A great combination of
city breaks and tours, full of cultural elements,
travelling through some of the most renowned Greek
Enjoy the natural beauty along the wine roads of
Northern Greece and explore the history that infuses the
entire region, from archaeological sites, churches,
monasteries, museums and more – to the wineries
themselves, restaurants, taverns, hotels and inns, and
local gourmet workshops and stores stocked with regional
culinary specialties. Meet the producers and seek out
the traditional products of each region’s unique
cuisine. The visits to the wineries often feature lunch
on site or at a nearby traditional Greek tavern, so you
can experience the authentic Northern Greek gastronomy
and wine culture.
Visit Petralona where traces of the first homo
sapiens in Europe were found, Vergina – the burial site
of the Kings of Macedonia, explore Meteora, a natural
phenomenal unique in our planet. A guided boat trip
takes visitors along the coast line of Mount Athos – a
unique monastery republic where you can view the unique
landscape and the magnificent architecture of the
monasteries. Visit Thessaloniki, a city with spectacular
food, nightlife & history.
Savour culture, history
and culinary delights all along the way.
Day 1: Arrival
• We will be waiting for you at the Airport of
Thessaloniki upon your arrival.
• Reception at the
airport and transportation to the hotel in Thessaloniki
• Later in the afternoon, we can make our
first walk in the city and have lunch depending on your
time of arrival, then well have dinner at a local
tsipouradiko with a variety of traditional specialties.
• Accommodation Thessaloniki.
Day 2: Wine tour, meze class, ouzo/tsipouro tasting,
distillery visit, enology museum
• Very close to Thessaloniki, on the hills of
Epanomi, at an ideal ecosystem for wine cultivation, we
will visit Domaine Gerovassiliou voted in the top 100
wineries for 2006. The varieties of Assyrtiko,
Malagouzia, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and
Syrah, Merlot, Grenach Rouge, Limnio Mavroudi,
Mavrotragano give the Regional Wines of Epanomi.
Less than 45 minutes North of Thessaloniki, on the
slopes of Mt Vertiskos lie the vineyards of
Babatzimopoulos Estate. You will have the chance to walk
around the organically cultivated vineyards, visit the
winery and of course taste the wines.
• Meze class
(demo and partly hands-on); ouzo or tsipouro tasting.
• Visit distillery and maybe meet or even dance with the
modern Greek Zorba. Mr. Anestis Babatzimopoulos is a
visionary winemaker, so be prepared to be surprised from
his wines that combine some of the most known
international with local varieties.
• Besides the
great wines you will taste, there is a very interesting
enology museum, with a collection of rare corkscrews
dating back to 18th century, 28 rare handmade
wine-presses from the18th to the 20th century, amphorae
of Mycenaean and Byzantine time, and many other old
items and tools of the viticulturist.
dinner, where we will have the chance to explore
Thessaloniki’s local cuisine.
Day 3: Excursions, transfer
• After breakfast, we drive to Kavala, following the
Egnatia highway, built on the path of the Roman Via
• Arriving Philippi, we will visit the
archaeological site of Philippi, with the Forum Romanum;
the ruins of the two early Christian Basilicas, the
prison where St. Paul was held and preached in 50 AD; as
well as the ancient Greek theatre.
• Ending the tour
at Philippi, we will visit the Texni Oinou domain at
Mikrohori Dramas as well as the Vivlia Chora and the
Manolesaki, three of the greatest wineries of Northern
Greece Texni Oinou domain at Mikrohori Dramas.
district, enjoying propitious soil and climatic
conditions, has a long history of wine-making, a history
which is now being revived thanks to the personal
initiative and passion of the two winemakers, Yiannis
Papadopoulos and Yiannis Kalaitzidis. From these
vineyards, the estate produces each year no fewer than
60,000 bottles of its label Techni Alipias – the Greek
word Techni meaning art or skill, and the word Alipia
from ancient Greek meaning absence of sorrow. The name
was inspired by ancient texts which tell us that
Dionysos, the son of Zeus and Semele, bestowed on making
the gift of wine so that men might forget their sorrows.
• Accommodation: Drama
Day 4: Excursions, honey tasting, wine tour, wine
Breakfast and the tour start in the village of
Arnaia, the best example of well-preserved traditional
architecture in the area.
• Arriving in the village,
you will receive a quick demonstration by a honey
producer and beekeeper and try five varieties of honey
and the famous honey-tsipouro Mountovina, only found
• Proceed to the local winery, Papayannis, and
have a tour and wine tasting.
• Have lunch as it was
made in ancient Greece, prepared for you by a
• Reach the Aristotle Park,
dedicated to the great philosopher Aristotle, near the
ruins of his birthplace, the ancient city of Stagira.
• Ending the tour, we will drive to the village of
Polygyros, where you will stay for the night.
Dinner at the hotel with local specialties.
Day 5: Boat ride, excursions
From Polygyros, we drive to the village Ouranoupolis
for a boat trip along the coastline of Mount Athos, the
unique autonomous monastic community, internationally
recognized as a sanctuary of the Orthodox Christian
faith, where they can view the unique landscape and the
magnificent architecture of the monasteries.
Departure time is 10:30 and the cruise last around 3
hours. The ship heads to the southwestern part of the
peninsula and in approximately 10 minutes, it reaches
the sea-borders of the monastic state and its territory.
From there, it arrives in approximately 15 minutes in
the area of the first Russian cloister and, after
sailing by unique beaches, it arrives in the area of the
first monastery, Iera Moni Dochiariou, in around 40
Another 7 monasteries follow then, as well
as the Holy Mounts central port, Daphni, and finally the
cloisters, small villages, where groups of monks live in
• Ending the boat trip, you will have a
break for lunch and then, you will visit the Papayannis
winery at Arnaia.
• You will go back to the hotel in
the late afternoon.
• Dinner and accommodation at
Day 6: Wine tours
• Today we will head to the area of Chalkidiki.
Sithonia hosts the largest winery in Greece and it is
also considered one of Europe’s largest at 400 hectares.
Across the gulf to the east on the Athos peninsula,
within the monastic republic, is a Tsantali vineyard,
which has the goal of bringing the traditional Mount
Athos wines to the outside world.
• The two of the
wineries we will visit today is the Domaine Porto Carras
and the Tsantali Agios Pavlos Winery.
• Lunch in one
of the two wineries and head back to the hotel in the
• Dinner and accommodation at
Day 7: Excursions, transfer
• Just a 70 minutes drive from Polygyros, the caves
of Petralona are a very popular destination. When you
enter the caves of Petralona, it's like embarking on a
voyage to the beginning of time with fascinating
stalactites and stalagmites including the remains of
what is thought to be the oldest in Europe – 700,000
years old. The caves are also considered among the most
important monuments of human prehistory with findings
including the fossilized cranium of a prehistoric man.
• A possible visit to the Petralona winery and lunch
with a big variety of seafood at Nea Moudania.
After lunch, drive back to Thessaloniki where we
• Dinner at Thessaloniki at a
Tsipouradiko with variety of dishes and tsipouro
Day 8: Excursions, market visit, sweets tasting
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and the
capital of Macedonia also voted Best Mid-Sized European
city for human capital and lifestyle by Financial Times
in 2014. It offers a rich cultural and historical
heritage as well as a cosmopolitan life.
visit some of the splendid churches as well as the
Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios. Naturally, there’s
also time to enjoy the shopping and cafés downtown.
What do you get when you combine Greek coffee, pastries
and pieces of bread, sweets, Meze, and ouzo? The best
introductions into Greek cuisine and culture, all on
this tasty Thessaloniki tour.
• We will taste
koulouri and bougatsa. While koulouri is fairly plain
(but nonetheless delicious), bougatsa can be filled with
almost anything cream, spinach, cheese, mince and much
more. With both pieces of bread having a history that
dates back to the Byzantine.
• A tour of the Modiano
Market ,with charming paved alleys, hundreds of people,
and fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, spices, dairy,
homemade products, and many local specialties filling
the stalls and Meze lunch at Modiano.
• The tour
could not end without a visit to one of the city's
oldest confectioneries for a sample of siropiasta. These
syrupy sweets are still made from the original recipes
that Greek refugees brought with them during the1920s
from Istanbul and Asia Minor, the perfect Thessaloniki
food to finish off this tour and aid your digestion.
• Evening dinner will be on to Athonos Square, where you
will be amazed by beautiful scenery that compliments the
numerous old-world ouzeris and small taverns.
one of the best ouzeris in the city and taste meze
accompanied with ouzo or tsipouro – some flavors you
won’t be forgetting in a hurry, that’s for sure.
Day 9: Excursions, wine tour, wine tasting
• Today we will head to one of the most historic
places in Greece and the old capital of the ancient
• The ancient capital of the
Macedonian empire, this has been a wine producing region
since antiquity. Archaeological findings have depicted
Dionysus the Greek god of wine.
• Some of the most
important remains are the palace, lavishly decorated
with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial
ground, with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date
from the 11th century B.C. The tomb of the Macedonian
King Philip, father of Alexander the Great, is
recognized as a Monument of world heritage by UNESCO.
Philip’s tomb, complete with its unique valuables, are
kept in a specially designed museum.
• The first and
the second capital of Macedonia, Vergina, and Pella,
give to the visitors the whole history of Macedonia with
the spectacular findings of the royal graves in the
outstanding museum of Vergina and the brand new museum
of Pella. The archaeological sites are 2 of the most
interesting in Greece.
• From here, we will continue
to Naoussa, the area of Xinomavro. The area of Naoussa
is known for the VQPRD Naoussa’ made exclusively of
• Wine tasting in one of the eleven
wineries in the area. From Xinomavro and the other red
varieties cultivated in the region, mainly Merlot and
Syrah, are produced the regional wines of Imathia, a
white Blanc de noirs and a fleshy and opulent red that
endures through time.
• Esperides hotel Naoussa
offers relaxing atmosphere, and with our dinner arranged
at the hotel we have nothing to worry about, except what
wine to choose to accompany our dinner, specially
prepared for us with local recipes.
Day 10: Excursion, wine tour, wine tasting, transfer
• Morning departure for the Macedonian hinterland.
This mountainous region of Greece has become a large
• One of the highlights is
Kastoria, an ancient center known for its fur
productions, beautifully situated on Lake Orestiada. The
town of Kastoria, renowned center for the fur industry
and also famous for its lake and 75 Byzantine churches.
A Neolithic lake settlement, 7000 years old, was
discovered here, and you will have the opportunity to
stroll through and admire the reconstruction of the
village which represents the contemporary musicological
• Wine tasting in one of the few of the
wineries: Amyndio Winery, Kir Yianni Amyndio Winery,
Voyatzis Estate, Zandes Winery.
• Keep driving south
direction Meteora and Kalambaka where we will stay for
• Dinner at Kalambaka.
Day 11: Excursion, transfer, cooking class
• Visit Meteora. Among striking scenery, perched on
the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in
mid-air, stand ageless monasteries, where you can see
exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.
• Depart from
Kalambaka direction Delphi. Arrive in Delphi in the
• Enjoy the Greek kitchen cooking
class at Delphi.
• Accommodation in Delphi.
Day 12: Excursion, wine tour, wine tasting, transfer
• Visit the archaeological site and museum and drive
the mountain of Parnassus to the village of Polydroso,
where we visit the winery Argyriou, one of the best
small wineries in Greece.
• Wine tasting and lunch on
• Departure direction Athens.
• Arrival in
Athens in the early afternoon.
• Dinner at a
beautiful restaurant in Athens.
• Accommodation in
Day 13: Excursion, restaurant visit, free time,
• Guided Athens city tour including Acropolis.
Lunch at the most well-known restaurant in Plaka
• Walking tour and shopping time at the
center shopping area of Athens Ermou Street.
• Accommodation Athens
Day 14: Departure
• Breakfast and transportation to the airport for the
flight back home.
• You will taste Greek coffee, ouzo, the famous
honey-tsipouro “Mountovina” and unique traditional
• You will taste unique varieties of wines
from northern and central Greece
• You will visit the
ancient region of Philippi. Apostle Paul founded
Philippi – the first Christian Church in Europe
You will visit Delphi, an ancient Greek city where the
most important oracle of the ancient Greek world was
• Visit Meteora – it is the second most
important monastic complex in Greece, after Mount Athos,
and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
You will visit Vergina’s first capital of Macedonia and
admire the royal tombs
• Visit Petralona where
traces of the first homo sapiens in Europe
13 nights Accommodations at 4**** and 5***** or class
traditional boutique hotels / double occupancy on bed
and breakfast basis
Airport Transfers days of arrival
All meals: 13 Breakfasts – 12 Lunches –
14 days exclusive chartered mini van with
English speaking driver (George)
Fuel and road taxes
The Cave of Petralona: It is where traces of the first
‘homo sapiens in Europe’ were found.
Foodie tour of
Thessaloniki with tasting
• “Mezedopolio” Dinner
Experience in Thessaloniki
• Foodie Tour of Athens
• Winery tours and wine tasting in
Thessaloniki: “Wine route of Thessaloniki”
tours and wine tasting in Drama: Wine route of Dionysus
In the Thracian province of eastern Greece, this tour
takes you around Kavala, Philippi, and Drama. .
Winery tours and wine tasting in Chalkidiki: “Wine route
of Chalkidiki” Sithonia hosts the largest winery in
Greece and it is also considered one of Europe’s largest
at 400 ha
• Winery tour and wine tasting “Wine route
of Pella” The ancient capital of the Macedonian empire,
this has been a wine producing region since antiquity.
Archaeological finds have depicted Dionysus the Greek
god of wine.
• Winery tour and wine tasting at
Naoussa “Wine route of Naoussa”
• Winery tour and
wine tasting “Wine route of the Lakes” at Kastoria
Winery tour and wine tasting at Parnassus
• The Greek
Kitchen Cooking Class in Delphi
• Lunch at the most
famous and well known restaurant in Plaka – Athens
• Farewell Dinner in Athens
We do not
Entrance fees at archaeological / historical sites, a
guide on sites not mentioned, tips, drinks, personal
shopping, and anything not mentioned above