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Simply Thassos: Panagia, Aliki

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Key facts

Where: Thassos , Greece Duration: 8.5 hours

Highlights

  • Tour a self-sufficient monastery steeped in the old ways
  • Drive through the verdant hills and quaint villages of Thassos Island

Overview

Get acquainted with the arresting scenery and deep religious history of Thassos Island.

Journey to the mountain village of Panagia, built in a gorge on the side of a mountain so as to be invisible to the pirates that once roamed the surrounding seas. Tour a beautiful domed basilica with marble walls and a revered icon of the Virgin Mary.

Venture to the peninsula of Aliki and explore the Byzantine churches that look out over the water.

Step inside an imposing monastery that seems shielded from time and see the venerable Mount Athos loom on the horizon.

Itinerary

Your Thassos sightseeing tour begins at Alexandra Beach in Thassos.

An air-conditioned coach will take you to Panagia, a quaint mountain village surrounded by walnut trees and natural spring waters. Tour the historic church of the Virgin Mary and appreciate the measured rhythm of a place that has faithfully preserved its customs and traditions. Even King Richards’s crusade banner is on display.

Continue to the picturesque Aliki Peninsula, which is embraced by two stunning natural bays. Some of antiquity’s finest marble originated in the quarries of Alkiki, though the quarry bottom was buried beneath the sea by an ancient earthquake.

Explore the ruins of a sanctuary from the 7th century BC and walk through early Byzantine churches overlooking the beaches of Aliki.

Enter the self-sufficient monastery of the Archangel Michael, which affords a breathtaking view of the Aegean and an atmosphere of the ancients.

On a clear day you can see Mount Athos, the most sacred mountain in the Greek Orthodox world and a beacon for photographers.

You will be returned to Alexandra Beach at tour’s end.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 May - 30 Sep: Wednesday

Duration

8.5 hours

Start time

Start time: 0820h (08:20am)
Duration: 8.5 hours

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 by air-conditioned coach/bus
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guide
  • Lunch

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Drinks

Do/Dont's

Do wear comfortable walking shoes Do bring your swimsuit and sun protection Do carry some water Do dress modestly (see please note) Do remember your camera

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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.

Remember to cover knees and shoulders at the monastery. There is a clothes cupboard near the entrance for men and women that contain garments if you forget to bring something. These are cleaned regularly.
Photography is prohibited inside the monastery

Infants 0 - 2 Year old go free. However, they will not have their own seat on the coach.

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Additional info

  • Two coaches will pick up the guests from North and South and meet in Thassos town. One coach will do the island tour.
  • 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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Cancellation policy

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