeological site consists of public baths, sanctuaries, villas of wealthy Macedonians with unique mosaic decoration and of course the Agora of the city. The city originally covered an area of 400 hectares and it gradually became the cultural and commercial center of the empire. More importantly Alexander the Great was born in Pella.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Archaeological Museum of Pella, Pella 58005 Greece
    The museum of Pella is a modern museum that opened in 2009 and has nothing to envy from other Greek museums located in big cities.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Region, Central Macedonia
    We will drive to Thessaloniki to overnight. Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and the most important centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a special beauty and charm. If you visit it once, you always return.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Thessaloniki in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 6: Thessaloniki City Tour

    Stop At: Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Region, Central Macedonia
    We will drive around this beautiful city to see all the highlights of the co-capital. The White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotunda, the Roman Agora and the cathedral of the Patron Saint Demetrius, the city wall and the Ano Poli (upper City) that offers you a breathtaking view of the city and the Aegean Sea.Then we will have a traditional northern Greek lunch at the region of “Ladadika”. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy more of the city at your own pace visit museums, walk in Aristotelous Square or visit the central commercial streets.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: White Tower of Thessaloniki, Leoforos Nikis Leoforos Nikis, 54640, Thessaloniki 546 40 Greece
    The White Tower of Thessaloniki is a monument and museum on the waterfront of Thessaloniki. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification, known to have been mentioned around the 12th century, that the Ottoman Empire reconstructed to fortify the city's harbour sometime after Sultan Murad II captured Thessaloniki in 1430. The tower became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Rotunda, Pl. Agiou Georgiou Rotonta 5, Thessaloniki 546 35 Greece
    The emblematic monument of Thessaloniki, was constructed in the early 4th century AD, on the turning point between the pagan with the Christian world, probably as a temple for ancient cult worship or as a mausoleum for Constantine the Great (306-337).
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Arch of Galerius, Thessaloniki Greece
    One of the most characteristic monuments is the Arch of Galerius, located on the upper side of the Via Egnatia, a short distance from the Rotunda.
    The Arch of Galerius is a glorious monument, whose purpose was not practical, but memorial and honorary. It is a triumphal arch built shortly before 305 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Galerius, after the final victory over the Persians. The triumphal arch that was positioned perpendicular to the ancient Egnatia, which crossed the city (west to east) forming a part of the Roman Palace of Galerius, which was developed through the current squares of Navarinou and Hippodrome.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Eptapyrgio Castle, Eptapirgiou, Thessaloniki 566 25 Greece
    The Heptapyrgion is a Byzantine and Ottoman-era fortress situated on the north-eastern corner of the Acropolis of Thessaloniki. Despite its name, which means "Fortress of Seven Towers", it features ten, and was probably named after the Yedikule Fortress in Constantinople. It served as the major redoubt of the city's acropolis, as well as the seat of its garrison commander in Ottoman times, until the late 19th century.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Church of Saint Dimitrios - Patron of Thessaloniki, Agiou Dimitriou 83 Center of town, Thessaloniki 546 33 Greece
    The Church of Saint Demetrius is the main sanctuary dedicated to Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, dating from a time when it was the second largest city of the Byzantine Empire. It is part of the site Palaeochristian and Byzantine Monuments of Thessaloniki on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO since 1988.
    Underneath the Church is the place where St Demetrios, along with other Christians of the early Roman period, were martyred.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Thessaloniki in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 7: Filippi - Kavala

    Stop At: Filippi Archaeological Site, Krinides Greece
    Philippi used to be the most important Roman Colony in eastern Macedonia. It is also a popular religious destination known for Saint Paul visit around 50 A.D. And above all it was here that Paul founded the first Christian Church in Europe. You will have the opportunity to explore the Romamn City with its agora, theatre and basilicas as well as the archaeological museum of Philippi.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Kavala, Kavala, Kavala Region, East Macedonia and Thrace
    Kavala is amphitheatrically built on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo forming one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. The city’s breeze sweeps through its historic buildings, which perfectly reflect the city’s modern character. You will have free time to see the Acropolis and the old castle, the archaeological museum, the tobacco museum, the historical buildings or just have an evening walk by the sea.
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Kalava in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 8: Dion - Litochoro

    Stop At: Dion Archaeological Park, Dion 60100 Greece
    We will drive towards the site of Dion following the national highway, reaching the village of Dion we will find the site and the archaeological museum of Dion, an ancient Greek city named after Zeus (in Greek Dias) that preserved its importance in the Macedonian Period. There Philip II and his son Alexander the Great made sacrifices to the Gods after conquering the Ancient Greek world and from there Alexander The Great started his expedition towards to Asia. It was a city with of a huge strategic importance according to the Macedonian Kings. Today you can visit sanctuary of Isis and other Egyptian Gods, the oldest sanctuary of Goddess Dimitra, a Hellenistic theater, a roman theater and a stadium, the mansion of Dionysos with its wonderful mosaic decoration and many more public and private buildings.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Archaeological Museum of Dion, Dion Greece
    Located in the present-day settlement of Dion, only 500 meters from the entrance of the archaeological space, the museum displays finds from various excavations over the years. The finds have been organized according to the areas from which they were excavated on the site, and include discoveries from ancient Pydna and other archaeological spots in Pieria. In the basement visitors can watch an educational film titled «Daily Life in Ancient Dion», and screenings of audiovisual materials related to ancient Dion and Olympus.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Litochoro, Litochoro, Pieria Region, Central Macedonia
    After having lunch at the village of Dion we will drive on the foothills of mountain Olympus to reach the mountainous, scenic village of Litochoro where we will stay the rest of the day and overnight. Litochoro is the closest location to Mt Olympus at sea level making it a popular destination for people that want to start climbing up the mountain. So we will stay on the foothill of the highest mountain in Greece, of the mountain were the 12 Gods of Olympus lived according to the Greek Mythology.
    Duration: 5 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Litochoro in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 9: Pilio - Volos

    Stop At: Pelion, Pelion, Magnesia Region, Thessaly
    Pelion is a mountainous peninsula sitting in Thessaly. Thanks to its diverse natural landscape, it is a wonderful destination for both summer and winter holidays. If you manage to peel yourself away from the beautiful Pelion beaches, you should go sightseeing to discover the stone-made churches in the area. And, of course, don’t miss to taste the local delicacies at the delightful traditional taverns of Pelion.Mount Pelion is a popular destination for hiking lovers and weekend mountain climbers. Near Hania, there is also a ski resort for skiing lovers, whereas an abundance of mountain routes and trails are ideal for mountain biking and horseback riding.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Tsagkarada, Tsagkarada, Magnesia Region, Thessaly
    Tsagkarada lies 500m above sea level on the eastern side of Mt. Pelion, along a densely wooded area, looking out to the Aegean. Here, nature is dominant with chestnut and plane trees, being twisted around every single old and new construction of the sparsely-populated village. Treat yourself a cup of coffee at the central square of Agia Paraskevi, where the great Plane Tree counts a life of at least ten centuries.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Volos, Volos, Magnesia Region, Thessaly
    Volos is one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece as well as one of the country’s most prominent ports. The modern-day city, built near the site of ancient Iolcos, dominates the region of Magnesia from its position at the foot of Mount Pelion overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Thessaly, in the centre of Greece combining the allure of the sea with the mystical charm of the Centaurs’ mountain.The area’s mythical background captivates the visitor’s imagination.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Pilio in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 10: Volos - Athens

    Stop At: Volos, Volos, Magnesia Region, Thessaly
    We will have free time at Volos for shopping or swimming.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Pass By: Athens, Athens, Attica
    We will drive back to Athens.

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Athens, Greece
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We suggest that the tour starts at 8:00 am.If for any reason this is not convenient for you we will adjust the time according to your needs.Ports
    • Piraeus Port
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Accommodation (If you need our help we work with some of the best hotels in each area, we only need to know the number of the rooms)
    • The duration of the tours is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • The drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside any site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Our company complies with all the health instructions of the World Health Organization about COVID-19.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Olive Sea Travel

Activity ID: V-63145P40

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