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Thessaloniki, Greece's second city, an exciting seaside capital of culture and impressive historic monuments
The impressive Royal tombs of Philip II and their spectacular gold; today a UNESCO recognised site
The site of Ancient Philippi, an important Macedonian city that dates back to 360 BC
Situated on the edge of the Thermaic gulf the vibrant city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, has a rich history as well as an exciting modern glow. A unique mosaic of different cultures and civilizations, where Greeks and Muslims once lived side by side with the largest Jewish community in Europe. This cosmopolitan seaside city offers a surprising host of historic highlights; Roman Emporer Galerius 4th century palace, the Rotunda, that has also been both a church and a mosque; the exceptional Thessaloniki Archaeological museum, which hosts some of the exquisite gold of Macedon; the Jewish museum, where we discover that the Jewish community were the thriving community here from the early 1900's up until WW2; the Roman Forum that dates back to the 1st century AD; and, of course, Thessaloniki's wonderful waterfront, that stretches between the city's iconic White Tower and the Concert Hall and has some of the best sunsets in Greece! And, being in the heart of Macedonia provides the added opportunity to visit the spectacular tombs of Philip II at Vergina, and the ancient city of Philippi, both, understandably, UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki.
Check-in to the City Hotel for a five- night stay on BB basis at the City Hotel, Thessaloniki. Welcome dinner in a local taverna.
Day 2: Exploring Thessaloniki.
Our tour begins exploring some of the highlights of this historic city. Visits will include the excellent Archaeological museum, which features some of the exquisite ‘Gold of Macedon’; Agios Dimitrios Church, dedicated to the patron saint of Thessaloniki and a listed UNESCO World heritage site, and the Roman Forum, the Roman heart of the city that dates back to the 1st C. AD.
Day 3: Philippi, Kavala.
We head out of Thessaloniki to the seaside town of Kavalla and visit the extensive remains of Philippi, an important city of the Macedons. The city was established in 360 BC and later named in honour of Philip II, Alexander the Great’s father, who took over the city after helping to defend it against the Thracian tribes. Much later the city was visited by St Paul who founded the first Christian community in Europe at Philippi.
Day 4: Exploring Thessaloniki.
We continue our exploration of this fascinating city. We visit the Jewish Museum, that reminds us of the city’s unique history as an enduring multi-cultural city. The Jewish community was present in the city for 2000 years. A visit to the Upper City avoids us panoramic views across the city and the Thermaic gulf. The Arch of Galerius celebrates a victory over the Persians and the Rotunda, built by Galerius, is one of the oldest monuments of the City.
Day 5: The Tombs of Philip II, Ancient Aigai.
We drive to Vergina (Ancient Aigai) and visit the remarkable re-creation of the tumulus that houses the tombs of Philip II and other members of the Macedonian Royal family. This impressive museum provides a dazzling collection of gold, silver and ivory objects that were found in these tombs.
Day 6: Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
City Hotel, Thessaloniki
This comfortable four-star hotel is perfectly situated right in the heart of Thessaloniki. The attractive rooms offer a choice of inner view or city view (small supplement applies). A great choice of restaurants can be easily reached on foot; light meals are also served in the hotel café-bar.
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