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My Kastoria, Dispilio & Nimfaio Bear Sanctuary

Exclusive Private Day Tour from Thessaloniki - Start Any Day

Explore the Byzantine History of the picturesque city of Kastoria. Reveal the Middle Neolithic lake settlement with wooden structures in Dispilio and visit the Arcturos Bear Sanctuary with the traditional village of Nimfaio on this exclusive private trip from Thessaloniki.

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Departure time: 8:00
  • Travel Style: Culture
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Hassle-free pick-up & drop-off from your accommodation
  • Free cancellation 24hrs in advance

Highlights

  • Learn about the Middle Neolithic lake settlement in Dispilio, considered the oldest in Europe
  • Admire the impressive murals of the Byzantine Monastery Panagia Mavriotissa
  • Feel the idyllic beauty and tranquility of Kastoria, walking by the lake
  • Live an unforgettable experience meeting the bears in Arcturos Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visit Nimfaio, one of the ten most picturesque villages of Europe, according to UNESCO

Inclusions

  • Hassle free Pick-up & drop off from your accommodation (Hotel, Bnb etc) in Thessaloniki
  • Transportation by luxury A/C minivan or private car
  • English speaking tour escort
  • Basic insurance (during transportation)
  • All taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Entrance fees – Arcturos Bear Sanctuary 6 € , Dispilio settlement 4 €
  • Lunch

Covid-19 Measures

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What to expect

Depart from your accommodation in the morning to Dispilio, Middle Neolithic lake settlement, considered the oldest in Europe, using Via Egnatia, Ancient Roman commercial route linking West and East, Rome and Constantinople. Near the site an impressive park has been erected, recreating the lake dwellers’ settlement and providing information about the life of its Neolothic inhabitants. Continue to the furrier city of Kastoria, known as the Lady of Macedonia, nestled in between Grammos and Vitsi Mountains. Wander by the lake Orestiada which is directly linked to the character, history and development of the city. Discover the Byzantine treasures, dating back from the 9th to the 19th century, with a visit to the Monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa. Drive though the mountainous range of Mount Vernon to Nimfaio. Taste local delicacies in a traditional restaurant. Visit Arcturos Bear Sanctuary and get informed about the development of the brown bear, its geographical distribution, its biology, ecology and about the danger of its species. Before heading back to Thessaloniki, explore the stone built houses and cobblestone paths of Nimfaio, the fascinating fairytale village, surrounded by a breathtaking beech forest.

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FAQ

How will I recognize our tour escort?

Your tour escort shall hold MY GREECE signage at the pick up point. Full details will be sent to your e-mail, till 12 hours prior to departure.

What is the distance to the destination and how long does it take to get there?

The distance between Thessaloniki and Dispilio is 183 km and lasts approximately 1 hour & 50 minutes.
The distance between Dispilio and Kastoria is 10 km and lasts approximately 15 minutes.
The distance between Kastoria and Nimfaio is 60 km and lasts approximately 1 hour & 10 minutes.
The distance between Nimfaio and Thessaloniki is 180 km and lasts approximately 2 hours.

Are there any special conditions I should be aware of?

Customers must be able to climb and descend some stairs.
Reduced entry  4 € for children 2-12 years old at Arcturos Bear Sanctuary
Reduced entry  1 € for children 2-12 years old at Dispilio Settlement

What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

Bring sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and comfortable clothes during summer months & warm clothes, waterproof jacket during winter months. Comfortable footwear is highly recommended. Have your e-ticket with you & your ID/PASSPORT (or copy).

Is there a supplement for solo traveler?

Yes. In all exclusive private tours, both day & multiday, solo traveler needs to pay extra supplement around 70-75% of the standard price based on 2 travelers. Please contact us for more details.

Do you run your tours on other languages apart from English?

Yes. We can also provide German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Arab speaking guide or escort at extra cost. Please mind that availability is very limited.