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Jeep Safari in North-eastern Greece

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A weekly program that gives you the opportunity to visit the unique Kerkini lake, protected by the Ramsar Convention as a national park and to see the rare and unique species of Greek flora and fauna that live there.


Day 1
Arrival

Arrival at the airport of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece (after the capital Athens), which was founded in 316 B.C. by Cassander the brother-in-law of Alexander the Great. Your guide will be waiting to transfer you to Kerkini lake at the traditional guesthouse we've chosen for you. Later we have a welcome dinner where you will taste some of the local cuisine specialties.

Day 2
Jeep safari in Kerkini Lake

After our breakfast we start our 4x4 journey heading for Mandraki village.
We have the chance to enjoy seeing species of birds that live in the lake and, we will meet the water buffaloes that live near the lake as well. As we continue our course to Lithotopos village we see a dam that was first built at 1932. We also see the area where the famous Greek film director "Theodoros Angelopoulos" built an abandoned village for the needs of one of his movies. Late in the afternoon we return to our guesthouse.

Day 3

Canoe in Kerkini lake

Today we canoe in Kerkini lake. A unique experience as we get into the lake using two seat canoes and observe from a short distance all the species that live there. Afterwards we visit Ano Porroia village for lunch and relaxation. The rest of the day is free.

Day 4
Rafting in Angitis river - visit to Alistrati cave

Today we visit the Krinides village and get prepared for this day's water activity. First we attend a small course about the way we should paddle and the safety rules we must follow. For the next 1,5 hour we paddle down the Angitis river. In the afternoon we stop at Alistrati village, to visit an amazing cave with unique stalagmite and stalactite formations. Later on we check in at our guesthouse in Paranesti village and dine at a local tavern.

Day 5
Explore the waterfalls of "Dipotama", "Lepida”, and "Traxoni". Visit to "Sotiros” monastery.

Early in the morning we depart to explore the area of Dipotama and the waterfalls of "Dipotama", "Lepida", "St. Barbara" and "Traxoni", that we can reach after a few minutes' trekking. Late in the afternoon, on our way back, we visit the "Sotiros" monastery and enjoy the magnificent view of the valley. During our journey we'll have a break to taste some delicious traditional homemade pies.

Day 6
Natural history museum and the artificial lakes of "Platanovrisi" and "Thisaurou", "Maara's" cave.

Today we visit the Natural History Museum at Paranesti, where we get to know the area's flora and fauna. We head for "Platanovrisi" and "Thisauros" barriers in order to see the 2 artificial lakes created to use Nestos river's waters for hydro-electrical purposes. We visit the unique in Greece river cave of "Maara", one of the largest ones in the world and afterwards we visit the city of Drama, where we have dinner.

Day 7
Jeep safari in "Fraktos" forest

Early in the morning we make our way towards the "Virgin forest" and the forest of "Fraktos". These forests were declared “preserved natural monuments” in 1980, due to their ecological and historical value. If the weather conditions are good, we will explore these forests further.

Day 8
Departure

Return to the airport of Thessaloniki for your flight back home, full of wonderful experiences and treasured memories.

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