See history unfold across millennia as you join us on this remarkable tour of Northern Greece. From our base in the region’s beautiful capital, Thessaloniki, we head out daily to travel from the Ancient Greek world of Gods and myths, right up to the Battle of Doiran in 1917. Along the way, we’ll witness where Marc Antony confronted Caesar’s assassins in 42 BC, and take a breather from history to visit tranquil Lake Kerkini with its myriad bird-watching opportunities.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
11 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 2 lunches (days 2 and 7) 2 dinners (days 1 and 5)
VOX portable audio headset system on excursions
5 included excursions and visits
Tour of Dion and visit to Litochoro on Mount Olympus
Excursion to Pella, Vergina and Veria
Thessaloniki city tour including boat trip in the Thermaic Gulf
Excursions to Philippi and Kavala
Boat cruise on Lake Kerkini and visit to Doiran Memorial in Kilkis
Plus all these benefits
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
Services of a Titan tour manager
International flights (prices are based on return flights with British Airways/easyJet from London or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Thessaloniki. On arrival we transfer to the Mediterranean Palace Hotel (5T), where dinner is included this evening.
Dion - Litochoro - Mount Olympus
We begin our journey through the story of northern Greece, in the 5th century BC - a time of myths and heroes. At Dion Archaeological Park is the sacred Macedonian city, built at the foot of Mount Olympus and dedicated to Zeus. Sacrifices were made here before battle and victories celebrated upon their return. Our guided tour takes in this remarkable example of ancient Macedonia, including the theatre still in use today and its museum. We continue to the slopes of Mount Olympus, the home of 12 Olympian Gods, where you can enjoy time at leisure in the traditional village of Litochoro, before a scenic walk along the Enipeas River.
Pella - Vergina - Veria
Moving forward in time to the 4th century BC, we travel to Pella - the capital of the kingdom of Macedonia at the time of Alexander the Great - for a guided tour of its Archaeological Museum. Before Pella, the first ancient capital of the kingdom of Macedonia was Aigai, a site identified near modern-day Vergina. Here, the Vergina Museum surrounds the tomb of King Philip II (father of Alexander) and displays treasures found in the many graves of this extensive necropolis. We then visit the city of Veria, a significant ancient Macedonian town and also an important city of the Byzantine Empire in the 11th-14th centuries, where there are no less than 48 churches remaining.
The second largest city in Greece, Thessaloniki, was founded in 315 BC, presenting a grand timeline of history that takes in Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Magnificent monuments exist in many styles and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki tells the city’s overall tale. Our tour concludes at the Ottoman fortress known as the White Tower, before a short boat trip into the Thermaic Gulf to view the city from the sea. This afternoon is at leisure to further explore.
Philippi - Kavala
The Roman Empire’s influence on northern Greece is today’s interest, stopping first at Philippi a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally named by Philip II the King of Macedon in 356 BC. This ancient city was the theatre of battle in 42 BC, when Marc Anthony and Octavian the heirs to Julius Caesar, confronted his assassins at the Battle of Philippi. Almost 100 years later, the Apostle Paul established the first Christian Church in Europe. After a fascinating exploration we continue to Kavala, occupied since the 7th century BC in order to fully exploit the rich gold and silver. We return to our hotel for a free afternoon and dinner included this evening.
Today is free to spend as you wish, or you can join an optional cruise around the Mount Athos peninsula, to view the many UNESCO-protected monasteries, some dating back to AD 800, that occupy the rocky shores. Over 2,000 monks still live here today, leading an ascetic life and for this reason women are not physically allowed into the monasteries, making a cruise the ideal option.
Lake Kerkini - Kilkis
Our journey through the timeline of Greece arrives in the 20th century, as we explore modern landscapes of peace and war. Our morning will be spent at peaceful Lake Kerkini, one of the most important wetlands in Europe with excellent birdwatching opportunities - there have been over 300 species spotted. We’ll explore the lake by boat viewing the flora and fauna, before time to purchase lunch at a traditional restaurant. This afternoon we visit Kilkis, countryside now characterised by its tranquillity, but once the scene of the bloody, First World War Battle of Doiran in 1917. To remember the fallen soldiers, we will visit the Doiran Memorial and the Military Cemetery, which is carefully preserved by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Day 8 Thessaloniki - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.