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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 Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

2. 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.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

3. 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.

Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

4. Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

Enjoy a private tour to the stunning Meteora rocks from Thessaloniki. Discover magnificent monasteries built between the 14th-16th centuries, and marvel at how the monks even managed to construct them in the first place. After convenient pickup at your accommodation in Thessaloniki, make your way toward Meteora. As you arrive through narrow winding rows, catch an awe-inspiring first glimpse of the Great Monastery, as it is commonly known. Try to fathom the majesty and size of a building constructed atop a huge sandstone column. Upon arrival, drive up to the monasteries in the cooler morning hours, giving you time to see as much of the site as possible. As you climb up the hill toward the first monastery, wonder how on earth the monks managed to build this incredible place. Building materials could only be brought up by a system of ropes, baskets, and pulleys, and the same went for getting provisions in and out of the community. One of the monasteries you will visit is the Holy Trinity, which is the most isolated and most difficult to reach. For this reason, it makes sense to choose to tackle the 140 steps to reach it first. Revel in the reward of phenomenal panoramic views, and see why Holy Trinity was given a starring role in the James Bond film, “For Your Eyes Only.” St. Stephen's is probably the most accessible monastery as it's situated on the plain, rather than perched on a vertiginous clifftop. Join the friendly cats who love to bask on the sun-drenched walls outside this little monastery. Admire the carved door furniture and the way the sun hits the stone and casts long shadows, and get a glimpse into monastic life through the little, open monk's cell at St. Nicholas. On the way out of the Grand Meteoron Monastery (the largest of the 6), don’t forget to follow a time-honored tradition by slipping a little note into the crack in the rocks. Finally, end your tour in Kalampaka for lunch, and relish finger-licking meals fresh from the farms around. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

5. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Kerkini Lake

This is a day trip to Lake Kerkini, one of the 10 most valuable wetland habitats in Greece with about 300 species of birds and rare animals. Among the many species, admire the beautiful flamingos and the magnificent buffalos that walk near you. All these are combined with the wonderful view of Mount Beles and the majestic valley of Serres. You depart to Kerkini Lake by bus at 8:00 AM. You reach the Dam of Kerkini Lake (Lithotopos area) and enjoy bird watching through the lake. Every season of the year hosts different species of birds so the boat ride hides a different surprise each time. The beautiful flamingos though, live there all year round. The area for horse riding is situated next to the dam and you can enjoy a horse ride as long as the weather permits it.  Next, you have a hot cup of coffee and afterwards you make a stop at the farm, just some kilometers away, wihere the impressive buffalos will walk near to you. Later on, you move a bit further to Vironia village and enjoy your lunch in a traditional Greek tavern. You depart to Thessaloniki at about 2:00 PM taking the perimeter road of the west side of the lake.

From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

6. From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

After pick-up in the morning from your hotel, head to the base of the Mount Olympus protected National Park. Have a light breakfast and sit down for a safety brief by your instructors and photographers for the day. Select your equipment and get ready for the mountain, before you head out. Take a short hike up to the canyon entrance and have a practical lesson on jumping, sliding and abseiling technique to get to know your equipment. Once you are ready, the day is all about having fun in the water with jumping, sliding, swimming in pools and abseiling on ropes. No experience is required as the routes have been selected to offer you a safe and fun environment suitable for all ages.

From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

7. From Thessaloniki: Chalkidiki Blue Lagoon Cruise with Lunch

Get picked up at your hotel or nearby location in central Thessaloniki, and then journey by bus to Ormos Panagias for the start of your cruise to the Drenia islands complex of 6 tiny islets. Cool down with a refreshing swim and snorkel with the marine life on arrival, then enjoy a tasty lunch on the beach. Next, sail to Ammouliani island for a coffee or another chance to swim in the crystal-clear waters. Go for a stroll around the village to appreciate everyday life in Greece.  Stop for another swim close to the village of Vourvourou and between the Diaporos islands as you cruise back towards Ormos Panagias. Look for seagulls and dolphins in their natural environment and listen to some authentic Greek bouzouki music along the way.

Thessaloniki: 2-Day Rail Trip to Meteora with Overnight Stay

8. Thessaloniki: 2-Day Rail Trip to Meteora with Overnight Stay

To begin your journey you will need to first redeem your e-ticket for the 8:56 AM departure from Thessaloniki railway station to Kalambaka. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 PM arrive at Kalambaka train station, where your guide will be waiting for you, holding a signboard with your name and will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for the Meteora tour, which will provide you with an absolutely amazing experience. Then you will have free time to explore the area.  The next morning at 9:00 AM you will be picked up from your hotel and be taken on your selected tour. During this tour, admire how simply the hermits settled in the caves of the rocks a thousand years earlier and you will learn about the history, the myths and the secrets of Meteora that only your local guides knows. At 6:00 PM the minibus will transfer you back to Kalambaka train station for your trip back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 6:22 PM and arrives in Thessaloniki later in the evening.

Edessa & Pozar Thermal Springs Private Day Trip

9. Edessa & Pozar Thermal Springs Private Day Trip

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel/apartment in Thessaloniki and head towards the first stop, Edessa. Edessa, the capital of the Pella regional unit is also known as ‘the city of water.’ Admire the scenic beauty of the beautiful landscapes of tall trees and flowerbeds. Visit the picturesque Karanos waterfall of Edessa and see the gigantic water curtain that he creates. Pause for a coffee or meal surrounded by the green vistas and accompanied by sounds of running waters. Depart from Edessa and continue your journey to the natural thermal springs of Pozar. Located in the foothills of Mt. Kaimaktsalan provides a stunning backdrop amidst tall trees and wild vegetation. Benefit from the healing properties of water naturally heated to a temperature of 37° Celsius. Revitalize your energy in the warm waters of the Pozar Thermal Baths and soothe away your aches and pains. Grab a cup of coffee or have some free time to walk around before your journey back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Springs and Edessa

10. From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Springs and Edessa

Depart Thessaloniki, and journey by luxury minivan to the village of Pozar (also known as Loutraki), famous for its natural mineral springs, just 100 kilometers from the city. Upon arrival, dive into incredible pockets of hot water and relax in baths created by nature. Discover privately owned thermal baths where nobody will disturb you as you soothe away your aches and pains. Get back to nature on a countryside walk, or satisfy your hunger with the exceptional cuisine. Visit the picturesque waterfalls of Edessa, formed by the River Edessaios. Capital of the Pella region of Central Macedonia, best known as the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Edessa has a special place in Greek history and is full of small bridges and the gentle sound of running water. Pause for a coffee or meal surrounded by the green vistas of the "City of Waters" before your return journey to Thessaloniki.

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based on 395 reviews

The app made it easy to book and find all info needed. Great price. Everything provided. we were able to find which train and our connection by asking at the train station info desk. Its 4 hrs both ways. I slept both ways. The travel van was easy to find when we got off the train someone held a sign with our names. The driver and the guide were the best! Both helpful and entertaining the whole time. They stop off at a restaurant before heading up to the monasteries for a cheap bite for lunch and restrooms. You could bring your own if you wanted as well. They provided multiple cold bottled waters. We stoped at some fun points and all the monasteries but due to limited entrance days only got to see the inside of 3. I worn a long dress and my husband wore long pants. you can buy a long scarf to cover for 3 euros at the gate if desired. The van was new, clean had air cond. and the roads were wide enough and paved. not as scary as I was expecting. The dinner was great at a quaint place.

Exellent trip,enjoyed every minute of it,fantastic places both the hotspring baths at pozar and the waterfalls in Edessa. Our guide Eleni was very pleasant and knowledgable, as well as Nicos our driver. Very proffesional both of them. Would reccomend this trip to everybody.

Excellent trip!!! Wonderful guide Helen: thank you very much for your guidance and bringing us joy with the magnificent views of Meteora! The drive was comfortable, thanks to the driver. In overall one of the best trip we have taken!

Well organized trip. Very beautiful and interesting sights. The guide Nefeli was very kind and helpful. The bus ride was convenient. The food in the restaurant was amazing. Highly recommended!

Organized very well. Amaxing and excellent tour. Unfortunately no wi-fi in the bus.