After visiting the royals, you will drive to Ioannina, one of the most beautiful and traditional cities in Greek mainland. Hotel accommodation for 3 nights
The day begins with visit to Dion and its archaeological park. Dion was one of the commercial and cultural centres in the Kingdom of Macedonia. The city played an important role in the Roman times too, as it fell to the Romans in 169 B.C. and later in 32/31 B.C. it was the place where a Roman colony was founded. After its prosperity and later its decay due to natural disasters and barbarian invasions, the last reference to Dion was in Byzantine archives, where the city was referred to as a province of the Byzantine Empire. The archaeological findings in Dion are mainly from the Roman and early Christian times. The archaeologists have discovered two theatres from the Hellenistic and Roman times respectively, a stadium, sanctuaries of several gods and a necropolis. A journey through history that will not disappoint you.
Return back to Thessaloniki. Hotel accommodation for 2 nights
On the last actual day of your journey, you will make a tour in the peninsula of Chalkidiki. Your first stop will be in Ouranoupoli, the last destination before entering the “abaton” of Mount Athos. From there, you will take the boat for a short cruise around the “Holy Mountain”. Mount Athos is really a small republic of monks with 20 monasteries, where no women are permitted. The cruise will last about 3 hours. After a lunch break in Ouranoupoli, you will visit the archaeological site of ancient Stageira, a small historical town and motherland of the great philosopher Aristotle.