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NORTHERN GREECE

Discover the beauties of Northern Greece with this tour that drives you to places of extreme beauty and historical interest. You will visit sites such as the oracle and the tombs of the Macedonian kings that are symbols of the Greek glory and power. But you will also have the opportunity to visit the places that Saint Paul chose as destinations during his journey to preach Christianity.

Our tour starts in one of the slopes of mount Parnassus where Delphi and the oracle is. The oracle was a temple dedicated to god Apollo where people or even cities could consult the god about important decisions which the god was giving through his priestess.

The whole area around it was part of the sacred site and you will be able to see the treasuries, where the gifts were kept, the sacred spring called Castalia, the theater and the stadium where the games to honor the god Apollo were taking place. In the museum the statues and the treasures found in the site will make your visit more special. After your meal we will head to Meteora.

The next day after spending the night at Kalambaka, the small town in the shadow of Meteora we will visit two or three monasteries. These amazing formations are 131 meters tall and they were formed 65 million years ago.  The monasteries surprise the visitors with their location as they are built on very steep rocks, and they are part of the rock now. Nowadays there are six monasteries open to the public that people can admire. We can make the experience as sacramental as the place can be. Then after your meal we will drive to Kastoria. Kastoria is a very beautiful town next to a lake that makes it look like an island. Is mostly known about the furs it produces, that according to the historians, in the middle ages were the best in Europe. Then we will drive to Thessaloniki where we will spend the night. The next morning we will visit Filippoi, the place where Saint Paul established the first church in Europe. The ancient remains also attract visitors as the city used to be very important in the roman period, such as the theatre, the buildings and the place where the first European Christian was baptized by Saint Paul. Before going back to Thessaloniki to spend the night, we will make one last stop at Amfipoli. In Amfipoli the finding that will impress you the most is the tumulus. An amazing edifice with beautiful art such as mosaics, wall paintings and statues. The next morning we will visit Vergina, the capital city of the Macedonian empire. The tombs and the treasures found in them, as long as the remains of the palace that Alexander the Great lived will offer you an experience to remember. The next stop of the day is Dion where you will wonder around the baths, the Odeon, the mansion and various temples and sanctuaries that will are so well preserved that you will see the city come alive. Then we will return to Thessaloniki for the night. The next morning we will visit everything that Thessaloniki has to offer. Is the second most important city in Greece, after Athens and was the second choice for the capital of Byzantine Empire. The city’s unique character is revealed through its beautiful castles, buildings and churches and of course the city’s trademark, the white tower. After your meal we will drive back to Athens. Allow us to offer you the possibility to make a stop at Thermopolis on our way back to Athens. Thermopolis is the battlefield where the Greeks faced the Persians and the 300 Spartan soldiers became legends. 

PHOTO GALLERY OF TOUR

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The charge for the tours and transfers is based on the vehicle used, therefore is per vehicle and not per person.

The price includes the driver and the vehicle. Our drivers are very knowledgeable and can give you all the information about the archaeological sites, ancient history but also modern life and culture, although are forbidden by law to enter the sites with you. If you wish someone to enter the sites with you, we can arrange for you to have a licensed tour guide with an extra cost.

Our prices include the driver with the vehicle, fuel and in case of a trip outside of Athens it also includes the toll fair and the driver’s accommodation. The prices don’t include the fees to the sites, meals and in case of a trip outside of Athens your accommodation.

Tips are not mandatory, it is up to your discretion if you want to give and how much!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

ROGER BRANCOFORTE

We came to Athens and had the opportunity to have two tours with viptoursathens, they were polite, professional, and knowledgeable and funny. They put meaning to an already incredible experience. Most importantly, we made friends forever.

GEORGE ROUSALIS

Just to say a huge thank you for the experience that you gave me. The team had the best time and energy that a kanoe-kayak adventure needs! Thank you for being so accommodating. You have a very professional and excellent team. It’s been a pleasure to meet you. I hope we can travel you again soon.

MARTA KOCH

You guys are AMAZING! Our group had a fantastic time on our three day tour in Sparta – Monemvasia and Olympia! From the first phone call through the execution of the tour, you were professional, and your team was wonderful – they care about their work and their clients. Thank you VIP Athens Tours!

EMMA HOOLBROOK

The combination of the archaeology, the food and wine experiences, the swimming and the generally relaxed atmosphere made for a very enjoyable tour. There was a high attention to detail. Our main tour guide was very enthusiastic and highly qualified. Excellent.

PETER RICHARD

The trip was fabulous. Stella and John provided us with a wealth of information. Each place we saw left a lasting impression. Everything had been organized soooo perfect!!! I have already recommended this trip to others. Thank you once again!

RICKY TUCKER

Many Thanks for organising my celebration trip in Greece for 40th Wedding Anniversary by lear jet. Excellent choice of Hotels, comfortable Day Trips not too strenuous, accompanied by an excellent, careful and knowledgeable Driver, Manos. Our Sincere Thanks to you and your team. 

ITINERARY & PLANNING

DAYS

PLACES

DAY 1

DELPHI – CASTALIA (MUSEUM & THEATER) – METEORA – KALAMPAKA

DAY 2

KALAMPAKA – MONASTERIES VISIT – KASTORIA – LAKE – THESSALONIKI

DAY 3

THESSALONIKI – PHILIPPOI – 1ST CHURCH IN EUROPE – AMFIPOLI (TUMULUS) – THESSALONIKI

DAY 4

THESSALONIKI – VERGINA – DION – THESSALONIKI

DAY 5

THESSALONIKI TOUR – THERMOPILES – ATHENS

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