Explore mainland Greece: Discover Thessaloniki and Meteora in 7 days with our itinerary recommendations

Mainland Greece is full of hidden treasures that deserve to be discovered during an authentic and exotic trip. Among these treasures is the city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, as well as Meteora and its monasteries perched on rocky pinnacles. We offer you a 7-day itinerary to explore this fascinating region and have an unforgettable experience.

Arrival in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki invites you to immerse yourself in Greek history and heritage from the moment you arrive. After collecting your rental vehicle at the airport, head to the city center to discover the must-see attractions of Greece’s second city. Don’t miss:

  • A stroll along the seafront to admire the statue of Alexander the Great and the White Tower, symbols of the city
  • A stroll through the charming streets of Ana Poli, the old town, where the Trigoniou Tower, St. Catherine’s Church and the Vlatades Monastery are located
  • A tour of Roman ruins, including the Agora, the Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda


After exploring Thessaloniki, it’s time to hit the road to Meteora, one of the most spectacular destinations on mainland Greece. These monasteries perched on rocky peaks offer a unique landscape and a spiritual atmosphere. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss:

  • A stop in Vergina to visit the archaeological site and discover the mosaics of the palace of ancient Aigai as well as the tomb of Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great
  • A hike on the trails starting from the villages of Kalambaka and Kastaki to admire the 16th century hilltop monasteries
  • Visit the six still active monasteries and contemplate the magnificent views of the valley and surrounding mountains
  • Tasting local specialties in one of Kalambaka’s taverns

Mount Olympus and its villages

After being amazed by Meteora, head to Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece and the kingdom of the gods of Greek mythology. Here is what you can discover:

  • A hike on the slopes of Olympus to admire the Enipeas gorges and enjoy breathtaking views from the monastery of Agios Dionysos
  • Discover the rich fauna and flora of Olympus, classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO
  • Stroll through the villages of Litochoro, Ano Skotina and Palaioi Poroi to soak up their charm and savor mezes accompanied by a glass of tsipouro
  • Visit the archaeological site of Dion, one of the major religious sanctuaries of Macedonia

Return to Thessaloniki

After enjoying the nature and history of Mount Olympus, return to Thessaloniki for one last relaxing day before your departure. Enjoy the region’s superb beaches, such as Agia Triada, Potamos or Nea Kallikrateia. If you have time, don’t miss the sublime beaches of the Kassandra peninsula. Conclude your stay by returning your rental vehicle to the airport and boarding your return flight.

This 7-day mainland Greece road trip will introduce you to the hidden gems of Thessaloniki and Meteora while allowing you to immerse yourself in the culture and nature of this fascinating region. Prepare yourself for an authentic and enriching experience.