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How to Spend 1 Day in Thessaloniki

How to Spend 1 Day in Thessaloniki

With its pleasant warm climate and abundance of ancient archaeological sites, the seaside city of Thessaloniki is a great place to spend a day. Follow this itinerary to make the most of your time in town.

Morning: Ancient History in Vergina

Like much of Greece, Thessaloniki is full of well-preserved ruins dating back to Ancient Greece. Not far from Thessalonoki sits Vergina, where Aigai, the ancient capital of Macedonia once stood. It’s one of the most important historic sites in the area and home to burial mounds that date back to 11th century BC and include the Tomb of Alexander the Great's father. Beat the heat by opting for a morning visit, and go with a guide or as part of a tour to discover information that’s crucial to understanding the ancient site.

Afternoon: Urban Highlights

Head back to Thessaloniki for lunch before dedicating your afternoon to the city's top attractions. While the city is navigable on foot, you can cover more sights in less time on a sightseeing tour, which typically cover the Church and Crypt of Agios Dimitrios, with its seventh-century mosaics, ancient crypt, and a museum full of archaeological finds, and the two-terraced Roman Forum, which features a museum showcasing excavations in the area. From here, make your way to the city’s most recognizable structure, the White Tower, also home to a museum. 

Night: Dinner and Drinks in the Ladadika District

In the evening, head to the historic Ladadika District, formerly known for its olive oil production and, later, for its brothels. Today, it's more of a nightlife hotspot so you'll find bars, nightclubs, and restaurants spread across cobbled streets. For a quintessentially Greek experience, opt for a meal accompanied by a live folk music performances. After dinner, drop by a local bar on your own or join a guide on a nightlife tour, where you'll visit some of the best places to drink, dance, and check out live music performances.

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Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

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Experience the rich historical legacy of Thessaloniki during this private walking tour led by a local archaeologist. Discover a variety of UNESCO World Heritage monuments from the Byzantine and Roman eras, visit the famous White Tower, and step back in time at the Greek Agora and Roman Forum. A private guide and a snack are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$156.37
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$156.37
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Thessaloniki Classic City Private Tour

Thessaloniki Classic City Private Tour

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Get to know Greece’s second-largest city on this private tour of Thessaloniki. Admire landmarks such as the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, and Agios Demetrius church; gaze out over the city from atop the medieval city walls; and visit the Archaeological Museum (optional; entrance fees not included). Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.17
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$72.17
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Thessaloniki Private Markets Mansions and Monuments Tour

Thessaloniki Private Markets Mansions and Monuments Tour

Delve deep into the city of Thessaloniki with this tour, which takes you to some of the most distinct landmarks in the city, and then into its labyrinth of backstreets and markets. Your guide provides historical context and fascinating facts into the ancient churches and crypts. Then experience the sounds and smells of Thessaloniki at the city’s open-air market. Finish the tour in the Ladadika district, with insider tips from your guide to explore on your own all afternoon.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.13
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$226.13
Price varies by group size
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Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour

Thessaloniki City Morning Walking Food Tour

If you’d prefer to avoid the parking hell that is downtown Thessaloniki, take it easy on this guided city tour. Stroll through the streets of the Old Town and walk along the city walls. See sights from the White Tower to the Arch of Galerius, the Rotunda, and the Church of Agios Dimitrios, and stop at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Tour includes transfers and guiding but excludes entrance fees.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.53
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$56.53
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Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit

Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit

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Explore Thessaloniki on a half-day tour, and discover the history of monuments such as the White Tower and Agios Demetrius Byzantine church. Learn about the city’s historical importance and sights from your guide, and pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki to see artifacts from a range of eras including the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The entrance fee is at your own expense.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.30
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$43.30
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Thessaloniki City Tour

Thessaloniki City Tour

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Tour the highlights of Thessaloniki on a half day tour. With a local guide, visit popular sites such as the White Tower, Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, Old Town (Ano Poli) and the city walls, and Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt. You will also have a chance to visit the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Transportation by air-conditioned coach is included, but entrance fees are not.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.08
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$36.08
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