Thessaloniki (formerly Salonika) is Greece's second largest city and the busiest seaport after Piraeus. It is also the major cultural center in northern Greece and the capital of Macedonia. Numerous prehistoric remains in the city's vicinity show that the area was settled as far back as 1000 B.C. Its actual founding, however, may be traced to 315 B.C. when King Kassandros of Macedon combined existing small communities and named the new city after his wife, Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. Thanks to its excellent location, Thessaloniki developed into the leading city in the southern Balkans. St. Paul visited here twice in 50 and 56 A.D., and established one of the first Christian communities on European soil.
Thessaloniki is considered more cosmopolitan than Athens. Although many of the older buildings were destroyed in a 1917 fire and during bombing attacks in World War II, the city still boasts a remarkable number of historical landmarks ranging from the 15th-century Venetian Tower to the Arch of Galerius. The Arch of Galerius dates to 303 A.D. when it was erected in commemoration of the Roman emperor's victories over Armenia, Persia and Asia Minor. There are several magnificent churches, many having been converted over the years into mosques and synagogues. Between the 17th and 20th centuries, Jews made up more than half the population as a result of the arrival in 1492 of some 20,000 Jews who had been expelled from Spain. They engaged in all trades and professions and played a dominant part in commerce and industry.
The main hub of Thessaloniki centers on Aristotle Square, a traffic-free area surrounded by arcades that house cafes and restaurants. The pedestrian strip along the water's edge makes for a popular seafront promenade. Two of the main thoroughfares, Odos Mitropoleos and Odos Tsimski, are lined with luxury shops and boutiques. On either side of Aristotle Street extends the picturesque Central Market where numerous shops cater mostly to locals. The city's Turkish heritage becomes apparent in the old Bezesteni, which in the 16th century ranked as the finest bazaar in all of the Balkans. All combined, this extremely congenial city has no problem appealing to residents and visitors alike.
Your ship is scheduled to dock at Macedonia pier. From here, the center of town is approximately 200 yards away. Taxis are available on the pier upon request.
The main shopping district is about 500 meters from the port, including the streets Tsimiski, Aghia Sophias and Venizelou along with their side streets. As the country's second largest city there is a wide range of merchandise, both local and imported, available. Shopping hours are generally from 8:30am to 2:00pm and from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. On Sundays most shops are closed. The local currency is the euro.
Near Aristotelous Square and in the area of Ladadika you'll find many popular cafés and tavernas. Traditional Greek food is delicious, including grilled meats, grilled octopus, dolmas, baklava, and cheese-filled pastries.
These are extensive remains of buildings from the Roman period, suggesting a Roman Forum existed here.
A large Turkish bathhouse dating from 1444 and still in use today.
Walls dating from 285 B.C. surrounded the old town in an almost complete circuit until almost the second half of the 19th century. Originally they had a total length of 5 miles. To tour the walls, start from the Evangelistria cemetery to the north of the University.
Indigo Internet Café, Meg. Alexandrou 53.
Private arrangements for independent sightseeing may be requested through the Tour Office on board.
Many discoveries await in the Aegean Sea, where you’ll see the remnants of ancient civilisations as you revel in the…
|Jul 20, 2015||7 Days|
|Silver Spirit||US$4,150per guest|
Immerse yourself in history here, covering land once roamed by everyone from Alexander the Great to the sultans of the…
|Aug 19, 2015||9 Days|
|Silver Spirit||US$5,150per guest|
From acropolises to beaches, Turkish baths to Greek ruins, fall under the spell of this charming sliver of the…
|Oct 07, 2015||9 Days|
|Silver Spirit||US$4,950per guest|
History surrounds you as you explore the Aegean Sea on this cruise. See remnants of ancient civilisations—from…
|Oct 12, 2015||9 Days|
|Silver Wind||US$4,850per guest|
|Jul 18, 2016||11 Days|
|Silver Spirit||US$5,250per guest|
Walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great. See the mythical homeland of the Greek god Zeus. Stroll past whitewashed,…
|Oct 14, 2016||10 Days|
|Silver Cloud||US$4,450per guest|
Silver Privilege Fares: book early for the best fares and availability; Silver Privilege Fares are structured to reward guests who book early with the best possible fare and the privilege of being able to select their desired suite when the best inventory is available. All Silver Privilege Fares shown are cruise-only per guest, based on double-occupancy in a Vista Suite (Adventure Class for Silver Explorer, Explorer Suite for Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer). Availability of all suite categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply
Fare Guarantee Programme: Silversea’s Fare Guarantee Programme provides guests with the peace of mind in knowing that when they plan ahead and book early, not only will they be able to reserve their desired suite, but they can also benefit from any future reduction in the Silver Privilege Fares for their voyage, upon request. All voyages are eligible.
Single Occupancy and Third Guest Rates are available upon request: our Reservations team is available for any further clarification.
Shore Excursions and Wifi – 2015 Mediterranean Sailings Only: All Silver Privilege Fares shown are cruise-only per person in US dollars based on double-occupancy in a Vista suite and include Silver Shore Select; applies to new bookings made on or after January 15, 2015 only. Silver Shore Select Excursion are offered on a first come first served basis, in every port of call at no additional charge. Depending on tour timing, up to two Silver Shore Select Excursion may be taken per day. Additional shore excursions are available for purchase; standard cancellation penalties apply. Capacity is limited on all shore excursions including Silver Shore Select and guests’ first choice may or may not be available. Silversea reserves the right to cancel any shore excursions including Silver Shore Select. No credit or other compensation will be given if Silver Shore Select are cancelled or not utilised. All shore excursions including Silver Shore Select are operated by independent operators over whom Silversea has no control. Two hours of complimentary internet access per guest/ per day is available for guests booked on 2015 Mediterranean voyages in Vista or Veranda suites aboard Silver Wind, Silver Cloud and Silver Spirit. Unlimited WiFi service applies for those guests booked on 2015 Mediterranean voyages in Medallion suites and higher aboard Silver Wind and Silver suites and higher aboard Silver Cloud and Silver Spirit. Additional internet packages are available for purchase. WiFi service is not guaranteed. Silversea is not responsible if WiFi service is not available. No credit or other compensation will be provided should WiFi service not be available or should the WiFi allowance go unused. Programme subject to change.
In addition to the fare listed above, and only in some exeptional circumstances, guests are also required to purchase Silversea’s Air Charter Package for an additional charge per person. Air Charter Packages for voyages embarking and/or disembarking include Economy Class charter air service between airport/pier. Restrictions may apply. For additional information, refer to the Air Programme Terms & Conditions or contact our Reservations team that is available for any further clarification.
All fares, savings, offers, itineraries and programmes are subject to change without notice. Voyage highlights, excursions and enrichment programmes are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. All information contained herein is accurate and in effect at time of publication. Silversea reserves the right to correct any errors and omissions, and to cancel any offered product or service in the event of such error or omission. Additional restrictions may apply. See Terms and Conditions for complete details. Ships’ registry: Bahamas.