While in Thessaloniki...take a Tour!


Discover the vibrant history and cultural diversity of Thessaloniki through its amazing tours, immersing yourself in ancient ruins, Byzantine treasures, and culinary delights!  Below you will find a series of exciting tours and vistis you can enjoy while you are visitng.
*In case of a group of more than 10 participants who are interested in joining a specific tour from the ones suggested below, please contact the local organizing team via email at echa2024@symvoli.gr so they can assist you. 

echalogo boat Welcome City Tour: Thessaloniki at a Glance

A warm welcome starts from the heart, and the heart of Thessaloniki lies in its center. Geographically defined by three focal points, the White Tower, Aristotelous Square, and Thessaloniki Port, this tour provides a deep dive into the city’s cultural and historical identity, along with a first look at the city’s urban character and design. Apart from the city centre you will be able to admire the Neoclassical mansions at V. Olgas str., as well as the Upper Town which is the highest part of the city, and is dominated by the Byzantine and Ottoman-era fort known as Heptapyrgion.

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 Waterfront Walk & Boat Trip: Thessaloniki's
told from the sea

Thessaloniki Waterfront extends approximately 5 kilometers, stands between the city center and the Aegean Pelagos while framing the Thermaikos Gulf and the city’s amphitheatrical structure. It serves as a compass for moving around the town, being Thessaloniki’s southern border, providing a constant reference point on the city’s map. Starting from the west – Thessaloniki port - we will begin this tour on foot on the waterfront, passing by Aristotelous square and continuing up to the White tower (approximately 30’ walk) where we will embark a small boat. Sailing in the Thermaikos gulf, we may view the city peripherally, enjoying the front’s scenery and architectural elements, which are only surpassed by the panoramic view of mount Olympus throughout it’s length.
 echalogo boat The Kaleidoscope Walk: Exploring the many   

  colors and images, the many stories of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki’s long history and intricate past are reflected in today’s urban landscape as a kaleidoscope of colours and images, a mixture of ethnicities, religions, and empires, all leaving their traces of cultural heritage over the centuries, thus creating the cultural collage that Thessaloniki is today. On this tour you will find out which elements prevailed in time, as the city’s monuments become the reference points for understanding its different historical periods and introducing its ethnic communities of the past: Roman (Galerius Complex – early 4th century), Byzantine (examples of 4th-15th century churches listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Ottoman (15th century - ex mosques, hamams, markets), Jewish (Yad Lezikaron Synagogue & Holocaust monument). The last stop in this overview of Thessaloniki’s multicultural identity is the port, the focal point for the city’s occupation history and population movement. 

echalogo boatFood on foot!  Flavors & aromas of a diverse culinary        tradition 

Food and culture go hand in hand, and this Food on Foot tour is not one to be missed. If Mediterranean cuisine is    at a hype, then Thessaloniki’s culinary scene is at its peak. Trying some of the most iconic traditional dishes, as well as new and refreshed tastes of the past with a modern twist, you will be tastefully immersed into the food culture of northern Greece. From fresh produces and traditional pie bakeries all the way to the fish market and the local bazaars, you will peel off the historical heritage of Thessaloniki bite by bite, while getting to know the people behind the recipes, and the family traditions that passed through each generation. Unveiling the blending flavors that have made Thessaloniki such a vibrant and multifaceted city, the end of the tour will find us in a small restaurant enjoying delicacies, such as savory fyllo pies and the famous Greek salad. 

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Sailing Tour: a history & sports experience in the
 Thermaikos Gulf

Everything we see around us may change the moment we change our perspective. This dynamic sailing tour will give you the opportunity to see Thessaloniki from a different point of view, keeping a distance from the street sounds, but close enough to familiarize with the city’s structure, looking from the outside-in. Whether you are an experienced sailor or a first-timer, you will be able to actively participate as part of the crew, while an experienced and passionate sailing professional will easily and safely guide you through all the steps of sailing.  A beautiful spot, relaxing atmosphere, and an incredible view are what make this tour a favorite.
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 Winery visit: a local tradition, a pleasure worldwide

Having a deity like Dionysos, a God in the Greek pantheon entirely dedicated to wine, may be enough to give you an idea of the importance of wine in Greek culture. With this aromatic tour you will acquaint yourself with some of the best Greek wines while visiting one of the most renowned winery in Greece, Domaine Gerovassiliou winery. www.gerovassiliou.gr/en.  The tour will start with a tasting of the most indicative wines of Northern Greece, after which you will have the chance to tour the wine cellars and learn all about the wine-making process, as well as the vineyard (depending on the weather). Furthermore, you will be able to visit the Wine Museum, located near the cellars and see various pieces of significance relating to the vineyard and to wine history.

Explore the history of Northern Greece! 


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 Dion: The sacred city in the foothills of Mount Olympus /
Palaios Panteleimonas: a picturesque village in the mountains
Dion, the sacred city of Macedonia, is known for its archaeological significance and place in ancient Greek history. Inside this incredibly reserved Archaeological Park one can see the remains of residential houses, the baths, the Odeon and a Christian basilica. Outside the walls, one can see exquisite sanctuaries and the earliest existing theatre in Macedonia. However few are those who are familiar with its natural beauty. At 700m altitude, on the hillside of Lower Mount Olympus lies one of the most beautiful traditional villages called Palaios Panteleimonas. The richness of fauna and flora surrounding the fairy tale path leading from the forest to the village will give you the chance to enjoy the raw and majestic nature of Mount Olympus. Once at the village, inside the narrow stone pavements, you will admire the traditionally restored houses and discover the picturesque stores offering a variety of local products and folk artifacts. Apart from its beauty and scenic attractions, Palaios Panteleimonas is also known to offer the best panoramic view of Thermaikos Gulf and the shores of South Pieria. 
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 Vergina: the royal tombs of Ancient Macedonia, the kingdom
 of Alexander the Great / Winery visit: a local tradition, a pleasure worldwide

One of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century in Greece is the Great Tumulus of Vergina. Situated at the foothills of the Pierian Mountains, Vergina, also known as Ancient Aigai, was the first capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. This major archaeological site hosts the Royal Tomb of King Philipp II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great, along with the ruins of an acropolis, theater, shrines and private buildings, a monumental palace, 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. It is protected by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage and comprises a unique discovery of an enormous universal impact. The Museum of Vergina is also a unique museological experience, as its exhibition consists of the burial ground on-site and artifacts exhibited on the same underground level. This tour of Vergina will continue to a local winery, where visitors will be able to taste different Greek wines and see how ancient history meets the local culture.