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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. 

From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

3. From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

Depart Thessaloniki and journey to the natural hot springs of Pozar Thermal Baths to relax in the healing waters while nature and Mount Voras provide a stunning backdrop. Benefit from the healing properties of water naturally heated to a temperature of 37° Celsius. Known for its amazing taste, the water is said also said to help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, poor circulation, respiratory problems, and kidney disease, including kidney stones. Enjoy lunch at a pretty village next to Pozar and taste the traditional flavors of Greece. Visit the local market and marvel at the goods on display. Continue to the city of Edessa, famed as the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon. Get some free time to visit the spectacular waterfalls before returning to Thessaloniki.

Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

4. Mount Athos Glassbottom Cruise with Ammouliani Island visit

Take part in a guided sightseeing cruise around Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki to view the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos in a Glassbottom vessel. On Tuesdays, the tour stops at the center of the village of Ammouliani, while on Thursdays and Sundays, it stops at Alykes beach. After getting the chance to see 6 out of 9 of the local monasteries, take some fantastic photos as your boat passes the gorgeous Drenia islets or Donkey Islands as the locals refer to them.  Explore the majestic island of Ammouliani by stopping there for 1.5 hours where you'll have the opportunity for swimming or to have lunch. 

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

5. 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

6. 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. 

Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

7. Ouranoupoli: Mount Athos Peninsula Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing boat cruise and explore the southwest side of the Mount Athos peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. Marvel at the rugged landscape and be amazed by the legacy of those who, over a thousand years ago, managed to construct these spectacular buildings. During the cruise, see 8 monasteries from a close distance from the boat, including the Holy Monastery of Dochiariou, the Holy Monastery of Xiropotamou and the Holy Monastery of Panteleimonos, amongst several others. Learn about the history of these religious sites from the onboard commentary. Discover more about the restrictions on entering this sacred area, as well as more information about the monastic lives of its inhabitants If you are lucky, you may also spot some dolphins throughout the cruise. Enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the coastline and the Aegean Sea throughout the journey.

Thessaloniki Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

8. 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

Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

9. Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

Delight in a fun cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat from Ouranoupoli's port to the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou and Diaparos. Enjoy plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkeling, and savor a traditional Greek barbecue meal for lunch. Board a glass-bottom boat from the port of Ouranoupoli and set sail. Pass over the most famous reef of the area and admire the yellow corals. Travel to the second peninsula of Halkidiki, Sithonia, and take some photos of the picture-perfect beaches. Next, stop at the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the bay at a depth of 2 meters. After swimming and snorkeling, replenish your energy with a barbecue full of traditional Greek flavors, such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Enjoy a glass of wine and beverages for your children with your meal, but inform the local partner a few days in advance if you require a vegetarian meal. Once you've had your lunch, make your way to Alikes beach on Ammouliani. Stop for 1.5 hours for more swimming opportunities at the port of the lagoon, or sip a cocktail at one of the various beach bars. The tour concludes with a return to Ouranoupolis in the evening.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

10. 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.

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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!

We had a great time! We skipped the waterfalls and went strait to the springs. There are waterfalls there that you can actually swim under which I think is better. This also gave us ample time for lunch in the countryside recommend by our guide. The springs were beautiful and we learned fun, historical facts along the way. Highly recommend.

We really enjoyed our trip, seeing different monasteries and spending some time on Ammouliani island (you get about 1,5h to spend here. There is a snackbar on the beach or you can bring some food if your own). Make sure to be on time in the morning so you get a good spot in the boat. Staf is very friendly!

The instructors who conducted the activity were super helpful and pros.. Will recommend this activity to everyone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐