Athens Taxi Travel provides this specially designed 3-day private tour that offers an experience of a lifetime! Visit the place where Saint Paul first visited in Europe along with all historical sites where Alexander the Great lived. Starting from Athens we are going to visit Veria, Amfipolis, Kavala, Thessaloniki and return back to Athens. A very special private taxi tour with the valuable knowledge of our licensed tour guide.
1St day – Athens – Veria – Vergina
First we are going to visit Veria. Veria is a city in Macedonia, northern Greece, located 511 kilometres (318 miles) north-northwest of the capital Athens. There we will visit the extensive archaeological site of Vergina (ancient Aegae, the summer capital of Macedon), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was discovered in 1976, and excavated during the 1977/8 season in a campaign led by Manolis Andronikos, which unearthed the burial site of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great which unlike so many other tombs had not been disturbed or looted. It is also the site of an extensive royal palace and of many rich ancient tombs. The objects and paintings found in the tombs at Vergina are of extraordinarily high quality and historical importance.
2nd day – Amfipolis – Philippoi – Kavala
Amphipolis is best known for the magnificent ancient Greek city (polis), and later Roman city, whose impressive remains can still be seen. It is famous in history for events such as the battle between the Spartans and Athenians in 422 BC, and also as the place where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia. Alexander’s three finest admirals, Nearchus, Androsthenes and Laomedon, resided in this city and it is also the place where, after Alexander’s death, his wife Roxane and their small son Alexander IV were exiled and later murdered.
The Lion of Amphipolis is a 4th-century BC tomb sculpture that was set up in honor of Laomedon of Mytilene, important general of Alexander the Great. In Amfipolis the oldest wooden Bridge (275 meters) of the Wold was also excavated.
Our tour will proceed to Philippi the site where St. Paul visited and was prisoned. We will visit also the village of Lydia where the first Christian of Europe Lydia was baptised. Philippi, is located near the ruins of the ancient city and is part of the region of East Macedonia and Thrace in Kavala, Greece. It was made a World Heritage Site in 2016. The New Testament states that in AD 49 or 50, the city was visited by the apostle Paul (Acts 16:9-10). From the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 16:12) and the letter to the Philippians (Philippians 1:1), early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. Accompanied by Silas, Timothy and possibly Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles, Paul is believed to have preached for the first time on European soil in Philippi (Acts 16:12-40). According to the New Testament, Paul visited the city on two other occasions, in 56 and 57. The Epistle to the Philippians dates from around 61-62 and is believed to show the immediate effects of Paul’s instruction.
We will also visit the Museum of Philippi and then drive for lunch to Kavala.
3rd day Thessaloniki
Athens Taxi Travel will take you to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece. There you will be able to admire the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius, the Rotonda, St. Dimitrios Cathedral, the unique Archaeological Musuem of Thessaloniki and Vlatadon Monastery. We will return to Athens late in the evening.
More than a taxi tour
Our licensed tourist guide Vicky will enter with you to all monuments and explain everything concerning the monument or the musuem findings you see. Vicky has a degree in Archaeology from the University of Athens and she’s been working as a guide for 35 years now. She speaks English, French and Italian.