Lakes & Mountains of North Greece
This trip can be done with jeeps, or campervans! The jeep tour will be a guided tour but a variation of the tour (without of road can be done with a mini camper van and self guided! Ideal for a family tour.
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7 nights in guesthouses and local hotels
All meals according the itinerary (meals are not included on a camper van mode)
Jeeps and SUV cars, or camper vans
Local certified guide on guided mode
Visit the unknown part of Greece
Find out about the Greek water recources
Pozar warm baths
Mountain towns near lakes
Period of operation
April to October
Is this trip good for me?
The trip can be organized with jeeps, van (for families) or with mini camper vans
Organized accommodation from Compass Adventures
Light hiking for visiting sites
Swimming in warm baths or cold rivers
Touring in mountain roads away from traffic
Daily Itinerary (8 days)
Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. When we are ready with our cars, we start the drive direction lake Kerkini. Kerkini is an artificial lake in central Macedonia and has become a natural reserve hosting thousands of migrating birds coming for the summer to stay. We drive at the Mountain of Belles (natural border with Boulgaria) and also around the lake. After we make comfortable at our guesthouse and, there is a chance for an optional canoe tour for 2 hours in the lake with a local guide (highly recommended)
After breakfast we start our drive through country roads, direction Goumenissa, a small town known for it's wine. Our dirt roads starts here, crossing the mountain Paiko, and after a while we reach the fantastic waterfalls of Skra, where we rest and have lunch. We continue through country roads crossing little villages and enjoying the mountain scenary and lanscape of Macedonian nature. Our goal is the warm springs at Pozar. After checking in the hotel, we have the chance to enjoy a warm bath at the Pozar baths or make a small hike by the river.
Start our day uphilling the 3rd highest mountainrange of Greece Mt. Voras, we drive an unfinished road which is half asphaltated. The landscape is changing as we climb and at our highest point 2000m we stop for a small rest. We begin to drive down with great views of Vegoritida lake, driving through the recently developed winter resort of Agios Athanasios. A small and little difficult road awaits us and we reach the central road that takes us to the interesting village of Nimfeo. We rest and make a guided tour at the Arktouros center a place where they protect and study the brown bear the biggest mummal in the Greek nature! After having lunch we drive another beautiful forest road to Vitsi where we will enjoy beautiful views from the mountain top. Kastoria by the lake will be our next host where we stay at the old part of town in a cosy hotel
As we leave the beautiful town of Kastoria, we drive direction the historical mountain of Grammos. Very near is the monastery of Agia Anna an impressive church built by the cliffs. After we start the drive through Nestorio to the village of Pefko, where we get a taste of the huge mountain massiv, big forests, lots of roads to choose.. Our goal is Arrenes a wonderful alpine lake at 1700m, and after the highest village of Aetomilitsa. The road continues through the high mountain medows and reaches Plikati after passing rivers and high peaks, one of the most impressive mountain scenaries of Greece!
Our drive is in a very unique area. We drive through the Aoos valley where we pass hidden villages watch great views as we enter the North Pindos Ntional Park area. During the drive we stop for an hours hike to visit the impressive waterfalls at Iliochori (optional swim) and continue to Zagori area visiting the impressive arched bridges and view points of Vikos.
Our day starts with off road driving direction the remote Vovousa. We make lunch in the wonderful village square and continue ofn mountain roads to Perivoli and Krania. The road is inside the protected area of North Pindos and is always a possibility to meet wildlife on the road such as bears or wild boar! In Vobousa we make a small introduction to the area from the National Park employers.
Is the day where we can choose our way. We drive direction Meteora where we make a visit to the monasteries and a small walk around the impressive scenary. As we drive back to Thessaloniki we can choose either to stop at the beach for relaxing and swimming or drive through some lovely villages at the foot of Mt. Olympus.
Airport – end of tour