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Edessa & Pozar Thermal Springs Private Day Trip

1. Edessa & Pozar Thermal Springs Private Day Trip

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel/apartment in Thessaloniki and head towards the first stop, Edessa. Edessa, the capital of the Pella regional unit is also known as ‘the city of water.’ Admire the scenic beauty of the beautiful landscapes of tall trees and flowerbeds. Visit the picturesque Karanos waterfall of Edessa and see the gigantic water curtain that he creates. Pause for a coffee or meal surrounded by the green vistas and accompanied by sounds of running waters. Depart from Edessa and continue your journey to the natural thermal springs of Pozar. Located in the foothills of Mt. Kaimaktsalan provides a stunning backdrop amidst tall trees and wild vegetation. Benefit from the healing properties of water naturally heated to a temperature of 37° Celsius. Revitalize your energy in the warm waters of the Pozar Thermal Baths and soothe away your aches and pains. Grab a cup of coffee or have some free time to walk around before your journey back to Thessaloniki.

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Thessaloniki: Guided Food Tour

2. Thessaloniki: Guided Food Tour

Wonder around the city center of Thessaloniki and discover all the Greek treasures the local street markets offer. A great variety of herbs and spices will be found along the way to excite your senses, as well as a diversity of meat and cheese goods to please even the most demanding tastes. The smell of fresh roasted Greek coffee will often follow your path, leading you to one of the oldest traditional coffee houses in Greece. Are you ready to be amazed yet? The tour will begin once the group is gathered at the meeting point, from where you will depart for the first stop for a traditional Greek breakfast. Here "bougatsa" (filo pastry filled with cream) will be served hot and sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon, and afterwards you will walk across the open markets to explore famous areas such as “Louloudadika”. Your final stop will be at “Solomonidis” place for a most delicious goodbye, where you will have gyros or souvlaki for lunch. For those unfamiliar with this classic Greek dish, you may be informed that Gyros and Souvlaki will come along with French fries, delicately wrapped in pita bread.

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From Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

3. From Nea Fokea: Chalkidiki 6-Hour Cruise by Sailing Boat

Climb aboard an elegant sailing boat in the port of Nea Fokea and sail along the stunning coastline of Chalkidiki. Make your way to the village of Afytos, where you can cool down with a swim in the crystal clear waters and soak up the scenery. Continue to Kriopigi and go ashore to enjoy a refreshing drink at a small beach bar. Get served a fruit salad and enjoy another swim or top up your tan in the sun. Next, feast from a lunch of sandwiches and fresh fruit with water, wine, apple juice, coffee and iced tea at Kalithea Beach Cruise back along the coast and get dropped off at the port of Nea Fokea in the late afternoon at the end of your amazing experience.

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Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

4. Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

Take a memorable and breathtaking cruise to discover the beaches of Thessaloniki. Enjoy a half-day cruise in the crystal clear sea of Thermaikos Bay on a comfortable luxury boat. Visit beautiful beaches, explore and swim in the turquoise waters, and see places with a magnificent view where you can swim, sunbathe, and snorkel. Your main destination is Navagio Beach, opposite Mount Olympus, the residence of the Greek gods. Along the sandy coastline, turquoise waters cover the wreck of a ship that sank in 1970, leaving a beautiful location for underwater exploring.  At noon, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared from scratch by the captain. Experience the flavors of northern Greece, accompanied by local wine, while listening to Greek music. Grab your camera, grab your bathing suit, and embark on an unforgettable journey on the crystal waters of Greece.

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Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

5. Chalkidiki: Lunch Cruise to Blue Lagoon & Vourvourou's Islet

Delight in a fun cruise aboard a glass-bottom boat from Ouranoupoli's port to the famous beaches of Sithonia and the islands of Vourvourou and Diaparos. Enjoy plenty of opportunity for swimming and snorkeling, and savor a traditional Greek barbecue meal for lunch. Board your ferry in the port of Ouranoupoli and set sail at 11:00 AM. Pass over the most famous reef in the area and admire the yellow corals from your glass-bottom boat. Travel to the second peninsula of Haidiki, Sithonia, and take some fabulous photos of the most famous beaches. Next, stop at the Blue Lagoon for 2 hours. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the bay at a depth of 2 meters using the snorkeling equipment and swimming toys included with your tour. After swimming and snorkeling, replenish your energy with a barbecue full of traditional Greek flavors, such as souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Enjoy a glass of wine and beverages for your children with your meal, but inform the local partner a few days in advance if you require a vegetarian meal. Once you've had your lunch, make your way to Alikes beach on Ammouliani. Stop for 1.5 hours for more swimming opportunities, or sip a cocktail at one of the various beach bars. The tour concludes with a return to Ouranoupolis at 5:00 PM.

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Thessaloniki: Walking Tour

6. Thessaloniki: Walking Tour

Begin the tour at the White Tower of Thessaloniki, which is the most commonly known monument of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the city because of its prominent position, long history, and implosive architecture. Continue walking towards the Nea Paralia to see the statue of Alexander the Great and admire the famous umbrellas - a true ornament of the City. On the way back, visit the OTE Tower located in Thessaloniki's International Fair Grounds. From there, take the option to enjoy a coffee in the Tower’s café bar or follow the rest of the group toward the final stop at the Arch of Galerius (Kamara).

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Thessaloniki: Open Markets Food Tasting Tour

7. Thessaloniki: Open Markets Food Tasting Tour

Delve into the food scene of Thessaloniki on a walking tour around the open markets, starting with a traditional coffee to get acquainted with your local host. Learn about everyday life in the city as you sample a selection of traditional Greek food in hidden markets known only to the locals. Uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine as you learn more about both classic and exciting new dishes. Get tips on where to find the best tavernas to explore independently at your own pace. Get a feel for the city and its everyday life as you learn where to buy fresh vegetables, traditional cheeses, coffee, and other produce.

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Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

8. Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

Starting the journey from your hotel and head towards your first stop in the village of Livadi. From here you will head straight through the oak and chestnut forest with many stops for spring water and trying local products. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the magnificent views over the Aegean Sea and the lakes Volvi. Next stop is the traditional village of Petrokerasa, where you will join the locals for a coffee break. Then you will have time for a little walk around and to visit the chapel of Profitis Ilias. From here you will continue crossing the forest until we reach Agios Prodromos, the village with the best souvlaki in the Thessaloniki area. Then its time for lunch and to try Greek food and wine in a traditional tavern. On your last stop walk around the village Galatista to admire the Byzantine architecture of the 14th-century tower and the buildings. This day is an amazing experience, with great photo opportunities and the best way to get a better feeling for the people and life in Greece.

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Mount Athos Sightseeing Cruise on a Glassbottom Boat

9. Mount Athos Sightseeing Cruise on a Glassbottom Boat

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise around the Mount Athos bay in Halkidiki, on the Eirinikos Glassbottom bottom which is the one and only Glassbottom vessel in Halkidiki, founded in 2016, and one of the most fun things to do during your time in Ouranoupolis. The cruise departs every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 AM for a 3-hour cruise around the Holy monasteries. Enjoy a marvelous cruise around the imposing western part of the Holy Mountain Athos with your luxury Glassbottom vessel. Take in views of the breathtaking holy monasteries of Halkidiki and be amazed by the unprecedented natural beauty of the stunning coastline and ocean views on the horizon. After visiting the monasteries, your cruise ship passes above a local reef, famous for its underwater views. Whilst passing over it participants will have the lucky opportunity to admire the yellow corals from the Glassbottom boat. Listen to live traditional music when on the boat. Take advantage of the onboard bar, where you can buy food, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks.

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Thessaloniki: Culinary Walking Tour for Food Lovers

10. Thessaloniki: Culinary Walking Tour for Food Lovers

In three hours you will walk to several traditional market places like the Kapani and Modiano markets. You will visit the best local culinary shops where you will taste local delicacies and other Greek products.  This culinary walking tour is a relaxing and tasteful tour that will teach you many Greek table manners and food traditions that ends with a lunch of different mezedes (small shared dishes). Food is not the only thing on the menu for this tour. The English/Dutch-speaking guide will also show you several sights in the city. In short, you will return at the end of this tour with a great deal of culinary knowledge and a full belly.

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What people are saying about Central Macedonia

We had a wonderful, varied day. The guide spoke perfect German. We got a lot of background information about the country and its people. We were always free to choose what we wanted to do next. Picking up on Sithonia wasn't a problem either, the route was simply adjusted. For us a perfect vacation day. Absolutely to be recommended.

It’s great to explore different aspects of the city, not monuments. This was an eye opener to a lot of things.. how locals eat,,where do they shop .. our guide was a lot of fun and interactive. An interactive tour is so much more pleasant and informative tgan a static one!!!

Ms. Maria did a great job customizing our tour to interests and have just enough history to keep us interested. Highly recommend her and her tour.

If you want to see Sithonia's beauty from the sea and enjoying it being close to the nature, then it's a must activity.

We had such a great time. Makis is a fantastic host. Lovely boat, perfect weather, awesome food. Thanks so much guys!