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Christmas in Thessaloniki

22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 0805 on Easyjet, arriving Thessaloniki 1325. Transfer to City Hotel for six nights. Welcome and introductory lecture: Roman Thessaloniki.

Day

2

Roman Thessaloniki: Rotunda, Arch of Galerius, Imperial Palace and Roman agora. Afternoon tour of Archaeology Museum followed by evening lecture: Byzantine Thessaloniki.

Day

3

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.

Day

4

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.

Day

5

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.

Day

6

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).

Day

7

Transfer to Thessaloniki airport for 1440 flight, arriving London Gatwick 1610.

Tour Dates

22 Dec — 28 Dec 2017

Days

7

Cost

£1795

Tour Code

XTHS-17

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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.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £245.

 
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