We offer a 4 hours or an 8 hours day private tour to the most important sightseeings of Thessaloniki with an english speaking guide.
In our 4 hours day private tour in Thessaloniki, we will start from the White Tower, the symbol of the city and the most popular landmark of Thessaloniki. Heading to Ano Poli we'll have the chance to take some really great photos from Roman Arch of the Emperor Galerius and Rotonda! The city's byzantine walls and the Tower of Trigonios will be our next stop. There we'll take a break to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Thessaloniki and Thermaikos Gulf! Our next destination will be the paleo-christian church of Agios Dimitrios and the impressive Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki which will be our last stop.
In our 8 hours day private tour in Thessaloniki, we will also visit the museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, the Archaelogical Museum of Thessaloniki and the Roman Forum.
During the Byzantine era, Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople. The museum houses 2.900 exhibits, presenting by chronological order the Byzantine artifacts as well as aspects of everyday life of people using them back then. Frescoes, mosaics, images, early Christian tombs with their frescoes and precious church utensils and liturgical equipment reveal the religious and social life of Thessaloniki’s residents dating from the 3rd century CE up to the Fall of Constantinople (1453) and as late as the 19th century.
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is classified amongst the best museums of Greece. The museum’s exposition comprises of findings dating from the Neolithic Age (New Stone Era), the Iron Age (1100-700 B.C.), the Archaic Period, the Classic Period and the Roman Period, findings that have been excavated inside the city of Thessaloniki and its nearby Prefectures. The most outstanding exhibits are golden ornamental art and ancient weapons. A special museum hall houses the unique in their kind findings from the burial site of King Philip II of Macedon, unearthed in Vergina, as well as the bones of Philip found in his tomb.
The castles were originally built as Thessaloniki’s fortifications in earlier periods where they were of an absolute necessity for the protection of the city. The Acropolis was built on the highest location of the castles, and on the north-east peak of the Acropolis the Heptapyrgion was built to form the city’s last fort. The Heptapyrgion (also known as Genti-Koule) was used as a prison until 1989. Tourists can visit the Heptapyrgion, along with the Trigonio Tower in the entrance of the Acropolis only for some days a year. In the district many scenic alleys and small traditional taverns are to be found, while visitors can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the entire city.
The White Tower is a round fort near the center of Thessaloniki city, which has become equivalent to the City’s Symbol. It was built in the 15th century as part of the city’s sea fortification. During the Ottoman Empire’s Occupation, the White Tower became a synonym for terrorism, due to the bloody executions which took place there. After the city’s liberation the Tower was whitewashed, so as to purify it from the blood that was shed in it. Nowadays, the internal part of the White Tower houses an exposition of the history of Thessaloniki.
Agios Dimitrios constitutes one of the most significant Christian monuments and the largest Greek Church. It was built on the remains of where the Roman Baths once stood in honor of Saint Dimitrios, the patron Saint of Thessaloniki. It was completely destroyed in the great fire of 1917 and rebuilt in 1948. The Crypt on the east end of the church, where Saint Dimitrios was tortured and killed by Roman soldiers, is currently a place of worship.
The Rotonda is a circular building originally built in 306 CE as a Pantheon or a Mausoleum for Galerius. Due to the fact that it wasn’t used at all in the Byzantine times, during the sovereignty of Theodosius the Great, the Rotonda was converted into a Christian Church of Saint Georgios, whereas it was converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire’s Occupation. Don’t forget to admire the unique in their kind mosaics of the 4th century CE. The iconography dates back to early 5th century, yet currently the surviving iconography are only that under the church’s dome.
This church is the only surviving early Christian church in the same form as it was originally built in the 5th century CE. The Ahiropiitos Church was converted into a mosque in the 15th century, since the city had become a part of the Ottoman Empire and changed back into being a Christian Church as late as 1913, after the liberation of the city by the Greek army. Mosaics of the 5th century CE and frescoes of the 13th century are currently preser.
The Triumphal Arch of Galerius, also known as “Kamara”, is one of the most characteristic monuments of Thessaloniki. It constitutes one of the most popular meeting points of both the residents and the visitors of Thessaloniki. It was built in 305 CE to celebrate the triumph of Galerius over the Persians. Only three pillars and one part of the upper stone construction have survived the original arch. The two main pillars are covered by marble sculptural panels. The original monument comprised four main pillars and two smaller ones on both sides, supporting the central construction.
Book your day private tour with us and visit the most important sites in Thessaloniki.
*Prices include transportation and professional guide. Prices do not include entrance fees in museums and archaeological sites, foods and drinks.
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