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Guaranteed Departures Tour to discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece”

8 days / 7 nights (Saturday arrivals)
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Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

1st Day - Saturday: Arrival

Arrival at the airport in Thessaloniki, pick-up and transfer to hotel. After the check in, you will have free time to discover and explore the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

2nd Day - Sunday: Free day or optional excursion to Kerkini lake (not included): Thessaloniki – Kerkini – Thessaloniki

After the breakfast in hotel, you will head to the artificial lake of Kerkini, in north-eastern Greece, around 100 km away from Thessaloniki, in a natural region most unspoiled and famous for its beautiful landscapes of forests and mountains, green planes and water streams. Though artificial, lake Kerkini has turned into an important landmark where wildlife could develop. Today this is one of the most relevant birding site, as it is located along the migratory flyway from the Balkans to the Aegean Sea. As the area is naturally a marshland, it is home to buffaloes and other wildlife. This excursion will let you enjoy one of the most unknown and original regions of northern Greece. In the proximity of the lake you can rent a boat or a bike, you can make a jeep safari or a horse ride, you can enjoy a long walking and stop at a local coffee shop or tavern to taste the local products, take beautiful pictures, breathe unpolluted air. The natural beauty of the region, the high ecological significance of the lake and its contribution to the agricultural development of the surrounding valley are the reasons that make it worth visiting.

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

3rd Day - Monday: Thessaloniki – Meteora – Thessaloniki

After breakfast in hotel, we will drive to the village of Kalambaka, in central Greece. Set at the feet of the Meteora mountains, the town has a long tradition in the production of hand-made, wood-carved objects, but also in the making of religious icons that are painted by domestic artists. Home-made sausages and top-quality meat, cheese and yoghurt are highly ranked in the gastronomical list of domestic products. Visit of 2 of the impressive Meteora byzantine monasteries “hanging” on the top of the rocks. Free time for lunch and shopping. Return to Thessaloniki and overnight at the hotel. 

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

4th Day - Tuesday: Guided Thessaloniki City Tour

After breakfast, the guide will lead you through the discovery of beautiful Thessaloniki, a city that boasts 2300 years of history. The highlights of the sightseeing will be the white tower, symbol of the city, the archaeological museum, the picturesque old town, the Byzantine church of St. Demetrius, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotunda church and the lively city center. After the end of the visits, you can remain in town for shopping or a walk on the seaside. Overnight at the hotel.

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

5th Day - Wednesday: Thessaloniki – Mount Athos Cruise – Thessaloniki

After breakfast in hotel we depart for the charming village of Ouranopoli in Chalkidiki. On our way we will pass from Volvi and Koroneia lake and make a stop to Ancient Stagira, birthplace of the famous philosopher Aristoteles where we will have a tour with a professional guide. Reaching the port of Ouranopolis we embark for the cruise of Mount Athos where you can admire from a close distance (from the boat), the mysterious and miraculous place which has been for centuries the center of Orthodoxy and you will find out new information about the history of the Mount Athos and its monasteries. The area has transformed into a place of particular historical and cultural importance and enjoy a landscape of great natural beauty. After the cruise free time for lunch or a walk in the village. Heading way back we visit Arnea one of the most picturesque villages of North Halkidiki. Return to Thessaloniki. and overnight at the hotel.

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

6th Day - Thursday: Thessaloniki – Pella – Vergina – Thessaloniki

After breakfast, departure for the visit of the archaeological site of Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Guided tour of the site and the museum. Continuation to the archaeological site of Vergina, once the capital of the Macedonian kingdom and nowadays one of the most important archeological sites of Greece. Visit of the museum with the Royal tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Return to Thessaloniki and overnight at the hotel.

 

 

 

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

7th Day - Friday: Thessaloniki – Dion – Mount Olympus – Thessaloniki

After breakfast in hotel, departure to Dion, the ancient religious city of the Macedonian kingdom, a sacred place dedicated to the cult of Zeus, set at the feet of Mount Olympus, mythical seat of the twelve gods. Visit of the site and museum. Continuation to the small village of Litochoro for free lunch and a walking tour until the feet of the mountain. Return to Thessaloniki. Overnight at the hotel.

 

 

Guaranteed Departures, discover “The Treasures of Northern Greece” (Saturday arrivals)

8th Day - Saturday: Departure

After breakfast, the driver will pick you up to drive you to the airport.