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 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.

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Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

Rating: by WindyPinesWife on January 31, 2020

Great trip!! Amazing scenery and excellent tour guide!!

The directions for getting the train from Athens were perfect. Lovely scenery along the way and then the tour guides were right there to pick us up when we arrived. The restroom on the train is a bit nasty. The guides took us to the...

Rating: by Asparafans on January 29, 2020

Divine and Natural Beauty

We booked for the 3-day Meteora /Delphi but due to the train problem (from Kalambaka station), we missed to see Delphi. However, the experience was compensated by getting to visit more monasteries. We enjoyed the visits after all. All of the Visit Meteora staff were...

Rating: by Michelle R on February 16, 2020

Terrific & Majestic!

Just a wonderful experience from Dimitris & his team... The luxury bus was safe, clean, water & wifi provided. It was a small group of us given the tour running in the colder months, but it was perfect to see the monasteries and views without...

Rating: by AdamPhilly on February 15, 2020

This tour was excellent!

This was a great experience. Their office was incredibly helpful while I booked this tour, giving me recommendations for the trains out of Athens. On day of tour, the van picked me up from the hotel on time. Eva was our guide and she was...

Rating: by moutassemy on February 13, 2020

Amazing experience

It was amazing experience, we enjoyed every single second spent here in Meteora. The guide Eva and driver Sotos were so professional and friendly, the explanation was perfect... Worth of price and time We really recommend to visit at least once this breathtaking monasteries full...

Rating: by Cowwzy on February 13, 2020

Perfect

We had a wonderful time! We did the hiking tour and the rock scramble up the Great Saint. Our guides for both tours were fantastic. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend these guys.

Rating: by S4427UKandrewf on February 1, 2020

Morning in Mountaintop Monasteries and Retreats

As a mid-winter tour this was small-group, unhurried, thoroughly informative and responsive to the group's interests and requests. History of the stunning mountain scenery and the hermit history leading to mountaintop monasteries was given in a relaxed and clear way appropriate to the size of...

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