Cultural program

Welcome reception
September 21, 2020

Santa Hotel restaurant
Free for participants

Banquet
 

Santa Hotel restaurant
 

   

City-Tour around Thessaloniki

Free for participants

Thessaloniki is the capital of Macedonia and second largest city of Greece. It was first established in 316 B.C. by Kassandros and named after his wife, Thessaloniki, half sister of Alexander the Great. It means Victory in Thessaly. It is here that the Apostle Paul first brought the message of Christianity (50 A.D.) and that Demetrius, a Roman officer died in martyrdom (303 A.D.), thus becoming the holy patron of the city. Thessaloniki was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire, next to Constantinople, and is full of beautiful examples of Byzantine art and architecture.

Thessaloniki today is a lively modern city bustling with life and movement. Large avenues, parks and squares, lines of trees that frame commercial streets with showy shop windows. Old houses, neoclassical buildings, stand side by side with modern dwellings which makes a walk through any section of the city an interesting journey.

 

Excursion to Winery

 

The origins of wine-making in Greece go back 6,500 years and evidence suggesting wine production confirm that Greece is home to the second oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes. The spread of Greek civilization and their worship of Dionysus, the god of wine, spread Dionysian cults throughout the Mediterranean areas during the period of 1600 BC to the year 1. Hippocrates used wine for medicinal purposes and readily prescribed it. Greek wines and their varieties were well known and traded throughout the Mediterranean.

We invite participants to visit the winery, learn the history of winemaking in Greece and try the local wine.

 

 

Post-Tour to Edessa & Loutra Pozar

 

Edessa until 1923 – Vodena (known as the "City of Waters") is a city in northern Greece and the capital of the Pella regional unit, in the Central Macedonia region of Greece.

The Edessa Waterfalls are located in the heart of Edessa in Greece. The falls are a natural phenomenon that arose after a strong earthquake that struck the surrounding area in the 14th century. Since then, many changes have taken place in their morphology due to earthquakes of smaller scale.

The waterfalls are the main attraction of visitors to the city of Edessa. There are twelve waterfalls in the area, of which four are easily visible. Today the waterfalls are a well-known spectacle of immense beauty for the whole of Greece. The Municipality has since proceeded to significant interventions that saved the local economy. Since 2003, the waterfalls are illuminated in the rainbow colors during the night.

Not far from Edessa is another attraction of the region, the hot healing springs - Loutra-Pozar. You can visit well-known hydropathic clinics in the open air from the time of Alexander the Great, whose water temperature reaches +37 degrees. Water from these sources is collected in a special pool, where during the year you can take bicarbonate baths. Then literally boiling water rises to the surface along natural drainage channels, taking from the ground all useful trace elements. Phosphorus, Radium, Calcium, Iodine, Hydrogen Sulphide and Potassium - the healing water of Lutra in Aridea bursts out from under the earth just like this healing cocktail. Here you can relax in one of fifty individual baths or choose one of the smaller pools with hot or conversely cold mineral water.