Welcome to Macedonia

Thessaloniki is Greece's second city and its gastronomic capital, and it's a city so magnetic, you'll struggle to leave. Key archeological sites at Pella and Vergina depict the extravagance of the area's ancient rulers, while Greece’s highest peak and the home of ancient gods, Mt Olympus, is a great place for hiking. For idyllic beaches, head for the two tentacles of the Halkidiki Peninsula, stretching into the Aegean Sea; Athos, the third tendril, is home to the much revered monks' republic of Athos.

More beaches dot the wooded Pieria coast, punctuated by a clifftop Byzantine castle at Platamonas. Traces of this heritage meet shimmering waters again in Macedonia's far northwest, where basilica ruins and frescoed church grottoes meet the Prespa Lakes.

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$40.31 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kalambaka to Meteora Sunset Tour with Church of Virgin Mary

Start your sunset tour with a pickup from your Kalambaka hotel, and travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora, a short distance away. Meteora is busy with visitors during the peak daytime hours, but your tour is perfectly timed to arrive at the site when the day crowds are leaving. The historical site was once home to more than 20 rock monasteries, clustered precariously on top of Meteora’s sandstone cliffs and etched into the rocks as caves dwellings. With your guide, visit one of the six remaining monasteries and hear fascinating facts and trivia about the monks who once called Meteora their home. After exploring the monastery, continue to one of the caves (or ‘hermitages’), high up in the cliffs, near the remote St Nicolas Badovas Monastery. Originally inhabited by hermits, these intriguing caves later became havens for monks seeking safety around the time the Roman Empire started its demise. See inside the caves, and then visit an old Byzantine church nearby — a site often considered as one of the finest examples of an early Christian church. Continue your tour to a little-known vantage point and relax as you watch the sun sink below Meteora, casting an ethereal glow on the rocky vistas that stretch out in front of you. Soak up the tranquil sight, and then return to your minivan to travel back to your Kalambaka hotel. • You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travelers will never experience. • You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level and from a local’s perspective. • You will learn about etiquette and behavior (especially important at religious sites). • You will be able to ask as many questions as you want. • You help support a local economy. • Daily departures depart any day you want, 365 days a year • Excellent reviews on trip advisor • You get to meet people from around the world • Small size groups.

$34.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kalambaka or Kastraki to Meteora Half-Day Tour

Meet your guide and air-conditioned minibus outside your Kalambaka hotel to begin your 4-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed Meteora. Translated as ‘suspended in the air,’ ‘middle of the sky’ or ‘in the heavens above,’ Meteora is located just over three miles (5.4 km) from central Kalambaka and is a remote region of sandstone peaks where, from the 11th century onward, monks settled. By the end of the 15th century, 24 monasteries had been systematically built on top of the towering rock formations. On arrival in Meteora, discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the sandstone pillars and spend a few minutes snapping photos. With your guide at your side, visit three of the remaining monasteries. As you explore the sites, listen to fascinating stories about the first hermits and monks who settled in Meteora, and discover their motivations for building the monasteries atop the sheer rock spires.During the tour, stop in spots with panoramic views and learn about the local traditions, myths and history. After exploring the monasteries, board your air-conditioned minibus and relax on the journey back to Kalambaka. Your tour concludes at your hotel in the afternoon.

$28.79 Private & Custom Tours

Majestic Sunset on Meteora Rocks Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive tour to all six Monasteries and have the chance to visit the interior of one or two of them. Your tour guide will be with you to provide all the information you need about the area and make you feel comfortable in your own language.Visit the Byzantine church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, one of the most important monuments, situated North-East of the municipality of Kalabaka.  You will be transported with comfort and safety by our luxury air conditioned LIMO VIP Mini Bus towards cliff-top monasteries.During the winter season (November – March) we also offer pick up and drop off from Kalabaka Train Station. We can pick you up from the train station, join a three hour tour and return back at the train station in time to take the afternoon train back.

$28.79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Panoramic Meteora and all Monasteries Tour from Kalabaka

Travel a few miles northwest of Kalabaka, to Meteora following your hotel pick-up location. See impressive rocks of Meteora rise from the plains of Thessaly, one of the most amazing places in Greece. Enjoy breath-taking landscape reaching heights of close to 2000 feet (600 m), one of the most important monastic communities of Greece. Meteora is a great place to experience spectacular landscapes and byzantine monasteries perched on top of steep rocks that house priceless artifacts and wall paintings. During your morning tour, safely and comfortably transport by luxury air-conditioned mini-bus towards the cliff-top monasteries. View six active monasteries, operated by a small number of monks and nuns who reside on Meteora. Take delight in viewing all 6 monasteries and have the chance to visit inside 3 of them.Create numerous photo opportunity stop along the way, so to record your memories. Take pleasure in short walks during the excursion, as well.  Return to your hotel just after noon, leaving the rest of your day free for other activities.

$40.31 Outdoor Activities

Kalambaka to Meteora Hiking Tour with Ypapanti Monastery

Start your experience with a hotel pickup by air-conditioned minivan, and travel the short distance to Meteora, a UNESCO-listed area known for its cliff monasteries, caves and ethereal rocky landscape. On arrival, hop out of your minivan, and follow your guide on a leisurely hike along the trails that only the locals know. While tracing the footsteps of the first hermits and monks who lived in Meteora many centuries ago, chat with your guide and hear little-known stories about the area’s history, geology and sights. Make your way along a gently climbing route from the Doupiani rock, just below the old ruins of the Pantokrator monastery. Amble around the imposing pillars of Meteora toward the northern side of the rocks and stumble upon the rarely visited monasteries of Ypapanti and St Dimitrios — two hidden Meteora gems. As you listen to tales of bygone battles between the Ottoman Turks and locals, gaze further up the hill to see the Grand Meteora and Moni Varlaam monasteries, clinging to the cliffs. Visit one of these impressive monasteries with your guide (own expense) before hiking back to your Meteora start point. At the Doupiani rock, reboard your minivan and finish the experience with a drop-off at your hotel.

$74.86 Cultural & Theme Tours

Vergina Royal Tombs Half Day Small-Group Tour from Thessaloniki

Get ready for pick up  from your hotel or AIRBnB apartment. Seat back to enjoy a  60 minutes driving along Macedonian region, while the tour host fills you with some background information about one the greatest empires ever excisted. , "The Macedonian Empire ".and it's leader Alexander the Great.Ariving at Vergina you will learn everything about  the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom which used to be called "Aiges" in ancient times.Explore the fascinating  royal tombs of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stroll Inside the monumental palace, richly decorated with mosaics and visit the museum/tomb complex to admire the burial artifacts such as gold jewelry, weapons, religious artifacts and the Gold Larnax found at the tomb containing the remains of King Philip II on display. A must see for all archeology and history enthusiasts !!!Leaving behind the archeological site , you will have free time for lunch or dinner  (own expenses ) and return to Thessaloniki.The tour ends by dropping you off at your hotels or AIRBnB apartments.

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