About Northern Greece Explorer
Fantastic scenery and a wealth of history on this 5 day trip.
Duration: 5 days
This recommended and very popular holiday is a group Cultural Tour with qualified English-speaking guide; however if you are looking for a more independent holiday then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.
Drive through the fertile plain of the Beotia region, passing by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and via the picturesque village of Arachova. Upon arrival in Delphi there will be a visit to the archaeological site. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the soaring rocks whioch rise steeply from the plain of Thessaly.
Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
Visit the stunning area of Meteora with its ageless monasteries in which you can see exquisite examples of Byzantine art. Leave Kalambaka through the plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi to admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and home to the 12 gods in Greek mythology.
After the visit leave for Thessaloniki, the second largest and most vibrant city in Greece.
Morning visit of the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the 'co-reigning' city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit its unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded the Council of Europe's Museum prize in 2005.
The rest of the day is free to enjoy time in the lively centre of the city.
Depart in the morning for historical Macedonia.
Your first stop will be at picturesque Edessa where you see the town's famous landmark, the waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. Only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) and a visit to Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the colourful market area. Return to Thessaloniki.
Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas in situ as well as in the new museum. Then visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympus). After the visit you will start driving south through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (a brief stop to see Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arriving into Athens late afternoon.