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Thessaloniki


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Once Byzantium's "co-capital," now Greece's Second City

Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, offers urban sophistication and cultural diversity. With its ancient roots, Thessaloniki, also known as Saloniki and Salonica, offers a delightful amalgam of historical, culinary, and cultural activities. Due to its prime location, this city has had many rulers, from the Venetians to the Saracens to the Ottomans. Thessaloniki was a haven for Sephardic Jews fleeing Spanish persecution, a group that for a time formed most of the city's population, and which is still visible in the city's diverse architecture, music, and cuisine.

While compact in size, Thessaloniki is home to 15 UNESCO-listed monuments. The city's heart and soul is its expansive harbor, offering magnificent views of Thermaikos Bay. This urban waterfront is the center of many of Thessaloniki’s happenings, as well as the location of its iconic landmarks, such as the White Tower and the Monument of Alexander the Great. Its former warehouses now house the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, and the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum. These wonderful museums host world-class exhibitions throughout the year, attracting photography and art lovers from all corners of the world.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Thessaloniki

Spend some time in Thessaloniki on a tour that takes in other cities in Greece and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Thessaloniki and other destinations throughout Greece and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

A city tour of Thessaloniki offers delightful insights into the complexity of this historical city and its many faces. During the Belle Epoque, Thessaloniki was steeped in wealth, as evident from its grand mansions with extravagant ornamentation. On a walk through the Ano Poli ("Upper Town"), with its imposing Byzantine walls, and soaring views of the sea and glorious Mt. Olympus, you can admire traditional Ottoman style houses, cobblestone streets and many historical sites. Food is the backbone of Thessaloniki’s culture, as the city is brimming with gastronomic experiences. Discover the tantalizing flavors, lively neighborhoods, and the city’s modern bon vivant lifestyle on a special walking tour. Eating well is a vital part of any trip to Greece! 

Thessaloniki’s prime location makes it an excellent base for day trips. Head to Vergina, where you can visit the ruins of an ancient capital and the tomb of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great. For a well-rounded experience, visit Pella, from which Alexander the Great set out on his legendary campaigns. As you take in its scenery and mosaics, you'll wonder why Alexander ever left!

Amphipoli-Philippi-Kavala Private Tour
Dion and Mt. Olympus Group Tour
Thessaloniki and Archaeological Museum Group Tour
Pella, Edessa, and Vergina Private Tour
Meteora Monasteries Private Tour
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