The tour starts from Thessaloniki following the National Road to Athens up to Dion, the Holy City of the Macedonians and the place where the Olympic Games were once held. Situated at the foothills of Mt. Olympus, the seat of the 12 Gods, was founded by King Archelaus and named after Zeus (Dias) as its name implies.
On arrival we visit the excavations, which includes a great part of the old city with Roman Baths, the Roman Theatre viewing the Hellenistic Theatre that is used today during the summer festival for performances and the Sanctuaries of the Olympic Gods. Walking along the ancient streets of the city, you will have the chance to see ruins of old villas(including the magnificent villa of Dionysos), shops inside the Walls from different periods as Dion was founded in the 5th c. BC and existed till the 5th c. AD. An earthquake later destroyed it. It was here too where Alexander the Great made his sacrifice to the Olympians and proceeded for his major campaign with his fleet for Asia Minor.
After our walk in the Archaeological park we continue visiting the very interesting Archaeological Museum. We further drive to the nearby at the foothills of Mt. Olympus situated town of Litohoro known for its healthy climate. We stop in the center of the town and then continue on foot through the gorge following the path above the river Enipeas admiring the magnificence of Mount Olympus that was believed to have been the seat of the Twelve Gods. Olympus is proclaimed as a national nature reserve and Arch. Site being further protected by UNESCO as a unique part of the global biosphere. We return to Litohoro to enjoy our meal and then drive back to Thessaloniki
Depart from Thessaloniki
10.00 – 11.00
Visit Archaeological Site of Dion
11.00 – 11.45
Drive and visit Archaeological Museum
11:45 – 12:00
Drive to Litochoro
12:00 – 13:30
Arrive at Litohoro and walking tour through Enipeas Gorge
13:30 – 15:30
Return to Litohoro and lunch. Time at leisure
15:30 – 17:00
Return to Thessaloniki
Activity Level .
Stops with restroom facilities at museum and site