A well-appointed and affordable private tour in Macedonia of Northern Greece promises to discover the unknown and the best of Greece. This private tour to Amphipolis and Thessaloniki is the best value-for-money, specially designed for those interested in both the ancient undiscovered treasures and modern Greece.
In this tour you will visit the tumulus tomb of Amphipolis lies on the hill of Kasta inside a 500-meter long surrounding wall of marble and limestone. The tumulus tomb of Amphipolis that the world is looking for the answer to an old mystery!
Itinerary of the three days private tour
Athens, Thermopylae, Thessaloniki, Amphipolis, Athens
Highlights of The amazing discovery of Amphipolis, in a 3-day private tour with Thessaloniki
- A visit to the mystical tomb of Amphipolis
- Thessaloniki, named after Alexander the great sister, the capital of north Greece
- Thermopylae, the actual battle site of King Leonidas and his 300
Description of our 3 days private tour in Greece
Day 1: Athens, Thermopylae, Thessaloniki
Start from Athens early in the morning to an amazing long day. You will be driving through the scenic national road towards Central Greece, and a couple of hours later we will arrive to visit Thermopylae.
Thermopylae (Hot Gates), the battlefield of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. Thermopylae is one of the major stops of this tour; known in the ancient years as one of the very important battles that has changed the word’s history.
Thermopylae gave strong responses to the people who were flocking there to be inspired by the braveness, the obey to their laws, and the sacrifice for the world.
Visit in Thermopylae the monument of Leonidas and his brave 300 Spartan, the monument of the 700 Thespians, the hill of Kolonos (the last face of the battle), and the Innovation Center of Historical information to watch the 10 minutes 3D short movie of the battle.
After a lunch stop on the way, we will continue our tour driving towards Lamia, Larissa, the Tempi valley, Dion by Olympus, Katerini, and Thessaloniki.
Short sightseeing, to see the large Byzantine church of St. Dimitrios, the Rotonda, the withe tower which is the trademark of Thessaloniki and the statue of Alexander the Great. Free evening to discover the capital of North Greece. Walk along the scenic coastal pavement of the town to visit the white tower and the statue of Alexander the Great.
Overnight at Thessaloniki.
Day 2: Thessaloniki, Amphipolis
Start our second day driving towards Amphipolis having the question in our minds; who is in the Ancient Tomb at Amphipolis of Greece?
There is a large-scale archeological excavation is in progress in hopes of answering the old question… Who is buried in this magnificent tomb? Is it Thessaloniki the sister of Alexander the great, Roxanne, the wife of him, maybe his son, his mother, or is it someone else?
Let’s find out together what was Amphipolis in a few words!
Amphipolis was an ancient city built in eastern Macedonia, on the river Strymon, box city formerly known as “Nine Streets” or very close to it. Amphipolis was founded by the Athenians in 437 BC to control the mines of Thrace, but passed to the Spartans during the first phase of the Peloponnesian War, in 431-421 BC. The Peace of Nicias in 422 BC provided the Athenians attributed to Amphipolis, a promise that did not materialize.
After that Amphipolis remained under the influence of the Spartans. The last attempt recovery of the Athenians in 358 BC failed and the next year was occupied by Philip, father of Alexander the Great, and became part of the Kingdom of Macedon.
The Kingdom of Macedon
With the fall of the Macedonian Kingdom from the Romans Amphipolis became part of the Roman Empire from the city passed the famous Via Egnatia. The Late Roman years had significant economic development and something that testify impressive in size and decorated churches of the 5th and 6th century AD.
After the invasions of the Slavs in the late 6th century AD, Amphipolis gradually depopulated completely abandoned in the 8th century, when most of the inhabitants fled to the nearby seaside town Ioni, which had been renamed by the Byzantines in Chrysopolis. Today the region stands the modern namesake village, located about 60 km. Southeast of Serres.
Amphipolis and apostle Paul Acts 17:1
On his second journey apostle, Paul passed by the supply-city of Amphipolis on his way
to Thessaloniki traveling after his visit from Philippi. Some scholars suggest that St. Paul lodged overnight there, as part of a three-stage journey from Philippi to Thessalonica. Under Roman rule during the time of St. Paul, it was a largely independent city and emerged as the home of the Roman governor of all Macedonia. It is likely the city was not evangelized until a generation after St. Paul, but nevertheless became an important Byzantine Christian site
Here we will visit the magnificent tumulus tomb of Amphipolis and the archaeological museum.
Overnight in Asprovalta area.
Day 3: Amphipolis, Athens
After breakfast, it’s time to set off and take the way back to Athens. Arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.
- Shore Excursion - Private tour
- Activity level: Moderate
Included in the tour
- Car and Driver
- A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of availability on bookings day!
- Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
- Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
- Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
Excluded from the tour
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverage
- Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the difference between a STATE LICENSED TOUR GUIDE and a TOUR DRIVER GUIDE in Greece!
- Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
- Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
- This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.
Persons with Disabilities
- Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
- In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by the state tour guide for an extra cost.
- In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed