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September 6-16, 2024

Treasures of Northern Greece, Delphi & Athens Tour

$6,975 per person, sharing a double room

Single supplement: $930

Deposit $750

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Friday, September 6, 2024 DEPARTURE

Departure from the USA with an overnight flight to Thessaloniki. Airfare is not included in the price. Celestial Voyagers is here to help choose the routing and the schedule.

You may chose to leave earlier to recover from jetlag. We can make arrangements for hotel reservations if you choose to do so.

DAY 2: Saturday, September 7,  ARRIVAL IN THESSALONIKI | Meals D |

Arrival in Thessaloniki.

Meet Alex, our Greek English speaking guide who will be with us throughout the tour.

Check-in at the hotel for 3 nights.

Meet your travel companions at dinner at the excellent seafood restaurant: MAVRI THALASSA. Founded in 1926 as a kafeneio (coffee house), Mavri Thalassa has grown into one of the culinary touchstones of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is known for its gastronomic legacy, reflecting the myriad impacts of its storied multicultural, multireligion past. In 2021, UNESCO granted an entirely new category of award to the city, naming it a 'City of Gastronomy' within the Creative Cities Network.

DAY 3: Sunday, September 8, MARKETS & COOKING CLASS WITH SMARAGDA | B L D |

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

Foodies Tour of Thessaloniki: Departure  with our chef/culinary expert SMARAGDA MAKRI. Smaragda is a passionate cook who studied at École Ritz Escoffier; she’ll take us towards the master of BOUGATSA, the traditional desert of Thessaloniki. She will show us a demonstration on how the fillo dough is opened in the traditional way. Afterwards we’ll go to the city center, walk through Modiano market and 2 other food markets, then stop at OUZERI for lunch.

Return walking to the hotel escorted by Alex Randan

In the evening, transfer from the hotel towards the restaurant where we will have our private cooking demonstration and dinner.

DAY 4: Monday, September 9, EXPLORE THESSALONIKI'S JEWISH HISTORY | B D |

Breakfast at your hotel 

Full day guided city tour to learn about the interesting Jewish Heritage history and an important history of the Holocaust of the Jews of Thessaloniki

We’ll visit the major Jewsh sites: Jewish Museum, the main synagogue (Monastirioton), the Yad Lezikaron synagogue in the heart of the former Jewish quarter, the Yahudi Hamam, the Bank Allatini In the area of Frangon which was the heart of commercial life in the past

We’ll walk through the historical city center and  see the Shoah monument.

Free time for lunch at a local tavern 

In the afternoon we’ll go to the old train station where deportation to Auschwitz and Birkenau took place; then we’ll drive to the wealthy area where rich Jewish families built magnificent villas in the pre-war period.  We’ll pass The “Yeni Cami” which used to be a mosque built for the converted Jews, the Old City Walls, the University campus and the recently inaugurated monument to the destroyed ancient Jewish cemetery which had over 350,000 tombs.

Dinner at a local tavern and overnight in THESSALONIKI.

DAY 5: Tuesday, September 10, TRUFFLES & COOKING IN THE FOREST, METEORA MONASTERIES | B  L |

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out before leaving for Kalambaka, a 145 mile trip.

Arriving  in Kalambaka we’ll start our truffle hunt activity in the local forest (40-minute journey on foot). In the beautiful unknown forests of the region, the group will enjoy an unprecedented truffle hunt, taste a pasta recipe, cook with truffles and learn about mushrooms. With the help of an award-winning trained dog we will succeed in finding the best truffles of the region.   

Cooking demonstration and lunch as part of the activity.

In the afternoon, visit two of the most famous monasteries of Meteora;  a UNESCO World Heritage listed place, meaning “suspended in the air”.  It is an eroded rock where monks have built their monasteries on. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built during the 15th century despite incredible difficulties to access.        

Check-in for one night and buffet dinner at the hotel

Overnight in KALAMBAKA

DAY 6: Wednesday, September 11, LIVADI FARM, DELPHI ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE | Meals: B L D |

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

Departure towards Delphi and  the village of Livadi (03h30 drive)

Arriving in the village of Livadi, we’ll visit a local farm and experience the local bucolic life of the shepherds. We’ll have a “Shepherds Picnic” and open the traditional fillo and taste a local herb pie, local cheese, salad and of course we'll try Tsipouro (a potent liquor) to warm ourselves up.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the archeological site and museum of Delphi

Dinner in Arakova. 

DAY 7: Thursday, September 12, DRIVE TO ATHENS AND VISIT THE ACROPOLIS | Meals: B D | Fresh Hotel Athens

Morning drive to go to Athens.

Check-in for 4 nights at the FRESH HOTEL upon arrival.

Panoramic  tour of Athens with highlights .    

Afternoon guided tour                              

  • Visit of the archeological site of the Acropolis
  • Visit of the new Acropolis museum

Dinner at a local tavern

DAY 8: Friday, September 13,  ATHENS FOODIES WALKING TOUR | Meals: B L | Fresh Hotel

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel before leaving for a taste Athens Food Walking Tour

  • 1st stop at “The Naxos Apothecary” to learn about Greek botany, how it’s used in different pies and Greek cuisine. The Naxos Apothecary offers exclusive herbal blends, as well as Greek mocktails and cocktails. Climbing the stairs at the back we will reach the Herbal Tea Room, which houses more than 130 herbs and superfoods, including unknown herbs of Naxos and rare roots for a tasting of tea and savory pies. 
  • We will continue with the visit of Athen's famed Varvakeion Market (meat, fish, produce, and spices)

Lunch will follow at an amazing place next to the market.

  • Continue with a visit to an authentic, traditional, dairy-products patisserie, dating back to 1931 (tasting of Masticha yogurt, Ice cream, and Galaktoboureko).

Free evening and dinner on your own (if you're still hungry!).

DAY 9: Saturday, September 14,  EXCURSION TO THE PELOPONNESE | Meals: B L | Fresh Hotel

Full day excursion by coach to Peloponnese with our local guide, Alex.

We’ll visit the olive oil domain of MARKELL0S in Corinth and enjoy a olive oil tour and tasting including a virtual reality presentation of the harvest. Four generations of family tradition allows this domain to produce one of the best extra virgin olive oils in the country. Stroll around the old olive groves where the great grandfather of Dimity, the present owner, planted the first olive tree on the ancient Solygeia soils where a sacred olive tree has survived through centuries.

Proceed to SKOURAS WINERY in Nemea region. Tour the winery on arrival, then enjoy a cooking class in the domain with CHEF COSTAS PAPASTAMATIS.

Here are some of the dishes you will prepare and share for your lunch:

  • Salad
  • Appetizer:   Black bean salad with tamara mousse, salami and calamari
  • Main Course:  Cabbage rolls with ground beef, aromatic herbs, rice and egg lemon sauce +”Giouvetsi beef”, a slowly cooked caramelized beef baked in the oven with “hilopites” pasta.
  • Desert:  Orange cake pie with chocolate ganache

Lunch will be accompanied with wine pairing:

Salto for the salad

Pepio for the appetizer

Megas Oenos for the main course

Titanas as a dessert wine

Return to Atehns, free evening, dinner on your own.

Free evening and dinner on your own

DAY 10: Sunday, September 15, AEGINA ISLAND – PISTACHIOS – FAREWELL DINNER | Meals: B D | Fresh Hotel Athens

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel and transfer by coach to Piraeus Port escorted by your host Alex Randan

Crossing  by normal ferry towards the island of Aegina

Arrival in Aegina, famed for its pistachios, and transfer toward the temple of Aphaia: visit the site.

Visit of a pistachio factory to taste the local products and return to the city center of the island.

Return with  flying dolphin towards Piraeus and transfer on arrival towards the hotel

Back on the bus in the evening to go to the restaurant for our farewell dinner at the award-winning restaurant ALERIA, which opened its doors in 2006 in Metaxourgeio neighborhood in the heart of Athens. Owner, Nikiforos Kechagiadakis, discovered this neoclassical gem of the 19th century and immediately felt that this was the ideal place to  house Aleria, a place where the comforting feeling of home would meet a sophisticated fine dining atmosphere.

Return to the hotel by coach.

Overnight in ATHENS

DAY 11: Monday, September 16, FAREWELL TO ATHENS! | Meals: B

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out.

According to the departure time, we can arrange your transfer in reference to your flight schedule. (Transfers are not included.)

Services Included

·      3 nights accommodation, double occupancy in Thessaloniki  

·      1 night accommodation, double occupancy in Meteora

·      1 night accommodation, double occupancy in Delphi

·      4 nights accommodation, double occupancy in Athens

·      Buffet breakfast at hotel daily

·      English speaking escort throughout the tour.

·      4 dinners at local restaurant or tavernas

·      1 buffet dinner at hotel in Meteora

·      Welcome and Gala farewell dinner with beverages

·      5 lunches: 2 of them with cooking class

·      Mineral water, tea or coffee with meals

·      All culinary experiences as described in the day by day itinerary

·      Guided tours and entrance fees according to the program

·      English speaking local guides for cultural visits

·      Private coach or minivan with air conditioning

·      Bottled water on the coach daily

·      Daily city tax at the hotels

·      VAT and local taxes subject to modification

Services Not Included

  • Single room supplement TBA
  • International flights arriving in Thessaloniki and departing from Athens
  • Lunch or dinner according to the program when time is at leisure
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Beverages (other than bottled water, coffee and tea) with lunches and dinners
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers (we will help with suggested amounts)
  • Trip cancellation and travel insurance (travel insurance is required)
  • Passport and visa fees as needed (Note: if you are not a US citizen a visa may be necessary; a green card is compulsory.) 

All passports must expire at least six months after the trip’s end date.

Itinerary Note

This itinerary is subject to possible changes or adjustments due to weather and traffic conditions or other unpredictable events. We will make every effort to ensure that any substitutions are of equal value and interest.

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Trip Brochure - Northern Greece 2024