Thessaloniki Sightseeing on wheels

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Thessaloniki: Private Guided Tour to Meteora

1. 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.

Edessa & Pozar Thermal Springs Private Day Trip

2. 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

3. 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.

From Thessaloniki: Dion and Mount Olympus Day Tour

4. From Thessaloniki: Dion and Mount Olympus Day Tour

Begin your trip from Thessaloniki. You will first visit the town of Dion and its famous museum, home to many archaeological findings. The museum consists of 3 floors and is divided into units representing the regions where the ruins were found. From there, you will visit the picturesque village of Litochoro, in the foothills of Mount Olympus where you'll make a stop at a traditional cafe restaurant. Continue up towards Prionia, where you'll discover a mountain shelter and, according to ancient Greek religion and mythology, the home of the 12 Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. Every year thousands of nature lovers visit Mount Olympus  to admire the charm of its surroundings. Enjoy tours along the hillsides and climbing its peaks. 

From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Thessaloniki with Guide

5. From Sofia: Private Day Trip to Thessaloniki with Guide

Take the opportunity to see some of the famous sights and monuments of Thessaloniki on a private city tour with transfer and guide. Following a pickup at 8:00 AM from your hotel in Sofia, relax on a comfortable 3.5-hour drive to Thessaloniki. Begin the tour in the heart of the city where you’ll visit the White Tower. Learn about its long history and marvel at its implosive architecture. Next, head over to the historic Aristotelous square, home to different types of shops, restaurants, and a popular location where big festivals are held. Make your way over to the UNESCO sites of church Saint Dimitrios and the Rotunda Saint George. Then, have 2 hours of free time to explore the historic city at your own pace. Grab a taste of the local food scene and take incredible photos near the seaside. After that, you’ll return to Sofia where your guide drops you back at your hotel at around 8:00 PM.

Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Lake Kerkini

6. Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Lake Kerkini

Explore the sublime landscape of Lake Kerkini, one of Europe's most important wetlands, and home to over 300 species of birds. Marvel at the spectacle of flamingos in the wild on an unforgettable boat tour. Get back to nature as you absorb the sight of herds of buffalo grazing around the lake on an incredible day trip from Thessaloniki. Explore the natural habitat of these stunning animals in style as you enjoy the opportunity to take a horse-riding trip around the lake. Absorb the breathtaking scenery as you continue on to the picturesque village of Ano Poroia, nestled at the foot of Mount Beles, to tuck into an authentic meal of local delicacies.

Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

7. Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

This tour will begin with pickup from White Tower Thessaloniki before you head to see all of the city's major landmarks, from the Gallerius Arc to the Rotonda monument. Move on to enjoy a walk through the charming streets of the picturesque Ano Poli and see the City Walls. Your last stop is the stunning Agios Demetrius Byzantine Church and its crypt. Travel back in time and marvel at the unique constructions from the Byzantine era. Seize the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, before returning to your hotel.

Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

8. Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

The Dion-Olympos tour will take you to the footsteps of Mt. Olympos; also known as the “Home of Gods”. First visit the ancient site of Dion, where the mythical Gods were worshiped. You will then have time for an optional lunch break. Later on, you will arrive in the village of Litochoro, where you will take a light walk. Enjoy a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air and admire the natural beauty, whilst walking through unspoiled forest of the Ainipeas Valley. Returning to Litochoro, you will have time to enjoy Greek coffee and visit the picturesque village. Early in the evening, you will return to Thessaloniki.

Day Trip to Pella and Vergina from Thessaloniki

9. Day Trip to Pella and Vergina from Thessaloniki

Visit Pella and Vergina, the two most important archaeological sites of the Macedonian Empire. Here in these two sites unfolds the great history of two great men and of a great ancient kingdom. Start your day tour from Thessaloniki. After 60 minutes driving you will arrive at Vergina. Vergina was the first capital and was called Aiges in ancient times. Here you will visit the royal tombs of King Philip II father of Alexander the great. Inside the museum/tomb complex burial artifacts such as gold jewelry, weapons, religious artifacts and the Gold Larnax found at the tomb containing the remains of King Philip are on display.   Discover the museum of Pella at the next stop of your trip. Here is the place of birth of Alexander the Great and the capital of the great Macedonian Kingdom. At the newly build museum admire thousands of gold and silver artifacts, mosaics, weapons, statues and maps. Next to the museum is the archaeological site where you will comprehend how big the capital was once when you walk around the 4000 hectar site.  

Sofia: Private Day Tour to Thessaloniki

10. Sofia: Private Day Tour to Thessaloniki

After departing from Sofia you will embark on a 4-hour drive to Thessaloniki, arriving around noon. The first stop on your tour of Thessaloniki is the UNESCO listed St. Demetrios Church. The stunning 4th-century church is filled with beautiful mosaics.  Continue on your tour of the city, visiting the Arch Of Galerius and the Rotunda nearby, also UNESCO site. The official part of the tour ends to the White Tower - the symbol of Thessaloniki. Then have 2-hours of free time to explore by yourself. On your way back to Sofia you will see some other of the sites in Thessaloniki as the city walls and the Old Town.

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What people are saying about Thessaloniki

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.

The trip was great because you get to see something different but also unique. The natural beauty is out of this world. The story of the monks & monasteries very interesting. Our guide, George, was great in giving information & telling the story of the area & monasteries. He was polite & very professional. I definitely recommend this tour

Suggest to leave early in the morning to avoid the traffic at the border . The motorway is excelent and you can do it in about three hours . The city is vibrant and full of life . You will find many restaurants and coffee shops . The market was amazing place to visit .

Very good transportation, if I had booked an earlier time, I would have probably seen all 6 monasteries, but even with a later start time my guide was able to get me to see most of the Monasteries, which was really awesome.

Tour was excellent saw lots of amazing sights. Guide was knowledgeable and nice. I will definitely book more tours with them in the future!