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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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