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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

1. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

Depart from Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site, enjoying a trip back in history. Admire the ancient theater of Dion, known for hosting the plays of the ancient philosopher Euripides, now host to the Olympus Festival. Next, visit the unique museum of Dion to see statues of the ancient city, and move on to admire the magnificent mosaic of the House of Dionysus in a chamber next to the museum. Enjoy lunch in one of the traditional restaurants of the village, and continue to Olympus, the house of the 12 Gods, known worldwide for its mythological background. Take a short trek on the foothills of the mountain following the Enipeas gorge. Admire the wild nature and the river, and stop to capture the view of the astonishing mountain. Head back to Thessaloniki at around 3:30 PM. 

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Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

2. Vergina & Pella: Day Trip to the Greek Kingdom of Macedonia

Enjoy a beautiful day in Pella, learning about the ancient past of this area. You depart from Thessaloniki to Pella by a modern bus at 08:00 AM. The distance is about 50 km and the trip lasts about 45 minutes. Reach Pella, where you'll visit the new, modern museum, as well as the Archaeological site with the unique mosaics. Continue to Vergina and visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, which is situated in the borders of the village. A local licensed tour guide will guide you into the Museums and the Archaeological sites. Board the bus and drive to a fantastic restaurant for lunch. Savor Greek traditional homemade dishes, before the bus takes you back to Thessaloniki at approximately 3:30 PM. 

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Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

3. Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

This tour will begin with pickup from White Tower Thessaloniki before you head to see all of the city's major landmarks, from the Gallerius Arc to the Rotonda monument. Move on to enjoy a walk through the charming streets of the picturesque Ano Poli and see the City Walls. Your last stop is the stunning Agios Demetrius Byzantine Church and its crypt. Travel back in time and marvel at the unique constructions from the Byzantine era. Seize the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, before returning to your hotel.

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From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

4. From Athens: Train Trip with Guided Tour to Mount Olympus

Be one with nature on this trip from Athens to Mount Olympus. Board a train to Katerini and see ancient and historical sites such as the site of Dion, the Platamon Castle, and the Bath of Zeus. Start your day by taking the morning train from Athens to Katerini. Be immersed in a scenic trip through mainland Greece and then meet your guide at the Litochoro station. Head over to the archaeological site of Dion where you will see where the ancient Greeks worshipped the gods of Olympus. Then, go back in time as you visit the grounds of the medieval Platamon Castle and marvel at the magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Next, explore the natural landscape of Mount Olympus on your way to see the Bath of Zeus, which is found in the gorge of Enipeas. Finally, you will have some free time to discover the village of Litochoro and see the locals' lifestyle before boarding the train that will take you back to Athens.

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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

5. From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

Following early morning pick-up from Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to Kalambaka for an estimated arrival time of 11:30. Upon arrival, go to the famous rock formations of Meteora and marvel at the enormous columns of rock that rise sharply from the ground. Settled in the 9th century by hermetic monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Meteora was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Of the monasteries that were established in this implausible location, 6 remain well preserved and 4 are still inhabited. Spend approximately 2 hours visiting 2 of the monasteries, and see a vast array of frescoes and religious iconography. Then, enjoy around 1 hour of free time in Kalambaka for lunch (not included) before departing at 15:30. Stop for a coffee along the way, before your arrival in Thessaloniki at around 18:45.

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From Thessaloniki: Dion and Mount Olympus Day Tour

6. From Thessaloniki: Dion and Mount Olympus Day Tour

Begin your trip from Thessaloniki. You will first visit the town of Dion and its famous museum, home to many archaeological findings. The museum consists of 3 floors and is divided into units representing the regions where the ruins were found. From there, you will visit the picturesque village of Litochoro, in the foothills of Mount Olympus where you'll make a stop at a traditional cafe restaurant. Continue up towards Prionia, where you'll discover a mountain shelter and, according to ancient Greek religion and mythology, the home of the 12 Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. Every year thousands of nature lovers visit Mount Olympus  to admire the charm of its surroundings. Enjoy tours along the hillsides and climbing its peaks. 

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Katerini: Mount Olympus and Dion Minibus Tour

7. Katerini: Mount Olympus and Dion Minibus Tour

Experience the brilliance of these ancient sites, and see Platamon Castle and Enipeas gorge, on this 1-day tour. Immerse yourself in Greek heritage by exploring the cultural and historical side of Olympus. Enjoy pickup from the station at Katerini and head for the home of the Greek gods. Explore the archaeological site of Dion, and the medieval Platamon Castle. Hike through the the gorge of Enipeas, and encounter the famous Bathtub of Zeus. After this day of ancient history, relax in your VIP minibus with convenient drop-off back at Katerini train station.

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From Katerini or Platamonas: Meteora Day Trip by Train

8. From Katerini or Platamonas: Meteora Day Trip by Train

Board a train in Katerini at 9 AM. Pass by the unique landscape as it alternates between mountains and sea. The route crosses by the foot of the mythical Mt Olympus, where in ancient times it was believed to be the residence of the 12 Gods. Next, it leads you to Palaeofarsalos train station. Here in the greater surrounding area, lies the home of the ancient tribe of Mirmidones, a group of legendary ancient warriors who had the mythical Achilles as their leader, who played an important role in the outcome of the Trojan War. Arrive by approximately 11:30 AM in Kalambaka where a guide will be holding a signboard to welcome you and start the tour. Climb aboard a luxury minibus then sit, relax and enjoy the unique landscape as you set off to explore the Meteora Monasteries. Admire the amazing Christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. Grasp the opportunity and ask the specialized guide all the questions that you may have. Take photos at imposing places and capture sublime memories in this amazing experience. At the end of the tour, transfer to Kalambaka's city center where you will have over 1 hour to spend under the shadow of giant rocks. Either enjoy lunch or a coffee or explore at your own pace. Receive all the necessary information on how to get to the train station, which is around 5 minutes walk from the city center. You must be at the train station no later than 5 PM in order to catch the return train back to Katerini.

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Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

9. Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

The Dion-Olympos tour will take you to the footsteps of Mt. Olympos; also known as the “Home of Gods”. First visit the ancient site of Dion, where the mythical Gods were worshiped. You will then have time for an optional lunch break. Later on, you will arrive in the village of Litochoro, where you will take a light walk. Enjoy a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air and admire the natural beauty, whilst walking through unspoiled forest of the Ainipeas Valley. Returning to Litochoro, you will have time to enjoy Greek coffee and visit the picturesque village. Early in the evening, you will return to Thessaloniki.

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Thessaloniki: Pella & Vergina Half–Day Tour

10. Thessaloniki: Pella & Vergina Half–Day Tour

Start your day with a beautiful landscape of Macedonia. Your first stop is Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. After this, visit Vergina, the place of the Royal Tombs, to see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with relics of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. Visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

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What people are saying about Central Macedonia

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Wonderful excursion! The two archaeological sites are absolutely not to be missed. The guide Lazaros, who also spoke excellent Italian, is very knowledgeable and passionate and accompanied us in the best possible way and with sympathy in these places of great charm.

Wonderful to see the archeological park that had sanctuary of Zeus and the muses and the museum where the statues and mosaics are preserved. We also did an easy and picturesque hike to the gorge.

Yanis was great travel guide, full of knowledge and very helpful. Trip was great despite rain. Warm recommendations. Aaron & Maria,Melbourne AU

Really informative trip about the history of Macedonia. Interesting exhibits. Super nice tour guide. Worthwhile going!

A day well spent at both locations. Highly recommended.