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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    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.