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Vacation in Thessaloniki - Halkidiki

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Land of gods and paradise on earth

 

Spanning both past and present, Greece welcomes you with its exuberant nature, wonderful archaeological sites and fantastic beaches. Myths and traditions merge in the picturesque villages where you can find folklore and local crafts. There are many seaside resorts to be found around the Greek islands, high-quality hotels to meet all expectations and the Hellenic people well-known for their hospitality will welcome holiday visits under an ever-present sun.
 

Halkidiki

 

Thessaloniki - Halkidiki

 

Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki are two districts of Central Macedonia, which is located in northern Greece. Chalkidiki is one of Greece's most beautiful and popular tourist destinations. Since ancient times, it has been renowned for the fertility of its soil and the diversity of its natural landscapes. Its peninsula is shaped like Poseidon's trident and is made up of three sub-peninsulas – Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos. It is home to pine forests, towering mountains and azure beaches, which come together to create an enchanting blend of blue and green. The Thessaloniki region is less well known to travellers, but has just as much to discover. Its capital of the same name is home to a wealth of architectural treasures and was named after Thessalonike, the wife of King Cassander of Macedonia. The region's captivating scenery is packed with archaeological sites and other unmissable attractions.


Hotel areas

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Kalyves Polygyrou

Kalyves Polygyrou lies between the first and second peninsulas of Chalkidiki. The region has undergone significant tourist development in recent years following the construction of luxury resorts. Distance from the airport: 62 km.

 

Gerakini

This seaside resort lies between Kassandra and Sithonia. It has become a popular destination thanks to beautiful Skala beach and its emerald waters surrounded by pine-covered hills. Distance from the airport: 67 km.

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Psakoudia

The small village of Psakoudia lies between the Kassandra peninsula and the Sithonian peninsula, and is known as the 'Gateway to Sithonia'. The beach is very clean and the turquoise waters are perfect for a refreshing swim. Distance from the airport: 72 km.

 

Elia

Elia is located in the north-western part of the Sithonian peninsula and is a popular holiday destination thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches, particularly those of Spathies and Lagomandra, and their turquoise waters. Not to be missed! Distance from airport: 100 km.

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Afytos

Afytos is one of the most beautiful and unusual villages on the Kassandra peninsula, with a magnificent view of the Gulf of Toroneos. It has managed to preserve its traditional charm over the years and boasts a rich heritage of Orthodox Christian structures and stone houses. Distance from the airport: 75 km.

 

Hanioti

Situated between Polichrono and Pefkohori, Hanioti is the perfect mix of tourist facilities and beautiful natural surroundings. This small, picturesque village, regarded as one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Kassandra, lies at the foot of coniferous hills and has a long sandy and pebbled beach. Distance from the airport: 93 km.

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Kriopigi

This small seaside village is built on a hill covered in pine trees above the Gulf of Toroneos. In the centre, old traditional houses rub shoulders with large hotel complexes. The beach is quiet, clean and shaded by the pine forests that cover the hill, making it perfect for families. Distance from the airport: 83 km.

 

Pefkochori

Pefkochori is a picturesque village on the Kassandra peninsula. It is made up of traditional white houses and more modern buildings framed by nature. The name ‘Pefkochiri’ comes from the pine forest that surrounds it, as ‘pefko’ means pine in Greek. The beautiful surroundings are ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities, and the seafront is great for diving and boat trips. It's also one of the liveliest areas on the peninsula – in the evening, the bars, discos, restaurants and tavernas will tempt you to go out and enjoy the atmosphere.  Distance from airport: 95 km.

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Sani

Sani is one of the most famous villages in Chalkidiki and is known for its summer festivals, where pop and folk concerts take place on a hill topped by a 16th-century observation tower called the Stavronikita Tower. Sani’s marina is lined with chic bars, boutiques and grill restaurants. Distance from the airport: 73 km.

 

Nea Potidea

Nea Potidea is situated on the Potidea Canal, which links the Thermaic Gulf to the Gulf of Toroneos, and is close to an archaeological site. This vibrant village boasts lively bars, relaxed cafés and traditional tavernas by its harbour, and a beautiful beach that lines its coastline. Distance from airport: 58 km.

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Nea Moudania

Nea Moudania is not only the second largest town in Chalkidiki, it is also one of the most important fishing areas in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is famous for its large olive grove with thousands of trees, and makes an excellent base for exploring the Sporades islands. Distance from the airport: 56 km.

 

Neos Marmaras

Neos Marmaras is the largest town on the Sithonian peninsula. Its 20-kilometre coastline is dotted with man-made beaches and small coves, and there are plenty of tavernas and shops, making it a popular seaside destination. Distance from airport: 108 km.

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Paliouri

Paliouri is a traditional village in lush natural surroundings in the south of Kassandra. The typical 19th century architecture and narrow streets invite you to stroll around and stop off at one of the tavernas to enjoy a good meal. The centre is not directly on the seafront, but the beautiful beach of Chrousso is only around 3 kilometres away. Distance from the airport: 105 km.


Must-do & Must-see - our suggestions

Must-do

 

Stroll through the markets of Modiano and Kapani to buy delicious local products. Between olives, spices, cheeses and many more, the colorful stalls will amaze all your senses.

Visit Nikiti, a charming village oscillating between tradition and modernity. The lively seaside offers many facilities for all your activities, while the traditional old town will seduce you with its picturesque charm.

Follow in the footsteps of Aristotle on a nature walk. The famous thinker is said to have gotten his brilliant ideas while strolling along the paths of Chalkidiki.

 

Must-see

The White Tower is the symbol of Thessaloniki. It was a Byzantine fortification that later became a prison. Today you can find here a museum that recalls the history of the city and enjoy a panoramic view from the top.

Take a boat along the coast of Agion Oros to admire Mount Athos. Not accessible by foot, the monastic state is still a must-see from afar, with its amazing cloisters perched on the holy mountain.

Amphipolis is an ancient Greek city packed with archaeological finds. The most impressive is the tomb of Amphipolis, the largest funerary monument in Greece. Not to be missed!


Excursions

Excursions will allow you to discover your destination from all perspectives. LuxairTours offers a range of selected tours that will allow you to discover unmissable places, paradisiacal beaches, typical dishes... LuxairTours organises a range of quality excursions for you.

  • The Meteora is a group of high, steep rocks, the summits of which are crowned by monasteries and Hermitages. The Meteora is located 300 metres above the valley near Kalambaka, on the River Pinio. Meteora's original name means "rocks sent from the sky".
    Around the middle of the 14th century, the monk Athanasios founded the first monastery on the rock of Meteora, called Platylithos (huge stone). This odd-looking rock mass is located 613 m above sea level and 413 m above Kalambaka. It covers the entire landscape.
    The region is so famous that even Hollywood hasn’t been able to resist the urge to make a film there. James Bond climbed up to the middle of the Holy Trinity Monastery in 1981 for the movie ‘For Your Eyes Only’!

  • Let yourself be carried away by a journey around the beautiful Sithonia Peninsula. It offers exceptional beaches and a varied and picturesque landscape, with green pine forests that contrast with the crystal blue water. 
    There, you will see fantastic landscapes, traditional architecture and beaches worthy of the Caribbean. Here, you will hear fascinating stories about the Greek way of life, the traditional products of Chalkidiki, history, myths and customs. 
    By visiting the village of Parthenonas, built on the slopes of Mount Itamos, you will be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view of Kassandra, the coast of Sithonia and the Gulf of Toroneos. 
    Enjoy free time in Sarti for a quick swim or just for lunch (not included). 
    Finally, taste delicious honey from Nikiti, straight out of the hive!

  • An exceptional cruise off a sacred place rich in history. 
    Mount Athos is the name of the 2033 m high mountain located at the southern end of the Sithonian peninsula. The Holy Mountain, which has had the status of an autonomous state for over 1000 years, is famous for its monasteries, the first of which was built in 963. 
    Because of its sacred nature, Athos is the most difficult part of Chalkidiki to visit. All women, including female animals, are not allowed to pass beyond the village of Ouranopolis. Moreover, men wishing to visit the place must request a permit 6 months in advance. And still today, 1700 monks live there following strict rules.
    This cruise is therefore a great opportunity to admire from afar this sacred place full of history. Sailing along the west coast, you will have the opportunity to contemplate from a distance the most singular community of monks in Europe and their impressive Byzantine monasteries. A visit to the picturesque village of Ouranopolis is also included.

     

  • On the program of this excursion: cruising, swimming, exploring and lazing around!
    The departure is from Ormos Panagias Port, where you will take the boat to the most beautiful lagoon of Chalkidiki. Located in Vourvourou, Blue Lagoon, which takes its name from its shimmering waters, will allow you to enjoy a few hours of pure happiness in the heart of idyllic landscapes. Relax in the sun, dive, swim in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea... A variety of activities are available to you!
    Then you will return to the boat and enjoy a light meal (included in the price), before leaving for the island of Ammouliani. Here you will also have some free time to wander around the small village, where you can have a coffee, do some shopping or go for a swim. Finally, the third dream place you will visit during the excursion is the Drenia island, where you will have the opportunity to swim and dive.

  • Welcome to the second largest city in Greece! 
    If you are a culture and history enthusiast, you will love this tour. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of this country. Named after Alexander the Great's sister, Thessaloniki is full of ruins from the Byzantine, Roman and ancient Greek eras that can be seen throughout the city.
    Accompanied by your qualified guide, you will discover a host of monuments: from the White Tower to St. Dimitrios, through the Roman forum, you will be amazed by the treasures of the capital of Central Macedonia.

  • Welcome to Greece's second largest city! On this tour, you'll have the chance to discover Greek history and culture, as well as go shopping for souvenirs to bring back home to your loved ones.
    Ruins dating back to Byzantine, Roman and Ancient Greek times can still be seen in every part of the city. During the tour, you'll have the chance to visit the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotunda monument, the Byzantine church of Saint Demetrius, the Old Town (or Ano Poli, as the locals call it) and the city walls, from which you'll have a breathtaking view of Thessaloniki. You will be accompanied by a professional guide who will tell you all about the city.
    Thessaloniki has a lively nightlife with many bars, clubs and restaurants, but it is also famous for its gastronomy and cuisine!
    At the end of your visit, your guide will be happy to recommend the best places to find a good café or restaurant where you can sample the regional cuisine.

    Tour itinerary
    Pick-up at the hotel in comfortable, air-conditioned buses, departure for Thessaloniki
    Arrival at the city gates where you will meet your guide
    Visit to the White Tower and a 15-minute break to admire the view
    Departure for the guided tour of the old town, followed by a visit to the Byzantine church of Saint Demetrius, before continuing on to the Roman forum and the market, and finishing in Aristotelous Square.
    Free time in town for shopping, lunch or a coffee
    Pick-up at the White Tower and return to the hotel

    Important information
    The services of the guide are included
    Transfer in an air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi is included
    Duration: 6 hours
    Remember to bring a hat, money for personal expenses and comfortable shoes.
     

  • What could be more romantic watching the sunset from a boat? Let yourself be captivated by the hypnotic charm of this natural spectacle in a beautiful setting.
    Enjoy a magnificent sunset from the tranquil waters of the Aegean Sea. There are a million good reasons to spend an evening on a boat watching the sun disappear over the horizon of the Kassandra peninsula!
    Embark on an unforgettable experience at sea, enjoy the panoramic views and visit the island of Kelyfos. You'll be welcomed on board with a glass of bubbly and can enjoy the journey off the coast while sampling fruit, champagne and various snacks.
    A truly unforgettable experience!

    Tour itinerary
    Pick-up at the hotel and departure for the port of Chrousso
    Departure for the island of Kelyfos, where a stop for a swim is planned.
    Continue to the Gulf of Toroneos to watch the sunset while enjoying a snack.
    Return to the port of Chrousso where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

    Important information
    Minimum age: 15 years
    Transfer in an air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi included
    Boat ticket included
    A welcome drink and snacks are included on board
    Duration of cruise: 3 hours
     

  • This tour combines half a day of shopping in the traditional markets with half a day exploring the Petralona cave.
    Join the locals and haggle for bargains and traditional handicrafts. These markets only take place on Tuesdays, so it's well worth the trip!
    Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable Petralona stalactites, where the remains of a man dating back 700,000 years have been discovered! Other remains include all sorts of exotic species that have since disappeared from the region, including lions, hyenas and panthers.

    Tour itinerary
    Pick-up from the hotel by bus and departure for the village of Kallikratia
    There, visit the local open-air market
    Departure for Petralona cave and visit.
    Return to the hotel

    Important information
    Transfer in an air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi included
    Duration of the excursion: 5 hours
    Remember to bring money for personal expenses, sun cream and sunglasses.
    The services of a guide
     

  • When you think of Greece, one of the first things that springs to mind (apart from crystal-clear waters and romantic sunsets) is its delicious cuisine. From feta cheese to Greek salad, the many local specialities and recipes have something for everyone! 
    Alongside a team of professional and passionate experts, you'll discover the aromas and flavours of traditional cuisine and see the techniques used by several generations of farmers over the years. 
    This experience is designed for people love – and want to know more about – olive oil, nature, tradition and Greek gastronomy. 

    Tour itinerary
    Pick-up at the hotel in air-conditioned buses, departure for the olive grove
    Arrive at the olive grove, visit an oil mill and taste olive oil
    Departure for the vineyard, visit with vine leaf picking and cookery lesson: preparation of Dolmadakia (traditional recipe based on stuffed vine leaves)
    Tasting of the dish accompanied by a glass of Tsipouro (Greek brandy)
    Return to the hotel

    Important information
    Transfer in an air-conditioned bus with free Wi-Fi included
    Duration: 5 hours
    Remember to bring a hat, some money and sun cream.
     

For more information and bookings, please contact your LuxairTours guide on site.

 


Important information

 

- Tourist tax: According to the official category of hotel booked, an obligatory tax must be paid on site: 3-star: €3.00, 4-star: €7.00, 5-star €10.00 (per room and per night).



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