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From Thessaloniki: Day Trip to Vergina-Pella

Highlights

Get to know the imperial capital, the ancient city where Alexander the Great was born and raised and where the great philosopher and tutor Aristoteles was invited to educate him. The archaeological treasures of the glorious Macedonian Kingdom of Alexander the Great and his father Phillip II, as detailed by Herodotus, invite you to a unique roadtrip to history. The excursion travels you to the ancient greek, byzantine and modern history bringing back in light the lost prestige of Aigai, the first city of the Macedonians. Discover the museum of Aigai; a World Heritage site of UNESCO, against the natural beauty of the area and the view of the Macedonian plain that travels our eye till the end of the horizon.


  • Museum ad Archaeological site of Pella
  • Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina museum)


Source: Ammon Express

Description

We depart to Pella with the bus of Ammon Express along with our friendly trip attendant-archaeologist,

at 08:00 from Aristotle’s Square & Egnatia Street (at the statue of Venizelos).

The distance is about 50 km and lasts about 45’.


We reach Pella, which in the antiquity used to be a port, where we visit the new, modern museum as well as the archaeological site with the unique mosaics. In the archaeological site we can admire the ancient market of the city, the mosaic of the “Abduction of Helen” and the “Amazonomachy” (the battle of Amazons). In the museum, there are exposed objects and artifacts from the daily life of the people; characteristic signs of the lifestyle in the antiquity.


Next, we reach Vergina where we visit the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai, situated in the borders of the village. The characteristic Golden Larnax (funerary casket), an urn with the cremated remains of Phillip II is marked with a 16-rayed sun, the symbol of Macedonia. The Sun of Vergina (or Star of Vergina), which is characteristic symbol of the Argead Dynasty (of the King Phillip II and Alexander the Great) was found together with the excavations that brought back to light his father’s Royal Tomb. 4 of the sun rays represent of the 4 classical elements and the other 12 sun rays represent the 12 Olympian Gods. Admire the golden oak wreath that Phillip II had during his funeral pyre, military armors, various grave goods, the other tombs that were brought back to light and a small sanctuary, the Heroon.


Later, we enjoy our lunch break in a restaurant with greek traditional flavours.


We depart to Thessaloniki at around 15:30p.m and we are back after an hour (around 16:30p.m), making the same stops where we started from.

Source: Ammon Express

What's Included

INCLUDED
  • Round-trip transportation to Vergina and Pella
  • English speaking excursion attendant
  • Basic travel insurance (during transportation).
  • Assistance with the ticket issuance process for anyone who wishes to avoid the queue in the ticket office


NOT INCLUDED
  • The entrance fee to the Museum of Vergina (16€) and to the museum and the archaeological site of Pella (8€)
  • Tour-guide to the museum of Vergina and to the museum and the archaeological site of Pella
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant


Source: Ammon Express

Additional Information

STARTING POINTS AND DEPARTURE
  • Starting point: Aristotle’s Square & Egnatia Street (Venizelos Statue) 08:00


EXCURSION DURATION
  • 8 hours (3 hours on the road)


Source: Ammon Express

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