5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages

5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages
5 Day Alternative Tour in Ancient Greece with Mountains & Picturesque Villages

5 Day Tour to visit Mountains & Picturesque Villages...


Book a 5 day alternative private tour package in Ancient Greece to visit mountains, protected National Parks and traditional villages with special tour in Delphi & the the Monasteries of Meteora. Meet villages like little secrets hidden in the Mountain of Centaurs and Greek mountains characterized by diversity and rare scenery which lure every visitor.

Get to know the mythical tales of Mt. Pelion, the mountain of Centaurs the natural paradise and the summer habitat of the twelve gods of Olympus all combined in a single magical journey! In Portaria you can even cross the Centaurs' Path! Travel and do some hiking to the highest mountain in the country, Mount Olympus  in Macedonia -known from Greek mythology as the home of the gods! Visit Zagoria, a complex of 46 mountainous picturesque villages on the northeastern part of Greece famous for its natural beauty. Walk the famous Vradeto steps, get a good look of the Voidomatis River and hike to the Beloi viewpoint for panoramic photos of the Vikos Gorge one of the deepest gorge in the world! Enjoy the country life and mountain activities! Ideal destination for hiking lovers


Location

DAY 1: ATHENS - DELPHI - MOUNT OF PELION

  • Our driver will pick you up from your hotel. Along the way, you will see the plain of Boeotia, an agricultural center in order to reach Delphi. We will visit Castalia Spring, visit the archaeological site and we will view the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle and Delphi museum, with its spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer, originally created to commemorate a victory during the 476 B.C. Pythian Games, and many other artifacts. We have lunch in Delphi area or at the traditional Village of Arachova, where you can taste the traditional cheese, Arachova’s formaela, in various forms, before we depart for Pelion the mountain of Centaurs. Check in and then have free time to explore the village. You can stroll around and explore the incredibly dense network of cobblestone trails and enjoy the taverns with delicious food. Overnight in Pelion (Portaria).

DAY 2: PELION - LITOCHORO VILLAGE AT THE FOOTSTEPS OF OLYMPUS

  • After breakfast we will explore Pelion area, the summer habitat of the twelve gods of Olympus. You can visit Portaria village one of the many traditional villages of Mt Pelion. Pelion is a place of indescribable beauty, irresistibly attractive. We strongly suggest to follow the Centaurs Path starting from the very central part of the village marked with red circles on stones. The path leads you to breathtaking landscapes of fountain high trees and rich nature. We continue to Makrinitsa to admire the unique architectural character. Admire the old water fullings, the churches and the arch bridges. We suggest to visit the Topali mansion a folklore museum to admire exhibits from everyday life, household items, traditional costumes, tools, traditional handicrafts, old weapons, banners and relics. Afterwards, you can have a cup of coffee or a cup of mountain tea at the large village square admiring the great view towards the city of Volos and meet locals. At the end you will head to Litochoro at the footsteps of mount Olympus for overnight.

 
DAY 3: LITOCHORO VILLAGE - HIKING 1/2 HOURS TO MOUNT OF OLYMPUS - METEORA 

  • (optional): After breakfast at 09:30 you will meet our experienced guide for an amazing hiking experience. Mt Olympus apart from Greece’s highest mountain and lush nature, is renowned from mythology as the home of the 12 Gods. The hiking tour will take you through beautiful easy trails, to chapels, waterfalls and places with spectacular views. En route you will learn in an interactive way about the mythology and nature of the mythical mountain. Duration of hiking 2 ½ hours. For the months of May-October there is also the option of River Trekking Orlias & Red Rock Waterfall (duration 5 hours, extra cost will apply). Please advise accordingly if you are interested for a dive in the natural source of Orlias!
  •  (Optional): Horse riding at the foot of Mount Olympus - 2 hours After the hiking you will be transferred to a nearby stable. The route at the foot of Mount Olympus is a pleasant horse ride in beautiful landscapes. The excursion starts from the "Topoliani" area of ​​Litochoro and heads towards the river Orpheus and the area of ​​Leptokarya. From there we can admire the panoramic sea views to Halkidiki and Platamonas Castle. Returning we have the opportunity to enjoy some of the 55 peaks of Mount Olympus. This circular path through the trails leads us back to base. Afterwards you will visit the winery of Kourtis family (Ktima Kourtis Winery), in the village of Raches. You will visit the vineyards and the cellar and the guide will end with a delicious meal with local products and tasting of the family wine. After this amazing day we will head to Meteora for overnight.

DAY 4: METEORA  - CITY OF IOANNINA - ZAGORI VILLAGE

  • Our driver will pick you up from your hotel around 09.00 am and we will visit the BYZANTINE MONASTERIES of Meteora that are included on the UNESCO world heritage monument list. Visiting Meteora you will enjoy a unique and imposing scenery of ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between Earth and Sky at the top of huge rocks. We are having our first stop at The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoro which is 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 to the great monastery of St. Stephan. The Monastery of St. Stephan, which is a small church built in the 16th century and decorated in 1545, rests on the plain rather than on a cliff. This wonderful tour will be completed at the picturesque village of Kalambaka, where you will have a traditional Greek lunch! We will continue to reach Ioannina the capital of Epirus a multicultural city. You will have a panoramic tour by the car in order to admire the beautiful city. We will visit the beautiful fortified old town, and the castle. This is the oldest Byzantine fortress in Greece! We will admire the Lake Pamvotida and its Small Island of “Ali Pasha" accessible only by boat and known for the local delicacy of frog’s legs. That is the only inhabited island on a lake in Europe! You must not forget to sample the traditional spices and herbs harvested from the mountains of Epirus, a special delicacy or the famous desserts of 'sker bourek' or 'sugar pie', and the exceptionally delicious baklava or other syrup pastries. At the end we head to Zagori for overnight.

DAY 5: TOUR AT ZAGOROCHORIA VILLAGES - VIKOS GORGE  - ATHENS  

  • After your breakfast we will start our journey to visit the traditional stone villages of Zagori called Zagorochoria declared a national historical monument, known for the amazing stone bridges that have been standing since the 1800’s and the footpaths that connect the villages that are still in use today. Zagori is home to the impressive Vikos Gorge, the second deepest gorge in the world after the Grand Canyon. Rising up to 1,040 meters in several places, the steep walls of the gorge offers a fascinating sight to its visitors.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 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 Athens. Our Services ends.

Highlights

  • Delphi & Delphi Museum
  • Monasteries of Meteora
  • Mount of Pelion & Traditiona villages
  • The path of Centaurs
  • Litochoro Village
  • Hiking at Mount of Olympus
  • City of Ioannina & panoramic city tour
  • The Island of "Ali Pasha"
  • Lake of Pamvotida
  • The Byzantine fortress in Ioannina
  • Traditional stone villages of Zagori region
  • Vikos Gorge  (the second deepest gorge in the world)

Inclusions

  • Pick up & drop off from your hotel in Athens
  • Private transportation with English speaking driver
  • 4 Nights accommodation with Breakfast
  • Licensed tour guide according to your selection
  • Majestic sunset tour on Meteora Rocks (optional)
  • Baby seat or booster without extra charge (upon request)
  • Welcome bag with gifts upon our meeting
  • Mineral water, wet & dry tissues
  • All taxes

Exclusions

  • Entry/Admission in archeological sites
  • Meals & personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel city tax

 

Useful Info

  • All Year. 

All our drivers are professional English-speaking drivers, have high experience and they have a good knowledge of the sites that you are going to visit. They can provide you general information for each one, but they are not official guides. They will lead you to paths past the tourist crowd and they will also suggest you local, traditional restaurants where you can taste the known Mediterranean cuisine.

  • During the trip to Ancient Greece, we suggest you to have local guides in each place as you will receive deep information
  • Alternative, you can book licensed tour guide accompany you throughout your tour
  • We are owner of car Rental Company www.premiumrentacar.gr with wide fleet of Cars & Minivans that's why we can keep the cost low
  • From 1 to 4 persons, we provide you Mercedes E class or MPV, Citroen Picasso or similar
  • From 5 to 8 persons, we provide you Mini Van type Mercedes Vito/Viano or similar
  • From 9 to 17 persons, we provide you Minibus Mercedes Sprinter 18 seats
  • Upon your arrival at Athens airport or Piraeus, our representative will be waiting there holding a sign with your name written on it, helps you with your baggage, and accompany you at your car, provide you mineral water & Tissues. 
  • If you are already in Athens, our driver meets you at your hotel in Athens or Airbnb (or from your specific address)
  • Also, we will give you a folder with vouchers of the hotel, tickets and contact numbers in each area that you are going to visit.
  • We provide you 4* star hotels or 3* stars hotels with high standard services in great locations. Please note that you can ask us for 5* star hotel with extra supplement.
  • After your booking we will send you the detailed program with the names of the hotels.
  • If you wish we can arrange your accommodation a day before and after your tour.
  • Our vacation tour packages are PRIVATE only for you and not for other passengers.
  • You can add or remove everything from our proposed program in order the tour to be modified to you, also note that we can accommodate from 1 person to 36 persons or more.

To take full advantage of your stay in Greece, we would also like to draw your attention to the importance of taking out an insurance policy in the event of an unexpected happening during your trip. To this effect, we have collaborated with INTERAMERICAN, the largest private insurance company in Greece.

  • 1,5€ per room / per day for 3* star hotels,
  • 3€ per room per / day for 4* star hotels.
  • 10 euro / person for Acropolis Museum
  • 20 euro / person for Acropolis
  • 8 euro / person Ancient Corinth & Museum
  • 12 euro / person for Ancient Epidaurus
  • 12 euro / person for Mycenae & Treasury of Arteus
  • 12 euro / person for Ancient Olympia & Museum
  • 12 euro / person for Delphi & Museum
  • 3 euro / person for each monasteries of Meteora

*** Children under 18 years of age are free of charge

 

Cancelation Policy

  • In order to confirm any booking, 30% payment in advance is required, fully refundable in case of any written cancellation received 40 days prior the arrival date.
  • For any cancellation OR change between 39 days to 20 days prior the first day of arrival, cancellation fees equal to 50% of the total cost of program applies.
  • For any cancellation OR change within 19 days prior the first day of arrival and/or non shows, full cancellation fees applies – the total cost of the program.
  • A written notification of any cancellation or change is necessary to be sent to PRIVATE TOURS Greece.

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