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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. 

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Meteora

2. 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.

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

3. 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. 

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.

From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

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

Following early morning pick-up from central Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to the ancient sanctuary of Dion in the foothills of Mount Olympus. Upon arrival, explore the mythical home of the Greek gods with your guide for around 90 minutes. Learn more about the sanctuary, dedicated to the leader of the gods, Zeus. Marvel at artifacts from antiquity, including Greek statues, mosaic floors and more. Then, go to the traditional village of Litochoro, situated close to the mountain and a popular destination for those planning to climb Mount Olympus. Enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time to explore the picturesque village and to walk in the valley of Enipea on the low slopes of the mountain. Return to Thessaloniki at around 18:00 with memories to last a lifetime.

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. 

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.

Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

8. Thessaloniki: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Discover Thessaloniki on an enjoyable hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the bus for 24 hours, you can explore this fascinating destination at your own pace. Spend more time at your favourite places and design your own schedule, taking in the 360 degree views from the open-top deck. On your way round you will see the White Tower, Thessaloniki's most iconic structure, and a building which has become the symbol of the city. As you cruise round you will see all of the key landmarks, including Church of St Demetrios, Hagia Sophia of Thessaloniki and the Traditional Markets. Experience the beautiful natural sights and historic architecture, accompanied by comprehensive commentary. Be sure to hop off as much as you can and fully immerse yourself into the local food, drink and general culture. Route Stops: Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower) Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki Agios Dimitrios Church (Church of St. Demetrios) Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and Rotonda Egnatia (Aristotelous) Palaios Stathmos Port of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

9. 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.

From Thessaloniki: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

10. From Thessaloniki: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

Following early morning pick-up from Thessaloniki, journey by luxurious air-conditioned bus to the village of Pella. Visit the archaeological site and museum to see the stunning remains of the historical capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedon and birthplace of Alexander the Great. Look at the impressive mosaic floors that used to decorate the grand mansions, including depictions from Greek mythology of the Deer Hunt, the Abduction of Helen, the Rapture and the female warriors of the Battle of the Amazons (Amazonomachy). Continue to Vergina, best known as the site of Aigai, the first capital of Macedon. Spend approximately 1 hour in the extraordinary museum, where artifacts of incredible beauty excavated from the archaeological site are on display, along with the tomb of Alexander the Great’s father, Philip II. Depart Vergina at 04:00 PM and return to Thessaloniki late in the afternoon for an estimated arrival time of around 05:30 PM.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Pella and Vergina are wonderful archaeological sites with museums and well-worth visiting, especially the latter, which offers the tomb of Philip II as a museum with a breathtaking presentation. Eleni, our tour guide courtesy of Ammon Express, was kind, thoughtful, welcoming, and patient, especially when I was late to the meeting point! She called me to ask where I was and to let me know that she and the rest of the tour group would be waiting for me. Our guide and driver kept us to our prearranged schedule, and the taverna selected for our lunch in Vergina (not included in price) was wholesome, delicious, and inexpensive. A wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

this was a fantastic day trip from Thessaloniki we stepped back in time to the ancient world of Philip & Alexander such an adventure the museum & archaeozoological site at Pella is absolutely amazing with wonderful things to see & photograph at Vergina you will be delighted to gaze upon the ancient artefacts and tombs ..... our Guide / Driver was 1st rate & a nice guy what a day trip well worth doing indeed

A worthwhile trip! Recommended for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day and immerse in nature and history.

The hike up Mt Olympus was great. Our guide Yano timed it well so that we completed our activities before the rain came down.

Awesome trip, great guides and drivers. Be prepared to have exercise walk, but view and experience is worth it!