Thessaloniki – One city, many stories
Modern and youthful metropolis with multi-ethnic history, dynamic city with arty counterculture, closer than you think, compact and cosy!
Thessaloniki, being the second largest city in the country and one of the most interesting cities to visit in Greece, combines successfully the bustling city offerings with a more cultural, artistic, gourmet and historic character. Thessaloniki is a compact city with a great variety of entertainment and leisure options and excellent flight connections. As a host city, Thessaloniki offers great variety of venues, accommodation, social activities and an efficient public transportation system, forming the perfect choice for your next conference or meeting.
Arrival in Thessaloniki via one hour flight from Athens, meet and greet by your English speaking guide in the airport, followed by a direct transfer to the respective hotel by A/C vehicle.
In the heart of Thessaloniki, just a few steps from the Aristotle Square, the Grada Nuevo gourmet restaurant - a jewel nestled in the historic new–classical building of the Andromeda Boutique Hotel. The restaurant’s cellar, with more than 150 outstanding wines, is certainly one of the most prestigious in Thessaloniki. If you are a gourmet aesthete, the Grada Nuevo is an absolute must.
A stone's throw from the sea, Pinelikia Tavern welcomes you since 1995 to offer unique taste experiences. In a warm and stylish renovated space in Kalamaria, onto one of the most beautiful streets of the city, Pinelikia combines tradition with passion and love for good food, offering you unique tastes…Choosing and always using the freshest ingredients with the highest quality, creating dishes and recipes that can satisfy even the most demanding diners. In Pinelikia you will find fresh fish and seafood, fine meats, fresh salads and a huge variety of delicious appetizers.
Combine these with wine from the rich and completely updating our cellar or ouzo and raki from known distilleries and taste producers. Place is also ideal for receptions and business lunches.
Options For the Ones Who Are Going After Their Palates!
Gastronomical Tour of the City
An interactive culinary walk and guided tour of the city and the local food markets, will help you discover the city’s well hidden paths and secrets. Thessaloniki has many local products that it is famous for, but mostly for its food markets. We will browse through them in order to try out local delicacies. Definitely worth trying are the several kinds of sweets, such as "tsoureki", a delicacy which is available plain, or filled with chestnut, orange and chocolate. Bougatsa is Thessaloniki’s favorite power breakfast! It is a pastry pie made of layers of filo filled with a variety of fillings. All the visitors of the city talk about this "golden" bite of crisp handmade leaf, stuffed with fresh cream patisserie. Promising to be a guaranteed gourmet and fun experience, exploring the markets and trying out their local products is definitely the most tasteful way to meet the city!
Wine Tasting in Naoussa
The History of Greek red wine begins in Naoussa! Historic Greek Wineries are situated in Naoussa, one of the most beautiful regions of Macedonia, on the eastern foothills of Mount Vermio. The wineries constitute an important landmark in the evolution of wine, in one of its most important homelands, Macedonia. A guided tour in the production areas, the historical cellars of the Wineries and unique multimedia shows, are the best introduction to the history and philosophy of the area, its companies and Greek wines generally. The history of wine began here, 130 years ago, promoting Greek wine in Greece and abroad, while it has played a leading role in the development of the Greek winemaking ever since. We will visit the places where the wine-vaults are located, and store and maintain wines in perfect condition. We will as well find old vintages (the oldest Greek red wines in the country) and one of the largest cellars of aged wines with over 3,000 barrels
Clochard's kitchen balances between traditional, eastern and international modern cuisine. The elegant plates, made with fresh daily products and homemade recipes, that are prepared with fantasy and care, along with the rich and updated cava, are a consistent part of the overall gastronomic experience and aside with the very high level of service make Clochard, an always excellent choice in the mind of connoisseurs.
Low profiled and unfussy, Clochard remains the most known restaurant of the center of Thessaloniki, and offers a remarkable combination of modern lounge environment, discreet luxury and high level aesthetics. Available space and service can cover lunch or dinner of up to 80 persons.
Semi-private Dinner: In a recess of the restaurant's hall, right across the bar, a slightly isolated corner is formed, creating a warm space, ideal for private lunch or dinner for up to 10 persons.
A wonderful journey of tasteful pleasures begins in the seafood restaurant 7 Thalasses, which possesses the top position in the field of food service. It’s famous for its gastronomic creations, its attention to the detail and the emergence of the freshness of the used ingredients, according to the Mediterranean culinary wisdom. Also, the atmosphere of the restaurant delivers you to an endless tasteful journey.
Combining the sophisticated menu with delicious appetizers and an updated cellar, the restaurant 7 Thalasses is suitable for both your private and professional events, as it offers a special room with audiovisual means, which can convert every event to an unforgettable experience of hospitality.
The restaurant is suggested by the Louis Vuitton World Guidebook for the year 2011 and the magazine National Geographic Traveler.
Explore the Amazing Landscapes on Our Doorstep!
Heli Tour to Meteora
Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage. All of these monasteries are perched on high cliffs and accessible by staircases cut into the rock formations. They were created to serve monks and nuns following the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church. Much of the architecture of these buildings is Athonite in origin. Of the six intact monasteries, the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen and Monastery Roussanou are inhabited by nuns. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly.
Full Day Relaxing in Exotic Dreamland Halkidiki
With its 550km of coastline, featuring more than 1.000 beaches, Halkidiki is the birthplace of the philosopher Aristotle and Orthodox religious center of Mt. Athos (UNESCO heritage site). Halkidiki has to offer a series of alternative tourism proposals and an unlimited choice of activities like 3 private marinas, casino & golf course, sports & diving centers, water sports, spa & wellness centers.
From your business dinner to the friendly coffee with your friends. Next to the pine-tended private gardens, the fresh air, decorated tastefully simple, you are in the right place to warm your meetings in the winter and cool in the mornings or evenings in summer. The stunning natural beauty of the location of Villa Luna and the impeccable aesthetic interventions, make it unique. The luxury environment but also a sense of simplicity in décor create a wonderful place for those seeking something special. The great hall is a fixed appointment of business people and the most beautiful presences in the region.
MARE E MONTI
Born in Italy, Pasquale Lembo settled in Thessaloniki, bringing his unsurpassed love for the simple unpretentious Italian cuisine. Initially as an Italian food and wine importer and, since 1998, founder and manager of “Mare e Monti”, he can boast he has taught the people of Northern Greece to distinguish and love the authentic Italian flavors, becoming a true ambassador of the Italian taste!
The real traditional Italian dishes from the Italy’s North and South are meticulously prepared by the Chef Mr. Sakis Kalfas before your eyes in the open-air kitchen, to be savored in “Mare e Monti” ’s warm cozy ambience!
Options for Nature Lovers!
Trekking at Mount Olympos
Early in the morning you will depart to Olympus. In Greek mythology Olympus was regarded as the «home» of the Twelve Olympian gods of the ancient Greek world. It formed itself after the gods defeated the titans in the Titan War, and soon the palace was inhabited by the gods. It is the setting of many Greek mythical stories. You will start your trekking tour with an experienced climber of the area and hike to one of the various peaks of the mountain. For more active or experienced people the highest top is 2.917m and it is a taught, demanding route that requires stamina.
Daily Excursion to Lake Kerkini, a Nature’s Miracle
Lake Kerkini in Serres is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1932, and then redeveloped in 1980, on the site of what was previously an extremely extensive marshland. The coastal vegetation of riparian forests with wild willows, floating lily pads in an area of thousands of acres, great fish variety, buffaloes that swim in the serene lake waters, and the wonderful horizon formed by the mountains of mount Belles and Krousion, make this land extremely attractive. You will enjoy a nice coffee before riding your bicycle and cycle to Mandraki the place you will reach to take your canoe for a tour around the lake. You will admire the large concentrations of Flamingo, Cormorant and Pelicans and with the guidance of proficient men you will discover the flora and fauna of the area. After the canoe tour, you will enjoy a 4x4 jeep tour to reach the monastery of John the Baptist, and you will hike to the small pond above the monastery, where you will be able to admire the view of the delta of Strymon. There you will taste local gourmet products of the area and enjoy the silence!
GALA DINNER ALTERNATIVES
Uniquely located on the sea, in the most beautiful city building for many in the glory of the Music Hall of Thessaloniki in Aldebaran is the new venue for hosting separate events. A venue that will fascinate every guest!
With minimal decoration and simple lines of architect Areta Isozaki new building is one of the top gala dinner venues and conference centers worldwide.
BEACH PARTY at Psarokokalo (Gritsa)
The Beach Party will take place at Beach Bar "Psarokokalo" in Gritsa, Litochoro.
Be prepared for Greek traditional food and dancing by the sea!
Departure transfer from the hotel to Thessaloniki Airport.