Thessaloniki has an important heritage consisting of Roman and Byzantine museums and monuments recounting its past. A trip to Thessaloniki will reconcile relaxation and discovery. Discover the authentic charm of Greece, its archaeological sites, monasteries, chapels, castles and unique towers. Its wild, majestic, welcoming and smiling charm will enchant you and your dream will come true. Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Travel back in time, into the Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great and take a Cruise to Mount Athos.
|Departure||Departure||Hotel||Double Bed Price Per Person||Meals||Single Bed Price Per Person|
4 Apr 2023
|11 Apr 2023||Thessaloniki||4*||449$||Breakfast included||649$|
|18 Apr 2023||Thessaloniki||4*||449$||Breakfast included||649$|
|2 May 2023||Thessaloniki||4*||469$||Breakfast included||669$|
Arrival in Thessaloniki, the largest city of Northern Greece. Transfer to hotel, rest of the day at leisure. Οvernight at the hotel.
After Breakfast, panoramic tour of Thessaloniki. We will visit Galerius Arch, Rotunda and Saint Sofia, Egnatia and Aristotle’s Square. Our bus will ascend at the Byzantine Castles at the top of the city where another world with endless beauty unfolds.
We will visit the Byzantine Museum, the Church of St. Demetrios and its Crypt and the famous White Tower. In the afternoon we will continue our exploration of the city center and we will visit numerous monuments from the Byzantine period. Overnight at the hotel.
Very early departure to the picturesque village of Ouranoupoli to embark for a mini cruise to Mount Athos. Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Mount Athos is home to 20 monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
Back to Ouranoupolis, free time. We return to Thessaloniki.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, departure to Pella. We will visit the monumental palatial complex that occupies the northernmost hill of the city and covers an area of 60.000 m2. Wander around the city’s commercial and manufacturing center, the so-called agora (ayorá), which was in fact the biggest agora of the ancient world. This huge building complex of 70.000m2 included shops, workshops, administration offices, and the repository of the city’s historical records. The main avenue of agora was actually connected with the city’s port, the ruins of which are still visible today. The ancient agora is constructed according to the famous urban planning of Hippodamus (Hippodamian grid plan): well-defined city blocks, paved streets with sidewalks, and elaborate water supply and sewage systems. They all illustrate Pella’s modern infrastructure and sophisticated urban design. The two-storey private houses built in Doric and Ionic style brings to mind images of a prosperous, ancient, city. We will continue to Vergina. The excavation by Professor Manolis Andronikos and his associates under the Great Tumulus of Vergina village in Imathia, Central Macedonia in 1977 brought to light the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century in Greece. Today’s Vergina (Ancient Aigai), in the foothills of Mt. Pieria, was the first capital of ancient kingdom of Macedonia, called Aigai. The site of the Royal Tombs under a modern roof hosts the main excavation, as well as an exhibition of the major finds from the burials. It is protected by UNESCO as world cultural heritage and comprises a unique discovery of an enormous universal impact.
Return to Thessaloniki. Overnight
Breakfast and morning transfer to the airport.