Our journey of discovery through ancient Macedonia will take us to the remains of some of the most impressive cities of ancient Greece.
We will explore Pella, Alexander the Great’s birthplace; Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle; Amphipolis (where on-going excursions have recently revealed possibly the largest tomb in Greece), and Philippi, founded by Philip II. We will visit fascinating sites including the Grotto of the Nymphs – where Alexander studied under Aristotle as a boy; Aiane, a little visited ancient city of mountainous Upper Macedonia; Vergina (the ancient capital of Macedonia, Aigai, and the resting place of Alexander’s father) where the gold treasures of the wonderfully-preserved Royal Tombs are now displayed and finally the ancient sanctuary of Dion, dedicated to Zeus. We will also visit the “Gold of Macedon” exhibition with its the array of ancient treasures housed in the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum.
General interest, history, archaeology and landscapes
One of our best expert guide-lecturers
ITINERARY 02 – 09 October 2017
DAY 01, 02 OCTOBER MON ARRIVAL
Arrival Thessaloniki. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 02, 03 OCTOBER TUE PELLA
Visit to the archaeological museum which reveals spectacular pieces of Macedonian gold and silver. Coninue to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great. View the site and the new museum. Return to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 03, 04 OCT WED OLYNTHOS/STAGEIRA
Travel to Olynthos to view the ancient city urban plan and some of the earliest pebble mosaics. On to Stageira, birthplace of Aristotle, tutor of Alexander, to see the impressive city walls and excavations. Return to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight Hotel Royal.
DAY 04, 05 OCT THU AMPHIPOLIS/PHILIPPI
Travel through impressive scenery to the hilltop site at Amphipolis. Continue to the extensive remains at Philippi. Return to Thessaloniki. Dinner and overnight Hotel Royal.
DAY 05, 06 OCT FRI EDESSA/ MIEZA/VERIA
Depart for Veria en route call at Edessa, to see the spectacular waterfalls, followed by a visit to ancient Longos. Continue for a visit to the Macedonian tombs at Mieza. Then on to the grotto where Aristotle taught the young Alexander. Dinner at local taverna, overnight Villa Elia, Veria.
DAY 06, 07 OCT SAT AIANE
Drive to Aiane, a well-organised city dating back to the 2nd millennium BC and abandoned in the 1st century, including the museum. Return to Veria. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight Veria.
DAY 07, 08 OCT SUN DION/VERGINA
Then on to the extensive remains at Dion, a large city with a fascinating sanctuary complex. Then travel to Vergina to see the treasures at the Royal tombs. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight Veria.
DAY 08, 09 OCT MON DEPARTURE
Depart transfer to Thessaloniki airport.
€ 1030 per person sharing twin-bedded room
single room supplement € 230
• Transfer and assistance upon arrival and departure
• Coach with driver
• Half board
• Expert English-speaking guide-lecturer
• Entrance fees to sites and museums
• Lunches from day 1 through to day 8
• Tips / gratuities/ porterage
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15 – 20 persons
Likely temperatures 20 – 26C. Mainly sunny, rain possible.