Northern Greece Escorted Vacation - (D)

5 Day(s)

ESCORTED VACATION – This escorted tour is operated locally in English. Scheduled departures - 5-day/4-night tour of mainland Greece visiting Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki & historic Macedonia. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, 4 dinners, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels in Athens, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 : Athens – Delphi – Meteora

Depart from Athens this morning and drive through Thebes, Levadia, and the picturesque village of Arachova to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Enjoy a visit of the spectacular Delphi archaeological site and its museum. Continue via Central Greece to Kalambaka, a small town built at the foot of the majestic rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries. You will spend the night in Kalambaka. (D)

First Class : Amalia Hotel Kalambaka
Day 2 : Meteora – Thessaloniki

In the morning visit the Meteora Monastaries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures and standing suspended between earth and sky, on top of granite rocks. In the afternoon, drive through the striking Plain of Thessaly and the Valley of Tempi. Admire Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods in Greek Mythology. Arrive in Thessaloniki early in the evening. (B,D)

First Class : Mediterranean Palace
Day 3 : Thessaloniki

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. See unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore this lively city further on your own. (B,D)

First Class : Mediterranean Palace
Day 4 : Edessa – Naoussa – Vergina – Veria

This morning, explore historical Macedonia. Your first stop will be the picturesque town of Edessa where you will see the town's famous waterfalls. Proceed to Naoussa, a site of exceptional beauty and importance where the great philosopher Aristotle taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander the Great and the Macedonian youth. Continue to Vergina for a visit to the unique local museum and see the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Phillip II, Alexander's father. A few miles away is Veria where you will visit Saint Paul's Bema and you will stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful local market. Return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

First Class : Mediterranean Palace
Day 5 : Thessaloniki – Pella – Athens

Drive to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century B.C. villas. Visit the Archaeological Park of Dion (sacred city of the Macedonians, at the foot of Mount Olympos). In the afternoon, continue through Thessaly via Lamia to Thermopylae for a short visit of Leonidas' Monument. Arrive in Athens in the early evening. (B)

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