"The beginning of the legend of Alexander the Great"
Amfipoli- Philippi Kavala
In the age of the Macedonians, Amphipolis became a powerful city of the Macedonian kingdom with internal autonomy and an important economic and cultural development. The excavations have revealed much of the walls and some of the temples and private and public buildings in the city.
After the conquest of Macedonia by the Romans (168 BC) Amphipolis defined as the capital of a part of Macedonia.
The Roman times are for Amphipolis a period of great development. Station of Egnatia Odos and the capital of a rich land, the city developed economically and culturally. Of course many destructions and looting have happened, but with the support of the Roman emperors, particularly Augustus and Hadrian, remains one of the major urban centers in Macedonia until late antiquity. The prosperity of the city is reflected in the monumental buildings with mosaic floors and the wall paintings.
Philippi was an ancient city in eastern Macedonia .Its original name was Krinides, and is located in Kavala. The Apostle Paul founded in Philippi the first Christian Church in Europe. The history of Philippi begins in 360/359 B.C. when settlers from Thasos founded the first city Krinides. When in 356 B.C are threaten by the Thracians, they ask help from Philip II (father of Alexander the Great). He, foreseeing the economic and strategic importance of the city, captured it and renamed it to Philippi.
8:00 Departure from Thessaloniki
9:30 Arrival at Amphipolis visit Monuments
10:30 Departure from Amphipolis
11:15 Arrival at Philippi
12:15 Departure from Philippi
12:30 Stop Kavala for coffee
13:30 Departure from Kavala
15:30 Arrival at Thessaloniki
Duration 7.5 hours price: 230€ mini van: 270€