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Secret Greece - Alexander & Olympus

In the footsteps of Alexander the Great and the Gods of Olympus, exploring the Macedonian, Greek, Christian and Byzantine heritage of Northern Greece

Question: Where on Earth did this man come from?

Answer: Pella in Greek Macedonia reveals the birthplace of Alexander the Great, conqueror of a great Empire stretching into three continents from southern Europe to Egypt, Persia and the borders of India!

Perhaps he was really from nearby Mount Olympus, mythological home of Zeus and the Greek Gods, bearing in mind that he declared himself a God in Egypt.

Ancient Dion (‘Of Zeus’) in the shadow of Mountain Olympus was the Macedonian holy city. Aigai (now Vergina) reveals the necropolis of his father, Philip, who conquered all Greece and paved the way for Alexander’s conquests.

Philippi itself is a UNESCO site known as ‘Small Rome’ after the Battle of Philippi (Octavian & Mark Anthony versus Julius Caesar’s ‘assassins’) with significant early Christian architecture.

St. Paul first landed at Kavala and the whole region reveals much of the early Christian Heritage. Indeed Thessaloniki (former Salonica), Byzantium’s and now Greece’s second city, is a further UNESCO site for the art and architecture of its Byzantine churches.

Mount Athos’ monasteries still run on Byzantine time, their appeal perhaps that they cannot easily be visited (female visitors are prohibited) but many are visible to all from the sea.

Key Features

Cultural Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

Improved Itinerary

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Local Expert Guides

Special Events

Cruise and Cuisine

Cruises around Mount Athos and on the man-made Lake Kerkini. Savour traditional lunches in the village of Litochoro and at Kerkini. Enjoy welcome and farewell dinners.

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Thessaloniki. Transfer to the 5-star Mediterranean Palace in Thessaloniki for four nights. Welcome drink. Short introductory walk followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2 Tour of Thessaloniki and its Byzantine monuments. Walk amongst the Roman ruins, churches, monuments and neoclassical buildings visiting Agios Dimitrios, the castle walls and the Acropolis. The Archaeological and Byzantine Art museums give an excellent introductory insight into Thessaloniki and the surround region. (B)

Day 3 Visit Pella and its archaeological museum. Continue to Vergina and visit the museum built around the ancient tombs of King Phillip II and family, revealing their golden treasures, frescoes and artefacts. (B)

Day 4 At Dion visit the ancient site including the temple of Zeus, the House of Dionysus. Marvel at the statues and mosaics in the museum and on the site. Enjoy lunch in the traditional village of Litochoro on the slopes of Mount Olympus and walk along the Enipeas River. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to Ouranoupolis village and cruise round Mount Athos peninsula viewing the 1,000 year old monasteries. Drive to Serres and stay at the 4-star Elpida Resort & Spa for three nights. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Philippi to visit ‘Small Rome’. Visit the port of Kavala, founded at the end of the 7th century BC along the coastline. (B)

Day 7 Depart for Kerkini Lake, a wetland in the Serres region for a boat ride. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Continue to Kilkis to visit the imposing memorial from the Battle of Doiran and the British Military Cemetery. Farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Return flight to London Gatwick. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


per person in a twin/double room

easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
May 16 £1795
October 10 £1765


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Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £365

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view (Thessaloniki)
4 nights £75
Single supplement £505

Extension Options

Extension – Pieria
4 nights £595 (Oct 2023 £495)
Single supplement £355 (Oct 2023 £280)

Extra Nights – Thessaloniki
Mediterranean Palace Hotel
(per night) £90
Single supplement £65
Sea view (per night)  £95
Single sea view supplement £75
Arrival transfer £35

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Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, entrance fees, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, accommodation tax, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently per room per day €4 in Thessaloniki and Pieria and €3 in Serres.

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