Northern Greece Wine Tour

£1,950.00

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Follow the footprints of ancient civilisations as we explore the lesser-known north of the country. Discover diverse wine regions, off-beat classical sites, mystical mountain-top monasteries and stunning scenery. We will visit three main wine regions: Naousa and Amyndeo near Thessalonika, and Drama close to the town of Kavala, and experience some of the best Greek wineries including Gerovassiliou, Alpha Estate, Thymiopoulos and Kir-Yianni. We’ll also explore the ancient sites of Vergina, the beautiful town of Kastoria, and the extraordinary mountain-top monasteries of Meteora. Truly a classic wine tour, in every sense.

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Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday 15th June
Arrival and Welcome Dinner: At 7pm, congregate at Vanoro Hotel for a briefing about the tour and to meet your fellow travellers. At 7.45pm walk the short distance together to have dinner at a local restaurant. Dinner will be accompanied by the wines of a famous, historic winery, and there will be someone from the winery to tell us about its history and to present the wines.

Day 2: Sunday 16th June
Vergina and Naousa: This morning check out and head west to the extraordinary ancient site of Vergina where we’ll have a tour with a private guide. Our first winery visit is at one of the leading producers of the Naousa region for lunch in their restaurant and a tour. Continue to the town of Naousa, our base for the next two nights, and check in at our hotels. The group will be split over two nearby properties – see the Accommodation tab for more details. Free evening to explore the town.

Day 3: Monday 17th June
Naousa Wineries: This morning visit 2 more wineries in the Naousa region, including one where the winemaker is considered the ‘Godfather of Xinomavro’! Experience contrasting styles of this fascinating grape, often likened to Nebbiolo. Early afternoon return to the town and our hotels for late lunch/relaxation. This evening a group dinner in the gastronomic restaurant of Palea Poli.

Day 4: Tuesday 18th June
Amyndeo: After breakfast check out and drive further west to the wine region of Amyndeo, the other main PDO for Xinomavro. Visit one producer who specialise in traditional method sparkling wines, also made from Xinomavro! And another considered one of Greece’s most prestigious estates. Group lunch at a local restaurant who also make their own wine. Late afternoon continue to the town of Kastoria, and check in at our spa hotel overlooking the lake. Free evening.

Day 5: Wednesday 19th June
Kastoria: A more relaxing day with no winery visits! After breakfast we’ll head out for a guided tour of the beautiful town of Kastoria including its many archontiko (traditional mansions)… or stay at the hotel and relax by their pool and/or in their spa! Group lunch in the hotel’s restaurant. Mid-afternoon head to the town of Metsovo, our base for the next two nights. Free evening to explore the town and try one of the many tavernas.

Day 6: Thursday 20th June
Meteora: This morning visit the winery based in Metsovo for a tour and tasting. Mid-morning drive to the town of Kalambaka and witness the extraordinary landscape of limestone outcrops with monasteries perched atop. Afternoon tour of 2-3 monasteries with a private guide. Return to Metsovo late afternoon. The group meal today will be either lunch at a restaurant in Kalambaka or dinner at a restaurant in Metsovo (tba).

Day 7 Friday 21st June
The Long Drive East via Epanomi: Today a long drive east (approximately 5 hours in total) mostly along the motorway. The journey will be broken up with a visit to one of Greece’s most famous wineries near Thessalonika where we’ll have lunch, tour and tasting. In the afternoon, we’ll continue east to the town of Drama, our base for the next two nights. Free evening.

Day 8: Saturday 22nd June
Drama! This morning visit two wineries in the region of Drama, whose wines provide an interesting contrast to those of Naousa as they use more of the ‘international varieties’. Early afternoon return to our hotel for a late lunch and/or time to relax. This afternoon you may like to visit the ancient site of Philippi. This evening a final group dinner in a local restaurant in the town of Drama.

Day 9: Sunday 23rd June
Farewell: this morning check out and head back west, to Thessalonika airport. We’ll aim to arrive around midday for anyone taking the BA flight to Heathrow (departs 14.35). For those on later flights we’ll plan other optional activities.

TOUR ENDS

Travel & Flights

Travel & Flights

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Thessalonika (airport code SKG) .

There are various direct/non-stop flights from London – with British Airways from Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports; with Easyjet from Gatwick; with Ryanair from Stanstead. However please note the joining times on the first day and departure times on the last day.

On the first day of the tour, Saturday 15th June, there is no activity until the welcome group meal in the evening. If arriving that day we recommend that you book a flight which arrives in Thessalonika not later than 4pm, as the tour will start in the lobby at 7pm. The tour will officially end on Sunday 23rd June at around midday at Thessalonika airport.

Travel throughout the tour will be in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

Accommodation

Accommodation

  1. Thessalonika (1 night) Hotel Vanoro located in the Thessaloniki’s historical centre. Vanoro is a brand-new ‘urban’ 5-star hotel. From stylish decor to modern amenities, each space is crafted to provide a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation, and the thoughtfully designed rooms are the epitome of elegance. There is a Health and Wellness Centre with gym, spa, jacuzzi and massage treatments.
  2. Naousa (2 nights): Dellagio Hotel and Palea Poli. We’ll be split over two hotels which are 2-3 minutes’ walk apart. Most of the group will be at Dellagio, a comfortable, 3-star, family-run hotel in the centre of the town; and Paleo Poli, is a 4-star, lovingly restored, traditional mansion. The spacious bedrooms have wooden floors and exposed stone walls, and exude elegance. As Palea Poli is a higher standard, the four rooms we have reserved here will be offered as an upgrade for those sharing a double room (see Tour Costs ‘Supplements’).
  3. Kastoria (1 night): Limneon Resort and Spa, a luxury 5-star resort where guests can relax and unwind in lakeside rooms and suites, dine under a starry sky and unwind with unique spa treatments. There are two restaurants and a large outdoor pool with bar.
  4. Metsovo (2 nights): Archontiko Metsovou, a newly built 4-star boutique hotel in traditional style. Stone, wood, traditional colour and luxury combine local tradition with today’s technology. There are stone arches, fireplaces (for the winter!), wooden ceilings. And a hammam and jacuzzi.
  5. Drama (2 nights): Hydrama Grand Hotel, this state-of-the-art 5-star hotel, recently converted, was originally a tobacco warehouse. Modern West meets the mysterious East creating an irresistible blend of technological excellence, luxury, history and culture, in an environment of unparalleled natural beauty. There are two restaurants and a wine bar! There is also a spa with sauna and steam room.
Pricing

Pricing

Price includes:

  • £1,950 per person sharing a double or twin room.
  • 8 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Air-conditioned coach transport throughout the tour
  • Tastings at 10 different wineries
  • 8 Lunches or dinners at wineries or local restaurants with wine
  • Private Guides and entrance tickets at Vergina, Kastoria and Meteora
  • Services of tour/wine guide Christos Ioannou

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £350
  • Room upgrade to Palea Poli in Naousa (4 rooms available and only for those sharing a Double room): £100 per person.