Northern Greece : Macedonia

Explore a region protected from mass tourism and full of surprises

Northern Greece : Macedonia

Price from : 770 €
Ideal duration : 11 days –
10 nights

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Welcome to Greece, the cradle of our European civilization, a perfect blend of historical heritage, gentle lifestyle and impressive landscapes. Imagine discovering the Macedonia and Thessaloniki region on a road trip. A region in the north of France that has remained natural and sincere, where lakes, charming villages, mountains and the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea meet. Stroll through the streets of villages that have lived through years of history that have left their mark forever. Byzantine, Ottoman, Albanian and other influences… This region presents itself as a veritable open-air museum, a crossroads of civilizations now cohabiting in harmonious peace, giving these places all their charm.

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  • Discover the diverse influences and masterpieces of the past
  • Take a walk in a beautiful region that’s not too touristy
  • Traditional villages and lush forests
  • Another face of authentic, unspoilt Greece

 

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Day 1: Thessaloniki

You arrive at Thessaloniki airport and take a car to Kastoria, two hours away. Settle into a manor house built in the 19th century, restored and protected in the traditional style of the region, where you can enjoy a tsípouro against the backdrop of one of Greece’s most picturesque neighborhoods.

Day 2: Kastoria

On the first day of your trip, discover a city that was once coveted and constantly invaded, a strategic crossroads of civilizations: Kastoria. Situated on the shores of Lake Orestiada, its natural inaccessibility was essential. In the cool light of morning, take a walk around the peninsula to appreciate the village’s unique position on the shores of the lake – a very soothing stroll. On the way, take in the Dragon’s Cave with its underground lakes, or the old Byzantine monastery of Panagia Mavriotissa. In the second half of the day, back in the city after your tour, stop off at the Byzantine Museum. You’ll see many of the region’s most famous paintings and icons.

Day 3: Kastoria

Today, visit the Doltso and Apozari districts: the noble quarters of Kastoria. Architecturally superb, they combine elements of fortified urban dwellings with folk art features. If you’re curious, head out of Kastoria to visit five clay huts that are exact replicas of Neolithic lake dwellings discovered in the 1930s – time travel guaranteed. Then it’s on to the second leg of your journey, Véria.

Day 4: Véria

You’ll stay in a luxurious hotel in the heart of the old town, offering breakfasts prepared using local produce and traditional recipes. You’ll sleep in a traditional building under beautifully restored wooden beams.
Véria, too, is a multicultural city. It’s easy to see how different religions coexisted here, giving us a city that’s varied in style and monuments. Decipher the heavy history of this city as you stroll through the streets, from the small Jewish quarter with its synagogue, to the Christian quarter with all its Orthodox churches, and even the Muslim quarter with its current and ancient mosques. A veritable open-air museum that has withstood the test of time.

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Voyage Macédoine Grèce vacances séjour

Day 5: Véria

Today, continue your exploration of the city and discover the archaeological and/or Byzantine museums, which will help you learn more about Macedonia’s rich history. Then it’s on to Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, capital of Macedonia.

Day 6: Thessaloniki

Welcome to Thessaloniki, an active, multicultural city with an exceptional heritage and no fewer than 15 Unesco World Heritage monuments, including 11 Byzantine churches. A city in constant motion, driven by the avant-garde and the young, but retaining its historic soul, inherited from its long history. You’ll be staying in a charming, modern room, ideally located for all your city tours. In a building recognized as a work of art by the French Ministry of Culture, you can enjoy the proximity of the city while retaining the serenity of a quiet place of your own. Start with a stroll along the waterfront, between the Tour Blanche and the port. The White Tower is an ancient Byzantine fortification that has been converted into a museum, a true landmark for the city. Then take a tour of the old town and the Ano Poli district, a maze of colorful streets lined with monuments and Byzantine churches.

Day 7: Thessaloniki

Today, discover the city from an older, more archaeological point of view, and visit the ancient Agora. Then on to Heptapyrgion – meaning “the fort with seven towers”, an ancient Byzantine and Ottoman fortress. Located to the north of the Agora, this impressive monument has stood the test of time. The next stop is just a few kilometers away, in Stavros.

Day 8: Stavros

Drop off your luggage for the day at a hotel overlooking the bay of Strymonikos, in the heart of the perfect combo of blue sea and green mountains. Just one minute’s walk from your hotel takes you to beautiful turquoise beaches, where you can relax in the sun under the sea breeze and cool mountain air. After a day of rest and relaxation, set off for your last stopover, Kavala.

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Voyage Macédoine Grèce vacances séjour

Day 9: Kavala

Kavala doesn’t hide its secrets. They’re everywhere: in buildings, monuments, food, archaeological sites and beaches. This coastal town, which effortlessly blends East and West, has a knack for rewarding its visitors. Here, stay in a luxurious building with 1920s architectural details and a view of the city’s aqueduct. Run by two friends with a passion for travel and a commitment to more sustainable tourism, you can even borrow a bike to tour the city at your own pace. Start by taking a look at the Kamarès aqueduct, just a stone’s throw from here. These arches adopted their current form during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent between 1520 and 1530. Some 500 years later, they’re still as impressive as ever. Then take a trip back in time to the old town and the 2,500-year-old Panagia district. Climb to the fortress at the top of the town and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Day 10: Kavala

For your last day here, head for historic Imaret. It is one of the most important Ottoman monuments in Greece. With its lead-covered domes, the symbol of the ancient city, it was created by Mohamed Ali in 1817, himself a native of the city. Don’t forget to sample the local specialties, inspired by the flavors of East and West, and influenced by the city’s multicultural past. The region is known for its small-scale producers and excellent products, from honey and cheese to kiwi and asparagus.

Day 11: Return flight

Enjoy your last moments in Greece today before flying back to Thessaloniki for France.

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Further information

From €770/person. (based on 2 people)

This price includes: round-trip flight Paris-Thessaloniki, airport taxes and fuel surcharge, 10 nights’ accommodation in charming guesthouses, rental car (VW Polo or similar) for the entire trip.

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