Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package

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Visits: Thessaloniki, Pela, Vergina, Meteora, Mount Olympus, Dion and Kerkini Lake | Starts in: Thessaloniki | Available: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (varies seasonally)
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5 days package
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Northern Greece & Meteora 8 Day Tour Package Highlights

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Discover the Museum of the Tombs at Aegean, Greece's foremost museum

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Tour the monastic mountains of Meteora and sparkling Lake Kerkini

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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, Pella, Vergina, 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. You'll visit highlights of the region with the help of expert local guides, including the sites of Pella, Vergina, Meteora, Dion, Lake Kerkini, the foot of Mount Olympus, the streets of Thessaloniki, and more, along with having time to tour on your own. This tour is available every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with seasonal variations and leaves with guaranteed departures.


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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 - Pella & Vergina
  • Travel back to the past with visits to the world-renowned areas of Pella and Vergina, both archaeological wonders, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Parts of Ancient Macedonia, and where Alexander the Great was born and lived when not conquering, you'll have an unforgettable day of discoveries.
  • Marvel at the intricate mosaic floors in Pella, and see some of the most exquisite and rare artifacts at the site's expansive Museum.
  • Continue to Vergina, Macedonia's ancient capital, and take a guided tour of the Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aegae, one of Greece's most impressive museums.
  • Along with the many artifacts that fill its halls, you'll also visit the tombs nearby, including that of King Phillip the Second.
  • He was the father of Alexander the Great, and an impressive statesmen in his own right.
  • Before returning to Thessaloniki, you'll have time to enjoy lunch on your own and then return to the city as a group.
  • 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 - Free Day
  • Take a day to explore the city on your own, either making your way out for a day trip to nearby treasures like the beaches of Halkidiki or the Pothar Baths.
  • If you'll be in the city, try visiting the Thessaloniki Train Cemetery or do some shopping along Tsimiski Street.
  • Overnight in Thessaloniki.
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 landscape.
  • 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
Pella & Vergina: Entrance fees (20 Euro per 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
Personal travel insurance
Gratuities
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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