The Royal Kingdom of Greek Macedonia

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from $1,949

Sep 2019 - Jun 2020 Departures

​As you explore you'll uncover historical landmarks, archaeological treasures and sites of religious significance. You'll also discover beautiful landscapes and learn the art of cooking, Greek style.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 7 nights in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers on arrival & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

Included excursions

  • Guided tour of historical Thessaloniki
  • Visit Edessa and its waterfalls, the archaeological site of Pella and Aristotle's School
  • Visit the town of Arnea and enjoy a farmhouse experience with cookery lesson and lunch

Optional excursions

  • Discover the Royal Tombs of Vergina
  • Bird-watching in Kerkini Lake National Park & lunch
  • The historical and religious site of Philippi

Itinerary

Make your own way to Thessaloniki​ where we'll transfer you to your hotel. You'll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.​

​Thessaloniki is Greece's second city and the capital of the region of Central Macedonia. We'll explore this morning in the company of a Local Guide, starting with a drive along the ancient city walls for sweeping views. We'll experience the local market before continuing to the triumphal Arch of Galerius, built to honour the Roman Emperor Galerius after the final victory over the Persians. The Rotunda, first a Roman mausoleum and then a mosque, and the Basilica of St Dimitrios are our next calls, followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Our tour ends at the White Tower, built around 1520 and used by the Ottomans as a fort, a garrison and a prison. There's time to explore at leisure, before we return to the hotel.​​

​Today's included excursion takes us to the small town of Edessa, famed for its beautiful waterfalls. We then continue to the archaeological site of Pella and as we explore we'll uncover temples, houses and tombs and see the region's most important site, Aristotle's School, where the renowned philosopher is said to have taught the young Alexander the Great. Next stop is Saint Nicolas Park, where we'll enjoy a stroll amongst its scenic beauty, with time to enjoy lunch before we return to Thessaloniki.​

​You might choose to spend today at leisure, or perhaps you'll join our optional visit to the remarkable Royal Tombs of Vergina. This UNESCO-listed site is where Greek archaeologists unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, and one of the tombs has been identified as that of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. We'll also see the ruins of the impressive Palace of Aiges, before heading to the ancient and picturesque town of Veria. During our tour we'll explore the Jewish quarter and visit a shrine to St Paul, who is said to have preached here. Gather with your fellow travellers this evening for an included dinner.

​Today we head to Halkidiki, a three-fingered peninsula which juts out into the Aegean Sea from the Greek mainland. A scenic drive takes us past Koroneia Lake, to the traditional Macedonian village of Arnea. Here, there's time for a stroll amongst its cobbled streets to admire its stonebuilt houses and maybe stop for a Greek coffee. 

We continue our journey to Platanorema, a beautiful farm stay, where we'll enjoy a tour of the herb garden, see the farm animals and learn how tsipouro – a pomace brandy – is produced. The highlight of the day is a Greek cookery lesson in the farmhouse. We'll learn how to make local specialities including tzatziki and a vegetable pie, which we'll enjoy for lunch before a beekeeping demonstration. On arrival in the picturesque port town of Kavala, we'll check into our hotel, where we'll stay for the next three nights.

​You can choose to spend the day at leisure in Kavala or perhaps join our optional excursion to Kerkini Lake National Park. This man-made lake, surrounded by two magnificent mountain ranges, provides a haven for 300 recorded bird species. On our bird-watching tour with a Local Guide we’ll also see herds of water buffalo and enjoy a cruise on the lake before an included lunch.

​If you choose to join our optional excursion today, you'll tour the important historical and religious site of Philippi, visited by St Paul during his missionary journeys. On our return journey to the hotel we'll take a short tour of Kavala and its ancient aqueduct, believed to be of Roman origin. 

Kavala boasts a lovely seafront promenade, so why not take a stroll during an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we'll gather as a group for a farewell dinner.

At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Greece - Royal Tombs of Vergina

Greece - Royal Tombs of Vergina

from $159

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Join us today for a visit to the remarkable Royal Tombs of Vergina. This UNESCO-listed site is where Greek archaeologists unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, and one of the tombs has been identified as that of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. We’ll also see the ruins of the impressive Palace of Aiges, before heading to the ancient and picturesque town of Veria. During our tour we’ll explore the Jewish quarter and visit a shrine to St Paul, who is said to have preached here.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Historical & Cultural Interest

Greece - Kerkini Lake National Park

Greece - Kerkini Lake National Park

from $159

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Join our optional excursion to Kerkini Lake National Park. This beautiful man-made lake, surrounded by two magnificent mountain ranges, provides a haven for 300 recorded bird species. On our bird-watching tour with a Local Guide we’ll also see herds of water buffalo and enjoy a cruise on the lake before an included lunch.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Stunning Wildlife & Scenery

Greece - Historical and Religious site of Philippi

Greece - Historical and Religious site of Philippi

from $129

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Today we take a short drive to the important historical and religious site of Philippi, visited by St Paul during his missionary journeys. On our return journey to the hotel we’ll take a short tour of Kavala and its ancient aqueduct, believed to be of Roman origin.

Half Day – Moderate Walking – Historical Delight

Accommodation

Hotel Olympia is a 3 star elegant boutique style hotel centrally located in Thessaloniki. It is a modern, bright hotel decorated with wood, granite and earthy colours. The hotel has a lounge restaurant serving a light gourmet cuising of Mediterranean food with local ingredients. The hotel bar is designed with warm colours, luxurious materials and sophisticated decoration, perfect for a coffee or a cocktail. Bedrooms are elegant and fully equipped with facilities inluding; telephone, TV, air conditioning and private facilitites.
The Hotel Galaxy is a 4 star hotel located in the area of Kavala close the port. The hotel has a stunning roof garden featuring a restaurant bar serving traditional Greek food, overseeing the port of Kavala. Bedrooms are calm and comfortable with modern decoration. All bedrooms have Wifi, air conditioning, TV and private facilities.

Hotel Olympia

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Dates and Prices

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Make Your Own Way

Monday 30 Sep 2019

8 Days

$1,949

Available

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Make Your Own Way

Monday 11 May 2020

8 Days

$2,049

Available

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Make Your Own Way

Monday 08 Jun 2020

8 Days

$2,099

Available

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