We offer an 8 hours day private tour to Petralona Cave and Chalkidiki from Thessaloniki with an English speaking guide. We suggest departing from Thessaloniki at 9:00 am and our first stop is in Petralona Cave.
Petralona Cave is situated at a distance of 50 Km. from Thessaloniki. The cave was discovered at random by locals of the Petralona Village looking for groundwater. In 1960, a skull of a man between 25-35 years old was discovered, a very old man for the standards of the primitive era. The skull belongs to a type of archanthropus (that is of a standing man) in a transitional form between Homo erectus to Homo sapiens neandertalensis. The fossilized skull is a finding of utmost significance from an anthropological aspect, yet has not been finally classified unanimously according to the experts. According to paleoanthropologist Aris Poulianos, the skull is considered to have belonged to a man who had lived 700.000 years ago, whereas the fire traces are 700.000-1.000.000 years old and are the most ancient traces ever to have been discovered on earth up to nowadays. Many tools made of stone and bones were also unearthed, along with fire traces which he used to warm up and bake his food. The settlements of the Cave must have been used as places to refuge when the Ice Age began. Finally, in the tourist itinerary of 2 Km. long, visitors can admire stalagmites and stalactites of a rare beauty, of different colorization and shapes, while in the cave’s halls models of archanthropus have been placed.
After leaving Petralona Cave, we will visit spectacular Halkidiki with its three peninsulas (Kassandra, Sithonia, Mount Athos) is situated on the south-east of Thessaloniki and constitutes a very popular tourist destination for thousands of visitors each year. Lush green vegetation, wide beaches, crystal clear waters, delicious coins with traditional plates, idyllic small bays and islands, fantastic archaeological sites and vivid nightlife are only some of the sceneries which compose the picture of this peninsula. We can visit Sani Resort and have a coffee at its magnificent yacht marine with a view to mountain Olympus. After leaving luxurious Sani Resort we can go to the traditional village of Afitos with its cobblestone alleyways, its stone built houses and and a magnificent balcony view to Toronaios Golf. You can enjoy local cuisine in one of the restaurants in Afitos before taking our way back to Thessaloniki.
Book your day private tour with us and visit Petralona cave and Chalkidiki.
*Prices include transportation and professional guide. Prices do not include entrance fees in museums and archaeological sites, foods and drinks.