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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.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

3. 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: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

4. 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: Vergina and Pella Day Trip

5. 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.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

6. 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.

Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing 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: • Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower of Thessaloniki) • Archaeological Museum • Church of Agios Dimitrios • Ano Poli (Upper Town) • Kamara & Rotonda • Egnatia (Aristotelous) • Paleos Stathmos (Old Railway Station) • Port of Thessaloniki

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

8. 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.

Thessaloniki: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

9. Thessaloniki: Museum of Illusions Admission Ticket

Visit the Museum of Illusions Thessaloniki and embark on an intriguing sensory experience that includes some brand new illusions. As you enter the fascinating world of illusions, you’re sure to be confused, educated, and amazed. Nothing is what it seems, especially not here. Let your imagination run free in the Infinity Room, defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room, and shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. All the while, try to capture coveted and unbelievable photos to share with friends and family. As you view a collection of holograms, look closely at different optical illusions, and observe each exhibit, you’ll find that each is a brilliant reminder that our assumptions about the world are often nothing but an illusion.

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I loved the trip! We learned a lot, so much knowledge in a day. Amazing to see the royal tombs, ancient pella, the new museum and King Philip’s palace and the place where he was assasinated… our guide was Nikos and he’s amazing!

Our day at the Meteora was amazing . Also, the weather was very nice. Our tour leader Margerita was truly great, she explained everything in details. Highly recommended

Perfect activity, calming and informative. I highly recommend !

Great trip, enough time to see the sights and enjoy the baths

Live Music on the Skytower with good Drinks and good Service