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Pella, Greece

Pella, Greece: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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 within the borders of the village. 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: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

2. From Thessaloniki: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

Following early morning pick-up from Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to the village of Pella. Visit the archaeological site and museum to see the stunning remains of the historical capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Look at the impressive mosaic floors that used to decorate the grand mansions, including depictions from Greek mythology of the Deer Hunt, the Abduction of Helen, the Rapture and the female warriors of the Battle of the Amazons (Amazonomachy). Continue to Vergina, best known as the site of Aigai, the first capital of Macedon. Spend approximately 1 hour in the extraordinary museum, where artifacts of incredible beauty excavated from the archaeological site are on display, along with the tomb of Alexander the Great’s father, Philip II. Depart Vergina at 04:00 PM and return to Thessaloniki late in the afternoon for an estimated arrival time of around 05:30 PM.

Day Trip to Pella and Vergina from Thessaloniki

3. Day Trip to Pella and Vergina from Thessaloniki

Visit Pella and Vergina, the two most important archaeological sites of the Macedonian Empire. Here in these two sites unfolds the great history of two great men and of a great ancient kingdom. Start your day tour from Thessaloniki. After 60 minutes driving you will arrive at Vergina. Vergina was the first capital and was called Aiges in ancient times. Here you will visit the royal tombs of King Philip II father of Alexander the great. Inside the museum/tomb complex burial artifacts such as gold jewelry, weapons, religious artifacts and the Gold Larnax found at the tomb containing the remains of King Philip are on display.   Discover the museum of Pella at the next stop of your trip. Here is the place of birth of Alexander the Great and the capital of the great Macedonian Kingdom. At the newly build museum admire thousands of gold and silver artifacts, mosaics, weapons, statues and maps. Next to the museum is the archaeological site where you will comprehend how big the capital was once when you walk around the 4000 hectar site.  

From Thessaloniki: Private Road Trip to Pella and Vergina

4. From Thessaloniki: Private Road Trip to Pella and Vergina

Start your day with a beautiful landscape of Macedonia. Your first stop is Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. After this, visit Vergina, the place of the Royal Tombs, to see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with relics of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. Visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

From Kassandra or Sithonia: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

5. From Kassandra or Sithonia: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

Head off on a full-day adventure and get a real feel for the magic of Ancient Macedonia. Check out the archaeological site and museum of Pella. Then explore Vergina, home to one of Greece's most spectacular museums. Hear about the fascinating history of the area. Depart early from Chalkidiki, after pickup from Kassandra or Sithonia, for the village of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, and visit the archaeological site and the museum. The excavations have brought to light the interesting findings of the ancient city, exhibited at the local museum. Prepare to be impressed by the outstanding mosaic floors that are used to decorate the city's grand mansions. Head then to Vergina, the first ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, which nowadays houses one of the most beautiful museums in Greece. Visit the museum, which contains the royal tomb of King Phillip the 2nd, Alexander the Great’s father, along with golden and other artifacts of incredible beauty and value. Let the thousand years of history wash over you. Return to Chalkidiki late in the afternoon.

Pella & Vergina Tour from Thessaloniki

6. Pella & Vergina Tour from Thessaloniki

You will drive across the beautiful landscape of Macedonia, which is called the “Garden of Europe”. First you visit Vergina, the place of the Royal Tombs, where you see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with finds of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. You will visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. You continue to Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. The small museum gives you the chance to see findings aged from 4th century BC

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What people are saying about Pella, Greece

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 176 reviews

As for the service received, excellent. They even brought us to the bus station when we required it. Now, IT IS NOT A GUIDED TOUR. We contracted the service thinking that it was and we believe that the company plays with the misunderstanding, being a little ambiguous in terms of the explanation. Likewise, Nikos, our "tour attendant", went out of his way to explain many things to us beyond what he was supposed to explain.

The trip is efficiently organised. The tour guide is extremely well-informed and provided engaging commentary throughout the day. I was surprised by the quality of the collection in the Pella museum.

Two interesting museums as well as the archaeological site of Pella, which is also worth seeing. Our tour guide Lazarus was very, very nice and had a lot of information for us.

Verry exciting trip, the history of the places that we visit is really interesting and rich. Because of the guide that had a lot of knowledge, the trip was even more amazing.

Our guide Lazaros was very informative and was willing to suite our needs. Both places were definitely worth a visit.