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Day 1 ST.PETERSBURGArrival. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 ST.PETERSBURGBreakfast at hotel. Morning starts from the visit to the Hermitage museum, Russia’s best gallery of world art, one of the most prominent art museums in the world and defi- nitely the main tourist attraction of St. Petersburg. The principal building of the Hermitage Museum is the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Czars. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens. Lunch at local restaurant. City Sightseeing Tour in the city. The historical capital of the Russian Empire invites you to admire its splendid views: the Square of Arts with 3 museums and 4 theatres along its perimeter, the Palace Square offering an impressive view upon the Baroque Winter Palace; the historical Strelka (Cape) of the Vasilevsky Isle; the famous Nevsky Avenue consid- ered the “heart” of the city. We will also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress that is actually considered the place of birth of St.Petersburg. During this tour you will take an insight into the history of the city and the Romanovs’ royal dynasty. Free time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 ST.PETERSBURGBreakfast at hotel. The morning starts with the visit to Peterhof. It is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Nestled on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, the palace was built by Peter the Great initially as a resting place on the way to the Imperial naval base at Kronshtadt. But the Czar was quick to recognize the attractiveness of the area and masterminded a vast estate intended to rival the famous gardens of Versailles. The Grand Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, sits on top of a high seashore ridge overlooking the vast Lower Park. The enormous park is adorned with statues and pavilions, it boasts the world’s largest system of fountains, earning it the title of the “Russian Versaille”. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 ST.PETERSBURG – MOSCOWBreakfast at hotel. Transfer to the train station for the High Speed Sapsan train to Moscow. Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 MOSCOWBreakfast at hotel. City Sightseeing Tour of Moscow. Doing this tour you’ve got an excellent opportunity to learn the history of the Russian capital and see the most impressive sights of great historic and cultural value. The Red Square, one of the most spacious squares of the world, famous for Lenin’s Mausoleum and St. Basil Cathedral, and dominated by the grand Kremlin walls of red brick. You will have a chance to see the glanderous tower buildings symbolic of the Soviet Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that was demolished and then recon- structed as a symbol of the Russian faith. After that we will visit the Moscow Subway (Metro) which spans almost the entire Russian capital. It is one of the world’s most heavily used metro systems. It is well known for the ornate design of many of its stations, which contain beautiful examples of socialist realist art. Lunch at local restaurant. Free time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 MOSCOWBreakfast at hotel. In the morning we visit the Moscow Kremlin. It is the symbol of Moscow and of the entire Russia. This stronghold is the historical, spiritual and political heart of Moscow and the city’s most famous landmark and tourist attraction. Most of the city had been inside the Kremlin walls until the XVI century. It was rebuilt several times in the past, it was wooden originally and the brick walls and towers we see now were built in 15th century. Today the Kremlin is the official residence of the Russian President. Lunch at local restaurant. Free time. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 MOSCOWBreakfast at hotel. In the morning we go to the Sergiyev Posad. Located 70 km north from Moscow the historic ensemble of Sergiyev Posad is of great interest for tourists and pilgrims as it is a place abundant in excellently preserved monuments of the Russian culture, dating back to the XV-XVII centuries. The Monastery of the Trinity and St. Serge founded in 1337 is famous all over the world and often referred to as the “Russian Vatican”. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Moscow. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 (Monday) MOSCOWBreakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport.
Day 1 VilniusArrival to Vilnius. Panoramic tour. We will admire the unique skyline of the city from up above on the Hill of Three Crosses, drive by the imaginary border of the self-styled Republic of Užupis and revel in the beauty of the baroque masterpiece of St.Peter & Paul´s Church, dedicated to the goddess of love. Thereafter, a scenic riverbank drive takes us onto the impressive Cathedral Square, crowned by the majestic looking Vilnius Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Grand Dukes, the Gediminas Tower in height and the legendary Grand Duke Gediminas statue leading his nation.
Day 2 VilniusFull day tour of Vilnius and Trakai Castle. Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast excursion to Trakai, the picturesque Trakai nationals park territory with pine forests and lakes, and the ancient Lithuanian capital - the residence of Grand Dukes of the country. Visit to the 15th century insular Trakai Castle.In the afternoon city tour of Vilnius. You will start a tour at the Cathedral Square - the place full of myths and legends. Further you will visit Vilnius University - the oldest university in the Eastern Europe - founded in 1579, the Town Hall of Vilnius, built in the end of 18th century, beautiful ensemble of Orthodox monastery, St. Theresa church and Gates of Dawn, with the holy image of the Virgin Mary. The city tour of Vilnius will be followed by St. Anne's church, representing the peak of Gothic architecture in Lithuania and St. Peter and Paul's church - the example of Lithuanian baroque.
Day 3 RigaDeparture to Riga via Hill of Crosses.Hill of Crosses a very special place for all catholic believers all over the world, were thousands of crosses are standing on the hill. In the afternoon arrival to Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Day 4 RigaFull day tour of Riga and Jurmala. Morning city tour of Riga. You will see: Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, the fortification wall of Riga, the Swedish Gate, the building of Parliament of Latvia-Saeima, the Monument of Liberty, Brivibas Boulevard, the district of Art Nouveau buildings. In the afternoon visiting Jurmala - the vibrant Latvian sea resort with a 40 kilometers of sand beach. A bus sightseeing tour around the town along the seashore and villas, a walk along the central street Jomas and spare time to visit boutiques and souvenir shops or to stroll along the sand beach before returning to Riga.
Day 5 TallinnBreakfast at the hotel. After breakfast departure to Tallinn via Sigulda. Sigulda, a small town in Gauja National Park, which is sometimes called "Latvian Switzerland". Outside visit of Turaidas Castle where, located is the grave of Turaidas Rose, a Latvian maiden who chose to die rather than give in to the wishes of a filthy nobleman. Gutmanis Cave visit. In the afternoon arrival to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
Day 6 TallinnBreakfast at the hotel. After breakfast city tour of Tallinn. The walking tour gives an introduction to the historical heart of Tallinn, which especially during the 15th century was a rich and prosperous town of Hansa merchants. Tour starts from the Dome Hill (Toompea), from Castle Square where Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian Parliament is facing the 19th century symbol of the Tsar's power in Estonia, Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The tour continues by strolling along the narrow cobblestone streets down to the Town Hall Square that features the gothic Town Hall from 13/14th century - one of the oldest in Northern Europe.In the afternoon visit Roca al Mare National Museum. The Estonian Open Air Museum, showcasing the country's rural architecture and way of life. The 14 farms in the museum provide an overview of how families from different strata of society lived in the 18–20th centuries.
Day 7 DepartureTransfer to the airport.
BALKAN & ITALY
Day 1 DubrovnikArrival Dubrovnik and meeting in the Dubrovnik International Airport - Dubrovnik city tour (Stradun Square, Orlando Sculpture, The Palace of Rector, The Oldest Pharmacy in Europe, Time Tower, War Museum, Francis Monastery) – Lunch in Old town – Free time – Dinner next to Adriatic Sea – Transfer to Hotel and accommodation
Day 2 Dubrovnik ( Budva – Kotor )Breakfast - Trip to Budva - Budva city tour (The old town, Orthodox churches, and old houses) - Trip to Kotor – Lunch - Kotor city tour (Shame wall, Orthodox Square, Major Buildings, Tourism School, Weapon Square) - Departure to Dubrovnik - Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3 Dubrovnik Mostar SarajevoBreakfast - Departure to Village of Pocitelj - Pocitelj tour (Ali Pasha Mosque, Hill of Pocitelj, Time Tower and The Outdoors) - Departure to Mostar - Mostar city tour (Old Town, Koski Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Karagozbey Mosque, Mostar Bridge, Ottoman Hamams and War Museum) - Lunch in Jablanica - Departure to Sarajevo city center called Bascarsija - City tour (Eternal Flame, City Hall, Kursunlu Medrese, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bazaar, Gazi Husrev Bey Mosque, Sebilj) - Dinner and accommodation.
Day 4 Sarajevo Travnik Jajce BihacBreakfast - Visit to Tunnel of Hope - Trip to National Bosnia Park (Vrelo Bosna) - Departure to Travnik - On the way visit to Village of Ahmici - Lunch - Arrival to Travnik - Travnik city tour (Castle of Travnik, Sulejmanije Mosque, Ibrahim Pasha Medrese, Varos Mosque, Blue Water) - Departure to Jajce - Departure to Bihac - Arrival to Bihac - Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5 Bihac Plitvicka Lakes ZagrebBreakfast - Departure to Plitvicka - Visit to Plitvicka National Park and Lakes - Lunch - Trip to Zagreb - City tour (Dolac Market, St. Mark's Church, Lotrscak Tower, Mirogoj Park Cemetery, The oldest park of the Europe (Maksimir), National Museum) - Dinner in local restaurant - Accommodation.
Day 6 Zagreb Bled LjubljanaBreakfast – Departure to Bled – Arrival to Bled and city tour in Bled – On the lake boat tour – Later lunch in Bled – After lunch Departure to Ljubljana - City tour (Old Town, Square of Preseren, St.Nikolas Cathedral, Dragon Bridge, Castle of Ljubljana) - Lunch - Free time - Dinner and accommodation.
Day 7 Ljubljana Postojna Caves VeniceBreakfast – Departure to Postojna – Arrival Postojna and visiting of Postojna Caves – Later Departure to Venice – Arrival Venice and transfer to hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Day 8 VeniceBreakfast – Transfer to city center for panoramic city tour in Venice - city tour (Piazza San Marco, Or simply wander and With its maze of alleys, charming squares and superb art galleries) - Free time - Lunch- Transfer to hotel Dinner and accommodation
Day 9 Venice and DepartureBreakfast - Transfer to Airport
DAY 1 ISTANBUL ‐ BURSAEntrance to Topkapi Palace ‐ Exhibits Ottoman artifacts (imperial jewels, porcelain, weaponary).Hip podrome Square ‐ Former sporting & social centre of Constantinople, now houses monuments incl. Obelisk & Serpent Column.Lunch at Kumkapi Fish Market. - Blue Mosque ‐ Visit to largest mosque in city - St. Sophia Originally a Cathedral, later a mosque, & now a museum. [* During Tulip Seasons from around end of March or beginning of April till May (depending on weather). Special visit to Emirgan parks which is the centre of Tulip fest ival and where you can see around 120 different kinds of tulips.] - Green Mosque is a part of the larger complex the former capital of the Ottoman Turks before they captured Constantinople in 1453. Overnight in Bursa
DAY 2 BURSA – KUSADASI ‐ EPHESUSConnue to Izmir (Smyrna), it is third largest city in Turkey and visit Clock Tower which built in 1901 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Abdulhamid the second accession to the throne of Ottoman Dynasty. - Visit to Leather Fashion House with fashion show and drinks served.
DAY 3 KUSADASI ‐ PAMUKKALEEphesus ‐ 7 Wonders of The Ancient World, with the largest collection of Roman Ruins in eastern Mediterranean. The Library of Celsius where the façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces. - Visit to Textiles - Pamukkale / Coon Castle ‐ Natural hot springs with white lime cascades. [* Please bring along swim wear should you want to enjoy free hot spring bath in hotel.]
DAY 4 PAMUKKALE ‐ CAPPADOCIASultanhani Caravanserai ‐ A hotel for ancient trader s and travellers on silk road. - Underground City ‐ Houses are constructed around nearly one hundred underground tunnels. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.- Enjoy Turkish night in Cappadocia (Belly Dance)
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIAZelve Open Air Museum ‐ which once housed one of the largest communities in the region is an amazing cave town, honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers. - Ihlara Valley - near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz is a canyon with a depth of approximately 100m and was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago.View the Uchisar Castle ‐ Which was once used as a palace. View the Pigeon Valley, Pasabag Valleg & “Three Sister ” Rock. / Visit to Pottery Workshop & Turkish Carpet Factory.
DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA –ANKARA-ISTANBULDrive To Ankara - Lake Tuz view of 2nd largest lake in Turkey - Enjoy lunch at special restaurant in the area of Ankara Castle – Drive to Istanbul - Dinner at the restaurant – Trsnafer to Hotel and Overnight in Istanbul
DAY 7 ISTANBULVisit to largest covered bazaar in the world with 4’000 over shops. - Bosphorus Cruise ‐ Watching the city of Istanbul and the beautiful view
DAY 8 ISTANBULTaksim Square ‐ Situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey, is a major shopping, tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, and shops. - Spice Market ‐ The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. - Enjoy your free at your own leisure until meet time send to the airport.
Day 1 Arrival to BakuPick-up at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel (registration time: 14:00) Overnight in Baku
Day 2 Baku city tour09:00 Breakfast at the hotel 09:30 Departure to Baku City Tour. Today we begin our tour with a panorama of the city, viewed from a height of the Upland Park. The tour covers the central part of Baku showing of the most interesting historical and architectural sites, as well as visiting a favorite walking place for residents and guests - Baku Boulevard. Also, we will visit the "Old Town", there are several dozen historical and architectural monuments are situated in its the territory, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the symbol of Baku - Maiden Tower, places of rest and stay of medieval merchants - Caravansarai. 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch We continue our tour by bus to the central part of Baku in order to see the most interesting historical and architectural monuments. Our today's tour ends with a visit to the cultural complex named after Heydar Aliyev. The complex has several exhibitions that can be visited at the choice of the tourist (surcharge) visit Fire Mountain. Transfer for dinner- Return to the hotel. Overnight in Baku.
Day 3 Trips to regions - Baku - Shamakha - Sheki (400 km)08:00 Breakfast in the hotel. Check out. 09:00 Drive in the North-West of Azerbaijan. The road to the city of Sheki will pass on one of the most beautiful corners of Azerbaijan at the foot of the Great Caucasus.Visiting Juma Mosque Shamaka. Stop for Lunch -16:00 Arrival to Sheki, check-in. Rest. We’ll start our Sheki tour from visiting the 18th century Khan's summer palace with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained-glass work. We will visit “Shebeke” workshop where the tourists will meet with local craftsman who will tell about “Shebeke” make process. After we will also visit workshop of Sheki baklava that is popular all over Azerbaijan. Dinner- Overnight in Sheki.
Day 4 BORDER TO GEORGIA - SIGHNAGHI - TBILISIBreakfast at the hotel and we will visit Sheki Bazaar where you will be able to buy fruits and souvenirs and see how local people trade and deal.- Transfer to Georgian boarder, pass the border formalities, change the guide and driver. Starting exploring Georgia with the land of wine – Kakheti region. First we will visit Sighanghi, “city of love”. Excursion in this beautiful city, visit city fortress walls overlooking Alazany valley with stunning views. Lunch at the local restaurant and wine degustation at local wine cellar with Georgian cheese and bread and get brief information about Georgian wine – making tradition which is reserved by UNESCO intangible list. Drive to Tbilisi – the capital of Georgia. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 Tbilisi city tourBreakfast at the hotel. Meeting guide at the hotel reception. Excursion in the capital city of Georgia. Founded by Vakhtang Gorgasali, the Georgian King of Kartli (Iberia) and made into a capital in the 6th century, Tbilisi is a significant industrial, social, and cultural center. Visiting following sights: Tbilisi Sameba Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Caucasus, Metekhi Church is erected on the cliff, overlooking the Mtkvari River. The colorful Darejani Palace is also situated on the cliff, like the nest of a swallow. The Sulfur Baths are located in Old Tbilisi, on the other side of the river, opposite Darejani Palace. Narikala fortress, established in the fourth century. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue tour by visiting Shardeni street with its fashionable, cozy cafes and art galleries. Visit famous Bridge of Peace. Visit Rustaveli Avenue, main street of the city, passing along the attractions, such as Tbilisi Opera and Ballet theatre, Rustaveli Theatre, different art galleries and cafes. Dinner at the restaurant. Transfer and overnight in Tbilisi.
Day 6 Sadakhlo – Haghpat - Sanahin- YerevanReaching the Armenia-Georgia border, you will meet your guide and drive to Alaverdi to have local tasteful lunch. Then you will head to the amazing Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries listed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage. Both monasteries were built in the 10th century and represent the medieval Armenian religious architecture. Drive to Yerevan. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. (-/L/D) City Tour – Garni – Geghard – Yerevan (aprox. 120km) After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide and start a city tour in Yerevan. During the city tour, you will see the most beautiful sights of the capital, like The Republic Square, where you may see the stone carpet right in the middle, hiding history of 3000 years underneath. Directly from the Republic Square opens the Northern Avenue, which represents the modern part of the city, linking the Republic Square with Freedom Square. The huge building of the Opera and Ballet Theatre is located here. Afterwards you will admire the enchanting Cascade Monument and Mother Armenia Monument. Also, you will visit the Genocide memorial to get closer to one of the saddest pages of the Armenian history. Afterwards, you will drive to the only preserved Pagan Temple in the whole Caucasus area Garni (1st century). You will continue your way to Geghard Monastery, part of which was carved right inside the cliff in the 4th century. During your lunch you will participate in a master class of baking Armenian traditional bread “Lavash”. Geghard is in the list of UNESCO Heritage Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Day 7 Yerevan - Khor Virap- Echmiadzin – Zvartnots - YerevanAfter breakfast at the hotel, head to the region Ararat to visit Khor Virap, situated close-by the river Araks. The importance of this monastery is connected with the first Armenian Catholicos Gregori Illuminator who made Christianity the state religion. Then the road will take us to Echmiadzin – the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the holy seat of the Supreme Patriarch-the Catholicos. Echmiadzin Cathedral was constructed in 303, and is one of the unique architectural constructions of the IV century. On the way back we will visit the ruins of Zvartnots. The temple was constructed in the VII century and destroyed by powerful earthquake in the X century. Both Zvartnots temple and Echmiadzin Cathedral are included on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage list.
Day 8 Yerevan – Sevanavank – Dilijan - Goshavank – SadakhloAfter breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the lake Sevan, which is the second highest freshwater lake in the world (about 2000 meters above the sea level). Being endowed with incomparable beauty, Sevan has turned into one of the main tourist attractions of Armenia. Reaching the peninsula of Sevan, we will climb the stairs to Sevanavank Monastery, founded by Gregory Illuminator in 305 and enjoy the view to the blue-eyed lake from above the hill. Afterwards, we will head to Dilijan, also known as “Armenian Switzerland” due to its fabulous nature, surrounded by dense forests and rocky mountains. Here we will visit Goshavank Monastery, situated in Gosh village on a green hill. The monastery was founded in the 12th century and used to be an educational center. You will find a unique Khachkar (cross-stone) under the wall of the church, which was created with old simple instruments. You will be enchanted by the amazing construction of the monastery and the stunning nature of Dilijan. After a tour in this wonderful area, you will be transported to the Armenia-Georgia border to continue your trip. Transfer to Tbilisi, have a dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 Tbilisi – Ananuri – Kazbegi – GudauriBreakfast at the hotel. Meeting guide at the hotel reception. Today we drive to Kazbegi, northern part of the country and mountain region of the country and Georgian ski resort. On the way, we pass Ananuri Castle and Jinvali water reservoir of amazing beauty. Stop upon request. Lunch at a local restaurant. Passing Pasanauri village and along the Aragvi River and picturesque landscapes arrive in Gudauri. Then transfer to Kazbegi (about 40km from Gudauri). Driving along the Tergi River will bring us to Stepantsminda – the main town in the region. From centre, (if the weather permits us) we drive through beautiful valleys and woodlands to visit.
Day 1 Athens - Arrival Day- Half Day City Tour AthensOur friendly staff will welcome you at the Athen’s airport and will start our sightseeing tour, including visit Acropolis. Acropolis is the Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. It is the significance of the Acropolis of Athens, such as that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king. You drive by the Parliament building where is the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier on Constitution square, by the neoclassical buildings of the Academy, University and National Library, by Hadrian’s Arch and by the Temple of Olympian Zeus which was the largest of all Greek Temples. Visit of the Acropolis with its magnificent monuments: the Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. Visit also of the New Acropolis Museum, where you will see the original statues which decorated the Acropolis of the 5th century B.C. Visit of the Panathenian Stadium which was rebuilt in 1896 for the first modern Olympics on the ruins of the ancient one. (Note: On Mondays as the New Acropolis Museum is closed, you visit instead the Temple of Olympian Zeus). At the end of the tour, we will transfer you to hotel. Overnight in Athens.
DAY 2 Athens - Corinth - Epidauros - Nauplion - Mycenae - OlympiaLeave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnesus and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games.
DAY 3 Olympia - Nafpactos - DeplhiIn the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Iliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight.
DAY 4 Deplhi - Kalampaka - MeteoraIn the morning visit the archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight.
DAY 5 Meteora - Tempi - Dion - Olympos - ThessalonikiVisit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, arrive and visit the Archaeological Park of Dion. Admire also the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of Mythology. After the visit depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. Overnight.
DAY 6 Thessaloniki - Veria - Naoussa - Edessa - Pella - ThessalonikiDepart in the morning for a unique approach to historical Macedonia. First stop at Veria (Biblical Beroea) to visit Saint Paul's Bema, and then stroll through the old Jewish neighborhood and the colorful market area. A walk in a city where past is present and around. Then proceed to Naoussa, to a site of exceptional beauty and importance: Aristotle's School, the impressive scenery where the great philosopher taught ‘the doctrines of morals and politics' to Alexander and the Macedonian youths. In only a few miles away is picturesque Edessa where we see the town's famous landmark, the Waterfalls. Then comes Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4th century b.C. villas, in situ as well as in the new Museum. Return to Thessaloniki. Overnight.
DAY 7 Thessaloniki - Vergina - AthensSee in the morning the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the "co-reigning" city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe's Museum Prize for the year 2005. Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander's father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas' Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.Trsf to apt for derparture