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Northern Greece 5 days

5 days / 4 nights

Operation: 1/Apr – 31/Oct

Dep. 08.45am

Prices 2017 1/Apr-31/Oct
First Class accommodation on Half Board763

Included: 4 nights accommodation in class of your choice with a meal,
GT coach tour with guide, entrance fees, all taxes and services.
Pick up / Drop off service from the hotel in Athens.
Rates in Euros, per person in double room.
Single room on request.

English only : 22/Apr – 13/May – 27/May – 10/Jun – 24/Jun – 22/Jul – 05/Aug – 16/Sep – 23/Sep – 30/Sep

Day 1
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia region, passes by the towns of Thebes,
Levadia and via the picturesque village of Arachova, arrives in Delphi and visit
the Archaeological Site. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot
of astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight. (Dinner)
Day 2
Visit the Meteora: perched on top of huge rocks, which seem to be suspended in mid-air,
stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.
Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the striking plain of Thessaly and the Valley
of Tempi, and admire the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain
in Greece and home of the 12 Gods in Greek Mythology. Arrival at Thessaloniki,
the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. (Dinner and overnight)
Day 3
In the morning visit the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire
was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople.
Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest
and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum
of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize
for the year 2005. Rest of the day free, to enjoy time in the lively center of the city.
(Dinner and overnight)
Day 4
Depart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia.
First stop at picturesque Edessa where we see the town’s famous landmark,
the Waterfalls. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance:
Aristotle’s School, the picturesque site where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines
of morals and politics’ to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth.
Then drive to Vergina (ancient Aigai), to live the experience of a visit
to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs
of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II,
Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century.
In only a few miles away is Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul’s Bema,
and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colourful market area.
A walk in a city where past is present and around. Return to Thessaloniki. (Dinner and overnight)
Day 5
Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics
of the 4th century B.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Then proceed
and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians,
at the foot of mountain Olympos). After the visit we shall start driving south
and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas’ Monument)
and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.

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