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When every day gives you that “Monday-morning feeling”, it’s high time for a break. Try a Mediterranean cruise to Thessaloniki in Greece with MSC Cruises – and treat yourself to the holiday of a lifetime.

With Thessaloniki in Greece as your destination on one of MSC Cruises’ magnificent Mediterranean liners, you can be sure of a perfect holiday cruise

When every day gives you that “Monday-morning feeling”, it’s high time for a break. Try a Mediterranean cruise to Thessaloniki in Greece with MSC Cruises – and treat yourself to the holiday of a lifetime.

Situated in a sheltered horseshoe bay on the Mediterranean coast and blessed with long, dry summers, Thessaloniki is not only a popular holiday destination, but also one of Greece’s largest and most important cities with an eventful history dating back to 315 B.C..

 Modern-day Thessaloniki is still home to various archaeological sites where remains of Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish origin have been found, such as the Rotunda of Galerius and the Panagia Chalkeon Church. Apart from the attractive historical buildings, arcades, lanes and variety of architectural styles found in the city centre, the entire Ano Poli (Old Town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a certain highlight during your stay.

As the city’s highest point, the Ano Poli is also where you’ll find the acropolis, the “Heptapyrgion” fortress and what remains of the old city walls. In addition to providing access to the Seich Sou Forest National Park, a popular local recreation area with mountain biking trails and landscaped hiking paths, the Ano Poli also affords pristine views of the city, the Thermaic Gulf and, on very clear days, even Mount Olympus on the distant horizon.

Beyond the city, the verdant Mygdonian basin and Lake Volvi, a place of outstanding natural beauty, beckon as great places to enjoy the countryside and simply unwind.

With so much to do in this special place, be sure to book your Mediterranean cruise with MSC Cruises and then look forward to the cruise of your dreams in Greece, wow factor guaranteed.

Cruise to Thessaloniki - Greece - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

Directions


A bus shuttle service and a taxi service to the city centre is available.

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 THESSALONIKI

Months

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C 9.3 10.9 14.2 19 24.5 29.2 31.5 31.1 27.2 21.2 15.4 11
Average low °C 1.3 2.2 4.5 7.5 12.1 16.3 18.6 18.3 14.9 10.8 6.8 3
 SKG01 - THESSALONIKI HIGHLIGHT: approx. 4 hours - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Join this half-day excursion featuring Thessaloníki's most popular landmarks and highlights. Leave the ship, board a coach and enjoy an introduction to the city, where you will pause briefly for photos of the White Tower. An excellent example of post-Byzantine architecture, this building stands today as a majestic symbol of Thessaloníki. The next 1 hour will be dedicated to the visit of the the Archaeological Museum. One of the most important exhibits is The Gold of Ancient Macedonia, displaying coins excavated from central Macedonia. Also featured are artifacts from the Archaic, Classic and Roman periods. Back on your coach, continue past the International Trade Fair grounds and the Aristotelion University as you head to the citadel. Here, enjoy a superb panoramic view of the city, with Mt. Olympus and the Thermaic Gulf in the background. Your next visit will be to the 5th-century Basilica of St. Demetrius, the largest church in Greece. View an impressive display of mosaics and visit the basilica's crypt, where Demetrius, an officer of the guard, was confined. Before returning to the ship, travel along one of Thessaloníki's main avenues, past the Arch of Galerius and St. George's Rotonda. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $51.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 SKG02 - VERIA & VERGINA TOMBS: approx. 6.5 hours, lunch included - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Leave the port and drive to Veria, the city of Berroia as mentioned in the Bible, that was St. Paul’s next stop and where he preached to the Jews that were more noble. St. Paul is the Patron Saint of the city of Veria. The classical city, bearing the name of one of the mythological King Veris daughters and and founded at the footsteps of mount Vermion, flourished during these years when huge walls were built to protect the city part of which can be seen at the entrance of the city and it was the first to surrender in 168 b.C to the Romans when it developed into the second important city in the area after Thessaloniki. We will visit the traditional Tribune and the Church of Christ, one of the many churches built during the Byzantine era, when Veria was called the small Jerusalem. Next you will go to Vergina, the first ancient capital of the Greek Macedonian Kingdom, to visit the Royal Tombs. Of these tombs, the most important is that of King Philip II, Alexander the Great's father. Your guide will accompany you inside the museum for a firsthand look at some of King Philip's most important possessions, including the king's shield and gold-trimmed breast plate. Also on display are gold diadems of unparalleled artistry, lavish wall paintings and a golden wreath of oak leaves. Afterward, lunch will be served at a local restaurant overlooking the immense Aliakmon Valley, before you return to Thessaloníki and the ship.

Price per person $85.00 Adults $60.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.