Volos, Greece

Introduction to Volos, Greece

Large and bustling city of Volos.

This part of Greece has Neolithic settlements from 6,000 years ago. Volos was little more than a hamlet in the Middle Ages, when it became part of the Ottoman empire. Part of Greece since 1881, it grew rapidly into an important port: the waterfront is now lined with pastry shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. The Volos Archaeological Museum has many finds dating back to the pre-Hellenic period, including pottery, sculptures and a unique collection of stelai – painted or moulded icons placed on graves. There are some interesting churches, including a number with wall paintings by the local artist Theophilos.

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Tour C

METEORA (TOUR C)

  •  Visit the largest and most important group of monasteries in Greece
  •  Learn about the everyday lives of the monks
  •  Perched a top inaccessible rock peaks, the stone forest of Meteora is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth
Activity Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 8.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
  •  Visit the largest and most important group of monasteries in Greece
  •  Learn about the everyday lives of the monks
  •  Perched a top inaccessible rock peaks, the stone forest of Meteora is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth


Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, the monasteries of Meteora (meaning ‘suspended in the air’) are situated in a fantastic and unique landscape on top of giant pillars rising at least 600 metres above sea level.

Travel though Volos and the rich agricultural basin of Thessaly to Meteora. The history of Meteora dates back to the 11th century when the first hermits sought peace and solitude in the rifts and caves of the rocks. The first monasteries were not built until the 14th century AD, and their development led to an illustrious period of monastic life, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church. Of the six intact monasteries, it is only the Holy Monastery of St Stephen that is inhabited by nuns. Originally, the only access to the monasteries was by means of very long retractable ladders, or in a basket or net suspended on ropes from a winch, which was mounted in a tower overhanging the void. Steps have now been cut into the rock face, and there is a modern road servicing the main monasteries. During your tour to Meteora, you can explore two of the monasteries, where you can enjoy impressive views of the scenery. Following your visits, you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before making the return journey to Volos and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is a strenuous tour, which is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be a lot of steps to negotiate. Please note that there is a strict dress code at the monasteries – all participants are required to wear sleeved tops, while women are NOT permitted to wear trousers (but sarongs are available). For reference, the drive from Volos to Meteora takes approximately two and a quarter hours – a comfort stop will be made on the outbound journey. Please note that depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of approximately 150 metres from the ship to our tour coach.


 


Tour B

MILIES & LEHONIA BY TRAIN (TOUR B)

  •  Enjoy a picturesque journey through several villages to Milies
  •  Pass through forests of olive groves and take in the beautiful views out to sea

 

Train Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
Duration Approximately 4.75 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Enjoy a picturesque journey through several villages to Milies
  •  Pass through forests of olive groves and take in the beautiful views out to sea


Travel on the Moutzouris steam train which was first introduced in 1895 and was in continuous operation until 1971, assisting with the development of Volos.

As you arrive in Ano Lehonia at the train station, located in the Pelion area, you will board a small steam train ‘Moutzouris’ (‘smoky train’), which will take you through several villages and uphill to Milies. Part of the line’s infrastructure included the first reinforced concrete bridge to be constructed in Greece. During your journey you climb through forests of olive groves and have the chance to enjoy the fantastic view out to sea, as well as crossing the five-arched bridge and sturdy iron bridge. Upon arrival in Milies you will visit the local church, Agios Taxiarchos, which was built in 1741. Following your visit, you can enjoy time at leisure to explore the area independently. The return journey will be via coach.
 
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. For those wishing to walk up to the village square in Milies there will be additional walking which will be over cobbled ground and slight inclines. There will be steps to negotiate to board the train; therefore unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair users. The order of sites visited may vary. Please note that depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of approximately 150 metres from the ship to our tour coach. For reference, there are limited toilet facilities at the train stations.

* The train does not have the steam engine but the diesel locomotive is the exact copy of the original one.

Walking from Railway Station in Milies to the coaches on main road - 900 meters on asphalt, flat, then board the bus to Milies main square (for those not wishing to walk additional 20 min on the cobbled path incline).
 


Tour A

VOLOS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM & MAKRINITSA (TOUR A)

  •  Admire many exquisite finds from early 20th century and modern archaeological excavations in Thessaly
  •  Explore Makrinitsa; one of the most beautiful villages of Greece


 

Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  •  Admire many exquisite finds from early 20th century and modern archaeological excavations in Thessaly
  •  Explore Makrinitsa; one of the most beautiful villages of Greece


Enjoy this opportunity to travel through the ages to get a glimpse of the tradition and culture of Volos and Pelion.

Arrive at the Archaeological Museum which displays an astonishing series of around 300 marble funerary steles, which date back from the Hellenistic period, and some tombs that have been reconstructed to illustrate the funerary rites and customs practised in prehistory and antiquity. There are also collections of Neolithic objects from 4000 BC and Mycenaean vases excavated at Iolkos. You continue on to Mount Pelion and drive up to Makrinitsa – an interesting village at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level. Known as the ‘Balcony of Pelion’, Makrinitsa is located right above the city of Volos, and has excellent panoramic views from its main square. Upon arrival here, walk through the entrance to the village, along narrow streets and between splendid houses built in traditional style. The main square is especially attractive with its fountain, plane trees and tiny church dating from the 13th century. Enjoy some free time to explore the area.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MED!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing with steps throughout. Unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. There will be free time, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Please note that flash photography is prohibited in the museum. Depending on the berth of our ship, there may be a walk of approximately 150 metres from the ship to our tour coaches. Places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.
 


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