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Ioannina Dark History and Dark Legends Tour

  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Meeting Point: The main entrance to the city's medieval fortress
  • Departure: Wednesday&Friday, 19:00
  • Full Price: 28 € / Person
  • Min. No of participants: 4
  • Language: English
Tour Highlights
  • Walk around selected districts of Ioannina and learn about its dark and gloomy history through the detailed narration of an experienced guide.
  • Learn about struggles that few people are aware of, but which are all part of this great town's history.
  • Hear Ioannina's mysterious legends.

It’s amazing how much you can learn about an area’s turbulent history just by strolling around the town of Ioannina. Join us on this fascinating 2-hour walking tour to discover the darker side of the Eternal City. You’ll see places and hear stories that no other tour guide will tell you about.

Find out everything about unpopular and controversial rulers and their harsh punishments of the local population, battles and sieges of the town, revolts, the Christians who were driven away, refugees, the First Balkan War, Greek defenses during World War II, the Holocaust, and disasters that have affected Ioannina throughout the centuries.

Hear about legends that don’t include gods or heroes, but real historical people. Ali Pasha, the renegade Turko-Albanian emperor of the 19th century, and his court are at the top of the list. Where does history end and where do legends begin? Ali Pasha, lady-Vasiliki, and lady-Frosini are all gone, yet you still see them!

Join us on a tour through the streets of Ioannina with our knowledgeable and motivated historian-licensed guide to learn about the fascinating town’s rich dark past. What’s the scariest thing you’ll discover? It all really happened!

Meeting Point

Tour departs from the The main entrance to the city’s medieval Fortress. Your guide will be holding a lollipop sign with our agency’s logo.

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Price Includes

  • English speaking experienced licensed tour guide and historian

Price Excludes

  • Transfer from the hotel
  • Meals / drinks
  • Tips
Important Information
  • Minimum age recommendation: 16 years old.
  • For this tour you are advised to wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour involves a long walk, so it is not recommended for 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.
  • Minimum groups size is 4.
  • If the minimum of people attending the tour is not reached we will have to cancel the tour for a full refund.
  • Copyrights: The Tour Itinerary and the content of the tour are the result of the hard work done by our team. Copying the tour itinerary and recording the tour or taking pictures of artefacts and material used by the guide is strictly forbidden.
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