5 Days Tour of Northern Greece

Visit Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki & Macedonia
Duration:
5 Days / 4 Nights
The White Tiower by the sea with an old carriage in front, Thessaloniki city landmark
per person 800

Join this unique five day tour where you will be able to explore Northern Greece and its rich history, from the ancient city-states, to the Byzantine Empire and up until modern times. Starting from Athens, the capital of Greece, you will take the scenic route through the plains of Beotia until you reach Delphi, 'the navel of the world', according to ancient Greeks. There you will see the ruins of the great Oracle, before reaching to final destination for the day, Kalambaka. Just a breath away from this cozy town of central Greece, you will find Meteora, an incredible spectacle or massive rock pillars rising up from a valley to form a truly rare sight. On top of the pillars, Byzantine monasteries have stood for centuries, adding yet another layer to the sense of wonder that fills any visitor. Time to head north to Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great. You will establish your base at Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city and a place that was second only to Istanbul during the Byzantine Empire. Remnants of that era are still about, in the form of architecture, art and archaeological sights. From Thessaloniki, excursions to nearby towns will give you a rare insight on a side of ancient Greek history most visitors don't get the chance to experience. Aristotle's School of Philosophy in Naoussa, the Royal Tomb of King Phillip II, the capital of Alexander the Great (Pella) and many more await you!

Departure dates in 2020 (first class only):

  • 25/4 – 16/5 – 30/5 – 13/6 – 27/6 – 18/7 – 08/8 - 12/9 – 19/9 – 26/9

Pricing

First class half board:
800,00 € per adult
620,00 € per child
Single supplement 159,00 €

  • Day 1 -  Athens to Kalambaka via Thebes, Levadia and Delphi
    We will pick you up from select spots in Athens (departure at approx 8:45) and drive through the fertile plain of the Beotia region, passing by the towns of Thebes and Levadia, as well as the picturesque village of Arachova, before you arrive in Delphi and visit the archaeological site, where the famous Oracle once stood. Afterwards, you will depart for Kalambaka, a small town in the heart of Greece, situated right at the foot of the astonishing rock complex of Meteora.
    Overnight: Kalambaka
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Day 2 - Kalambaka to Thessaloniki and a visit to Meteora
    Visit Meteora, a geological marvel of vast, rock pillars rising up from the valley to create a unique spectacle that is a testament to wonders of nature. On top of the pillars, stand Byzantine Monasteries, of immeasurable historical and religious importance. Depart from Kalambaka and continue your journey through the striking plains of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, while admiring the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Greek Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Day 3 - Explore Thessaloniki's Byzantine Heritage
    In the morning, you will explore Thessaloniki, a center of civilization during the Byzantine Empire, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. The spirit of that era is still evident in the architecture and style of the churches of the Christian world and for a deep dive in history the Museum of Byzantine Culture is a of course a must. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, with the city offering ample opportunities for entertainment.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Day 4 - Explore Macedonia
    Depart in the morning for an excursion to the historical grounds of Macedonia. Your first stop will be the picturesque Edessa and its characteristic waterfalls, which have brought the town fame all over Greece. Then we proceed to Naoussa and to a site of exceptional beauty and importance,  Aristotle's School, the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Afterwards, we drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to visit the museum created in the Great Tumulus, covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. It is there that you will experience the astonishing findings in the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century. Just a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) where you can visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and colourful market area. The return to Thessaloniki will be filled with musings about the multitude of unique destinations your day entailed.
    Overnight: Thessaloniki
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     
  • Day 5 - Visit Pella and Return to Athens
    In the morning, you will visit Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great's empire. You will admire the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Up next is  the archaeological park of Dion (a sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of mountain Olympus). Afterwards we will start driving south, through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (where you will have the chance to see the Leonidas' monument) and Thebes, before arriving in Athens late in the afternoon.
    Overnight: -
    Meals: Breakfast
  • Motor coach through Boetia & Thessaly plain, Tempi Valley & the towns of Thebes, Levadia, Arachova, Naoussa & Edessa.
  • Visit Delphi archaeological site.
  • Visit of Meteora monasteries (2 monasteries).
  • Visit Archaeological Park of Dion.
  • Visit Saint Paul Bema at Veria town.
  • Visit Aristotle's School at Naoussa town.
  • Visit Pella new museum (Pella is the capital of Alexander the Great).
  • Visit Thessaloniki city's main attractions & monuments.
  • Visit Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Culture.
  • Visit Vergina Museum and the Royal Tombs of Macedonia (King Phillip II tomb)
  • Short stop at Thermopylae (see Leonidas monument)
  • 1 night 4-star hotel accommodation in Kalambaka (Meteora area)
  • 3 nights 3-star hotel accommodation in Thessaloniki
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • VAT for all services

Not included:

  • Visit to Delphi museum
  • Your international airfare
  • Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Stayover hotel tax, to be paid directly to the hotel (cost per overnight per room: 5 star - 4 €, 4 star - 3 €, 3 star - 1,5 €)
  • The tour is implemented only in English.
  • This tour includes a complimentary pick-up / drop-off service from / to your hotel or other predefined spots in Athens and surrounding areas. Maximum duration of this service to gather / distribute tour participants is approximately 1 hour. Thus, pick-up time may vary for each guest and will be promptly provided by your personal agent.
  • Clients staying at the coast will depart for their hotels, from G.O. terminal around 19:30.
  • Appropriate clothing is required to visit the Monasteries. Long skirts below the knees for the ladies and long trousers for the gentlemen. The monasteries, also, provide long skirts before every entrance. The ladies can choose and wear a long skirt over their clothing, during the tour, and return it, prior to their departure.
  • The tour will not be implemented on major holidays (for example):
    • January 1st
    • March 25th
    • May 1st
    • December 25th
    • December 26th