- Discover the fascinating late-Roman and Byzantine archaeology of Greece’s second city, founded by one of Alexander’s greatest generals
- Visit the awe-inspiring tomb of Philip II at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vergina, alongside the ancient theatre where he was assassinated
- Walk in the footsteps of St Paul at nearby Veria
Andrew Wilson , BA, BD, FSASCOT
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Gatwick 0845 on Easyjet, arriving Thessaloniki 1355. Transfer to City Hotel for six nights. Welcome and introductory lecture: Roman Thessaloniki.
Roman Thessaloniki: Rotunda, Arch of Galerius, Imperial Palace and Roman agora. Afternoon tour of Archaeology Museum followed by evening lecture: Byzantine Thessaloniki.
Christmas Eve Morning excursion to Pella (birthplace of Alexander the Great, with remains of villas and superb mosaics). Afternoon tour of Byzantine Museum, Thessaloniki and principal Byzantine churches (Panayia Akheiropietos, Ayia Sophia and Ayios Demetrios) featuring stunning mosaics and frescoes.
Christmas Day Visit Heptapyrgio fortress and ramparts. Continue through old town (churches and monuments). Christmas Day lunch at local taverna. Afternoon stroll to waterfront to view White Tower and Alexander the Great statue, followed by some free time.
Walk through less frequented parts of Thessaloniki to view hidden Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, before continuing to suburbs of Karabournaki and Aretsou (seafront). Fish lunch at local taverna. Afternoon: Queen Olga Street (architecturally eclectic 19th and 20th century mansions). Evening lecture: Hellenistic Thessaloniki.
Excursion to Veria (links to St Paul), including museum and church (14th century frescoes). Afternoon: magnificent tomb of Philip II and ancient theatre (site of Philip II assassination).
Transfer to Thessaloniki airport for 1435 flight, arriving London Gatwick 1610.
22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017
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Cost of £1795 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £245.