Dolphin Hellas. Dolphin Hellas leads organized five-day tours of Northern Greece that begin in Athens and take in the ancient archaeological sites; these are offered approximately once a month. Like other agencies, the company also arranges tailored tours and books hotels and car rental. Going through an agency often nets a cheaper rate than those quoted to individual walk-ins. 210/9227772; www.dolphin-hellas.gr.
Dopios. A super new initiative connecting locals with visitors. Dopios is wonderful new way of exploring the different facets of life and culture in Thessaloniki and its environs with a dopios (local) as a guide. Check out the website to see what kind of tour may interest you, whether it be a gastro tour, barhopping, or the more standard sightseeing. www.dopios.com.
Thessaloniki Tourist Guide Association. To hire a sightseeing guide, you can contact the Thessaloniki Tourist Guide Association. Prices vary depending on the tour and the place, but count on roughly €120 for a half-day and €160 for a full-day tour in Thessaloniki itself. Note that the TTGA offices do not have regular opening hours, so leave a message or send an email and they will get back to you. 2310/546037.
Velas Tours. Velas Tours can also set you up with activities such as thalassotherapy. A. Velouchioti 18, Kentro, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54624. 2310/512032; 2310/518015; www.velastours.gr.
Eat and Walk Food Day Tours. These tours provide an excellent way to see the sights of the city while also tasting and learning about how food, which is colorfully woven into the historic and cultural tapestry of the area, has made Thessaloniki such a culinary center. Prices start at €20, for the short walks and tasting tour. Mitropoleos 53, Kentro, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia. 2310/278027; www.eatandwalk.gr.
Zorpidis Travel. Many tours in the region leave from Halkidiki, but major tour operator Zorpidis runs half-day tours to Vergina–Pella from Thessaloniki, and even arranges honeymoon trips. Mitropoleos 24, Kentro, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, 54624. 2310/231168; www.zorpidis.gr.