This is the ideal course to experience firsthand northern and central Greece. Named after the philosopher and scientist Aristotle, it gives you the opportunity to discover all the hidden mysteries of the most beautiful part of the Greek mainland. At the same time you can choose to attend English or Greek language classes.


Start day:
First Monday of each month (May 2020-October 2020).
Duration: 24 days
Venue: Thessaloniki, Halkidiki & Central Greece
School where classes are conducted: Thessaloniki Branch
Languages Taught: English, Greek

  • Thessaloniki on foot. Guided, walking tour around the streets of Thessaloniki and the famous neighborhoods. Get the chance to discover its culture, incredible sites, stories and legends with our entertaining local guides.
  • Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai & Vergina. The most famous exhibition in Greece is dedicated to the memory of Professor Manolis Andronikos who brought to light the royal tombs of Aigai and the treasures of the ancient Macedonians. The visitor is filled with a sense of awe and regal glory as he witnesses the mysteries of the royal house of the Temenides and King Philip II (father of Alexander the Great).
  • Halkidiki (Petralona Cave) and the Monasteries of Mount Athos. Halkidiki is a peninsula full of natural beauties. At the same time some of the most remarkable caves of Greece can be found here. Petralona cave is a unique stone formation that was discovered by accident in 1959. A large number of chamber and corridors reveal the unprecedented beauty of millions of stalactites and stalagmites combined with significant findings of anthropological and paleontological interest. What follows is a magnificent cruise that starts from Ouranoupoli and gives visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with the Holy Monasteries of Mount Athos.
  • Town of Kalampaka and The Monasteries of Meteora. Kalampaka is a tiny modern settlement close to Meteora characterized by a plethora of local restaurants and traditional taverns. Its most fascinating characteristic though is the spectacular setting of the precipitous Meteora rocks that border the northern part of the skyline. The whole scenery is really striking as it seems to be suspended in mid-air. We will have the chance to visit some of the ageless Monasteries where the visitor can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.
  • The castle town of Ioannina. We will visit the local cave, Ali Pasha Museum and we will enjoy a boat tour around Pamvotis Lake and the Island. Ioannina, one of the most beautiful cities of Northern Greece, spreads around Lake Pamvotis. The routes around the lake offer exquisite scenery and plenty to explore since Ioannina is known to everybody as the city of legends and traditions that date us back to the years of the Turkish occupation. What is more, the gastronomic pleasures of Ioannina will satisfy the most demanding visitor, while purchasing silver handmade jewels is something that cannot be forgotten here. As the road continues on, it leads to one of the most beautiful caves in Europe, Perama. A mere 4 km from Ioannina this cave ranks among the most extraordinary in the whole of the Balkan peninsula. Geologists date its age at 1.5 million years. See if you can discover 19 different types of stalactites!

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  • Dodoni, the oracle and the theatre. The site of Dodoni is just 22 km south of Ioannina. This is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece as we have a unique combination of Zeus’s oracle and the celebrated theatre from the 3rd century BC. With a capacity of about 18.000 spectators, it is one of the largest in the country.
  • Reaching Olympus Mountain. Visit the tourist village of Litochoro located at the base of Mount Olympus (the highest mountain in Greece) and the National Park where you can expect to get the best selfies ever having the ‘home’ of the Ancient Greek Pantheon at the background.
  • Visit to Stagira. We aim to discover the most important historic site of Halkidiki and birthplace of the famous philosopher and scientist Aristotle, tutor of Alexander the Great.
  • Archaeological Museum of Amphipolis, Caves of Alistrati and Aggitis. In the museum we will have the chance to admire finds from the ancient city of Amphipolis and its surroundings. The exhibition covers a time span from the prehistoric times down to the Byzantine period. Our next stop will be the caves of Alistrati and Aggitis which are both of significant anthropological and paleontological interest. There are also strong mythological references since the canyon of the river Aggitis and its cave was considered, according to Greek mythology, one of the main gates that led to the kingdom of the underworld. In both cases we can clearly see what nature can do where it shows its greatest power of creation.
  • Waterfalls of Edessa and Pozar Hot Springs (Loutra). This day is dedicated to the beauty and power of water. Our first stop will be the small town of Edessa famous for its waterfall-the largest in Greece. Actually we are talking about multiple waterfalls created by an earthquake that struck the surrounding area in the 14th century. Make sure to have your camera ready in order to captivate the power of water falling from a height of 70 m. Of course you cannot dive in the waterfalls but you will definitely enjoy a swim in Pozar baths of the municipality of Edessa. In the picturesque village of Pella the visitor will have the chance to take advantage of the curative qualities of the water and combine it with outdoor facilities such as climbing, caving and trekking at the gorge of the hot springs and around.
  • Town of Kavala(1): Imaret & Porto Lagos.
    Town of Kavala (2): Archaeological Site of Philippi & the Fortress. One of the loveliest cities of the Greek north lets us in on its landmarks and secrets. One day is not enough to enjoy Kavala. For this purpose we will dedicate two whole days to admire the natural beauties and the archaeological sites of this coastal city. We have chosen to visit the unique Imaret, an exceptional sample of Islamic architecture, which also enjoys a double identity-that of a luxurious hotel and of a famous monument. The small scenic village of Porto Lagos, coastal and lakeside at the same time is the ideal destination for ornithologists and lovers of bird watching as it consists one of the most well-known biotopes that hosts a rich bird fauna. Of course, there is no better way to finish with this visit to Kavala than the castle (Acropolis) which stands proudly at the peak of the Old Town.

 

  • Town of Serres. Lake Kerkini is the most important wetland in Europe and one of the best spots for bird watching lovers. Then we move on to Poroia Village (make sure to have your cameras ready here). Our final stop is the Hermitage and the Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist at Akritohori (a picturesque village surrounded by peaceful lakes and snow capped mountains).
  • Town of Kilkis. We will visit the Skra Lake and its Waterfalls as well as the Blue Cave. Ranked among the most remarkable caves in Greece it offers its visitors a unique experience as it is one of the very few caves in the world that consists of two ‘floors’ and features a rare decoration of coral material. Its findings can be admired at the Paleontological Museum of Kilkis since, apart from its unbeatable beauty, it also presents a great paleontological interest. After admiring the emerald water that surrounds the Blue Cave we head on to the Cave of St. George and the Paleontological Museum.
  • Acheron River. This course could not have ended differently as we make a reference to the main source of inspiration that marked Aristotle’s philosophy: life and death. They are both ideally combined in Acheron’s springs and river, an area of outstanding natural beauty and mythological significance as according to all ancient legends this place was the Main Entrance to the kingdom of the underworld. According to Greek Mythology the souls of the dead were transported to the other side of the river and securely held there forever guarded by invincible monsters. Today things are much better and safer as Acheron is the ideal tourist attraction since the visitor can enjoy a number of different activities: rafting, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or even swimming if you can stand the freezing cold water. In any case, make sure you wear the right type of shoes!

* There is a dress code that applies to all Monasteries in Greece. Ladies are kindly requested to wear a long skirt, dress or sarong. No trousers or shorts are allowed. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers.

Your experience includes:

  • Field expert/English speaking local guide
  • Area maps
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Parking fees
  • Entry of admission fee
  • Coffee and drinks
  • Local taxes
  • Accommodation (if requested)

 

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