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Thessaloniki

From historical ruins and Ottoman gems to a vibrant culture, this coastal city has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Thessaloniki

From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

1. From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

Depart Thessaloniki and journey to the natural hot springs of Pozar Thermal Baths to relax in the healing waters while nature and Mount Voras provide a stunning backdrop. Benefit from the healing properties of water naturally heated to a temperature of 37° Celsius. Known for its amazing taste, the water is said also said to help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, poor circulation, respiratory problems, and kidney disease, including kidney stones. Enjoy lunch at a pretty village next to Pozar and taste the traditional flavors of Greece. Visit the local market and marvel at the goods on display. Continue to the city of Edessa, famed as the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon. Get some free time to visit the spectacular waterfalls before returning to Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Thessaloniki Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Hop on the open-top bus and enjoy a tour of Thessaloniki. See the top monuments and places of interest in the city. Hop off at any of the 8 stations to visit local attractions. You’ll learn about the history of the city during the ride. There's audio commentary available in 8 languages, with information about sites on the route. Hop on and off as often as you like on the route. If you prefer, stay on board and ride the entire loop. Buses depart every 30 minutes from stops positioned around the city. Stops: • White Tower (start point, red kiosk) • Archeological Museum • Church of St. Sofia • Church of St. Dimitrios • Buzantine Castles • Kamara - Rotonta (Arch of Galerius) • Aristotelous Square • Port of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

3. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monastery complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron. Take in panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

4. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge.  Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site.  Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting plays by the ancient philosopher Euripides in the past and now hosts the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues and admire mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods.  Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views, before going back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon. 

Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

5. Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

Take a memorable and breathtaking cruise to discover the beaches of Thessaloniki. Enjoy a half-day cruise in the crystal clear sea of Thermaikos Bay on a comfortable luxury boat. Visit beautiful beaches, explore and swim in the turquoise waters, and see places with a magnificent view where you can swim, sunbathe, and snorkel. Your main destination is Navagio Beach, opposite Mount Olympus, the residence of the Greek gods. Along the sandy coastline, turquoise waters cover the wreck of a ship that sank in 1970, leaving a beautiful location for underwater exploring.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared from scratch by the captain. Experience the flavors of northern Greece, accompanied by local wine, while listening to Greek music. Grab your camera, grab your bathing suit, and embark on an unforgettable journey on the crystal waters of Greece.

Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

6. Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

Enjoy a beautiful day in Pella, learning about the ancient past of this area. You depart from Thessaloniki to Pella by a modern bus at 08:00 AM. The distance is about 50 km and the trip lasts about 45 minutes. Reach Pella, where you'll visit the new, modern museum, as well as the Archaeological site with the unique mosaics. Continue to Vergina and visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, which is situated in the borders of the village. A local licensed tour guide will guide you into the Museums and the Archaeological sites. Board the bus and drive to a fantastic restaurant for lunch. Savor Greek traditional homemade dishes, before the bus takes you back to Thessaloniki at approximately 3:30 PM. 

From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

7. From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

After pick-up in the morning from your hotel, head to the base of the Mount Olympus protected National Park. Have a light breakfast and sit down for a safety brief by your instructors and photographers for the day. Select your equipment and get ready for the mountain, before you head out. Take a short hike up to the canyon entrance and have a practical lesson on jumping, sliding and abseiling technique to get to know your equipment. Once you are ready, the day is all about having fun in the water with jumping, sliding, swimming in pools and abseiling on ropes. No experience is required as the routes have been selected to offer you a safe and fun environment suitable for all ages.

Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

8. Meteora: Full Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki

You will take the train from Thessaloniki Train Station departing at 8:18 AM towards Kalambaka (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and admire the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip. You will be greeted by the team upon arrival at the Kalambaka train station at 11:30 AM and then and then you will begin your customized special panoramic midday Meteora tour. Take an amazing 5-hour Meteora tour, see all 6 monasteries and take a visit inside three of them. Your tour guide will give you full attention and care as the group will be small. There will be plenty of photo opportunity stops at secret places, that only locals know, will make your tour a unique experience. At the end you will be transferred back to Kalambaka Train Station to catch the train back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 5:15 PM (you change trains at Paliofarsalos) and you will arrive in Thessaloniki at 8:30 PM.

Thessaloniki: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

9. Thessaloniki: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

Visit the top floor of OTE Tower and enjoy the view with a light meal. See the sea and Thessaloniki's landmarks as the tower rotates 360 degrees every hour. Ascend to the top of the OTE Tower and be welcomed to an elegant dining room with panoramic views. Take a seat at your booked table to delight in your food menu. Choose between a glass of wine with a fruit platter, a club sandwich with a beer, or a bottle of wine with a cheese and fruit platter. You can always order more for purchase once seated at your table. Depending on the time slot selected, treat yourself with a view of the sunset, or visit in the evening when there is usually live piano music.

Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

10. Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore the beautiful port city of Thessaloniki on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the bus route for 1 day, you can see all of the key sights in your own time-frame, hopping on and off as much as you please. Listen to the on-board tour commentary to learn all about Thessaloniki's fascinating history, which dates back thousands of years. From the open-top deck, enjoy stunning panoramic views of the natural landscape, as well as the beautiful architecture (such as the Church of Agios Dimitrios, and the Church of St. Sophia). Discover the White Tower of Thessaloniki, an impressive historical structure (and one of the most iconic landmarks in the region). Also be sure to hop off at Ano Poli (Upper Town), and the Port of Thessaloniki, to take an even closer look at this Greek city, and to immerse yourself into the local culture. There's so much to see, and this sightseeing tour ensures you experience all of the major points of interest from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Bus Stops: • Archaeological Museum • Church of Agios Dimitrios • Ano Poli (Upper Town) • Port of Thessaloniki • Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower of Thessaloniki) • Makedonia Palace Hotel

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Thessaloniki?

The best day trips and excursions from Thessaloniki are:

Meteora

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What people are saying about Thessaloniki

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,608 reviews

Wow what a fabulous place. Breath taking! It is well worth the three and a half trip from Thessaloniki. The journey to and from Meteora was a bit dull as very little of interest to see along the way. Take a book. We visited two monasteries of the six available. They were beautiful. We stopped to take photos of Meteora but because there was a whole bus full there it was a bit rushed. I would have liked longer or another stop as well. In hind sight I would recommend staying there a couple of days but if like us you only had time for a day trip then it is still a fabulous day out. We stopped for lunch at a Taverna, which was satisfactory but not exciting.

Such a great experience! The guides were so friendly and welcoming. They gave us a perfect amount of time to swim at shipwreck bay and they cooked a great meal. The boat was very nice. Afterward, Makis went out of his way to set up a cab for us to get home. We accidentally left out our cell phone in the cab and I was able to text him and he even helped us get our phone back right away!!! He was wonderful. Highly recommend the experience for anyone who is considering.

The trip was great, the bus travel is a bit long but it's worth it and on the way Nepheli our guide gave us interesting information on what we were seeing from the bus, she was a great guide and very friendly. Everything ran smoothly and on time, for me two monasteries are perfect, more than that would be too much in one day. Lovely trip, I would do it again.

This is a really great adventure by itself, little hike, crystal clear water, fun slides + the guys and gals who organise the tour really go the extra mile to be lovely absolutely careful to all safety measures. I had a lovely time and i would definitely do it again.

Great time enjoying a light meal after an afternoon of shopping and sightseeing. A meal that took place calmly with music and a magnificent view of all of Thessaloniki on the city, mountain and sea side. A very pleasant moment. Food and drink were excellent.