We took an 8-day jeep trip to Greece in
April, 2006 with an Israeli tourism company called Ayalla. This was our fourth jeep
trip and we enjoyed it very much. The group
was terrific, the weather was almost perfect, and our guide, Raanan
was a great guide. The route we took was into the mountains west and
northwest of Athens. You can follow our route by clicking
to see a great map. Our route is the blue line with the numbers.
Below is a description of our
Actually we arrived at night, picked up our 6 jeeps at the airport
and spent a very short night in a sea resort near Athens called
Nea Makri. In the morning we drove off in the direction of Delfi, where
we visited the ancient sacred site dedicated to the Greek god Apollo.
Overnight in Delfi ("1" on the map) at the Acropoli Hotel. Delfi is a small town well
attuned to the high number of tourists who visit the area. Delfi is
one of the leading tourist attractions in Greece today and was a
very iomportant place in ancient Greece. Here's a
site with a full
Drive by the Itea Bay, and Lake Mournos on the way into the mountains.
Cross the snowcapped Vardousia mountain range. Overnight in Elatou
("2" on the map).
Drive through the Panetoliko mountain range, visit the Prousus
monastery and overnight in Micro Horio ("3" on the map), where we spent 2 nights. This
particular spot was one of the most beautiful places of the trip.
The view from the hotel reminded us of spectacular Alpine scenery in
Day 4 & 5:
We spent day 4 and part of day 5 visiting the area north of Micro
Horio called Evritania or the Switzerland of Greece.
Visited Lake Tavropos and drove over and around the Agrafa mountain
range. Finished day 5 in Meteora ("4" on the map), home of the spectacular
hanging monasteries. Overnight in Meteora.
site with practical information for visiting Meteora and here is a
general site with background information.
Visited the hanging monasteries of Meteora, one of the most
spectacular places in Greece. In the
afternoon a long drive to
Zagoria visiting Metsova and drive by the
Pamvotis lake where Ioannina is located. 2 nights in Monodendri ("5"
on the map) a
town not far from the Albanian border.
Mainly dedicated to visiting the Vikos Canyon, one of the most
remarkable canyons in the world with the deepest gorge in relation
to its upper width. Here's a
with information about the area with details and pictures about Vikos. We also visited many villages
in the area, finishing with Micro Papingo, one of the most
picturesque villages of the entire trip.
Mainly driving from
Zaguria south, crossing the incredible
Rion-Antirion Bridge ("6" on the map) into Pelloponesia and then east to Athens. Due to a delay in our flight
home, we spent the entire night at the airport.
Our general impression of Greece from this visit
is that there's a lot more to see in Greece than the Greek islands.
The Alpine scenery was fabulous, the people were friendly and places
like Delphi and Meteora are "one of a kind"! The only negative we
experienced was the disappointing "Greek kitchen" we found in the
mountains. Beyond Greek salad, and feta cheese prepared 5 different
ways, there wasn't much. There was a limited variety of grilled
meats and occasionally overcooked fish. Even mousaka was hard to
But this was a minor irritant and didn't spoil our overall
enjoyment of the trip.