Departure from Porto Carras in the morning for Petralona Cave. The existence of an abundance of caves in a country, where 65% of the terrain is limestone, is perfectly normal. Besides, Greece is the second country after China with the largest number of caves in the world. Several thousand of these formations have been explored, mapped and studied, and more than 100 have been described as of remarkable interest το visitors.
In 1959 a villager of Petralona, in Halkidiki, Northern Greece, in his effort to find sources of water for the needs of the settlement, found a small cleft on the slopes of Mount Katsika. Two adventurous young men were lowered by rope to a depth of 13 meters and when they surfaced, they described the beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which they had seen for the first time in their lives.
We continue our tour to Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece and the most important
centre of the area. Built near the sea (at the back of the Thermaïkos Gulf), it is a modern
metropolis bearing the marks of its stormy history and its cosmopolitan character, which give it a and charm.
During panoramic tour we will have the chance to see Aristotelous Square, the city’s most central square boasting monumental mansions. It is one of the biggest and most impressive squares in Greece offering a view of Thermaikos Gulf. Nikis Avenue across the seafront, extending from the city’s Port (to the W) up to the Statue of Alexander the Great (in the E), lined with many cafés, bars and stores. It is one of the most popular promenade areas for locals and visitors alike.
Date: Thursday October 25
Departure from the hotel: 9:00 after breakfast
Price per person: 48 euros includes ticket to Petralona Cave (8 euros per person)