PELLA- VERGINA -ARISTOTELS SCHOOL - WINE TASTING
Pick up from your hotel
Entering in the ancient Egnatia Trade road . Crossing New Chalkidona , the town witch the name given from Chalkidona, the "land of blind people" a colony of the Chalkideans placed opposite of the later colony of Megarians , Byzantio .
Approaching PELLA we will see on our right and left hand site the first Makedonian Tomps , and will bring us back to the glory of this Hellenistic Capital
equal or in a better shape of Athens.
Vist the museum and the Archeological site
Departure for Vergina via the fartile plain of the Makedonian land. We are passing throu Alexandreia the city dedicated to Alexander the Great , while the previous name was Gida , that means Goat , a name that sounds familiar to us because this is the name given to the new city of Makedonians when they are arriving as Colonials from the city of Argos .
We will leave the high way and we will enter into the agricultural road where we will pass throu the Peach tree fields. Arrival in the Ancient Aiges and the Royal Tomps museum. Follow the informative Video and visit the fascinated excibition.
The funeral of Philip II in 336 BC was performed, as imposed by tradition, in Aigai. It was the most lavish funeral ceremony of the historic times held in Greece. In a monumental death chamber, laid on an elaborate gold and ivory deathbed wearing his precious golden oak wreath, the king was surrendered, like a new Hercules, to the funeral pyre. Alexander is now the king of Macedon. A “high priest” and a mystis (the initiated one), a hunter and a “symposiast”, an army leader and a legislator, Philip, the hero, descends to his eternal residence, which is reached by a ramp and has the form of an underground barrel-vaulted building with two chambers and a monumental façade. The concept of the “Macedonian tomb”, similar to the platonic concept of the leaders’ burial in an ideal state, interweaves a palace and a temple. The portraits of the two kings, father and son, are depicted in the hunting scene of the tomb’s façade, as well as on the gold and ivory deathbed in the chamber.
As for the memory of the visit , do not forget to ask for the book writen from the Archeologist and director of the museum Dr Aggeliki Kotaridi where you may
find all the details to remember of your visit.
Continuation to the Aristoteles school.Visit the area where the great teacher tutor for two and a half years Alexander the Great and some of his companions who they followed him in the great Campain in Asia.
Visit a family runed Wineyard to taste some of the best local wines the Red Xinomavro and the White Preknadi. Light finger food .
After this visit we return in Thessaloniki and to your hotel.