Day 6: Alexander the Great
If the history of Alexander the Great always fascinated you, then Vergina is the right place for you. If not, then you will surely be fascinated after your visit in Vergina. Although it is just a small village 75 km away from Thessaloniki, its name was written with golden letters in history, because the ancient city of Aigai came to light there. Aigai was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia and its cemetery contains the tombs of the royal dynasty and especially the tomb of the legendary King Philip II. The royal tombs were discovered in 1977-8 by the archaeologist Manolis Andronikos. The whole atmosphere in the underground building which hosts the museum of Vergina is mystic and leaves various feelings in the visitor’s heart. The tombs contained so many treasures, that everybody would wonder how luxurious the unfound tomb of Alexander the Great would be.
After visiting the royals, short visit in Veroia, or Berea as it is widely known from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 17, 10-15). Continue to the South, drive-by the Vale of Tempi at the foot of Olymp. You will visit the church of Hagia Paraskevi, famous stop for the pilgrimage tours. Then by driving through Larissa and Trikala, you will reach the old bishopric Stagoi, known today as Kalambaka. Accommodation for 1 night in Kalambaka.