NORTH BYZANTINAL GREECE: Thessaloniki – Meteora – Peninsula of Athos – Pella – Amfipoli – Kavala - Olympus 8 DAYS
Discover Byzantinal Greece through an unforgettable, unique journey. Sites blessed by nature that invite you to experience their power in churches, stadiums, theaters, statues and artwork .Complete package that includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
Highlights: Thessaloniki (White Tower, Rotonda, Galérien Complex, Ano Poli, archeological museum, Agios Dimitrios), Meteora (monasteries, cave of Theopetra), Athos Peninsula(cruise), Pella (Archeological Site, Edessa), Amfipoli (nearby visit the excavation site), Kavala (ancient Philippi, the castle and the Acropolis), Olympus (Dion, gorges Enipeas, Litochoro)
DAY 1 | Thessaloniki
Arrival in Thessaloniki, the largest city of Northern Greece. Transfer to hotel, rest of the day for leisure. An optional general tour of the city can be offered late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 | Thessaloniki - City tour with museum
After Breakfast, panoramic tour of Thessaloniki on the luxury buses of our company. We will visit Galerius Arch, Byzantine churches such as Rotonda and Saint Sofia, Egnatia and Aristotle’s Square. Our bus will ascend at the Byzantine Castles over the city where another world with endless beauty unfolds. We will visit the Byzantine Museum. We will visit the Church of St. Demetrios and it’s Crypt, finally we will visit the famous White Tower. In the afternoon we will continue our exploration of the city center and we will visit numerous monuments from the Byzantine period. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3 | Mount Athos
After breakfast, departure for the picturesque village of Ouranoupoli and mini cruise at Mount Athos. Possibility to see from the boat some of the famous monasteries of tge Saint Mountains. Back to Ouranoupolis, free time. We take the road to Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4|Thessaloniki / Vergina / Olympus
After breakfast , departure to Vergina and visit of the impressive museum with the royal tombs of Macedonia and other treasures of extraordinary beauty . We continue to the traditional village of Litochoro situated on the legendery Mount Olympus, home of the Gods. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Litochoro.
DAY 5| Olympus - Kavala
Explore Olympus and drive to Kavala. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 6 | Kavala – City tour
Kamares, meaning arches, are the trademark of Kavala and a listed monument. It is actually an aqueduct built in 1550 by the Sultan Suleiman II, the Magnificent and repaired in the 19th century by Mehmet Ali to serve the water supply needs of the City. It is a monumental construction, 52meters high, consisting of 60 arches. The Acropolis was built by the Ottomans between 1425 and 1530 on the ruins of a byzantine castle. It consisted of the inner and the outer walls, which connected the acropolis to the peninsula’s walls fortifying the lower part of the hill on the side of the port. The castle was built at a time when the war was conducted with early weapons such as bows, arrows and swords. This is why it could not defend the region sufficiently and ceased to operate as a defensive fortress in the following years. Around 1700AD it became a place of imprisonment and exile. The walls surrounding the peninsula of Panayia were reconstructed from the Ottomans at the beginning of the 16th century in order to protect the 130 hectares’ city. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 7|Kavala – Athens
Kavala boasts a unique character reflecting its recent past: neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses evoke the memory of a distant past when a wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. In the “Mecca of tobacco” as Kavala was named in the past, thousands of tobacco workers, male and female, earned their living. Their faces will remain alive for all eternity thanks to the black and white photos adorning the walls of the city’s Tobacco Museum which you can visit before leaving the city. Drive to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 8 | Transfer to the Airport
Breakfast and morning transfer to the airport.
► Hotels category 3-4* on Half board basis
► City tour in Thessaloniki and all tours in Pelion
► Arrival and departure transfers with assistance.
► Personal expenses
► Additional services
► Optional excursions and visits
► What is not mentioned at the included
PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM
Single supplement 40%
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