Epirus & Macedonia - Greece's Northern Glories

Monastery of the Holy Trinity at Meteora, precariously built on pinnacles of rock, but still standing firm
Monastery of the Holy Trinity at Meteora, precariously built on pinnacles of rock, but still standing firm
Macedonian gold diadem composed of flowers and leaves in the Verghina museum
Macedonian gold diadem composed of flowers and leaves in the Verghina museum
The entrance to the recreated burial mound over the tombs at Verghina
The entrance to the recreated burial mound over the tombs at Verghina
A battle between kings - Alexander fighting a lion, one of the extraordinary pebble mosaics from Pella
A battle between kings - Alexander fighting a lion, one of the extraordinary pebble mosaics from Pella

We follow in the footsteps of conquerors and cross the mountainous landscape of mainland Greece, rugged, dramatic landscapes once home to the two of the greatest rulers of the ancient world – Philip II and Alexander the Great. Palaces, houses, painted tombs and exquisite pebble mosaics from this time survive at the Macedonian cities of Verghina and Pella. We travel to towering Meteora deep in the Pindos Mountains, where sky-scraping medieval monasteries perch on pinnacles of rock – built as a way of withdrawing from the world. An unusual tour of this unique area of Greece full of fantastic archaeological sites, marked over the centuries, by a cornucopia of peoples and cultures.

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Ancient Greek

Practicalities

  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We Fly to Thessaloniki.

Day 2

We drive to Nikopoli. We visit the sanctuary of the Actian games with theatre, circus and victory monument. We also stop at Kassiope, the ancient Epirote city. We continue to Nekromanteion, the oracle of the dead on the river Acheron.

Day 3

We travel to Dodona to visit the shrine and oracles of Zeus. On to Orraon, an Epirote-Molossian city with impressive remains of houses and public buildings. We end the afternoon, with a stroll around the city of Arta.

Day 4

We spend time exploring the castrum of Ioannina, the fortress of Ali of Tepelena, with its mosques walls and typical Ottoman buildings. We also visit the Byzantine and archaeological museums; before a free afternoon.

Day 5

We explore the vertiginous monasteries of Meteora this morning. We spend the afternoon in Dion, former religious centre of the ancient Macedonian kingdom.

Day 6

In Thessaloniki, we examine the great Roman imperial palace, and the archaeological museum. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 7

On the trail of Macedonian royalty we visit Verghina – burial place of Kings. In the afternoon we visit Pella, Macedonia’s administrative capital with its royal palace

Day 8

We transfer to Thessaloniki airport for our flight home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  5. Field Notes

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2018 Tour Details

Sat 28th April - Mon 7th May

Available
Accepting £300 deposits

£ TBC

MAC18A

Led By: Oliver Gilkes

Book before 16th June 2017 for a fully refundable £300 fixed deposit.

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