West Macedonia - Epirus
The Wine Road of the Lakes & Mountains
Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and the first wine-producing territory in Europe. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean. Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
Evidence confirm that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean…
Day 1: Kozani – Siatista - Grevena
Meeting at Thessaloniki and departure to Kozani. We move on to the nearby town of Siatista where we are going to have lunch amd also our first wine tasting experience in western Macedonia. The Diamantis Winery boasts some great wines and a great facility to visit. Lunch and departure to Grevena. Check in to the hotel and free time to roam around the town. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Meteora – Kalabaka - Metsovo
Breakfast and visit to Meteora, one of the most impressive and peculiar places in Greece. Meteora is a cluster of huge dark rocks, on tops of which some of the most spectacularly monasteries in the Orthodox world are built, included in UNESCO lists of World Heritage. Departure to Metsovo for lunch and a visit at Katogi Averof Estate Winery. On this occasion however we will also be spending the night there and enjoy a complete experience all around. Free time, Dinner and return to the Averof Estate for overnight stay.
Day 3: Ioannina
Breakfast and departure for the gorgeous Ioannina, is the capital and largest city of Epirus. The gastronomic pleasures of Ioannina will satisfy the most demanding and will make our lunch truly special. The traditional Ioannina desserts are famous throughout Greece. The famous ‘sker bourek’, or ‘sugar pie’, the exceptionally delicious baklava and the other syrup pastries are but a few of the flavours that are certain to captivate visitors. Overnight stay, free time and Dinner.
Day 4: Igoumenitsa - Corfu (Kerkyra)
Breakfast and departure for Igoumenitsa. It is known for its green forests and blue crystal waters, and attracts many local tourists from the nearby regions, and especially from Italy. Some free time to get a feel and a stroll around Igoumenitsa and then we get on board to the ferry for Kerkyra (Corfu). Arrival at Corfu, check in the hotel. Out for lunch and some free time around the majestic town of Kerkyra. Free time, shopping, sightseeing and a lot of fun! Overnight stay.
Day 5: Corfu
Breakfast and off we go to Achilleion. An 18th Century palace and gardens that’s gorgeous and unique. Right on the opposite side of the island we will visit the Moni Iperagias Theotokou Mitridion incorporating a last day pilgrimage to the trip and allowing us as well to visit the famous Winery Estate Theotoky which lies next to the monastery. Aboard our bus and we make out way to the post to catch a ferry to the mainland….
Corfu is something you you have to discover slowly, day after day… You will be impressed by long sandy beaches, marvelous bay, picturesque mountain villages, large olive tree forests and the old town with its ancient stones and hidden lovely places. You’ll find this and more in a modern island that still seduces the visitors with its charm and its old traditions of a glorious past.
- Festivals and Summer Events
- All day Cruise Paxos & AntiPaxos
- Walking trails
- Megali Ammos Beach
- Old Town & Achilleion Palace