Meet the two biggest cities of Greece, discover their dynamics, either on foot or by sea and you will enjoy the beauty and hospitality of these cities. Stroll through their narrow streets and discover their breathtaking views. Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Complete package that includes 4 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
Athens (Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis museum, Monastiraki, Thissio, temple of Olympian Zeus, the historical center)
Thessaloniki (White Tower, Rotonda, Galérien Complex, Ano Poli, archeological museum, Agios Dimitrios)
> DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens.
Arrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by lyxurius car to the center of Athens - Accommodation at your hotel. Free afternoon. For the night we propose you Optional tour. Athens by night. thYour evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.
> DAY 2 | Panoramic tour of Athens.
Departure to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Enjoy the rest of the day.Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Dont forget to discover the Night life of Athens.
> DAY 3 | Athens - Thessaloniki by plane transfer to the airport. Flight to Thesssaloniki.
Arrival in Thessaloniki. The largest city of Northern Greece. Transfer to the hotel with private car. You will meet with our partner of our travel in the arrival hall of the airprort. He will provide you will all the information about your journey. The rest of the day is at leisure. An optional general tour of the city can be offered late in the afternoon. We can explore the center of the city However, if you want to experience authentic shopping in Thessaloniki, you should visit the city’s open markets. They offer you a trip back to the past and a refreshing new shopping experience you probably haven’t encountered in your home country.
The first market you can see is Modiano. The design of the building was inspired by eastern markets and it was built by the famous architect Eli Modiano. Under the glass roof you will find a multitude of small shops selling a variety of goods. It is predominantly a food market with stalls that sell fish, meat, spices, cheese, delicatessen products, sweets and more. Also, you will find a few taverns and traditional fast-food joints for hungry visitors of the city center.
Bars are also hosted here. Just across the street of Modiano market next to Aristotelous Square is the Kapani market. Shops here offer fresh fish, spices and milk products. It is a favorite shopping place for locals. Fresh fruits, fish, meat and household items combined with some taverns create a noisy, colorful and unique shopping experience. Here, the atmosphere is like in the eastern bazaars, with narrow alleyways that are surrounded with shops on all sides. Open on Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 15.00 .Cross Venizelou Street (near the Kapani market) and you’ll find Bezesteni market, a typical enclosed Ottoman market, only 3 of them still survived in Greece. This one was built during the rule of Sultan Mehmet II. It is an old Ottoman building with a six dome roof. It houses several jewelry and silver stores. The place is filled with little shops where you can buy textiles, carpets, flowers or you can repair damaged clothes.
Further north of Aristotelous Square, east of the Roman Forum is the Bit Bazaar. It is a perfect place for those who are after old items and antique shops. It was founded in 1928 and focuses on antiques, second hand items but there are also some art galleries. It still has these old shops but today taverns and bars dominate the market. This area gets very lively in the evening as many of those old stores are now bars and small restaurants Dinner (optional) and overnight at the hotel.
> DAY 4 | City tour with museums
After our breakfast an experienced guide will take you to a panoramic city tour of Thessaloniki by the luxury buses of our company. Since its foundation by king Cassander of Macedonia in 315 B.C. and named after his wife and stepsister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki has always been a metropolis.
The long history of the city is evident by the varied architectural forms from the Hellenistic era up to the end of the 20th century as well as with an astonishing Byzantine artistic heritage. Seventeen monuments in the city have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece, is the principal gateway from the Mediterranean to the Balkans and Central Europe.
You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower, which is the symbol of the city, the International Trade Fair grounds, the Aristotle University campus, the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda, the City Walls and the Upper City from where you will have a marvelous panoramic view of the city, the Thermaic Gulf and mount Olympus. During the tour you will visit St. Demetrius a 5th century basilica as well as the Archeological Museum that houses a stunning exhibition of golden jewels from the 6th century B.C.
A travel in Thessaloniki reconciles relaxation and animation. In the evening, the seaside welcomes guests in coffee corners, restaurants and small bars. The Central market is worth seeing, as is appreciated for its oriental atmosphere.
> DAY 5 | Thessaloniki- Athens by plane
After our breakfast transfer to the airport flight to Athens and fly back
Your package includes:
► 2 nights at a hotel of your choice on bed & breakfast in Athens and 2 nights at a hotel in Thessaloniki ► Transfers upon arrival and departure with assistance ► Panoramic city tour of Athens and Thessaloniki with English speaking guide .
► International flights ► Personal expenses, Optional excursions and visits.
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM
Single supplement 40%
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