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How to Spend 3 Days in Thessaloniki

How to Spend 3 Days in Thessaloniki

While most visitors make a beeline for Athens, Thessaloniki, the country's second-largest city, offers plenty for visitors interested in ancient history. Three days in the city let you cover all the highlights, visit the Monasteries of Meteora, and try out local cuisine. Here's how to maximize your time.

Day 1: Ancient Attractions

Spend your first day in Thessaloniki exploring ancient archaeological attractions. Sightseeing tours typically take visitors to Vergina, the ancient Macedonian capital of Aigai. This area is best known for its burial mounds, some of which date back to 11th century BC; Alexander the Great's father, Philip II, is interred here. 

After your tour, return to Thessaloniki to visit some of the city's most important historic attractions; these include the two-terraced Roman Forum; the Church and Crypt of Agios Dimitrios, which was used as a mosque under Ottoman rule; and the White Tower, a fortification that now houses a museum of city history. Finish your day at the stately Aristotelous Square, or stick around the Ladadika area for dinner and drinks.

Day 2: Culinary Culture

Thessaloniki has a ton of great restaurants, bars, and markets, so spend your second day experiencing some of its finest culinary offerings. A good way to get your bearings is on a food tour; doing so introduces you to local shops and restaurants that aren't generally on the radar, and also gives you the chance to try out different Greek dishes, pastries, and coffees. 

If you discover a passion for Greek food and want to learn how to make it at home, take a cooking class. Alternatively, if food isn’t your thing, consider spending the day at Kerkini Lake, an artificial lake near the Bulgarian border that boasts diverse species of bird. 

Day 3: The Monasteries of Meteora

On your last day, head out to Meteora, a dramatic rock formation about three hours from Thessaloniki. The region's scenery is reason enough to visit, but it's best known for its Eastern Orthodox monasteries, which have earned the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many of the caves here were inhabited for thousands of years, and the oldest such structure—the Theopetra Cave—is believed to date back to Paleolithic times. 

Popular monasteries include the medieval Holy Trinity Monastery, the Monastery of Great Meteoron (the largest monastery in town), and the Roussanou Monastery, which is a fabulous place to watch the sunset. While travelers can visit independently, day trips let you skip the hassle of care hire and come with a guide who provides information that’s crucial to understanding the history of the area. 

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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
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$156.70
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Meteora Monasteries Day Trip from Thessaloniki

Meteora Monasteries Day Trip from Thessaloniki

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See Meteora’s rocktop monasteries on a day trip from Thessaloniki. Travel to Kalambaka to visit two of these six UNESCO-listed sanctuaries, each built on a giant rock pillar between the 14th and 16th centuries. Absorb their interiors and views, and learn how and why they were constructed. Before returning to Thessaloniki, stop to see the Valley of Tempi gorge. Includes coach transport, guide, and selected hotel pickup and drop-off, with entrance fees at own expense.
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  • 11 hours
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$78.35
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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
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$72.32
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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
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$226.61
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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
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$36.16
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Lake Kerkini Wildlife Day Trip from Thessaloniki

Lake Kerkini Wildlife Day Trip from Thessaloniki

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Swap Thessaloniki for a peaceful adventure in the great outdoors. Enjoy the ultimate hassle-free tour with a hotel pickup and transfer to Lake Kerikini. The tour will help you discover amazing scenery, see migratory birds, buffalo, and other local wildlife. You can choose additional activities near the lake such as a boat tour, bike rental, or horse riding.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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$94.02
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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
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Thessaloniki Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Walking Tour

The tour begins at the White Tower of Thessaloniki, which is the most commonly known monument of Thessaloniki and the symbol of the city because of its prominent position, long history and implosive architecture. Your tour then continues towards the Nea Paralia where you will be able to see the statue of Alexander the Great and then you can admire the famous umbrellas a true ornament of the City. Coming back you will visit the OTE Tower located in Thessaloniki’s International Fair Grounds and from there you have the option to enjoy your coffee on the Tower’s café bar or to follow the rest of the group at the final stops on the Arch of Galerius (Kamara).
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  • 3 hours
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$56.65
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Vergina Half Day Private Tour from Thessaloniki

Vergina Half Day Private Tour from Thessaloniki

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The ancient ruins of Vergina are a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Greece’s most important archaeological finds. Take in the highlights on this private half-day tour from Thessaloniki and explore the ruins of the first Kingdom of Macedonia, dating back to the 11th century B.C. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$313.39
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Thessaloniki Sunset Small Group Bike Tour with Local

Thessaloniki Sunset Small Group Bike Tour with Local

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Grab a helmet, hop on a bike, and get to know charismatic Thessaloniki on two wheels. Explore magnificent monuments, discover the city’s coolest cafes and hang-out spots, glide along the picturesque waterfront and find out more about Thessaloniki’s thrilling ancient past and how it has transformed itself into Greece’s second largest and most important city in recent years.
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  • 3 hours
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$68.71
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Thessaloniki - A City that never sleeps Night Tour

Thessaloniki - A City that never sleeps Night Tour

From ancient architecture to award-winning archaeological museums, the most recommended attractions in Thessaloniki tend to be daytime activities. Get a more fulsome picture of Greece’s hippest city during this nighttime city tour; from traditional Greek tavernas to live music and a floating bar, this tour offers the chance to hit the town like a local rather than spending the night glued to your hotel TV.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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