Your historic Thessaloniki walking tour will begin by meeting your local guide in Aristotelous Square, one of Greece’s biggest and most impressive squares, surrounded by impressive neoclassical mansions.
As you’ll walk along the pedestrian street of the square, you’ll hear fascinating stories of Thessaloniki’s thrilling past, from ancient times till the recent years, until you reach Agios Dimitrios church, a UNESCO heritage site that houses the crypt of Agios Dimitrios, a not-to-miss highlight of the city.
Wander underground into this mystic resting place, where St. Dimitrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, was martyred. Venture in the labyrinth of the crypt that has transformed into an interesting exhibition space, including unique historic items such as sculptures and other decorative items that have recovered from the 5th-century-CE great city’s fire.
Continuing the stroll around the city, you’ll visit other noteworthy landmarks of Thessaloniki, such as the ornate Arch of Galerius, nowadays locals’ most popular meeting point, and the monumental Rotunda, as well as, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world.
Then, you’ll head to the commercial area of the city where locals’ daily business life such as charming flower shops and other local stores coexist with old Turkish baths and other historic monuments.
Next, you’ll find your way to the bustling colorful open-air markets of the city, some of which date back to the 12th century. Here, you’ll experience the spirit of Greek life with the same commerce of food that existed hundreds of years before. Your local guide will show you around the best of the markets, taking you to places few tourists venture and helping you to discover a variety of fresh produce including fish, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, spices, and even a traditional butcher.
Your tour will end in the picture-pretty district of Ladadika, once the city’s center of oil trading. Nowadays, this area is one of Thessaloniki’s taste ‘n fun hubs where numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars are located. Stroll around the cobblestone alleys of the neighborhood, hear stories about its interesting past and find out the best hangouts noticed by your local guide.
Before we part away, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance to the crypt, coffee, a local sweet (bougatsa) water, and refreshments during the tour.
Exclusions: Entrance ticket (EUR 2) for Rotunda, additional food and drinks, souvenirs or personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide and driver.