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White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos) Tours and Activities

White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos)
The White Tower (Lefkós Pýrgos) is one of the best-loved buildings in Thessaloniki, a dumpy cylinder topped with turrets that sits at the southern end of the seafront promenade of Nikis Avenue. Thought to have been built on the top of Byzantine remains during the reign of Suleiman I the Magnificent in the mid 15th century, the six-story tower is 40 m (131 ft) high and 23 m (75.5 ft) in diameter, with sturdy stone walls dotted with tiny arrow slits. Originally it formed part of the city’s fortifications and was used by Thessaloniki’s Turkish invaders as a place of public execution. Since then the tower served as a communications center in World War I and later as a meteorological laboratory. Three more towers and a defense wall were knocked down after the fire of 1917, and its current use is as a visitor center with an exhibition detailing the turbulent history of the city. A viewing platform at the top of the tower looks out over the sea in one direction and the rooftops of Thessaloniki to the other.

One of the most popular evening pastimes for Thessaloniki locals is the waterside stroll up Nikis Avenue, starting at the old port and winding up in front of the White Tower.

Practical Info

Nikis Avenue, Thessaloniki. Opening hours Tue–Sun 8.30am–3pm. Admission adults €3; seniors, students and under 18s €2. Best accessed on foot along the waterfront promenade; it is a ten-minute walk from Thessaloniki train station.
Address: Nikis Avenue, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia 54621, Greece
Hours: Tue–Sun 8:30am–3pm
Admission: Adults: €3; Seniors, students and under 18: €2
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Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

Thessaloniki Private Historic Walking Tour

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Experience the rich historical legacy of Thessaloniki during this private walking tour led by a local archaeologist. Discover a variety of UNESCO World Heritage monuments from the Byzantine and Roman eras, visit the famous White Tower, and step back in time at the Greek Agora and Roman Forum. A private guide and a snack are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$159.45
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City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Enjoy the pretty sights of Thessaloniki on a fun and informative hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the bus route for 1 day, hop on and off as much as you please, seeing all of the major landmarks along the way. From the open-top deck enjoy 360 degree views of the stunning coastal landscape. This Greek port city has ancient origins, and you can explore some of this fascinating history if you hop off at Ano Poli (Upper Town). The on-board audio tour commentary adds an educational element to your experience, ensuring you learn fascinating facts as you cruise round. On your sightseeing journey you'll discover some incredible architecture, such as the Church of Agios Dimitrios, which dates all the way back to the Byzantium empire! There's so much to see in this destination, and with bus stops placed at all the best spots in town, this double-decker bus tour is the most convenient and enjoyable way to see Thessaloniki.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$15.94
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Thessaloniki Classical City Tour - Private Experience - 4 hrs

Thessaloniki Classical City Tour - Private Experience - 4 hrs

Half day city tour to visit the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki with its gold and silver treasures and many other finds of the area of Central Macedonia, the famous UNESCO monument of the Rotonda, walk by the White Tower, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Galerius and visit the basilika of St. Demetrios, patron saint of the city. Your qualified guide, Efi will explain everything about her home town. Get a taste of the second biggest city of Greece with its rich history, lots of monuments, views, great gastronomy and sea breeze on the waterfront
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$201.28
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Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit

Thessaloniki Half-Day Tour and Archaeological Museum Visit

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Explore Thessaloniki on a half-day tour, and discover the history of monuments such as the White Tower and Agios Demetrius Byzantine church. Learn about the city’s historical importance and sights from your guide, and pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki to see artifacts from a range of eras including the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The entrance fee is at your own expense.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private tour: Half day Thessaloniki City Tour

Private tour: Half day Thessaloniki City Tour

Meet us at the pickup point near your hotel and begin the sightseeing tour of Thessaloniki. You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower, the main landmark of the city, the Galerius Arch, the Rotonda monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli) and the City Walls, where you will be able to admire the marvelous view of Thessaloniki! During your tour, there will be a short stop at Agios Demetrius Byzantine church and its crypt and you can also visit the Archaeological Museum. Free time in the city center and return to the hotels.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$417.01
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City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Thessaloniki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Buy your hop-on, hop-off bus tickets today and get ready to explore Thessaloniki with City Sightseeing! Once part of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, this Greek port city has a rich history which is just waiting to be discovered. Many monuments have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with some of the mosaics considered great masterpieces of Early Christian art, as we pass most of them with our open top double decker buses. Furthermore, our daily valid tickets give our customers the flixibility to explore the city sights at their leisure and with their own pace.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Private Professional Photoshot in Thessaloniki

Private Professional Photoshot in Thessaloniki

Have a Professional Photoshoot in Thessaloniki, be a model for a day and showcase your persona in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
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  • 2 hours
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US$171.71
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What are White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos) hours of operation?
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White Tower (Lefkos Pyrgos) hours of operation: Tue–Sun 8:30am–3pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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