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Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour

60.00

Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour

From 60€

Limited Group to 15 participants
Departure Time from the Meeting Point at 09:00
Returns to original Pick up point.

The program of the excursion can be adjusted always according to the requirements of the passengers.

Description

Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour

Embark on a historic tour of Thessaloniki, designed to give you a historic experience during a visit to the second largest city in Greece. Learn how this city remains a mosaic of different civilizations and cultures.

This historic walking tour takes you to many different UNESCO World Heritage monuments with the aid of a licensed archaeologist tour guide. Exploring this city’s triangle of Byzantine, Ottoman and Jewish cultures and histories will be an experience to remember!

During your walk, see the Byzantine Christian churches and the Roman Agora, established during the city’s Roman period. Pass through beautiful flower and food markets, where you can taste Bougatsa, a characteristic dessert from the area. Visit the Crypt of Saint Dimitris, one of the latest archaeological finds hidden under the church, and the Catacombs of Saint John.

As you go, your guide will explain the significance of all the sights, as well as the heritage of the city – from its ancient beginnings to its Christian period to its Ottoman period, and then at one point one of the most significant places in Jewish heritage and culture, this city is a mosaic of cultures and stories.

Finish your tour with a visit to one of the most significant landmarks of the Macedonian region: the White Tower, a symbol of the city and its strength.


Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour – Highlights

  • See Thessaloniki’s most iconic monuments
  • Visit the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Byzantine churches
  • Taste Bougatsa, a traditional dessert from the region

Meeting point
Aristotelous Square (infront of the statue of Aristotelis)


Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour – Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Certificated Guide who speaks your language
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch at the best, chosen, restaurant. “Value for Money”
    (We do not get a commission from any restaurant or coffee place. The selection always based on quality, service and price.)

Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour – Useful info

  • There are many beautiful sights. You are encouraged to bring a camera along. But if you don’t,  we have a camera for you!
  • Weather will not affect the operation of the tours.
  • However if canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • Pick up from your hotel in Thessaloniki
  • Departure time: 09:00 am (approx.)
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Return details: Returns to original Pick up point
  • After the trip you will receive with email edited photos and a small video of your tour.
  • Wear Comfortable shoes
  • Pets (Not allowed)
  • Luggage or large bags (Not allowed)

Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour – Additional Info

  • Free cancellation
    Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
  • Small group
    Limited to 15 participants
  • Mobile ticketing
    Use your phone or print your voucher
  • COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds Traveler requirements
    Customers are required to bring and wear masks

What we can see…

  1. The White Tower
    The emblem of Thessaloniki
    The White Tower is perhaps the most recognizable spot in Thessaloniki. Depicted on all types of souvenirs and favourite clothes, photographed from all angles, in all seasons and at each hour of the day, it has come to be imprinted on our collective unconscious, an archetypal image. With its distinctive cylindrical shape, its six storeys and its memory-charged history, it has become the city’s trademark. When one sets eyes on the White Tower, it means that one has made one of the most fascinating journeys and is in the city of a thousand promises, Thessaloniki.
  2. The Church of Agia Sofia (Saint Sofia)
    Τhe Agia Sofia or Agia Sophia for several years was the metropolis of Thessaloniki. Agia Sofia is a great Basilica (domed) built over the ruins of an earlier gigantic basilica (which was destroyed in the 6th century AD). The church was built to commemorate the Agia Sofia in Constantinopolis. The construction began in the 7th century AD but during the years of construction there were many modifications and additions. During the Ottoman Empire this church as many others became a mosque but it was destroyed by fire in 1890 to reopen and offer its holly service, in 1913. Visitors of Agia Sofia will be able to observe the existence of very impressive pictures and carved decorations retained by the 8th, 9th and 11th century.
  3. Agios Dimitrios (Saint Dimitrios, the Byzantine church and its crypt)
    The church of Agios Dimitrios is dedicated to the patron Saint of the city and holds a prominent position among all the churches in this city. The Church has a rich history. Originally was built as a small chapel in 313 AD, on the ruins of an ancient Roman bath. In the fifth century the Bishop Leontius reconstructed the small chapel to a large basilica. This church was burned somewhere between the 626 AD and 634 AD.  When it was constructed again took the form of a five-aisled basilica but in 1493 the Turkish invaders converted it into a mosque!  In 1912 the church returned to the Christians but the great fire in 1917 destroyed it completely. The church commenced its holly service in 1949. The church is located on the ruins of the Roman Forum and is a basilica with five naves, a transept and a vestibule.  It has a crypt located directly beneath the transept and the sanctuary. There are catacombs beneath the temple among which is the hall of the prison of St. Demetrius.  The church has a museum and three chapels on one side.  On the southeast side of the church there is the small chapell of Agios Efthimios. The church Agios Dimitrios before the devastating fires of 1917 was decorated with sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, most of which were destroyed and today only a few remnants can tell the glorious past of the monument.
  4. Galerius Arch (Kamara)
    One of the most characteristic monuments of Thessaloniki is the Arch of Galerius, located on the upper side of the Via Egnatia, a short distance from the Rotonda. (The Rotonda is a building with internal niches, serving as a place of worship). The Arch of Galerius is a glorious monument, whose purpose was not practical, but memorial and honorary. It is a triumphal arch built shortly before 305 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Galerius, after the final victory over the Persians. The triumphal arch that was positioned perpendicular to the ancient Egnatia, which crossed the city (west to east) forming a part of the Roman Palace of Galerius, which was developed through the current squares of Navarinou and Hippodrome. The construction design of the arch of Galerius was such as the two major roads to pass beneath it and crossed right in the middle, the current Egnatia Street and the street starting from the Arch and ending at the south gate of the wall of the Rotunda.
  5. The Aristotelous Square and The Central Market (Modiano)
    The Aristotelous square is the connection link between the architectural history of Thessaloniki and its modern style. After the fire of 1917, the French architect Ernest Hébrard was assigned to redesign the whole area of the city center and due to the historical significance of this central point he put Aristotelous Square in the heart of the new plan. The Aristotelous square is the point where the sea meets the land in the most central point of the city and the starting point of a place full of open spaces to the public. The Aristotelous square is described as a crucial place for Thessaloniki since is the only open space in the center of the city with this vast dimension turning to be the point of hosting numerous events throughout the year, people’s meeting place, place of recreation and promenade for the citizens and the visitors. It is mentioned and in fact is a rare example of a preplanned architectural design while its careful orientation is offering a captivating view of Mount Olympus.
  6. The Port of Thessaloniki
    The history of Thessaloniki begins in 316 BC the founding of when king Cassandros founded the city under the name of his wife, sister of Alexander the Great. The creation of Thessaloniki’s harbor is estimated to be at the same period. The Port of Thessaloniki was the strategic and financial center of the city. In ancient times it is stated that there were shipyards, where the Macedonian fleet manufactured and preserved its ships. During the reign of Constantine the Great, there are also scripts referring to the existence of a large square port. It also seems that in the “Middle Ages” the communication and the commerce through the harbor of Thessaloniki was very well organized. There was a small port on Thessaloniki at the area of the White Tower, and a pier right in the center of the Thessaloniki. During the times of John Kameniatis (secretary of the Patriarch in Thessaloniki) there are scripts describing an extensive breakwater which it was going along the seaside walls. The port of Thessaloniki is a living history for the city holding a crucial factor of the city as it’s the meeting point of East and West.

Let’s explore the City together!

 

Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour

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Summary
Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour
Service Type
Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour
Provider Name
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Karolou Ntil 31-33,Thessaloniki,Greece-54624,
Telephone No.+306907798620
Area
Thessaloniki
Description
Thessaloniki Private Walking Tour Explore the city of Thessaloniki

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