6 Day Alternative tour to Prettiest villages, Vikos Gorge, Mountains & Castles

If you are a hiking lover and love to explore traditional villages this tour gives you the opportunity to visit the most beautiful mountains of Greece, unique Venetian & Byzantine forests castles and taste culinary delights at the prettiest villages of Greece...

We will visit Zagorochoria region, a complex of 46 picturesque villages famous for its natural beauty, hike to the Beloi viewpoint for panoramic photos of the Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorge in the world!

A must see addition is Delphi, Meteora, the "Golden Age" of Mycenae and the Theatre of Epidaurus. We will visit Nafpaktos and its Venetian Castle & Nafplio with a visit to Plamidi Castle. You will have a special tour of the Byzantine fortress in Ioannina and the island of "Ali Pasha".

Last but not least, we will pass through the heart of the Taÿgetos Mountains, reaching the ancient town of Mystras. Next stop will be the Tower-town of Monemvasia, a mystical stone-built settlement called the "Gibraltar of the East".

per adult from

$2,024

NZD

Duration

6 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 5x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • English Speaking Professional Driver
    • 5 Nights Accommodation
    • Landing and facility fees
    • Welcome goody bag upon meeting
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fees at archaeological sites
    • Meals & Personal Expenses
    • Licensed Tour Guide (available with extra cost)
    • Hotel City Tax
    • Entry/Admission - The Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos
    • Entry/Admission - Ioannina Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Meteora
    • Entry/Admission - Delphi Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Epidaurus Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site Mycenae
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site of Mystras
    • Entry/Admission - Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos)

  • Day 1: Athens –Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos - Ioannina - Zagori Region

    Stop At: The Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos, Montain, Naupactus 30300 Greece
    Leaving Athens having a short stop at the Canal of Corinth, to have memorable photos, the driving along the coast line of Peloponnese, we will cross over the amazing bridge of Rion – Antirion, one of the biggest in Europe, in order to have a short stop at the city of “Naupactus” a beautiful seaside small town, where you can visit the Venetian Castle, the Venetian Port, here you will have a delicious lunch before leave to Ioannina.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ioannina, Ioannina, Ioannina Region, Epirus
    We will have a panoramic city tour around the lake of Ioannina, and you will a short stop for coffee, before leave for Zagori area.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Zagori region

    Day 2: Vikos Gorge - Tour to the Complex of Zagorochoria Villages - Byzantine Castle of Ioannina

    Stop At: Vikos Gorge, Zagoria Greece
    After your breakfast start our journey to visit traditional villages such as “Kippoi”, “Vitsa” etc. Be sure to take your camera because you’ll want to take plenty of pictures! Next stop will be the village of Monodentri in order to visit Vikos Gorge as seems to be where the natural beauty of the region is centralized. Vikos Gorge is found in the Zagori region and is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width. The Vikos Gorge, with its northwest-southeast direction, has been carved over millions of years by the Voidomatis River and is a site of major scientific interest. Vikos Gorge is a mesmerizing place and one that you won’t want to miss if you’re visiting this beautiful region of Greece. However, in order to best experience the gorge, you will certainly want to bring your hiking shoes! Most people spend around 3-5-hours walking through the gorge (optional with guide) and exploring the beauty within. We will depart from Zagori towards Ioannina, the capital of Epirus
    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Ioannina Castle, Old Town, Ioannina Greece
    Ioannina was always multicultural, dominated mainly by Christian, Islamic and Jewish influences. This coexistence of cultural influences is clearly evident in the historic city Centre. We will visit the beautiful fortified old town, and the castle. This is the oldest Byzantine fortress in Greece! The Stoa Louli arcade is one of the locations where the three communities worked together and prospered. Wonderful buildings like the house Matei Hussein, the Ottoman Mosque of Ali Pasha. Lake Pamvotida and its Small Island of “Ali Pasha" accessible only by boat. That is the only inhabited island on a lake in Europe! Perama, one of the most beautiful caves in Europe, are some of Ioannina's unique attractions. You must not forget to sample the traditional spices and herbs harvested from the mountains of Epirus, frog's legs, a special delicacy or the famous desserts of 'sker bourek' or 'sugar pie', and the exceptionally delicious baklava or other syrup pastries. Overnight Meteora
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Kalambaka-Meteora

    Day 3: Meteora - Delphi

    Stop At: Meteora, Kastraki, Kalambaka 422 00 Greece
    Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 09.00 in order to visit the BYZANTINE MONASTERIES of Meteora, included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. We are having our first stop at The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoro, the biggest and oldest one of all. It was called the monastery that was "suspended in the air" (meteoro), because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built. Our second visit is at the great monastery of St. Stephan. The Monastery of St. Stephan is a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545. We leave Meteora to reach Delphi for Overnight.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Delphi

    Day 4: Delphi – Epidaurus – Palamidi Castle of Nafplio

    Stop At: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Ethniki Odos Amfissas - Livadias, Delphi 330 54 Greece
    We will visit Ancient Oracle, the Stadium, the Ancient Theatre, with a capacity that exceeds 5,000 spectators and of course the Museum of Delphi. Delphi is perhaps best known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. Afterwards, we can visit the traditional winter village of Arachova and have a coffee or lunch break
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Epidaurus Archaeological Museum, Asklepieion, Epidavros 210 52 Greece
    We leave from Arachova to reach Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the most well-preserved theatres throughout Greece built at 4th century BC. The theatre could seat 15,000 famous for the breathtaking acoustics that is still functioning today. Theatre is host to the annual Greek Festival during the summer. Overnight in Nafplio.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Nafplio

    Day 5: Nafplio – Mycenae – Mount of Taygetos - Towertown of Mystras & Monemvasia

    Stop At: Nafplio, Nafplio, Argolis Region, Peloponnese
    Today you will explore the romantic city of Nafplio with the narrow streets, the castle of Palamidi which you can reach by climbing 999 steps (!), or to take a small boat and visit ''Bourtzi',' the fortress at the entrance of the harbor
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Archaeological Site Mycenae, Mycenae 21200 Greece
    Then you will pay a visit at ancient town of Mycenae and the Archaeological site - the Lion Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Palace and the tomb of Agamemnon
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Mount Taygetos, Kalamata, 241 00 Greece
    We will visit the Taygetus is a mountain range on the Peloponnese peninsula in Southern Greece and is the highest mountain of the Peloponnese. The name is one of the oldest recorded in Europe, appearing in the Odyssey. In classical mythology, it was associated with the nymph Taygete. Also is the famous for the“Valley of Keada”, famous from mythology period. The ancient Spartans threw off the cliff their disabled children. But there is also another myth saying that the ancient Spartans threw off the cliff people condemned to death, the perjurers, traitors, criminals and prisoners of war. Then we will pass through the heart of the Taÿgetos Mountains, reaching the ancient glory Mystras a village of Peloponnese.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Archaeological Site of Mystras, Mystras, Sparta Municipality Greece
    The tower of Mystras was a very strong castle-town during the Byzantine times. Wander around the castle city the Upper and the Lower Town, and sense through the silence the city's sheer grandeur: the Palace of the Despots (Anaktora), the Houses of Laskaris and Frangopoulos, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios and the impressive Monasteries of Our Lady Pantánassa, and of Οur Lady Perivleptos. We will reach at Monemvasia for Overnight
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Monemvasia

    Day 6: Towertown of Monemvasia – Ancient Corinth - Athens

    Stop At: Monemvasia, Monemvasia, Monemvasia Municipality, Laconia Region, Peloponnese
    Explore the Tower Town of Monemvasiá, a mystical stone-built settlement, nestled at the edge of a big rock by the sea, that was founded by the Byzantines in the sixth century. Peer into the history of the fortress –the so-called “Gibraltar of the East”–, which was occupied by the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Venetians, and the Turks in the past. Explore the Castle and walk along the cobbled street. Visit lovely churches. The Church of Agia Sofia located at the highest point of Monemvasia. Visit the Archaeological Collection. In a small building facing the Plaza of Monemvasia, building is a former Muslim Mosque that was built during the 16th century. Before leave Monemvasia, taste culinary delights and get memorable panoramic photos of the endless blue!
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos), Ancient Korinthos village, Corinth Greece
    One of the most fascinating parts of our visit will the archaeological site of the Ancient Corint. Corinth was once one of the largest and most prominent of all the ancient Greek city-states. Also we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Corinth, which holds many of the artifacts that were found hre during the excavations. Ancient Corinth was one of his beloved cities of Saint Paul a famous personality of the christian comunity. Drop you off at your hotel in Athens. Our Services ends.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up from your accommodation in Athens.
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Hotel City Tax is: 1,5 euro for 3* hotel & 3 euro in a 4* hotel per room / per night - paid at the hotel
    • Note that we arrange double sharing room, for 2 persons & a triple room for 3 persons, if you wish other type of rooms please ask it with extra cost
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Post Covid 19 Policy on our vehicles Sedan: Maximum of 2 passengers in a sedan car and 4 passengers in a Minivan to secure social distance between tourists. For families with children, no limitations apply. All our tours will be Private tours to secure maximum hygiene. Vehicles will be sanitiazed before every pick-up. Hand sanitizing done before departure and after every major stop during the day. Tourists should wear facemasks. Fresh trash bag will be in every vehicle and waste will be destroyed at the end of every tour.
    • Free of charge / complimentary face masks and hand sanitizers
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • 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
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Private Tours Greece

Activity ID: V-116168P66

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