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Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. 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.

From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

2. From Ouranoupolis: Cruise to Mount Athos Monasteries

Start your journey from the port of Ouranoupoli. View impressive monasteries positioned on the cliffs like Simonopetra and Daphni, as you travel around the coast.  Discover the monastic state that has existed for more than 1000 years in accordance with the lifestyle and religiosity of the Byzantines. Keep an eye out for dolphins that may swim alongside the boat. Take the rare opportunity to see a Mediterranean monk seal in the wild, a critically endangered species. 

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

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge.  Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site.  Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting plays by the ancient philosopher Euripides in the past and now hosts the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues and admire mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods.  Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views, before going back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon. 

Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

5. Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

Enjoy a beautiful day in Pella, learning about the ancient past of this area. You depart from Thessaloniki to Pella by a modern bus at 08:00 AM. The distance is about 50 km and the trip lasts about 45 minutes. Reach Pella, where you'll visit the new, modern museum, as well as the Archaeological site with the unique mosaics. Continue to Vergina and visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, which is situated within the borders of the village. Board the bus and drive to a fantastic restaurant for lunch. Savor Greek traditional homemade dishes, before the bus takes you back to Thessaloniki at approximately 3:30 PM. 

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

6. 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.

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

7. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Cruise with Ammouliani Island Visit

-Enjoy majestic moments on board, Explore all the SouthWest side of Mount Athos peninsula an UNESCO World heritage site. The wilderness of the landscape, the human's power who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct all these spectacular buildings, monasteries like castles, skites like villages and arsanades like ports. Υou may be a witness of the daily shows that dolphins offer to us during our trips. -During this route, you will be able to be tour guided and see 8 monasteries: Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, H.M. Xenophontos, H.M. Panteleimonos (Russian Monastery), H.M. Xiropotamou, the central port of Mount Athos Daphni, H.M. Simonos Petras, H.M. Grigoriou, H.M. Dionysiou and finally in the shadow of Mountain Athos which towers up to 2033m. H.M. Saint Pavlou. Subsequently, you will see the New Skite, and Saint Anna’s Skite. -Next stop, Banana beach on Ammouliani island, feel the summer temptation, catch your sunbed and umbrella, listen to the music, taste real greek plates, swim, snorkelling, explore the full green and blue coast.

Meteora: 1 Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki -Local Agency

8. Meteora: 1 Day Trip by Train from Thessaloniki -Local Agency

Take the train from Thessaloniki train station at 8:56 AM and head to Kalambaka (change trains at Paliofarsalos), while admiring the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip. Upon arrival at the Kalambaka train station at 12:05 PM, be greeted by the team and begin your customized panoramic midday Meteora tour. Take an amazing 5-hour Meteora tour, see all 6 monasteries and take a go inside 3 of them. Your tour guide will give you full attention and care as the group will be small. There will be plenty of photo opportunities at secret places, that only locals know, making your tour a unique experience. At the end of the guided tour, be transferred back to Kalambaka station to catch the train back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 6:22 PM (change trains at Paliofarsalos) and gets you to Thessaloniki at 10:30 PM.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

9. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket (received after booking) for the morning 8:56 AM train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 PM, arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George “Mandilas” cave. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. At around 4:30 PM, enjoy transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or at a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the 6:22 PM train back to Thessaloniki.

From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

10. From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

Be one with nature on this trip from Athens to Mount Olympus. Board a train to Katerini and see ancient and historical sites such as the site of Dion, the Platamon Castle, and the Bath of Zeus. Start your day by taking the morning train from Athens to Katerini. Be immersed in a scenic trip through mainland Greece and then meet your guide at the Litochoro station. Head over to the archaeological site of Dion where you will see where the ancient Greeks worshipped the gods of Olympus. Then, go back in time as you visit the grounds of the medieval Platamon Castle and marvel at the magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Next, explore the natural landscape of Mount Olympus on your way to see the Bath of Zeus, which is found in the gorge of Enipeas. Finally, you will have some free time to discover the village of Litochoro and see the locals' lifestyle before boarding the train that will take you back to Athens.

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based on 483 reviews

My first proper tour in Greece The group was small less than 10 and the guides were young and passionate about the history of Greece ( no surprise) and the area around Olympus and ofc Olympus itself Genuinely warm and friendly and excited to see you enjoy the special places they love And to be honest the food was above average I have not eaten one bad thing since arriving and the roasted eggplant and loucaniko Greek sausage) at the lunch stop I had were excellent Would reccomend Mt Olympus is truly a special place And being part of the landscape ( if only for a moment) of the places you read about as a child/ youth was a very meaningful experience for me

This was a very worthwhile visit. The museum is amazing. No need to bring your headphones for the visit if you speak English. Each exhibition is written in both Greek and English. Take the time to visit the grounds surrounding the museum as well as the town of Vergina. Some other archeological sites are been worked on a short distance away from the museum. Unfortunately, they were closed the day we visited.

Breathtaking views. Gives you the opportunity to go into 2 monasteries and a 3rd stop to stand out on boulders to get panoramic views from afar of the monasteries. The tour guide provided adequite history info on bus transit about monestaries as well as key landmarks on the way. Tour allowed you free roaming once on the ground so you could do what you wanted with the hour or so stops. Food was great!

We loved the day out, the instructions on how to get to the meeting point by train were clear, trains were comfortable (just be sure to ask what platform it leaves from as there were no signs). Our guide was very sweet, cheerful and funny. The monasteries were simply beautiful. Even the little city of Kalambaka. It was definitely all worth it despite the long train ride. Highly recommended!

What an awesome opportunity. My husband and I visited Thessaloniki, Greece, and our tour was perfect for us! We had never been to the city and knew nothing of the area or customs. We did this tour as our first-thing, and it really helped us as we stayed the next few days! He took us to all the majors landmarks, but also shared interesting facts about the city and how people live there!