2 day trip to Ioannina with Zafiris Tours
Excursion to Ioannina by Zafiris Tours.
Departure from Nafplion (Agios Ioannis) at 07:00 in the morning. After the necessary stops on the way, for coffee and relaxation, we reach Ioannina. Ioannina, also known as Ioannina or Giannina, is the city of Epirus, the seat of the municipality of Ioannina and the capital of the Regional Unity of Ioannina. Ioannina is home to the University of Ioannina, with 14 departments and more than 20,000 students. It is worth mentioning the islet of Lake Pamvotis (island of Ioannina), which is one of the two inhabited islands in a lake in the country. Optional visit to the castle of the city where there are several museums, as well as a visit to the island that Ali Pasha was murdered. Arrangement at the hotel. Leisure and overnight stay.
After breakfast we leave for Konitsa or Konitsa in the Vlach. It is a small town of the prefecture of Ioannina and the seat of the Municipality of Konitsa of Epirus, 64 km north of Ioannina, near the Albanian border. Built amphitheatrically on the slope of Mount Trapezitsa, the mountain range of Pindos, overlooking the valley of Konitsa where the river Aoos meets the river Voidomatis and Sarantaporos. We will have time for coffee or tsipouro with traditional mezedes. Then we will head to Papigo. It is a village in the prefecture of Ioannina, built on the slopes of Tymfi at an altitude of 960 meters. It is also referred to as Megalo Papigo and together with the neighboring village of Mikro Papigo is a community of the prefecture of Ioannina and is one of the most characteristic examples of Zagorian architecture. In the afternoon return to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Today we will bid farewell to Ioannina, and via the Egnatia Highway we will arrive at the Pavlos Melas Museum. It is a historical museum in the settlement of Melas of the prefecture of Kastoria, a village renamed by Statista in honor of the officer and hero of the Macedonian Struggle Pavlos Melas, who was killed on October 13, 1904, after an Ottoman expedition. We keep going for Prespes. Visit to Aghios Achilleios and continue to fish at Psarades. We enjoy the view and the beauty of the area and we head towards one of the most beautiful cities of Greece in Kastoria. We know the sights of the city for a while, enjoy our coffee next to the lake and leave for Grevena. Arrangement at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Early morning and today we will take the path in the mountains in the National Park of Pindos. Destination Samarina. It is located in northern Pindos on the eastern slopes of Smolikas at an altitude of 1,500 or 1,450 meters. It is considered to be one of the highest villages in Greece and the Balkans. Today, Samarina is a holiday village, mostly with open access all year round. Relative stay and departure for Milia. The museum of Milia Grevena is a fossil museum of the Grevena region. It houses finds from excavations in 1990 with the most significant find, from the 2007 excavations, the largest tusks ever found. With a length of 5.02 meters, it is one of the most important finds in the world, having even entered the Guinness Book of Records. Return to Grevena where we can enjoy the mushroom varieties. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.
Day of return today, after we bid farewell to Grevena, our route will be to Kalambaka. After we thank the Lord in one of the largest Holy Monasteries of the Rocks, we continue our return to Nafplion loaded with rich pictures and pleasant memories of the beauties of Northwestern South Macedonia or Greek Macedonia.