Private Excursion to Ioannina; the Mythical Town of Epirus

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Tour Code: EGT2E













    Private Excursion to Ioannina; the Mythical Town of Epirus

    • Duration: 10 Hours
    • Meeting Point: Corfu Port
    • Departure: Upon Request
    • Full Price: 66 € / Person
    • Infants 0-5: Free
    • Min. No of participants: 4
    • Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
    Tour Highlights
    • Explore the town of Ioannina on foot. This beautiful town is the capital of Epirus and boasts some wonderful architecture and unique attractions.
    • Discover the imposing castle of Ioannina, which is the oldest Byzantine fortress in Greece and the former home of Ali Pasha, the enigmatic symbol of the Ottoman Empire.
    • Sail on lake Pamvotida and explore its small and intriguing island.
    Description

    The town of Ioannina sprawls around the picturesque Lake of Pamvotida. This natural monument providing a unique trademark for the area with its still water and small island.
    Ioannina has always been a multicultural town having been dominated by Jewish, Christian and Islamic influences in the past. The coexistence of these three cultures is evident today in the town’s historic centre.
    Ioannina town has known wealth and aristocracy throughout its history, much of which came from the town’s jewellery trade. Ioannina’s jewellery designs are still synonymous with the area.
    Another thing Ioannina is recognised for is its gastronomic delights. There will be plenty of time to sample these before heading off on a drive to the town of Igoumenitsa.
    This tour includes a visit to the Castle of Ioannina and a boat trip to the Island of Lake Pamvotis. It starts off at the Municipal Ethnographic Museum (Ali Pasha Mosque), a museum that celebrates and commemorates the three dominant cultures of Ioannina’s history (Jewish, Christian, Muslim).
    Your tour embarks on a pedestrian exploration through the cobblestone streets of the old city. You will soon arrive at the “heart of the Castle”, the Kale citadel. After that, you will have a short walk to the docks by the lake, where boats will be waiting to take you on a short voyage to the Island of Legends; the island of the notorious Ali Pasha and Lady Frosini; the island of 7 Byzantine monasteries.
    You will visit the Monastery of Philanthropini and view its beautiful frescoes dating back to the mid 16th century. Here too, you will see the Museum of the Greek Revolution, locally known as the “House of Ali Pasha”; this being the final refuge of the infamous Ottoman landlord of Ioannina.
    During the day you will have plenty of free time to enjoy the traditional cuisine of Ioannina and for a chance to buy some souvenirs and traditional sweets.

    Places of Interest
    • Ioannina Town, the capital of Epirus
    • Castle of Ioannina
    • Island of Pamvotida lake
    • Monastery of Philanthropini
    • Museum of Greek Revolution
    • Municipal Ethnographic Museum (Ali Pasha Mosque)
    Prices

    Meeting Point

    Port Corfu. (Google Map)

    Departure Time

    From Port Corfu 7:00am
    From Port Igoumenitsa 9:00am

    Price Includes

    • Licensed tourist guide
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle
    • Professional driver

    Price Excludes

    • Transfer from the hotel
    • Ferry boat round trip tickets from Corfu to Igoumenitsa
    • Entrance Fees
    • Meals / drinks
    • Tips
    Important Information
    • Minimum groups size is 4.
    • This tour involves a long walk, so it is not recommended for babies or toddlers, people who are physically challenged, and/or experience cardiovascular issues or asthma.
    • In the summer months, don’t forget to bring a hat and sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and a bottle of water. The rest of the year, bring along a light jacket, a coat, an umbrella or anorak, depending on weather conditions.
    • Entrance fees are as follows (per person): Ethnographic Municipal Museum =2€, Museum of Greek Revolution = 2€ , Transfer to the island =4€.
    • The ticket price for the Ferry boat round trip is approximately 20 Euros per person.
    • Ferry boat crossing (round trip) takes approximately 3 hours.
    • We can provide a transfer from your Corfu island hotel to the port.
    • We can provide a transfer from your Hotel in Epirus region (Preveza, Parga, Sivota) to Igoumenitsa port.
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