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WINE ROAD
Thessaloniki - Halkidiki

The Wine Road of the Macedonians

Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and the first wine-producing territory in Europe. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean. Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.

Evidence confirm that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean…

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€POA
Optional Extensions:
  • Chalkidiki
  • Mount Athos
  • Thassos
  • Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos
TOUR PROGRAM
WINE ROUTE of Thessaloniki - Halkidiki

Day 1: Meeting – Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is one of the world’s eternal cities, having enjoyed an urban existence from Classical Greece onwards, through Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras onto the resent.

Today is a major Balkan city, having always belonged both to the East and toEurope. On the slopes of Epanomi, a few kilometres from the city of Thessaloniki, a meticulously-tended vineyard surrounds the modern winery, where the renowned Domain Gerovassiliou wines are produced.

Return to Thessaloniki for some great food, free time and overnight stay.

Day 2: Thessaloniki

Breakfast and a day dedicated to Thessaloniki and its unparallel cultural heritage. We will visit the White Tower, the Archaeological & Byzantine Museum, the City Walls (Triangular, Eptapirgio, Acropolis), the  Ancient Market , Galerios’ Arch, the Rotonda and a variety of Byzantine temples in Thessaloniki including St.Dimitrios. After a long day full of culture and history we return for some well deserved rest to our hotel. Free time, dinner & overnight stay.

Day 3: Thessaloniki – Halkidiki

After breakfast we shoot off to Halkidiki and straight to the cave of Petralona, where the oldest human skeleton in Europe was found. Moving on we will visit the Tsantali Winery, one of the largest in Greece and with 125 years of tradition produces wines that are exported in 55 different countries around the globe. Back on the bus and we go to Kallithea for some food and a stroll. Overnight stay at Poligyros the capital of Halkidiki. Free time & dinner.

Day 4: Halkidiki - Sithonia

After breakfast,we will do a half-day tour of Sithonia peninsula.

Sithonia looks like a typical Greek island. We will make a complete the tour of Sithonia and stop in two of the most famous sea-side resorts, Sarti and Neos Marmaras. Food, sightseeing and return…

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Chalkidiki

Halkidiki has two tourism high-developed island-like peninsulas, namely Kassandra and Sithonia. It is a family-friendly destination combining evergreen forests with unique sandy and rocky beaches.

Halkidiki Activities

  • Petralona
  • Waterland
  • Cruise to Mount Athos from Ormos Panagias
  • Kassandra Round – Jeep Safari 4χ4
  • Scuba diving in Kassandra and Sithonia
  • Watersports etc

Sailing Cruises

  • Full day sailing cruise to Toroneos (Paliouri)
  • Half day sailing cruise to Kelyfos island (Paliouri)
  • Sunset sailing cruise (Paliouri)
  • Romantic Sailing Sunset – Sithonia (Nikiti)
  • Halkidiki Sailing boat trip, Neos Marmaras

Mount Athos

The largest and most important monastic state in the Orthodox East is also named ‘the garden of the Virgin Mary’. The monastic state of Athos, which occupies the easternmost, wildest ‘leg’ of the three-pronged Halkidiki peninsula, Mount Athos is the second-most important religious place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem, for the more than 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Now hosting 20 monasteries, Mount Athos forms an autonomous region within the Greek state, while spiritually it falls under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Although it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, all females are forbidden entry. But any adult may visit the Holy Mountain, regardless of faith or nationality, simply by obtaining a Diamonitirion or residence permit.

  • Half Day Cruise around Mount Athos
  • Ouranoupolis Visit
  • Male –Only Tour inside Mount Athos (1-6 days)
  1. Explore Mount Athos and the Monasteries
  2. Communing with the monks and absorb the Divine Nature
  3. Visit the Monastery of Great Lavra
  4. A glance into Monastery life

Thassos

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland. Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded. The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs. The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.

Thassos Activities

  • Water Sports
  • Horse Riding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Around Thassos by boat or cruise boat
  • Hiking
  • Jeep Safari 4×4
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling

Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos

Skiathos is famous for the golden beaches, the green nature and the vivid atmosphere, Skiathos Greece is a favourite destination for both youth and families. Skopelos is a handsome island of pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and orchards of plums and almonds, which find their way into many local dishes. Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs.

Skiathos  activities

  • Maritime and Culture Tradition Museum
  • Akkiton Open-Air Cinema
  • Carousel Cruise
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking trails
  • Kastro
  • Megali Ammos Beach
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking tour of Skiathos Town
  • Shop in Skiathos Town
  • Riding Centre in Koukounaries
  • Watersports etc

Skopelos & Alonnisos  activities

  • Skopelos Town
  • Glossa
  • Old Alonnisos
  • Patitiri
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