Ioannina Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Tour Code: IOAN2E

Ioannina Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

  • Duration: 4,5 Hours
  • Meeting Point: The main entrance to the city's medieval fortress
  • Departure: Thursday, 09:00
  • Full Price: 39 € / Person
  • Children 6-11: 28€ / Person
  • Infants 0-5: Free
  • Min. No of participants: 4
  • Language: English
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.

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. 

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
  • Municipal Ethnographic Museum (Ali Pasha Mosque)
  • Castle of Ioannina
  • Silversmithing Museum
  • Museum of Greek Revolution
  • Island of Pamvotida lake
  • Monastery of Philanthropini

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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Departure Time


Price Includes

  • English speaking licensed tourist guide

Price Excludes

  • Transfer from the hotel
  • Entrance Fees
  • Meals / drinks
  • Tips
Important Information
  • For this tour you are advised to wear comfortable shoes.
  • 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): Silversmithing Museum=4€ Ethnographic Municipal Museum =2€, Museum of Greek Revolution = 2€ , Transfer to the island =4€.
  • 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 content of the tour is the result of the hard work done by our team. Recording the tour or taking pictures of artefacts and material used by the guide is strictly forbidden.
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