MT OTHRYS & LAKE ZERELIA

AT THE FOOTHILLS OF MT OTHRYS & LAKE ZERELIA

Lake Zerelia

At the foothills of Mt Othrys/Lakes Zerelia: where the meteorites visited us 10,000 years ago…

In hidden parts, you always encounter many secrets.

The plain of Almyros stretches out at the foothills of Othrys. The history of today’s Almyros must be sought for in ancient Alos, the homeland of Achilles,  an important and populated city, known for its port and its role in the Persian Wars.

To the north of Almyros are the Phthiotides Thebes, or Thessalikes Thebes, famous ancient cities of Thessaly, close to the village of Mikrothebes Magnesias and Nea Agchialo.

Part of the area are also the Zerelia lakes, that inspire mystery and wonder. These are two lakes with a circular shape, located 4 km southwest of the city of Almyros at an altitude of 130 meters above sea level, in the northern foothills of Othrys. To the east of the large lake there is a small hillock (Magoula). A prehistoric settlement has been found here. Their lies to their meteorite origins: they are twin craters formed when a meteorite crashed into the earth 12,500- 8,000 years ago.

They are one of a kind in Greece, while in Europe there are no more than 40 similar cases. Their wetland is of exceptional interest and so does the prehistoric habitation in the region of Magoula-Zerelia and neighboring Karatzantagli. In the Archaeological Museum of Almyros you will discover the finds from the archaeological research that was undertaken in the region , which cover various cultural periods and certify the human presence and development from the Neolithic years up to the Hellenistic periods.

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The Program

Day 1

Day 1

Arrival in Volos. Transfer from the airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport and arrival to the hotel. Briefing by our escort about the program we will follow and the cognitive field that will occupy us. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 2

Day 2

Discover mount Othrys. After the rich breakfast with local products, we will depart for the Southwest Magnesia, where we will have a tour in the foothills of mount Othrys and visit of the twin lakes Zerelia. Late in the afternoon, we return to the hotel, where we will watch a presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment, with subject the region of Thessaly, through the myths, legends and the connection to the current reality as recorded by the archaeological discoveries found in archaeological museums of Larissa and Volos. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 3

Day 3

Ancient Theatre of Mikrothives and archaeological museum of Almyros. After the rich breakfast with local products, we will visit the ancient theatre of “Fthiotives Thives” (today Mirkothives) and the archaeological museum of Almyros. Late in the afternoon, we return to the hotel, where we will watch the second part of the presentation with the use of audiovisual equipment, with subject the region of Thessaly, through the myths, legends and the connection to the current reality as recorded by the archaeological discoveries found in archaeological museums of Larissa and Volos. Dinner and overnight in the city of Volos.
Day 4

Day 4

Discover the prehistoric times of Magnesia. Departure for the airport. After breakfast, we will visit the Ancient Iolcus, which appeared and developed in the beginning of the Neolithic period, around the middle of the 7th millennium before Christ (6800 b. C), the first samples of a permanent establishment in the form of small villages. We will depart for the airport or connection with another holiday program in Thessaly.

The services included in the program:
1. Transfer by bus/mini bus from airport of Thessaloniki or Volos airport or another upon request to the hotel and return (days 1 and 4).
2. Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos in the foothills of Othrys and the lakes Zerelia and return to the hotel (day 2).

Transfer by bus/mini bus from hotel in Volos to Mikrothives and Almyros and return to the hotel (day 3).

Three (3) nights in double standard room.
5. Three (3) breakfasts.
6. Three (3) dinners.

Disposal of a hotel meeting room for the group’s briefing (day 1).
8. Disposal of a hotel meeting room and audiovisual material for presentation (days 2 & 3).
9. Escort (days 1, 2, 3, 4).
10. Guide – Archaeologist for the presentation of the region, the myths, legends, and archaeological finds (days 2 & 3).
11. Visit and tour in the archaeological sites in Mikrothives and Almyros (day 3).

Visit and tour in ancient Iolkos (day 4).

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