West Macedonia Panorama
Western Macedonia is considered to be the “energy heart» of Greece, since its territory produced 2/3 of the country’s energy. Furthermore this land is rich in history, nature, architecture and romance. Western Macedonia is famous among others for the historical Vergina with the glorious tomb of King Philip II and the Golden Larnax decorated with the 16 ray Sun of Vergina on the lid, symbol of Macedonia. Here is situated the romantic village by the lake Kastoria with its magnificent Ottoman style mansions and Byzantine churches and important center for fur trade in Europe. Prespa National Park is adding to the beauty of the landscape with large number of rare species of flora and fauna, unique Byzantine small churches and lonely hermitages. This is only a small part of what you are going to experience by following this cultural journey at the Northwest part of Greece.
Day : 1 - Athens – Vergina - Kastoria
Departure for Kastoria via Vergina (UNESCO 1996). Guided tour at the Archeological Museum of Vergina with the priceless findings from the excavations at the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Arrival at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day : 2 - Kastoria
Departure for Dispilio the first human lake settlement aged around 7000 years old. Next visit is the Monastery of Mavriotissa and the Dragon Cave (18 meters deep) where bears bones were discovered aged 10.000 years old. We then enjoy a walking tour at Doltso with its narrow cobbled streets and magnificent mansions built in Baroque and Rococo style. Program ends with a visit at a fur factory to hear about the famous fur techniques of Kastoria for more than 500 years. Return at the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Day : 3 - Kastoria – Lakes of Prespa
We head towards the Lakes of Prespa, the largest wetland park of the Balkans protected by the convention Ramsar. Prespa hosts rare flora and fauna and is the home to 1500 plant species, 42 different mammals, 11 amphibians, 21 reptiles and 23 fish species, of which 12 are native. We arrive at the traditional village of Psarades, which consist of the only Greek settlement at riverfront of Big Prespa. We board on vessels to visit the hermitage of Agia Paraskevi. After lunch we visit Agios Achillios at Small Prespa to see the ruins of the homonym Basilica built during the 10th century. Arrival in Kastoria late in the afternoon, time at leisure.
Day : 4 - Kastoria – Nymfeo - Athens
The last day of our cultural journey we will visit the traditional settlement of Nymfeo which is considered to be one of the best reserved places in Greece. Continue to Athens. Arrival late in the evening.
- Transportation with deluxe vehicles
- Visits, guided tours as per detailed itinerary
- Admission fees for the visiting places
- 3 overnights in Kastoria at selected 4 star hotel on buffet breakfast basis
- 3 main meals inclusive of ½ house wine
- 1hrs boat ride at Prespa lake
- Geo Routes Tour Escort
- Geo Routes Information Material
- Liability Insurance
4 days cultural journey
Daily on request
(bookings close 72 hours prior to departure)
- Archaeological site of Vergina (UNESCO 1996 )
- Your Hotel
- Dispilio lake settlement
- Byzantine Monastery of Mavriotissa
- Dragon cave
- Lakes of Prespa
- Hermitage of Agia Paraskevi
- Agios Achillios
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