Private Thessaloniki: Markets, Mansions & Monuments
Are you ready for an adventure into the heart of ancient Thessaloniki? Discover this multicultural city through its famous landmarks. We will start in Aristotelous Square, the city’s most popular and impressive thoroughfare. Here we will talk a little about the fascinating past of Thessaloniki, both ancient and modern. We will then move on to one of the most famous landmarks in the city, the crypt of Ayios Dimitrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki....
Are you ready for an adventure into the heart of ancient Thessaloniki? Discover this multicultural city through its famous landmarks. We will start in Aristotelous Square, the city’s most popular and impressive thoroughfare. Here we will talk a little about the fascinating past of Thessaloniki, both ancient and modern. We will then move on to one of the most famous landmarks in the city, the crypt of Ayios Dimitrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki. We will venture underground into this mystic resting place, where St. Dimitrios was martyred. Interestingly, the area was converted into an exhibition space in 1988 that displayed historic items that had been recovered from the dramatic fire that took hold of the city in the 5th century CE, such as sculptures and other decorative items. We'll continue with more historical big hitters and include stops at the Arch of Galerius, the Rotunda and one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. We will now find ourselves in the busiest and most commercial area of the city. Here you will see Turkish baths, pretty flower shops and locals going about their daily business. We'll then make our way to the city's colourful open-air markets. Dating from the 12th century, the stalls stock a dizzying array of fresh produce including fish, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, spices and even a traditional butcher, which all together vividly evoke the city’s ancient past. Your journey through Thessaloniki will end in the attractive Ladadika district, famous for its historic role in trading oil. You will find some of the city’s best cafes, restaurants and bars here. Stories from years gone by will come alive as your local guide leads you through the neighbourhood's atmospheric paved alleys. When the tour ends, why not have a break and a bite to eat while you reflect on all that you have learned about the city and its stunning heritage? Don’t forget to ask your guide for hints and tips on where to go and what to do during the rest of your stay in Thessaloniki. This tour is priced for a minimum group size of four travellers. A solo traveller or group smaller than four may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for four travellers. If your group has more than four persons, please kindly contact us at email@example.com for more details.
- Explore thessaloniki’s top historical sites with a local guide leading the way
- Visit the hidden markets, alternative neighbourhoods and secret backstreets that tourists don’t usually find
- Go subterranean with us and explore the crypt of agios dimitrios, the patron saint of the city
- Discover the oldest christian church in all of greece
- Local impact: how you will help the local community by joining this tour:
- Your tour visits agios dimitrios church and other unesco world heritage sites of thessaloniki, giving you a sense of the city's rich history, as well as supporting local cultural heritage.
- On this tour you will visit 100% local, family-owned businesses and meet a local greengrocer, cheesemonger, butcher, and fishmonger who sell their own and greek-only products. supporting small-scale, locally-run businesses helps to preserve the traditional character of old thessaloniki.
- At least one store on your itinerary is dedicated to the preservation of locally-produced crafts.
In front of the Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos in Aristotelous Square, Address: Egnatia 78, Thessaloniki 546 24. View on Google Maps.
You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.