Stress-Free Media Trips
Halkidiki, Greece 
May-June & September-October 2018

A river gorge under cloudy sky near Konitsa in the Northern Pindos National Park, Greece

A visit to Greece offers more than blue water beach vacations or ancient sites and museums chock full of antiquities
. This country is an easy-to-reach spot that offers discoveries in the great outdoors via hiking, camping, white water rafting, rock climbing, and more in places like the Northern Pindos National Park. With Bulgaria and Albania nearby, you'll garner a sense of cross-border culture that adds a unique perspective to your adventures.

IFWTWA is grateful to all of our gracious hosts for this special opportunity. Lodging and tours sponsored by HALKIDIKI TOURISM ORGANIZATION ( and organized by PASS PARTOUT - Tourism Marketing. Thank you to IFWTWA member Sofia Bournatzi for making these trips possible.

IFWTWA Writers in Attendance:

Elizabeth Willoughby
Debi Lander
Thomas J. Talleur
Joy Steinberg
Judy & Len Garrison


IFWTWA Media Trip participants utilize Twitter, Instagram, Insta Stories, Facebook, Facebook Live and/or Facebook Stories in addition to social media promotion by IFWTWA and its pages.


Lander, Debi. FWT Food Wine Travel Magazine, August 14, 2018
"Dining with the Saints: A Byzantine Themed Dinner in Greece"
It isn't every day you get invited to a Byzantine themed dinner, and this one promised to be exceptional. As we approached the restaurant on the sprawling ground of Acrotel Athena Pallas Village, a gentle chanting floated from the doors. 

Garrison, Len & Judy. Seeing Southern, September 2018
"Two Coots Go Greek"
It was always on our bucket list; we just didn't think the opportunity would present itself so quickly. With the nudge of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association and Sofia Bournatzi of PASS PARTOUT Tourism Marketing, we eagerly packed our bags and pegged September as our month of everything Greece.

Alikes Beach, Greece

Willoughby, Elizabeth. Creators Syndicate, January 13, 2019
"Discover the Greek Island of Ammouliani"
Ammouliani Island is not what first comes to mind when you think of Greek island holidays. It's not famous like Crete, Santorini or Mykonos, but those who do know this place have done a good job of keeping quiet about it.

Steinberg, Joy. FWT Food Wine Travel Magazine, February 3, 2019
"Girls Getaway Holiday in Halkidiki, Greece"
If you and your girlfriends are looking for a great place to visit in Greece, you have plenty of choices among the many sun-kissed beaches and white-washed villages. While most tourists are familiar with the well-know souther destinations of Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens, the northern peninsula of Halkidiki ...

A stone arch bridge near Konitsa, Greece typical of those found in the Pindos National Park Region

Talleur, Thomas J. RoverTreks, December 11, 2018
"RoverTreks is on Big Blend Radio talking about Greece, your security in cyberspace, and world travel"
Smart travelers know Macedonia in Northern Greece is the new in place to visit. They flock to the three finger peninsulas of Halkidiki to contemplate life in the lap of luxury on the Aegean Sea. Veria City, Kavala, Drama, Kilkis, Serres, Kipi, and Olympus also figure prominently in their plans. Find out why at the link. 

The monastery Kritoxori in Sidirocastro, near Lake Kerkini, Greece

Talleur, Thomas J. FWT Food Wine Travel Magazine, March 3, 2019
"Visitors Flock to the Ammon-Zeus Hotel to Relax in Halkidiki, Greece"
Travelers from the Americas and Asia are beginning to figure out what Europeans have know for decades: If you want to get away from it all to relax in Greece for a long weekend or a weeklong vacation, avoid the major cities and popular tourist spots and go to Halkidiki. 

The Blue Flag Beach at the Ammon-Zeus Hotel in Halkidiki, Greece

Talleur, Thomas J. RoverTreks, March 19, 2019
"Greece: Easier To Get Around Than Ever Before"
Greece has been one of the top travel destinations in the world for thousands of years. But a visit to this iconic country hasn’t always been easy for the international traveler. Visit Greece today and, you'll discover easier access, communication, and financial services countrywide are three top reasons why travel to this country is easier than ever before. See the story at the link.

Ancient Ruins in Greece - Rear view of The Acropolis, Athens

Talleur, Thomas J. FWT Food, Wine & Travel Magazine, April 13, 2019
"Halkidiki, Greece: Plato's Idea, Byzantine Fealty, Inspire Eagles Palace Resort"
Elegance without emphasis. Function without flash. Reverence toward neighbors. A symbiosis with nature. These are a few of the hallmark qualities you’ll find at the one-of-a-kind Eagles Palace Hotel & Resort.

An aerial view from the Aegean Sea of the seaside presence of the Eagles Palace Hotel & Resort

Talleur, Thomas J. FWT Food, Wine & Travel Magazine, May 22, 2019
"Macedonia: Eight Top Things To Do in Five Days in Kavala, Greece"
Greece offers a veritable smorgasbord of historic, cultural, and gastronomic delights sure to satisfy the most demanding of visitors with diverse interests. Yet, the challenge to figure out where to go and what to do can be overwhelming even for the most experienced traveler. One approach to resolve this problem is to set up your own travel sampler—an itinerary that will satisfy your inner butterfly to flit and sip the delights of all a destination has to offer. Kavala is a great travel sampler.

Partial view of the harbor and castle at Kavala, Greece as shot from the rooftop restaurant at the Airotel Galaxy Hotel

Talleur, Thomas J., July 30, 2019
Macedonia, Greece: Guardians Old And New Watch Over The Kilkis Region Throughout History
Over the last 2,500 years, many empires overran, occupied and controlled the Kilkis region of Macedonia only to face rejection by guardians old and new. Through it all, the area began and remains Greek and in the historic territories of ancient Greece. Today, a Caveman stands watch over Kilkis.

Macedonia, Greece: Guardians Old And New Watch Over The Kilkis Region Throughout History (29,000 year old red earthen cave of the spotted hyena)

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Thessaloniki, Greece, where you can walk 300-yards and step across Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and modern history