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  • From Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

    1. From Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

    Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monasteries' complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Built on immense natural pillars and rounded boulders that dominate the area, the monasteries date back to the 14th century, following settlement by monks as far back as the 11th century. 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, consecrated in honor of the Transfiguration of Christ. Get panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditi...

    Meteora is An absolute MUST visit if you are in Greece Te vines are amazing the journey to get to Meteora from Thessaloniki was about 4hrs by bus, but definitely worth it. An amazing place that words can not describe it.

  • From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    2. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

    Start your journey from the port of Ouranoupoli. View impressive monasteries positioned on the cliffs like Simonopetra and Daphni, as you travel around the coast.  Discover the monastic state that has existed for more than 1000 years in accordance with the lifestyle and religiosity of the Byzantines. Keep an eye out for dolphins that may swim alongside the boat. Take the rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean monk seal in the wild, a critically endangered species. 

    This trip is excellent value for money! A 3 hour round trip on the boat, collected and delivered back to our hotel and only €20 euros pp.

  • Thessaloniki Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    3. 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

    Had a little difficulty finding the voucher on my phone but as it was clear that I'd booked in and paid this was fine. So staff were helpful.

  • From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

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

    Depart from Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site, enjoying a trip back in history. Admire the ancient theater of Dion, known for hosting the plays of the ancient philosopher Euripides, now host to the Olympus Festival. Next, visit the unique museum of Dion to see statues of the ancient city, and move on to admire the magnificent mosaic of the House of Dionysus in a chamber next to the museum. Enjoy lunch in one of the traditional restaurants of the village, and continue to Olympus, the house of the 12 Gods, known worldwide for its mythological background. Take a short trek on the foothills of the mountain following the Enipeas gorge. Admire the wild nature and the river, and stop to capture the view of the astonishing mountain. Head back to Thessaloniki at around 3:30 PM. 

    It was a very interesting and very enjoyable day. The sights we saw left a lasting impression. My Olympus is a strikingly mountain to view. The mythological history is fascinating. Our guide/historian was excellent. She was full of enthusiasm and made us feel the same way.

  • From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

    5. 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.

    A total must do to in Thessaloniki!!! Bring a towel if you dont want to rent one and a cellphone waterproof case so you can take photos by the waterfall. The tour guide was very informative and the driver excellent as we rode in rainy weather. The first bath is nice and gets a lot of traffic but make sure to head inside to the larger bath further down. It has access to the larger waterfall and it creates a separate mini thermal pool. So very soothing and a must to relax and enjoy. The walk through the second city was nice and there is access to some inside caves make sure to check out as well

  • Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

    6. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

    Board a sightseeing boat cruise and explore the southwest side of the Mount Athos peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Marvel at the rugged landscape and be amazed by the legacy of those who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct these spectacular buildings. During the cruise, see 8 monasteries from a close distance from the boat, including the Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamou and the Holy Monastery of Panteleimonos, amongst several others. Learn about the history of these religious sites from the onboard commentary. Discover more about the restrictions on entering this sacred area, as well as more information about the monastic lives of its inhabitants If you are lucky, you may also spot some dolphins throughout the cruise. Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the coastline and the Aeg...

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

    7. 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. 

    Our guide was very knowledgeable, fun and kind. Thank you for the great experience!

  • Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

    8. 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.

    This was the highlight of our time in Thessaloniki! Captain Makis was funny, generous, helpful, quick to respond, and so nice! He made sure we had photos and videos of our time on the boat, which is just great not to have to think about for ourselves. He made us a delicious lunch—with wine! And snorkeling around the sunken ship was astounding. He even helped us book a transfer both ways. An incredible excursion!!! Don’t miss out.

  • Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    9. 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...

    Η επιλογή μας να δούμε την πόλη από ψηλά με το hop on hop off λεωφορείο έκανε το ταξίδι μας στην Θεσαλονικη αξέχαστο. Μέσα σε λίγη ώρα είχαμε δει όλα τα αξιοθεατα της πόλης, επιλέξαμε τα αγαπημένα μας και ανεβοκατεβαιναμε ολη μέρα εξερευνώντας της ομορφιές και την κουλτούρα της πόλης. Τα λεωφορεία και το προσωπικό της εταιρείας εξαιρετικά. Περάσαμε υπέροχα!

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

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

    Depart from the White Tower of Thessaloniki at 8:00 AM and head to Ouranoupoli by bus. You'll arrive in Ouranoupoli at around 11:00 AM in front of the Byzantine Prosphori Tower and board the boat for the cruise around Mount Athos. During the cruise you have the chance to see the ports of the Holy Monasteries of Helandariou and Konstamonitou, the colorful Monastery of Docheiariou, the nearby Monastery of Xenophontos, the renovated Holy Monastery of Agiou Panteleimonos - the Russian monastery, the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou, the main harbor of Mount Athos Daphne, the impressive Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras and the Holy Monasteries of Osiou Grigoriou. Lastly, you can see Agia Anna, just below the imposing Mount Athos, which stands magnificently at 2,000 meters above sea level. After the cruise, visit the island of Ammouliani where you'll have free time to enjoy a swim in the emeral...

    It's worth seeing Mount Athos although, I guess out of safety reasons, the boat sailed far from the rocks. The time to lunch or swim is pretty short so I couldn't do both.

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It was an exciting and interesting trip. It was a long journey but well worth it. It was a unique experience and one had to be there to appreciate it. Coach was comfortable and we had a friendly guide. The timing was very well managed do there was no hanging around. I would definitely recommend it to friends.

It was a very interesting and very enjoyable day. The sights we saw left a lasting impression. My Olympus is a strikingly mountain to view. The mythological history is fascinating. Our guide/historian was excellent. She was full of enthusiasm and made us feel the same way.

Meteora is An absolute MUST visit if you are in Greece Te vines are amazing the journey to get to Meteora from Thessaloniki was about 4hrs by bus, but definitely worth it. An amazing place that words can not describe it.

An amazing trip. Relaxing, no hurry at all. Thanks a lot to our guide Yanis.

Emilios was at and so patient with us, we had a great time!