Day Trip to Vergina and Pella from Thessaloniki

Excursion back in history to the Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great and Philip II

Get to know the imperial capital, the ancient city where Alexander the Great was born and raised and where the great philosopher and tutor Aristoteles was invited to educate him. The archaeological treasures of the glorious Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II, as detailed by Herodotus, invite you to a unique roadtrip to history. The excursion travels you to the ancient greek, byzantine and modern history bringing back in light the lost prestige of Aigai, the first city of the Macedonians. Discover the museum of Aigai; a World Heritage site of UNESCO, against the natural beauty of the area and the view of the Macedonian plain that travels our eye till the end of the horizon.

Rates

  • Adult Price: 56€
  • Child Price: 28€

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Inclusions

  • Round-trip transportation to Vergina and Pella
  • English speaking trip attendant-archaeologist
  • Basic travel insurance (during transport)
  • Assistance with the ticket issuance process for anyone who wishes to avoid the queue in the ticket office

Exclusions

  • The entrance fee to the Museum of Vergina (12€) and to the museum and the archaeological site of Pella (8€)
  • Tour-guide to the museum of Vergina and to the museum and the archaeological site of Pella
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant

Useful Information

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Starting Time: 8:00am
  • Our trip attendant-archaeologist shall wear clothing with the Ammon Express marking so that he/she will be recognisable easily
  • You should be at the departure point 10΄ before the time indicated in the schedule. The bus cannot remain at designated stops, except for boarding
  • Free of charge entrance to the archaeological site and the museums is valid for youths up to 18 years old and University and Technological Educational Institutes students or students of equivalent schools of EU Members

Highlights

  • Museum and Archaeological site of Pella
  • Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina museum)

Tour Details

We depart to Pella with the bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,

  • at 08:00 from the White Tower (entrance),
  • at 08:05 from Makedonia Palace Hotel,
  • at 08:15 from Aristotelous Square & Egnatia Street (at the white Statue of Venizelos),
  • at 08:20 from Capsis Hotel,
  • at 08:25 from The Met Hotel

The distance is 50km and lasts approximately 45΄.

We reach Pella, which in the antiquity used to be a port, where we visit the new, modern museum as well as the archaeological site with the unique mosaics. In the archaeological site we can admire the ancient market of the city, the mosaic of the “Abduction of Helen” and the “Amazonomachy” (the battle of Amazons). In the museum, there are exposed objects and artifacts from the daily life of the people; characteristic signs of the lifestyle in the antiquity.

Next, we reach Vergina where we visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, situated in the borders of the village. The characteristic Golden Larnax (funerary casket), an urn with the cremated remains of Phillip II is marked with a 16-rayed sun, the symbol of Macedonia. The Sun of Vergina (or Star of Vergina), which is characteristic symbol of the Argead Dynasty (of the King Phillip II and Alexander the Great) was found together with the excavations that brought back to light his father’s Royal Tomb. 4 of the sun rays represent of the 4 classical elements and the other 12 sun rays represent the 12 Olympian Gods. Admire the golden oak wreath that Phillip II had during his funeral pyre, military armors, various grave goods, the other tombs that were brought back to light and a small sanctuary, the Heroon.

Later, we enjoy our lunch break in a restaurant with greek traditional flavours.

We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30p.m and we are back after an hour (around 16:30p.m), making the same stops where we started from.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received within 2 days of departure will incur a penalty of 50% per person.
  • Cancellations received within 1 day of departure will incur a penalty of 100% per person.
  • Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.

Our Latest Reviews

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Rating: by Adi E on August 17, 2019

Gorgeous

We drove in our private car all around the area, about 15 minutes. And we had stops in each monasteries (without getting in) the view is fabulous. Aftrr a few hours we went up again to see the sunset ???? and it was amazing!!

Rating: by Philip B on August 16, 2019

Do it

Guide Katerina and driver Andonis took the four of us (including a 7 year old boy - he loved it) on a 5 hour journey through 1,700 years of fascinating history and some of the most spectacular landscapes in Greece. They were simply brilliant in...

Rating: by vincentm922019 on August 16, 2019

Excellent tour with fantastic views

We had a great time with Evan our guide. We had unique views on 5 out of 6 of the active monasteries and visited one. Evan provided a lot of explanations (on the geology, wild life, monasteries, etc) and was also very caring and cautious...

Rating: by leilajordyn on August 15, 2019

What an incredible experience!

My day trip from Thessaloniki to Meteora was one of my greatest experiences as an avid traveler. Beautiful, historical and unlike any place I have seen, Meteora is a must. The team at Visit Meteora went above and beyond in helping me orchestrate the logistics...

Rating: by peterF6877CK on August 15, 2019

Strongly recommended

We took the 2 day train tour from Thessaloniki with a sunset tour and a hiking tour the following day. The three star hotel was worth four and our two guides were very courteous, funny and extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of Greek history and...

Rating: by joepE3008MR on August 14, 2019

Full day round trip from Athens to Meteora

The train ride was long. It was supposed to be 4 hours, but delayed 45 minutes because of mechanical issues. Having said that...it was all worth it! Our guide was phenomenal—native from the area. She described personal experiences she had interacting a particularly wise monk....

Rating: by mara5256 on August 13, 2019

Best Tour

With a variety of ages, this tour was perfect for everyone. Eva was a very knowledgeable and professional, and the driver was very careful and professional. Also participated in the sunset tour which can be combined to see some additional sights. the tour really made...

Rating: by Evelyn D on August 13, 2019

Absolutely fantastic!

On August 5, 2019, I took this train tour from Thessaloniki to Kalambaka and was greeted at the train station by Eva and George from Visit Meteora. This was the best tour I’ve ever had anywhere! Eva was amazing - such vivid and articulate storytelling...

Rating: by 63surf on August 12, 2019

Absolutely Wonderful

Took the tour as a last minute thing with my son. Having everything from the train tickets to the hotel to the food and the tours set for us, made this a truly memorable experience. We spent a month in Greece, and those three day...

Rating: by Achung9595 on August 11, 2019

Great tour except for the train

This was a fantastic day trip except for the train ride to and from. The day begins early at 7:20. The train is not very nice and the seats are not very comfortable, especially for a four hour ride. The ride brings you through a...

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