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Macedonia Experience: Philippi, Cave of Alistrati

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Key facts

Where: Thassos , Greece Duration: 10 hours (duration of ferry ride: 35 minmum each way)

Highlights

  • Go spelunking in one of Europe′s largest caves
  • Learn all about the history of ancient Macedonia among the ruins of Philippi

Overview

Travel back in time to the lost kingdom of Macedonia.

For a brief time, Macedonia was the most powerful state in the near East, and its King, the immortal Alexander the Great, conquered most of the known world.

Take a ferry to the ruins of Philippi, built by Alexander’s father, where a knowledgeable guide recalls the heights, lulls, and declines of Macedonian history.

Drive to the small village of Alistrati, where you tour a massive cave, looking up at the fearsome stalactites that hang from the ceiling.

Itinerary

Your Macedonian Experience begins from Alexandra Beach in Thassos.

Take a morning ferry to the mainland and board an air-conditioned bus/coach for a 1½ hour drive to the archaeological site of Philippi, where you will meet your professional guide.

Philippi is among the richest remnants of ancient Macedonia. Built by Phillip II—the father of Alexander the Great—in 356 BC, it is a peerless showcase of ruined Christian basilicas, Roman Forums, and Greek theaters spanning some 14 centuries.

See what’s left of the prison where the Apostle Paul is said to have been jailed and view the towering peaks of Mt. Pangaion through the crumbling ramparts of a once-imposing citadel.

Your next would be a famous winery in the area of Drama, where you will taste different kind of wines and also to have a light snack.

Re-board your coach for a one-hour drive to Allistrati village, where an optional lunch is available (payable direct).

Stretching for 25,000 square meters, the cave of Alistrati is among the largest and most beautiful in Greece, housing a rare array of crystalline and mineral stalactites and stalagmites.

Your guide is a cave specialist who will guide you through these fascinating stone corridors and tell you what they reveal about the history of the surrounding landscape.

The sediment in the cave dates back two million years and there are many features of interest to paleontologists. At one point in the tour, you enter an open space with an impressive 30-meter ceiling.

Your two-hour return drive will be highlighted by a stop at a sweet shop in Keramoti for a free sample of a traditional Greek confection. There will also be a restroom on site.

A late afternoon ferry will drop you back at Alexandra Beach in Thassos.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 May - 30 Sep: Thursday

Duration

10 hours (duration of ferry ride: 35 minmum each way)

Start time

Start time: 0710h (07:10am)
Duration: 10 hours (Duration of Ferry Ride: 35 minutes each way)

Meeting point

Hotel pick-up not included. The tour starts from Alexandra Beach.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guide
  • Ferry ride
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Meal

Do/Dont's

Do remember your camera Do bring a light jacket for the caves Do bring a hat for sun protection because there is no shade at Philippi Do bring comfortable walking shoes

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Infants 0 - 2 Year old go free. However, they will not have their own seat on the coach.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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