Private Tour In Naoussa, Edessa, Kastoria, Volos 4 Days

Overview

Experience an enchanting four-day, three-night private tour through central Macedonia in northern Greece. Kastoria, Greece; A hidden gem that boasts breathtaking beauty and charm. Experience a vibrant cultural adventure in Naousa as you dive into the Wine Routes of the Macedonian Kings and discover the one-of-a-kind tradition of Greece known as “Jenissaries & Boules.” During the exciting Halloween season, the town of Naoussa comes to life with this traditional event, while Edesa, known as the “princess” of Macedonia, awaits your exploration.

Itinerary of the 4 days Classical tour in Greece:

Athens – Kastoria – Naousa – Edessa – Volos – Athens

Highlights of the Private Tour In Naoussa, Edessa, Kastoria, Volos 4 Days

  • Experience the beauty of all four seasons in Kastoria
  • Naousa a gastronomic delights, and an enchanting natural landscape, not to mention its renowned wines
  • Edessa the stunning waterfall park, followed by a visit to Varosi
  • An experienced, English-speaking tour driver who will drive you safely during your private 4-day tour
  • Volos, famous for its vibrant tsipouradikas

Description

Description of the Private Tour In Naoussa, Edessa, Kastoria, Volos 4 Days

Day 1: Athens – Kastoria

Early morning departure for Kastoria with intermediate stops for coffee and rest. Nestled in the northern region of Greece lies the charming and often overlooked town

Kastoria, Macedonia Greece
Kastoria, Macedonia Greece

of Kastoria. Despite being the 65th largest city in the country, it boasts a unique location within the West Macedonia region: situated within the picturesque Orestiada

lake. While technically not an island, it offers the same idyllic beauty and tranquility. Known for its rich history and breathtaking natural scenery, including the lake’s designation as a protected site in the Natura 2000 network, Kastoria also features an open-air museum showcasing a Neolithic-era lakeshore settlement. And if that’s not enough, there’s even more reasons why Kastoria should not be missed!

Come experience the beauty of all four seasons in Kastoria, from the crisp snow and frozen lake to the vibrant blooms of spring, and from the sunny days of summer to the golden shades of autumn rain. Prepare to be captivated by the ever-changing landscape of this magnificent city.

Join us at our inviting hotel and let us take care of your evening with a delicious dinner (not included)  and comfortable overnight accommodations.

Day 2: Kastoria – Naousa – Edessa

Let’s embark on a journey to the charming town of Kastoria and its serene lake, followed by a stop in Naousa. Our first destination is the extraordinary Dragon’s Cave, named after its entrance that resembles a dragon’s open mouth. The legend has it that a fierce dragon guarded a treasure-filled gold mine within the cave. This magnificent cave, known as one of the most impressive in our country, also holds ancient cave bear bones dating back 10,000 years. After this thrilling experience, we will visit the Monastery of Panagia tis Mavriotissa, a beautiful religious site. Our exploration continues with a stroll through the historic Doltso district, where we will admire the grand mansions and traditional fur farms. Before departing Kastoria, we will make a stop at Dispelio and its charming lakeside settlement (optional expense), offering evidence of human habitation since the Neolithic era.

Private Tour In Naoussa, Edessa, Kastoria, Volos 4 Days
Private Tour In Naoussa, Edessa, Kastoria, Volos 4 Days

As we prepare to embark on our journey to Naoussa, a charming town steeped in history and brimming with cultural richness, we are delighted to share the news that it is now gaining recognition as a must-visit destination for travelers worldwide. Boasting a fusion of activities, gastronomic delights, and an enchanting natural landscape, not to mention its renowned wines – it’s no secret that Naoussa has everything one could ask for in a destination. While it may lack the typical sandy shores, rest assured that you won’t even notice their absence amidst the splendor of Naoussa. Speaking of its wine, this century-old tradition has made its mark on the global wine scene, and it’s no wonder why.

Indulge in a glass of this renowned wine, just as kings, emperors, merchants, and explorers have done for centuries. Follow the winding paths through vineyards of esteemed wineries and get to know the passionate people behind the labels. Camouflage yourself within the oak barrels and, if fortune shines upon you, you may savor the opportunity to indulge in aged, exceptional blends of Xinomavro. The essence of Naoussa will linger upon your palate, evoking fond memories long after you depart.

Naousas-Halloween excursion to Naoussa Carnival
Naousas-Halloween excursion to Naoussa Carnival

“Amidst the thrilling celebrations of Halloween, we are invited to witness one of the most fascinating traditions – the Jenissaries & Boules group. Immersed in the pulsing energy of the procession, we will march towards the City Hall to obtain the necessary “permission” from the Mayor, a key part of the dance’s commencement. With the rhythm of the drums and the enchanting melodies of the zourna, we will traverse the winding streets of the city. In stark contrast to the chaos of Carnival, the Naoussa custom boasts a remarkable display of discipline, uniformity, and exquisite aesthetics among its participants. For centuries, the rules of dress, gathering, pilgrimage, itinerary, musical repertoire, dances, instruments, and participants have remained unchanged, creating a truly unique experience that defies adequate expression.”

Indulge in the unique flavors and exquisite wines of Greece’s top vineyards as we bask in the local culture. After a satisfying day, we’ll retire to our Edessa hotel for a restful overnight stay.

Day 3: Edessa

After enjoying breakfast, we will set out on our journey to Edessa, known as the “princess” of Macedonia. Our first stop will be the stunning waterfall park, followed by a visit to Varosi, the charming traditional district of the city. Located in the heart of Greece, the city of Edessa, known as the “City of Waters” and also the “City of the Four Seasons,” boasts a striking symbol: twelve majestic water falls that cascade through its center. Standing as a testament to this city’s magnificence, these waterfalls are a spectacle to behold, changing colors with the passing of each season and even throughout the day. Since its establishment in 813 BC by Heraclides Karanos, Edessa has been closely connected to the element of water, earning its earlier name which translates to “towers in the water”. Despite a brief name change to “Vodena” during Slavic rule, Edessa has persevered and proudly reclaimed its original name when it was liberated by the Greek army in 1912.

Edessa Macedonia, Greece Waterfalls
Edessa Macedonia, Greece Waterfalls

Without a doubt, this city is renowned as one of the most stunning in all of Europe. The intermingling of its natural surroundings and urban landscape creates a unique harmony between nature and humanity. Every corner of the city exudes an irresistible charm, particularly the spots where the water flows, almost as if painting a picturesque scene for visitors to capture. But among all the breathtaking attractions, the Waterfall Park, the grove, the Water Museum, and the Karanos area, with its magnificent cascading waterfall, remain the ultimate crowd-pleasers for both tourists and locals alike.

Edessa hustles and bustles as a vibrant tourist hub, skillfully maintaining its infrastructure and providing unmatched hospitality. History buffs can immerse themselves in the city’s past, with its charming rivers, streams, and waterfalls adding to the picturesque landscapes. Edessa has served as a vital settlement for various civilizations through the ages, with remnants of its Roman, Bulgarian, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods still evident in the magnificent ancient wall and citadel. Despite facing destruction during the 20th century wars, the city has risen from the ashes and flourished in the modern era.

Take the time to marvel at the timeless attractions of Edessa, from the historic Jewish quarter of Varosi to the stunning Yeni Mosque and the captivating archeological site in Loggos. Don’t miss the iconic six clock tower in the main square, offering a picturesque view of the surrounding plain from Psilos Vrachos. Spend some time wandering through the picturesque Forest of Gavaliotissa, home to the Aviation Monument and the charming Cannabourgeio and Folklore and Ethnological Museum. Stroll along the pedestrian streets, stopping at the quaint cafes with the soothing sound of Voda or Edessaio water and streams. We strive to explore as much of Edessa as possible during our visit, and we encourage you to do the same at your leasure time. Overnight stay in Edessa.

Day 4: Edessa – Volos – Athens
Volos, Greece
Volos, Greece

After thoroughly enjoying our morning meal, we embark on our return trip, stopping along the way in charming Volos, famous for its vibrant tsipouradikas. Volos, a magnificent Greek city, is steeped in beauty, myth, and history. Situated at the heart of the country, Volos boasts a bustling port, renowned as one of Greece’s busiest. Nestled at the edge of the Pagasetic Gulf and embraced by the majestic Mt. Pelion, this city enjoys a unique atmosphere, where the crisp and briny sea winds blend with the fragrant mountain air of the fabled homeland of the Centaurs. Volos holds a significant place in Greek mythology as the legendary starting point of the renowned expedition of Jason and the Argonauts, adding to its allure and prominence.

The stunning architectural structures throughout the region serve as a tangible display of its abundant riches and deep-rooted history. From magnificent mansions and stately government buildings to captivating museums, early 20th century industrial complexes, and centuries-old churches, the city boasts a myriad of breathtaking landmarks.

As our journey comes to a close, Athens welcomes us with a breathtaking array of sights that leave us in awe. It’s a beautiful finale to our adventure under the twinkling stars.

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Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English-speaking driver or escort with good knowledge of the history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you at an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject to availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of the tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by-state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August, and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed


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