Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package

Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package

Visits: Thessaloniki, Meteora, Mount Olympus, Dion and Kerkini Lake Starts in: Thessaloniki Available: Every day (varies seasonally)
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5 days package
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From $889Per person
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Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package Highlights

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Tour the monastic mountains of Meteora and sparkling Lake Kerkini

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Explore Thessaloniki's exquisite ancient architecture with a Byzantine walking tour

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Enjoy daily experiences led by local specialists and expert guides

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Step into the past with visits to Dion and the slopes of Mount Olympus

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Taste the best of Thessaloniki and take a free day to explore on your own

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Choose your hotel from our curated selection of centralized hotels

Why we chose this tour

Our Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package is perfect for travelers seeking an experience off the beaten path that's comprehensive, informative, exciting, and a deep dive into the history, food, culture, and verdant landscapes of Northern Greece. It's the perfect balance between covering all the most exciting highlights of the region while leaving ample time to relax, explore, and let the magic of the destination unfold naturally and spontaneously. This tour is available every day with seasonal variations and leaves with guaranteed departures.


This 8-day tour is designed to highlight the treasures of the region, which will unfold before you with the insights of expert local guides. Explore mouthwatering local cuisine and charming craftsmanship in bustling Thessaloniki, with ample time to explore the city on your own. Head to the verdant cliffs and valleys of Kerkini Lake National Park, immersing yourself in the serenity and diverse wildlife. Explore the mystically serene region of Meteora, learning the fascinating history of its mountain monasteries. Take in Thessaloniki’s UNESCO world heritage treasures from the Byzantine era, with exquisite mosaics and murals detailing the birth of Christianity. Revel in the fascinating archaeological sites and ancient villages of Dion, walking in the footsteps of the Greek deities in the region of Mount Olympus. A perfect balance of bustling city scenery, fascinating history, and heart-stopping natural beauty makes this tour completely unforgettable.

 

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Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Thessaloniki
  • Once you've arrived in the city, make your way to your hotel and take the day to rest or head out to see the city on your own.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 2 - Thessaloniki Food Tour
  • Meet your guide at a centralized location in the heart of the city to explore Thessaloniki's hidden eateries and most mouthwatering dishes.
  • Start with some Greek coffee as you get an introduction to the city through its architecture, and make your way through the winding streets.
  • Head down hidden alleys and stop at the Kapani and Modiano markets to taste fresh produce, local cheeses, sweet treats, and fresh coffee.
  • After, stop at Athonos, one of the city squares that's now a market for local craftsmen to sell their wares and traditional folk art.
  • Continue to some tavernas to taste their best offerings, from traditional pastries to mezze marvels, and learn about Greek gastronomy.
  • When the tour ends, be sure to talk to your guide about the best gems tucked down Thessaloniki's hidden streets to continue your explorations.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki (food tasting and coffee included).
Day 3 - Free Day in Thessaloniki
  • Take a day to explore the city and tailor your experiences to your personal preferences and pace. If relaxing and taking it slow is what you're craving, check out the beaches of Halkidiki or the Pothar Baths. Or if you're still hungry for more ancient sites, head to the beautifully preserved ancient remains at Pella and Vergina.
  • If you'd rather stay in the city, try visiting the Thessaloniki Train Cemetery or do some shopping along Tsimiski Street. Art and culture buffs can head to The Museum of Cinema, The Photography Museum, or The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki. And be sure to make time to sample some local cuisine at the many restaurants near the Waterfront.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 4 - Kerkini Lake
  • Leave the city behind and drive through the verdant peaks and valleys of Northern Greece to reach Lithotopos, the home of Kerkini Lake National Park.
  • This manmade reservoir houses wetlands that's one of Europe's most important natural habitats for birds in Europe.
  • The sapphire waters and lush fields are home to water buffalo, flamingoes, cormorants, eels, and more and a fairytale setting.
  • After a guided tour, enjoy coffee at a traditional farm and learn about agriculture in the area before continuing to Vironia, a historic village nearby.
  • Enjoy lunch at a taverna that once housed a military command center during the Second Balkan War; it's where a peace treaty that doubled the country was signed.
  • After lunch, the tour has been perfectly timed so that you get to enjoy panoramic views at the golden hour on your drive back to Thessaloniki.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.

Optional Add-onsFor an additional fee, you can add a horseback ride that takes you along the dam of this beautiful area with a local guide.

Day 5 - Byzantine Walking Tour
  • Spend the morning immersed in the cultural heritage and history of Thessaloniki during the Byzantine era with a fascinating walking tour, chock full of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Meet up with an expert guide at one of the city's most recognizable landmarks - the Tower of Trigoniou, part of the enormous walls that make up Ano Poli - the 'Balcony of Thessaloniki'.
  • Next, head to the Old Monastery of Vlatadon, a unique Byzantine monastery still in use today. Get a panoramic view of The Bride of Thermaikos Gulf.
  • Get lost in the serpentine alleyways of Ano Poli on the way to see showstopping murals and 5th-century mosaics at the Church of Hosios David.
  • See more beautiful murals from the 14th century at the Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos.
  • Then head to the city center to one of the city's most iconic religious monuments- the Rotunda, commissioned by Galerius and constructed in the 4th century. Behold some of the oldest and most exquisite mosaics in the Mediterranean.
  • Lastly, head to the Church of Saint Sophia - the former metropolitan city church replete with 5th and 9th-century murals depicting the early days of Christianity.
Day 6 - Meteora by Train
  • Take a train to one of Northern Greece's most magical and mystical sites, the mountain monasteries of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • This isolated hideaway of towering and rugged mountains wreathed in green growth was long an escape for those avoiding religious persecution.
  • Along with 6 monasteries that dot the hills, carved from the very stones themselves, the area also houses hermit caves and personal quarters high in the sky.
  • Admire panoramic views of the sweeping valleys and craggy peaks before visiting 3 of the still-operational monasteries with your guide.
  • You'll also dive into the Hermit Caves of Badova, some of the most famous in the area, and learn the tragic stories behind them.
  • As you walk the trails through the mountains, you'll see why so many holy men found this to be the place where they connected deeply with their spirituality.
  • Take the train to return to Thessaloniki, passing through the stunning landscapes of this otherworldly terrain.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 7 - Mount Olympus & Dion
  • Meet your expert guide, an archaeologist and historian, and then make your way to ancient Dion, an archaeological site and ancient village near Mount Olympus.
  • Pass through the excavation site, traveling along the same roads as the ancient Greeks, and admire statues, mosaics, and artifacts along the way.
  • Stop at a well-preserved theater to hear the acoustics that modern actors still take advantage of, and then make your way to the museum.
  • Here you'll see the Hydravlis, a unique wind instrument, and a detailed mosaic of the Villa of Dionysus.
  • Explore the slopes and gorges that surround Mount Olympus, the traditional seat of many Greek deities, and hike through the gorge of the Enipeas River.
  • The path winds across the banks of the river and wooden bridges just above the picturesque village of Litochoro.
  • You'll end the day there, enjoying lunch in a local restaurant at the foot of Mount Olympus itself before returning to Thessaloniki.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.
Day 8 - Departure
  • On the last day of your tour, we wish you safe travels wherever your journey takes you next!
NB - all timings on Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package are approximate
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Important Details

Includes
All touring and accomodation
Thessaloniki Food Tour: Food Tasting & Greek Coffee
Meteora: Round trip train tickets to/from Thessaloniki. Transportation to and from Kalampaka Train Station
Excludes
Anything not mentioned above
Kerinki Lake Tour: Optional activities: Boat-ride 10€/person, 20 minute Horse-ride 5€/person
Meteora: Entrance fees to the monasteries, 3 euro per person for each monastery
Mount Olympus & Dion: Entrance fees: 8€/person to Dion (4€/person from 01/11 to 31/03 each year). Tour-guide to the museum and the archaeological site of Dion
Byzantine Walking Tour: Entrance fee 6€/person to Rotunda (3€/person from 01/11 to 31/03 each year)
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Essential Information
Each day will be led by an expert guide to provide an enhanced experience along Tourist Journey's values.
You can choose your hotel from our hand-picked selection during the booking process.
The order of the days might change because we optimize the itinerary to provide the best experience.
Thessaloniki Food Tour: Please let us know if you have any allergies or food restrictions
Meteora: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For women, skirts below the knee are required in order to enter the monasteries. Cancellations and amendments received within 30 days of departure will incur a penalty which will be the price of train tickets. A small amount of walking is involved, but in the monasteries you will need to climb some stairs
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