Volos & Makrinitsa
Duration: 3 1/4 hours
Tour Code: VOL-001
Behold the beauty of Greece through its archaeological artifacts and by visiting a hilltop village admired for its sweeping views and traditional architecture.
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will start with a short drive through downtown Volos, which is tucked along the foothills of the densely forested Mount Pelion. Arriving at the Archaeological Museum of Volos, you will have approximately 1-hour to browse its considerable artifacts. Among the treasures on display here are ancient jewelry, agricultural tools and classical statues, such as the torso of Aphrodite. Also, be sure to see the hundreds of funerary steles that amazingly still have their color intact even though they date back to the third century BC.
After visiting the museum, you will next commence a picturesque, winding drive up the gentle slopes of Mount Pelion. The scenery is captivating as you pass through lush vegetation, tree-covered hills and several delightful small villages. Before long, you will pull into lovely Makrinitsa, whose multi-storied houses cling to the hillside. The views of Volos and the bay from here are so stunning that the village is known as The Balcony of Pelion. During more than 1-hour of free time in Makrinitsa, you might wander the cobbled streets, relax in the shade of the main square, and spend a few reflective moments admiring the frescoes in the church of Agios Ioannis. You may also enjoy shopping or stopping in a traditional café.
Following your time in Makrinitsa, you will rejoin your coach for the return trip to the pier in Volos.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking, plus any walking done at the guests' discretion during free time. There are inclines and cobblestone streets to negotiate in Makrinitsa. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; a hat; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.