From Thessaloniki’s Byzantine quarter to the haunts of Alexander the Great, the home of the Gods, Mount Olympus, the monasteries of Mount Athos, Philippi’s Roman remains, and bountiful nature at Lake Kerkini, this is a glorious discovery of northern Greece
A tour of two halves begins in western Thessaloniki, the country’s cosmopolitan second city, and moves to the east for the scenic valley of historic Serres, providing a change of tempo, and allowing you to visit landmark sights across the Central Macedonia region. A cultural hub, with an arty, energising character, Thessaloniki has myriad museums, a 16th century seafront tower, and a three-mile promenade. Much of the centre was rebuilt after the 1917 Great Fire, but the Byzantine Ano Poli area survived unscathed and is UNESCO listed. Tours from here include the Poseidon-like trident fork (known as the ‘three fingers’) of the Macedonian peninsula, where we cruise beneath Mount Athos, with its hermitage caves, ancient monasteries, and age-old lifestyle of solitude and simplicity; Pella, the birthplace of Alexander, and Vergina, home to the palace and tombs of his father, King Philip II, and son, Alexander IV; and Dion’s temples of the Gods on the low slopes of Mount Olympus. And from the relaxing setting of a spa resort near Serres, we explore the ruins of Greco-Roman Philippi, visit the Kilkis cemetery and memorial to First World War British servicemen, enjoy an interlude in seafront Kavala, and cruise on Kerkini Lake.
- Thessaloniki - 4 nights
- Serres - 3 nights
- Discover 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Savour delicious Greek cuisines
- Cruise around the remarkable Mount Athos Peninsula
- Enjoy wine tasting at a beautiful vineyard
- Explore ancient Pella and Philippi
- Sail on the serene Lake Kerkini
Cruises, Cuisines and Château
Cruises around the mighty Mount Athos and on the serene man-made Lake Kerkini. Savour traditional lunches in the village of Litochoro and at Kerkini. Enjoy walking around the stunning Château Nico Lazaridi winery with wine tasting and marvel at the paintings in ‘The Magic Mountain’ art gallery.