Day 1: Arrival – Kavala
(First day on our program could be modified depending on your flight times)Arrival at ‘Makedonia’ Airport on Thessaloniki, meeting and orientation with our representatives. Transfer by bus to Kavala, and check-in our hotel. We will have a walk on the sites of the city that foretell its rich history. Kavala was known as Neapolis in ancient times and Chrystoupolis during the Byzantine era. Our first stop will be at the Step of St Paul, a memorial monument on the relics of an ancient pillar where Apostle Paul’s left his first footprint on European ground. We will continue, through the old city, to Mohamed Ali square where Christian and Islamic heritages are evident. We will then move on to the late-medieval Acropolis-Castle, used successively by Byzantines and Ottomans, which still overlooks the city. Our next stop is on the impressive 16th century Aqueduct, 52 meters high and consisting of 60 arches; built during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. We will complete our walking-tour by observing the neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses that evoke the memory of a distant past when a multinational (Greek, European and Jewish) wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. Kavala at the time was known as the “Mecca of tobacco”. Dinner, free time and overnight stay.
Day 2: Philippi – Lydia – Amphipolis - Thessaloniki
Day 3: Thessaloniki
Day 4: Thessaloniki
Day 5: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Pella – Kalampaka
Day 6: Kalampaka – Meteora – Thessaloniki
Day 7: Delphi - Athens
Day 8: Panoramic Tour of Athens - Acropolis Museum-Filopappou
Day 9: Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Day 10: National Archaeological Museum – Sounio or Daily cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
Day 11: Return back home
End of Tour
…A majestic journey through time that breathes history and character…
Kavala, the capital and main port of the Kavala prefecture is amphitheatrically built on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo forming one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. The city’s breeze sweeps through its historic buildings, which perfectly reflect the city’s modern character.
Kavala boasts a unique character reflecting its recent past. Neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses evoke the memory of a distant past when a wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. In the “Mecca of tobacco” as Kavala was named in the past, thousands of tobacco workers, male and female, earned their living. Their faces will remain alive for all eternity thanks to the black and white photos adorning the walls of the city’s Tobacco Museum. At the cobblestoned, lined with palm trees port, stand one next to another modern buildings and fish tavernas, while fish boats cast their reflection on azure waters.
The city’s most popular meeting point is Eleftherias Square while the most buzzing point is Megalou Alexandrou Pedestrian Street. It features chic shops, cafes, bars as well as a tobacco warehouse that has been transformed into a shopping center. Close to Eleftherias square lies the old scenic neighborhood of Agios Nikolaos, where also the homonymous church – a former mosque- is situated. On the relics of an ancient pillar one can see Apostle Paul’s footprint, left there from the time that he first visited Macedonia.
The stunning coastal city of Kavala, often used as a gateway to the northeastern Aegean Islands, is a unique destination in its own right. Cultural highlights include the aqueduct of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and quality museums of history and industry. Fascinating Ottoman buildings scattered through its pastel-hued old town, Panagia. Sheer relaxation can be found at countless nearby beaches and bustling harbor-front eateries.
Modern Kavala was once ancient Philippi’s port. More infamously, Ottoman Pasha Mehmet Ali (1769–1849), eventual founder of Egypt’s last royal dynasty, ruled here. He ordered his fleet to slaughter tens of thousands of Christian Greeks on islands such as Kassos and Psara during Greece’s independence struggle. Islanders still commemorate these events annually.
Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, urban chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful vast sea views. This is Greece’s second largest city, with the streets bursting full of life and vibrancy.
Thessaloniki is a vibrant destination, full of surprises. It evolved into a unique mosaic of different cultures and civilizations, Thessaloniki will offer you a wonderful travel experience. The different neighbourhoods are little worlds unto themselves. When you climb up to the Byzantine walls and take in the whole of Thessaloniki at sunset, you see what a sprawling, organic city it is. Old and new cohabit wonderfully. The Arch of Galerius, an intricate 4th-century monument, overlooks the busy shopping drag of Egnatia. Thessaloniki’s most famous sight, the White Tower, anchors a waterfront packed with cocktail bars. The New Waterfront has breathed life and opened up space for long walks and cycling. By night, the city reverberates with music and nightlife.
The cuisine and food culture reflect its multicultural history while the city’s intense nightlife will surprise you! An ideal city break destination that you’ll definitely fall in love with!
It doesn’t really matter if you are a street food lover or you prefer a traditional tavern or a luxurious restaurant. Thessaloniki is the place for every taste and style! The options are countless and inspired by many food cultures and cuisines. You will find a huge variety of dishes and flavors. Gyros, mpougatsa, souvlaki, patsas and of course, tsoureki are some of the delicious popular options the locals love. You’ll find them in every corner of the city.
Wonderful museums, cozy bars, impressive night clubs, and a shopping paradise in Tsimiski Avenue and Mediterranean Cosmos. This city is full of surprises for everyone! The more time you’ll spend walking around the city center, the more secrets will be revealed to you. You’ll get this unique feeling of finding a small treasure in every step!
Dance like the locals in Valaoritou area. Find out why Ladadika is an all-time popular destination for everyone! The variety of the historic bistro’s, bars, restaurants and clubs will stun you. You understand the reason Thessaloniki is such a beloved destination! A youthful city that hosts countless of music concerts, cultural events and various festivals all year round!
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.
Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s history.
Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city is on the rise. There is crackling energy creating a lively urban bustle. Athenians and tourists alike hang out in open-air restaurants and bars where they linger for hours.
Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historic Marathon.
DepartureKavala / Athens
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.