Breakfast and acquaintance with the city of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is the second most populated city of Greece; it is called by Greeks the ‘co-capital’ of Greece and is named after Alexander the Great’s sister. It is a unique city, much unlike any other in Greece. Century-long harmonious cohabitation of many different ethnicities and cultures has given the city a one-of-a-kind character and a sense of diversity and multiculturalism.
Thessaloniki has been and still is the place where the eastern culture meets the western; this blend of mindsets and cultures bestows the city with a completely unique feel, making it vividly stand out. Here you will find monuments from the Roman era such as the palace of Galerius, the Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and Rotunda, as well as Via Egnatia. Monuments from the Byzantine era, such as the churches of Agios Demetrios, Hagia Sofia, St. Nikolas Orphanos, as well as lots of monuments from the Ottoman era, such as Bey Hamam, the White Tower, Bezesteni market, Alaca Imaret to name but a few. Monuments from all eras abound in the city, most of which are included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Due to the fact that the largest university in Greece is situated here, the city has a significant youth population, which provides it with a vibrant and lively feel. You can grasp the juvenile pulse of the city merely by having coffee in one of the numerous cafeterias around the city. If, on the other hand, you are keener on a night out, you can always enjoy a glass of wine while savoring the beautiful view of the Gulf of Thermaikos from one of the many beautiful bars facing the seafront. The overall night-life of the city is very active, with bars, cafes, restaurants and many other options in every corner of the city.
The city of Thessaloniki always has something interesting and original to offer; the vast variety of projects, activities, events and actions taking place and being organized in Thessaloniki has fairly given the city the title of the most enchanting city in the Balkans.
The city of Thessaloniki can be a gastronomical heaven for gourmet lovers; countless taverns and restaurants can satisfy even the most demanding customers.
After a tour of Thessaloniki, the group will head over to the winery “Ktima Gerovassiliou” at the Epanomi area.
This winery is considered to be one of the most modern wineries in northern Greece, producing a wide range of high-quality wines. Particularly interesting is the wine variety ‘Malagouzia’. Malagouzia is an old, indigenous Greek variety which, at some point, was ohe verge of extinction. Mr Gerovassiliou and his collaborators worked towards the revival of this variety. The visit at the winery includes a tour at the vineyards and the facilities that will allow you to get acquainted with the production procedure. Wine tasting of the wines produced at the Estate will follow. You should also take the time to visit the highly original museum, situated within the premises. This museum houses a rich collection of tools from all around the world, used in the processes of viticulture, vinification and bottling. These objects date from the 18th century to the present day. The visit will be followed by dinner either at the premises of the winery or at a tavern in the area.