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.

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  • 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 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 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 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 flavors.

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.

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