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Thessaloniki

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

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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. 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: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

2. 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: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

3. 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.

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 Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. 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(out of order) • Church of St. Dimitrios • Buzantine Castles • Kamara - Rotonta (Arch of Galerius) • Aristotelous Square • Port of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki: Vergina and Pella Day Trip

6. Thessaloniki: Vergina and Pella Day Trip

Embark on a journey to Pella with Ammon Express at 8:00 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the white Statue of Venizelos). The distance of 50km takes about 45 minutes to reach. Once in Pella, discover the new and modern museum, as well as the archaeological site boasting unique mosaics. Delight in the "Abduction of Helen" and "Amazonomachy" mosaics in the ancient market, and see artifacts from the daily lives of the people that illustrate the lifestyle during ancient times. Venture to Vergina, where you'll find the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, situated on the borders of the village. The museum exhibits the Golden Larnax, an urn with the cremated remains of Phillip II marked with a 16-rayed sun, the symbol of Macedonia. The Sun of Vergina, a characteristic symbol of the Argead Dynasty of King Phillip II and Alexander the Great, was found alongside the excavations that revealed his father's Royal Tomb. Admire the Golden Oak Wreath Phillip II wore during his funeral pyre, military armors, various grave goods, and other tombs that were brought back to light. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Greek restaurant before stopping at the grand New Museum of Aigai, where you'll uncover artifacts and findings excavated from the old capital. An impressive portrait of Alexander the Great greets you and invites you to discover the roots of history. Take in the temporary numismatic exhibition showcasing coins from every corner of the Hellenistic world, including coinage of Macedonian kings and Alexander's successors. View monumental sculptures, sárissa spears and helmets of the Macedonian phalanx soldiers, high-class painted pottery, banquet utensils from aristocratic symposiums, and the queen burials with all their jewelry and royal insignia. Your journey concludes with your return to Thessaloniki at approximately 15:30, making the same stops where you started.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

7. Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Ouranoupoli with Mt. Athos Cruise

Join a day cruise and discover the beauty of the Athos peninsula and the enchanting island of Ammouliani. See over 20 monasteries and take in the picturesque coastline on an unforgettable journey. Depart to Ouranoupoli with the bus Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist, at 07:30 from Aristotelous Square and Egnatia Street (at the statue of Venizelos). The route is 140 km and takes about 2 ½ hours. Begin your journey as you arrive in Ouranoupoli at approximately 10:30 AM. Be greeted by the Byzantine Tower of Prosforion, a trademark of the city. Then, embark on an enchanting cruise around the awe-inspiring Mount Athos, an independent monastic state with a history spanning over 1,100 years. Discover Mount Athos, comprising 20 monasteries, including Russian, Serbian, and Bulgarian monasteries. Experience the unparalleled beauty of the area as you sail along its stunning coastline. Take in incredible views and learn about its fascinating history. Continue, to the enchanting island of Ammouliani on Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, where you will enjoy free time to immerse yourself in the emerald waters and relax on the sandy beaches. This verdant island boasts a picturesque port and traditional alleys, showcasing the typical architecture of Mt. Athos dispersed throughout the island. Take a stroll through the charming village and explore its local shops and tavernas. On Saturday experience a breathtaking cruise around the majestic western region of the Holy Mountain of Athos with the luxurious boat. Immerse yourself in the holy monasteries and be captivated by the stunning natural beauty of the sea. Experience the island’s serene waters, which never fail to amaze every traveler. Take advantage of the opportunity to taste traditional Greek cuisine at one of the island’s many tavernas, and indulge in the flavors of the region. Depart for Thessaloniki at around 17:00 and arrive back after 2 ½ hours, making the same stops where you started from.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

8. From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

Swim in refreshing waters, snorkel with colorful marine life, and savor a delicious meal on the beach with this cruise. Travel from Thessaloniki to Ormos Panagias in comfort aboard an air conditioned bus and cruise to Ammouliani on a sightseeing boat. Start your unforgettable day with a transfer form Thessaloniki city to Ormos Panagias from where your cruise will begin. Feel the wind in your hair as you sail to Ammouliani, a beautiful island complex where the boat stops at a charming village where you can take a short walk. Head to Banna Beach for two hours of free time. Soak up some sun, go for a swim in crystal-clear waters, and snorkel. Next have a mouth-watering lunch right on the beach (included in the price). On your way back to Ormos Panagias, enjoy 30 minutes in the turquoise waters close to Vourvourou and between Diasporos islands.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

9. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

This is a day trip to Lake Kerkini, one of the 10 most valuable wetland habitats in Greece with about 300 species of birds and rare animals. Among the many species, admire the beautiful flamingos and the magnificent buffalos. All these are combined with the wonderful view of Mount Beles and the majestic valley of Serres. You depart to Kerkini Lake by bus at 8:00 AM. You reach the Dam of Kerkini Lake (Lithotopos area) and enjoy bird watching through the lake. Every season of the year hosts different species of birds so the boat ride hides a different surprise each time. The area for horse riding is situated next to the dam and you can enjoy a horse ride as long as the weather permits it.  Next, you have a hot cup of coffee and afterwards you make a stop at the farm, just some kilometers away, wihere the impressive buffalos will walk near to you. Later on, you move a bit further to Vironia village and enjoy your lunch in a traditional Greek tavern. You depart to Thessaloniki at about 2:00 PM taking the perimeter road of the west side of the lake.

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Great thanks to our guide Rita. The longer part of the day was in Dion, where you have enough time to explore the architecture site, followed by visit in the museum. Then you continue to the city nearby Olympus. You have a probably 45-50 minute walk to the end of it of not very difficult terrain (even older people and mom with baby managed to finish it. I would recommend for active day, but do not expect getting on top of the mountain, that is impossible during one day.

Great tour! Kostas was knowledgeable. A good guide with knowledge beside the food and wine. He also knew things about history an archaeology. Plenty of food and drink tasting at local shops and restaurants. A good variety in tastings.

It is one of the best tours I have ever done. Panagiotis is very close, tells very interesting stories and takes you to very ecological and authentic places that would be very difficult to go without knowing. Highly recommended

Very good trip, Stefano(tour guide) is very kindly, helplfuly and good driver. Pleaces are beautiful, brake time on individual localications are perfect. Car is in very good condition and very clean.

Interesting trip. Great for people who like both hiking and swimming. I recommend the walk in the mountains, beautiful view. Rita explained a lot of things about the history. Kind and nice person.