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Thessaloniki: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

1. Thessaloniki: Customized Private Walking Tour with a Local

Discover Thessaloniki through the eyes of a local on a private, customized walking tour. Meet your host at your hotel or Airbnb to get familiar with your neighborhood and discover where the best places to buy groceries or eat out are located. Your local guide is passionate about their city and eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. The right host will then be hand-picked, based on your interests and each tour is completely unique to you. You can choose the meeting point, start time, and length you prefer. Learn about the easiest ways to get around, and hear about the top things to see and do. Chat about life in the city and exchange cultural differences. Feel more comfortable navigating your way around on your own, confident you have all the information you need.

Thessaloniki: Open Markets Food Tasting Tour

2. Thessaloniki: Open Markets Food Tasting Tour

Delve into the food scene of Thessaloniki on a walking tour around the open markets, starting with a traditional coffee to get acquainted with your local host. Learn about everyday life in the city as you sample a selection of traditional Greek food in hidden markets known only to the locals. Uncover the secrets of Greek cuisine as you learn more about both classic and exciting new dishes. Get tips on where to find the best tavernas to explore independently at your own pace. Get a feel for the city and its everyday life as you learn where to buy fresh vegetables, traditional cheeses, coffee, and other produce.

Thessaloniki: Guided Food Tour

3. Thessaloniki: Guided Food Tour

Wonder around the city center of Thessaloniki and discover all the Greek treasures the local street markets offer. A great variety of herbs and spices will be found along the way to excite your senses, as well as a diversity of meat and cheese goods to please even the most demanding tastes. The smell of fresh roasted Greek coffee will often follow your path, leading you to one of the oldest traditional coffee houses in Greece. Are you ready to be amazed yet? The tour will begin once the group is gathered at the meeting point, from where you will depart for the first stop for a traditional Greek breakfast. Here "bougatsa" (filo pastry filled with cream) will be served hot and sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon, and afterwards you will walk across the open markets to explore famous areas such as “Louloudadika”. Your final stop will be at “Solomonidis” place for a most delicious goodbye, where you will have gyros or souvlaki for lunch. For those unfamiliar with this classic Greek dish, you may be informed that Gyros and Souvlaki will come along with French fries, delicately wrapped in pita bread.

Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

4. Thessaloniki: Private Traditional Villages Tour

Starting the journey from your hotel and head towards your first stop in the village of Livadi. From here you will head straight through the oak and chestnut forest with many stops for spring water and trying local products. On top of the hill, you will enjoy the magnificent views over the Aegean Sea and the lakes Volvi. Next stop is the traditional village of Petrokerasa, where you will join the locals for a coffee break. Then you will have time for a little walk around and to visit the chapel of Profitis Ilias. From here you will continue crossing the forest until we reach Agios Prodromos, the village with the best souvlaki in the Thessaloniki area. Then its time for lunch and to try Greek food and wine in a traditional tavern. On your last stop walk around the village Galatista to admire the Byzantine architecture of the 14th-century tower and the buildings. This day is an amazing experience, with great photo opportunities and the best way to get a better feeling for the people and life in Greece.

Thessaloniki: Private Mountain and Beaches SUV Safari

5. Thessaloniki: Private Mountain and Beaches SUV Safari

Starting the journey from your hotel, you will make your first stop at the village of Chortiatis. From here you will head off-road through the Mount Chortiatis National Park. On top of the hill, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent views over both the lakes and the city. Your next stop is the traditional village of Peristera, where you will be able to join the locals for a coffee break. You will then have time for a little walk around, to visit the chapel of Saint Andrew, and to admire the architecture of the old buildings. From there, you will drive next to a small gorge in which you will visit a beautiful waterfall. It will then be time for lunch and to try some authentic Greek food and wine in a traditional tavern, complete with an amazing view. Following your break, you will continue to the beach to see the amazing sand dunes and crystal clear water. This swimming break in the turquoise blue water will be your last stop. This entire day guarantees a unique experience, with great photo opportunities and the best way to get a better feeling for the people and life in Greece.

Thessaloniki: 2-Day Rail Trip to Meteora with Overnight Stay

6. Thessaloniki: 2-Day Rail Trip to Meteora with Overnight Stay

To begin your journey you will need to first redeem your e-ticket for the 8:56 AM departure from Thessaloniki railway station to Kalambaka. Embark on a scenic train ride through the Greek countryside and admire the beautiful landscapes. At 12:03 PM arrive at Kalambaka train station, where your guide will be waiting for you, holding a signboard with your name and will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for the Meteora tour, which will provide you with an absolutely amazing experience. Then you will have free time to explore the area.  The next morning at 9:00 AM you will be picked up from your hotel and be taken on your selected tour. During this tour, admire how simply the hermits settled in the caves of the rocks a thousand years earlier and you will learn about the history, the myths and the secrets of Meteora that only your local guides knows. At 6:00 PM the minibus will transfer you back to Kalambaka train station for your trip back to Thessaloniki. The train departs at 6:22 PM and arrives in Thessaloniki later in the evening.

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What people are saying about Thessaloniki

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

What an awesome opportunity. My husband and I visited Thessaloniki, Greece, and our tour was perfect for us! We had never been to the city and knew nothing of the area or customs. We did this tour as our first-thing, and it really helped us as we stayed the next few days! He took us to all the majors landmarks, but also shared interesting facts about the city and how people live there!

We had a brilliant experience with Sarantis! He took us on a detailed and tailored tour of Thessaloniki. He was very knowledgeable on the local area and was able to answer all of our questions. We really appreciated him taking us to the more local and tradition areas, rather than the tourist heavy areas. By the end, we were sad to leave him! We would recommend his SUV tour to anyone!

Nothing to say about the organisation and visit, but the return by train was too late: I had to wait 3 hours before leaving Kalambaka. The Greek train should really change its timetable, and provide a train that leave at around 4pm.

Was a great experience and we really enjoyed the tour with our guide

Great tour with insider information and a nice guide.