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Things to do in Thessaloniki

From historical ruins and Ottoman gems to a vibrant culture, this coastal city has something for everyone.

Our most recommended things to do in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

1. Thessaloniki: Full-Day Bus Trip to Meteora

Embark on a full-day bus trip to Meteora from Thessaloniki. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site and admire the unique landscape. Depart Thessaloniki in the morning and journey to the amazing monastery complex of Meteora to visit 2 of the 6 holy monasteries, depending on their operating schedule. Get access to holy sites such as the women's Monastery of Agios Stefanos with its impressive wood-carved iconostasis, or visit the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, perched on the top of a rocky precipice over 400 meters high. Alternatively, discover the tower of the old preserved net at the Monastery of Varlaam, or explore the largest of the monasteries at the Monastery of Great Meteoron. Take in panoramic views of these incredible structures and the stunning landscape. Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in Kastraki, near the city of Kalampaka, before heading back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

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

Discover the archaeological park of Dion and Mount Olympus on this tour from Thessaloniki. Travel in an airconditioned bus and take a nature hike along the Enipeas river to admire views of the Enipeas gorge.  Depart from a centrally-located meeting point in Thessaloniki and head to the archaeological park of Dion. Take some free time to explore the exterior archaeological site.  Purchase a ticket to the site to see the Hellenistic-era theatre which was known for hosting plays by the ancient philosopher Euripides in the past and now hosts the Olympus Festival. Visit the museum of Dion to see statues and admire mosaic work in of the House of Dionysus. Stop to purchase lunch in one of the traditional restaurants in the village before continuing to Olympus. Uncover the secrets of the mythological house of the 12 Greek gods.  Take a short trek through the foothills of the mountain. Go along the Enipeas gorge and keep any eye out for local wildlife. Capture pictures of mountain views, before going back to Thessaloniki by bus in the afternoon. 

Thessaloniki: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

3. Thessaloniki: OTE Tower Rotating Experience with Light Meal

Visit the top floor of OTE Tower and enjoy the view with a light meal. See the sea and Thessaloniki's landmarks as the tower rotates 360 degrees every hour. Ascend to the top of the OTE Tower and be welcomed to an elegant dining room with panoramic views. Take a seat at your booked table to delight in your food menu. Choose between a glass of wine with a fruit platter, a club sandwich with a beer, or a bottle of wine with a cheese and fruit platter. You can always order more for purchase once seated at your table. Depending on the time slot selected, treat yourself with a view of the sunset, or visit in the evening when there is usually live piano music.

Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

4. Thessaloniki: Meteora Day Tour by Train with Optional Lunch

Discover the wonders of Meteora on a guided day trip from Thessaloniki. Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kalabaka with included round-trip tickets and taste local flavors during an optional lunch at a restaurant. Redeem your train e-ticket for the morning train departure from Thessaloniki’s railway station to Kalabaka on your own. Embark on a train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. Arrive at Kalabaka’s train station, where a tour guide will be waiting for you holding a signboard with your name on it. Board a minibus and officially begin your unforgettable journey to this true wonder called Meteora. During the guided tour, see all six of Meteora's monasteries and admire the interior of three of them. View some of Meteora’s most spectacular hidden gems like the ancient Chapel of Doupiani and the magnificent St. George Madilas cave. Discover the “other side” of Meteora as you explore. Learn the truth about why the hermits settled in these imposing caves a thousand years ago and how the monks achieved the impossible. As the trip comes to a close, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views and capture some amazing photos that you will cherish forever. Enjoy a transfer back to Kalabaka’s train station or a nearby local restaurant if the optional lunch is selected. Enjoy approximately an hour of free time to explore Kalabaka on foot before taking the evening train back to Thessaloniki.

From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

5. From Thessaloniki: Pozar Thermal Baths and Edessa Day Trip

Depart Thessaloniki and journey to the natural hot springs of Pozar Thermal Baths to relax in the healing waters while nature and Mount Voras provide a stunning backdrop. Benefit from the healing properties of water naturally heated to a temperature of 37° Celsius. Known for its amazing taste, the water is said also said to help with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, poor circulation, respiratory problems, and kidney disease, including kidney stones. Enjoy lunch at a pretty village next to Pozar and taste the traditional flavors of Greece. Visit the local market and marvel at the goods on display. Continue to the city of Edessa, famed as the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon. Get some free time to visit the spectacular waterfalls before returning to Thessaloniki.

Thessaloniki: Half-Day Sailing Cruise to Shipwreck Bay

6. 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.

Thessaloniki: Culinary Walking Tour for Food Lovers

7. 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.

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

8. 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 within the borders of the village. 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. 

From Thessaloniki : Full-Day Train Trip to Meteora w/ Guide

9. From Thessaloniki : Full-Day Train Trip to Meteora w/ Guide

Take the train from Thessaloniki train station at 8:56 AM and head to Kalambaka (change trains at Paliofarsalos), while admiring the beautiful Greek landscapes during your trip. Upon arrival at the Kalambaka train station at 12:05 PM, be greeted by the team and begin your customized panoramic midday Meteora tour. Take an amazing 5-hour Meteora tour, see all 6 monasteries and take a go inside 3 of them. Your tour guide will give you full attention and care as the group will be small. There will be plenty of photo opportunities at secret places, that only locals know, making your tour a unique experience. At the end of the guided tour, be transferred back to Kalambaka station to catch the train back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 6:22 PM (change trains at Paliofarsalos) and gets you to Thessaloniki at 10:30 PM.

From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

10. From Thessaloniki: Half-Day Canyoning Trip to Mount Olympus

After pick-up in the morning from your hotel, head to the base of the Mount Olympus protected National Park. Have a light breakfast and sit down for a safety brief by your instructors and photographers for the day. Select your equipment and get ready for the mountain, before you head out. Take a short hike up to the canyon entrance and have a practical lesson on jumping, sliding and abseiling technique to get to know your equipment. Once you are ready, the day is all about having fun in the water with jumping, sliding, swimming in pools and abseiling on ropes. No experience is required as the routes have been selected to offer you a safe and fun environment suitable for all ages.

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  • Greek markets & cuisine
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What people are saying about Thessaloniki

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4.5 / 5

based on 2,556 reviews

It was a pleasant journey, not too tiring and the places we visited are worth seeing. The guide was nice and the information she provided was really interesting. Also, entry to the archaeological site and museum is free for under 25's and people from EU countries.

Unique experience!! It was really an amazing day !Really worth value of money Demetris is a very professional driver and you really feel very safe Thank you very much Eleni,you are the best guide i ever met!

Pickup location in the city centre was convenient. Trip to Meteora took 3 hours drive and the tour guide explained about the history along the way.

Very interesting tour walking in the city, joyful and useful! Highly recommended

My child loved it! The staff was excellent, very friendly and helpful!!