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greek_ggirl

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I'm wondering if I should book a guided tour to really get to know the city well and learn about all of the history and culture. Is it worth it? And would you recommend a private tour guide or going in a group? I really want to learn more about the places that I'm visiting and not just walking around aimlessly
 
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tomipark

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Honestly I would say no. I suggest you do your research beforehand and come up with a short list of things you want to do and see. I find tourists get in the way of being spontaneous
 

xmelissaa

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Ugh I'm not really a fan of guided tours! In my experience they get a bit boring
 

k_tsoukalas

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Thessaloiniki has a hop on, hop off bus. These are great because you can see all the sites at your own pace. There is some narration as you're driving, but then you get off and visit the site at your leisure. While there you can snap a picture, take a tour, walk around, etc. When you're done, you just wait for the next hop on hop off bus and then stop at the next site that you're interested in.
 

ladytina

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I think it depends on what you like. Sometimes a tour is a great way to give yourself an overview of a new place. Once you get the tourist stuff out of the way, you can really get in there and see the culture and enjoy the people and natural beauty. When I first visited Thessaloniki, I did a tour, and I don't regret it.
 
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auroracoor1

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I think it depends on what you like. Sometimes a tour is a great way to give yourself an overview of a new place. Once you get the tourist stuff out of the way, you can really get in there and see the culture and enjoy the people and natural beauty. When I first visited Thessaloniki, I did a tour, and I don't regret it.
I also did a tour when I first visited! I think if you do a short one in the early morning when it's not too hot it can give you a good sense of what to do in the city
 

ladytina

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I also did a tour when I first visited! I think if you do a short one in the early morning when it's not too hot it can give you a good sense of what to do in the city
That's exactly why I sometimes take a tour - when I need to get my bearings and get to know the city. I zero in on the sites that I like and see them in more detail, or I walk away content knowing that I got a nice overview during my short time in a place.
 
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kcixcy

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That's exactly why I sometimes take a tour - when I need to get my bearings and get to know the city. I zero in on the sites that I like and see them in more detail, or I walk away content knowing that I got a nice overview during my short time in a place.
Do you have any recommendations on where to go to in Thessaloniki?
 

ladytina

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Do you have any recommendations on where to go to in Thessaloniki?
I really enjoyed walking around Aristotle Square. There are cafes and shops and stuff here, plus it's just a pretty place. I love history, so experiencing the likes of the White Tower wasn't enough for me. I needed a tour to give me an overview of the history of the city and some of the sites. Another place I really liked was the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki because it gave a nice historical overview. Plus, there are some great beaches. Agia Triada Beach is nearby and you can take a taxi - that beach was a highlight for me.
 

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