June 17, 2018
Option 1: Historical attractions of Macedonia region of Northern Greece.
- Daytrip to the Archaeological Park and Museum of Dion, the sacred city of the Macedonians in the Mt. Olympus foothills (www.ancientdion.org/) and to the Royal Tombs of Aigai - Vergina, the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom (www.aigai.gr/en).
Price: ~ 35€
Thessaloniki - Dion 91km, Dion - Vergina 94km, Vergina - Thessaloniki 70km
(or) June 17, 2018
Option 2: Eastern Orthodox monasteries situated on unique rock formations in Central Greece.
- Daytrip to the Monasteries of Meteora, which is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. (www.kalampaka.com/en/meteora/, www.meteora-greece.com/)
Price: ~ 35€
Thessaloniki - Meteora 229km
June 20, 2018
The vital center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism in Halkidiki.
- Daytrip visit to the Monasteries of Mount Athos. Men are welcome to spend a day of ascetic life in Athos, while ladies, who are not allowed in Mount Athos, can enjoy a guided boat tour. (www.inathos.gr/athos/en/)
Price: ~ 40 - 60€
Thessaloniki - Mount Athos 139km
Daytrip payment is currently not required. Please express your interest in order for an approximate number of participants to be estimated. You will shortly be informed concerning the way and the exact amount of payment.
Prices are estimated for about 50 people. Changes in the number of participants may alter the cost respectively.
Prices include bus transportation, tour guide, lunch.
Entrance fee for the museums in Vergina(12€) and Dion(8€) are not included in prices given.
More information for Dion
Εxcursion back in the civilization and the traditional heritage looking upon the mythical mountain of the 12 Gods of Olympus!
The excavation at the site of Dion was the first archaeological research conducted by the newly founded Aristotle University of Thessaloniki back in 1928. Visitors today have the opportunity to admire a whole city, walk on its roads and enjoy the waters and thriving vegetation. Dion was the sacred city of the ancient Macedonians, built in the foothills of the imposing Mount Olympus. Although there are remains going back to the classical period, what is greatly preserved is the roman city, since Dion became a roman colony after the conquest of Macedonia by the Romans. A main boulevard, villas, complexes of baths with mosaic floors and the extended area with the sanctuaries outside the city walls constitute the main attractions of the site. The small museum in the modern village houses a sample of the numerous finds that have been brought to light so far.
More information for Vergina
A tour back in history to the Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great!
The archaeological site next to the modern village of Vergina, Prefecture of Central Macedonia, Northern Greece, has been known to scholars since the late 19th century. Being the field of a systematic archaeological research of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from 1938 onwards, it became world famous in the late ‘70s, due to the thrilling excavation of a huge burial mound which was undertaken by Prof. Dr. Manolis Andronikos and his university team. The discovery of unlooted royal tombs and their precious content justified its identification with the old capital and royal necropolis of the ancient Macedonian kingdom, Aegae, originally suggested by the British historian Nicholas Hammond. This impressive burial mound has become since 1992 a unique subterranean museum. The most interesting “exhibit” is the famous chamber tomb that has been attributed to Philip II, king of ancient Macedonia (382-336 BC). Its thorough archaeological investigation has endowed international scholarship with precious material evidence concerning ancient Greek architecture, painting, micro-sculpture, metalwork, along with various aspects of burial customs and ideology.
Further investigation by the Aristotle University in the fortified city has revealed until now impressive architectural remains of the Classical period (4th c. BC), such as the palace, the theatre, part of the Agora and the fortification of the ancient city. On the other hand excavation in the extended necropolis has brought to light funerary monuments, cist graves, inscriptions and tombs dating from the 10th c. BC to the early 1st c. AD, which reflect the continuous habitation of the site for more than a millennium and record its evolution from the prehistoric to the early roman period.
More information for Meteora
One of the most breathtaking places in the world: Monasteries built in the highest peaks of the rocks, a World Heritage Site of UNESCO!
The area of Meteora with the breathtaking giant rock pillars dominating in the landscape is a unique experience. The geological phenomenon is combined with the monasteries built on top of the rocks. The first monks inhabited the rocks in the 11th century and the monasteries were erected with materials brought to the peaks with ladders or baskets. The monasteries date to the 14th-16th century and are decorated with impressive wall paintings.
More information for the Holy Mount or Mount Athos
The Holy Mount is a self- governed part of the Greek state, subject to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its political aspect and to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinopole as regards its religious aspect. It has been divided into twenty self- governed territories. Each territory consists of a cardinal monastery and some other monastic establishments that surround it (cloisters, cells, cottages, seats, hermitages). The Holy Mount is known as the centre of Eastern Orthodox Monasticism. Monasticism, as one of the ways by which a man can reach God, is accomplished through solitude, prayer, exercise, obedience to the Spiritual Father, service and fasting by the monks who live on Mount Athos.