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Panoramic Thessaloniki city tour.
Length: 2,5 hours (guided in English)
Since its foundation by king Cassander of Macedonia in 315 B.C. and named after his wife and stepsister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki has always been a metropolis.
The long history of the city is evident by the varied architectural forms from the Hellenistic era up to the end of the 20th century as well as with an astonishing Byzantine artistic heritage.
15 monuments in the city have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece, is the principle gateway from the Mediterranean to the Balkans and Central Europe.
Departing from your hotel with a luxury bus and a qualified English speaking guide you will have the opportunity to see along the coastal avenue of the city,the historical Liberty square, Aristotle’s square where the most important outdoor events take place, the White Tower, which is the symbol of the city and can enjoy a stroll from the tower to the statue of Alexander the Great.
Continue with the bus and see the brand new city Hall,the Archeological Museum that houses a stunning exhibition of golden jewels from the 6th century BC, the YMCA building, the International Trade Fair grounds, the Aristotelian University campus, the late 4th century Byzantine Walls and drive to the Upper (old) city a protected area for its traditional architecture, full of poetry and charm.
There you will have a short break to admire the marvelous panoramic view of the city, of the Thermaic Gulf and if weather permits of Mount Olympus.
On the way down town again you will see the neoclassical style building of the Ministry of Northern Greece, St. Demetrius 5th century basilica dedicated to the patron saint of the city (short visit), the Galerious Arch, the Rotunda which is the only round edifice in Greece, get into Tsimiski street, the most commercial street of the city and get off the bus close to the harbor, in the renowned Ladadika area which was the old olive oil market of the city, to continue on foot to the restaurant http://www.akron-ladadika.gr/.
Due to recent infrastructure works the Ladadika area is a jewel in the city, full of life day and night, where you can find from the luxurious restaurants to the typical Greek taverns with live music, to night clubs and can experience the local life style and famous gastronomy.