Thessaloniki has a long history. It was the capital of Macedonia, the empire of Alexander the Great. It was also the second city in the Byzantine empire, after Constantinople. There are numerous churches from this period that still remain, some dating back to the 4th century. Today Thessaloniki is Greece's second city with a population of 1.5 million.
Thessaloniki is a lively seaside city. Its centre is directly by the seafront, which is lined with fashionable cafe-bars, many with lavish decor. It has big city flair, but compared to Athens a much more relaxed life-style. Most of the city's attractions are reachable by foot. It is safe to walk alone at night, but if you do take a taxi it rarely costs more than 3 or 4 Euros.
This, and it being a seaside city, attract a large number of students. At present there are more than 100.000 of them. Many decide to stay on after their studies and make the city their home.
We include some of the most memorable and important sights, such as the White Tower, the city's important landmark. We'll explore the exhibition grounds, Galerius Arch, the Rotonda Monument, the Citadel, and many more important spots and monuments.
We will stop at the City Walls, from where you have a marvelous view of Thessaloniki. We will also visit St. Dimitrios Byzantine church, and we'll take a walk along one of the most famous seaside promenades in the country, lined with many cafes and restaurants. The trip ends in the evening.