Thessaloniki

A beautiful old town
Views from the acropolis
Seich Sou Forest

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Thessaloniki, Greece

Discover Thessaloniki’s beautiful landscapes and ancient ruins as you travel around Greece on a delicious Mediterranean cruise.
Situated in a sheltered horseshoe bay on the Mediterranean coast and blessed with long, dry summers, the port of 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 BC.

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) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and sure to be a 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 take some time out from it all and simply unwind.

Spoil yourself for choice and start planning your day out with our excursion packages that offer the best deals going in Thessaloniki, wow-factor guaranteed.

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  • DION: THE MACEDONIAN SANCTUARY OF ZEUS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

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    Located at the foot of Mount Olympus, notable in Greek Mythology as the home of the twelve gods, Dion is famous for its Macedonian sanctuary of Zeus and its archaeological site. Leave the port and reach the site after a 1.5-hour coach drive. King Philip II and Alexander the Great celebrated victories in this place and soon a city was built next to the sanctuary so that Dion was renowned for its fortifications and splendid monuments in Hellenistic times. Your guide will introduce to the ancient site including a great part of the old city with Roman Baths, the Roman Theatre viewing the Hellenistic Theater that is used today during the summer festival for performances and the Sanctuaries of the Olympic Gods. Walking along the ancient streets of the city, you will have the chance to view ruins of old villas including the magnificent House of Dionysus with its mosaics of exceptionally fine quality. Please note: this tour includes long walking on uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulty or using a wheelchair.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$79.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • VERGINA TOMBS

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

      SKG04

      Spend a few hours off the ship and treat yourself to a tour that will take you to a gem of historical Greece, Vergina, the first capital of the ancient Macedonian kingdom. Your approx. 1.5 hour coach drive will give you plenty of time to think of the past marvels you will soon see. Along with your guide, you will visit the archaeological remains of the royal tombs, the most important of which is that of King Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. Next on the list is the Vergina museum, whose exhibits include some of King Philip’s key belongings, such as his shield and gold-trimmed breastplate as well as other items. After having some free time, a coach will take you back to your cruise ship. Please note: this tour includes long walking on uneven ground; it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulty or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults$85.00Price per person

        • Children$62.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
      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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

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      The cruise terminal is close to the city centre, however it is located in an industrial area off a highway.
      Taxis run to the city

      Port Terminal

      Address of the Terminal
      ZIPCODE CITY

      Tel. +00 000 0000000
      Fax. +00 000 0000000
      E-mail:  email@emailaddress.it
      Website:  www.terminalwebsite.com

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      Greece

      Under the protective wing of the gods
      Under the protective wing of the gods

      It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
      With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

      For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes.
      But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
      Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.

       
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