Things to do in
Thessaloniki

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

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From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

1. 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: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

2. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

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.

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

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. 

Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

5. 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.

Thessaloniki: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

6. Thessaloniki: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Thessaloniki through the eyes of a local on a private, customized walking tour. Meet your host at your hotel or Airbnb to get familiar with your neighborhood and discover where the best places to buy groceries or eat out are located. Your local guide is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. The right host will then be hand-picked, based on your interests and each tour is completely unique to you. You can choose the meeting point, start time, and length you prefer. Learn about the easiest ways to get around, and hear about the top things to see and do. Chat about life in the city and exchange cultural differences. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own, confident you have all the information you need.

From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

7. From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

After pick-up in the morning from your hotel, head to the base of the Mount Olympus protected National Park. Have a light breakfast and sit down for a safety brief by your instructors and photographers for the day. Select your equipment and get ready for the mountain, before you head out. Take a short hike up to the canyon entrance and have a practical lesson on jumping, sliding and abseiling technique to get to know your equipment. Once you are ready, the day is all about having fun in the water with jumping, sliding, swimming in pools and abseiling on ropes. No experience is required as the routes have been selected to offer you a safe and fun environment suitable for all ages.

Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

8. 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 sightseeing tour ensures you experience all of the major points of interest from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Bus Stops: • Archaeological Museum • Church of Agios Dimitrios • Ano Poli (Upper Town) • Port of Thessaloniki • Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower of Thessaloniki) • Makedonia Palace Hotel

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

9. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

Following early morning pick-up from Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to Kalambaka for an estimated arrival time of 11:30. Upon arrival, go to the famous rock formations of Meteora and marvel at the enormous columns of rock that rise sharply from the ground. Settled in the 9th century by hermetic monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Meteora was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Of the monasteries that were established in this implausible location, 6 remain well preserved and 4 are still inhabited. Spend approximately 2 hours visiting 2 of the monasteries, and see a vast array of frescoes and religious iconography. Then, enjoy around 1 hour of free time in Kalambaka for lunch (not included) before departing at 15:30. Stop for a coffee along the way, before your arrival in Thessaloniki at around 18:45.

Thessaloniki: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Thessaloniki

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,608 reviews

Great trip if you want to go to Meteora for a day! I had only one day left on my trip to Thessaloniki and wanted to visit Meteora without the hassle of public transportation. This was a great option. The bus is very comfortable and you're able to charge your phones on it. The tour guide was also very informative. She told us many interesting facts throughout the ride to Meteora, often pointing out sights to see. While we only saw 2 monasteries, I personally think it is the perfect amount to see. (Of course, that depends on the person) This is an amazing trip if you want to spend just one day in Meteora and see a few of the monasteries. If you want to see all 6 monasteries and have lots of time to explore the town, I'd recommend looking for a different tour. Overall, great option if you want to do a day trip without the stress of any planning!!

Picked up from Galerius Arch by a long hair lady tour-guide from Keytours/Filos Tours at 8.35am. She apologized for the 10 mins late due to another UK couple having problems. We went on 13/5, Friday and there were only 6 of us in the minibus. After some 45 mins, we arrived at Pella Archaeological Museum, paid 8 euros. The visit was nice, however, Vergina (12 euros) was the highlight! In between, we had a one hour lunch break in Vergina and there were some 4 restaurants, reasonably priced! We had 6 days in Thessaloniki and did only one day tour but we felt this tour was really worth it for 7-8 hours of fun.

The guide was excellent, she gave us a lot of information not just about food, but also history and culture. Thanks for the positive and interesting experience.

It was a beautifully planned trip. Departure and arrival were on time. Dion and Enipeas canyon were beautiful!

We had a very nice guide Maria, she was very nice and knew a lot of things.