Thessaloniki, Meteora & Alexander the Great’s Greece

So much to discover

  • Explore Ioannina on a guided tour 
  • Experience the magnificent Pindos Mountains
  • See the stunning Vikos Gorge
  • Marvel at the iconic monasteries of Meteora 
  • Enjoy the unique mountainside setting of northern Greece
  • See the ancient tombs of the kings of the Macedonian Empire at Vergina
  • Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great on a visit to Pella
  • Learn about the fascinating history of Thessaloniki on a guided tour
  • Discover the beautiful landscape of Halkidiki 
  • Take a boat ride for superb views of the monasteries of Mount Athos

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Stretching across many cultures and terrains, the region of northern Greece may possibly be more diverse than any other country in Europe. The Romans, Byzantines and Turks have all left their mark, and neighbouring Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey have helped shape a distinctive character. 

The region of Epirus will delight you with its soaring mountains and jaw-dropping canyons. Time seems to have stood still in the traditional villages scattered across the landscape. You’re sure to be amazed by your first view of the remarkable and iconic monasteries of Meteora – precariously perched on stone pillars, they’re a truly magical sight. The lakeside city of Ioannina is the perfect base from which to explore this region and all its treasures and we will spend our first three nights here. 

We will also explore the ancient necropolis of Vergina and the former port of Pella, both key sites in the history of the mighty Kingdom of Macedonia and historically linked to Alexander the Great and his father, Philip ll. Our journey through northern Greece will also take us to the beautiful landscape of the Halkidiki Peninsula, and it is here where we discover the magnificence of the secluded monasteries of Mount Athos. Our tour also includes four nights in Thessaloniki, a vibrant city renowned for its excellent food – possibly some of the best in the country. You will have time to explore Thessaloniki at your own pace and there will be plenty of opportunities to sample the superb cuisine of Greece’s second city. 

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Ioannina, Greece

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Thessaloniki. Upon arrival, we transfer by coach to Ioannina and one of our carefully chosen four-star superior hotels, where we stay for three nights with breakfast and dinner. The hotel will vary according to the date of departure. Please note that swimming pools will be open during the summer months, weather permitting.

Hotel Du Lac

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4* Superior Hotel Du Lac – Ioannina

Grand Serai Hotel

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4* Superior Grand Serai Hotel – Ioannina


Vikos Gorge


This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ioannina, the historic capital of Epirus and one of northern Greece’s most atmospheric cities. Set against the Pindos Mountains, the city is located on the shores of Lake Ioannina. Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences are evident throughout, all reflected in the diverse architecture. Perhaps the most impressive building is the imposing castle, originally built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and rebuilt in the early 19th century by Ottoman ruler Ali Pasha. Standing high on a peninsula, the castle is surrounded by the enchanting stone houses and cobbled streets so typical of this region. 


This afternoon we travel north to the Zagora region in the heart of the Pindos Mountains, a vast collection of snow-capped peaks, plateaus, valleys and gorges considered to be the ‘spine of Greece’. These rugged mountains are home to an abundance of flora and fauna, and offer some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe. The dense forests are a habitat for brown bears, wolves and jackals, while the skies are patrolled by soaring birds of prey, including golden eagles. Until quite recently, the ancient humpbacked bridges that criss-cross the valley floor played a vital role in linking local communities. As we drive through the traditional villages, we get a real sense of time standing still and a feel for a lifestyle quite different to other regions of Greece. 

Plunging to a maximum of 2,950 feet, the yawning Vikos Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world, easily capable of accommodating the full height of The Shard in London twice over. Home to 110 species of birds and many rare butterflies, this is a true natural monument. We visit the village of Mondendri for superb views of the gorge, bridges and river below. Of note is the 18th-century Kokkori Bridge, whose stone arch seems to leap improbably over the azure Voidomatis river. Our journey continues to the village of Vikos for the most stunning views of the gorge. You’ll have time to take in the glorious vistas and perhaps sample one of the savoury filo pastry pies for which Zagora is famous before we return to our hotel.







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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

 Arrival airport First hotel location  Transfer time  Final hotel location  Departure airport  Transfer time
Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia Ioannina 3 hrs 40 mins   Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia 45 mins


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The price of this holiday is based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and three dinners
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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