Enjoy Thessaloniki with a knowledgeable local guide and resident
Welcome to Thessaloniki, Saloniki, Salonica, Selanik -- the name has changed several times over the city's 2300-year history. During this shore excursion lasting up to four hours, we can see many of ancient, medieval and modern sites from that long history. We can also walk, talk, eat, shop and just generally enjoy the same things the city's inhabitants do.
We can visit the most popular tourist sites from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman Turkish and modern times, and explore the less well-known but equally important Jewish and Donmeh history here. There are also some beautiful museums displaying the city's varied history and culture.
But just by moving through the city at your own pace, you will sense something timeless and profound -- the difference between the West and the East. This is an "Oriental" city in the old sense -- it was the bridge between Europe and Asia, between Christianity and Islam.
As your private tour guide, I can adjust the itinerary, duration and activities to meet your needs.
Starting-time is flexible in order to accommodate your schedule, though the earlier in the day the better during very hot summer weather -- around 40 C/104 F with high humidity! Bring a hat, water and comfortable shoes.
Sites may include the Eptapyrgio fortress, old Turkish quarter, Trigonio tower, Konak, Agios Dimitrios, Rotonda, Arch of Galerius, Agia Sophia, White Tower, Plateia Aristotelos, Jewish museum and others.
Contact me if you would like to make a day-trip to other sites in northern Greece.
My natural pace is somewhat relaxed, as I want you to enjoy yourself and soak in what you see. We can start immediately if a plan has been worked out in advance, or we can review our options in a cafe and then begin.
There is a lot to see in the historical center of Thessaloníki, and most of it is accessible by foot, public bus or taxi. Farther destinations will require taxi, my personal car or car-rental.
I will keep a list of options in case of fatigue, weather, traffic or labor-strike interruptions.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal or the hotel where you are staying. Please send me the details in advance.
End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal or the hotel where you are staying.
Duration: 4 hours
Most of the interesting sites and activities are in the historical city center, and we can get to them on foot, or by public bus or taxi. For things farther away, we can go by taxi or my personal car, a 2004 Citroen C3. This is a clean, air-conditioned small car that seat four adults comfortably (driver + 3). At additional cost we can rent a better car, especially for more distant trips or for more than three guests.
My services as your personal tour-guide around the city, whether we move by foot, public bus, taxi, or my personal car. (Note: My car can hold a maximum of four adult passengers.)
Note that in Greece only government-licensed guides may lead tours inside the major tourist sites. We can visit these places too, but I have to make my comments outside, before we enter the site. This is usually not a problem.
Be prepared to pay for your own shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.
For groups with more than four people, there may be an extra charge for the cost of car or van rental.
Prices are for travelers arriving or staying in Thessaloniki. For those staying in hotels out-of-town (Halkidiki, for example) there will be an extra charge for transportation costs.
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Kevin has a lot of knowledge and he enjoys sharing it. Yet, he doesn't overloads you. The places we went to were not only touristic but places in town, which reflect life in the city, in the past and present. Very enjoyable and interesting.