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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Dion and Mount Olympus

1. 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. 

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

2. 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: Day Trip to Meteora

3. 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.

From Thessaloniki: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

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. 

Thessaloniki City Half–Day Tour

7. 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: Private Road Trip to Pella and Vergina

8. From Thessaloniki: Private Road Trip to Pella and Vergina

Start your day with a beautiful landscape of Macedonia. Your first stop is Pella, the ancient capital town of Macedonia and native town of Alexander the Great. After this, visit Vergina, the place of the Royal Tombs, to see the King’s mausoleum and the famous museum with relics of the Tombs of King Philippos II, father of Alexander the Great. Visit the most important remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

9. Dion-Olympus Private Tour from Thessaloniki

The Dion-Olympos tour will take you to the footsteps of Mt. Olympos; also known as the “Home of Gods”. First visit the ancient site of Dion, where the mythical Gods were worshiped. You will then have time for an optional lunch break. Later on, you will arrive in the village of Litochoro, where you will take a light walk. Enjoy a chance to breathe the fresh mountain air and admire the natural beauty, whilst walking through unspoiled forest of the Ainipeas Valley. Returning to Litochoro, you will have time to enjoy Greek coffee and visit the picturesque village. Early in the evening, you will return to Thessaloniki.

From Kassandra or Sithonia: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

10. From Kassandra or Sithonia: Pella and Vergina Full-Day Tour

Head off on a full-day adventure and get a real feel for the magic of Ancient Macedonia. Check out the archaeological site and museum of Pella. Then explore Vergina, home to one of Greece's most spectacular museums. Hear about the fascinating history of the area. Depart early from Chalkidiki, after pickup from Kassandra or Sithonia, for the village of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, and visit the archaeological site and the museum. The excavations have brought to light the interesting findings of the ancient city, exhibited at the local museum. Prepare to be impressed by the outstanding mosaic floors that are used to decorate the city's grand mansions. Head then to Vergina, the first ancient capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, which nowadays houses one of the most beautiful museums in Greece. Visit the museum, which contains the royal tomb of King Phillip the 2nd, Alexander the Great’s father, along with golden and other artifacts of incredible beauty and value. Let the thousand years of history wash over you. Return to Chalkidiki late in the afternoon.

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A very well informative guide tour into the history of Dion and Mt. Olympus. The guide was very informtive and professional and the transportation service was quite comfortable.

Our guide Lazaros was very informative and was willing to suite our needs. Both places were definitely worth a visit.

A very worthwhile day trip, with an accommodating and nice guide.

It's a perfect choice if you like hiking and nature exploration.

The Dion and Mount Olympus tour was an amazing experience!