Exploring Thessaloniki and Northern Greece

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Run by: Peter Sommer Travels

Reference number: 06

From: £2450.00

This journey takes you through a series of remarkably beautiful and unusually diverse landscapes, ranging from lofty mountains via fertile plains and valleys to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. You’ll discover grandiose archaeological sites, picturesquely labyrinthine villages and the great city of Thessaloniki, home to many different cultures during its 2300 years of uninterrupted history. The city is especially famous for its dazzling Byzantine heritage, outshone only by that of Constantinople (Istanbul) itself. At night we stay at carefully selected accommodations, ranging from fine city hotels to lovingly restored traditional town or village inns representing the best Greek hospitality has to offer.

Along the way, you’ll experience the area’s culture through its gastronomy, enjoying excellent meals at specially chosen venues. As the itinerary passes through several of Greece’s key wine-growing areas, we also taste the exquisite products of Greece’s recent wine revolution, the rediscovery of millennia of tradition.

This region was the geographic and cultural backdrop to the formative years of Alexander the Great and to the achievements of his father, King Phillip II. The many extraordinary archaeological sites we visit include places intimately linked with Alexander’s early years, such as his birthplace Pella, Mieza, where he was taught by Aristotle, and Vergina/Aigai, where he buried his father in a lavishly appointed monumental grave.

The importance of the area neither started nor ended with the Kingdom of Macedon. You will trace the area’s subsequent tumultuous development from ancient times right up to the present including cities,, churches and more from Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman times. Apart from two UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites, you will also discover “hidden gems”, superb locations that have so far escaped the attention of the crowds.

Join us on this exciting tour, a rich panorama of one of Europe’s historical heartlands.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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