7 days

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Founded in 315 BCE, Thessaloniki is a city whose historical importance and legacy can be said to rival that of Athens. In antiquity, the city served as a hub in both the Macedonian and Roman periods and it was a bastion of Byzantine power in the Balkans later on. The long history of this UNESCO listed harbour city is evidenced by many monuments dotted on its streets, including the Palace and Mausoleum of Emperor Galerius, the Byzantine walls, ancient Orthodox churches and Ottoman mosques. We also venture beyond the city walls to the fabulous sites of Pella and Verghina – home of Philip II and Alexander the Great. This tour offers a wonderful way to spend Christmas immersed in one of the great bustling cosmopolitan centres of the ancient and historic world.

Please note:  Due to Christmas opening hours the order of some site visits may change.

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the picturesque site of ancient Dion at the foot of Mount Olympus
  • Discover Pella, birthplace of both Philip II and Alexander the Great; the site is renowned for its exceptional mosaics, housed in the site museum
  • Admire the remarkable painted tombs at Verghina believed to contain the remains of the Macedonian Kings together with gold and precious grave goods

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £375

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley is a tutor in Greek archaeology at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning (LEARN). She specialises in Minoan Crete and is the co-directed of the Praisos Survey and Excavation Project.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
23 December 2021 ATAX211223 23 December 2021 (Thursday) 29 December 2021 (Wednesday) Dr Christina Hatzimichael-Whitley £2,815
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