Taste of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki is not only known for its beauty and impressive number of Byzantine monuments but also for its great food. As the city remained under Ottoman rule for about 100 years more than southern Greece, it’s no surprise the Eastern influence has carried over to its dishes.
This excursion is a real journey of tastes. Starting from the famous Aristotelous square where you will taste a cup of strong Greek coffee, traditional “koulouri” (sesame bread roll) and “mpougatsa” (puff pastry cream pie), you will also wonder through well-known open-air markets of Thessaloniki, soak up the hustle and bustle of Athonos square, and visit one of the city’s oldest confectioneries for a sample of “siropiasta” filo pastry sweets.
Thessaloniki Private Sightseeing Tour
Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city and the capital of Macedonia, rich in cultural and historical heritage. This tour involves a visit to the Archaeological Museum, the White Tower, some of the churches including the Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios and a climb to the Acropolis (highest point of the city) in Thessaloniki’s Old Town for a panoramic view of the city. Naturally, time for shopping and a café downtown is included.
Pella-Vergina Private Tour
This tour requires an early start, as Vergina lies 80km south-west of Thessaloniki. It is of paramount historical importance and the old capital of the ancient Macedonia state.
Some notable sights include the palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C.
The tomb of the Macedonian King Philip, father of Alexander the Great is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Philip's tomb complete with its unique valuables is kept in a specially designed museum.
Meteora Private Tour
Meteora is believed to be a geological miracle with rocks shooting to the sky, forming a beautiful and dramatic sight.
This tour takes you through fertile plains to Mount Olympus then on to Kalampaka, a small town at the foot of Meteora - the “stone forest of Christ”.
Wanting to be closer to God, bold monks built monasteries on the peaks of these rocks and lived as true hermits for more than 600 hundred years. Today, six monasteries survive and are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Thessaloniki Jewish Tour
The history of the Jewish people in Thessaloniki reaches back two thousand years from present day. The city of Thessaloniki housed a major Jewish community, mostly of Serphadic origin, until the middle of the Second World War. It is the only known example of such a scale in the Jewish diaspora and it retained a Jewish majority for centuries.
On this excursion, you will visit the City wall offering marvelous views of Thessaloniki, the Jewish Museum, the Jewish Cemetery, the Monastirioton Synagogue, and the Modiano Market initially owned by the great Jewish Modiano family.
American Farm School of Thessaloniki
Sani’s tour of the renowned American Farm School of Thessaloniki offers a unique opportunity for guests to explore local farming, both past and present.
Experts guide you to the poultry farm, vineyards and vegetable gardens (where you may see breeding snails too), giving insights into the much-admired Mediterranean diet.
Join this tour every Thursday as part of Sani Resort’s programme of daily bus trips.
Price: 15 euros (includes transfer and entrance)