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City Tour - Canceled

Thessaloniki City Tour

Visit the most significant monuments of the City.

Date: Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Duration: 4 hours guided in English

Price: 40.00€ per person

Minimum Participants: 15 persons

(Includes bus transportation and tour guide.)

Notes: The bus will depart at 09:30 from the Makedonia Palace Hotel.

Thessaloniki (Greek: Θεσσαλονίκη), also known as Thessalonica and Salonika, is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. Its honorific title is Συμπρωτεύουσα (Symprotévusa), literally "co-capital", and stands as a reference to its historical status as the Συμβασιλεύουσα (Symvasilévousa), "co-reigning" city of the Byzantine Empire, alongside Constantinople.

Founded in 315 BC by Cassander of Macedon, Thessaloniki's history spans some 2,300 years. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments, including the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as several RomanOttoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city's main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the more






(Sources: Wikipedia - the free - the official tourism web site for Greece)

You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower, which is the symbol of the city, the International Trade Fair grounds, the University campus, the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda, St. Demetrius church, the City Walls and the Upper city from where you will have a marvelous view of the city, of the Thermaic Gulf, of Mount Olympus and visit the Archeological Museum that houses a stunning exhibition of golden jewels.

Vergina - Canceled

Vergina - ‘Traces of Alexander the Great’

The history of Ancient Macedonia and Alexander the Great.

Date: Friday, June 27th, 2014

Duration: 5 hours guided in English

Price: 50.00€ per person

Minimum Participants: 15 persons

(Includes bus transportation, tour guide, entrance fees and lunch box.)

Notes: The bus will depart at 09:30 from the Makedonia Palace Hotel.

Vergina (Greek: Βεργίνα) is a small town in northern Greece, located in the regional unit of Imathia, Central Macedonia. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Veroia, of which it is a municipal unit. The town became internationally famous in 1977, when the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos unearthed what he claimed was the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The finds established the site as the ancient Aigai. The site of the Royal Tombs under a modern roof hosts the main excavation, as well as an exhibition of the major finds from the burials. It is protected by UNESCO as world cultural heritage and comprises a unique discovery of an enormous universal impact.

The exhibition’s shelter has the external form of the Great Tumulus, a man-made mound, while the underground building has been housing since November 1997 tombs and treasures found in them. This sheltered group includes three Macedonian tombs: the intact tomb of Philip II (II) with a hunting scene fresco painting. Intact is also the so-called Tomb of the Prince (III), which may belong to Alexander IV, grandson of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great and another ruined and plundered Macedonian tomb (IV) of the third BC more 







(Sources: Wikipedia - the free - the official tourism web site for Greece)

The tour includes a visit of the newly completed exhibition bearing the Tombs and the finds of all 3 Tombs, one of them known as the Tomb of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great. Feast your eyes on the marvelous treasures; all masterpieces of ancient Greek art dated back to the 4th century B.C., such as golden wreaths, silver vessels, miniature sculpture, paintings, exhibited in the unique museum.

Mount Athos cruise

Date: Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Duration: 9 hours guided in English

Price:  80.00€ per person

Minimum Participants: 15 persons

(Price includes bus transportation, tour guide, lunch and cruise tickets.)

Note: The bus will depart at 09:30 from the Makedonia Palace Hotel.

Shaped like Poseidon’s trident and sticking out into the Aegean Sea, Halkidiki is a treat for visitors. Lush green forests that reach right down to the beach; golden sunlight reflected in the turquoise waters; a traditional style with a rich gastronomic and cultural heritage. Endless coves, unique architectural sites, perfectly preserved Christian monument and a host of unexplored treasures all add their own rich touch to the unique canvas that is more

Ouranoupolis (Greek: Ουρανούπολη, formerly Ouranoupolis) is an ancient city and a modern village in Chalcidice. It was founded by Cassander and his brother Alexarchus in the late 4th century BC. The village of Ouranoupolis is situated on the coastline in the northwest part (the very beginning) of the Athos peninsula, part of the bigger Halkidiki peninsula.

Mount Athos (Greek: Όρος Άθως) is a mountain and peninsula in Macedonia, Greece. A World Heritage Site and self-governed state in the Hellenic Republic, Athos is home to 20 stavropegial Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople. Today Greeks commonly refer to Mount Athos as the "Holy Mountain" (Greek: Άγιον Όρος, Agion Oros). In Classical times, while the mountain was called Athos, the peninsula was called Akté (sometimes Acte or Akte) more 







(Sources: Wikipedia - the free - the official tourism web site for Greece)

Being on board you will have the opportunity to admire from a slight distance the unique Mount Athos with its impressive Byzantine monasteries and be informed by the guide.

On the way back you will have free time at Ouranoupolis. Try the delicious fresh fish in one of the fish taverns of the quaint fishing village or a typical Greek snack.

During the cruise, enjoy the facilities on board. This cruise is the only possibility for women to see Mount Athos!


Meteora - 'In the heavens above'

The most photogenic spiritual site in Greece.

Date: Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Duration: 10 hours guided in English

Price: 80.00€ per person

Minimum Participants: 15 persons

(Includes bus transportation, entrance fees, tour guide and lunch.)

Notes: The bus will depart at 09:30 from the Makedonia Palace Hotel.

The Metéora (Greek: Μετέωρα, "suspended rocks", "suspended in the air" or "in the heavens above" - etymologically similar to "Meteorite") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios River and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of cultural map of Greece. The nearest town is more 







(Sources: Wikipedia - the free - the official tourism web site for Greece)

With an early start, you head for the ‘stone forest’, driving along the National highway passing by Olympus Mountain, the picturesque Tempi valley, to the Thessalian plain arriving at Kalambaka. Continue with a visit of two monasteries to see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art, drive down to Kalambaka for lunch and some free time and return to Thessaloniki from another route, through Vermion Mountain and Egnatia motorway.

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