Travel to Greece
On arrival in Athens, you will be met our local representative who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel.
You will have the rest of the day to relax and explore your surroundings.
Begin your Greek adventure with a half day guided sightseeing tour of Athens. Today you see the breath-taking Acropolis (entrance included), an ancient citadel perched on a hill top overlooking Athens. This wonderful settlement is home to the Parthenon, a beautiful Doric temple, and the Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to Poseidon. You will also see the Panathinaikos Stadium, host of the first modern Olympic Games and the only stadium in the world that is entirely built of marble.
You will have the afternoon at leisure to discover the city at your own pace. Your guide will be delighted to suggest places of interest; you could visit the Parliament for example and see the change of the guards that take place every hour on the hour.
Explore Plaka, a historic district known as the "Neighbourhood of the Gods", where you can enjoy a coffee or aperitif in one of the cafés and sample some Greek culinary delights at a traditional tavern.
Transfer for Thessaloniki
After breakfast, depart to Thessaloniki, making a stop en-route to visit Dion. At the foothills of Mt. Olympus (the mountain of the gods of Greek mythology) this sacred city of the Macedonians is surrounded by one of the biggest archaeological parks in Greece.
In the afternoon continue to Thessaloniki, where you can take some time to relax at your hotel before joining your fellow travelers for dinner (included for each night of your stay in Thessaloniki).
After breakfast, depart from your hotel to visit the historical centre of the city.
Thessaloniki, being the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Central Macedonia, is considered Greece's cultural capital. With over 3,000 years of history, there is plenty to explore, with monuments and traditions dating back to Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Jewish civilisations. Many of the churches are included in UNESCO's World Heritage list.
The tour takes in the seafront boulevard, the White Tower, the statue of Alexander the Great and on a drive through the Aristotelis University and the campus area, there will be an opportunity to admire magnificent views of the city and take photos.
From the old city, you’ll descend to the church of St. Dimitrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki, passing Egnatia street, the Rotonda monument, the Arch of Galerius and St. Sophia.
The afternoon is free, for strolling and shopping in the city centre.
Pella & Edessa
Set of on a full day guided excursion to Pella and Edessa.
The archaeological site of Pella is one of the most important political and economic cultural centres of Greece. It was here in Pella that Alexander the Great was born. Here you can admire the mosaic floors of houses dating back to the 4th century BC and part of the Agora, one of the biggest public areas of the ancient Greek world.
Continuing from Pella, there will be a stop at picturesque Edessa, famous for its waterfalls. There will be free time for lunch as well as a chance to explore the old part of the city and the park of waterfalls, with several viewing points.
Enjoy a full day exploring Aigai (modern Vergina), the famous museum site where you will see the tomb of Phillip II. This is the second most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century, after the Tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt. There will be a visit to the small theatre where King Phillip II was killed and the recently reconstructed Macedonian palace of Aigai which enjoys a setting of outstanding natural beauty.
Visit the nearby city of Veroia to see the Bema of St. Paul, a monument erected to honour the Apostle of the Nations and his close ties with the city.
Our next stop will be at the archaeological site of the “School of Aristotle” where it is believed that the famous philosopher spent seven years as the tutor of the young prince Alexander and inspired Alexander’s great love for literature.
Transfer to Athens
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Athens.
Your journey will take you through the region of Meteora, also known as the “Garden of the Rocks” and home to rare species of birds and flowers. There will be a visit to the UNESCO-listed Monasteries site, with entrances to two monasteries included. The spectacular pillars of rock emerged millions of years ago from the bed of a prehistoric lake following strong tectonic movements. Later they became shelters for hermits whose strong religious faith compelled them to create the first monastic communities on some of the precipitous peaks.
Arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. Enjoy a last evening to soak up the sights and atmosphere of this remarkable city
Transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.