Epirus: Land of Myth and Legend

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Museums / Culture, Food and Wine, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



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Ioannina - Metsovo

Ioannina. The capital of Epirus prefecture with the long and glorious history which dates back to the Byzantine times. Visit the mosques, the museums, the old castle and the picturesque island in the middle of Lake Pamvotis.

Follow the mountainous road to Metsovo a small village in the slopes of Pindos mountain range with cobblestone paths, and traditional character famous for its wineries and also for its dairy products.


Our trip starts from the city of Ioannina. During the first day we will have the chance to visit the museums of the town, the mosques, the byzantine castle and the old Ottoman citadel as well as the picturesque island which lies in the middle of Lake Pamvotis. You will also have the chance to visit the market and buy some souvenirs made of wood and silver. You will have the time to enjoy the old traditional recipes in one of the lake restaurants.

On the second day we will visit Metsovo, a mountainous village in the slopes of Pindos range. After a short walk in the central square and the nearby cobblestone paths we will visit the Averof museum and also the Art Gallery. Metsovo is famous for its winery and also for its local dairy products. I suggest you taste the famous cheese and roasted meat and buy homemade pasta before you leave the village.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: There are two ways for someone to reach Ioannina, either by Thessaloniki International airport , or by Athens International airport. In the first case it takes three hours by car to reach Ioannina from Thessaloniki and in the second case it takes five hours so I would advise you to choose a flight to Thessaloniki airport from where I can pick you up with my car. In case you prefer Athens airport you will have to take the bus to Ioannina . Buses run regularly between Athens and Ioannina at a cost of 40 euro each way. You can also use the ports of Corfu or Igoumenitsa. The trip from Igoumenitsa port to Ioannina takes only one hour, and in that case I can also pick you up with my car from the port.

End location: Thessaloniki airport or Igoumenitsa port.

Duration: 2 days


We will travel in a comfortable , air-conditioned 5-seat Ford Focus.
To get from a place to another,we will be driving. In some cases we will have to walk. Nevertheless the distance from the parking to the central spots is no more than 10 minutes on foot.

What’s Included

Other: The price includes my services as your private tour guide and also the transportation cost, during our trip. There is an extra charge in case you want me to pick you up from the airport of Thessaloniki or from Igoumenitsa port. Expenses for meals and refreshments are not included in the price.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

120 EUR - The estimation of local payments includes the expenses for food and refreshments as well as entrance tickets for the museums. The estimated amount is per person

What’s Extra

Other: Accomodation cost. You can choose your accommodation according to your interests but I can also make the arrangements on your behalf gaining thus a better price. Prices in Metsovo and Ioannina start as low as 70 EUR per person and depend on seasonality, type and whether rooms are for single , double or triple use.

Private tour guide Nikolaos

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